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Earth Day is April 22, and it’s a perfect time to think about a moving solution that’s easier and less wasteful than traditional cardboard boxes. BungoBox offers sturdy, reusable plastic boxes for moving, delivered to your door and picked up when you’re done. Moving is always a headache, but this is a product that makes it less stressful.

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8566 San Pedro a

Sitting on almost half an acre in the upscale Forest Hills neighborhood, the house at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy. is on the east side of White Rock Lake.

For buyers looking for luxury in East Dallas, I’ve got a tale of two houses on the east and west sides of White Rock Lake.

Both are custom build houses, and both have the attention to detail and higher-end features you’d expect in such a property. Both are situated in established, coveted neighborhoods. And both are listed by Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“In both of these comparable properties, no expense was spared and each offers an enviable neighborhood near the lake and area amenities, like the Dallas Arboretum and shopping in Lakewood,” Lamont said.

First, there’s the home at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy., which sits on almost half an acre in Forest Hills near Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. It offers five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 5,400 square feet on two stories.

The other house, located at 6203 Vickery Blvd., near Richmond Avenue and Skillman Street, in one of East Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods, Lakewood Heights. It’s just one block from the beloved Tietze Park and pool.

The Vickery home offers 4,422 square feet in the main house, with a detached guest quarters in back and another 450 square feet above the oversized garage. Sitting on an oversized corner lot, this home has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and two stories, built in 2005.

Both are open this Sunday, April 23, from 1-3 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek!

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Highland Park Custom

What does a custom builder do when he wants to create a home for himself and his family? The beautiful Highland Park home at 3400 Harvard Ave. is the answer.

This inspiring property sits on nearly a 70-foot corner lot in Highland Park. It was built in 2005 by Richard Means of RAM Custom Homes for his family, and it’s really something! He included every amenity for modern-day living. Plus, he picked a fantastic location, near Abbott Avenue — you can walk to Katy Trail, Armstrong Elementary, parks, shopping, and restaurants.

“This beautiful home is great for a large family and entertaining,” said listing agent Eve Sullivan with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Richard is a third-generation builder in the Park Cities and he created a thoughtful family home with large rooms, a circular flow floorplan, and outdoor living with a swimming pool.”

With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, and 6,963 square feet on two stories, there’s room to spread out. And that’s not even considering the 38-foot, “L” shaped outdoor covered patio with an entertainment area! I’d love to give you a tour.

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Mediterranean Spanish Revival

This Mediterranean Spanish revival in Old Preston Hollow is a just-completed custom home with grand spaces and luxe amenities.

You’ll find something new in Old Preston Hollow with a freshly completed Mediterranean Spanish revival with a posh address.

Just completed in December 2016, the sprawling home at 5326 Edlen Dr. is one surprising space after another in its 13,000 square feet. Sitting on just over one acre with dual gated entries, it was designed by architect Lloyd Lumpkins, who has a reputation for unsurpassed quality and echoes of eclectic European architecture in his work.

Located near Walnut Hill Lane and Inwood Road, it’s in a coveted part of Old Preston Hollow, an area named for its wooded areas with creeks and hollows. Today, arching shade trees and proximity to the Bachman Branch creek keeps that sense of natural beauty.

This manse has six bedrooms, two of which are dual masters; eight full bathrooms; three half baths; and a library.

“This extraordinary residence offers a two-piece clay-tile roof with copper flashing, a flexible floorplan, premium finishes throughout, a first-floor master suite, five fireplaces, an elevator, a seven-car garage, and a one-car lift,” said listing agent Patricia Stampley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Featuring quality construction and exceptional attention to detail, this property is ideal for everyday living and for entertaining on a grand scale.”

Don’t miss the open house this Sunday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek!

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Preston Hollow Estate

On the west side of Preston Hollow, in the “honey pot,” grand homes on large lots sit nestled among gentle hills and winding streets. This was once farmland, first developed in the 1930s as a separate town — Preston Hollow wasn’t annexed by Dallas until 1945.

Many of the homes built during those years were more like country estates, with horses and stables. That was because they actually were country estates: this was on the northern edges of a new and growing Dallas. One horse is still allowed per acre, and if you have an old barn on your property, you can keep it: it’s all grandfathered in.

This is one of the many things that makes Preston Hollow such an unusual part of town to call home: you are seven miles from downtown Dallas, but come home, sit on your porch, and you can feel like you are 70 miles away.

Candy has spent most of her life in Preston Hollow. Her current home is in Hillcrest Estates, another estate area where homes with large swaths of land can keep horses. She tells the story of what happened there about ten years ago.

“I went to the mailbox to get the mail, and as I shut the door and started to walk up her driveway, I thought I heard horse hooves,” she said “I knew I was imagining things.”

Then suddenly she saw two horses running — really running — across the street. She screamed at her dogs to go into the garage as she hid behind her stone mailbox post. A man was running frantically after the horses to try and catch them. The horses ran all the way west on Northaven Road, across Preston Road, almost to the Dallas North Tollway, where they stopped for a breather. At which point a couple having cocktails on Burgundy Road looked up and thought maybe the vodka was too strong: there were two sweaty horses in the backyard!

Today, besides horses, you’ll find some of the most luxurious residences of Dallas in the Preston Hollow estate area, like our Inwood National Bank House of the Week, located at 5907 Lupton Dr. Sitting on almost half an acre near Walnut Hill Lane and Preston, it exudes Southern charm and sophistication with large columns and a sweeping front porch. Arching shade trees and mature landscaping add to the effect.

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heath

I’ve found the perfect antidote to the stress of city living, and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The lakefront property at 1 Candlelite Trail in Heath sits on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. On its more than 13 acres, you’ll find two fully stocked ponds, plenty of room for horses, a barn, and 5,500 fully irrigated trees of both native Texas and fruit varieties. Total paradise!

There rural amenities are complemented by the grandeur of the house, which has all the luxury of a Preston Hollow build. This is a Tuscan-style, 9,323-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, outdoor living and dining, and a separate guest house. Think soaring ceilings and the finest finishes, luxe kitchen and room after room of well-appointed, thoughtful spaces.

I’m not the only one swooning over this Heath property — it’s been featured on two TV shows!

“It’s so private and it looks like the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum'” said Dee Evans, who has listed the property with the Dee Evans Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lakefront is unbelievable — 2,316 feet of shoreline — and there are ponds and bridges…it’s just amazing, like a total paradise away from the city.”

I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a tour of this Heath estate!

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straight lane

The gracious estates along Strait Lane invite a certain mystery. Set back from the road with ample acreage, these properties are some of the most exclusive — and luxurious — in Dallas.

Today, I’d like to tell you about one that truly impresses. Calleja Way is a winding cul-de-sac with one property, at its end – 4949 Calleja Way. This uniquely private property shows only its tall and ornate gates and stone herringbone-patterned curving drive over a bridge, to those wanting a peek. Once through the gates, magnificent views emerge as the impressive front elevation of an elegant home appears, gracefully framed by a beautiful fountain and many large mature trees.

Nestled into Bachman Creek with lush landscaping, this breathtaking, yet unostentatious, home reflects a serene, enchanting aesthetic. It was designed by Larry E. Boerder Architects and built by Cy Barcus as a custom home for the present owners in 1999. Every amenity and comfort you could ever want, and newer Smart Home features, are encompassed in a highly accessible design and layout.

“People are searching for more authenticity in all things, and this house exudes fine quality throughout without being at all pretentious — it’s a house for our times,” said listing agent C C Allen with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The degree of integration and design that’s present inside the house and out — it’s absolutely flawless.”

With six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, six living areas, five dining areas, and 12,234 square feet in three stories, including the attached quarters with its own laundry, kitchen, and exterior access, there’s no shortage of space. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large or “too much” in any way. In fact, this house feels perfectly right-sized.

“The rooms are elegantly proportioned and cohesive with a seamless design plan,” Allen said. “An elevator to all three floors means all spaces in the home are easily accessible, as well.”

Seeing is believing with this Strait Lane home — let’s take a tour.

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Leading Real Estate Companies

In today’s competitive real estate market, the person who buys your home is likely to come from a different town, city, or even country. More than ever, success in marketing your home results from casting the widest net.

“Marketing a property outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth market takes more than local expertise; it requires global connections and, of course, powerful marketing,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Ebby Halliday has the resources to market your home to the highest possible number of potential buyers.”

By tapping into the network of more than 128,000 talented sales associates around the world, Ebby Halliday sales associates expose the homes they represent to buyers on six continents, ensuring there are more eyes on every property, Graham says. In addition, Ebby Halliday receives inbound clients from other affiliates around the globe who are interested in purchasing a home in North Texas.

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