Highland Park Spanish Revival

This historic Highland Park Spanish Revival could have been bulldozed. Thankfully, a smart builder saved it.

Several of the homes on Fairway Avenue have met unjust fates, and that’s a shame. Preservation is never out of the question. It simply takes a builder that has insight, integrity, and inspiration.

Fortunately, for this Highland Park Spanish Revival, at 4538 Fairway Avenue, that builder was Josh Zielke, owner of Josh Zielke Homes. Zielke also builds new homes, but he is known for spotting great old houses and saving them.
Highland Park Spanish Revival

Let’s step you back in time a bit. Frank Witchell built this house. Witchell was a partner with Otto Lang. Their firm, Lang and Witchell, was a leader in construction in Dallas during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Bluffview traditional

What does a famous architectural and interior designer, who is an indefatigable explorer, world traveler, and devoted historian choose to design for family and personal use? A Bluffview traditional two-story home, of course.

You’re probably not going to know the name, because Paul Duesing is one of those designers that flies gracefully under the radar. He is the go-to guy for resort design, and celebrities regularly tap him to create a get-away feel for their homes. If you are a globe trotter, you may have stayed at the Duesing-designed The Royal Livingstone in Zambia, Africa or The Resort at Pedregal, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The man is legendary to those in the know.

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Historic Texas Ranch

If there were ever a case for preservation, this 1932 University Park historic Texas ranch at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard is it. 

Legendary architect David R. Williams designed the home, which sits on 1.15 acres overlooking Turtle Creek, for then University Park mayor Elbert Williams. It’s been referred to as the Williams house for decades. You can decide which Williams it’s named after.

Historic Texas Ranch

The front stair is an exposed structural beam masterpiece.

Williams, the architect, is known as the father of Texas Regionalism, and this historic Texas ranch is the most notable example of this style. Texas Regionalism came about because Williams was observant, and recognized the beauty of simplicity.

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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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