Realty Check: Three Meridian-Kessler Tudors

5425 N. Pennsylvania St.

Image courtesy The Addison Group

Driving along North Pennsylvania Street in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, there’s no shortage of stately, well-maintained homes. Many were built in the 1920s–1930s, so it’s not surprising to see similar architectural styles that reflect that time period. Tudor style reigned in popularity from the late 1800s through the early 1940s. Due to their extensive stonework and elaborate detailing (seen in the arched doorways and beautiful windows), they were expensive to build and usually appeared in affluent neighborhoods. Some even nicknamed them “Stockbroker’s Tudors”—a nod to homeowners who amassed wealth during the stock market’s Roaring Twenties heyday.

Built in 1938 and not updated since then, this home has been remodeled from top to bottom by the current owners. In doing so, they were careful not to lose any of the home’s original elegance. Arched doorways and black-and-white tile in the kitchen act as a fresh interpretation of a classic vintage look. Its first-floor layout is cozy and inviting, as each room serves its own purpose but easily flows into those adjoining it. The owners love the great room, with its attractive built-ins and fireplace, plus enough space to position furniture into two conversation areas. From there, guests can easily move into the dining room or continue straight through the French doors for cocktails on the patio. Daily life is a “pleasure” for the owners in the 2,600-square-foot home. The three-and-a-half bathrooms continue the refreshed vintage look we saw in the kitchen, with tile and fixtures that honor the home’s history while still providing modern convenience.

Want to buy it?
Address: 4533 N Pennsylvania St.
Price: $514,000
Agent: Libby Somerville, Re/Max Ability Plus, 317-590-4470


Just a block down the street and built in 1927, this spacious Tudor captivated its current owners immediately—wooing them with its arched front door, classic architecture, and wonderful historic neighborhood. After several years in the home, they loved the area but yearned for two wish-list items. The original galley kitchen was converted into a gourmet kitchen and they transformed the master bedroom into a master suite, complete with walk-in closet (and there’s even a heated towel rack in the master bath). By adding five feet to the back of the first and second floors, they gained enough space to bring their wish list to life. An awkward space above the front door was reconfigured into a second-floor laundry room—an amenity that can’t be beat when you have kids at home. The 4,000-square-foot home has plenty of space to accommodate it all. A finished basement offers ample recreational possibilities, while the sunroom serves as a relaxing, sunny spot to enjoy your weekend coffee. With three-and-a-half bathrooms, four bedrooms, and a stonescaped “urban courtyard” out back, there’s no shortage of great hangout spots for the whole family.

Want to buy it?
Address: 4481 N. Pennsylvania St.
Price: $699,900
Agent: Terrence Rankin, Century 21 Scheetz, 317-507-4250

Ten blocks north, the oldest Tudor of the group has stood since 1921. Recently renovated by Wrightworks, it’s enjoying a bright, refreshed season of life. Thanks to years of loving ownership and upkeep, says Realtor Allison Steck, it was easy to preserve the original details and accentuate their beauty with careful updates. You’re treated to little historic touches throughout—like the stained-glass crest in the arched front door that opens to a whitewashed space with gleaming refinished hardwood floors and excellent natural light. Don’t miss other small delights, like crystal doorknobs on upstairs closets and leaded-glass windows in one of the gables. The eat-in kitchen features a charming window seat, plus ample countertop and cabinet space (a rarity in older homes). Chilly nights can be spent around the wood-burning fireplace in the living room, or spread out for a family movie night in the finished basement. The home comes in just over 3,500 square feet and offers four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, each remodeled to match the quiet sophistication that’s felt throughout.

Want to buy it?
Address: 5425 N Pennsylvania St
Price: $839,900
Agent: Allison Steck, FC Tucker, 317-332-9686