You hear it a lot on design blogs: “Downsizing with style.” But what does that even look like? As more and more Baby Boomers look to shed the excess square footage for more amenities and less maintenance, you’ll be hearing it a lot more, too. But if you’re looking for a visual frame of reference, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the definition of style itself.

Located in Cityville, which is perfectly located west of the Dallas North Tollway in the Medical District, this fully detached, single-family home has plenty of space for entertaining, both indoors and out.

“The home appeals to today’s buyer because it features the open floor plan, great ceiling heights, and wood floors throughout most of the home,” said listing agent Robert Kucharski of David Griffin and Company Realtors. “It also features a turn-key lifestyle with little or no upkeep, with small fenced front yard and private side courtyard.”

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Lake Highlands

Sometimes the wait for a brand new home feels like an eternity. From picking out finishes to the actual finish-out, the finish line almost always feels out of reach. And then when you move in, there’s still the adjustment period where you work out the details.

Not so with our High Caliber Home of the Week, a gorgeous like new David Weekley build inside the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary attendance area inside Richardson ISD. Truly, 8666 Fanellanwood Place is better than new, thanks to the seller — David Griffin Realtor Micky Carr.

“I was one of the first owners to move into this little gated enclave of about 80 homes, The Villas of Lake Highlands,” he said. “It was one of David Weekley’s first close-in, more urban developments in Dallas.”

And it looks incredible. We know that Micky has an eye for updates and details, as we’ve featured one of his recent projects and personal homes on Gaston Ave.

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t buy my home with the thought of having a family, and yet here we are. Now, if I had purchased a home with having a family in mind, I probably would have made many different decisions on what is really a “must-have.” Or, I could have saved myself a lot of time (and my Realtor even more time) if I had just gone out and bought our High Caliber Home of the Week Presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.
 
Why is this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell so appealing for a family?

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There are a handful of Dallas real estate agents that specialize in Midcentury Modern homes, and Brandon Stewart is one of them. Never willing to just preach to the choir about this architectural style and its ability to nimbly transform, Stewart practiced what he was preaching when he purchased his home in Highland Meadows, a neighborhood teeming with Midcentury Modern homes in various stages of renovation — some of them still largely original.
 
Stewart’s home shows the incredible potential these properties hold, making it an obvious High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans
 
The home was taken to the studs in 2013 and renovated by Stewart, who is also an architect. The results speak for themselves, but that didn’t stop Stewart from dishing the details on what went into this spectacular Midcentury Modern renovation.

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“This is definitely the gem of Sondra Drive that is nestled in the heart of Lakewood!” gushed Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Matthew Edwards when I asked him about his brand new listing. The home is not only a newer build in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods, but it the location is beyond enviable, making it a shoo-in for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Of course, Lakewood is teeming with stellar homes of all ages and sizes, but homes on Sondra Drive are particularly sought after because of the private feel of the narrow, tree-lined streets. Plus, you’re so close to everything.

“This property lives wonderfully and has so many great amenities,” Edwards added. “It’s within walking distance to Lakewood Elementary and White Rock Lake!”

It’s true. Sondra Drive has twice the appeal of other Lakewood locations thanks to its proximity to Lakewood Elementary and its distance from the main thoroughfares that traverse the neighborhood. But if you’re a homebody like me, what you’ll really love the backyard, which has a great pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and a tidy lawn that will mean you’ll have plenty of room outside to keep both kids and parents happy no matter the season. No need for KayCee Pool memberships here!

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Can you believe that July Fourth is tomorrow? It feels like summer is just racing by us, and Dallas is kicking the holiday weekend off with tonight’s Red, White, and Boom on the Bridge festivities on the Ron Kirk Bridge (Continental Ave. for those of us who aren’t recent transplants). The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which will be easily visible from this 23rd-floor perch at Bleu Ciel.

“This Bleu Ceil New Modern in the sky captures the best, most sensational views of the downtown Dallas Skyline,” says Matthew Edwards of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. He’s the listing agent for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. With all of the stellar amenities of this building, it’s definitely the place to be for fireworks this Fourth of July, with short breaks on the resort-style pool deck!

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As East Dallas becomes increasingly dense, it has also become increasingly modern, with several architects finding an opportunity to leave there mark on rapidly redeveloping areas. One such enclave, East Village’s Deere Park, has become a magnet for modern architecture, some of which is both beautifully designed and exceptionally livable. 

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a listing from David Griffin of his eponymous brokerage, David Griffin & Co. Realtors.

“This home is located in a neighborhood of many distinguished architect-designed modern townhomes,” Griffin said. “The two-story floor plan is among the best I’ve ever seen.”

That’s high praise from a Realtor with the kind of experience that Griffin can claim.

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