This is a head-turner, folks! We are talking archways, penny tile, and exposed brick. Floating shelves in the kitchen and a backyard oasis that will have you throwing parties all year long. In fact, there is so much to love and so little time, we will get right to it. It’s a Friday Four Hundred you can’t afford to miss!

Hollywood Heights Tudor Goes Modern

“It is one of the only homes in Hollywood that is a blend of naturalist minimalist with a Tudor flare,” says listing agent, Cliff Kessler with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. “The arched interior wall openings and original Tudor accents make it special.”

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It’s no secret that Southlake is full of show-stopping luxury homes, so it’s the details that really set these glamorous properties apart. This home in coveted Westwyck Hills is one that has it all: A fantastic location near Grapevine Lake, a floor plan ideal for entertaining, and gorgeous outdoor spaces. If that recipe for the perfect house doesn’t sound enticing enough already, a recently renovated kitchen sweetens the deal further to make this home the epitome of luxury. 

Whether you love to cook or thrive on stocking your fridge with delicious takeout leftovers, this fresh, white kitchen has everything you need. A massive built-in fridge, Wolf range with double ovens, double dishwashers, and a Wolf microwave and convection steam oven make this kitchen capable of handling any Thanksgiving dinner or all-day birthday party, no matter how many guests you invite. 

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It’s not every day you come across a listing full of personality and impeccable style, which is what makes this residence unforgettable. The University Park home’s stone exterior and idyllic landscaping set a grand tone from the get-go, but you can’t even begin to imagine the fashion-forward spaces that await inside.

 

Bold designer wallpapers, coffered ceilings, and thoughtful paint choices make walking through this elegant abode a design adventure. Your jaw will be permanently on the floor, and if you’re lucky enough to live here, that will be your everyday experience. 

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bluffviewIf one-acre of lush grounds anchored by a Tuscan Mediterranean showplace intentionally designed to feel like a resort sounds like heaven, the fact that it’s situated in Bluffview, and just a stones’ throw from an array of shopping and dining options whether you head north or south, probably solidifies that feeling.

And that’s just what Doris Jacobs with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has in her 5019 Shadywood Lane listing. Designed by Robbie Fusch and built by Randy Hughes, the home is surrounded by manicured grounds with plenty of mature trees, walkways, covered terraces, a Zen garden, and a lagoon-style pool and spa.

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Summer is for grilling, swimming, entertaining, and spending carefree days with the ones you love, and this house on Lake Grapevine couldn’t be more perfect for that. Every day will feel like a vacation if you’re lucky enough to call this stunning spot home. Mediterranean in style, the interiors are brimming with colorful tiles, charming wood-beamed ceilings, and huge rooms filled with light. However, as soon as you have your morning cup of coffee on one of the lavish balconies, you may not want to come inside any time soon. 

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University Park

Everyone needs a few historical anecdotes to share during their next happy hour or dinner party, depending on your scene. Here are a few facts about University Park, a city named quite literally for its beginnings as a small residential cluster of teacher and staff homes surrounding the small Southern Methodist University.

The school provided nearby residents with utility services from its founding in 1915 to 1924, when the neighborhood population outgrew what utilities the school could provide. After failed attempts at annexation by Highland Park and Dallas, University Park became its own city in 1924, noted for its consistently high land values, adjacent employment at the university, and later shared excellent schools with its equally affluent neighboring city.

But for a suburb named Texas’ wealthiest and best-educated city earlier this year, the city didn’t have its own municipal library until the year 2002 when decorated Dallas Public Library director and college professor Sharon Perry Martin was first hired. Up until then, UP residents paid to use the Highland Park or Dallas libraries. Now of course residents flock to the municipal library located at Preston Center Plaza, but it’s one of those interesting things that happen in a city’s journey to becoming who they are today. And today, University Park is a vibrant part of the shining Park Cities, where you can find this week’s selection of Suburb Sunday homes.  (more…)

Highland Park has a reputation for being the height of luxury, with tree-lined streets and gorgeous houses, but it is not known for its lot sizes. This pristine home on a coveted Highland Park block offers you the chance to live on a rare, luscious 80-foot by 161-foot lot. With more land comes more possibilities, so let your imagination run wild as you take in this elegant off-market listing. 

Mature trees frame the enchanting white brick façade beautifully; a painter couldn’t have dreamed up a better picture. Boxwoods surround the darling front patio, where you can relax and read a book or set down beverages for guests to pick up as they arrive at your chic parties. 

 

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Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Susan Baldwin partnered with luxury builder Bob Thompson this year to develop two high-profile lots and they’re selling like hotcakes. The dynamite partnership has already sold one of these coveted lots and it’s only a matter of time until the other gets snapped up. Savvy Dallas homebuyers better hurry to get in on this rare opportunity to work with the best before it’s too late.

Two heads are better than one, and these are two professionals you definitely want on your team. Both Baldwin and Thompson have numerous connections in the industry that will make creating the home of your dreams a breeze. 

“What’s nice with a partnership is that you get to work directly with the builder on the job and he will build whatever you want, but you also know that the transaction will go smoothly because you still have a Realtor,” Baldwin said.

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