3618 N. Fitzhugh Front

Although this contemporary townhome got a troublesome start, with the initial developer running into financing trouble as the Great Recession hit. It was left sad and empty, waiting to work its way through the mess.

And then Keith Urban of FirstUp Structures found it and turned it into the amazing unit you see today.

“This is one of five duplexes in the area that the contractor was building in 2008, ” Urban said of 3618 N. Fitzhugh, a new listing from David Griffin and our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. “This was one that the bank had foreclosed. Neither of them were finished, and it gave me an opportunity to upgrade and complete the finish-out on both units.”

And upgrade he did, adding architectural features that will knock your socks off right when you open the front door. It’s one of those listings that will have you calling your Realtor right when you see it. But don’t waste time, call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to make sure you sail through financing, from bid to closing.

Want to fall head over heels for a perfectly posh contemporary townhome? Jump.

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11714 Parwen ext

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Imagine starting your day, looking out your window to see a beautiful fountain spraying over a glistening lake, surrounded by greenery and trees. Or your dinner guests driving up a hill to a modern porte-cochère before entering your home? These are just some of the impressive features of 11714 Parwen Drive in North Dallas, in Forest Place off Forest Lane, just east of Preston Road.

The location is key. The house is in the middle of everything, not far from the Dallas North Tollway. Head south to the Arts District or Uptown in ten minutes without traffic, or head north to Willow Bend or Plano in about the same amount of time. Preston Center is not far, and the shopping delights of Preston Royal and Preston Forest are at your fingertips. (Or toes! You could walk it.)

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Connie Williamson has been in the Antiques business for years. I first met her when she had a showroom in the Dallas Design District, where I would meander in just to bask in the beauty of her crystal baubles and richly polished wood wardrobes.

She has bought antiques all over the world from her vast travels. Let me put it this way: the private airline people all know her. She has also amassed some of the most beautiful collectibles from local Dallas estates, and sold them to her discerning clientele. While her focus is 18th- and 19th-century Fine French antique (Louis XV and Louis XVI), she also has Italian antiques which she mixes in cleverly with a few contemporary pieces.

A few years ago, Connie took her antiques to her beautiful Lake Forest home to enjoy. It was a temporary move, but like most of us who have worked from home, she found she loved it. Clients could come to her home, if they needed to, or they could order on line. Connie was years ahead of her time. About the time she moved home for comfort and convenience, the online design world exploded.

Now Connie is selling her Lake Forest row home, and it is a treasure trove of rare and stunning antiques, from Napoleon-era Empire chairs to 18th-century wood doors from France she is cleverly using — as only Connie can — as a window cover. Of course the antiques and chandeliers are not included in her home price: $750,000 for 7311 Park Lake Drive. But they are all for sale!

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imagereaderThis home is one of those rare finds that makes you drop your fingernail file and pay attention.  A home that is so versatile it melds equally to the empty nester in search of a lock and leave property, or a young couple seeking a family home that is in the heart of everything — private schools, public schools, NorthPark Center, Texas Healthcare Resources, Central Expressway, The Dallas North Tollway, Preston Center… you get the drift.

Where is this neighborhood? Windsor Park, a cluster of homes off Park Lane, between Boedecker and Hillcrest, surrounding a peaceful lake. This is the same neighborhood where Mary Kay Ash lived the later years of her life, preferring this location to her pink Preston Hollow mansion.

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3620 Ranchero extThis is one for the record books. 3620 Ranchero in Ranchero Estates, Plano, has to be one of the most loaded homes in North Texas. I’m talking rivalling and actually surpassing Champs D’Or as far as interior over-the-top amenities. Champ, which is under contract, by the way, was more like living at the Broadmoor. You would need a staff of thousands and have to be thanking someone every two minutes. Ranchero is a home, a big home, yes, 17,306 square feet, but a homey home, a place that was built with absolutely anything and everything you could think of to make life as comfy as possible for a family and then some. Like, for example, the waterfall in the bridge overlooking the pool. A room just for the dogs that opens to the garage through double doors so you don’t have to bring them into the house from the car. This room has a custom dog bath off of it, all tiled with a drain, so you can wash the dogs right there. This leads to a spacious doggie yard of turf with built-in cleansing sprinklers. Urinals. I know, not a pretty word, but I swear the best Valentines gift you could give a woman would be to install a urinal in every bathroom in the house. That and some diamonds. There are urinals in every bathroom in this house — all nine of them — with the exception of the little girl’s room. Even daddy gets one! That is one example, one wee (sorry) example of the detailed thinking, planning and expense that was poured into this home: price was no object. I have a feeling that when the builder, DFW Fine Homes, said to the owner hey, we can do this but it costs extra the owner said DO FIVE OF THEM. (more…)

8626 Lakemont extLook high, look low, you will not know this house exists. But exist it does, like a Limestone Castle nestled in the heart of Bluffview. Hiding behind private automatic gates, this home is an amazing feat of architecture and style. It holds cabinetry and woodwork I have never seen the likes of. It’s also another one of those “are we really in Dallas, Dorothy?” homes. Or moments. Once you turn down that cobbled brick circular driveway and step up the stone steps leading to the front door, you feel more like you are in Beverly Hills. Or Santa Barbara.

Yes, 8626 Lakemont is Santa Barbara high and low, with almost obsessive attention to detail. Let me show you.

First of all, if I were to ask you to guess the age of this home, I know you would not be able to guess it. Ha! Maybe we should have a contest. Like a woman with perfect genes, HGH injections or a great plastic surgeon, this home belies its age. It was built in 1993, but with such taste and style it looks like a contemporary 2014 creation.

Of course, 1993 was not that long ago. The home was commissioned in 1993 by a west coast builder who is rumored to have built Gene Hackman’s estate in Pebble Beach and had experience building castles in Europe. The exterior is 100% limestone, which wraps into the interiors as well and is used in all molding trim, baseboard and ceiling. Every square inch of wall is Venetian plaster. Though the walls are not made of stone, they appear to be. Further, this is not just your average Venetian plaster.

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Glorious pond, lighted fountain, gazebo with power, metal roof.Anyone who can work from home and live in the country, pay attention: I have found your paradise! Chefs and gourmands, go from ground to garnish in five minutes. This is truly one of the most amazing properties I have ever seen, and it is just an hour east of Dallas on I-20. There are so many “firsts” and innovative design touches in this compound, you do feel like you are in the heart of Preston Hollow but have just kind of helicoptered over the traffic.

Well, you could very well have: there is a helicopter pad and even a fuel tank, so you won’t run out of gas.

Located near the quaint town of Canton, county seat of Van Zandt County, home to the famous “First Monday Trades Days” flea market, you are in God’s green acres out here with trees, water, rolling hills and the freshest air you can find. And even better, you can grow your own food! Top notch medical facilities and equally excellent schools are available nearby. At night, you hear no sirens or tires screeching — just birds and the jack rabbits scurrying through the grass. Rather than watch traffic jams on the mixmaster with a glass of wine while you cough cough on polluted air, you can count the bats flying over the house from the back porch. Like a natural Mosquito Mist, these guys eat the mosquitoes and keep them off of people. Canton has a country club with golf course, a new Splash Kingdom, not a $3.5 billion Dreamvision vision, no Starbucks but Val’s Italian in town. Recreational lakes are thirty minutes away — Tawakoni, Cedar Creek and Lake Palestine.

Of course, why would you drive there when you have your own lake?

Why would you even leave this pastoral heaven except to go to church and shopping? Like I said, if you can work from home even two days a week, listen up.


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Simply gorgeous! Perched high from street level with a deep setbThis home is one of the treasures of the Park Cities: a striking French Quarter flavor built by Rusty Goff in 2007 that is owned by one of the most talented landscape architects in town, Doug Smellage, owner and founder of Lawns of Dallas.

True landscapers, they built the structure and landscaped as carefully as they crafted the home’s interiors. That is why, from the very start, you notice that something is very different about 3141 Southwestern Boulevard.

First of all, it’s on a corner lot, the south east quadrant of  Southwestern and Airline. The lot is elevated to an almost Hill Country feel, and the house is set back more deeply than most. You actually walk up the cobbled stone driveway, which is curved and large enough to park a bevy of cars. The sensibility is New Orleans as you walk to the front door, surrounded by greenery, a side entrance from the gracious porch. Here is where Daisy Buchanan would be swinging and watching the world go by.

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