When you travel to Tuscany, you cannot help but fall in love with the lifestyle, the landscape, and the architecture. It never leaves your soul. If you’re very lucky, you can take the latter two elements and recreate them. That is what the owners of 4655 Meadowood Road did, and they accomplished it in my opinion. They created a perfect Italian villa in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, when the photos first rolled across my desktop, I was certain someone had sent me an Italian SecondShelters.com property for consideration. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Italy, and I’ve never seen anyone get the look and feel quite so right before. (more…)


Our Inwood Home of the Week, a Highland Park traditional, offers a fresh take on a classic look. Originally built in 1984, Cy Barcus Jr. put his magic touch on the home in 2011. Barcus owns CEB Construction and grew up in the business. His father built many of the most beautiful homes in Dallas, and he continues the family tradition. Known for his attention to detail, the renovations and updates on the 5,192-square-foot, two-story mansion at 3505 Harvard Avenue in Highland Park, are meticulous. (more…)

4208 Shenandoah ext.ashxYears ago I wrote about this home when I was at D Home, and the way home builder Cy Barcus built a 3800 square foot palace in 2004 utilizing the best of everything he knew from his 35 year plus building career. I recall thinking, God, this would be the perfect home for us in a few years.

Cy sold it four years ago to Henry S. Miller. Now it’s hit the market for $3,500,000.

Cy even split the lot between him and the neighbor next door — at that time it was Margaret Ryder, still is, I think. The two could not have had more opposite homes — his a clean contemporary designed by Richard Drummond Davis, her’s a rustic Dilbeck cottage with English gardens. But split they did, and the land soon became the testament of a great friendship. Even their dogs made themselves at home in each other’s homes, passing through a little opening in a stone fence down the middle of the split lot. I am guessing that arrangement still exists because the lot is 90 feet wide — huge for this neck of the PC.

Also, at the time, like I said, it was 2004. Shenandoah was not known for screaming contemporary architecture. Almost a dozen years later, there are contemporaries all over the Park Cities, even a “box” on Mockingbird.

Cy Barcus was known for years as a builder of mansions for the city’s rich and famous. We can take a look at our CandysDirt-approved homebuilders page and see who has taken his place now. Still, when he built 4208 Shenandoah, he tried very hard to fit the shape and form of the house  into the traditional neighborhood.

4208 Shenandoah back yard

Photos taken by MetroplexHD.com Photography

Richard Davis called it a “saltbox — incredibly indigenous to Texas.” (more…)

3724 Stratford extWill it really reach 84 degrees today in Dallas? I am loving this weather, but not as much as I am loving this beautiful English stone country manor built by the amazing Cy Barcus on the coveted street of Stratford in Highland Park. I feel like running over and rolling in that grass right now! If you know anything about Highland Park, you know this street. A short, brisk walk from the DCC, it is one of those “must have” addresses. Let me put it this way: I have dear friends who just TALKED about listing their home on Stratford last year, just mentioned that four letter word S-A-L-E. The house sold before ever hitting MLS. Now this home is destined to follow suit. Not yet in MLS, but soon will be. Custom built in 2004 by the aforementioned Cyrus Barcus, son of Cy, the home has 6069 square feet that includes five bedrooms, four and a half baths, exercise room,  study and game room. As if not enough, there is a full guest suite of 765 square feet above the detached two-car garage, perfect for visiting friends or even a college student. That college student had better fess up the rent, too: this guest suite has full view of the pool and large  Heck, I’d buy this and sell the guest suite as a fractional!

The home was built with the extreme, almost hyper attention to detail passed down in the Barcus building tradition. And Barcus, who is also married to the agent who has this listing, Allie Beth Allman’s Kloe Barcus, still maintains the home to keep it perfect. The master suite — quite sweet, actually — is on the first floor and opens to the pool and lush backyard gardens. Four bedrooms up with en suite baths, and I don’t even have to tell you that yes, the kitchen is fit for a pro with the latest bells and whistles. Check out that re-claimed barn wood timber ceiling, those archways and extensive built-ins. Asking $5,150,000. Not a bad price to pay for perfection!3724 Stratford LR 3724 Stratford FR 3724 Stratford pool