White Rock Lake Heritage Estate

We’ve seen a lot of iconic properties listed for sale in 2017. Hang onto your Stetsons, because we have another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you.

This stately White Rock Lake heritage estate at 4343 Lawther Drive was built in 1940 for Alto B. Cervin, an industrial attorney. It remained in the same family until the present owner purchased the property in 2006. And now it can be yours for only $3.995 million. That’s not much when you consider Mount Vernon, the H.L. Hunt 10-acre estate, was on the market for $19 million not so long ago. (more…)


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Why move to Italy and spend years restoring a crumbling farmhouse when you can have your own Tuscan village (yes, village!) minutes from downtown Dallas? We watched in awe as 4636 Chapel Hill Road was being built back in 2006. It just kept growing into what seemed to be much more than a grand house — in fact it began to resemble a Medieval town rising above White Rock Lake. When you have 13,555 square feet on 1.57 acres that is accessed by a bridge over a running brook, yards of red tile roofing, multiple courtyards, and a watchtower that rivals those in San Gimignano, we can easily call that a village even by Texas standards. Don’t you think?


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Ever since I saw this home on the market back in 2012, I have been in love. This has become one of those pie-in-the-sky “If I won the lottery” homes. It’s a house that has so much going for it in a fantastic location and at a fabulous price, too.

Let’s be honest: This home has such outstanding value considering that you get a beautiful, luxurious Hill Country contemporary home with five bedrooms, four full and two half baths with more than 5,900 square feet on a whopping 4.2 acres for $3.4 million! That’s the kind of home that you don’t want to take any chances with when it comes to closing. Better to be safe than sorry and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to take care of your financing needs with zero hiccups.

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Green Cove Front

My favorite place to ogle houses is while jogging, walking, or cycling around White Rock Lake. There are some gorgeous homes that have fabulous views of Dallas’ crown jewel, and I just envy every one of them.

After my jog this morning, I decided to see what’s on the market in the area, and I found a gorgeous, updated ranch in Green Cove Estates that is more than worthy of being our Monday Morning Millionaire listing. Huge trees, huge lot, and even huge-er style points for this home!

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With five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, and extra space added over the garage, this home has plenty of room for a large family. Not only is this 3,900-square-foot home spacious, it is completely updated with understated, elegant finishes that anyone could love. This beautiful home in Green Cove Estates is marked by Scott Carlson for $1.089 million.

Green Cove Dining

That’s value, considering the size, location, and condition of the property. Not many homes in this price range come on the market around White Rock Lake, so I am sure this beauty at 7222 Brookcove won’t be available for long. I love the huge windows in the dining room, the adjustable track lighting – perfect for those with an art collection – and the French doors.

Green Cove Living

The kitchen is a habitual entertainer’s dream with huge granite counters and crisp white cabinets, Viking stainless steel appliances, including both a range with oven and built-ins, and tons of prep space. The island is the perfect spot to chat up friend while you prepare a four-course meal. On the other hand, you could cater the whole affair and just enjoy a bottle from the wine chiller instead.

Green Cove Kitchen

The neutral color scheme and finish out, along with the hardwood floors throughout the first level, make this home very attractive to just about all tastes. The master bedroom is spacious at 18 x 17, and has a beautiful five-piece bath with marble tile. There are actually two five-piece baths in the home, and both are just gorgeous.

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If you like to make the most of the days we have beautiful weather, there are two outdoor living areas in the back of this house including a deck and a lovely stone patio. With the spacious lawn, there’s ample room for entertaining a crowd.

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Mt Vernon classicWow, big day for Lakewood real estate news. First broker peak at the Stanley Marcus house, and word that Allie Beth Allman has dramatically lowered the asking price of Mt. Vernon. It is now a cool $19 million. That’s a whopping ten million less than the estate’s original asking price of $29 million. No, wait. In April 2010, Mt. Vernon had an asking of $32, 500,000. So that is a $13,500,000 drop! What with Troy’s home on Highland sold, which was NOT in MLS, Mt. Vernon is now one of the highest priced listings in MLS. Only higher: 4939 Manson Court off Strait Lane at $29,995,000 and Dans Bois Crete over on Inwood at $19,500,000. The Crespi Estate, owned by Tom and Cinda Hicks, is still the highest priced home by a longshot in Dallas at $135 million, but it is NOT in MLS. Doug Newby has been marketing the Crespi estate bigtime to folks with private jets. Mt Vernon long shot

4009 West Lawther is a landmark Dallas estate on ten acres overlooking White Rock Lake. The main home has 10,511 square feet that were totally renovated and expanded in 2002. There are elevator accesses on all three floors, five bedrooms (the master is 20 by 20 feet), 9 and a half baths, myriad living areas, a 2,400 square foot basement with wine cellar and storage, a two-story guest house, heated pool, pool house, four-lane bowling center, a 16 car concours auto facility aka a very fancy garage, lighted tennis courts, putting green, gazebo, outdoor grill and kitchen area with two fireplaces and pizza oven.

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Dwellings, offices, factories, warehouses, restaurants, even zoos, are all built for people. Seems an exceedingly obvious statement. Equally obvious is the fact that as society changes, its man-made structures change, too. Ebb and flow and all that.

But what I find fascinating is how little we learn. The old saying goes that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, but when have we ever really learned? Most people want to live in an area of human contact, human proximity. After decades of decline, cities made a resurgence (until a lot were priced out). The mantra was vibrancy, walkability held in stark contrast to the suburbs’ winding roads to nowhere (an environmental and economic waste). But just as that happened, vibrancy was spirited away with a mouse click leaving only restaurants and dry cleaners.

Vacant storefront on Madison Avenue

Retail and People

Earlier this year, Candy wrote about the vacancy issues faced by retail spaces in New York City. We’ve seen it writ large whether New York City or Dallas, brick-and-mortar retail is changing rapidly because transportation changed – yes, transportation.


“This is definitely the gem of Sondra Drive that is nestled in the heart of Lakewood!” gushed Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Matthew Edwards when I asked him about his brand new listing. The home is not only a newer build in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods, but it the location is beyond enviable, making it a shoo-in for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Of course, Lakewood is teeming with stellar homes of all ages and sizes, but homes on Sondra Drive are particularly sought after because of the private feel of the narrow, tree-lined streets. Plus, you’re so close to everything.

“This property lives wonderfully and has so many great amenities,” Edwards added. “It’s within walking distance to Lakewood Elementary and White Rock Lake!”

It’s true. Sondra Drive has twice the appeal of other Lakewood locations thanks to its proximity to Lakewood Elementary and its distance from the main thoroughfares that traverse the neighborhood. But if you’re a homebody like me, what you’ll really love the backyard, which has a great pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and a tidy lawn that will mean you’ll have plenty of room outside to keep both kids and parents happy no matter the season. No need for KayCee Pool memberships here!


The city of Rockwall is named for an usual discovery that early North Texas explorers found while digging a well. They came across a natural rock formation with long and narrow stacked rocks that looked like bricks in a wall. Naturally, they named the city for its subterranean wall that still exists below private land. Seems like a solid foundation to name a city and a great foundation for these three homes we’re featuring in this week’s Suburb Sunday.

The Home to Enjoy Marina Living

Address: 633 Courageous Drive, Rockwall

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 3,248 square feet
  • $599,000

Danny Cirulis of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors has listed this new build from Metropark Builders close to the new Bayside Development at Lake Ray Hubbard. It’s got a huge master suite with a private balcony and luxury bath. A second story living area with large balcony is great for entertaining and enjoying the fabulous views and sunsets. Work from home in the office located on the first floor with walk-in closet, or use it as a fifth bedroom.  (more…)