Prestonwood Polo PlayersPrestonwood Polo and Country Club has Dallas abuzz over its new “field-of-dreams” development project in Oak Point after selling two residential lots its first day on market. The 22-estate master-planned community will be the first of its kind for North Texas, offering sizable 2.5 acre lots from $300,000 to $399,000. Backing to lush polo fields bordered by 200 Live Oak trees, each lot features prime views for watching the “sport of kings.”

“It truly represents the next echelon of country club living,” says Angela Downes of Virginia Cook Realtors, exclusive listing agent with a goal of building out the community over a three-to-five-year period.

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Ordinarily, my preferences run a little more modern, but there is some undeniable allure in this custom take on French rustic. It’s truly lovely. I like to think this is exactly the sort of home Belle would build after she took half of the Beast’s assets and relocated for the great schools. A little rustic, a little French, a whole lot of gorgeous.

“They really did an impeccable job,” said listing agent Haley Wagstaff. “It’s just stunning.”

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Sigh. They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to. And in this era of teardowns and McMansions, wonderful old beauties like 3608 Drexel Drive don’t often see their centennial birthday.  Let’s hope that this stately Southern charmer does.

Listing agent Christy Berry of the Collective Luxury Residential loves this property as much as we do. ” I don’t think there are a lot of houses out there that have Southern charm like this,” she said. “A lot of people have asked, ‘Why the yellow?’ but the owner wanted to keep it in character with the original look and feel of the house. It has always been yellow.”

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“This house is like a temple.”

We’re standing in the open living area of 6832 Westlake Avenue and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Scott Carlson makes a sweeping gesture upward. He’s not wrong. This immaculate renovation is temple-like. In the morning sun, the space absolutely glows. Light filters in from the home’s abundant transoms and bounces off of the sleek marble counters and white custom cabinetry and there is a sort of reverence about it all. The tour is over and I remain reluctant to depart.

“You never want to leave this place,” Carlson says, as if he’s reading my mind. Or, perhaps, my body language is just that obvious.

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We look at houses all day long. And it’s not often that a new build delights us the way this modern farmhouse by Patten Custom Homes does. It is detail-oriented, with endless built-ins, fixtures, and flow designed specifically for family living. For partner Natalie Patten, 9215 Royalpine Dr. was a labor of love.

“I designed this home with a family in mind,” Patten said. “I put a lot of effort and love into making this home set up the way I’d want to live.”

We think that effort shows. Come, have a look!

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Let’s get this out of the way first: this luxury lease is already spoken for. We figured, though, there’s always room for eye candy, and at $10,000 per month, 3141 Southwestern is the creme de la creme of lease properties.

We spoke to Realtor Susan Baldwin who shared that the lucky soon-to-be occupants are a local family who has always loved this gorgeous French Provincial. After selling their home, the clan chose this looker as their interim residence while planning their next move. We are green with envy!

And speaking of green (like what we did there?), check out that walk-up. Set back from the street on top of a lush slope, the house commands some serious attention – and admiration.

“It really does have such a stately presence,” Baldwin said. “It’s got that ‘You have arrived!’ look that executives are searching for.”

Stately, it is. And utterly lovely.

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Another high-end builder in North Texas has filed for bankruptcy. This time it’s M. Christopher Custom Home Builder, who left many clients with liens and unfinished properties. (Photo: M. Christoper and Company)

Families all over Dallas-Fort Worth are left in a lurch after M. Christopher Custom Home Builder has filed for bankruptcy.

According to a report from NBC 5, several homeowners in developments across North Texas put significant deposits on half-constructed homes only to see that money disappear and no progress at their homesites. It’s a situation not unlike what former clients of Bella Vita Custom Homes are facing after that company declared bankruptcy.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN.

Bella Vita Custom Homes set up offices all over Austin, but failed to deliver on their promises to clients according to an investigation by KXAN. (Photo: KXAN)

According to a brand new investigative report from KXAN in Austin, Dallas-based Bella Vita Custom Homes has declared bankruptcy. The builder, after failing to pay subcontractors and losing vast sums of client money, has permanently closed and remains a target in lawsuits.

Bella Vita was founded in Dallas in 2010, with its trademark white crest on a navy blue background popping up on lots all over Dallas and the Park Cities. But just after Tracey and Joel Lackovich selected Bella Vita to build their custom home in the gated community of Spanish Oaks just outside of Austin in Bee Cave, construction slowed and problems began to crop up. That was in 2015, and since then, the Lackovich family has dealt with one nightmare after another.

But what can be done to protect a homeowner from a less-than-honest builder? Not much, the story alleges.

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