What ultra-luxe Italian Renaissance manse doubles as a YouTube star? Turns out, it’s a Bella Custom Home: the 14,000-square-foot Preston Hollow spec was front and center in the Dallas String Quartet’s latest music video — an electrified, jazz-influenced rendition of the sexy Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello hit “Senorita.” 

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For Bella owner and president Tony Visconti, this extraordinary property exemplifies a 25-year-plus commitment to creating beautifully-appointed homes throughout the Metroplex. “There’s no project too big or too small,” says the CandysDirt.com-approved builder. “For us, it’s a labor of love; every build is a pursuit of perfection.”

And in case you’re wondering, the Patrick Ford-designed stunner located at 4926 Deloache Avenue is available, and the listing price is $12.495 million. Set on two acres, the home sports seven bedrooms, eight full and five half-baths, seven living areas (including a media room with stadium seating and lounge with built-in bar), and basement wine cellar and tasting room that can accommodate over 5,000 bottles.


This spec home by Avant Group at 3759 Juniper in Midway Hollow is already pending.

It’s impossible not to notice the plethora of exceptional contemporaries in Midway Hollow — and the Iconic Real Estate signs in front of them. Each exemplifies the CandysDirt.com-approved builder’s trademark style: homes that are sleek and modern, yet at the same time, warm and inviting.

Heaven Porteous

“Our aesthetic leans toward minimalism and a mix of materials,” says designer Heaven Porteous. “The Avant Group specializes at blending functionality with high design. We let the houses speak for themselves.”

It’s clear the strategy is working. Since launching in 2015 with just three spec homes, custom builds now represent a majority of the group’s business. 

“Our profile is to make modern houses affordable,” says Porteous. According to the company’s 2019 Custom Home Pricing guide, construction costs range from $165 to $185 per square foot (based on home size with standard equipment and finishes). “Our cost-to-build beats all our competitors.”

How do they do it? Solid contractor and vendor relationships are key. So is offering a full-service in-house team that includes Porteous; big-picture visionary Chris Jent; award-winning custom builder and Certified Green Professional Louis Howell; and Iconic Real Estate owner and company founder Matthew Scobee.

“The feedback we get is how much smoother the process is when we walk through the entire design/build with clients,” says the Avant Group designer. 


Desco Fine Homes founder and president David Goettsche loves his work. For the CandysDirt.com-approved builder, homebuilding is not only a profession — it’s his passion.

“I’ve been building houses for 42 years,” Goettsche said. “It’s been a great business for me.” 

The commonality of a Desco? TLC, according to Goettsche. Peers call him a “builder’s builder” — a testament to both his unwavering commitment to quality and the value he puts on relationships. Each member of the team is hand-selected, and many have been with the company more than 20 years.

“When I find good people, I stick with them,” he said. “I’m just the conduit who puts it all together.”


Another gem in Monticello Park has hit the market. This recently finished four-bedroom, four-bath home is a rare find indeed.  Plus, it’s a relative bargain in today’s’ East Dallas market. It commands a 60-foot-wide lot — about 10 feet wider than typical lots in this part of town.

“It’s a super cool house that conserves energy and provides a very flexible floor plan with luxury amenities,” Allie Beth Allman & Associates agent Gia Marshello said.

The home is the latest masterpiece from Jeff Dworkin’s JLD Custom Homes. It sits across the street from three other JLD homes, with construction set to start on another one soon.

“We’re very select in the neighborhoods that we build in and very selective about the properties that we go after,” Dworkin said. “We try to make a little community of our own when we can.”

Like all JLD Custom Homes, this one is Energy Star rated and certified green built. According to Dworkin, homeowners in similar houses have reported electricity bills lower than their water bills.


This custom build for a commercial architect took plenty of skill and finesse, says Kevin Key of Key Residential.

Listening to owner Kevin Key talk about his eponymous company, the term that comes to mind is “renaissance man.” With over 25 years of experience in the homebuilding/remodeling business, the portfolio of this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder encompasses multiple genres.

From traditional to contemporary, rustic to transitional, the one factor that unites them all is Key’s commitment to quality — a time-tested mix of craftmanship, purpose, and style.

“We don’t want to get pigeon-holed into one specific type of house. Our point of difference is that we can do any type of project.” Another plus is the opportunity to work with Dallas’ top architects, trade partners, and interior designers. From beginning to end, it’s a collaborative effort. “The ultimate goal is to make our homeowners’ vision come to life.”



Give Elliott Perry, president of Hudson Construction, a call. Anytime. If he doesn’t get back to you within five minutes, he’s either on a plane or something is seriously wrong. “We’re not only client-focused—we’re client-obsessive. This business isn’t rocket science. It’s customer service and hard work.”

According to the CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, attention to detail is key. So is hiring the very best talent for each project, from architect to designer to project manager.  “New construction is a team approach. You have to take every piece and figure out how to make it all work together.”

Twin brother Alex, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman, plays an integral role.  The pair have a special alliance, offering up a unique blend of insight and experience.

“We’re two young hungry guys — one specializing in building and construction; the other, laser-focused on managing people and servicing clients,” says Alex.  “We both live and breathe real estate.”

They credit their strong work ethic to a lifetime talking business at family dinners. (Dad, David Perry, was a top producer in Los Angeles; the pair also have two older brothers.)

“With four boys, you had to fight to get a word in edgewise. While you’re competitive growing up, as you get older, they become assets,” says Elliott.


This New Leaf build at 7015 Pasadena in Lakewood is the perfect testament to their in-house design services.

Melissa Powell will be the first to admit building a custom home can be a mind-boggling experience. The New Leaf Custom Homes co-founder who runs the business with her husband, Scott, understands the challenges: You get the design you want, but it can’t be built within budget. Or the lot you’ve chosen doesn’t mesh with the architectural plan.

The good news is, this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has found a better way. With the recent launch of its full-service New Leaf Design Studio, everything a client needs is now under a single roof.

“It’s how we avoid what we call the Builder’s Bermuda Triangle,” says Melissa. “Bringing everything in-house makes it a seamless process for the customer.”

With construction and architecture services already in place, adding interior design completed the trifecta. “It eliminates the go-betweens, so nothing is left to chance.“


Modern farmhouse design reaches a new level of luxury with this exquisitely crafted Platinum Series Home by Mark Molthan. Mixing traditional features (think gable roof, shiplap walls, and open porch) with contemporary elements, this unique new build located at 5520 Caladium Dr. in North Dallas offers buyers the best of all worlds: style, space, comfort, and, of course, Molthan’s meticulous attention to detail.

Those familiar with Platinum Series Homes, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, have come to expect this unprecedented standard of perfection. Everything from hardware to lighting to the type of paint used is carefully curated, according to the builder, “By collaborating with talented professionals and using the very best materials available, it’s the quality of our homes that defines us.”

Take the soaring, top-of-the-line Lincoln windows. Rimmed in black, these floor-to-ceiling stunners not only provide an abundance of natural light—they’re a direct contrast to the 4,871-square-foot home’s bright white exterior. Horizontal wood siding adds even more texture and interest, says listing agent Katie Schortman. “White isn’t cookie-cutter anymore.” A standing seam metal roof further complements the monochromatic palette.