Capturing “unit as view” enables buyers to mentally place unit.

[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the Claridge straddling Turtle Creek at Lemmon Avenue. In 2016, CandysDirt.com hosted a four-unit simultaneous open house that reintroduced us all to homes in the same building with different stories to tell. I called those units “Rahab,” “Remodel,” “Refresh,” and  “Rejoice,” which reflected how move-in ready they were (based on my personal tastes).

My “Remodel” was unit 5D, which was listed at the time for $1.474 million. It’s now back on the market with Allie Beth Allman agent Sue Krider for $1.189 million. While snoozing usually equates to losing, this time it’ll snag any buyer $285,000 off the original price. The home remains 3,049 square feet with two bedrooms and three-and-one-half bathrooms. The floorplan (below) shows this was originally a three-bedroom that’s been converted to include two home offices — perfect for all you DINKs out there (Double Income No Kids).

Why am I revisiting this property?  The photos.

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Many set off on the quest to find the perfect Highland Park home, driving through picturesque neighborhoods hoping the prestigious properties they spot are up for sale. This traditional house in the heart of Old Highland Park will stop you in your tracks as you pass by, and lucky for you, this Fresh Offering from Allie Beth Allman & Associates is currently seeking a new owner.

The Greek Revival exterior draws you in with commanding columns and palatial landscaping that rival the gardens you have seen on trips to Europe. Follow the red brick road — much like Dorothy did — to find equally elegant interiors through double front doors. With a total of seven bedrooms and eight-and-one-half bathrooms, you can host holidays and big occasions without worrying where everyone will stay.

Plus, what you can’t see from the street is that a 1,118-square-foot guesthouse accompanies the 12,357-square-foot main house, so visitors won’t be on top of each other (or you) whatsoever.

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Sitting pretty on Gillon Avenue and Highland Drive, one of the most coveted blocks in Highland Park, this custom-built house is seeking its second owner ever. It needs stylish inhabitants to match its grand presence. Are you up to the task? It almost feels like an honor to live here, as if a treasure is being handed down. The timeless Highland Park architecture, designed by architect Clint Pierson, sweeps you off your feet as soon as you lay eyes on the abode. Quality will never be a question in your mind since the Tatum Brown Custom Homes built the masterpiece in 2013, and Bonick Landscaping created the romantic manicured grounds.

This week’s Private Offering from Allie Beth Allman and Associates is a stunning Tatum Brown Custom Homes build in Highland Park with romantic gardens by Bonick Landscaping.

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Spanish Eclectic

When I spotted this Highland Park Modern Spanish Eclectic mansion I was, as they say in Britain, completely besotted. Although that’s a word generally used about people, we feel pretty deeply about the homes we write about at CandysDirt.com. So it’s not unusual for us to be utterly infatuated with a property like this gorgeous home at 3656 Stratford Avenue.

Entering this house is like stepping into one of the Santa Barbara Spanish Eclectics that have defined that area architecturally. Dallas has embraced this style since legendary architect Clifford Hutsell began building Spanish Eclectic homes in the 1920s. Since then we’ve seen the influence of Spanish Revival in practically every neighborhood in the city. Getting it right is another story. There are countless suburban examples of what I call “Mediterranean gone mad” that are truly awful. However, our Monday Morning Millionaire is a perfect example of the right way to design and build a modern Spanish Eclectic.
Spanish Eclectic

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Historic Lakewood Tudor

The original home owner, W.E Brown, planted the magnolia tree in the front yard in the 1920s

Oh, my goodness. This is exactly the sort of story I love, so grab that large cup of java and settle in because I have a tale to tell about a thoroughly modern update to a historic Lakewood Tudor.

If you have ever longed for a classic historic home, but just could not bear the thought of figuring out who to call, or enduring a remodel, have I got a house for you! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a historic Lakewood Tudor at 6627 Lakewood Boulevard. This beauty was built in 1925 and is within walking distance to Whole Foods and the Lakewood Country Club.

This three-story historic Lakewood Tudor was completely redesigned and rebuilt by Kienast Homes. Truth be told, when I spotted this interesting marriage of vintage and modern styles, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole concept. But I kept coming back to this house because it had all the exterior elements I love. In fact, I was trying to figure out what had been added or changed on the façade. Guess what? Other than painting, and changing the front door, absolutely nothing was done.

The interior is another story.

Historic Lakewood Tudor

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Located inside the exclusive Lake Forest subdivision, there’s not much about this classic Hill Forest Drive mansion that doesn’t scream “high caliber.” Built in 2000, this home received a complete and thorough renovation recently that has made this gem of a listing into the crown jewel of the neighborhood.

“Everything about this home is simply remarkable,” says Debbie Ingram, listing agent of 6917 Hill Forest, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “One steps into this home, which is an oasis and welcome respite from the outside world!”

Ingram describes this Hill Forest Drive mansion as chic, sophisticated, classy, and timeless — which is what we expect of such an outstanding High Caliber Home. And the remodel doesn’t disappoint, either.

“A complete, gutted remodel of the home in the last few years implemented the finest in design, materials, and craftsmanship,” Ingram added. In fact, the interior remodel totaled more than $750,000 in upgrades, making this classic Hill Forest Drive mansion an absolute deal at $1.618 million.

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Wade PhillipsAfter listing his house in 2011 and again in 2014, and again in 2018, former Dallas Cowboy’s head coach Wade Phillips is ready to be a landlord, again.

Phillips’ first listed his Preston Hollow home at 6115 Norway Road after he departed Dallas for Houston in 2011 (he’s now the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams). Built in the Hill Country style by Ryan Osborne, Phillips and his family were the first occupants of the home when they purchased it for $2.75 million in 2007.

Allie Beth Allman has been his Realtor of choice throughout – even for the purchase of the home. The property was listed for $3,295,000 in 2011, and then for $2.95 million in 2014. It was leased for $15,000 in 2015, according to MLS records, and then was placed back on the market in January 2018 for $2.95 million before having a price reduction in October 2018 for $2.85 million, and then one more about a week ago to $2.75 million.

The home is for lease once again for $15,000 a month, and is still for sale as well.

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This Preston Hollow Modern Tudor Eclectic has everything you need to ensure New Year’s resolutions don’t go out the window in a week. As we surface from the haze of holiday overindulgence, with a few additional pounds and a lot of determination to lose them, we all know a gym membership is not going to do the trick.

But for a lot of us with hectic schedules, exercise has to be easy. It’s a lot easier to keep a resolution when all you have to do is walk upstairs to your gym or out to your pool, sports court, and putting green, all of which you will find at 6307 Park Lane in the heart of Preston Hollow. This 5,285-square-foot Modern Tudor Eclectic blew me away when I saw it listed during the holidays. Not only is it huge, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two bathrooms, it’s also on an enormous 100-by-190 foot lot with a three-car garage.

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