Lake Highlands Home

Doesn’t everyone dream of having a home with a cherry red front door? The iconic visual is not only charming, but it truly represents the American Dream.

If that is exactly what you’ve been searching for, look no further than this darling Lake Highlands home full of personality. From the moment you lay eyes on the immediate pop of color and the lush trees that surround the single-level abode, you’ll feel at ease knowing that your house hunt is about to be over. 


English Country Estate

This magnificent Westover Hills English country estate was built in 1929. In all that time, it has had only had three owners. There is always a reason for that.

When a family stays in a house for years and years, it means that home has what we call livability. It fulfills absolutely every need of all the members of a family, and it is the sort of property that functions beautifully for any level of entertaining you can imagine.English Country Estate


East Dallas Bungalow Duplex

How would you like to live in an Airbnb? Think about it. These charming cottages, carriage houses, lofts, and houses are serious perfection. Just like seller’s stage to attract homebuyers, Airbnb hosts stage to create the perfect retreat to draw guests. It stands to reason these gems would eventually make their way to the market.

I’ve found a historic East Dallas bungalow duplex that can be yours tomorrow, pending guest reservations that is. You can live in it or keep it as an Airbnb. It’s the proverbial win-win situation.


Photo: Swiss Avenue Historic District

Why do you love your neighborhood?

That’s the question my lovely editor Joanna England asked me recently. It got me to thinking about what draws us to our ‘hoods and what keeps us there. It’s an especially important question when you have chosen to live in a conservation or historic district. So, I thought it would be interesting not only to answer Joanna’s question but to reach out to a few of the Realtor resources I continually rely on, that also live in these neighborhoods.

There are some obvious reasons why we choose these areas, of course. Moving into a conservation or historic district means your investment is protected. No one can build a McMansion next door, and no one can paint their house seafoam green (someone tried that in our neighborhood and yes, they had to repaint).

You are also preserving the history of the neighborhood as well as the home. Where else will you find telephone nooks, mail slots, and coal chutes? Homes were built close together, with front porches and front entries. That means you get to know your neighbors. Just look at the Peak’s Addition and their popular Dallas Porch Fest. These folks know how to party, and you bet the neighbor’s all know each other. The result of all this neighborliness is safety. I can tell you none of my neighbor’s leave town without telling about four others, so we can all keep watch on their home.


Vendome penthouse

I once had a long relationship with a Vendome penthouse. Before you jump to conclusions, it’s not what you think!

I was hired to stage a Vendome penthouse after it was purchased by a client several years ago. Yes, after purchase. Generally, you stage before you sell a home, but my client was trying to decide if he wanted to keep it. After all, going from a single-family dwelling on the ground to a penthouse in the sky is an adjustment. The idea was to stage it and do a test drive of sorts.

That test drive was going to take a couple of years, so I took off my stager hat and donned my decorator heels. I bought furniture for the main rooms and had them painted and re-carpeted, all in five weeks. As you can imagine, I got to know the building and the staff, extremely well working in that tight of a time frame. I can tell you there’s not a better staff in town. I find people move to a high-rise for four reasons: better security, no maintenance, great views, and excellent staff. It’s all right here.

Vendome penthouse

Interior photography by Costa Christ Media

When I found out 18C was for sale, I knew it was what readers want to see on a Monday morning. The first thing you need to know is this is a two-story Vendome penthouse. Those don’t come along every day. It’s a wonderful concept if you entertain, as you can maintain privacy on one floor and have the other one function as entertainment and guest space. It’s also helpful if you have children. The playroom, nanny, and kids can have the run of one floor, and you’ll never see a stray Lego!


Coram Deo

I drive by Coram Deo regularly, just to stare at it. I’ve seen a lot of stately homes all over the world, but this one continues to fascinate me.

Coram Deo was built for Donald and Mary Catherine Huffines in 2005. Yes, the same Don Huffines who was a Texas state senator and runs Huffines Communities with his twin brother, Phillip. The Huffines named their home Coram Deo, which means “in the presence of God” in Latin.

If you are not familiar with the architectural style, it’s because we seldom see a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion today. It’s an expensive style to build, so it’s generally seen in large public buildings. The Trinity Church in Boston, The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and our own Old Red Courthouse are all excellent examples of the style named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

Because this is a style that offers a strong sense of stability, permanency, and individuality, it was not long before it became popular among the titans of industry in the late 1800s. The Cupples House in Saint Louis, Missouri, or the James J. Hill estate in St. Paul, Minneapolis, could well have been the inspiration for Coram Deo.


Mysterious AbodeAn enormous ivy-covered stucco wall is all you can see from the street. Behind it lies not only a secret garden but also perhaps the most mysterious abode you will ever find in Dallas.

Once inside the massive, carved wooden door, you cannot help but be delighted. A courtyard leads to the home, which is almost completely wrapped in glass. While it may seem to be a bit of a contradiction to be both transparent and mysterious, it most definitely is both.
Mysterious Abode

The house was built in 1988 by the owner of a glass manufacturing company. I can’t help but think he must have read The Secret Garden as a child and kept it in mind when constructing this mysterious abode.  The exterior stucco wall was created to provide maximum privacy. Few people have any idea of what is behind it or who lives there now.

But I’m going to tell you. And you no longer have to imagine what lies behind the wall, and what’s inside.


Once you’re through the iron gates of this glorious Coppell estate, you’ll never want to leave. Take in the grandiose exterior and imagine how glamorous you will feel each day walking past the trimmed hedges and custom limestone fountain to your handcrafted front door. Of course, you can always pull up to the elegant porte-cochère when you’re feeling more casual, but really there is nothing too casual about this luxurious home. Ravishing indeed, this listing with creeks on three sides is a rarity on the market you don’t want to miss. 

Since Clay Nelson Architecture was at the helm for design and luxury builder Street Custom Homes made their dazzling vision come to life, luxury and quality craftsmanship are a guarantee at this spectacular abode. The 9,564-square-foot home is a masterpiece full of eye-catching spaces, and it all starts in the exquisite grand foyer entrance.