CandysDirt staff meeting

It’s one of the most luxurious homes in Highland Park — or Texas — and we’ve got your ticket to tour at the next CandysDirt staff meeting.

Sitting on almost an acre at 3509 Euclid Ave., this Mediterranean villa is over 18,000 square feet of sophisticated spaces, with six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, six half baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms, and 11 fireplaces on three stories, built in 2012.

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be there to take in the views and enjoy this private, luxe retreat near Armstrong and Abbot avenues in one of the toniest parts of Highland Park.

Just how exquisite is this villa? How about a wine grotto with tasting room, outdoor putting green, indoor golf simulator, sprawling 10-car garage, and a state-of-the-art gym with a steam and aromatherapy room? And the backyard is positively swoon-worthy, with a Tuscan cabana with a sitting room and private baths, sparkling swimming pool and spa, fountains, and a fire pit in the pool.

This masterpiece is the work of Fusch Architects, builder John Sebastian of Sebastian Construction Group, and Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. It is newly listed by JP Piccinini and Monica Shovlin with JP & Associates Realtors for $18 million.

How about a sneak peek before our CandysDirt staff meeting? I’d love to show you this property…

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Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design (center). (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

It’s hard to remember what life was like before Houzz.

Clients bringing in huge folders of magazine clippings, trying to describe what they wanted their new home to look like, wanting this but not that, and always saying that “I’ll know what I want when I see it.”

Thanks to Houzz, those days are just an unhappy memory and now clients can browse through millions of photos and ideabooks on the site and share exactly what they are looking for.

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Serenity, The Woodward Project, by Classic Urban Homes. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

“Serenity House” by Classic Urban Homes. They are one of the 2016 Best of Houzz winners. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

It’s no secret that North Texas is home to some seriously talented home construction and design pros. So when Houzz announced their 2016 award winners, it was no surprise to see Dallas-Fort Worth professionals making a huge splash.

The awards are based on an annual survey and analysis of more than 35 million monthly Houzz users, and are awarded in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. Design winners can boast photos of their work were among the most popular on the site.

Customer service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received in 2015, as well as a firm’s interaction with the public on the site.  Both awards have stiff competition, with about 35 million active homebuilding, remodeling, and design professionals on the site.

We’ve rounded up ten 2016 Houzz winners for your viewing pleasure. Take some time to let your eyes delight in their work!

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Word comes that Troy Aikman’s new abode on Normandy has a fabulous landscape designed and installed by none other than Harold Leidner Landscape Architects, our CandysDirt.com preferred landscape designer. What’s even more interesting is that this is Aikman’s third home with a Harold Leidner-designed landscape! The first two were custom jobs commissioned by Troy, and the third is the incredible Tatum Brown-built, Clint Pearson, Architect | Symmetry Architects designed abode he just bought.

Troy sure does have good taste, right? We think so, too. I mean, after a long, illustrious career spent on a grass-covered field, you have to know a little something about landscaping, so of course he would choose the creme de la creme in all things green.

So, what do the outdoor areas at his former digs on Highland Drive and his new abode on Normandy have in common? Lush, sculpted European-style hedges and seasonal plantings in front, for sure!