In an area known for trying to impress with excess, it’s nice to see a property that’s comfortably glamorous.  Sure, when you drive by 6607 Desco Drive you wonder. Area homes are a mix of 1950s ranches and cliché McMansions. Like much of Preston Hollow, land values have tripled in the past 15 years as the neighborhood retreats upmarket with tear downs.

This home is “new” but no stereotype.

Between bold architectural shapes and a lack of roses and wisteria, you rubberneck as you slowly drive by (gone unfortunately are the prior owner’s neon bicycles).  With plenty of lawn, it’s not completely xeriscape, but it makes use of a lot of drought-resistant plants. For me the place has a bit of a Mexico City vibe.  When I got home and poked around, I found the original ranch home was gutted, added to, renovated, and most importantly owned by interior designer Ana Seyffert.  Buying a designer’s home lets you live in their world without the vacillations of a client to dilute the vision.  The work, begun in 2008, took two years and swept away the 1950s and brought this tropically urban home.

A home like this screams for press coverage.  When Seyffert first sold the home in 2014 to the current owner, Candy was there.

The home is listed with Erin Mathews of Allie Beth Allman for $2.599 million.  It has 5,589 square feet on a pinch over half an acre with four bedrooms and five full bathrooms.

The inside is cool, but let’s stay outside for a bit …


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An “O” House is a home so fabulous you have to drop whatever you are doing (yeah, even that) or holding, including your nail file, to look!

Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones, son of Jerry and Gene, and wife Karen Gayle (Hickman), have listed their 10,543 square foot home, simply stunning, on a super desire-able corner lot, to sell with Allie Beth Allman. The price tag is a whopping $11.5 million, the location one of the very best in Highland Park: 3900 Miramar.

The home is  a stately Georgian built in 1996. But don’t let those Potomac River-esque dentils fool you. 3900 Miramar has been updated to the max with the very best of everything. And I love the juxtaposition of classic with clean. Karen Jones’ soft neutral touch in interior decor blows this house up and and out to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in terms of polish.

But before we go into the delicacies of the house, wanted to draw your attention to this little blurb in 24/7 WallStreet, a financial news and opinion site which claims its articles “are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Time.com, USAToday, and The Huffington Post.”

I knew of the listing, of course, but had to chuckle when I saw it written up on this site:

3900 Miramar pool area

The house sits in Highland Park, which has a number of multi-million dollar homes. The neighborhood is just north of Dallas, about 25 miles from AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play. At least Jones does not have a brutal commute.


New construction by Avida Homes in Highland Park (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

New construction by Avida Homes in Highland Park (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

After being involved in homebuilding for over 30 years I’ve seen a lot, and as a Lifestylist® with an opinion, I almost always have changes I’d like to make to a home that I think would increase it’s value. After visiting 3608 Beverly, I’m speechless — for once I wouldn’t change a thing.

One of the hardest things to do in Dallas right now is to tour a newly constructed home — they are selling so quickly the builders barely have time to put in the driveway before the moving vans pull up. We met David and Rozie Samei of Avida Custom Homes at our recent Candy’sDirt.com Staff Meeting, at which they mentioned a home they just completed on Beverly Drive, and we set up a time to see it. Even before I could get there a potential customer made an appointment to tour the home for the third time, who is obviously in love with the house. With a home that is as beautiful as this one and in such a perfect location, you have to be fast. Of course, it’s now under contract, says Rozie Samei!



If visions of living like Marie Antoinette dance in your head, this jaw dropping French chateau at 4850 Preston Road, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, and built by Sharif & Munir, may be your dream home. It was listed last week by Allie Beth Allman (of course!) for 14.5 million. Mon Dieu, it is flawless-and the history… ooh la la. (more…)

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Show of hands: How many of our CandysDirt.com readers enjoyed the beautiful weather at the annual Polo on the Lawn match this past Saturday? It was a wonderful event held at Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. But did you know that 23 Ash Bluff Lane was once the site of the Dallas Polo Club in the 1920s?

Yes, it’s true! This gorgeous Anton Korn-designed estate built in 1935 is the very same place where polo ponies and riders raced while the elegant ladies and gentleman of Dallas society looked on.

It was originally built for oilman Clint Murchison, but was later renovated in a way that holds on to the home’s history while allowing it to easily accommodate today’s buyer. Jump to see the rest of this gorgeous home located inside the exclusive Glen Abbey neighborhood.

23 Ash Bluff Side Front



Sustainability is not a word generally associated with luxury homes, but one local architect has been challenging that for some time. Tom Reisenbichler puts the gorgeous in green. His modern masterpiece at 3501 Caruth Boulevard in University Park has received LEED Gold designation and was just listed by Deanne Brock with Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $5.695 million. (more…)



Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith would be right at home in this Regents Park townhouse. Not Regent’s Park, London, mind you, but Dallas. The Regents Park development is an exclusive gated community of just 14 luxury homes in the heart of Turtle Creek.

White stucco exteriors, balconies, terraces, and iron embellishments mean the builders have gotten it absolutely right in their goal of bringing a bit of London’s style to Dallas. If you could easily imagine yourself living in a tony London flat, this beauty at 2908 Hood Street may be just your cup of tea. Daylon Pereira of Allie Beth Allman has the 6,547-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath listing priced at $2.59 million.



Photo: Dan Piassick

As you enter the gorgeous grounds of this estate you’ll think you’ve stumbled into Las Alamandas –the resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast that is so private it’s the favorite haunt of the uber rich and famous. This haven of a hacienda is picture perfect in every way and although you don’t have to be famous, you’d better have a healthy bank account for this one. With a list price of $11,595,000 it’s not for the faint of financial heart but it is most definitely for the very discerning and privacy driven buyer. If you want the look and feel of a boutique luxury hideaway hotel, 4842 Brookview Drive is a secluded paradise, replete with lush gardens, breezy terraces, and best of all, its minutes from downtown. (more…)