03/28/17 2:09pm

straight lane

The gracious estates along Strait Lane invite a certain mystery. Set back from the road with ample acreage, these properties are some of the most exclusive — and luxurious — in Dallas.

Today, I’d like to tell you about one that truly impresses. Driving up to 4949 Calleja Way through tall and ornate gates, magnificent views delight on the way to the impressive front elevation and an elegant, beautifully constructed house. This property actually has two addresses, the second of which is 10400 Strait Lane; it’s at the end of a winding cul-de-sac, of which few are aware.

Nestled into Bachman Creek with lush landscaping, this breathtaking, yet unostentatious, home reflects a serene, enchanting aesthetic. It was designed by Larry E. Boerder Architects as a custom home for the present owners in 1999. Every amenity and comfort you could ever want, and newer Smart Home features, are encompassed in a highly accessible design and layout.

“People are searching for more authenticity in all things, and this house exudes fine quality throughout without being at all pretentious — it’s a house for our times,” said listing agent C C Allen with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The degree of integration and design that’s present inside the house and out — it’s absolutely flawless.”

With six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, six living areas, five dining areas, and 12,234 square feet in three stories, there’s no shortage of space. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large or “too much” in any way. In fact, this house feels perfectly right-sized.

“The rooms are elegantly proportioned and cohesive with a seamless design plan,” Allen said. “An elevator to all three floors means all spaces in the home are easily accessible, as well.”

Seeing is believing with this Strait Lane home — let’s take a tour.

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03/28/17 2:05pm
art collector

Intimidated at the prospect of becoming an art collector? Robyn Siegel and Cindy Schwartz simplify the process. (Photo: Bull Series, Roy Lichtenstein; Courtesy Cindy Schwartz)

By Robyn Siegel and Cindy Schwartz
Special Contributors

The museum gift shop posters and concert memorabilia are no longer as charming as they once were, and the hand-me-downs from your relatives, while so lovely, don’t reflect your taste, the style of your home, and the furniture and decor decisions. You think, “I will start to collect one day – when I buy a home, when I get a bonus, after the kids are a little older, when we can afford it …”

That one day doesn’t have to be so far away. You can start today.

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03/28/17 9:31am
Enchanting home designed by Charles Dilbeck

5001 Westridge in England … actually Fort Worth (pPhotos: Trey Freeze Photography)

Charles Dilbeck was a renowned architect of the early 20th Century that designed over 600 homes in Dallas and Fort Worth.  Unlike many architects that stay in the same style or genre, Dilbeck designed homes in a variety of styles throughout his career.

This Dilbeck design at 5001 Westridge Avenue is a French Eclectic home built in the mid-1930s.

To say this home is unique is an understatement.  From the location of the home to the long and winding entrance from the privacy gate to the exterior materials used to the nooks-and-crannies of the interior, this home is truly enchanting!

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03/28/17 8:26am

 

Panama Opener

Panama: it’s routinely touted as one of the best places on earth for American retirement, with its stable government, spectacular climate, welcoming attitude, and low cost of living. Lil and Robert Miller moved to Panama from New Jersey eight years ago when they took early retirement. They’ve loved every minute of their adventure in a luxurious, gated community of mainly American, Canadian, and European expats in a rain forest mountain setting. Family matters now call them back to the States, and having met many Texas expats in Panama, the Millers contacted SecondShelters.com to spread the word they’re selling their home by owner.

Valerie Jarvie’s post on SecondShelters.com’s covers the appeal of Panama and get a look at their Panamanian paradise. 

03/28/17 7:30am
Squire and Partners’ Leaf Conceptual High-Rise Generates its Own Electricity

Squire and Partners’ Leaf Conceptual High-Rise Generates its Own Electricity.

Since the days of our 1980s architectural dalliance, I’ve panned 30-plus years of lackluster Dallas building many times. I mean, of Dallas’ tallest 20 buildings, just one … one … has been built since 1988 … what world-class city’s skyline does that?  (Psst … it’s Museum Tower and it’s only 15th tallest.  Pretty sad, eh?) Most recently I urged Pink Wall residents to at least consider throwing some density shekels at a developer who aimed for magnificence. But what do I think is magnificent?

This.

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03/28/17 7:15am

5234 Ponderosa a

Just how how is the North Texas under-$300K market right now? The Buckner Terrace home at 5234 Ponderosa Way was listed Saturday and the deadline for all offers (plural) is today at noon. That’s how hot.

Part of its appeal is its top-to-bottom renovation by Kettering Ideas. We’ve written about them before here, here, and here, and owner Steve Kettering does simply marvelous and memorable work. You’ve got to see the “before” pictures below to properly appreciate the scale of this flip. It’s night and day.

This house has gone from dumpy to divine, a higher-end transitional remodel with a sleek, on-trend feel and new everything. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,919 square feet, built in 1965.

Now you’ll find low-E windows, rich hardwoods, new doors and fixtures, new sheetrock and insulation in some areas, recessed lighting, new privacy fence, fresh landscaping…there’s not an inch of this corner-lot property that’s not been made appealing.

What do you want to bet it goes for way over asking price?

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03/27/17 12:24pm
Country Dirt booth at Round Top Antique Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Something for everyone at Round Top Antique Show (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

 

One of the joys of living in an old printing factory is that you never run out of room or projects. When a friend mentioned that it was time for the Round Top Antique Fair this weekend, I decided it was time for this Lifestylist to get down to Round Top and see what all of the buzz was about, and I wasn’t disappointed. I just wondered what took me so long to take advantage of one of the best antique and vintage shows that is an easy road trip from Dallas. It truly was 26 miles of weird, wacky, and wonderful buys that offered something for everyone. (more…)

03/27/17 10:08am

3825Miramar

Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!