3141 Southestern

3141 Southestern

Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.

And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.

Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.

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IHOTW Contemporary

Our Inwood House of the Week sponsored by Inwood National Bank at 4216 San Carlos Street is a University Park new contemporary build by the Robert Raymond Group. Listed for $2.35 million with Laura Michelle and Ryan Strieff of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, it’s a beauty inside and out. (more…)

6809 Golf Front FacadeIt’s easy to assume everyone understands the value of living in University Park, but we have to remember that hundreds of people move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area daily. They have no idea why a neighborhood like University Park is desirable and why in particular this University Park traditional at 6809 Golf Drive is a spectacular option regardless of job location.

University Park, or “UP” as locals refer to it, is almost four square miles of some of the most sought-after real estate in Dallas. Census data from 2010 reports it to be Texas’ best educated city in terms of formal education and the seventh most affluent neighborhood in America. How many neighborhoods boast a leading university — Southern Methodist University — and a museum that houses the largest collection of Spanish Art in the United States — The Meadows Museum? It’s also one of the most family friendly neighborhoods you’ll ever find, anywhere.

In essence, if you can find a house here, you want to nab it. And you especially want to nab this one because it backs up to Turtle Creek. We’re talking a 190-foot-deep lot and a lot of privacy. This gorgeous 6,341-square-foot home is three stories of fabulous family living.6809 Golf Front Door

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Symphony House IHOTW

Walking through Architect George C.T. Woo’s “Symphony House” in University Park is like reading a good book, and one you can’t judge by its cover. That’s on purpose. Woo likes a good surprise as much as anyone. So he created a subtle façade that does very little to prepare you for having your proverbial socks knocked off the moment you enter the front door.

3636 University

Woo is known for his work with I.M Pei on The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. He lived in this home at 3636 University Boulevard while working with Pei on the project. He founded his architectural firm, George C.T. Woo & Partners, in Dallas in 1986. Woo also worked on the design of Dallas City Hall and The Lipscomb House in Cedar Hill. His residential and commercial projects span the globe.

You can imagine the detail and craftsmanship an architect puts into their own home—it’s off the charts.

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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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Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

Preservation Dallas today held a conference to announce their 2016 most endangered listoric places in Dallas list. Photo: Irene Allender

“Historic preservation is the dynamic and deliberate process through which we decide what to keep from the present for the future, and then working to keep it.” —W. Brown Morton

Many historic buildings in Dallas face an uncertain future. Today, Preservation Dallas held a press conference to announce their 2016 “Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas” list.

These are properties too important to lose, for their historic integrity to be diminished, or for the loss of their ability to be used to their full potential, said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas.

“This list is a roadmap for advocacy, education and development of programs in the preservation community that address the needs of these endangered properties,” Preziosi said. “We must work diligently to protect the places on the list as they are important to the history and fabric of Dallas, for once they are gone, they are lost forever.”

These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city’s development.

“We hope this list of endangered properties makes the citizens of Dallas aware of how many important historic buildings are at risk of being lost forever,” said Nicky DeFreece Emery, Board President of Preservation Dallas. “Preservation Dallas sees this list as an opportunity for all of us to be more thoughtful in how the city grows and develops.”

Some of them, like East Dallas’ Elbow Room, won’t surprise you. But others will. Read on to see the list.

 

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Courtyards at Normandy | CandysDirt.comIn the heart of University Park, there’s a wonderful community of homes that offer low-maintenance living that’s all luxury.

The Courtyards at Normandy was created by Crescent Estates Custom Homes and it offers just about the perfect situation: lock-and-leave living, upscale amenities, gorgeous architecture, and ideal location. I think these homes are probably the best value in new construction in the Park Cities.

“It’s very unique because Crescent Estates Custom Homes has taken that entire block and built this wonderful community there that is unlike anything else,” said Stacey Beckham Lake, an agent with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Every house has its own personality, but the overall feel is very harmonious. I have talked to a lot of the residents there and they just love it—they feel like they have their own little world in that 4500 block.”

The home at 4511 Normandy Ave. is a beautiful classic stucco home with a red tile roof, soaring ceilings, shining hardwood floors, and a grand entryway with sweeping staircase.

This is a zero lot-line property, but there’s nothing closed off or dark about it: soaring windows flood the interior with natural light, and it has a contemporary, clean feel with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, and 4,627 square feet on two stories.

This property was built at exactly the right time in the Park Cities—there’s a real demand for a lower maintenance lifestyle in the luxury market. This would be a wonderful home for an empty nester, but also for a family because it’s zoned for the award-winning Highland Park ISD. Let’s take a closer look at this one-of-a-kind property!

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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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