10/24/14 3:29pm
Gross' first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

Gross’ first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. was featured in AIA Dallas 2012 Tour of Homes. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

David Gross, President of David Gross Fine Homes, got his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, going into rundown neighborhoods with his father and grandfather and seeing a need for restoration. This led to him to becoming interested in historic preservation in Philadelphia at a young age.

Upon moving to Colorado years later, he pursued his passion for construction by working for a general contractor, then venturing out on his own as a builder. From there, the sky has been the limit for David Gross and his eponymous brand of luxury custom homes, which has earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.
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10/24/14 2:51pm

1210 N. Winnetka Front

We are so excited about all of the cool home tours coming up, with the Preservation Dallas “Grounds For Preservation” Home Tour this weekend and the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Nov. 1-2. (Don’t forget to enter our drawing for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, because we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to this amazing home tour. Don’t miss out and enter by our 9 a.m. Oct. 27 deadline.)

And maybe while you’re out in Oak Cliff checking out the Hayes House, you could take a look at 1210 N. Winnetka, a gorgeous redone Tudor that is also in Kessler Park. It’s our Home of the Week from Inwood Mortgage and it is a stunner that is priced under a million!

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10/24/14 12:21pm

3242 Princess Front

I love how this home blends texture and style so effortlessly. From the front of this home in Sparkman Club Estates, you would think that it’s just your average 1960s traditional ranch. A rambler with perhaps a few updates, but nothing dramatic, nothing special.

Of course, that’s where you’d be absolutely wrong! Surprises are behind every door — even the back door! — of this 1959 traditional. Jump to see them all!

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10/24/14 9:23am

Kenny Chesney Dallas Cattle Barons Ball

I was lucky enough to attend Cattle Baron’s this year, Saturday night, my date for the night being the beautiful frauline Bernadette Schaeffler. We had a blast! We had a ball! We saw so many people I lost track of my iphone pics as the night wore on and the Vodka and water flowed. (And flowed!) As you always should, check out Cynthia Smoot’s take on the night — I say it was right on. Also, her date was Jane McGarry! Personally, I liked being indoors at Gilleys, the big location change this year after way too many years of mudslides and mudpies at Cattle Baron’s on-the-ranch.

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10/24/14 3:34am

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8:38 a.m. This post has been updated.
I say it’s about time: the northwest corner of Inwood and Forest, known as “Forest Wood”, is going to get a much-needed facelift. Wait, strike that: try a major gutting from the ground up. Yep, those 1974 rental townhomes are about to go far away, replaced by sturdier, prettier, higher quality homes that will create a walkable living environment and a brand new North Dallas community.
Forestwood Townhomes brings back memories, not all of them pleasant. This was where single dads and moms would go to live after a separation or suddenly being single because it was still close to the private schools their children attended, but more reasonable than a single family home. It was known as a safe, secure place to hunker down in North Dallas if you couldn’t swing a mortgage.
For years now, I wondered why the neat, but clearly aging, townhomes would not be replaced with something more upscale, attractive, especially considering the surrounding neighborhood demographic$$$: sprawling ranches on leafy half-acre lots that start at about half a million dollars, while the newer built McMansion are pulling in more than $1.5.

So why are we stuck with boring beige townhomes that had their prime in the seventies, like Cher? (more…)

10/23/14 5:55pm
Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and "Caution" tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and “Caution” tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Thanks to  Naheed Rajwani at the Dallas Morning News for digging down into the owner of the home that has created the most sensational Halloween display in Texas, and in maybe the whole world: He is James Faulk and from what Naheed writes, Faulk totally had Ebola on the brain when he put up the biohazard decorations in his front yard. (more…)

10/23/14 5:13pm
Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas' high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas’ high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Tomorrow, Dallas will celebrate a landmark that has stood the test of time. The jewel of Lee Park, Arlington Hall is one of the most recognizable structures in the Turtle Creek area, and this gorgeous structure will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend. To kick things off, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with councilmember Philip Kingston and several Dallas officials, will gather on the steps of the storied structure tomorrow at 11 a.m. to celebrate Arlington Hall’s anniversary. A luncheon will follow that will feature a lecture by Director Emeritus of the National Park Service, Gary Scott, who will speak on Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, the inspiration for Arlington Hall.

The building, which was designed by notable Dallas architect Mark Lemmon, is a two-thirds scale replica of the Arlington House, which was the home of Robert E. Lee in Arlington, Va. Restored in 2002, this structure was originally dedicated in 1939.

Of course, if you’re not attending the luncheon and celebration tomorrow, you can still go to the open house on Sunday, Oct. 26, where  docents and historians will be on hand to tell the little-known facts of Arlington Hall and its very beginnings in the city of Dallas. The event is from 1:30 – 4:30 and its open to the public.

 

 

10/23/14 3:21pm

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This year we are upping the ante: We have THREE PAIRS of tickets to give away to the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. This annual showcase of award-winning architecture throughout Dallas will feature some incredible homes designed by Dallas architects. The tour, which is Nov. 1-2, is one of the most popular home tours of the year. These are works of art, people, and you could win FREE TICKETS to see them all!

Find out how to enter after the jump!

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