Spanish Eclectic Hutsell

There are those days when I scroll through listings, swoon, and think … if only. If only I’d seen this iconic Lakewood Spanish Eclectic Hutsell on day one. If only I had the means to make it my own. If only it had not blown off the market due to the incredible skills of Compass Real Estate’s talented listing agent, Nancy Johnson.

I knew the moment I spotted our Inwood Home of the Week, this gem would sell immediately. These iconic Lakewood Spanish Eclectic Hutsell properties don’t come along often. When they do, you hope and pray whoever made the purchase is worthy of the home. And I mean that. You do not, and I repeat DO NOT tear these homes down.

Clifford Hutsell built homes for people that appreciated art, character, style, and quality. To own a Hutsell is to own a piece of Dallas history. It’s the antithesis of the white box. It’s eclectic. It’s cool, and these homes are meant to be owned by people that are equally eclectic and cool. At the unbelievable price of $1.399 million, is it any wonder that at seven days on market, this Spanish Eclectic Hutsell at 7218 Lakewood Boulevard is already pending?

“You cannot get that quality of construction anymore,” Carol Gantt said. (more…)

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We love every single home Clifford D. Hutsell created. In fact, Candysdirt.com may have the most extensive archive of information on Hutsell-designed homes in America because Dallas is blessed with so many of them. Lakewood alone has a collection of 50 Hutsell homes. So, when one comes up for sale, like this stunning 1931 Lakewood Spanish Eclectic at 7203 Lakewood Boulevard, we guarantee we’ll let you know all the details. (more…)

In our third and final Independence Day pick, we take you to a home that is a less-than-one-minute walk to the route for the venerated neighborhood gem known as the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade.

The parade has maintained its neighborhood feel and roots since its beginnings in 1964 when the parade, according to local lore, consisted of “the two Neikirk children riding their bikes for about 2 houses on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of Lakewood Blvd.”

Today, the parade is chock-a-block full of local school representation, local politicians, families, neighbors, and the de rigueur floats that give a nod to Lakewood legends and inside jokes.

Needless to say, finding a home along this parade route is hard. But we did manage to find one that is so close you could practically fall over and land in the parade, and it’s a beautiful historic 1931 Tudor to boot. (more…)

Clifford Hutsell, beloved regional architect, is known for his Lakewood and Highland Park houses. After a visit to Beverly Hills in 1929, he so fell in love with Spanish Colonial revival architecture, he brought it back with him, designing a series of homes with his own exuberant and eccentric take on the style.

One of Hutsell’s Lakewood creations hit the market two days ago and we’re thrilled to feature it in our  CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s take on the hot properties you can see that weekend. 

This week, our houses range in price from $299K to $1,199,500. Which one is your favorite? 

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The sprawling North Highlands Estates home at 4420 Cedarbrush Dr., one of our five Dallas weekend open houses, was taken to the studs for a total renovation.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous Dallas weekend open houses (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you have just got to see.

This week, our houses range in price from $369,500 to $1.26 million. You’ll find a variety of properties, from the sprawling North Highlands Estate traditional pictured above, to an M-Streets beauty with separate guest quarters in the back. Enjoy our selection!

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7035 Lakewood Front IHOTW

There are several truly iconic homes in Dallas. The “Round House” at 7507 Baxtershire Drive, the “Underground House” at 2001 North Buckner, and the one architect Clifford D. Hustell built for himself in 1930 at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard. It’s magnificent and it’s one of the most carefully preserved iconic Hutsell homes in the city. The 4,777-square-foot home with three bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms was just listed with David Bush Real Estate and it can be yours for only $1.64 million.

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This gorgeous home sits on a 62 x 179 lot and boasts 4,509 squar

It’s hard to really define a “Dallas” home without thinking about the “structures” erected in the last 20 years, from the top-heavy wood-shingled maisons that look like skinny women with huge top-heavy boobs, to the McMansions and Mediterranean would-be meccas. Certainly the classic Dallas ranch is a home that defines us as much as a Cape Cod defines, well, Cape Cod.

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But nothing brands itself more as a “Dallas home” than 7023 Lakewood Boulevard. Talk about turrets, here is a turret — an original turret. Architect Clifford Dorris Hutsell may have designed this Lakewood home for himself in 1930 (but we think he actually lived in another home), at a cost of $10,000. At the time, it was one of the most expensive residences in Lakewood. In fact, it cost as much if not more than the Grand Dame mansions on Swiss Avenue. Why is this so truly a Dallas home? Because it was designed and lived in by Hutsell, who built 50 houses in Lakewood between 1926 and 1941, including most of the grand showstoppers along Lakewood Boulevard. He is credited with giving the neighborhood its signature quirky, rambling, old-world look. Hutsell was born in Grapevine, but spent some time in California where he became enamored with Spanish Eclectic design. (Later he pounced on Tudor.) He brought that design back to Texas which was, after all, once under the Spanish flag. Thus Spanish Eclectic is as much a part of our Dallas home brand heritage as it is California’s. (more…)

Lakewood is home to so many great homes by incredible architects. Street after street, block after block, you’ll see gorgeous historic houses with outstanding details. If you manage to find a home for sale designed by one of these architects and has a view of the lake, well, that’s a great stroke of luck.

Today’s Friday Five Hundred has both. The house, 7327 Lakewood Blvd., was designed by Clifford Hutsell and has a great view of White Rock Lake from the second-story balcony. There are three bedrooms, two baths, and more than enough outdoor space. It’s marketed by Scott Carlson and priced at $595,000.

Coming in at 1,848 square feet, this is the kind of home that I would usually say speaks for itself in photographs. That’s why I was a little disappointed by this listing, which has poorly lit photos from weird angles. It almost looks like they were taken with an iPhone as an afterthought.

It’s a shame, really, because this beauty has been largely remodeled but with many of the hand-scraped plaster walls left intact. There are beautiful stained-glass windows and gorgeous ironwork throughout the home. The backyard has an amazing covered patio, and would be great for entertaining.

This well-preserved beauty has access to the incredible schools that Lakewood has to offer, including Woodrow Wilson High School.

Still, though, I can’t fight that nagging feeling that this home is so much more amazing in person. What do you think? Do photos make or break a listing?