3800 Beverly extThis home is so very Easter Monday, and also such a beautiful example of Highland Park neoclassical architectural history that defines Dallas real estate. Built in 1922 by the renown Hal Thompson, it sits on one of the most prestigious corners in the city (Eton and Beverly) with stately columns, slate and metal roof, perfectly manicured gardens, huge towering trees, a front porch (remember those?) and circular driveway that must have inspired a million more. The home is situated on .845 acres in Highland Park! You get 8,938 square feet of space that has been brought into the 21st century artfully and thoughtfully, all the while maintaining and respecting the architectural integrity of the home.


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Let’s head west to Fort Worth this morning, where we’ll find an incredible modern home that has fantastic museum-worthy interiors and has some huge windows overlooking the heavily treed lot.

This home at 4258 Altura Road in the Westcliff neighborhood is an amazing 1980s modern that feels so fresh and open. It has aged so well, and with a few updates it can be a post-millennium stunner. It’s just south of TCU and north of Interstate 20, a fantastic location for anyone who wants to live inside Cowtown and close to tons of great shopping and amenities.

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Designed by architect Emory Young, this home was constructed to take advantage of the change in elevation on this more than 1 acre lot. The result is a tree house-like feel, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows with views of treetops and blue sky.

It’s serene, really, and considering the condition of this home and the size of the lot, it’s priced exceptionally well — $1.695 million with Suzanne Burt of Burt Ladner Real Estate. Besides excellent design, you get five bedrooms, four full and one half bath, and more than 5,500 square feet.

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Besides the views, I love the courtyard like patio and pool, which you can see from the expansive kitchen and breakfast area. Really, this home has so much light from the windows and transoms that you’ll hardly ever need to flip a switch! It has tons of storage, too, so you don’t have to clutter your floors or walls, and there’s a three-car garage as well.

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The master bedroom is huge at 21 x 20, and features huge windows and a separate sitting area, including a fireplace. The layout is great, with built-in storage and desk at an angle from the bed area, which means you can leap from your slumber at the moment of inspiration and bang out the next chapter of the next great American novel without waking your partner. The master bath will need some updating, but considering the size and location of this home, any updates will pay off significantly in the future. I can imagine tons of marble and a cool contemporary soaking tub (and maybe even an oversized steam shower!) in this master bath, which has even more fantastic views, thanks to the adjoining balcony. Imagine coming from the bath on a warm day and having a little air dry out there? Perfection.

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Outside, well, this backyard is a dream. You can either enjoy a soak in the pool and spa, or enjoy the views from the deck. What do you think of this modern home in Fort Worth?

5433 Falls Front

Homes of every size and price can benefit from a little staging help, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. That’s the motto of expert stager Karen Eubank, who has helped homeowners maximize profits through strategic design. While the bulk of her clients are selling homes between $200K and $600K, Karen is the go-to gal for Realtors looking to give their clients an edge in a competitive market.

Take this lovely estate for example. Karen consulted on this beautiful property, and while the architecture and finish-out is lovely and high-end, it had several stumbling-blocks that was keeping it from selling. And according to Karen, after a walk-through consultation and a detailed staging report (something she suggests for anyone putting a house on the market), the homeowner was able to do all the suggested changes herself! Brilliant and cost-effective!

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“Staging a home prior to selling is always a good idea,” said Mark Cain of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the listing agent behind the gorgeous estate at 5433 Falls Road. “Editing or removing collections of things, minimizing furnishings to make rooms look larger, maximizing natural light to lighten and brighten rooms, and giving the house and open and fresh feeling is the ultimate goal of staging. I believe that every dollar spent for staging definitely pays dividends, and I rely on professional stagers for their keen insight.”

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And that’s exactly what Karen suggested for this home, which is priced at close to $3.3 million and has five bedrooms, six full and one half baths, 7,151 square feet on more than an acre in Old Preston Hollow. The home, designed by Elby Martin and built by Tom Loposer, has four living areas and park-like grounds, perfect for entertaining. The home benefits from huge windows and mature trees, giving it a feeling of privacy. The finish-out in this home is incredible, with wide hardwood mouldings, gorgeous wood and Italian tile underfoot, a pool and spa that works perfectly with the expansive grounds, and windows in all the right places where you can soak in the view.

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But some of the furniture was distracting from the home’s selling points, said Karen. “The room with the black headboard bed had a huge change,” she said. “It originally had the twin bed and some mix of teen and childhood items. It had extra bookcases which distracted from the beautiful built-in bookcases. The twin bed was dwarfed by the room, so I suggested it be turned into a guest room.”

It makes a stunning impact, don’t you think? Other rooms benefited from some simple furniture arrangement, such as the second-floor study. With the removal of the desk and a few comfy chairs, it makes a much better reading room. And thanks to a change in perspective with the photography, this shot now showcases the beautiful iron railings in this home, as well as the stunning light fixtures, Karen said.


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“The large home office on the first floor looked awkward in the original photos. Lots of bookcases that were not built in so not relevant to the sale and the desk was not positioned for maximum appeal,” Karen added. “Other rooms, such as the living, dining, family rooms simply had excess furniture removed.

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A large secretary was moved from the grand two-story entry so it did not compete with the chandelier, a gorgeous architectural feature that gives the home such drama. Moved to the family room, it now helps showcase what is intended to be a versatile communal space instead of making the foyer play double duty.

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And there’s plenty of space in this home that will serve its purpose, such as the bar area with at 75-bottle SubZero wine chiller and wine storage vault. The kitchen features granite and butcher block counters with custom Christopher Peacock cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, and commercial grade appliances such as a Dacor six-burner range with double ovens, a built-in SubZero refrigerator as well as two each additional refrigerator and freezer drawers, a farm-style sink, all of which is open to the newly restyled keeping room.

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This is a fantastic family home, with a gorgeous 23 x 23 master suite for those who need a place to recharge their batteries after a long day. The upstairs master is sizable and features a gorgeous bank of windows, a dramatic tray ceiling, and the most perfect chandelier that just breathes romance. There’s a second master downstairs, perfect for guests.

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In the upstairs master bath you’ll find beautiful custom tile, a luxurious jacuzzi, his-and-hers vanities, and a private water closet with bidet (a must these days! No joke!). It is so serene and relaxing that you’ll never want to leave, and thanks to the huge closets and ample features, you’ll never have to!

Not only is this home amazing, but the transformation helps it show off its many features that will attract the perfect buyer, and soon!



6934 Tokalon FrontYou just don’t see homes like this hit the market too often. And when they do, it takes just the right buyer to maximize its potential. And boy, is there just tons of potential with 6934 Tokalon, a California-style Midcentury Modern listed by Scott Carlson for $1.2 million.

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Located on one of the most sought-after streets in all of Lakewood, this home has some stunning original features that will have any mid-mod lover go weak in the knees. Check out the incredible window clusters, the gorgeous curved brick wall, the stacked elevation, and the Los Angeles-style front gate. That’s the perfect way to avoid the paparazzi!

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“Tokalon is the prettiest street in Dallas and located a few blocks from the shores of White Rock Lake,” Carlson said. “This unique, pure Midcentury Modern is situated among multi-million dollar homes on beautiful lot with magnificent trees. It’s move-in ready, or seller has amazing plans for addition and renovation. Awesome opportunity for that rare connoisseur of unique architecture and design.”

We couldn’t agree more.

With three bedrooms, two full and one half bath, and almost 3,000 square feet, this home is perfect for someone looking for the perfect place to entertain and doesn’t mind the hard work of a remodel. Really, this house is meant for a person who has inspiration. Imagine what you could do to really bring this home into the 21st century! Start with a luxurious neutral color palette, throw in some unique materials, and use clean lines to really emphasize the space.

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The walls of windows and warm wood floors are just the balm for the stark white interiors. The fireplace makes the whole first floor feel gracious, too. Really, this home has such an amazing floor plan. Some of the fixtures and finishes are dated, as you will see in photos of the master bath and closet, but this is a home for a true lover of midcentury architecture, and likewise, it will be a labor of love.

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Besides an amazing structure, this home is located inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area, which feeds into acclaimed Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s an outstanding family home, and also has fresh landscaping throughout the grounds.

I am sure it will be snatched up by someone who wants to turn this beauty into a show-stopper, worthy of any of the myriad amazing home tours that cover Lakewood and Dallas. I can’t wait to see what it looks like afterward!

3056 Concord Front

For an East Texas town, Tyler isn’t small potatoes. For those inclined to journey to Shreveport every so often, it’s considered the halfway point on the drive toward casino gambling and Louisiana State Police speed traps. But it’s so much more than that. It has tons of parks including a nationally renowned rose garden, as well as nearby lakes, and is home to several small college campuses.

So you can see why this city can support a luxury development, Colonial Estates, in which you’ll find this stunning chateau at 3056 Concord Place. This home is just lovely, and is a true value considering the size and level of quality in the finish-out.

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With three bedrooms, three full and two half baths, this home is spacious enough for both day-to-day life as well as hosting parties or weekend guests. And with almost 5,000 square feet of space, you’ll be sure to find a nook for some privacy and down time. It’s marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Drew Burroughs for $1.25 million.

Built in 2006, this home has all of the latest interior features buyers want with the very best materials. In the living areas you’ll appreciate the grand floor-to-ceiling arched windows and custom draperies, the dramatic chandelier and stately fireplace flanked by candelabra-style sconces. The millwork, with arched doorways fitted with well-crafted mouldings and cavernous ceilings sporting huge exposed beams, is exceptional.

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In the dining room you’ll notice the luxurious fixtures convey a sense of graciousness, with the salmon paint and white trim warmed from the glow provided by the beautiful crystal chandelier and sconces. The only turn off to this room is the carpet, which can be easily updated with either tile or hardwoods — take your pick.

The kitchen, though, is where I wouldn’t change a thing. The immense island and breakfast bar make this whole room feel huge, and considering that it is open to the family room and the breakfast nook, well, this is the space that all 21st century families crave. Polished stone floors, white custom cabinetry, granite counters, commercial-grade appliances, and beautiful fixtures make the whole cooking area an enviable environment for the most discerning home chefs.

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The master bedroom is a huge retreat, with a 24 x 17 footprint and a huge lounge area. The painted paneling (or is that wallpaper? I can’t tell) feels a bit dark and masculine, but I don’t see that as being a tough fix. I love the soffited ceiling, which adds a touch of grandeur to the room.

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The master bath has the same color scheme as the bedroom, but you’ll notice that it feels a little more sedate, thanks to the tile floor and light-colored window dressings. This is the very definition of a spa-worthy master bath, with a gigantic jacuzzi tub and a huge steam shower. Separate vanities would take it to the next level.

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In the backyard you’ll find a great little pool and an outstanding loggia for relaxing in this incredible weather. Honestly, if you’re considering moving out of the hustle-and-bustle city life to a town that’s a little more slower paced without sacrificing luxury, this home is just what you’re looking for.

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This home is truly a labor of love, and it shows! This amazing Tuscan-style estate in McKinney took three years for the owner, an artist, to design and build. It has so many gorgeous and warm, intimate rooms to fall head-over-heels for, and trust me, this home is romance with a foundation and walls.

From the lush landscaping that surrounds the 4 acre lot, to the finishes and tile work, you’ll be transported to an Italian countryside with this 7,600-square-foot masterpiece. It has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and some incredible touches you don’t often see outside of luxury resorts.

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This property in Provine Farms Estates is marketed by Patton International Properties Realtor Myla Patton for $1.75 million. To me, considering some of the amenities this lovely home offers, it seems like an absolute steal! Considering the three-car garage, as well as the stocked pond, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and picturesque courtyard, 1809 Provine would be an excellent bed and breakfast. It certainly has enough visual interest throughout to be a magnet for honeymooners.

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I love the exposed and painted beams, the plaster walls, and the incredible stone work in the kitchen, which has painted cabinets and high-end stainless appliances as well as a cool stainless steel island counter top and a painted wrought iron pot rack. Most people would be put off by the many different materials and patterns on the floor in this home, but to me it just makes it feel more like an artist’s haven — a muse, or source of inspiration.

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You know where you won’t lack inspiration, though? The master bedroom. This is absolute romance, with exposed beams in the ceiling, a two-sided fireplace, and amazing views of the property. In the master bath you’ll find one of the sexiest tubs I’ve ever seen. It’s a sunken tub encased in glass mosaic tile. Imagine having a soak in that gorgeous thing, right next to a fire … just incredible!

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If you’re looking for resort-worthy amenities, all you have to do is go outside to the patio and outdoor kitchen, where you’ll find a pool that has both a beach entry as well as a swim-up bar and a water feature. Pure romance!

Where would you fall in love with this home?

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One of my guilty pleasures is this hilarious Tumblr blog “Catalog Living.” It follows the life of Gary and Elaine as they live in their Pinterest-worthy surroundings that are often so perfect they’re absurd.

Absurdly perfect is how I’d describe this gorgeous remodeled traditional in Fort Worth’s Overton Park subdivision. This neighborhood is so sought after that I would be stunned if 3608 Overton Park was on the market for more than a month. This beautifully remodeled six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home is listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Jeff Anderson for $1,085,000. Sure, it looks unassuming from the curb, but this home is packed full of “WOW!” from the entry on through.

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This home is just stunning, and as you click through the slideshow, you’ll notice that this home, which has just some ridiculously cool finish-out, feels like pages from a catalog. I could totally imagine Gary and Elaine leaning over the kitchen island, tasting the souffle Elaine just pulled from the commercial-grade oven. Or perhaps Gary is watching the Rangers rout the Mariners from his loggia, where he’s got a top-notch outdoor kitchen.

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And consider the rather plush life Gary and Elaine’s rugrats live, what with their space-themed playroom and made-for-sleepovers bunk bed room. With the pool and treehouse in the backyard, they’re probably the envy of the entire neighborhood. Add that this home is right next to a park and it just turned into a home more perfect for a family than any house ever featured in Leave it to Beaver.

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Seriously, though, the attention to detail in the finish-out of this incredible home is nonpariel. I love the cabinetry in the kitchen, the beautiful light fixtures with Edison bulbs throughout the living area, and the master bath rocks one of the coolest cast iron sinks I’ve ever seen in my life. That vanity just makes my millennium. Swoon-worthy and then some, right?

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You’ll also adore the sixth bedroom, which is a guest suite above the pool house. It’s above a living area just off the kitchen that has a separate entrance. Perfect for your 20-something that has flown back to the nest before finding their wings. Just be prepared if they aren’t ready to leave after a few years. You might have to change the locks!

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Really, the only downside I can think of to this home is the lack of covered parking or garages. Still, as Anderson’s listing tells us, with a half-acre lot, there’s plenty of room for you to find a spot to park your Land Rover.

Such a beautiful property! What do you think?


2006 Brazos exteriorWe are sure sorry that the New Orleans Saints won’t be slugging it out at the Superbowl in (freezing!) New York this year. But mark my word, buyers will be slugging it out to own the Westlake, Texas home of their coach, Sean Payton, and his estranged wife, Beth. 5006 Brazos just hit the market for an amazing $3,450,000. That is really not all that much for the stunning, huge, LOADED, estate nestled in the chi chi Vaquero Golf Club, on a Cul-du-sac lot with enormous trees. The home sports a more contemporary flare than most of the homes in the seriously gated, private community, with large windows, expansive views and something every parent of teenagers needs: a discotheque!

2006-Brazos-WestlakeYou may recall… back in February 2011 — Sean Payton got everyone all flustered thinking he was maybe trying to get closer to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys by moving to Vaquero Club in Westake. Vaquero is the number one home  to many PGA golfers, current and former Texas Rangers players and other celebrities and players. Payton, his wife Beth, and kiddos first hunkered down in the 8,554 square foot house owned by former Texas Rangers and current New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Come early January, 2012, Sean and his wife bought 5006 Brazos. Smart move as this house had so many goodies, and what it didn’t have they added, from the private disco to the massive fireplace in the master bath, to the ladies’ vanity station with farmhouse sink that puts you in command central for grooming.

No offense to NOLA, but you would not find a house like this in Louisiana. No way Jose. Check out this slide show for detailed photos from the home’s last listing.

But now, Sean and Beth are calling it quits. And 5006 Brazos Court, their dream house,  is about to become someone else’s dream.

sean-and-beth-300x193The home is nestled into a cozy Vaquero cul de sac overlooking a pond. The kids can go fish whenever. The home has almost 7800 square feet. If you love those big, sprawling Farmer’s sinks, you have found your nirvana. Every single bathroom in this house has Farmer’s sinks that you usually only see in kitchens. Take note of the Master bath in that slide show: most gorgeous tile ever plus steam shower and a romantic rock fireplace. This home is loaded with interesting textures in every single room.

2006 Brazos dining room 2006 Brazos Living room 2006 Brazos Butlers 2006 Brazos family room 2006 Brazos kitchenBuilt in 2006, the home has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, and nearly 7,800 square feet of living space. There are stained concrete floors and walls, as well as a heavy use of wood paneling, marble and stone. Let me tell you: no expense was spared in the amenity department when this home was built. The place comes with a to-die for gourmet kitchen, a media room, an exercise room and a study. Biggest butler’s pantry I have seen. There is a second game room upstairs, with the now-famous disco off to the side. And when we say disco, we mean disco: Payton’s in-house game room, which goes full-on discotheque has a lighted dance floor, laser lights, fog machine and a full wet bar.Sean-Payton-House-Westlake-Texas-25

2006 Brazos loggia 2006 Brazos master study 2006 Brazos master 2006 Brazos master bath w fireplaceOutside, Coach Payton’s pad is pure summer time party fun headquarters: there’s an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit and a huge saltwater pool with a spa. Behind the pool is a full cabana, recessed into the terrain so it’s a swim-up bar.

Many expected the home to hit the market in 2012 after Payton filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years. However, Beth later filed a counter-petition for divorce that allowed her to designate the Westlake home as the primary residence of the couple’s children.

Payton was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05, where he must have developed his great taste in real estate. This is one of my favorite homes in North Texas, and I am totally stealing that master bath fireplace idea. Talk about warm towels! Also loving everything in their son’s room, from the footballs to the playing field rug boasting loudly, SAINTS! That’s a boys’ dream room, whether he’s 9 or 49!

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Listing agent is Vanessa Van Trease of Chateau Realty5006 Brazos pool 5006 Brazos cabana swim up bar 2006-Brazos-Westlake