RockwallIf you’ve been in the real estate business long enough, you can plumb run out of superlatives. So when a Realtor uses words like “dreamy” and “happy place” to describe her listing, you sit up and pay attention, which is why we’re headed to Rockwall to see a 95-acre family estate.

“My clients are headed back to The Bubble after a long hiatus on the most secluded and dreamy piece of property, high on a hill, deep in a forest, in Rockwall,” listing agent Erin McClung with Allie Beth Allman and Associates told us. “The perfect setting to raise two boys, now grown and flown, they found their happy place amidst the ponds, trails, and wild birds (thank the birds for the low taxes) in a home that they completely made their own.”

The home at 12101 Dark Hollow Road sits on 95 fenced acres of trails and forest land, with a stream and pond as well, making its $2.9 million price tag something of a steal when you consider all the land coming with it.

Long tree-lined roads bring you to a beautiful contemporary farmhouse with gorgeous porches and set after set of French doors. Green shutters pop off the white facade.

If the outside is inviting, the inside is doubly so. (more…)

Mansion ParkTwo blocks from Turtle Creek, Katy Trail, and the Uptown shopping and dining, when we saw that this sleek, sexy, and elegant Mansion Park townhome in our Instagram feed this week, we knew we had to share.

And lo and behold, we’ve shared before. Last year, Candy fell hard for this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, three-story home, with good reason. Secluded behind a treeline, wall, and a gate, 3625 Brown Street is both private and right in the middle of everything.

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Malone Cliff

No really, this is the view from this gorgeous Malone Cliff View home.

The thing about a Greico Modern Home is that you would be pleased as punch to live in one because they’re unique, they’re gorgeous, and they’re built to last. But this Greico home on Malone Cliff View punctuates that good feeling with a view that you’ll never tire of seeing.

Arguably one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets when it comes to neighborhoods, Malone Cliff homes are generally perched at the optimal spots for stunning views of the Dallas skyline, and this home at 1905 Malone Cliff View is no exception.

If you think the view from the pool at the Belmont Hotel was great, try the view from above the Belmont. (more…)

Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Janelle Alcantara lives and breathes modern architecture. When she spotted this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern at 5546 Charlestown Drive, it was one of those honey-stop-the-car moments.

Alcantara is not just an architecture lover — she’s also a senior associate with David Griffin & Company Realtors. She sees a lot of homes, and she sees a lot of them get torn down that frankly should have been renovated. She started Galaxy Modern, an architecture-driven real estate service, to make modern architecture accessible and to preserve existing modern homes whenever possible.

This Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern is an exciting example of what can be done when you have vision. It was constructed in 1964 when a lot of architect-designed homes were springing up in the neighborhood. Remember, this was an era when cool was the watchword. The Rat Pack was making headlines, the Ford Mustang appeared on the scene, and Mary Quant brought us the miniskirt. I won’t tell you what the median house price was because you’d just cry.

Dallas has a number of homes from this era that are worthy of saving, but most investors see only the dirt value and scrape away to throw up a generic McModern. Fortunately for all of us, one of the investors Alcantara works with shares her sensibility and enthusiasm for architecturally cool properties.

When Alcantara saw this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern, she knew what she wanted to do, assembled a crackerjack team, and got to work.

Matt Dimitri Karpenko is known for bringing these midcentury gems to life again,” Alcantara said. “But this is his crown jewel! The house was painstakingly and delicately deconstructed to preserve all that is magnificent about midcentury modern architecture, then slowly and carefully redesigned.”

Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Melshire Estates was voted by D Magazine as one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in North Texas. It’s a beautiful area with large tree-lined streets, deep property setbacks and that sought-after walkability we all want.

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ForsytheNew construction in Preston Hollow is expected to have designer touches, and Forsythe + Hall Homes’ latest organic contemporary home does not disappoint.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home at 5915 Del Roy Dr. is full of stunning design elements throughout its 5,421 square feet.  The home is located just west of Preston Road and south of Forest Lane.

“We like the area because of the 60-foot building line setbacks that create a great drive up, especially with the six trees in the front yard,” Holly Forsythe, owner and designer of Forsythe+Hall Homes, said.

That drive up sets the scene for a home with a unique floorplan that is entertainment perfect, and full of details both expected and unexpected.

“The layout and the floor plan itself is one of the more special things about this home,” Forsythe said. “We designed the floor plan with our architect, Lance Stovall, around an existing pool in the backyard, which we completely replaced with a brand new more modern pool that gave more space in the backyard for the Emerald Zoysia grass.” (more…)

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-