There are a lot of beautiful homes in Dallas, but when you see as many as I do, you tend to get a bit jaded. So, it takes something special to make me sit up and take notice. And this University Park Country French home did just that.
What it has, in spades, is character. That is what is so sadly lacking in new construction today. The big white box home that is so popular now is attractive, of course, but there is simply nothing of note in a white house with white marble, white cabinetry, tile, and white walls. It’s clean and lovely, but somewhat sterile.
When we think about where to go on vacation, we seek out interesting, often quirky hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. We do that because they are charming and have character. So, why not live in an environment that gives you what your vacation property offers? This Country French home will make you feel as if you are on vacation every day!
Designed by Paul Turney, founder of Turney & Associates, Inc., and built by Rusty Goff, founder of Goff Custom Homes, a house can’t have a much better pedigree. Both gentlemen have been in business for decades. Their attention to detail, nuance, character, and how a home lives, is beyond compare.
A home should not only be beautiful, but it must also be comfortable, regardless of the cost or the style. You must feel as if you can put your feet up, and the dog can climb up and snuggle with you on the sofa. And if your kid spills juice on something, it’s not the end of the world. The Country French style lends itself to that ease of living, and a great interior designer is instrumental in achieving that livability.
Cynthia Collins of Collins Interiors did a phenomenal job layering in the textures and colors to further that Country French look and create the warmth we all want in a family home.
Nothing creates charm and character like a brick floor, so I was thrilled to see it runs throughout the kitchen and breakfast room into the screened porch. Along with the board-and-beamed ceilings and a fireplace, it’s a cozy space you never want to leave.
“When I sat down with the seller for the first time, it was in the screened porch,” Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Lucinda Buford said. “I didn’t want to leave. It’s like a retreat.”
It’s decidedly a family home with 6,488 square feet, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a powder bath, and a swimming pool. This Country French home is also only three blocks from Hyer Elementary school. When you see the children’s rooms, it should be a slam dunk purchase if you want to be in University Park. What kid wouldn’t love having a loft in their bedroom?
“Everything in this house was so well-thought-out, Buford said. “People like us who see houses every day, walk in here and think ah, now this is what a home should feel like.”
Buford has this Country French beauty at 3612 Caruth Boulevard, listed for $3.29 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 all dogs, international travel, good chocolate, great champagne, and historic homes knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well!