This is the one you wait for all year long, just in time to get your house spruced up for the holidays. It’s Scott & Cooner’s annual WAREHOUSE sale, and the deals are amazing. Pop right in until closing on Saturday for unbelievable deals on brand name designers and beautiful, collectible furnishing pieces you will keep for a lifetime!


3344 Rankin Front

There are two reasons I love this listing:

1) This home is seriously adorable and not at all what you’d expect from a home in University Park, where restrained architecture and transitional style reigns supreme. Cozy and colorful, with original details in the most unexpected places, it is a treasure trove of architectural interest.

2) This home is packed to the gills with a lifetime’s worth of worldly collectables. Exotic pelts, antiques, African statues and masks, Moroccan textiles, and Spanish tile cover the floors, walls, and even ceilings of this beautiful home.

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We know that University Park dirt is flying off the market faster than you can imagine, but we had no idea how high prices were inching up. There’s a lot of value in the neighborhood — dense, walkable, top-rated schools and a responsive local police department — but Kenneth Walters, a rising star inside Ebby Halliday Realtors, knows that the right home inside UP can fetch top dollar.

DSC_9322 copy4x6 300dpiKenneth represented 3821 Purdue, an adorable restored Tudor, and took a few moments from his hectic schedule to chat with us about this amazing home and his landmark sale! While this home is absolutely charming, were there any challenges that this sale presented that you haven’t otherwise encountered?

Kenneth Walters: Every transaction has its challenges. The primary objection for some buyers was the home’s size, which is about 2,000 square feet. Many potential buyers were looking at homes in excess of 3,000 square feet, but those were not finished out like Purdue.

CD: University Park has some highly sought-after dirt. Can you tell us what it was like having this home on the market for just 33 days?

Walters: Purdue had an offer before it ever went on the open market; so yes, we had multiple offers. My clients decided to list through the MLS and it paid off. Any property listed in the Fairway under $1 million is overwhelmed with showings. This property was special; you could feel the attention to detail that was taken to restore and renovate this 1930s Tudor.


CD: Of course, with great schools and fabulous amenities, UP is a popular destination for young families. What about this home attracted the buyers?

Walters: I think the historic charm and modern amenities of Purdue attracted the buyers. The home was meticulously renovated with top-quality materials found in multimillion-dollar estate properties around the Park Cities.

Location is the No. 1 reason why the Park Cities continues to be a good investment. The 3800 block of Purdue is isolated from the noise and traffic of Central Expressway and the North Dallas Tollway, and it offers a short commute to the Central Business District. Great schools and municipal services like University Park’s parks system and emergency services sweeten the deal.


CD: At $447 per square foot, this is a huge sale. Tell us how it feels to make such a significant sale as a rising star inside Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Walters: During the interview for the listing I found out that I was up against one of the top agents in the Park Cities. I was awarded the listing because of my comprehensive marketing plan, which included a direct-mail program, events for brokers and neighbors, a print campaign in top publications, and an emphasis on an online presence targeting young buyers. Being part of the No. 1 brokerage in Texas is also a major plus!

Setting a new standard in University Park is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. This is a great comparable for the market. I am really looking forward to the spring selling season!

This is an unusual Sale of the Week, and yes, I am teasing you. Teasing because I won’t have detail photos of this listing available until later today, but I want you to come back to see. So here are all the deets to whet your appetite and get you back here for more House Porn. And this, my dear readers, is House Porn at it’s highest and finest in Dallas.

The name Winspear rings a bell, no? As in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House that comprises one of the four beautiful arts venues at our AT&T Performing Arts Center? They are among the most charitable people in Dallas. Mrs. Winspear has been with the Dallas Opera Board since 1975, and they have donated $1.5 million to complete the Lyric Theatre at the University of North Texas’ Murchison Performing Arts Center, and the Bill and Margot Winspear Endowment for the College of Music at UNT. They have given more than $2 million to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centers. There is also, of course, that $42 million they gave to give Dallas a 21st century version of a tradional opera house seating 2200 with the most perfect acoustics in the world.

Not only does this penthouse on the 18th floor of The Vendome, that’s 3505 Turtle Creek, have great acousics, it has it’s own swimming pool with 24 ft. ceilings overlooking Turtle Creek and the Dallas skyline. The 14,740 square foot spectacle took four years to create. The penthouse encompasses more than twenty rooms including two powder baths, five full bathrooms, four bedroom suites, a media room, a club room, a golf room, and a game room. The details are beyond superb. (Design District devotees would DROOL at these interiors.) Surely you have heard by now of Sherle Wagner, the highest of the high-end gold gilt orgeous bathroom fixtures? This penthouse, I’m told, is like a Sherle Wagner museum! There is custom DeGournay silk wallcoverings, European marble fireplaces, rare carved French 17th century entry doors, everything you would find in $20 million estate only it’s on the 18th floor of the Vendome and THAT is your view 24/7.

Previously listed with Judy Pittman in April of 2009 for $8,850,000, it is now listed with Ralph Randall of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates for $6,695,000. I will see it and bring you all the details as if you were there — front row seat! From what I’ve heard, at the new price, this is like getting a few bullions of gold for darn tootin’ free…


This home is a short sale, and cheaper than renting. The owner is perfectly serious when he says, bring on all offers. Like, we mean ALL. Currently priced at $475,000, this home is amazing and practically brand new, though it was built in 1998. In fact, my first question was: does anyone live here? You get almost 3000 square feet, three bedrooms, three and a half baths, generously-sized  rooms with beautiful mill work and wood trim, a steam shower in the decked-out master bathroom, a wood-paneled library, glorious granite and stainless kitchen, you can walk almost anywhere for food, exercise or fun while the two car garage holds your autos. Listed wth Kimberley Gromatzky at Dave Perry-Miller Uptown, I just cannot believe, CAN NOT BELIEVE the asking price: $475,000. 4322 Throckmorton, check it out, FAST!

I posted a few shots from this house last summer, when I was first made aware of it’s awesomeness. The young builder is Leo Savino, who is building in the Park Cities under his company name, Significant Building & Construction, with the frenzy of a blue norther. 

Well, now she’s all dressed up and ready for her first date. 

They call her style Santa Barbara, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by gardens on a tidy lot that overlooks St. Michael’s School and church. The kitchen has great Viking professional appliances, gorgeous jewelry-like hardware, stone counters and a sleek, contemporary look prevailing across every inch. My personal favorite is the beautiful wall stonework that looks like a painting in the master, the great tilework and mahogany. The builder, who tells me he is a perfectionist, used hurricane-resistant glass in every window because he recalls a tornado in Dallas when he was younger. Plus his father is a physician; the OCD tendencies are genetic. He also overdid it on the sensors/disaster buttons. Whoever buys this house will know anywhere instantly if the A/C has gotten stopped up, and can monitor pressure arrestors on plumbing fixtures. (The engineering mind so at work!) He is even moving the outside AC units to a more aesthetically pleasing location because they “bother him.” But the home reveals the fruits of his obsessions: it is stunning.

You buy this house for the zero maintenance, not a spacious yard but your usual 150 by 54 foot wide UP lot. The home squeezes 4300 square feet in with a very spacious feel. There are four bedrooms, three and a half baths, three living areas, a two-car garage and outdoor kitchen living area. Listed with CC Allen at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, asking $1,650,000 which I think is just a tad bit high, but the house really is gorgeous. Go see it and tell come back here, tell me what you think!

Oh. My. God. This stunning Bluffview architectural gem at 4214 Shorecrest probably won’t last through the weekend. In fact, I predict it will be gone by Friday. The property actually rests upon a Bluffview bluff on .97 acres. So unlike almost any other neighborhood in Dallas, with the exception of Kessler, you get a view. Built in 1939, Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, planned and oversaw the remodel. The size is perfect — not too large, not too small, and the home does not swallow the whole dang lot like so many of these behemoths. I think this would make a perfect empty nester home, and I know for a fact that Bluffview is where many empty nesters are heading. You get 3407 square feet, three bedrooms, study, three full baths and a stunning pool. Floors are concrete, marble and wood. The owners are well know Dallas journalist and attorney Courtney Dreslin Sinelli and her darling husband, Jeff Sinelli, founder, CEO and CVO (that’s Chief Vibe Officer) of Which Wich. So in a way, this is a home that “sand-wishes” built. Courtney tells me her home boasts the best patio in Dallas and treetop views from every single window. I say buy it with the furnishings and work some big fat gift certificates to Which Wich. The home is gorgeous and only asking $1, 849,000 with Sandy Petruska at Briggs Freeman…

This home at 5317 Emerson is just north of Greenway Parks, east of Inwood, and so adorable I want to stuff it in my pocket and take it home. Built in 1949, super updated from the floors to the energy efficient windows in each room: updated kitchen, updated guest bath. (They wisely kept the original pink tile in the main bath.) Two bedrooms, two baths, two living areas in a perfect 1706 square feet. I feel like I’m over-using the word new, but new slate front porch, new back porch. New siding & brick. New recessed lighting. New garage doors & more! I think it’s as cute as a button for $399,00… that’s right, just under $400,000! Listed with Susan Thomas at Allie Beth Allman. (more…)