As David Griffin describes it, this studio apartment in the George Dahl-designed Gold Crest makes a perfect “pied-a-terre.” Renovated in a contemporary manner with limestone floors, smooth gallery-like walls, and tall ceilings, this residence’s prime location on Turtle Creek offers excellent views of another starchitect-designed building: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kalita Humphreys Theater.

We were surprised to see this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans from the archives is still available.

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He is one of the most innovative independent brokers in town.

Last month, David Griffin, founder of the David Griffin & Company real estate firm, asked me to help judge his company’s first-ever Gingerbread House Contest.

“We will hold the event at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on Routh Street, where there is plenty of space for our agent designers!” he wrote. “Three of our associates have degrees in architecture, so we’re expecting some tough competition!  We’ve got invitations out to two well-known architects to be the other judges.”

The prize was $1000 to be donated to the charity of winner’s choice.

It turned out to be a Project Runway/Top Chef type competition as the contestants worked fingers to the bone gluing, pasting, frosting and decorating, all in an hour or two.

Judging was actually quite hard. Judges were Wilson Fuquay, Bang Dang (both prominent architects) and your’s truly. David and company gathered all the necessary ingredients for making gingerbread homes — surface board, Graham crackers, icing, Fruit Loops, stick pretzels, frosting (huge tubs which I had trouble keeping my finger out of), candy, gumdrops, the usual paraphernalia for creating such homes. Participants were asked to bring hot glue guns, extension cords, pastry bags and anything else creative. 

Shortly after noon, the creators went to work. They were: Janelle Alcantara, Jack Cater, David Collier, Teresa Costa, Kim Dunbar, Lori Ericsson, David Griffin, Robert Kucharski, Jason Melton, Keith Merz, Chris Munoz, Marlis Rossetta, Anastasia Semos, Ali Stewart, Brandon Stewart, Bart Thrasher, and Casey Wileman. Judges were Wilson Fuquay, Bang Dang (both prominent architects) and your’s truly.

At one-forty-five p.m. the alarm went off Sheri Baer’s phone: time! Contestants walked their creations into the Judgement Room, and then left us three judges alone to scrutinize.

We ended up giving each house the “prize” of a name/title best suited to what the house depicted. Then we picked the winner. Or was it winners? Before I tell you, how about you judge the homes for yourself after the jump?

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You don’t see homes designed by Dallas midcentury architect Arch Swank come on the market very often because they tend to stay in the family for generations, but if our research serves us right, we found a previously undiscovered Swank home on Eastlawn Drive in Northwest Dallas. This four-bedroom, three-bath home with 3,571-square-feet in Northway Hills is listed by Brandon Stewart of David Griffin & Company for $695,000.

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East Dallas Modern

We’re big fans of East Dallas Modern, the husband and wife team of Stesha and Daniel Gearner, who left corporate America several years ago and turned their attention full-time to renovating midcentury homes. They’ve got a knack of turning around dated homes with style and time-period touches as they’ve done with more than a dozen homes in East Dallas. So when Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans let us know this hip couple recently completed a new renovation for sale, we agreed this is a perfect High Caliber Home of the Week.

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You can tell the homes in Oak Cliff’s Kessler Woods are special. Clearly architect-designed. Mid-century inspired. Breathtaking location. Stunning attention to detail. But David Griffin of David Griffin & Co Realtors is dead on when he says Kessler Woods is one of the most significant modernist developments in the city. That’s why this 3,320-square-foot masterpiece on Kessler Woods Trail is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

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Wide-open spaces are becoming more and more valuable, and when you park an architecturally fascinating structure on a broad swath of peak Texas soil that’s within commuting distance of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, you can see the obvious attraction. But this beautiful Victorian in Waxahachie is so much more than just a house, or just an equestrian property. It’s living history. 

“When you’re on the property, you feel like you have stepped back in time will all of the modern conveniences,” says David Griffin and Company Realtor Lori Ericsson, who is co-listing this unique Waxahachie Victorian with Jack Carter. “The atmosphere takes you back to a time when a horse and buggy could easily trot down the driveway to pick you up to take you the general store.”

The seamless merging of Old World style and modern amenities makes this Waxahachie Victorian an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And considering the 178 acres of exceptionally maintained land, plus the many outbuildings and structures, makes this home ideal for those who want a true country retreat.

“Between the eclectic home, the large art studio, horse facilities, hayfields, and large forest area with a nature path, the home has something for everyone,” Ericsson said.

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When we pick our High Caliber Home of the Week, we look at the whole house. Obviously, it has to have a pretty face, but the interiors, lot, and location are also important. So when we saw this listing from David Griffin Realtor Robert Kucharski, we knew that it would be a hit with our loyal readers because it has the perfect alchemy of good looks, great location, and excellent schools.

First, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans is adorable. It’s a shabby chic take on a traditional cottage and we love the color that the sellers wove into this property. Second, there’s nothing quite like a bright red front door, right? And third, it’s hard to beat the stellar locaiton, which is inside Highland Park ISD‘s Hyer Elementary attendance zone.

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You hear it a lot on design blogs: “Downsizing with style.” But what does that even look like? As more and more Baby Boomers look to shed the excess square footage for more amenities and less maintenance, you’ll be hearing it a lot more, too. But if you’re looking for a visual frame of reference, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the definition of style itself.

Located in Cityville, which is perfectly located west of the Dallas North Tollway in the Medical District, this fully detached, single-family home has plenty of space for entertaining, both indoors and out.

“The home appeals to today’s buyer because it features the open floor plan, great ceiling heights, and wood floors throughout most of the home,” said listing agent Robert Kucharski of David Griffin and Company Realtors. “It also features a turn-key lifestyle with little or no upkeep, with small fenced front yard and private side courtyard.”

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