11159 Russwood Front

The size and shape of a lot can greatly influence the look and feel of a home. Sometimes a sprawling home on a large lot is nothing short of nirvana, but to transplant that same home to one of the miniscule footprints in University Park? Well, that’s heresy. This gorgeous 1969 contemporary, which has clerestory windows and a low-pitched roof feels so much like a mid-century modern, but has the large rooms and languorous floorplan of the ranch homes for which this area of Preston Hollow is known. The lot is an astonishing 177 feet wide, and totals .57 of an acre. The setback is dramatic, and the landscaping and mature trees make it feel very private.

And the backyard? Well, it’s a great spot for families to run free without a care in the world. This is a home that is easy to fall in love with, and once you fall in love with a home, you don’t want to take any chances with financing. When you’re ready to put a bid in on this High Caliber Home of the Week, talk to Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, a consummate professional who works hard for her clients.

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3615 Amherst Fountain back

Rarely do you see a home take such fantastic advantage of a unique lot in such a special way as this luxurious transitional design from Stocker Hoestry Montenegro Architects does. Built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Tatum Brown Custom Homes from the finest materials, this is a home that feels so seamlessly integrated into the land that there is no beginning or end, just a timeless, elegant design that hugs one of the most sought-after spots on Turtle Creek — Culture Gulch.

When you fall for a home like this — and once you see the interiors staged by Cindy Musgrove of Blu Sky Living, you will fall hard — you want to make sure your financing is bombproof. There’s no better person to call than Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, as she’ll make sure you get the right loan to make closing a breeze.


M-Streets Tudor

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, then today’s Thursday Three Hundred is your wish come to market.

The M-Streets Tudor at 5355 McCommas Blvd. captivates with corner-lot curb appeal, from the steeply pitched roof and bright red door to stone-and-wood siding and arching shade trees. This 1946 house is pure romance and charm, both inside and out, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,485 square feet. It is listed by Julie Coats Frakes with Allie Beth Allman for $395,000.

Located just two blocks from Glencoe Park, it’s situated in a coveted neighborhood, on the northern edge of Greenland Hills. The picturesque streets are filled with historic revival houses, many of which are also Tudor-style versions of English cottages. This architectural continuity, along with the gently rolling hills and canopy of pecan and oak trees, makes for a congenial, enchanting feel.


The Shelton

Wow! I stumbled into Carolina Rendon’s hip pocket and neither of us felt a thing – but I saw something wonderful that stirred my renovator’s heart. But I get ahead of myself…

In 1983, The Shelton popped up in Preston Center located on Luther Lane just south of Northwest Highway and east of the Tollway. It began life as a condominium but has had an interesting life since.

It was sold to Japanese investor Takeharu Miyama in the early 1990s who leased the units. In 2005, nearly 15 years later, the building was marketed to developers. The building sold in 2006 for approximately $35 million to Dallas-based Dunhill Partners who planned to return the Shelton to condominiums and committed $12 million for the renovation of units and public areas – estimated at about $65,000 per unit. In the process of renovation, the original 129 units shrunk to 115 as some units were combined and supersized.

(After the sale, Takeharu made the prescient move to buy 1909 Woodall Rodgers months before Klyde Warren Park was approved. The park transformed freeway frontage into park-side prominence.)

We all recall how real estate turned dollars into dimes in the late 2000s as global economies crashed and residential mortgage availability evaporated. While Dallas was no Miami or Phoenix, the real estate market still faltered as banks threw another log on the fire in overtightening mortgage qualifications. An ebullient 2005 turned grim by 2007 when the newly renovated Shelton units hit the market. As citywide inventory stacked up, the unsold Shelton units were again pressed into service as rentals.

Now, just over two years as Dallas real estate turned from indolent to incandescent, Shelton units are coming off lease and selling at a fairly brisk clip. This isn’t unique to the Shelton. Nearly all established high-rises have had a lot fewer listings and fewer days on market.

And it’s here that we get a peek into Carolina’s pockets.


Laurie Mah Realtor Profile Photo


Experience is important, but it’s no substitute for doing the research and legwork. That’s a philosophy Laurie Mah maintains, and it’s led to plenty of success. This determined and knowledgeable Realtor with Allie Beth Allman’s Ben Jones Group has lived all over the US and in parts of Asia, but loves the M Streets the best. She is a fantastic asset for both buyers and sellers, is a Feng Shui aficionado, and knows her way around a transaction.

The level of service she provides reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Read on for more about the amazing Laurie Mah!


Luis Oseguera

Luis Oseguera has always been passionate about real estate, but as an accomplished restaurateur in Arkansas with more than 20 years of experience in that field, it was his avocation, not his profession.

“I worked with my family when I was living in Arkansas to help them acquire their first home—after seeing the happiness that came from that, I felt like being a Realtor was something I wanted to pursue at some point in my life,” he said.

When he moved to Dallas with his family in 2005, it was the opportunity he’d been waiting for—Oseguera went to school and got his real estate license. Now he brings his customer service experience and knowledge of building and maintaining client relationships to the North Texas market as a Realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

As a bicultural and bilingual Realtor, Oseguera works extensively with the Hispanic community in Dallas and brings his communication and negotiation skills to their home buying efforts.

Oseguera, his wife, and four children live in University Park. He makes frequent trips to serve underprivileged communities in the U.S., as well as Mexico and South America when he’s not working in Dallas. We asked him a few questions about what motivates him in his work and why he chose Dallas as his home.



It was back in January of 2013 that Tom and Cinda Hicks first shocked us by listing their 25 acre Preston Hollow estate, also known as the Crespi Estate, for $135 million with Doug Newby. That price tag sure garnered a lot of attention from the folks at places like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and pretty much everywhere. Lots of attention for being the priciest house in the US for awhile, but it never garnered any buyers. Newby always seemed to have the estate front and center on Private Air Luxury Homes Magazine. He even lowered the price to $98 million. Rumors were circulating for weeks before and after Christmas that the listing was changing hands. I know the Hicks spoke to Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s as well as other top agents in town. The pricing advice on the home from these other agents was not accepted. Dallas is a hot market, and the Hicks want to sell their estate to downsize, enjoy their other homes, and not be so tied down to the annoying management of 25 acres.  (more…)

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park's most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park’s most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

There are just two days until the highly anticipated ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which showcases some truly amazing Highland Park homes that will have your brain buzzing with ideas for your own casa, and we have an early Christmas gift for our dear readers!

Thanks to the amazing sponsors, of which we are beyond proud to be counted as a Platinum-level sponsor with this year’s tour, CandysDirt.com is able to give away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which raises money for the teachers and programming that make Highland Park ISD schools great.

Jump to find out more about the home tour sponsors and how you can win tickets to the Friday event!