Even With a Tim Headington Brand, Is The Dallas Luxury Home Market Feeling a Little, Shall We Say, Pinched?

4326 Lorraine

Back in the fall a few real estate pros said, “this is the peak”.

Were they right?

Take 4236 Lorraine Avenue, one of my favorite Highland Park homes originally built for Tim Headington, but bought and remodelled by Al Hill who brought in Elizabeth Robertson to completely renovate. The 14-year-old mansion was designed by  architect Patrick Ford. Originally the home was listed at $6.4 million. Then that real estate dynamo Caroline Summers of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s got the listing and worked it, worked it, worked it.

The home, which is stunning, closed October 24 for $5.7 million. The 6,574-square-foot Mediterranean home in Highland Park sold for $867 per square foot, not too shabby.

And Caroline tells the Dallas Business Journal that she has been involved with three $5 million plus deals in Highland Park just since November.

“In the past 400 days, all of the sudden, the market has turned into a frenzy. This has been a phenomenal year.”

No kidding.

But while the market for “normal ” homes is churning, the multi-million dollar market seems a little, well, soft. Or just soft-er.

Price sales distribution of million dollar plus homes is always a fraction of the total market — like 1%. But am I feeling a little softness in Area 25 (Park Cities) price per square foot sales? Let’s look at the whole year minus December:

                            2014       2013

November          $324       $328

October               $374       $330

September         $337       $301

August                  $325       $335

July                        $346       $345

June                      $350       $330

May                       $369       $326

April                       $354       $343

March                   $356       $326

February              $358       $281

January                $286       $268


January 2014 was way higher than January 2013, whilst November looked a little softer. The average for 2014 seems to be $343, where the 2013 average is $319.

We shall see what December brings. I mean, next thing you know, we’ll have $1.99 a gallon gas!

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