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.
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Highland Park modern

Rogers Healy and Associates always has the best hip pocket properties for us, and this 6,356-square-foot contemporary home at 3504 Lexington Avenue in Highland Park not listed in MLS is no exception. A dining room wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors gives you a peek inside the beautiful contemporary architecture of this home, listed by Rogers Healy for $4,800,000.

“3504 Lexington is the modern unicorn,” Healy says. “Pristine attention to detail coupled with a comfortable layout ideal for entertaining, all on a massive Highland Park lot. I love the high ceilings, the open layout, the outdoor entertaining options, and the downstairs master. We’re looking forward to finding the modern fan, ready to entertain.”

Light hardwood and limestone floors contrast the cherry millwork found throughout this four-bedroom, six-bath, two-story estate. As you walk in, the well-appointed dining room to your left has additional outdoor living or dining space courtesy of three sets of glass doors that open onto a slim, covered porch. To the right, there’s a fireplace in the study that’s enclosed with double privacy glass doors with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio door that allow soft, shaded natural light to enter. Gorgeous!

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Highland Park Custom

What does a custom builder do when he wants to create a home for himself and his family? The beautiful Highland Park home at 3400 Harvard Ave. is the answer.

This inspiring property sits on nearly a 70-foot corner lot in Highland Park. It was built in 2005 by Richard Means of RAM Custom Homes for his family, and it’s really something! He included every amenity for modern-day living. Plus, he picked a fantastic location, near Abbott Avenue — you can walk to Katy Trail, Armstrong Elementary, parks, shopping, and restaurants.

“This beautiful home is great for a large family and entertaining,” said listing agent Eve Sullivan with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Richard is a third-generation builder in the Park Cities and he created a thoughtful family home with large rooms, a circular flow floorplan, and outdoor living with a swimming pool.”

With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, and 6,963 square feet on two stories, there’s room to spread out. And that’s not even considering the 38-foot, “L” shaped outdoor covered patio with an entertainment area! I’d love to give you a tour.

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3416 Drexel Drive
There’s a certain expectation level when house hunting in the Park Cities. Buyers know beauty is a given, size is essential, and green features are increasingly important. This stately Highland Park new French traditional, at 3416 Drexel Drive, not only meets those expectations, it exceeds them.

The 7,256-square-foot, three-story home is within walking distance of Highland Park United Methodist Church and Southern Methodist University. The kids can bike to Armstrong Elementary School. The Dallas Country Club is five blocks away. You really cannot find a better location.

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3314 Dartmouth Front

If you love surrealism, then this house is the Dali to your Breton. From the curb, this stark contemporary actually looks like a cubist’s take on the modern American dwelling. It is, in fact a home for art.

It’s easy to fall in love with this house, not only for its enviable Highland Park location, but for the bright and open rooms that flow easily and allow for both the art and the architecture to stand out. And unlike many contemporary designs, this home feels warm and inviting.

If you are looking for the perfect space to show off your collection, this Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty listing could be just the home for you. And when it comes to closing, don’t waste time — call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans first so you can sail through closing without a worry. Go ahead and start imagining your art lining the walls of this stunning Highland Park contemporary and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

Jump to see all of the amazing space — both indoors and out — that this home has to offer.

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D’Andra Simmons hopes you’ll get a glimpse at her and Jeremy Lock’s personalities when you tour their incredibly chic Highland Park contemporary during the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

The eclectic two-story modern has an open floorplan with a global vibe injected with a shot of old-Hollywood glamour. And Simmons, founder of the Hard Night Good Morning line of cosmetics, knows a thing or two about glamour. The 6,600-square-foot home is both a home base and a showcase for these two world travelers. Lock is an award-winning war photographer, and Simmons, who admits she feels more relaxed on safari in Africa than anywhere else, have assembled their collections in a way that reflects their travels and tastes.

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“A lot of contemporary homes are choppy, but right when you open the front door you can see right through the home to the pool and on to the backyard,” Simmons said of her home, 3501 Lindenwood. “I wanted flow and openness and room to breathe.”

And that’s exactly what she got in this custom home, completed in 2011. The huge windows and tall ceilings give this home warmth from light that reflects off of the gorgeous pine wood floors and soft museum-style paint. It’s like a blank canvas for Simmons and Lock, an empty gallery to showcase their treasures collected from across the globe and throughout history.

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Dotted with animal skins and African art, as well as icons and statues from Asia, you’ll also find walls and rooms filled with Lock’s photographs. The images, taken in Mongolia, Haiti, India and other far-flung locales, are striking and evocative. They offer a look inside Simmons’ and Locks’ travels, history, and personalities, that’s for sure.

Take the incredible Jeffery Bigelow acrylic four-poster bed in the guest bedroom. The vintage bed is a whimsical and glamorous piece, suiting D’Andra’s personality to a tee. There’s also a huge gate from a Tibetan Buddhist temple used as a headboard in the master bedroom, evoking the couple’s well-traveled pedigree and global tastes.

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In fact, 3501 Lindenwood, designed by Marc McCollum, was on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes earlier this month, so Simmons and Lock are ready for the ABPA home tour. What they really gained was watching the reaction tour-goers had to their home, which does a stunning job of bringing outdoor elements inside through balanced composition.

“I was here the whole time to see people’s reactions. We travel a lot, so it looks like the United Nations. It’s very artsy and personal,” Simmons said. “They really saw our personalities shine through, that it was a warm, relaxing environment.”

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It’s a place to put your feet up and get cozy, Simmons added. “Our lifestyles are very comfortable, which is unlike a lot of contemporary homes.” We definitely agree.

Of course, she is glad to have the opportunity to support the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, which provides funding and programming for Armstrong and Bradfield elementary campuses inside Highland Park ISD. The home tour, ABPA’s main fundraiser, has contributed more than $40,000 to help improve instruction and teacher retention.

“I feel kind of guilty, living in this great school district and not having kids to send to the schools!” Simmons said with a laugh. “If I can do this to give it a little boost, that’s great, that’s what we’ll do.”

You can buy tickets to the Dec. 6 ABPA Homes for the Holidays tour from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, or online at armstrongbradfield.com.

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This year’s Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) Homes for the Holidays Home Tour will feature four gorgeous Highland Park homes. Chaired by Suzi Ellis and Claudia Williams, the tour will feature a custom-built enclave on Abbott, a luxurious Beverly Drive estate, a home on Crescent with loads of Old World charm, and a “travel-inspired” eclectic on Lindenwood.

The home tour is Friday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $20 per ticket if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. You can buy tickets starting today from ABPA members, at Tom Thumb stores, and through armstrongbradfield.com. While you’re enjoying some of the most incredible homes in Highland Park, you can also shop the brand-new ABPA market, located at 3500 Beverly, one of the featured homes, where you can find gifts and other holiday treasures.

“The Home Tour has established itself as one of our community’s most treasured events to kick off the holiday season,” said Tracy Wallingford, ABPA president. “The new holiday market will be a great addition to this year’s tour as we continue to support Highland Park’s two elementary schools.”

The home tour is a significant fundraiser for ABPA, raising more than $400,000 for educational support at Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools inside Highland Park ISD. This year’s home tour is sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Dallas, Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Long Cove, Sewell and Southern Botanical.

Keep reading for descriptions of this year’s amazing homes.

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4912 Abbott – A beautiful custom Janet Bradley-designed home built in 2005 features a hallway with a vaulted brick ceiling anchored by an L. Rocca painting above an antique buffet that leads to a spacious living room showcasing Fortuny lamps and pillows, a coffee table made from pieces of an old building in Chicago and the femur of a Wooly Mammoth on the sofa table.

3500 Beverly – Despite the size of this luxurious 22,000-square-foot estate, there is unparalleled attention to every detail that make this home a standout from family monograms hidden on the custom-painted ceiling mural by Eyecon to grand European paintings by Toussaint to a custom black Saint-Louis crystal chandelier. There is something to catch everyone’s eye.

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3507 Crescent – Walk through the front doors of a grand two-story foyer with beautiful Monticello parquet floors of plain sawn oak and split finger walnut. Follow the curved staircase with wrought iron finishes upwards as a cut crystal chandelier lights your way to the top where you’re greeted by an expansive master suite.

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3501 Lindenwood – Enjoy an eclectic mix of interiors from this 2009 customer-built home filled with collections from the owner’s travels including trips to Africa. The living room exudes Mid-Century Modern with a Hans Wegner chair, the downstairs guestroom evokes Old Hollywood Glamour with vintage movie paraphernalia, and the outdoor pool area is flanked by an Indian Hindu goddess statue and Balinese pottery.