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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Find an Incredible Urban Oasis with this 2-acre Bluffview Estate | CandysDirt.com

Sitting on 2.32 acres with mature trees, manicured landscaping, and a creek, one Bluffview estate is truly exceptional and the only property like it on the market now. 

The privately gated, French-style house at 4222 Cochran Chapel Rd. was designed by Richard Drummond Davis and built in 1996 by Breckinridge Nixon Homes and Clay Snelling. With its heavily treed lot, it feels like an urban oasis, yet it’s minutes from Northwest Highway and just 8 miles from downtown Dallas. 

“There are only 26 houses on this cul-de-sac street, each with acreage, so it is truly exclusive with almost no traffic,” said listing agent Dan Rhodes with the Rhodes Group at Compass. “At the end of the street is a park as well as the Bachman Branch creek, which runs through the neighborhood from Bachman Lake.” 

Inside, you’ll find spacious formals, a downstairs master suite, walls of windows, an oversized game room, and multiple patios, including a rooftop terrace. All in all, this home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 8,227 square feet on two stories. 

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bluffview estates

The corner lot Bluffview Estates contemporary at 4401 Wildwood Rd. was taken to the studs for a whole-home re-imagination and it’s stunning.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $295K to $950K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a fabulous Bluffview Estates contemporary, pictured above, to an Uptown condo with clean lines and a friendly list price.Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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