classic French mansion

“It’s perfect now, so it’s time to move!” That’s what Ty Vaughn of Robert Elliott’s The Associates Realty told me when I asked him why Elliott, a sought-after custom home builder, was selling his fabulous classic French mansion in Bluffview. I’ve interviewed dozens of custom home builders over the years, and the story never changes. They build a flawless home, live in it for a few years, and sell. It’s because there is always a new dream in their head.

Elliott, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, truly outdid himself with this classic French mansion at 4047 Cochran Chapel Road. Turning to Lloyd Lumpkins, principal of L.Lumpkins Architects, was the first step in ensuring the creation of a magnificent home that would stand the test of time. Lumpkins is one the top luxury residential architects in the country and has designed many of the most beautiful homes in Dallas.

At 12,029 square feet with seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and three powder baths, it’s a fantastic family home in the heart of the original Cochran Homestead. And with 2.36 acres, a gym, a well (yes, a well!), a sports court, a putting green, and a pool that rivals those at the best resorts, I want to know what’s inside Elliott’s head for the next house. I’m sure in a few years we’ll find out, but let’s remember what I always preach: If you can buy the personal home of a builder, run as fast as you can to your banker and purchase it because you cannot ever get better quality.

The photos of this beautiful, classic French mansion speak for themselves. This house obviously has it all, from Control 4 smart home features to the most incredible high-end finish out you’ll find anywhere in town. But, I’m going to let you know what puts this fabulous classic French mansion in a league of its own.

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LeeLee Gioia with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4707 Wildwood Road for $3.095 million. Open House, Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re busy hosting family and friends this weekend for Easter, we get it. But it never hurts to plan ahead! Here we offer a round-up featuring the best of Bluffview, each with upcoming Open Houses for buyers seeking million-dollar views.

Bluffview Estates Custom Build, Open This Weekend

Open House: Saturday, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two words – Bluffview Estates. If you have nothing to do this weekend and a bank full of cash, then this brand new construction gem is for you! It sits on a large lot with a secluded dead end street and affords a spacious open floor plan with all the designer touches. This includes Wolf and SubZero appliances, a show-stopping master with luxurious spa bath, huge game room with balcony, and so much more. Clean lines, transitional style, and replete with detailed hardware and wood flooring throughout. Go see this one! You won’t regret it.

Kelsey Bond with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 4304 N. Cresthaven Road for $1.899 million.

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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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Dilbeck Bluffview Estate

Nestled deep in the rolling hills of Bluffview lies one of the most enchanting homes you’ll ever find in Dallas. This Charles Dilbeck Bluffview estate has retained the whimsical charm that defines the architect. Built in 1935 with Dilbeck’s hallmark walk-in fireplaces, unique brick patterns, and vaulted and beamed ceilings, 4731 Wildwood Road is an architectural encyclopedia of detail. (more…)

loveAs we’ve mentioned before, every week we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts, including our weekly roundup of open houses – and we love what you send us.

You can tag us on Instagram, or even better, you can join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.  It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers. Not a Realtor? It’s a great place to get a first glimpse at some of the most recent listings all over North Texas, too.

Take, for instance, this week’s properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have three incredible properties this week — and one of them has even taken pains to help you out with your Valentine’s Day needs.

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Neighborhoods

Image courtesy/Trulia

Bluffview, M Streets and Oak Lawn were named as local favorites for Trulia’s first-ever 2018 Neighborlys, citing the best, friendliest neighborhoods across the country. Zillow Group-owned Trulia named national and local winners in 18 major housing markets, ranked by data in categories such as friendliest neighbors, dog-friendliest, most holiday spirit, best social calendar, most walkable, and kid-friendliest.

Nearly 10,000 neighborhoods across the country were ranked based on more than 20 million written reviews and answered polls by participating locals on Trulia Neighborhoods’ What Locals Say feature. Nationally, neighborhoods in Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Long Beach, and Gilbert, Arizona were named best in the country.

Among the local honorifics:

North Dallas: Friendliest Neighbors

preston hollow

Trulia says you’ll find the friendliest neighbors in this very broad definition of neighborhoodwhich spans most of Preston Hollow. Developed from farmland in the 1930s, Preston Hollow still has a pastoral feel when neighbors gather in front yards for impromptu gab sessions. While there is some debate about boundaries, they are generally considered to be Royal Lane, Hillcrest Lane, Northwest Highway, and Midway Road. (more…)

BluffviewIt’s not hard to get excited about Bluffview — with its close proximity to great shopping and dining, and its pretty, tree-lined streets. And if that wasn’t enough, the neighborhood is close to great schools, from KB Polk Elementary and Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy to Lamplighter and St. Monica’s.

Our Thursday Three Hundred this week comes courtesy a pitch on our Facebook group “Getting the Dirt.” Catherine Blevens with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International pitched us this three-bedroom, two-bath home at 8515 Glencrest Lane built in 1949 and priced right at $365,000. And it’s been on the market for less than a day.

While it may be a cozy 1,287 square feet, this Bluffview beauty has gotten updates and has a floor plan that makes wise use of every single square inch of space. And you can tell you’re getting something pretty special when even the view from the curb screams, “I’m cute and you need to come in and look around.”

“This home has it all — with great curb appeal, a functional floor-plan, and a convenient location,” Blevens told us. (more…)

 Bluffview Colonial Revival

It’s hard to imagine that Bluffview was originally a dairy farm with cows grazing on the rolling hills and drinking from Bachman Creek. Those lovely hilltops now feature beautiful homes instead of cows. However, when you see an estate like this 1938 Bluffview Colonial Revival at 4800 Shadywood Lane, it’s easy to imagine what life was like when the neighborhood began in 1924, because that same feeling of being out in the country prevails.
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