GetMedia.ashxIf you’ve ever thought you needed to compromise when purchasing a home, you’ve never seen one designed by Stocker Hoesterey and Montenegro (SHM) and built by Tatum Brown Custom Homes. Our Monday Morning Millionaire, at 3652 Stratford Avenue, is a “Highland Park modern Mediterranean” that has been designed without compromise… on any front. Which makes it just about the most perfect home ever! (more…)

3625 Bryn Mawr Front

There’s a reason that Tatum Brown Custom Homes are some of the most sought-after and prized new builds in the Park Cities. Not only is the finish-out of each contemporary and transitional masterpiece absolutely without equal, but they remain completely ageless, not showing the nicks and craters you’d often find from lesser-quality construction.

And when a Tatum Brown Custom Home comes on the market and is designed eye-poppingly well, you take notice. That’s why this home from one of our most popular CandysDirt.com Approved Builders is this week’s High Caliber home. When you come across a home like this one, don’t take any chances with financing. Contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans for expert service and the right loan for your dream home.

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Now jump to see the incredible interiors of this High Caliber Home.

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Rarely do you see a home take such fantastic advantage of a unique lot in such a special way as this luxurious transitional design from Stocker Hoestry Montenegro Architects does. Built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Tatum Brown Custom Homes from the finest materials, this is a home that feels so seamlessly integrated into the land that there is no beginning or end, just a timeless, elegant design that hugs one of the most sought-after spots on Turtle Creek — Culture Gulch.

When you fall for a home like this — and once you see the interiors staged by Cindy Musgrove of Blu Sky Living, you will fall hard — you want to make sure your financing is bombproof. There’s no better person to call than Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, as she’ll make sure you get the right loan to make closing a breeze.

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Tatum Brown Custom Homes, a CandysDirt approved homebuilder, has received not one but TWO Best of Houzz 2015 awards in Design and Customer Satisfaction.

WE think this is wonderful, but it’s even better: this is the second year that Tatum Brown Custom Homes has received both awards and even the company’s third year running to receive the Best of Houzz Design award.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz.

Yes, you heard me, 25 MILLION. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

We are tickled pick for Tatum Brown Custom Homes, but not surprised at all. Here are some photographs from current Dallas projects that have whetted the appetites of 25 million. There are more big things in store for this fab home builder, so stay tuned for more home building news SOON!

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We swear that Mark Danuser’s brain never takes a break, the wheels are constantly spinning for this incredible builder behind the Tatum Brown Custom Homes brand. Sure he’s incredibly smart and has more energy than a toddler high on Halloween candy, but he’s down-to-earth, too.

You’ll know Danuser best by his portfolio of amazing, award-winning homes, which has earned him a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder. Find out more about the man behind the brand after the jump!

 

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Mark Danuser: I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. I arrived in Dallas by way of New York and Los Angeles.

CD: How did you get into custom home construction?
Danuser: My summer jobs growing up were always in construction — roofing, installing kitchen cabinets, selling plumbing fixtures, etc. When we relocated to Dallas, it was the perfect opportunity to jump in with both feet.

CD: What project are you most proud of?
Danuser: There are so many projects we’re proud of, but the home we built at 11310 Crestbrook stands out. Not only did it win numerous ARC awards, but D Home Magazine named it as one of the 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas. As an added bonus, the clients became some of our closest friends and we just finished a new home for them, as well.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Danuser: University Park

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to build in and why?
Danuser: We’ve done some incredible projects in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. And, Bluffview holds a special place in my heart because the topography reminds me of my hometown in Missouri.

CD: What materials or shapes evoke your signature style?
Danuser: The key Tatum Brown signature is high-quality construction. We’ve worked with a number of architects that have brought a different perspective to home concepts – from traditional estate projects to a more modern flair. From an interiors perspective, our design team signature is creating unique homes with clean lines.

CD: What was your most memorable project?
Danuser: The most memorable project for me wasn’t actually a house – it was the entry gate for President Bush’s neighborhood when he moved back to Dallas. It was such an honor to work with the President and Mrs. Bush.

CD: How many projects reached completion last year?
Danuser: 11

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?
Danuser: We are laser focused on providing a great experience for our clients during the building process. And we don’t compromise on quality. It’s important to us that a Tatum Brown home stands the test of time.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Danuser: Right now I’m enjoying this too much to think about an encore, but I would definitely do something entrepreneurial.

Selling food must be a magical business. Everyone has to eat, and if you cook it right, you end up with a very busy signature restaurant that is cloned and well, next thing you know, you are buying a five million dollar home.

9520 Hathaway extLook at the gorgeous home being shed by Bill McCrorey — hey, at least he got to live in it a few years. I’ve yet to show you Ed Bailey’s Plano palace — you will die! Kent Rathburn is finishing up his masterpiece home, and recall that the folks who bought Ginger and Dick Heath’s Beauti-Control estate at 4707 Park, the one that burned while Scott Ginsburg owned it, was bought by people who also made their fortune in the restaurant biz. CandysDirt approved builder Mark Danuser of Tatum Brown Custom Homes is building that new estate.

How can I forget Phil Romano’s $10 million estate on Strait Lane? Well, here are some homes of national rich and famous foodies, straight from the digital pages of Curbed: first is Don Kendall, the management whiz that transformed Pepsi from a struggling Coca-Cola also-ran into a global snack and soda powerhouse. Second is In-and-Out Burger owner Lynsi Martinez, who bought her 16,000 square foot Mediterranean castle with center split staircase from major league slugger Adrian Beltre. She deserves every ounce. Third is the spread of  Papa John’s founder and CEO John “Papa” Schnatter whose 40,000-square-foot compound sits on 16 acres in Kentucky, with a 22-car garage, a limo turntable, and a carriage house that’s more than twice the size of the average American home. A lot of pizzas helped get that house built. Finally, Pat and Nina Brock of the candy company fortune bought the Knob & Kettle Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana. The 1,185-acre ranch is now back on the market, asking $9.5M.

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3801 NormandyGet the popcorn, wine, frozen margies whatever IT’S FRIDAY but you need to pull up a chair and see this house. Yours truly has been scurrying to find out where our darling Troy boy has moved and let me tell you, I am SO IMPRESSED! Troy, Allie Beth, A PLUS PLUS PLUS!

First of all, a bit of background. This home was built in 2007/2008 by Mark Danuser of Tatum-Brown Custom Homes, who is, of course, one of my CandysDirt Approved home builders — these are the folks who I would trust to build a home for Troy, dear friends and myself. STUNNING! 10,662 square feet with five bedrooms, five full and four half baths, seven living areas, three stories, wine room on the first floor, there is no basement, elevator, a morning room with fireplace! I love morning rooms, Troy, I’m coming over for coffee! There is a covered outdoor living area with outdoor kitchen, separate sitting area off the second floor master, gameroom, study and “her” office — oh now, who would this be for, Troy? 3801 Normandy media 3801 movie concessionThere is a media room with a very cool concessions bar counter, exercise room,  a 3 car garage, fabulous landscaping and it all sits on the corner of Normandy and Golf so that lot is a roomy 75 by 192. That’s almost a third of an acre, but with much less maintenance than the Highland Drive residence. McCullough Middle School is right down the street. Interiors are all highest quality limestone, hand-scraped wood floors, marble, granite. If Mark Danuser puts it in, it’s solid, first class and staying for 1,000 years.3801 Normandy foyer

Now interesting background on the house. Owned by a lovely St. Louis couple named Christine and George Tamke, I am told, and this is just scuttlebut,  they bought the house as a Dallas pad for when they came to town to visit their grandkids: their daughter lives in Southlake. They were at the house RARELY! But you can see how darling the bedrooms are, decked out for the grandbabies when they were there.3801 Normandy LR2 3801 Normandy LR 3801 Normandy DR

“They were there maybe 4 or 5 times total, ” says one neighbor. “Very nice people.”

Mr. Tamke appears to be Senior Operating Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. which bills itself as one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the world. He has held all kinds of CEO type positions at places ranging from Kinkos to The Culligan Company (“Hey Culligan Man!”) to Hertz. Mr. Tamke holds an M.S. in Management from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.3801 Normandy kitchen 3801 Normandy study3801 Normandy den

The home has been on the market since April of 2011, listed with Joan Eleazer et al of Briggs Freeman Sothebys, which started at a high of $6,850,000. Price was lowered to $4.6 and Troy paid $4,250,000. Of course, there is a remodel underway — making the closets biggers, re-surfacing, and I just cannot see Troy living with the leopard carpet on the stairs, can you? Nothing major, just some freshening up to make it more of a bachelor pad, perhaps, than a grandkid’s crib. Troy’s way too young for that. I have no doubt it will be stunning and teen friendly: Troy’s interior designers are from Robert Trown & Associates.

Who bought Troy’s house? That, my dear readers, is a tale for another day!3801 Normandy master bath 3801 Normandy master 3801 Normandy girl 3801 Normandy boys 3801 Normandy guest 2 3801 Normandy guest 1

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Agents Christine Danuser and Julie Rado have teamed up at Compass to form the Danuser Rado Group. The two have been friends for over a decade.  They got into real estate around the same time and have both enjoyed working on teams in the past. When Compass separately approached them both about changing brokerages, they thought it might be a good time to form a partnership.

“With everything that Compass is offering from a support standpoint to technology, marketing and overall agent support, we just thought it would be a good time to branch out and start our own team,” Danuser said. “We’re excited to be here and are really kicking things off this month.”

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