Highland Park Texas modern

When this incredible Highland Park Texas Modern at 3701 Lexington Avenue popped up on my radar last week, I sat enraptured for some time. Remember, when it comes to beautiful homes, I’m hard to impress. I feverishly texted my fellow CandysDirt.com writers to drop everything and look at this one! When I recovered my composure, I rang up the enormously talented David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects, to get the dirt. Oh, he had so much to say!

“A house should tell a story,” Stocker said. “It should draw you in and take you on a journey. It starts at the street. It’s a tease. You want to peek over the top of the wall. When you come through the gates, it says ‘hey, something is interesting about me, come and visit.’ ”

It’s apparent when talking to Stocker that he had fun designing this 8,156-square-foot home. But, how do you have fun, fulfill the needs of a young family, and create a timeless classic? Well, you enlist the aid of a stellar builder like Stephen Hild.

“He is meticulous, and his ability to pull off the details is unsurpassed,” Stocker said.

You also select time-honored materials to use, such as Lueders limestone, Douglas Fir, and Calacatta marble. Then you put a fresh spin on them.

“We are good at using a traditional form in a more contemporary way,” Stocker said.

Highland Park Texas modern

This extraordinary Highland Park Texas modern has it all. Private yet centrally located, with every amenity you can imagine.


Word came early today that Allie Beth Allman & Associates executive vice president Jack Jacobs, adoring father and husband to luxury real estate powerhouse Doris Jacobs, father to their two beautiful powerhouse daughters, passed over the weekend. Jack, who passed away early Sunday morning, June 10, losing his four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. 

“We cannot imagine a life without him, for he always lit up the room with his dashing looks and quick wit, and was completely devoted to his family,” said daughter Teffy Jacobs. “He will be missed and never replaced — he was truly one of a kind!”


Satisfy Your Real Estate Longings and Swing on by these Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Temperatures may be dropping, but these DFW houses are hot, hot, hot.

We’re talking, of course, about our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties every Thursday. We scour the listings and pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $699K to $1.599 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


Oh, my. This one is a beauty. This immaculate renovation at 7512 Colgate Avenue could not be any cuter, from a drive-up that delivers a bit of romance, to impeccably clean lines and endless updates. But I think the stagers (or homeowners) here have really outdone themselves. It’s just so lovely inside. I’ll save the curb appeal for after the jump and instead, show you my favorite room in the house. Sigh. It’s so, so pretty, right?

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,967 square feet, this stunning Caruth Hills ranch-style is listed by Doris Jacobs for $875,000. Just minutes from shopping and dining at NorthPark and Snider Plaza, its location leaves little to be desired. Join us after the jump for more loveliness, including a killer kitchen and a back patio made for entertaining.


Highland Park Tudor 4312 Arcady Ave 1

“They don’t make them like this anymore,” Teffy Jacobs said.

Jacobs is Vice President of Doris Jacobs Real Estate with Allie Beth Allman, and she’s right. You seldom find a home that looks like the photography team from Architectural Digest just walked out the front door. This stunning Highland Park Tudor at 4312 Arcady Ave. is what we call a showstopper. (more…)

6809 Golf Front FacadeIt’s easy to assume everyone understands the value of living in University Park, but we have to remember that hundreds of people move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area daily. They have no idea why a neighborhood like University Park is desirable and why in particular this University Park traditional at 6809 Golf Drive is a spectacular option regardless of job location.

University Park, or “UP” as locals refer to it, is almost four square miles of some of the most sought-after real estate in Dallas. Census data from 2010 reports it to be Texas’ best educated city in terms of formal education and the seventh most affluent neighborhood in America. How many neighborhoods boast a leading university — Southern Methodist University — and a museum that houses the largest collection of Spanish Art in the United States — The Meadows Museum? It’s also one of the most family friendly neighborhoods you’ll ever find, anywhere.

In essence, if you can find a house here, you want to nab it. And you especially want to nab this one because it backs up to Turtle Creek. We’re talking a 190-foot-deep lot and a lot of privacy. This gorgeous 6,341-square-foot home is three stories of fabulous family living.6809 Golf Front Door


GetMedia.ashxOne of Dallas’ Real Housewives and her LA-house flipping spouse, Travis,  just snatched the bargain of the century on a house that may well be the most notorious dirt in town. I am talking that famous spread on Turtle Creek Drive originally built by Braden Power, as you may recall, back in 2005. The home was famous for, among other things, the swimming pool in the main foyer! Built of the highest quality materials, the home is exquisite: when Braden thought one element was wonderful, he put in ten and added swans! The master closet rivals the couture department at Neimans size-wise with a sitting room, wet bar and desk. Oh and a place to watch TV. The jacuzzi spa is indoors and part of the upstairs media room. Yes, that is the point: you sit in or out of the oversized spa while watching the tube, clothes completely optional. Mais oui. (Must have been a blast on election night!) Sixty percent of the upstairs is devoted to the master suite, including a whole room for a shower, that indoor spa jacuzzi with television, a separate bathtub room, coffee/wine bar and of course, the room where you actually sometimes really sleep.

Downstairs there are two kitchens, formals, the pooled foyer, and a fabulous infinity exterior pool and yard overlooking Turtle Creek.

We have loved Turtle Creek since she was a gleam in her daddy’s eye. She even has a name: Casa Bellamini and was featured on HGTV’s Million Dollar Room. Once Braden built the home, he tried to sell it but the market did not cooperate — remember Lehman Brothers? First Erin Mathews listed it back in early 2010 for $6,900,000, getting it again in July 2010. No go. Even Marilyn Hoffman had her hands on this deal, raising the asking to $7,900,000. In January of 2011, a Chris Lowdon listed it for $7,900,000 or $929.41 a square foot. Yeow! And then, sometime in between all these agents, Braden covered the pool in the foyer.

You always want to be the first-born, the second wife and the third agent: Along comes Doris Jacobs to the rescue. She sells the home on March 24, 2011 for a whopping $7,900,000 to none other than Lee Bailey, then the fresh ex-wife of restaurateur Ed Bailey. Lee proceeds to make the home respectable: no more wild parties, talks to both Sherry Hayslip, whose husband, Cole, designed the home, and Trisha Wilson about the interiors, and takes the cover off that pool in the foyer!

Fast forward to 2016: Lee Bailey wants to sell, she enlists Doris again who lists the home at $8,895,000 after more than a million dollars in renovations, and in a much healthier market. In June, shocker: Lee changes agents to Kelly Watson with Keller Williams Urban, a lovely woman from Zimbabwe, South Africa. Then shocker of all shocks: Lee and Kelly bring on Concierge Auctions, who, as you know, can get the job done lickety split. (“TKTK Turtle Creek is for the elite and someone who really loves to entertain high end black tie, but also casual AFFAIRS”). Well Turtle Creek Drive is going, going, GONE on November 14, 2016 for, are you ready because it’s LESS THAN DCAD…

Inwood Road HOTWI think I’m out of words. This house is so freaking amazing, you’d better slice out some time here. And get tissue, you are going to drool. Dorothy, we are not in Dallas. This home is what you would find in LA, or Hollywood Hills: grounds large enough for a hunt, ocean-like pool, glass elevator with TV, a courtyard for Shakespearean drama, massage room, meditation room and an outdoor shower that puts the Joule’s car wash shower to shame. Are you in Tuscany? Looks like it, feels like it, even sounds like it, but you are within walking distance of Shinsei and yes, Inwood Bank!

And there is drama in every room.

The Italian-styled farmhouse is on 1.56 wooded acres, hiding down a romantic winding driveway with a front circular criss-cross drive anchored by a 19th century French limestone fountain. The water trickles as you approach the front door, and you think you are centuries away. Enter an 11,071 square foot residence of two stories, five bedrooms, five full and one-half bath, 14 living areas, two dining areas, utility room, multiple fireplaces, glass elevator, five balconies, courtyard, loggia, pool and a four car garage. The details — 12-foot ceilings, hand-chiseled limestone, wide-plank hand scraped hardwoods, imported wrought iron, lighting, velvet draped doorways, imported doors, marble and limestone, do very well what they are intended to do: trick the visitor into thinking this home is centuries years old.

8211 Inwood foyerI was confused, for a moment, when I walked in — “is this an older home that has been updated?” I asked? Has it been here forever?

No way. Built in 2009 — just four years ago — the home has already debuted on several TV shows and been published locally umpteen times. Of course, there’s a reason for that: The owner is Tommy Habeeb, well-known Dallas producer, actor, entrepreneur and co-star of the weekly TV show Cheaters.

Well, parts of it are very old. There’s the 200-year-old reclaimed barn floor double entry doors from Upstate New York. You step through old to new, a dramatic entrance hall with soaring two-story ceiling, hand-chiseled limestone flooring, and floor-to-ceiling limestone wall. Deja vue San Miguel de Allende. But then there’s the old again –the foyer is flanked by a formal living room and study, both with impressive 100-year-old wood doors reclaimed from a New York bank building.

Peering out at the grounds from the European style windows with phantom pull-down screens, I am wondering, again, are these old? New?

You might as well go get yourself a large glass of wine — it is going to take us a while to get through this amazing home you have passed a hundred times on your way to Inwood Bank’s Lovers location.

8211 Inwood study 8211 Inwood LR 8211 Inwood landing view8211 Inwood great room 8211 Inwood DR 8211 Inwood kitchen 8211 Inwood kitchen 2 8211 Inwood breakfast 8211 Inwood playroom 8211 Inwood powderThere is not one room in this house that does not make a statement, or evoke a sense of drama. The living room has herringbone hardwood floors, rich striped wallcoverings and decor that gave me a McKenzie-Childs pause, plus glass shelves. Across the foyer, the oversized study has a fireplace, starry-lighting, storage and passage to the Butler’s pantry and kitchen. In a theatrical touch, rich velvety curtains cover doorways and closets.

For the formal dining room, an antique wrought iron entry sets the tone, bringing you into a space with a gorgeous ornate gold-leafed chandelier and sconces. The room is oval-shaped, walls are silver-leaf with limestone flooring. This room also flows through a walk-in pantry to the kitchen. Then there is the oversized great room. Two stories tall with clerestory windows and iron chandelier, huge fireplace, and dramatic (again) floor-to ceiling limestone walls. From here you can pass through the stained leaded glass Palladian French doors to the cobblestone courtyard.

This is one thing I REALLY love about this house: the split stairway. Instead of the ho-hum circular staircase that is in every single Park Cities and Preston Hollow foyer, including mine, this home uses the staircase to make a statement. It nestles the piano gallery, then does what it is supposed to do: take you to the second story.

Should you not go up, however, you could go down through dual entry glass doors to the wine cellar. I love this — why hide the wine cellar? Make it the centerpiece of the home!

8211 Inwood split stairs 8211 Inwood wineYou know the kitchen is huge and off this great room, with a massive honed limestone center island and a barrel-vaulted brick ceiling. It is so loaded I might as well just rattle off names —  wide plank hand-scraped hardwood floors, 19th-century French butcher block island built into the limestone island, bar sink, stainless appliances like Viking, Hoshizacki and Liebherr, a white Rohl Shaw farm sink with cutting board counters I could die for, two walk-in pantries, and an adjacent breakfast room. From this breakfast room, which is enormous (23 by 14) and really a combo morning room-breakfast room, the flow continues to an oversized playroom. Both the breakfast room and playroom have built-in love-seats and antique French doors. And you know what I am going to say next: this all opens to the Courtyard.

There is a downstairs bedroom with the old, reclaimed church doors, and the new –an elegant granite-and-marble bath. There is a custom glass wall Cambridge elevator, complete with a television.

I’m telling you, Dorothy, we are not in Kansas OR Dallas anymore!

8211_inwood_back stairsYou can also walk up the stairs on the custom wood-and-iron freestanding staircase, wood stair treads reclaimed from a fallen tree on the property. The utility room is in this wing and as you can imagine, I could live in it: it’s 20 by 11, as big as the formal living room, with celedon mosaic tile counters, white octagon-shaped ceramic tile floors, abundant built-ins with seating and storage, and obvi room for a full-size washer and dryer.

8211 Inwood spa entrance8211 Inwood exercise 8211 Inwood master bath 8211 Inwood master bedroom 8211 Inwood up office 8211 Inwood master 8211 Inwood balcony 8211 Inwood guest 8211 Inwood guest bathUpstairs one whole wing is essentially a Belizean spa. There is a living area with more wide-plank hardwoods, bali rock-and-marble floor accents, special-finished walls and antique French doors opening to the Juliet balcony overlooking the courtyard. This is the entrance to the massage room with a slate mosaic-tiled shower and flooring, an exercise room with custom Herculite Glass doors and mirrored walls, and an intimate meditation room with stained glass window.

Then there is the game room, with a flat screen television and colored glass-topped wet bar with a stainless steel bar sink and a refrigerator. More imported French doors open to yet another private office, which is a black and white story with a stunning red glass blown chandelier, black-and-white patterned marble floors.

Custom glass doors take you to the room where it all happens, the master suite. Huge at 31 by 17, it has a sitting area, a fireplace, iron grill balcony, and separate his and her’s closets that are bigger than most apartments. The master bath is palatial with floor-to-ceiling tile and marble, dual vanity desks and counters, mirrors with those hidden televisions, jetted tub, huge steam shower. Also on this floor is a pretty guest suite with sitting room, living area, and a white Calcutta marble bath that honestly is too fancy for guests — well, unless I’m visiting! This bathroom should win an award: dual sinks, a stunning hand-carved imported honed marble soaking tub that costs about as much as it weighs, separate double shower and — you guessed it — another iron balcony. The other two bedrooms up here are huge with ensuite baths that spared no expense: floor, wall, and ceiling mosaic glass-tiles, floating Zebrawood counters.

Did you ever think we would get outside? Who wants to leave this house? Remember we are on a huge Bluffview acreage: there is almost enough room for a hunt! The cobblestone courtyard that every room worships has a Citizen Kane-sized wood-burning fireplace, an imported, hand-carved antique marble fountain, and views of all those balconies. Seriously, you could have a play out here! The courtyard flows to a columned loggia with everything found in the interior kitchen, but out here: granite counters with bali rock accents, grill, limestone sink, fridge, storage, and a cabana bath with the most amazing  oversized mosaic glass-tiled outside shower I have ever seen.

Seriously, Joan Crawford is turning in her grave: three showerheads.

8211 Inwood grounds 8211 Inwood pool LSOh yes, how can I forget the pool? Euro-style, heated with a beach entry, which is the very latest as I learned in Hawaii where they have sand-bottom beach-entry pools. This means no steps in — you walk in as if you are walking into the ocean.

8211 Inwood pool 1 8211 Inwood ext shower 8211 ext shower CUThere is a four-car attached garage and two automatic gates, with front and rear entries, and all sorts of high tech/safety/security systems such as Control4 remote-controlled audio/visual/lighting system, interior fire sprinkler system, exterior misting system, and a very sophisticated security system. Don’t cross it. The home was also built with green construction, including LED and Fluorescent lighting, foam insulation and five rooftop commercial three phase A/C units. For a home of this size and magnitude, utility bills are peanuts! The home is listed with Doris Jacobs who has it priced at $3,895,000. Seems like you are getting the world for under $4 million and the folks at Inwood Mortgage are so close by.

I could say this is the house that Cheaters built, but actually Tommy is hard at work on another TV project right here in Dallas: The Big Big Show starring Tom Green, Andrew Dice Clay and Tara Reid as judges — and Tommy as host. Something tells me they have been rehearsing in that courtyard…8211 Inwood pool 2