Italian Renaissance

We all know restoring a historic property like this Italian Renaissance mansion takes deep pockets. Dallas has plenty of those. What it is lacking, however, is enough of those pockets that also have the dedication, education, and drive to preserve architecturally significant homes. Thankfully we do have what I like to call architectural angels.

These are the men and women that get it. They know why a historic home needs to remain standing and they figure out, not only how to keep it in place, but also how to improve it. I cannot think of a better example of perfect preservation and restoration than 3601 Beverly Drive.

Italian Renaissance

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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, a major independent brokerage in North Texas catering to luxury real estate buyers and sellers, will celebrate a very special anniversary coming next year.

For this brand, 2020 will mark 60 years since the doors first opened at the corner of Lovers Lane and Preston Road as Ben R. Briggs Realtors with a small group of agents to start what would become one of the most significant independently owned boutique brokerages in Texas. Robbie Briggs joined his father’s firm in 1979, took the reins in 1983, and merged with Charles Freeman in 1989 to form Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage. In 2010, Robbie bought Charles out and aligned with Sotheby’s International Realty to create Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

What better way to celebrate a diamond anniversary than with a big real estate move!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s is upgrading its current Lovers Lane headquarters with a move to prestigious Turtle Creek Boulevard.

The move this fall makes room for the firm’s growing agent population and pinnacles the company’s 60 years of success, which will be celebrated throughout 2020.

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Greenland Hills is full of such adorable 30’s-built Tudors that you could eat them like gingerbread and this M Street corner lot at 5203 Monticello Ave listed for $619,000 by Lou Alpert of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is no exception. This two-bedroom, two-bath is a well-built classic Tudor with 1,739-square-feet that has been updated to feature an open kitchen, professionally-landscaped yard, and top-of-the-line appliances. Take a look at the delicious details of this great home after the jump. (more…)

Uptown

What do you do when every lot around you is redeveloped? In a single-family neighborhood, you hold out for last, assuming your lot gets more valuable with each sale and rebuild. However, when you’re in a commercial area, waiting too long often has a price, not a reward.

As you can see highlighted above, one lot is surrounded by the Gables Uptown Trail apartment building. You know that Gables tried desperately to acquire that Uptown parcel well before it came online in 2011.

Today, a new Marriott is under construction by Alamo Manhattan. When it was first announced, there was a lone holdout on the corner of their half-block parcel. It was an old house-turned-art gallery. Ultimately Alamo Manhattan persuaded the owners that selling was better than being an orphan on a tiny, un-developable lot.

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Open house alert: This charmer will be open 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll love living in picturesque Old Lake Highlands in this updated mid-century home, just steps from the Dixon Branch Greenbelt Park and White Rock Lake. This three-bedroom at 9515 Peninsula Drive, which is listed for $330,000, comes to us from “Getting the Dirt” Facebook group member Catherine Blevens.

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What’re you over-paying for a 1,000-square-foot apartment on the east side of Turtle Creek? Cross the creek and see this 1,025-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom, sixth-floor condo at 3701 Turtle Creek.  It’s a block off Blackburn … you know the street that runs through West Village … and the street that takes you two blocks to Turtle Creek Village with Paul Martin’s and Tom Thumb.

Unit 6C is listed with Grant Vancleve with Briggs Freeman for just $179,900. Let’s add in a mortgage of $680, HOA dues of $616, and taxes of approximately $300 per month.  That’s $1,596 per month and it includes utilities.  That same apartment plus utilities in Uptown is running how much?  Yeah, I thought so.

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You almost have a drawbridge across the moat of Turtle Creek on one side. On the other is the woodsy-ness of the Katy Trail. And yet, you’re a five-minute walk to The Mansion, ten from Uptown eateries. As I said, an island.  Roughly a decade ago when II first moved to Dallas, I recall walking along Cedar Springs and wondering about the homes I saw behind their bamboo screen.  In my pre-real estate salad days, that meant blindly walking around to the private road and looking.

Speaking of salad, not many of us have the salad required to own a home in this hidden precinct of 14 homes. Listed by owner’s relative Susan Marcus of Briggs Freeman, 2814 Park Bridge Court will set you back $2.75 million for all of its 4,300 square feet.  At three stories with three bedrooms complimented by three full and one half bathrooms, the spaces are large.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day.  A Goldilocks trio of quite different units in the same stack at the Stoneleigh.  You’ll recall, the Stoneleigh began life as a DIY building of unfinished shells. Some buyers gravitated to the complete freedom of designing their own interior without the added strife of actually designing a full home from the foundation to the roof.  Turns out that a lot of folks just aren’t interested in doing that, so the Stoneleigh announced last year that they would be finishing out some of the remaining shells to give move-in buyers something to buy.

Now, if you’re not skint of a $3.6 million budget to buy Rick Carlisle’s unit, move along, nothing for you to see here. If you’re a couple of mil short, read on …

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