It’s hard to imagine that Bluffview was originally a dairy farm with cows grazing on the rolling hills and drinking from Bachman Creek. Those lovely hilltops now feature beautiful homes instead of cows. However, when you see an estate like this 1938 Bluffview Colonial Revival at 4800 Shadywood Lane, it’s easy to imagine what life was like when the neighborhood began in 1924, because that same feeling of being out in the country prevails.
For newcomers to Dallas, Bluffview is home to celebrities and politicians alike because it’s private, serene, and yet it’s close to absolutely everything.
“It is rare in Dallas to find a lot that is that big, on the top of a hill, in a beautiful neighborhood like Bluffview, and with a historic house on it,” Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Anne Goyer said.
With the penchant to tear down absolutely everything today, it’s especially lovely to see a home that has not only stood the test of time but has also had owners that were the right stewards for the property. Over the years it has been expanded to the present 5,171 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder bath, four fireplaces, guest quarters over the garage, and another guest cottage on the grounds that is just about the most adorable place I’ve ever seen.
“The current owners put so much into this home, and meticulously renovated it,” Goyer said. “They grew up in old houses and knew exactly what to do.”
And boy did they! This Bluffview Colonial Revival has everything we love about these homes — the traditional, symmetrical layout that offers that timeless feel and all of the modern-day updates, and amenities that are necessary for today’s lifestyle.
“If I had to choose one room that I love the most, it would be the across the back of the house,” Goyer said. “It’s the most beautiful big room with polished brick floors and a fireplace that serves both the sun room and living room.”
“The outdoors comes into the house everywhere,” Goyer said. “Everywhere you look there is a view. Beautiful balconies overlook the lawn. It’s such a private setting. You cannot see a neighbor from anywhere on the property. You could just as easily be on 10 acres. It’s that private.”
The traditional layout offers privacy as well. There are spaces for quiet reflection and intimate gatherings as well as room for entertaining.
The kitchen is a favorite with everyone that comes into the home. A large stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and a farm sink create a cozy feel.
“You just want to settle in and make a wonderful soup or cook all day,” Goyer said. That’s easy to do with double dishwashers, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Viking six-burner range, and Dacor double ovens. Across from the soapstone kitchen island, an intimate sitting area or keeping room that faces the fireplace and has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the veranda.
“One of the lovely things about the estate is that it’s not over landscaped,” Goyer said. “The topography is beautiful with the wide sweeping green lawn. It’s reminiscent of the Hamptons.”
The pool sits at the highest point on the property, overlooking the sloping lawn. A gas-lit iron arch at the end of a gravel path leads to that charming guest house I mentioned earlier. It’s completely self-contained with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and another beautiful fireplace.
People are drawn to Colonial Revivals because they are quintessentially American. They are traditional and familiar, so we automatically feel like they represent home. What’s rare, however, is to find something like this Bluffview Colonial Revival that has been lovingly cared for and improved over the years resulting in a timeless, flawless, and livable classic home.
Goyer and LeeLee Gioia have this beautiful Bluffview Colonial Revival listed for $4.295 million.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. She teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. She loves dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and homes with personality. Her father was a spy, and she keeps secrets very well. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com