Wilson Fuquay office

We are all mourning the loss of Goff’s Hamburgers in University Park, located in a charming, circa 1924 brick building at 6401 Hillcrest Avenue, corner Hillcrest and McFarland, near Southern Methodist University.

Though no longer owned by iconic hamburger king Harvey Goff, everyone has grabbed a burger there at some point. Harvey Goff ran the hamburger restaurant(s) his parents started in 1950, but the location I remember best was on Lover’s Lane at Douglas, where he kept the Lenin statue he bought from a Ukraine factory for $500 in 1991, bearing a sign that said “America won”. Not only would Harvey not serve you if your hair was too long, he might even chase you around with a baseball bat!

Lenin statue

Harvey closed that shop, sold to Jim Francis, auctioned the Lenin statue, and went into retirement only to start another hamburger place called Harvey’s Charbroiled Hamburgers at the corner of Preston and LBJ.

But Friday’s 3 alarm blaze destroyed more than a famous hamburger joint: (more…)

608 Hambrick

Have you seen a house with plenty of potential, but less-than-stellar looks? These are the ugly ducklings of the housing market. According to architect Wilson Fuqua, perhaps all these crooked, flawed homes need are some figurative braces. These will help re-align the good things about the home.

Jump for Fuqua’s unique perspective on turning a home from awkward to elegant!


How this mansion escaped me, I know not. First of all , I know the owners and they are brilliant, wonderful people who work magic with any home they have touched. And this one, well, this is their masterpiece. How I wish I had $12 million because I would snag 9008 Briarwood — this Celtic palace! — in a heartbeat! First of all, location: Briarwood, Bluffview, can it get better? I am a total sucker for stone and this home looks like they just shipped an entire Scottish quarry over to the site: wait, I stand corrected. Those are not just STONES, those are BOULDERS meticulously graduated, designed to get larger towards the bottom. So we not only consumed the entire quarry, we hand-picked the rock in it. Architectural design by the brilliant Wilson Fuqua, contractor the famous and oh-so-particular Cy Barcus. The property is set on almost two acres (1.7 to be exact)  filled with trees and a little stream that winds right through it. The home is an Irish manor house with literally walls of metal encased glass imported from England. Every sight-line view was planned, tested, tweaked and is amazing. The large two story entrance hall welcomes you, and you have your choice of entertaining venues: formal or informal. If formal is your choice, go get in something decent for dinner — your best frock — and that would be served in the large living room, handsome paneled library, or magnificent dining room, all with custom fireplaces. Perhaps you’ll take dinner out on the light-filled rear gallery floored with an ocean of custom Ann Sachs tiles and magnificent views out to the terrace, pool and rock garden. No West Nile here — you can enjoy the outdoors safely behind glass. The informal areas of the house are actually homey, with a kitchen designed by the owner who really cooks! Trust me, I know!  Charming winding stairs take you down to the ground floor with wine cellar, a crafts room to end all crafts rooms, additional storage. A four car attached garage is on the service side of the house. Note: I do wish there was more garage, more car stalls. Whoever buys this house will have at least 4 fine autos. I don’t know, is four enough?  The second floor boasts a huge upstairs entertaining/media room with wet bar and an additional sitting area with fireplace, in case there are not enough places to sit. This reminds me of a family joke — one of my son’s girlfriends came over and they were quite affectionate — she sat on his lap constantly. His sister announced that we needed more chairs in the house, obviously. So there is no excuse for nookie in this palace!

Speaking of nookie, the large master bedroom has an oasis spa bath of course, and in keeping with my two baths for every bedroom formula, we are almost there: there are seven full baths, three half baths, six enormous bedrooms. And oh yes, you are getting a brand-new home essentially: this palace was just finished in 2007. With the kind of uptake and tender loving care my friends give their homes, this home at six years is a baby. Really, if you asked me, and you do, this is high on the list of one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas! Asking price: $12,995,000.



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Self-made oil and gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has died, according to multiple reports. Pickens, who founded Mesa Petroleum and BP Capital, was 91 at the time of his death. 

Pickens made a name for himself as a businessman and a philanthropist, and was often quoted that his purpose on earth was “to make money and give it away.” All told, Pickens donated about $1 billion to charity in his lifetime, much of that going to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

However, the small-town boy from Holdenville, Oklahoma, left several marks on the Texas real estate market, including his incredible Wilson Fuqua-designed Preston Hollow mansion at 9434 Alva Court, which was sold by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ryan Streiff.

Pickens spent a large amount of his fortune on his Mesa Vista ranch, which was the location of his wedding to his fifth wife, Toni Chapman Brinker. He put the ranch on the market in December of 2017 for $250 million, a paltry sum it seems for a property he developed for nearly half a century. The ranch, which started as a 2,900 acre tract, totals almost 65,000 acres and is located outside of Pampas, Texas.


Historic Texas Ranch

If there were ever a case for preservation, this 1932 University Park historic Texas ranch at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard is it. 

Legendary architect David R. Williams designed the home, which sits on 1.15 acres overlooking Turtle Creek, for then University Park mayor Elbert Williams. It’s been referred to as the Williams house for decades. You can decide which Williams it’s named after.

Historic Texas Ranch

The front stair is an exposed structural beam masterpiece.

Williams, the architect, is known as the father of Texas Regionalism, and this historic Texas ranch is the most notable example of this style. Texas Regionalism came about because Williams was observant, and recognized the beauty of simplicity.


LeeLee Gioia with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4707 Wildwood Road for $3.095 million. Open House, Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re busy hosting family and friends this weekend for Easter, we get it. But it never hurts to plan ahead! Here we offer a round-up featuring the best of Bluffview, each with upcoming Open Houses for buyers seeking million-dollar views.

Bluffview Estates Custom Build, Open This Weekend

Open House: Saturday, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two words – Bluffview Estates. If you have nothing to do this weekend and a bank full of cash, then this brand new construction gem is for you! It sits on a large lot with a secluded dead end street and affords a spacious open floor plan with all the designer touches. This includes Wolf and SubZero appliances, a show-stopping master with luxurious spa bath, huge game room with balcony, and so much more. Clean lines, transitional style, and replete with detailed hardware and wood flooring throughout. Go see this one! You won’t regret it.

Kelsey Bond with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 4304 N. Cresthaven Road for $1.899 million.


Photo by Bethany Erickson

Last Wednesday, Candy spoke to a full house to kick off the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s very busy season of events. She was the keynote luncheon speaker, weaving the theme of homes being the footprints of our history throughout a discussion that provided a few chuckles at time, but also a glimpse at ways the perservation community could address new challenges.

We are providing her speech in full here, as well as the slide show that accompanied it.  (more…)

Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.