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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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New construction just keeps getting better. The Metroplex has some of the best home building talent in the nation and this stunning Preston Hollow custom home is a perfect example of the caliber of that expertise. Douglas M. Jones Custom Homes has created a magnificent transitional mansion at 4309 Woodfin Drive in the Rockbrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow, one of the most coveted areas of Dallas.

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6307 Stefani Drive
We’re always excited to see a new Phillip Jennings Custom Home because they have no “signature” style. Each new build is completely unique, so always a delightful surprise. Their latest project is a Preston Hollow soft contemporary at 6307 Stefani. It’s a twist on the Texas modern regional style we’ve been seeing so much of lately. While it bears trademarks of that style, an abundance of light, a strong relationship with the outdoors and an open-plan living area, it’s decidedly cool, clean-lined, and contemporary. (more…)

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I want to make something perfectly clear: an indictment does not mean you are guilty. And U.S. medical law is very complex, a difficult road to navigate. It is also my personal belief that sometimes the medical community is held to higher standards than any other profession while payment for services is tightly regulated by insurance companies. Attorneys pay each other for referrals; physicians are barred from it. Drug companies cannot even give a doctor a pen for fear they will be “unduly influenced”. The government is using nukes in some cases where in others, those who have clearly abused raped the system have gone scot free.

But the law is the law, and there are greedy folks in every profession. Remember that when you learn that a federal grand jury has indicted 21 people — from Dallas to Costa Rica — related to the now-bankrupt Forest Park Medical Centers investigation of a $40 million kick back scheme. The group includes high profile doctors, surgeons and health care executives. The feds said Thursday they took part in a massive, four year illegal kickback scheme to drum up patients. What they allegedly did: since the Forest Park Hospitals (there were five) were physician-owned, they could not treat patients covered by any public health insurance plan (the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, which have notoriously low reimbursements) because they could not bill for them. Forest Park focused on treating patients with better-reimbursing private health care insurance. But they allegedly referred the public health patients to other doctors who then allegedly got a kick-back, which came in the form of sports tickets, diamonds, high end dining and even deals on medical office space and advertising! Talk about goosing the economy!

All very complex, but I’ll tell you what: some really great real estate may be on the horizon:

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3416 Drexel Drive
There’s a certain expectation level when house hunting in the Park Cities. Buyers know beauty is a given, size is essential, and green features are increasingly important. This stately Highland Park new French traditional, at 3416 Drexel Drive, not only meets those expectations, it exceeds them.

The 7,256-square-foot, three-story home is within walking distance of Highland Park United Methodist Church and Southern Methodist University. The kids can bike to Armstrong Elementary School. The Dallas Country Club is five blocks away. You really cannot find a better location.

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5102 Lakehill IHOTW
What does this gorgeous Inwood Meadows Estate at 5102 Lakehill Court have in common with the George W. Bush Presidential Library, The American Airlines Center, and Booker T. Washington High School?

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It was originally built in 1984 for Mr. and Mrs. C. Dewitt Brown Jr. Brown was the founder of Dee Brown Inc., one of the largest commercial masonry contractors in the country. Their projects include all of the aforementioned buildings, as well as almost every building you’ve ever heard of. So, when the man that started an award-winning masonry company built his own home, he built it to last — for centuries.

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4915 StanfordThis home will be open on Thursday, August 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. for your viewing pleasure!

Oh yes, this one is a keeper.

I mean, just look around us at everything that is being built. Modern homes are increasingly preferred by today’s buyers, and smart builders have definitely taken note.

It’s really no surprise we’re all embracing the principles of midcentury style and sensibility that some of us were raised with. (I’m sitting at my Haywood-Wakefield desk as I type this.) The design influence today is all about simplicity, clean lines, no clutter, open floor plans, and a respectful melding with the environment.

This new, gorgeous modern home, at 4915 Stanford, is a flawless example of what happens when great design minds meet. I call it, “Mid-Century Modern Light.”

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The TV series Mad Men started it all by introducing a new generation to an era of style that defined “cool,” placing midcentury modernism squarely back into mainstream consciousness. Dallas has an excellent collection of ‘mid-mod’ homes by a range of iconic architects that include Harwell Hamilton Harris, Glenn Allen Galaway, O’Neil Ford, and Howard Meyer, but finding one of these retro homes that’s been remodeled to perfection is like discovering the proverbial needle in a haystack. (more…)