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If dreams of the Loire Valley and Château du Chenonceau fill your head but you hang your hat in Dallas, we may have found your next home. This University Park French contemporary at 2901 Bryn Mawr marries classic French exterior style with clean contemporary interior lines. The result is perfect.

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4005 Gillon a

Deep in the heart of Highland Park near Beverly and Lakeside drives, I’ve found an incredible home, being offered for a steal,  on almost half an acre of prime real estate. This is the best part of Highland Park, and this home doesn’t disappoint.

The Greek Revival masterpiece at 4005 Gillon Ave. has Georgian Colonial influences in its stately architecture. Built in 1973, the house is a three-quarters replica of an 1853 mansion the owner grew up loving in Canton, Miss. The façade conveys a grandeur that continues inside.

This home has three bedrooms, thee full bathrooms, one half bath, four living areas, and 7,292 square feet on two stories.

“The space is there for anyone who might want to update it, but the home is perfect for those who appreciate the finer features of a bygone era,” said David Sparling with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the house. “This property is two doors down from Lakeside Drive and in the best part of Old Highland Park.”

4005 Gillon was built as an homage to that American era which is crystallized in our identity by Southern Belles attending elaborate balls. It was in the spirit of that gilded age that this home was conceived and built.

This is a home that was made to impress, both inside and out, where you could host just a few friends for an intimate dinner or half of the town for a black-tie affair, without missing a step. It imposes unto its guests an air of sophistication and grace.

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3624 Wentwood DriveWe have a triple treat for you today. A gorgeous two-story residence with professionally designed interiors, and in one of the best locations Dallas has to offer. This University Park custom home at 3624 Wentwood Drive is another masterpiece from one of our CandysDirt.com approved buildersTatum Brown Custom Homes.

Like all of their homes, there is practicality built into the beauty and it all reflects the homeowner’s personality. Of course, that process is made a bit easier when your client is a principal in AvreaWagner, one of the hottest young interior design firms in Dallas, and when you have William S. Briggs drawing up your architectural plans. Talk about your dream team!

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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…)

4080 Hanover

As a stager, I’m often asked by sellers, “What are buyers looking for?” There’s a long answer of course, and much depends on who the buyer is. But the short one is that they are looking for exactly what you’ll see in this University Park contemporary French traditional home at 4080 Hanover Street.

4080 Hanover

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6428 TulipOur Monday Morning Millionaire may make you want to dash, rather than tiptoe, to see this Preston Hollow traditional at 6428 Tulip Lane . It was custom built by Registry Fine Homes for a local interior designer, but no we’re not spilling the beans. But you know any home built for a designer is guaranteed to surpass all expectations. (more…)

6615 Stichter Twilight Front

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Ooh la la! We have just stumbled upon a tres chic, plus belle maison in Preston Hollow at 6615 Stichter Avenue. The exterior is a nod to the famous architect Georges-Eugene Haussmann who created the distinctive look that comes to mind when we imagine a typical Parisian home.

Typical stops, however, when you enter the front door and find France meets Texas in grand style. We think Marie Antoinette would be quite happy downsizing from Versailles into this five-bedroom, five-and-one-half-bath beauty, listed by CC Allen of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for$2,399,000. Mon dieu! That’s a steal.

And remember, CandysDirt.com will be hosting HGTV’s own Parisian real estate expert, Adrian Leeds, this June! Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter for an exclusive invitation!  (more…)

This stunning $1.6-million home is one of five houses featured this week in our weekly open house roundup.

The stunning $1.6-million home at 3826 Medallion Ln. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

True love doesn’t always show up on a first date, but at these five Dallas-area open houses this weekend, you might feel cupid’s (real estate) bow.

We’re visiting neighborhoods from Lakewood Estates to West Dallas’ Walnut Hill Highlands, to East Kessler and North Dallas. The prices range from $364,900 to $1.64 million. We hope you make time to visit some of these open houses or others you discover—by our count, there are around 180 in Dallas alone! Leave us a comment with your weekend open house discoveries.

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