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.

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Garrison Colonial Revival

If I were in the market for a home in Dallas, I’d buy anything Carol Gantt designed. And if I could buy her personal home, a Lakewood vintage Garrison Colonial Revival, well, I’d be in a perpetual state of bliss. (more…)

RiversideHe designed 33 homes in Riverside, California, and one acclaimed architect Robert Spurgeon Jr. built for his parents, Robert Sr. and Lillian, is now up for grabs.

Riverside, albeit landlocked in the Inland Empire, is actually an ideal second home location for a few factors — it’s an easy hour drive to the beach, and less than 45 minutes to Disneyland, for one. It’s also home to Fairmount Park, an urban oasis with a stocked pond that is a refuge to several species of birds — and designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York’s Central Park.

And back in the day (in fact, when we say “back in the day” in this case, we mean exactly around the time Spurgeon built this home), Riverside’s close proximity to Hollywood, along with all its interesting architecture, made it one of the frequent spots film studios would pick for the perfect scenery for their movies, including the 1919 film Boots, starring Dorothy Gish.

On days you don’t want to drive to the beach or Disneyland, there is still plenty to do closer to home. The California Citrus State Park (Riverside is believed to be the birthplace of California’s citrus industry) provides ranger-led tours, fruit tastings, and more. (more…)

Modern Colonial Revival

There are a lot of pretty homes on the market right now. It can be hard to differentiate between them, even to my keen eye. However, this modern Colonial Revival at 4220 Lorraine Avenue is in a league of its’ own. What I love about this classic home is the fact that it looks like an early 20th century Highland Park original.

Guess what? It was only built three years ago.

That’s hands down, a testament to the talents of architect J. Wilson Fuqua. The early Park Cities homes have always inspired his work, so it’s not unusual that he would design a modern Colonial Revival that fits so seamlessly into the neighborhood. He’s known for his classic techniques combined with current technology. So, when you enter this 7,600-square-foot home, you will not be surprised that it has every hallmark you expect to see in a luxury home. A downstairs master has enhanced the traditional layout.

“I don’t remember the last time a house of this size has been on the market with a downstairs master,” Compass listing agent Jonathan Rosen said. “That design feature has already created a lot of interest.”

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It takes a bit of magic to snag a house in Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place. Most homes trade hands by word of mouth, and people stay put in the neighborhood. They simply up size or downsize as their lifestyles change. So, we were thrilled to discover our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous, recently renovated Berkeley Place Colonial Revival at 2012 Ward Parkway. (more…)

 Bluffview Colonial Revival

It’s hard to imagine that Bluffview was originally a dairy farm with cows grazing on the rolling hills and drinking from Bachman Creek. Those lovely hilltops now feature beautiful homes instead of cows. However, when you see an estate like this 1938 Bluffview Colonial Revival at 4800 Shadywood Lane, it’s easy to imagine what life was like when the neighborhood began in 1924, because that same feeling of being out in the country prevails.
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classic Colonial Revival
It’s so nice to see historic homes take on a new life. Our Inwood Home of the Week is a classic Colonial Revival at 4501 Lorraine Ave. that has had a total facelift, and it’s gorgeous.
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Modern Colonial Revival

So often you find a house that’s in a perfect neighborhood, like our Inwood Home of the Week, at 3709 Hanover Street in University Park. It’s the right size, the right style, and has all the elements to suit a family. It also offers great entertaining spaces. But it needs a refresh, and you don’t have time. So, how great is this University Park modern Colonial Revival that has already been through the refresh, and is move-in ready? It’s also an absolutely perfect example of how you take a great house and make it even better. Talk about a score! (more…)