A Highland Park Modern Spanish Eclectic with A Santa Barbara Vibe

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Spanish Eclectic

When I spotted this Highland Park Modern Spanish Eclectic mansion I was, as they say in Britain, completely besotted. Although that’s a word generally used about people, we feel pretty deeply about the homes we write about at CandysDirt.com. So it’s not unusual for us to be utterly infatuated with a property like this gorgeous home at 3656 Stratford Avenue.

Entering this house is like stepping into one of the Santa Barbara Spanish Eclectics that have defined that area architecturally. Dallas has embraced this style since legendary architect Clifford Hutsell began building Spanish Eclectic homes in the 1920s. Since then we’ve seen the influence of Spanish Revival in practically every neighborhood in the city. Getting it right is another story. There are countless suburban examples of what I call “Mediterranean gone mad” that are truly awful. However, our Monday Morning Millionaire is a perfect example of the right way to design and build a modern Spanish Eclectic.
Spanish Eclectic

This house is a breath of fresh air. It’s sophisticated and stylish yet has a graceful casualness that makes you feel right at home. And that’s an accomplishment in a 6,279-square-foot property with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a powder bath. This modern Spanish Eclectic mansion was designed by the owners, so it was built with the intention of being a family home, which speaks to that elegant yet comfortable feel they created. It was laid out for effortless entertaining with the kitchen opening to the family room that overlooks the lawn and pool. The owners have done a magnificent job of keeping it current over the many years they’ve lived here. In fact, I was shocked to see the build date of 1999. It looks like it was finished last month!

Spanish Eclectic

Spanish Eclectic

Spanish Eclectic

The house has garnered a lot of attention over the years. It was featured in a six-page spread in Western Interiors, in Architectural Digest, and our own Jan Showers showcased this gorgeous modern Spanish Eclectic in her book, Glamorous Rooms.
Spanish Eclectic


As we know, location is everything, and this home sits on one of the most coveted blocks in Highland Park. Armstrong Elementary and the Dallas Country Club are within walking distance.

The backyard is a world unto itself. Completely secluded from neighbors it has a private resort ambiance you seldom find in the heart of a major city.

“What is unique about the property is you have a pool and a large yard,” Allie Beth Allman listing agent Alex Perry said. “Being on Stratford with, a pool, large yard, and separate quarters is a game changer.”

Perry has this stunner listed for $5 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. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and Tudor and Midcentury Modern homes, and any house designed by Clifford Hutsell knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well! Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com.


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. Steve Van Gorp says

    This home is a Santa Barbara style Spanish Colonial Mission Revival.

    The interior decor may be eclectic and/or modern, but this 20 year old house is NOT.

    Also, it is only worth $3.5M not the $5M asking price.

  2. mmKaren Eubank says

    Hi Steve,
    We actually consult with leading Dallas architects before we post our features because it’s easy to confuse styles. We also see a lot of luxury homes, every single day. While value may seem to be in the eye of the beholder, it’s not. It’s in the actual price of the dirt and the perceived value of the home. Finding a move-in ready home in this location is difficult and reflected in the value of the property. Realtors do a lot of research before they price a home. Thanks for reading Candysdirt.com! By the way if you are also an architect and would like to be on our resource list of professionals we can call when we are on deadline at 10 p.m. let us know!

  3. Bill says

    Not that 20 years old is old for a house, BUT I would have never thought this house was that “old” – the owners have certainly done an amazing job at keep it updated and “fresh” looking over the years. Beautiful house!

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