Highland Park Luxury Custom Home Is Built by a Builder for a Builder, and It Shows!

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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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Love the lush landscaping and Tuscan architecture!
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Hand-chiseled travertine floors greet you across the threshold of this Highland Park custom home.
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There is detailed ironwork in many places in this house.
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The formal living area can easily accommodate a baby grand an has built-ins.
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The formal dining room features hand-scraped hardwood floors and a wine niche.

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An up-close look at the wine niche in the formal dining room with custom wrought-iron doors.

The foyer is flanked by the formal dining room, wine niche, and a private study. There’s a big trend toward open-concept floorplans, but I think you lose something in them. A formal dining room, especially one this special, makes for excellent dinner parties, or just an evening with the family not in front of the TV. The proximity to that wine niche is fabulous! You can grab a bottle of your best beaujolais nouveau for guests without having the leave the festivities.

This house offers a lot of lovely extras, like a $50,000 programmable lighting system, multi-source surround sound system, two side entry doors, an enclosed play court with remote-access gate, a porte-cochère with two-car tandem garage, an additional covered carport with access from the alley or street, and a walk-up attic with flooring — no dinky plywood here! There are also “green” features, like double pane windows, foam insulation, and insulated doors.

For more casual evenings with the family or friends, the study includes a wall of built-in bookshelves, a desk, separate storage closet, and French doors that open to the front terrace.

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The study is a cozy space — those rich hardwoods are great and the wall of built-ins would be so convenient.

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Now we’re coming to one of my favorite rooms in this entire house, the den. The beamed ceilings create real visual interest, and the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace provides an anchor to the space. It is flanked by built-ins, and the room looks out to the outdoor living area and swimming pool through four oversized windows.

Nearby is a circular bar with granite countertops, a small refrigerator, wine refrigerator, wine storage, and plenty of cabinetry. I love that this space is big enough for a full-size pool table, too. What fun possibilities!

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A second living room has attractive architectural details, like a wood-beamed ceiling.

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Arched doorways throughout this property are a custom touch.
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The circular bar in the den is adjacent to the pool table and offers seating.

The kitchen is a dream with one of the biggest U-shaped islands I’ve seen! Can you imagine the meals you could prepare in here? And if you’re entertaining, there’s a butler’s pantry nearby, as well as double dishwashers to handle the plates and glasses from your party.

The kitchen also offers slab granite countertops, a copper farm sink, side-by-side built-in refrigerator and freezer, a gas multiple burner and griddle cooktop with double ovens, double built-in trash cans, double refrigerator drawers for drinks, and so much cabinet storage.

Adjoining the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, butler’s pantry, and mudroom. The mudroom includes storage, cleaning supply closet, cubbies, and stackable, full-size washer and dryer connections.

Finally, a separate breakfast room, adjacent to the kitchen, features views of the pool. A perfect way to start your day.

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The kitchen is everything you would expect from a custom homebuilder — look at the size of that island!

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Next to the kitchen, the breakfast room offers a more casual dining experience.

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The second floor offers five large bedrooms with built-in cabinets and walk-in closets, five full bathrooms, a separate bonus room or nursery, game room, media room, and laundry room. A projection screen TV, surround sound, and reclining oversized chairs make the media room the perfect place to watch movies.

The master suite is oversized with a sitting area, built-in cabinets, double entry shower, his-and-hers walk-in closets, a spa tub, and separate sinks and vanities.

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The master is large and features appealing architectural details, as well as built-ins.

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The media room can comfortably seat eight on comfy leather recliners.

I am so glad outdoor living is a thing in North Texas, because even the hottest summer day has a pleasant evening, especially if you’re spending it under the 38-foot L-shaped covered patio at this Highland Park custom home. It features a fireplace and flatscreen TV, pest control system, built-in grill, and a rear pool bathroom.  The programmable lighting system extends to this area, which I love, because who wants to lie in bed, wondering if you turned off the outdoor lights?

The saltwater swimming pool looks like family fun waiting to happen, with a diving board, slide, and a separate spa.

This luxury Highland Park custom home is listed by Eve Sullivan and Shelly Tillery with Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $2.595 million. To schedule a showing, call Sullivan at 214-534-1698 or email eve.sullivan@alliebeth.com or call Tillery at 214-794-3634 or email shelly.tillery@alliebeth.com.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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