Preston Royal Transitional
I had to pinch myself a few times when this Preston Royal transitional two-story at 6306 Royalton Drive popped up on Realtor.com, because it is all I could ask for in a home. Remember I’m a wee bit picky. This house is what I always tell you to look for when you’re in the market — a home built by a builder, for themselves. You see, builders think they are going to stay put when they build their dream home. They never do. There’s always another cool lot, and another clever design they are ready to tackle. So, if you can nab a builder’s own home, you are the one that will never move! (more…)

Modern Spanish Revival
Luxury home building is an art — especially in Dallas. We set the bar pretty darned high. So when this modern Spanish Revival at 5326 Edlen Drive popped up, I knew you’d want to see it — again. We featured it in July shortly after it was completed. But, since then there have been a few changes, not the least of which is stunning staging by Look Interiors. If you can spot the changes, let us know in the comments! (more…)

One of the most exciting things about architecture is to see the reinvention and reinterpretation of classic styles. When it’s done correctly, it’s mesmerizing. Alexander Dahlgren’s new construction at 6434 Royal Lane will become another Dallas architectural icon — mark my words. Inspired by the international modernist style developed in the 1920s and 1930s, our Inwood House of the Week is exceptional in every way.

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Bluffview Estates MediterraneanHave you noticed that character is largely missing in homes today? There are plenty of beautiful luxury properties being built and finished out with a proven style that appeals to a tribal mentality. And, it’s becoming a bit boring. So, when we saw this magnificent Bluffview Estates Mediterranean that just oozed character — oh my, did it turn heads around here! (more…)

Gaynelle Henger

The luxury real estate brokerage business in Dallas just got even more competitive.

Last week, super-producing agent Gaynelle Henger, who had been powering the newly branded Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Preston Center office of 12 high-performing agents, turned in her resignation. Shocked, we all wondered where she would go next.

Yesterday, we found out: Gaynelle has joined The Collective Residential.

Gaynelle approached Collective founding partner Christy Berry, inked a deal, and she is now a Collective agent.

“The Collective Residential is a locally owned and operated boutique firm with a strong marketing program and a fresh, new brand. I really like what they are doing, where they are going, ” says Gaynelle.

“They understand what it takes to compete in this market,” she added. “Real estate is two things, marketing and customer service, anything else is distracting from that. And a local firm just really knows the market.”  (more…)

To love a bungalow in North Oak Cliff‘s Winnetka Heights Historic Conservation District is to accept imperfections. But not every bungalow requires a full-on restoration, and not every homeowner is up to the task. 

This home at 315 N. Clinton, says listing agent Ged Dipprey, was a whole different ball of wax. When it was purchased, the front porch had been enclosed and made into an additional living area. But for the seller, that just wouldn’t do.

“Restored to original splendor at great expense, the expansive front porch boasts pine flooring and reestablishes the integrity of the Craftsman form,” Dipprey said, adding that the home now fits better into the fabric of the neighborhood. Sure, it sacrificed some square footage, but to those who love Arts & Crafts architecture, it’s totally worth it.

From the curb, it’s absolutely perfect. Inside, it only gets better.

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This week marks a significant passing for the Dallas real estate community with the loss of Catherine Chastain, a brilliant mind in the real estate marketing realm, who helped many an agent sell a property with her innate skills and creativity. Catherine passed earlier this week after battling a long illness.

She was adored and revered by colleagues and friends for her sharp mind, devotion, and passion for life.

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Dallas ModernistArchitect Hardy McCullah built this Dallas modernist house at 9119 Guernsey Lane for himself in 1984. If you’re scratching your head and wondering why it looks familiar, wander down Northwest Highway and have a look at NorthPark Center. The similarities are clear. The same clean lines and signature white brick of the North Dallas luxury shopping destination will give you an “Aha!” moment. (more…)