I honestly don’t think there is another house in Dallas that demonstrates “Old Highland Park” like 4441 Belfort Place.

Even the address is stately. And the front door!

From the dramatic drive-up on one of Highland Park’s toniest streets, the home greets you with beautiful architectural detail — that fleur surrounding the oval window above the doorway. There is a second story, a New Orleans-style balcony, arches and windows. There is a tile roof. The yard is lush with rich, mature landscaping, the kind one achieves from years of careful, loving tending. Located on one of the few, rare, front-to-back lots in Highland Park, the .87 of an acre grounds are more like that of an estate you would find in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, the yard is so perfect it was once published on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.

To say the home is a showplace is an understatement. Current owners took a home built in 1940 and updated it thoughtfully, soundly, retaining the charm and architectural detailing that, try as you might, spend as you might, you cannot replicate in new home construction.

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You know how crazy we are over the Dallas “Round House”, commissioned by Dallas businessman and bon vivant Eddie Parker.

While it has never been officially confirmed, Bruce Goff is credited with designing the house because of its similarities to the other homes he has designed in the U.S. The home is now on the market for $1,725,000, be sure to check out our story on it.

Plus there are so many wonderful eccentricities: 24 karat gold dipped ceramic tiles, Hawaiian mahogany, Frankoma tiled glass walls, onyx terrazzo, intricate mosaics and brass inlaid concrete floors. All these elements plus typical 1960s materials that made that era of architecture so great — natural stone, walnut paneling, glass glass and more glass, and bamboo.

The Dallas Round House is still considered one of the most architecturally significant homes in the city and you do not want to miss it!

Tonight, you can benefit our great friends at Preservation Dallas (for a mere $20) and see this city treasure for yourself! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7507 Baxtershire Drive, Dallas, TX 75230

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Click here to register and pay: www.eventbrite.com/e/intown-outing-parker-house-tickets-

Interior designer Lynn Rush does not like the ordinary, in her life, her design, or her homes. That’s one reason why she is one of the few, rare designers with foresight and, well, the guts to do something few would try in Texas, or anywhere: build a black house that is 100% sustainable.

Her home at 14651 Winnwood in Addison, listed by Coldwell Banker’s Valerie Van Pelt, is created of dark plaster walls on the exterior that are slowly, carefully being enveloped by swaths of lush green ivy. I have never seen anything quite like it. That same green ivy, though, could just as easily be trimmed back. And the house could be painted stark white. No need, really: though the house is entirely black on the exterior, it earned highest LEED Platinum certification and can actually give more energy back to the grid than it takes.

And lest you think a home of this color, perched on a coveted luxurious residential street in Addison — Emmitt Smith lives up the block — sticks out like a sore gardener’s thumb in a sea of beige Mediterraneans, McMansions and McModerns, you would be wrong. The home, all one story, retains a low profile and dissolves seamlessly into a backdrop of native plantings.  

Really, this is a home you would see in the Texas Hill Country, or Austin.

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Turtle Creek Penthouse
You’ve never seen anything like this Turtle Creek Penthouse. Never. It’s easily the equivalent of the Palace of Versailles, but 22 stories into the sky. It’s a fantasy, a dream, a love story, and it’s finally available — after 40 years. (more…)

Later on this morning I’m talking to the Oak Lawn MLS, some of my favorite peeps, exchanging info on the real estate economy, gossip, what’s selling, more gossip, trends, and even more gossip. Then, right after, I am stopping by Jacquelyne Wynne’s beautiful Bud Oglesby condo for an open house look-see. This place is fabulous, one of only five in the complex at 4325 Cole Avenue…unit 5… the ONLY one with an enlarged master Kohler bath (enough room for two, really!) plus marble, marble everywhere.

The large, open den has high ceilings, abundance of natural light and views of the terrace that connects to the den. The den is also the only one of the five condos that has a wet bar, sub-zero refrigerator, marble countertops and lighted glass shelves. The powder room is surrounded with marble and marble countertop. The kitchen features a Bosch refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. If you want lots of closets, this is your dream! Plus an oversized 2 car garage with 6 additional closets. 

You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many closets!

There is also a new fence with a 10 year warranty.

Of course, the whole home is done up in gorgeous decor Jacquelyne Wynne style. She’s marketing it herself for $479,000.

Come by and bring me your best listing for publication on CandysDirt.com. We will look at them all, pick only one. (more…)

Houzz

Photography: Michael Hunter

Remember when we kept track of things we loved by tearing out magazine pages and putting them in a binder? It was an idea book for our future homes. The digital age changed everything and brought us the ultimate idea book with the launch of Houzz.com in 2009. Houzz founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen were remodeling their own home. They wanted an easy way to communicate ideas to their team, and they also wanted to be able to find skilled professionals.

They were not alone. (more…)

Photos: Shoot2Sell

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor, Preservation Dallas

I have always been curious about this house on White Rock Lake. Everybody is. The heavily treed lot in the exclusive Cloisters enclave is more than three acres and gracefully bows to afford sweeping waterfront views from most every window of the house. When I say most, I mean the majority of a 12,000-square-foot masterpiece that is peppered with floor-to-ceiling windows to take full advantage of the environment. It’s really like no other house in Dallas, given it’s prime lakefront location and the heritage of it’s tile titan owner, Robert M. Brittingham, founder of Dal-Tile, now a division of Mohawk Industries and the largest manufacturer and distributor of tile and tile products in North America. We are talking wall tile, floor tile, granite, marble, mosaics, stone and allied products used in the installation of these products. Robert M. Brittingham created thousands of jobs everywhere, but especially in Dallas, where he strategically located his firm. He has beautified thousands of homes, inside and out, since the company was founded in 1947.

We love tile but quite frankly, we love 4606 Chapel Hill even more. Come see why:

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