Georgian mansion

Photography by Costa Christ Media

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a grand, 1928 historic Highland Park Georgian mansion designed by Hal Thomson.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a historic home in Dallas that has avoided the bulldozer. People are so quick to tear down without thinking through why a house is still standing almost a century later.

It takes a sophisticated buyer to understand what provenance brings to the party and to realize you can no longer afford to build homes like 4209 Lorraine Avenue. This beautiful Georgian mansion is not only a masterpiece of original design, but it has also had a series of owners that have kept it up to date over the years.

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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…)

 

In this week’s Agent Migration column, Realtor Paige Poupart joined Compass. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Realtor Paige Poupart recently joined Compass Real Estate. She was previously at the Keller Williams Southlake Office.

“I loved my Keller Williams family, especially the Southlake Office,” she said. “It was a very special and unique group.”

Compass had been on her radar since she first learned about them in New York. She watched with interest as they expanded into Dallas, and had been seriously contemplating a move since this past summer.

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historical Colonial mansion

I’ve been waiting, patiently, for us to come out of the holidaze to show you this drop-dead gorgeous historical Colonial mansion at 4224 Armstrong Parkway. We see a lot of über luxury homes each day, but this one ticks every single box I can think of that a multi-million-dollar home should offer and some I’d never considered!

First and foremost, hats off to owner Torie Steele, the visionary behind the transformation of this historical Colonial mansion. So many buyers would have razed this baby, and we’d have written a sob story about how Dallas has no soul and doesn’t value historical properties. But here comes Steele to save the day and save it to a degree of perfection we seldom see. But then Steele is a perfectionist in many areas. If you know anything about fashion, Steele was an industry leader in the 1980s. She started her first eponymous boutique on Rodeo drive and was the first to bring multiple European designers together under one roof. This was way before department stores even considered carrying big name designers. If you keep up with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, you’ll have seen her wire fox terrier, Sky, win Best in Show a few years ago. She’s been breeding them with great success for over a decade. Striving for perfection and succeeding is in her DNA, and we’re delighted she turned her talents to saving this extraordinary home.

When you renovate a home to make it appealing and appropriate for the way we live in 2019, thoughtful and careful decisions must be made. This historical Colonial mansion has a provenance you don’t want to screw up. The original architect was Hal Thomson. For our newbies to Dallas, he was one of the most prolific architects of the era and designed many of the iconic homes on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park.

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University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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Do you have an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

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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