IHOTW Belfort
First of all, LOCATION! 4557 Belfort Avenue in Highland Park EAST of the Dallas North Tollway. Can you find a sweeter spot? Then you have this stunning, creamy, ivy-covered charmer with a garden courtyard that has been remodelled and redecorated by award-winning interior designer extraordinaire Emily Summers. Summers, along with Dallas design legend Laura Hunt, is one of the very few designers in town to have been named to the top 100 best designers in the world by Architectural Digest numerous times. Both are well loved by AD’s haute editor, Paige Rense. Summers is also the only Dallas designer to have served on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation from 2002 to 2006, by Presidential appointment, from President George W. Bush. She served as Chair for the Communication, Education, and Outreach Committee. Her signature work has been said to possess “clarity of vision” and the resulting spaces “luxurious yet restrained”.

Take a look inside this house, you’ll get it in about 5 seconds. (more…)

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As you know, we LOVE Anteks Home Furnishings. It’s our favorite place to furnish your second home, even your first!

For more than 20 years, Anteks has been providing Dallas buyers with rustic but chic western furniture and home accessories. For most of those 20 years, owner Jason Lenox  served up his wares from a spot on Lovers Lane next to Dr. Delphinium Designs. It was convenient, but then the landlords got stars in their eyes with the real estate. Jason packed up and moved to a great spot in the Dallas Design District. (more…)

10484 Silverock Dr extWell, pending at least. But you never know until those checks have been wired, so go ahead and look at this treasure at 10484 Silverock Drive in Eastwood Estates. I meant to tell you about it last week, but got busy with Deion Sanders. Paige Elliot has this listing and when I heard about it, I knew it would not last long. They never do. (more…)

GARNET COVE IHOTW

Sometimes you don’t want proximity. Sometimes you want to go home to a place at the end of the day that envelopes you in nature, with a lake nearby for paddle boarding, sailing or jet skis. Sometimes your way of unwinding when you get home (or off the road) is to go drop a line and fish. Such is what most buyers want and find when they get to Emerald Sound on Lake Lewisville.

Emerald Sound is a deed-restricted development of large single-family homes nestled on the East bank of Lake Lewisville in Oak Point, Texas. Each homestead is an irregular one-plus acre estate consisting of Black Prarie soil and post oak timbers. Homeowners enjoy keeping a horse or two, maybe even a mule, and preserve the migrating waterfowl, animal life and abundance of fishing that drew indigenous people to the area for more than 300 years, before it became part of the Peters Colony, the first Texas land grant open to settlers.

And if you haven’t seen the sun set behind Denton and across the lake, well, you need to. It is the closest I have come to feeling like I’m on the shore in the heart of Texas.

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dEION'S NEW lAKE rIDGE PAD

We don’t know where, and we are not sure if this is a permanent home, but we know that after Deion moved all that stuff out of 1280 Preston Road in Prosper, he had to go somewhere. And go somewhere he did indeed, to the exclusive Lake Ridge, a hilly 3,600-acre development along Joe Pool Lake on the west side of Cedar Hill, 3.5 miles west of Highway 67.

First developed in 1994 by Bluegreen Communities, the one-time ranch land became a lakeside mecca for Dallas’ elite looking for spectacular views and rolling hills. In 2012, SouthStar Communities bought Lake Ridge from Bluegreen Communities. Now, SouthStar has commenced on the final gated neighborhood of Lake Ridge,The Sanctuary. Former Dallas Cowboy Linebacker Dexter Coakley lives there, as do a number of pro athletes and others who want space inside and out, as well as tree-filled rolling hills. (more…)

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Well, at least those “Not in Preston Hollow” signs will be coming down in time for the elections, and there will be no new construction for awhile at the intersection of Preston and Northwest Highway. Maybe the Dallas City Council is even breathing a sigh of relief — one less community battle to fight.

I have had this news for a few days, but waited to confirm before posting: Transwestern just released a statement saying they and “the owners of Town House Row have ended their contractual relationship concerning the property at the NE corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road.” Full statement below.

Here’s what happened: when Transwestern scaled back their density to accommodate the neighbors’s demands, they had to re-negotiate the sales price. Sources tell me the deal was about $18 million. At first, I’m told, the Townhouse Row owners were going to net $140 a square foot for dirt which was 3 acres. that’s 130,680 square feet times $140. Then I heard that when Preston Center Apartments came into the deal, the price was up to $170 psf. This would have been a record-setting price for land in the area, but then, you are talking Gold Coast: nestled in between Preston Hollow and Park Cities, some of the highest wealth demographics in the country. (more…)