Drexel Park HighlanderNew doors, windows, copper roof, a security system better than Fort Knox (or at least Cowboy Stadium) and miles of mortar joints going under a microscope!

Starting this fall, the Drexel Highlander Condominium on Oak Lawn is getting an overhaul, a major overhaul — to the tune of $4 million plus.

It’s even getting a new name: the Park Highlander.

This is the pretty pinkish-red brick, eight story building on Oak Lawn at 4240 Prescott where every single unit has several charming Juliette balconies. It was developed by notorious Dallas developer Robert Edelman, who commenced the project in 2006 after serving time in prison for trying to hire a hitman to kill his first wife. With a partner, Glenn Wiggins, Edelman built the Drexel Highlander, a 48 unit luxury condo building, through the Drexel Highlander Limited Partnership. Then he went on up to develop the Drexel Park Hollow West Behind the Pink Wall.

But in March 2011, Edelman and his second wife, Diana, were sued by Drexel Highland Limited Partnership and Wiggins, for various offenses ranging from fraud to living in the building rent-free. The court awarded the plaintiffs $4.5 million in damages, carving the award out of the Edelman’s bankruptcy filing. A subsequent lawsuit for shoddy workmanship was directed at Drexel and the contracting company, the mason and architects, etc. That was settled for a confidential, but substantial, settlement.

According to John Vestal, a resident and also Vice President and Director on the Drexel’s Park’s Board, Edelman split with Wiggins and has been long gone from the Drexel Highlander, and the developer’s control expired earlier this year. So the owner’s board is now in charge. 

Drexel park 7D

7D, $699,000

And they are going to town. (more…)

Another beautiful home that just makes me DROOL hit MLS at 10 a.m. this morning, and I cannot wait ’til Friday to show it to you. I’m like a kid who gets a toy and has to unwrap it in the car: I can’t wait ’till I get home with this one. 7014 Duffield is a 3725 square foot beauty with TWO wet bars set on about a half acre creek lot with its own island and great fishing right in the backyard. No, it is not in outer Timbuktu: try North Dallas near Campbell and Frankfurt Frankford. Built in 1978, the home was recently remodeled by an architectural designer, sparing no expense (as the owner’s husband laments) with soaring ceilings, beautiful natural maple wood flooring, and walls of windows for natural light.  I have to say, that remodel was worth every single penny. The home is stunning and when have you seen a kitchen in North Dallas with a custom built-in breakfast nook with benches like this? In fact, there are so many built-ins in this home, you will save thousands on furniture you do not have to buy. The kitchen is pure white with clean-lined cabinets and pure Corian countertops.




The main living area features a gorgeous stone fireplace with firepit glass and a wall of built-ins. The updated master rivals those in million dollar plus homes: huge walk-in closet and a fabulous spa bath retreat with separate shower, tub and something you won’t even find in million dollar plus homes, a redwood sauna.

Like I said, SPA!

Upstairs is a guest retreat or teenager suite with a large living area, tons more of built-ins, and a second wet bar. Also a separate bedroom and updated bath on the 2nd level. Four bedrooms total, three and a half baths, two car garage, pier and beam. You won’t believe the backyard: more like an oasis with huge, mature trees on a private creek with professionally landscaped grounds. If you are looking for move-in ready, go ahead, get your nails done, you will not even need a bottle of Windex, this home is so clean.

If you are looking for Plano schools and a nearby playground, this home is for you. I cannot believe they are only asking $425,000 considering all the upgrades and renovation that’s been done on this puppy. Brand spanking new to the market. Shall we wager how long before she is snapped up?

Love the outdoors? Dream of sitting on a balconey gazing right into Mother Nature, watching the birds flutter? This house at 11311 Lanewood Circle is for you. Lochwood is hands-down one of the most affordable little micro-communities in Lakewood, and here again is a great not-so- little house (1790 square feet) for less than $250,000 (this one is $249,000). You get three bedrooms, three full updated baths, two living areas, a second story with master and that second living area, and even a study off the kitchen. The interiors are contemporary with vaulted ceilings, light and bright with wood floors. I am not going to lie and tell you I would not update that kitchen and trade the black enamel appliances for stainless. Nope, that’s exactly what I’d do. And you should just throw mosquito misters into the deal. No jacuzzi in the master, either, but I managed to live without one until I was 38. (Picky, picky, picky.) The home was built in 1985 with spectacular views of the creek from every window, and many wooded pockets. There is an attached two-car garage with front access, a .19 acre lot, nearby greenbelt, park, playground and tennis courts. Went on the market late November.

P.S. Not sure what I think of this fancy pants on-line presentation, what with the agent “walking” into the picture “looking” at the house, I mean I sure don’t want him to fall into the creek or anything!