In the not-too-distant future, I will write a book on how homes heal and nests nurture. I have many friends who, stung from later-life divorces, have found salvation in new home renovation — contracted out or even built with their own hands. There is nothing as fulfilling as ripping apart an old bathroom or kitchen, with several great whacks of the sledgehammer. The rooms — worn down, out-of-style, dysfunctional — turn out to be a lot like their former marriages. Re-creating a beautiful new space in the old structure gives them purpose, passion and a new lease, not to mention the self-satisfaction that comes when the project is complete. You move in and finally relax with a glass of wine and (hopefully) a new romantic interest.

But a house doesn’t have to be divorce therapy to nurture. It can also house a new beginning that comes through, say, a dual adoption and marriage.

For Dr. Jennifer Denning, 6918 Pasadena was the home she bought to raise her adopted daughter, to give her a storybook life.

She is the sixth owner of the Tudor-style home, whose primary owners lived in the tidy house for almost 30 years. Built in 1923, the home was first owned by Bernard and Jane B. Shields, Bernard being employed by WM Simpson & Sons. The home went to market from 1948 to 1950; it was sold and remodeled. Originally a three-bedroom one-story structure, subsequent owners knocked out walls and added a second story with dormers and tall ceilings, bathrooms, and more rooms in 2005.

But oh my, this story is about so much more than a home.

“If Norman Rockwell were a single working mom, this is the house he’d buy,” says Jennifer.

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Victory ParkWhen Ashton Theiss tagged us on Instagram this week to show us her new listing — a loft-style townhome in Victory Park — we may have asked for more deets tout de suite. Because this currently-a-hip-pocket home is what happens when Industrial Chic and Modern design styles fall in love and have a loft baby.

Basically, 2935 Magnolia Hill Court is three stories of Dallas views and luxury living, all contained in 4,800 square feet of living space, and a 2,000 square foot private rooftop that overlooks downtown Dallas and Victory Park.

And if you have Mavs and Stars season tickets, this is the home for you — it’s a block and a half from the American Airlines Center. Like running? It has Katy Trail access. Like to golf? There’s a putting green in the private backyard. 

And we don’t know if it’s registered to you yet, but we haven’t even gotten to the inside of the house. 

“This property is truly one-of-a-kind,” Theiss said of the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home.

To really do it justice, you have to look at what each floor offers. though. 

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Ash CreekJeremiah Hobbs with United Realty shared his latest Ash Creek Estates listing recently, and we immediately asked for more details. The 14-year-old Modern has been on the market a little more than a week, and between the gorgeous lot, the beautiful home, and the Casa Linda amenities, it’s a home that is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s rare, Hobbs said, that a home such as 562 Ash Creek Drive comes available in the area, which is adjacent to Casa Linda. And this home has so much going for it, with enough unique features that someone is going to want to snap up in a hurry.

For instance, he said, “the unique design.”

“It includes a 30-foot-long koi pond that flows through the house,” he said. “Large glass windows provide an abundance of natural light and tranquil views.” (more…)

Hands down, Lionel Morrison is one of the most talented architects not just in North Texas, but in the world. Every day I get to admire his work as I pass one of his masterpieces at 6645 Northaven Road.

Come to think of it, having great architecture in our midst is like making art galleries out of our neighborhoods. We drive, we walk (when it’s not so dang hot), we bicycle, and we Uber/Lyft down the streets. It makes the hours of our lives a little better to have beautifully designed buildings around us, like art.

It’s even better when you can (somewhat) affordably call one of those houses home.

Art House was designed by Morrison and is one of the most highly respected small-scale condos in town. Units seldom come to market.

In fact, Morrison lives there, right across from this very unit that just hit MLS: 3740 Holland Avenue, Unit 3B.

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The Peninsula is one of our favorite neighborhoods in the City of Dallas. I have many friends who live there and love it, folks who have shed larger homes in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, even Plano, to live on these quarter-acre slices of heaven with White Rock Lake a few steps out the front door.

Every time I drive in the Peninsula, I think, “Why don’t we live here?” It’s like coming home to a lake home: I could gaze at the sunlight dappling on the lake forever.

This 2015-built home is at 9333 Biscayne Boulevard, with a clear White Rock Lake view from the second story master. Designed by AIA architect and builder Douglas Hildinger, the contemporary home is loaded with strikingly great clean design. And it just came on the market.

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Devonshire When you get the opportunity to purchase the personal home of a builder, architect, or interior designer, you know you’re getting something special — and this Devonshire Modern is an excellent exemplar of that.

This three-bedroom, four-bath home is 3,560 square feet of light and surprises concocted by two powerhouses in residential design to be the perfect showcase of the aesthetic of its designer-owner.

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Thanks to the magic of social media, we found out about this Modern Contemporary zoned for the sought-after Rosemont Elementary in Oak Cliff a week or so ago — and now we’re bringing it to your attention, too.

The builder, 419 Reinvestments, has been quietly bringing modern design with clean lines and high quality, energy efficient construction to the North Oak Cliff area since 2012. Their latest home, located at 765 Evergreen Hills Road, is the latest in that string of successes.

Designed to take advantage of all the mature trees on the lot, the home manages to feel both ensconced in nature and urban at the same time, thanks to an immense third story rooftop deck and views from the second-floor master suite.

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WacoWe know, we know. When we say “Waco” nowadays everyone is nearly conditioned to think “shiplap.” But we found a home in the Waco exburb of Woodway that will ship the shiplap straight out of your noggin.

It’s a good day for a good midmod, yes?

This incredible home at 7820 Tallahassee Road sits on a heavily wooded lot that’s not quite an acre.

It was built in 1961 by Waco designer Ray Barnes. A bit of scrounging found a 1955 story about Barnes at the beginning of his career in Waco, where Barnes said he wasn’t quite sure what his signature style was just yet, but that it definitely had a lot to do with bringing nature to the forefront. (more…)