Lakeside Drive
If you’re looking for a Dallas home like no other, one that has been publicly praised for its unparalleled beauty, this off-market listing is perfect for you. Perched on a coveted Lakeside Drive lot overlooking Turtle Creek, this magnificent house has been a statement of style for nearly a century.  Upon its completion in 1924, The J. T. Owens Home — as it was widely known — was described in the Dallas Morning News as, “One of the many reasons Dallas is known as the city of beautiful homes.”

Old-world charm is palpable as you step through the gracious front doors into the grand entrance, and details inside further prove that history and luxury go hand in hand here. Walk past discreet “service bells” and imagine them being delicately rung during glitzy parties as servers in white gloves descend with delectable bites and cocktails. The portrait of an early master of the manor still hangs above the library fireplace, reminding you that you are writing the next chapter of this Dallas treasure’s story, adding to the legacy.

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Be ready to try on a neighborhood and then walk into many styles of living with over 180 homes on tour this Sunday, April 14.

You can see everything from elegant estates to edgy contemporaries. Allie Beth Allman & Associates will have a tour guide brochure at each home so you can map your house hunting adventure.

“We have searched our favorite neighborhoods for the best homes on the market,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO of the Allman firm. “Our Spring Home Tour is a great opportunity for anyone interested in buying a home.”  

Come see the homes and meet the Allman expert associates. Check opening times and download your tour brochure early at abaopenhousetour.com.

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RockwallIf you’ve been in the real estate business long enough, you can plumb run out of superlatives. So when a Realtor uses words like “dreamy” and “happy place” to describe her listing, you sit up and pay attention, which is why we’re headed to Rockwall to see a 95-acre family estate.

“My clients are headed back to The Bubble after a long hiatus on the most secluded and dreamy piece of property, high on a hill, deep in a forest, in Rockwall,” listing agent Erin McClung with Allie Beth Allman and Associates told us. “The perfect setting to raise two boys, now grown and flown, they found their happy place amidst the ponds, trails, and wild birds (thank the birds for the low taxes) in a home that they completely made their own.”

The home at 12101 Dark Hollow Road sits on 95 fenced acres of trails and forest land, with a stream and pond as well, making its $2.9 million price tag something of a steal when you consider all the land coming with it.

Long tree-lined roads bring you to a beautiful contemporary farmhouse with gorgeous porches and set after set of French doors. Green shutters pop off the white facade.

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Clean lines, top-of-the-line finishes, and a prime location are all part of the deal at this stunning property. The newly completed, single-family attached home is steps away from the Katy Trail in the coveted Northern Hills neighborhood. Near the heart of Knox/Henderson, you will be minutes away from shopping for clothes, gifts, and the home alike, while popular restaurants serve relaxing weekend brunch or a chic date-night dinner. 

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Park Cities

Design trends come and go, but the timeless architecture at this newly listed Park Cities home will never go out of style. Approaching the stately manor, it feels like you’ve entered the poshest part of Paris thanks to a cast-stone façade, circular stone walkway, and an enchanting fountain that may allure you to throw a penny in over your back every now and again. Don’t be surprised if the impressive exterior causes rubbernecking along Caruth Boulevard, one of the most desirable streets in Dallas. Oui oui, this custom home has attention-grabbing curb appeal and the interiors are equally captivating.

Step into the bright foyer with grand detailing and let a wave of calm wash over you. A sumptuous neutral color palette puts you at ease and huge windows always show a hint of greenery outside, creating a feeling like you’re in a sacred oasis.

After a long day, sink into plush furnishings in the living room or library with a good book, or head to the home theater if you’re in the mood to unwind with a favorite movie. (more…)

Perched on a sprawling 1.57-acre lot above the shores of White Rock Lake sits this off-market offering you have to see to believe. The spirit of Tuscany is alive and well inside this stunning Mediterranean, where you can’t escape waterfront views even if you try, and why would you? Take in the natural beauty of the area from every vantage point, whether you’re basking by the pool or nestled next to the immaculate, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

As we all know, a house is only as good as its smallest details, and builder Charles Travis made sure each one was absolutely pristine. With superb attention to light, water, and natural materials, there’s a lot to love about this lakefront stunner. Its expertly scaled interiors are warm, inviting and picture-perfect for both everyday life and the most formal of parties.

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If you love biking or taking your doggos for a long walk, take a look at this renovated 60’s home at 10804 Beauty Lane in northwest Dallas at Royal Lane near Webb Chapel. This three-bedroom, two-bath, corner lot home conveniently backs up to the Royal Park Greenbelt, a 10-acre neighborhood park with tennis court, playground, basketball court, pavilion, and trails for walking, biking, or pups who want to walk their humans. This 2,221 square feet home is listed by Marianne Percy of Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $349,900. (more…)

I call 4421 Purdue a Broody Hen house. Why?

I had a salad by that name tonight at Streets Fine Chicken, and it was deelish. I asked what a “Broody hen” was, after I consumed the salad, of course.

It’s a hen that sits on her eggs until they hatch. And protects them. Apparently, hens give some sort of a warning to others to stay away from their nest when they are brooding, like fierce mothers:

Her warning means, “Stay back, this nest is mine for hatching!” Actually, we find it charming when our hens are broody–they are beautiful when they’re angry! Once a day or so your hen may emerge from her nest like a whirling dervish: all her feathers will be ruffled out so she will look VERY BIG. She will hold her wings out from her body to give herself even more apparent size. She will rise with a terrible screech, and run at anyone that gets in her way. In my head, I sort of imagine that if my hens were hatching eggs in the wild, all the to-do she’d be making as she gets up would be meant to distract anything nearby from getting her eggs while she couldn’t look after them. Also, she acts so tough, I wonder if some predators would be intimidated by her fierceness? 

Then I saw this house, on a street that just verbally reminded me of chickens. 

I know, the street is named after Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where my father actually went to college. 

And Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, spelled differently. See what that “Broody hen” salad did to me?

Still, I see this precious red-brick with a front porch screaming-for-Broody-Hen charmer as the perfect place to nest and protect your growing chicks.

 

 

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