Enjoy the ambiance of the stately, one-of-a-kind custom home of Texas Rangers Hall of Fame inductee and All-Star Michael Young for our next CandysDirt.com Staff Party.

Dramatic touches like a sweeping staircase, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and beamed ceilings create a warm and luxurious space with Old World appeal in 7,715 square feet at 3508 Bryn Mawr Dr. in University Park. 

Created by Emerson Residential in 2006, this house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, one half bath, a designer kitchen, expansive master suite, and lovely outdoor area with a covered patio and fireplace.

“This University Park neighborhood is just a short commute to downtown Dallas and in the attendance zone for Highland Park ISD, a major draw for many,” said Alicia Chmielewski, Elite Auctions Market Director, Southwest. “An open floorplan and luxe amenities make this home appealing for the discerning buyer.”

This property will be placed for auction on Saturday, Sept. 1 (more on that below). Join us for the CandysDirt.com Staff Party from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, with refreshments provided. You can RSVP to Joanna England: jo@candysdirt.com. In the meantime, let’s take a look.

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Easability Is the Buzzword at the Residences at the Stoneleigh | CandysDirt.com

Easeability is the buzzword at one of Dallas’ most desirable luxury high-rises near Uptown, with stellar location and luxury amenities.

Life is just more convenient at the Residences at the Stoneleigh, a 22-story building at 2300 Wolf Street, nestled between historic Turtle Creek and energetic Uptown. It offers easy access to the Katy Trail, the Arts District, high-end shopping, and some of the city’s finest restaurants. 

Residents also get a concierge level of service, said general manager Will Terry, who has been in the hospitality business for over 25 years.  

“Anything we can do to make their life easier is what we try to do — our residents have stayed at some of the nicest hotels and homes in the world and so expect service to be of that five-star quality,” Terry said. “Not only do we bring their car around, we deliver their laundry to them, we can deliver their groceries, take them out of their car, bring up them up to their home, stock their refrigerator…it truly is a lock-and-leave kind of lifestyle.”

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This modern pool by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects incorporates some of the latest and greatest design trends.

With this heat, are you dreaming of adding a cool oasis in your backyard like we are? If you don’t already have a pool, North Texas summers will surely have you wishing that you did, and if you’re wishing for a pool, why not wish for a top-of-the-line design?

That’s what Harold Leidner offers his clients. We asked the founder of his eponymous landscape design and maintenance firm about the latest in pool design and construction. Read on for his answers and you’ll be dreaming of your summer respite in living color!

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Most second home shoppers build vacation home dreams on one or two activities — the beach, the lake, or the hills. But buyers at the 505 Ranch Club  are getting three or more activities to fill the lazy days of weekends and turn every day into an experience. The private, exclusive enclave on Cedar Creek Lake, one of the largest lakes in the state, sits on one and a half miles of sparkling shoreline. There is water, there are 505 acres (hence the name) of dense woods to explore on foot, skeet shooting, target practice, trail rides, mountain biking, and unlike most vacation home communities, each home is set far apart from its neighbors, as if you were living in the middle of the woods.

The 505 Ranch Club also offers one of the top equestrian centers in North Texas, with ample paddocks and corrals, all available to owners at their whim but no upkeep. The shared ownership ranch concept marries the carefree freedom and fun of the ranch experience. But it almost completely eliminates the back-breaking hard work!

Still, the best part may be just pure geographical luck: when you buy your vacation home at the 505 Ranch Club, your no-maintenance ranch is only a 45-minute drive from Preston Center. (more…)

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It is no secret that midcentury modern homes fetch more eyeballs, interest and buyers these days. Discriminating lovers of well-maintained and lovingly updated midcentury moderns are familiar with the name William E. Benson — his name became synonymous with significant Dallas architecture in the fifties and sixties. Truthfully, owning a home with a William  E. Benson signature would be a coup in any city.

Benson, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 after a year of graduate work in design, moved to Dallas and hung up his shingle in 1952, quickly making a name for himself. Another home designed by Benson, in collaboration with interior designer Louise Kahn, is 5848 Colhurst. The home is well known as one of the most significant midcentury modern homes in Dallas.

Congruently, during a period of rapid church expansion, Benson designed nearly fifty church projects, from master plans and first units to complete sanctuaries.

And now, the luck of market is upon us. A Bishop Arts District abode Benson designed — 524 N. Manus Drive — has just been listed with Suzanne Warner of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. Even more, the home has been updated to perfection with a serious effort to maintain Benson’s original midcentury modern aesthetic. Built in 1952, 524 N. Manus Drive home was constructed by a Dallas custom builder who hired personally Benson to design his own private home.

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On the north shores of Grapevine Lake, I’ve discovered an elegant Flower Mound waterfront home sitting on just over 1 acre. This beauty was recently reimagined and we’re going to be there July 14!  

Earlier this week, I wrote about the first property of our progressive staff party, the massive Chateau Du Lac mansion at 5905 Giverny. Now it’s time to talk about the second fabulous house, just 1.6 miles away. 

Located at 1200 Noble Way, this rare find will be offered at auction next month with no reserve by Elite Auctions. It is entirely updated with an on-trend color palette and transitional feel. It offers 7,993 square feet on two stories with a four-car garage, five bedrooms, five living areas, hardwood floors throughout, and over 5,000 square feet of outdoor living that feel like a resort. There’s even a six-hole golf green with three tee area and sand trap. 

Our staff party will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and you can RSVP here. In the meantime, let’s take a look.

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Exquisite Chateau Du Lac Mansion Will Host Next CandysDirt.com Staff Party | CandysDirt.com

If you’re ready to have your jaw hit the floor, make plans for our next CandysDirt.com Staff Party on July 14. It will be a progressive affair looking at two exquisite properties and today, I want to show you the first, a massive Chateau Du Lac mansion in Flower Mound. 

Located at 5905 Giverny, this 14,906-square-foot manse sits on 8.34 acres, walking distance to Grapevine Lake. The gated homesite offers the utmost privacy and security while also affording the homeowner multiple lifestyle and entertainment options, including the ability to have both a helipad and horses!

Some of the features — and I could go on and on — include a ten-car garage, eight beautifully appointed bedrooms, a wine cellar that doubles as safe room, two full kitchens, a dining hall that can accommodate 28, and a pond with a well house and mill. 

Our staff party will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and you can RSVP here. I’ll have another post on the second property later this week. In the meantime, you’ve got to see this one! 

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Walkable Neighborhood a Top Appeal for the Residences at Stoneleigh | CandysDirt.com

Walkable communities are getting more attention from homebuyers who crave the lifestyle. In addition to convenience, these places offer unexpected benefits to our health, environment, finances, and communities.  

Some 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of boomers prefer walkable communities with a range of housing amidst local businesses and public services. 

We’re certainly seeing this trend around Dallas, particularly Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods. One of our favorites there is the Residences at the Stoneleigh , which gets a Walk Score of 86, meaning it is highly walkable. 

That was part of what attracted Paul and Mackie Ellenbogen and their beloved dog Ruby, who looked at a lot of condos in Uptown and the Turtle Creek area before deciding on the Residences at the Stoneleigh. 

“We thought that condominium life might be right for us [because] our children were grown and had moved to other cities, and we were ready to downsize,” said Paul. “We liked it for the location, the proximity to the Arts District, Katy Trail, the American Airlines Center, and to restaurants. We were first attracted to the Residences at the Stoneleigh because of its location, all the things that we could do.” 

The Residences at the Stoneleigh combine a rare real estate opportunity with superior service, luxury amenities, and that incredible location. They’ve got it all! 

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