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One of Lakewood‘s premier agent brands, the Nancy Johnson Group, has moved to Compass.

Compass visited with me, and I liked many of the things they were talking about with technology, CRM and other things they can do to help my clients,” Johnson said. “They are doing more than just the same old business operation that a lot of other companies are used to doing.”

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The Heather Guild Group joined Compass Real Estate the day before Thanksgiving. (Front Row: Haley Wagstaff, Valerie Caddell; Back: Kelli Taylor, Heather Guild, Amy Sack)

The Heather Guild Group has moved to Compass Real Estate. Guild said the decision was made after a careful evaluation of what kind of company they felt had the best tools and resources to help them serve their clients.

“We really felt Compass was a good blend of the time-tested agent/client relationship model of real estate, combined with the innovative technology that our clients have come to expect in every other aspect of their lives,” Guild said. “We are excited to have joined a real estate brokerage that is not only on pace with current technology but really has a vision for where real estate services are going.”

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Sunnybrook Estates European MansionOur Monday Morning Millionaire is a spectacular Sunnybrook Estates European mansion at 5031 Deloache Avenue. The story of this home is an example of what a small town we really have in Dallas. I always say forget the six degrees of separation theory — we have only three degrees of separation in Dallas. If you know three people, you can access everyone. Especially in luxury real estate!

I can always count on Compass Dallas to make my luxury home search easy by rolling out something exciting every Friday. Christy Berry and Alex Kaliniak just listed this wonderful Sunnybrook Estates European mansion — and that’s where our world gets small. I could not quite put my finger on the feeling I’d seen this level of detail before, but not for a long time. So, I did some digging in our archives and voila!

I’d written about the home of Robert Trown two years ago. Trown, it turns out, is the residential designer responsible for this 15,402-square-foot Sunnybrook Estates European mansion. He’s also the creative genius behind Troy Aikman’s latest residence and countless other homes of notable figures that have sworn us to secrecy.

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University Park Contemporary

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to have an HGTV-worthy home? Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a University Park contemporary at 3528 Marquette Street that captivated not only HGTV but also D Magazine. And now it can be yours!

I can say from my 20-plus years as a photography stylist and location scout many moons ago, HGTV  (and indeed any commercial photography client looking for a luxury home) has requirements that are set in stone. The perfect home for a photo shoot must be stylish, of course. It also needs to have light (photographers love natural light), and it has to be easy to move around in to capture different angles as well as to sustain a production crew, make-up artists, and stylists for the duration of the shoot.

This University Park contemporary has all that and more. With 6,833 square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder baths there is plenty of room to create the perfect shot whether it’s for HGTV or Neiman Marcus.

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Lakewood Southern Transitional

Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Lakewood Southern transitional home at 7151 Shook Avenue. It was built by Allegiant Custom Homes and designed by one of our favorite architects, Eddie Maestri.  If you enjoy cooking up a big Thanksgiving dinner, this house is going to create some new traditions that will ensure you won’t mind hosting every year!

We are always intrigued by Maestri’s designs because he brings so much to the party. Maestri travels a lot, and all those visual memories come to life in his work. This Lakewood Southern transitional is a pleasing blend of some of the design elements in locations near and dear to Maestri’s heart, including New Orleans and Rosemary Beach.

We seldom think of what challenges architects must face. The general assumption is they just draw something pretty, and poof, it’s done. Not so.

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Modern French Farmhouse

Photography by Costa Christ

I set the bar pretty high when it comes to properties I think are worthy of our readers. I try to think a lot like the French, who we know are supremely selective. A home has to have historical or architectural value, or a great story. Or, it has to be so beautiful that even a French woman would love it, like our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous University Park modern French farmhouse at 2708 Daniel Avenue.
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Modern Colonial Revival

There are a lot of pretty homes on the market right now. It can be hard to differentiate between them, even to my keen eye. However, this modern Colonial Revival at 4220 Lorraine Avenue is in a league of its’ own. What I love about this classic home is the fact that it looks like an early 20th century Highland Park original.

Guess what? It was only built three years ago.

That’s hands down, a testament to the talents of architect J. Wilson Fuqua. The early Park Cities homes have always inspired his work, so it’s not unusual that he would design a modern Colonial Revival that fits so seamlessly into the neighborhood. He’s known for his classic techniques combined with current technology. So, when you enter this 7,600-square-foot home, you will not be surprised that it has every hallmark you expect to see in a luxury home. A downstairs master has enhanced the traditional layout.

“I don’t remember the last time a house of this size has been on the market with a downstairs master,” Compass listing agent Jonathan Rosen said. “That design feature has already created a lot of interest.”

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Powerhouse agents Mark Cain and Britt Rhodes recently moved to new brokerages.

In this week’s Agent Migration column we catch up with two veteran agents who recently made big moves. Did you make an Agent Migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Mark Cain Take Team to Compass

Realtor Mark Cain has moved to Compass Real Estate. “The decision to move was not made lightly as I invested nearly nine months researching the company to verify its track record and growth path,” Cain said. “Now that I’m here it is clear that Compass was the right choice for my business home.“

Cain said he came away impressed with Compass’ management team as well as its technology, marketing, advertising, and support personnel. Also attractive to him was the fact that everyone works from a centralized location, and that the office itself is open and user-friendly with lots of space.

“The whole move was a decision to offer more tools and strategies that will enable me to better serve my clients,” he said.

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