Extraordinary Mockingbird Park Contemporary 5351 Livingston facade

We featured this hot neighborhood Saturday, and today we’re sharing an extraordinary Mockingbird Park contemporary home with you.  Becky Frey with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s just listed 5351 Livingston, a true modern beauty designed by Paul Pedigo of Larson & Pedigo Architects.

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6410 Woodland Dr. IHOTW
Location, location, location. There’s nothing more important when you’re looking for a home. Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is in a perfect location within Preston Hollow, and it’s a gorgeous homage to that 19th century classic European style we all love.

6410 Woodland Drive Front Door

This magnificent two-story, 6,360-square-foot luxury home at 6410 Woodland Drive, is located right between two of the best shopping areas in town: NorthPark Center and Preston Center. It’s close to two excellent private schools: St. Marks School of Texas and Ursuline Academy. And it’s a hop skip and a jump to the Dallas North Tollway. The lovely Preston Hollow Park is just down the street. See, it really is in a perfect location.

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Photography by Jason Anderson

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the year than with this drop-dead-gorgeous Highland Park modern French chateau at 4441 S. Versailles Avenue. Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International has recently listed the luxurious mansion for $8.495 million.

And we do mean luxurious. Built as a spec home in 2008, it combined the talents of builder Christine Goff, architect Will Snyder, and interior designer Ann Schooler, to create a flawless three-story, 11,698-square-foot home that has everything you could possibly imagine — and then some. Now if that is not enough pedigree let’s add another ingredient into the mix — sellers with extraordinary taste.

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3800 Normandy

We asked listing agent Shell Stegall how she’d describe her absolutely phenomenal $3.342 million Highland Park contemporary listing at 3800 Normandy Avenue. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind house,” she said.

It certainly made us stop and look!

3800 Normandy

Doors to the foyer and living area open onto the front porch for ease of entertaining.

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Len B book

I have known, and loved, Len Bourland for a long time. We were both writers, mothers, and married to physicians when we met back in the ’80s. Moving to Dallas from New York City, switching roles from working producer to freelancing mom, was sort of shocking to my then much younger system. Meeting Len was amazing: a woman who, like me, lived to write. A writer who actually had a regular column we all devoured, laughed over, but most importantly identified with. Great writers make themselves jump out on the page, bring you into their hearts, pull you into their lives, and leave you as a close friend. A friend you can identify with.

That was, and still is, Len’s award-winning regular column in Park Cities People. From Carpool Capers to At Our House, we enjoyed her stories of the “halcyon days” when we didn’t have car seats with five point locking systems. Like the time she and her neighbor donned rubber gloves, long sleeves, swim goggles, bandanas and shower caps to jump-start a car — after all, the battery warning label said “Caution! Batteries Contain Acid, Which Can Explode!”. It was I Love Lucy meets The Brady Bunch.

Her book, “Normal’s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine”  is a collection of all those fun columns, raising a family in the Park Cities, the “quintessential Reagan-era stay-at-home mom dream in the Big D”. But it’s also the story of a woman who, like most of us, launches a family with sparkly eyes and a big, loving heart, then sees it turn upside down before her eyes. Len manages to keep it together, “mop up and move on”, and find a new life and career through real estate at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s on Lovers Lane.

And by the way, if you can answer the real estate “riddle” at the end of this post, Len will send you a copy of her book, which is for sale on Amazon, at Preston Royal Barnes & Noble, St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange, Church of the Incarnation and St. Michaels & All Angels Church. 

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4608 Livingston

Our Saturday Six Hundred at 4608 Livingston is just about the cutest West Highland Park cottage we’ve ever seen. We’ve been bullish on this neighborhood for some time now. It’s close to everything — great dining and shopping, minutes from Love Field, and of course the Dallas North Tollway is down the street. For young professionals that don’t want a high-rise lifestyle and are not ready to spend a million on a home, it’s a perfect location.

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5347 Montrose IHOTW

This is exactly how we imagine Kate and William living in Anmer Hall, the young royals’ country house. They’ve undoubtedly created a traditional, timeless, warm, and tasteful home — just like this charming cottage in Greenway Parks. It has that classic European style passed down from generation to generation. And it’s so refreshing to see a home that actually looks like a home, with nooks and crannies, detailing, color, and pattern. (more…)

Texas Modern 11201 Leachman Circle

The sleek-lined exterior of this Texas modern is exactly what you look for when you want a contemporary home that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s like a Tiffany gift box — classic and unpretentious. Then you unwrap it — well in this case you walk in the front door — and just like every single thing that comes in a Tiffany box, you realize it’s perfect and exactly what you always wanted.

Set on over two acres of land that back up to a creek in what amounts to a private park, this home graces the end of a cul-de-sac in the Royal Northaven neighborhood. This is the heart of private school paradise. Hockaday and Jesuit are to the north and The Episcopal School of Dallas is to the southwest, all about a five minute drive from this Texas modern masterpiece at 11201 Leachman Circle.

11201 Leachman Circle

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