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.

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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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I’m becoming more and more convinced that Lake Highlands is the best place to live in Dallas. One of the larger neighborhoods in East Dallas, Lake Highlands offers natural beauty, good schools, great shopping, and short commute times. It’s had its own renaissance in the past decade, with Lake Highlands Town Center getting closer to completion and more businesses investing in this arboreal enclave. 

However, as the tide of Lake Highlands has risen, so have property values for single-family homes in the area. Finding a home in Lake Highlands in the $200,000 range is hard enough, but finding something cheaper than that? Almost impossible.

However, there are still plenty of great condos in Lake Highlands that offer amenities, location, and more. Here’s one, in particular, that shines:


This week we take to you to Old Lake Highlands for a Splurge vs. Steal you can’t afford to miss! We found two exceptional offerings located just a two-minute drive from one another, but with price points that are a mile apart. One was even featured in D Home. Can you guess which one?

Splurge: Soft Contemporary New Build Steps From White Rock Lake For $829K


There are so many reasons to love Casa Linda Estates, but one of the primary reasons this East Dallas enclave catches eyes is the large lot size. Want more room to roam for you and your family? This Casa Linda Estates listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor Jenny Capritta sits on more than a half acre and has an incredible price tag for that much land. Truly, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a great value with tons of quirky character that will win you over fast!

Of course, there’s a lot to love about 9418 Hermosa Drive. “The front elevation, with a turret entrance with forged iron door, is attractive to buyers,” Capritta said of the listing. We have to agree! But inside, a smart renovation of this 1941-built Austin Stone Tudor makes it even more attractive.