Modern French Eclectic

Forget going over the rainbow. This Preston Hollow renovated French Eclectic luxury home takes you inside the rainbow. Dorothy and Toto would be right at home.

We all know the mantra today is to paint everything white. But, there are exceptions. This renovated French Eclectic house is one of them. The home was built by Hawkins-Welwood and had a great floor plan. Of course, every buyer wants to put their stamp on a home, so an interior makeover began with a singular goal. The owner is a mother to three daughters. She set out to create a happy house, one that makes you smile the moment you enter.

I think she succeeded beautifully.

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Hamptons-style

If you long for the laid-back luxury look of East Coast summer homes, you will love our Monday Morning Millionaire today. D Magazine named this Hamptons-style mansion as one of  “The Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas” two years ago. Guess what? It’s even more beautiful now.

It’s not surprising this Hamptons-style mansion at 4337 Westway Avenue in Highland Park is a crowd favorite. When builder Jennifer Duncan and architect Lloyd Lumpkins team up on a house, you’ll get perfection every time. Have you noticed there are not a lot of female builders out there? I can’t figure it out, because they build impressive homes like this Hamptons-style mansion, and they hire great architects to make their dreams come true.
Hamptons-style

Duncan generally builds a home, lives in it for a while, then sells it. She’s essentially building each home for herself. If you are a regular reader of CandysDirt.com, you will know one of our mantras is if you buy a house a builder lives in, you’ll never have a worry.

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When you have the right team, every detail of a house turns out flawless. That’s the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire, a Santa Barbara transitional with all the “wow” factors.

This gorgeous home at 6206 Desco Drive began as spec construction by CandysDirt.com Approved luxury builder Faulkner Perrin Custom Homes and David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects. Stocker is known for his mastery of light and love of courtyards, and this Santa Barbara transitional showcases both beautifully. One of the many things Stocker does so well is to create intimacy without impeding flow. There are plenty of private spaces in this home, yet you get just enough of a glimpse from one room into another to feel connected.

Santa Barbara Transitional

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English Country Tudor

When you think about the perfect English country Tudor manor, it’s filled with beamed ceilings, stone walls, beautiful hardwood floors, antiques, lovely wallpaper, and gardens — miles and miles of gardens.

These elegant, stately homes are few and far between in Dallas, so I’m beyond thrilled to let you know that for the first time in a couple of decades, one of the best is on offer in Highland Park.

I haven’t been this excited about a home for sale in a long time. Not only is it gorgeous, but the provenance of this house is also incredible. It was built at 3712 Alice Circle in 1925 by architect Clyde H. Griesenbeck for Dr. Sam Webb Jr. This was back when Highland Park was brand new. Alice Circle was named for John Armstrong’s wife. Armstrong was one of the developers of Highland Park.
English Country Tudor

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Mediterranean estate

Forget the coffee this morning. Mix up a pitcher of Sangria. Then sit down and have a long look at this gorgeous Modern Mediterranean estate in Preston Hollow, designed by architect Larry E. Boerder.

Although the Mediterranean architectural style has been popular since the 14th century, America only got around to fully embracing it in the 1920s. Better late than never.

The ‘20s were a time of luxury, travel, and leisure for the upper classes. Enterprising businessmen took advantage of the economic boom and created the first resorts for the rich and famous, building them in coastal climates like California and Florida. They turned to the Mediterranean style because it captured the exotic and laid back ambiance of Italy and Spain. The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Miami-Biltmore in Coral Gables are classic examples. Naturally, this commercial popularity led to prominent architects like Addison Mizner in Florida and Bertram Goodhue in California adapting the style for residences. Mizner was one of the first architects to create grand resort-style Mediterranean estates for wealthy individuals.

The Mediterranean style has been made even more desirable by magazines featuring Hollywood movie stars and their homes. From Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant, to Ellen Pompeo, Eddie Murphy, and Gloria Estefan, more stars than I can count have chosen to live in Mediterranean-style homes.

It’s not just the look to love, but this style is also extraordinarily practical for warm climates.

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Santa Barbara Estate

“A courtyard, to me, is the best thing in life,” architect David Stocker said. “It’s an intimate space. It’s not quite inside the house, but it’s part of the house.” The culture of the courtyard is what inspired Stocker to design this luxurious Santa Barbara estate in Preston Hollow for Jane and Mike Nicolais.

Courtyards have been around since dwellings began. They are found in every corner of the world, and there’s a reason for their popularity. They provide the things we want most: security, privacy, light, air, and tranquility.

“A big house can be thought of as a village with connecting pieces,” Stocker, principal of SHM Architects, said.

This Santa Barbara estate, at 9946 Rockbrook Drive, is 7,722 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two powder baths. It’s easy to see the analogy. Award-winning builders Manning, Snelling & Mcllyar worked with Stocker to bring this village to life in 2001 when Stocker was at Turner, Boaz and Stocker.
Santa Barbara Estate

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Join the people of CandysDirt.com and the team from the Rueckert & Stewart Group of Compass for a staff party at an opulent home in Preston Hollow.

The gorgeous comfort of 4525 Catina Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229 boasts exquisite marble, natural light, expansive ceilings, and warm finishes. Check out the kitchen stuffed with professional-grade appliances, the resort-inspired pool, and the generous entertaining spaces, including a 2,400-square-foot terrace! 

“The elegance of the architecture reminds me of the timeless craftsmanship found throughout Italy, or perhaps along the Mediterranean coastline,” said co-listing agent Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert & Stewart Group with Compass. “I’m brought back to my favorite places in the world, every time I step foot in Catina.” 

The “behind-the-scenes” construction is impressive, too, of this 1.18-acre property. 

“I’m astounded with the impeccable structural quality of Catina, from the geothermal HVAC system to slab reinforced with piers and steel-reinforced second story,” said co-listing agent Evan Stewart. “It’s rare that such a beautiful property is so incredibly sound in structure, but Catina truly amazes both in function, and design.””

This home has six bedroom suites, six full bathrooms, three half baths, two living areas, two dining areas, and 9,676 square feet on three stories. There is even a guest apartment complete with
bedroom, flex space, kitchen, and full bath that is permitted for a separate homestead, should the need
arise. 

This is a staff party you don’t want to miss! RSVP to jo@candysdirt.com and join us from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28!  

 

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Drive the streets of Preston Hollow regularly and you might see some famous faces, from George W. Bush and Mark Cuban to former Dallas mayors Tom Leppert and Laura Miller. This is one of the most sought-after and affluent neighborhoods in the city, with gorgeous estates on larger lots and an excellent location just five miles north of downtown.

Ebby’s Little White House and the gorgeous Preston Center office serve the Preston Hollow luxury market.

Developed from farmland in the 1930s, Preston Hollow still has a pastoral feel in many areas. While there is some debate about boundaries, they are generally considered to be Royal Lane, Hillcrest Lane, Northwest Highway, and Midway Road. 

Ebby’s Little White House at Preston and Northwest Highway stands as testimony of the one real estate brokerage that has been local to Preston Hollow since the 1960s, Ebby Halliday Realtors. Here, an outstanding group of top-producing agents serve the community, including some of Dallas’ most elite locales. Ebby also provides exceptional service to Preston Hollow from its beautiful Preston Center Office at 8333 Douglas Ave. The contemporary, recently remodeled space offers experienced, high-quality agents and the latest in technology in a much-sought after Preston Center location. It’s this local expertise and long-standing history in the area that differentiates Ebby Halliday for both buyers and sellers.  

I’ve found three fabulous properties on the market now that will impress with their aesthetic, amenities, and location. Let’s take a look. 

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