10/22/14 3:50pm

2223 Kessler Woods Ct  Front

This sleek home in Kessler Park is a stunning example of a home that is designed to maximize the outdoor spaces both within the home and outside its walls. It doesn’t hurt that it’s inside an amazing gated community in one of Oak Cliff’s most posh neighborhoods.

Truly though, this listing at 2223 Kessler Woods Court from David Griffin, is a fantastic example of a more modern take on Texas regionalist architecture, incorporating a stark, yet rustic exterior by pairing bright white stucco, clean lines, and a standing seam roof in a classic shape.

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10/22/14 12:16pm

 

The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

Of course we “ooh” and “ahh” over new homes and the latest design features, but a lot can be said for homes that stand the test of time. Some estates become standard-bearers for architects and designers, evoking a time and place like no other home can.

These are exactly the types of properties that are showcased in Saturday’s “Grounds For Preservation” home tour hosted by Preservation Dallas. This home tour is an extraordinary opportunity  to see the sprawling estates of Dallas designed by well-known architects.

“Our tour this year highlights iconic historic houses in Dallas, and this tour is unique because it highlights estates and their grounds,” said Donovan Westover of Preservation Dallas.

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10/21/14 4:24pm
Jane McGarry Ski

There’s no shortage of snow in Big Sky, Montana!

The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

See the rest of our interview and Q&A with McGarry on our sister blog, SecondShelters.com!

10/21/14 2:17pm

9229 Ferndale Front

Cute and sweet from the curb, this 1958 traditional ranch packs quite a punch once you walk inside. Truly, this is one of those homes where you take notes on the remodeled spaces, as the sellers have really made the most of every square inch of this beautiful Lake Ridge Estates house.

Not only that, but it’s on one of the best streets in the neighborhood — Ferndale Road — and is inside Richardson ISD. Jump for more on this adorable home from Nathan Grace agent Amy Timmerman of PickaPerch.com.

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10/20/14 10:28am
8538 San Pedro Front Angle

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Drive by this gorgeous modern farmhouse in Forest Hills and try not to fall in love. Chances are, the house is going to win and you’ll fall head over heels for this beauty, which has clean modern lines throughout and stunning custom interiors.

This is, truly, one of those homes where you think “Why on earth would anyone want to sell this beauty?”

The truth of the matter is that the homeowners are selling their dream home kicking and screaming. Their loss could be your gain, and what an amazing gain it could be.

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10/17/14 4:46pm

9221 Shoreview Front

This home is a wonderful change of pace, and in a fantastic White Rock-area neighborhood, too. Located in the highly sought-after White Rock North neighborhood in East Dallas, this home is a 1961 contemporary with several Midcentury touches.

It’s not straight-up midcentury modern, but it’s not 100 percent soft contemporary, either. It’s a gorgeous blend of styles that results in beautiful open spaces, banks of undressed windows, a sunken living area, and a galley kitchen that has some key updates. It has taken a lesson in curb appeal from the pros (look at that cute aqua front door!), and has tons of warm, welcoming spaces.

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10/16/14 3:25pm

 

The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year's Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour.

The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

Here’s one of our favorite home tours featuring the incredibly diverse architecture of Oak Cliff. The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s annual fall home tour has a great schedule this year, with stops that include Arts & Crafts, contemporary, mid-century modern, and traditional-style homes. Seriously, check out some of the cool room-by-room galleries from Shoot2Sell. Amazing stuff! The tour, which is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18 and 19), will also include a bonus stop a the Oak Cliff Bank Tower.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for seniors in advance of the tour. You can preview all of the amazing homes on the OOCCL website, but go ahead and just buy a few tickets because it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend and we can’t imagine anything more fun that touring some equally gorgeous homes in one of Dallas’ coolest areas.

 

10/16/14 2:30pm

Beat Condo 507 Balcony

If you want downtown views without paying an arm and a leg, head to the Cedars, y’all. The prices are affordable and the uninterrupted views of the world’s best skyline are unmatched!

And this two-bedroom, two-bath, fifth-floor condo has amazing views and edgy interiors, all for just $325,000!

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