Georgian Colonial ranch

This iconic, massive Georgian Colonial ranch at 11053 Strayhorn Drive in Country Club Estates, East Dallas, is a real find for you and your Valentine. Lucky heart-shaped duckies, it will be open on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The estate was built in 1969 for George C. McIngvale, a founder of Bishop Lynch High School. And I’m totally serious about this house: I swear there is nothing, nada, anything like this beautiful estate anywhere in Dallas.

McIngvale was a philanthropist, the head of an insurance company.He was also was instrumental in raising the capital to build Bishop Lynch High School, recognized today as one of the finest private schools in Dallas.

“The neighborhood is a hidden gem,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Ryan Streiff said. “It’s under the radar, near the Dallas Athletic Club, with not just one, but two golf courses designed by legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus.”

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Twelve thousand square feet is calling your name! This five-bedroom, five full-bath, and three half-bath Colleyville home at 7212 John McCain Road will be auctioned Feb. 23 by Elite Auctions.

Yes, it’s really on John McCain Road, named for the late American senator and hero.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. The no-reserve auction will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with final preview on Friday, Feb. 22. Visit EliteAuctions.com/7212-John-McCain-Rd for pre-registration instructions and driving directions.

The asking price is just under $3 million. Located near Grapevine Highway 26 and Pleasant Run Road, this grand estate has a private gated entry that opens to its large circular drive. On the 2.76-acre property, you have a sprawling home, huge office space, and lovely outdoor living to enjoy the mature Pecan trees and its own private fountain pond stocked for fishing.

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We could fall in love with this two-story 2014-built Darling Home for the front loggia alone, but add the fact that you’re near the newly announced PGA Headquarters coming to Frisco, it’s a hole in one for 12869 Terlingua Creek Drive in Newman Village, one of Frisco’s most exclusive and private gated communities.

This breathtaking 4,377-square-foot home features five bedrooms, five baths, and two powder baths, with a casita too for $810,000. A gorgeous iron gate greets you as you walk into this cozy, partially covered courtyard lined with brick. Once you step through the front door, the entry of this home offers a soaring ceiling and an iron-railed hardwood staircase.

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Imagine living on Dallas’ most desirable street, owning not one but two amazing properties on Beverly Drive. This is pretty amazing stuff coming to us from Rogers Healy, who has listed 3414 and 3412 Beverly Drive on the market for $12 million.

CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Robert Elliott built this luxury estate that our own Karen Eubank dubs modern traditional when she wrote about 3414 Beverly Drive’s completion in 2017. Now a year and a half later, this home has the rare opportunity to become a family compound in Highland Park.

The family purchased this home to live in, bought the house next door, tore it down and began building entertaining quarters to create a luxury family compound. But as they say, other adventures came calling. And so we present to you, your future Park Cities compound.

The sprawling estate at 3414 Beverly Drive is 10,282 square feet with six bedrooms, six baths, and two powder baths. It’s situated on 0.29 acres, combined with next door’s 0.31 acres, you’re looking at over half an acre on prime land. (more…)

Man and the land. One of the most wonderful things about living in Texas is, I believe, the fabulous access to land we have in our outlying communities. Sure, we are getting ever more vertical in our urban cores — and that’s great — but then sometimes, some of us want to go home, put the phone on mute, settle back with a glass of wine (Prosecco, if you must know) and just relax.

And wouldn’t you just love relaxing with a home-on-the-range view like this one?

I am obsessing over all you get with this brand new, lived-in-just-one year build by Integrity Homes in La Cantera, on the western edge of Fort Worth, one of the area’s most elite, private, guarded and gated neighborhoods. The community is situated on one of the highest points in Tarrant County. First of all, 1.182 acres. Yes, you read that right, and when you see the price of this home you are going to tell me I’m lying. I can hardly wait for this listing to make it’s way across the internet to California… folks out there will salivate.

The home at 4924 Arbol Court was built in 2017 by Integrity Homes in 2017. And that giant acreage lot is, by the way, on a corner in gated and 24-hour guard-secured La Cantera.

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The sprawling 35,000-square-foot estate at 5101 Kensington Court in Flower Mound, which is listed by Rogers Healy for $9,900,000 is truly a Player’s Paradise. Driving up to the heavily-treed estate, you’ll find two private ornate iron gates to the property, one that leads to the main home with a rock pond water feature and one to the basketball court and sports entertainment complex.

Yes, this Flower Mound manse has a sports entertainment complex. But first, the amazing house.

This French provincial style estate has ornate touches throughout the seven-bedroom home, like the decorative tile inlay as you walk in, the quadruple tray ceiling in the master bedroom and the custom painted mural on the living room ceiling.

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Britannia GroupWhen two Brits get together — each with impressive track records in the real estate market — you can rest assured that their combined market knowledge is a powerful force.

That is very much the case now that Mark Godson and Catherine Thorpe-Lambert have joined forces with Compass Real Estate to form The Britannia Group, combining their decades of experience with what they felt was Compass’ unparalleled Realtor support system.

“We each bring different things, different strengths, and together we are an encyclopedia of knowledge,” Godson said. “I know Dallas and I know the Park Cities  customers like the palm of my hand.”

“I’m up in Argyle, which is semi-rural, and I think people tend to move out here for a little bit more land, a little bit more space, and obviously it’s completely different from the high rises and the close quarters in Highland Park,” said Thorpe-Lambert. “But it’s a really exciting time in Argyle because, in addition to our famous estate and horse properties, we now do have several new subdivisions being developed.”

Together, The Britannia Group is focusing attention on what they call the “Town and Country” properties — properties in uptown, downtown, Turtle Creek and Park Cities, but also those estates and horse properties in Argyle and semi-rural Denton County.

In addition to a network that stretches from the U.K. to Palm Springs, the two agents cumulatively have years of design and remodeling experience as well, which means they can help sellers with every aspect of selling a home, including staging and marketing.

Originally from London, Godson is licensed in both California and in Dallas, where he’s had seven years and 26 years of experience, respectively. He’s worked with some of the top brokerage firms in Dallas, and has sold some of the best, and priciest,  dirt in the Park Cities: two mansions on Rheims Place, including the Worthington Estate, and one on University Boulevard he sold to a prominent Dallas family the first day he listed it. He has sold several homes in Greenway Parks, Uptown, Preston Hollow and even downtown Dallas.

He’s lived in the U.S. for almost 30 years, primarily in Palm Springs and Newport Beach, California, and in Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Chelsea School of Art, is a Grade II UK-approved remodeler in England, and the recipient of several awards, including a Restoration Award.

“My background is in interior design and restoration and that’s what got me to the U.S. many, many years ago,” Godson said. “I was brought in to consult on an estate in Highland Park.”

“I’ve done some amazing houses in the Park Cities — taken older homes and painstakingly and lovingly restored them. A lot of them are still standing, which is kind of cool that what we did probably kept them from being bulldozed down. Homes are the historical footprints of a society.”

Godson said that the duo’s background in restoration has been most attractive to sellers, too.

“I think also my knowledge of restoration and reviving older homes makes me a more in-demand agent. We’ve got a fantastic 1930s Spanish house coming up sometime this year which is incredible, by the way — that’s been restored to the max,” he says. ”I think that’s why owners choose to use us, because they know that we understand restoration. I think that gives them a better feel, our knowing what goes into restoring a home both from a pricing perspective as well as purchase. Because in England we don’t tear down houses, we restore them.”

That mutual love of restoration and real estate actually brought the two agents together in the first place.

“So my background is in restoration, and I used to buy a house, redo it, and then sell it. And that’s how we met — I built a house, and Catherine bought it,” he added.

Thorpe-Lambert has three decades of experience buying, selling, and renovating homes in Park Cities, Lakewood, Argyle, Bartonville, and even along the coast of Maine.  She decided to become a Realtor, and then partner with Godson.

Born in England, she was trained as a podiatrist, graduating from the University of Huddersfield, School of Podiatry. The U.S. has been home for almost 30 years now, and Thorpe-Lambert currently lives in Argyle with her family.

A lifetime equestrian who rides through Grand Prix Dressage, she is also well versed in what horse owners (or potential horse owners) are looking for when they desire equestrian-friendly properties.

“Well that’s primarily why I moved out there, because I’ve been around horses my entire life, and have ridden for years and years,” Thorpe-Lambert told us. “For a while, I owned my own boarding, training, and dressage facility.  And I did training as well. And with its sandy loam soil, Argyle was the perfect place to call home for my family and my horses.”

Sandy loam soil? Godson and Thorpe-Lambert know their inventory from the dirt up, quite literally. Both believe potential clients will see the combined British force as an asset when it comes to buying and selling homes.

“We have a great history together, we work well together, we bring a lot of knowledge to the table,” Godson said. “That’s why we’re the Britannia Group.”

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Highland Park modern

Rogers Healy and Associates always has the best hip pocket properties for us, and this 6,356-square-foot contemporary home at 3504 Lexington Avenue in Highland Park not listed in MLS is no exception. A dining room wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors gives you a peek inside the beautiful contemporary architecture of this home, listed by Rogers Healy for $4,800,000.

“3504 Lexington is the modern unicorn,” Healy says. “Pristine attention to detail coupled with a comfortable layout ideal for entertaining, all on a massive Highland Park lot. I love the high ceilings, the open layout, the outdoor entertaining options, and the downstairs master. We’re looking forward to finding the modern fan, ready to entertain.”

Light hardwood and limestone floors contrast the cherry millwork found throughout this four-bedroom, six-bath, two-story estate. As you walk in, the well-appointed dining room to your left has additional outdoor living or dining space courtesy of three sets of glass doors that open onto a slim, covered porch. To the right, there’s a fireplace in the study that’s enclosed with double privacy glass doors with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio door that allow soft, shaded natural light to enter. Gorgeous!

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