Donovan Westover

DeCarla Anderson Gives Lessons on Selling a Dallas Castle With Historic Pedigree

By Nikki Barringer / July 15, 2020 / 1 Comment

Chateau des Grotteaux is a literal castle at the corner of Gaston and West Shore. It’s such a uniquely magnificent home with a steep (but justified) price tag that listing agent DeCarla Anderson and the previous owner knew it was going to take a minute to sell. Throughout the two-year listing, Anderson met every agent […]

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Charles Dilbeck Jewel Of Bluffview Estates To Host Patron Party

By Contributor / October 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

  By Donovan Westover Special Contributor The 1935 Walton House has always perched on the center of its vast Bluffview Estates lot, the landscape and grounds cascading down around it with a natural flow. Carol and James Walton selected a huge lot in Bluffview for their impressive 1930s home. At the time, Walton owned and […]

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Ready For The Royal Treatment? Lakewood Castle Chateau Des Grotteaux Hits Market

By Contributor / May 2, 2018 / 6 Comments

By Donovan Westover Special Contributor For years, I have observed my friend restore the castle exterior and grounds at Chateau Des Grotteaux with such precision, that when I heard he was selling his super iconic Lakewood home, I did a spit take with my morning commute bourbon. Most drivers-by are familiar with the French Normandy […]

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Preservation Dallas Honors Frank Welch With Architectural Tour

By Contributor / October 18, 2017 / 1 Comment

By Donovan Westover Special Contributor We are honored to attribute an entire Preservation Dallas home tour to Frank Welch on October 28.  I was fortunate to meet Frank many many moons ago and develop an alliance with him, as everybody in his life did.  What’s not to like?  He was intriguing, he did not pass […]

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Iconic Irving Prairie-Style Design by Frank Lloyd Wright Protégé Kelly Oliver

By Contributor / June 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Donovan Westover Special Contributor Prior to the 2016 holidays, I had the opportunity to visit the 1974 Mitchell House at 2717 Conflans Road in Irving. I owe Allie Beth Allman listing agent, Richard Waite a huge apology for my glacial progress as the holidays and life got in the way. As fate would have it, […]

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Iconic Midcentury Modern Mayrath House Faces Tragic Teardown, Priced at Lot Value

By Leah Shafer / February 26, 2016 / 46 Comments

For all of its progress toward becoming a world-class city, Dallas still has a lot to learn about the value of historic architecture. We are tear-down happy. The list of demolished Dallas buildings with significant historic and architectural value would go on for pages. But here are a few recent examples: The 95-year-old red brick traditional […]

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