Coram Deo

I drive by Coram Deo regularly, just to stare at it. I’ve seen a lot of stately homes all over the world, but this one continues to fascinate me.

Coram Deo was built for Donald and Mary Catherine Huffines in 2005. Yes, the same Don Huffines who was a Texas state senator and runs Huffines Communities with his twin brother, Phillip. The Huffines named their home Coram Deo, which means “in the presence of God” in Latin.

If you are not familiar with the architectural style, it’s because we seldom see a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion today. It’s an expensive style to build, so it’s generally seen in large public buildings. The Trinity Church in Boston, The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and our own Old Red Courthouse are all excellent examples of the style named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

Because this is a style that offers a strong sense of stability, permanency, and individuality, it was not long before it became popular among the titans of industry in the late 1800s. The Cupples House in Saint Louis, Missouri, or the James J. Hill estate in St. Paul, Minneapolis, could well have been the inspiration for Coram Deo.

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bent tree

Great rentals are hard to come by, and this Rental of the Week is one to keep an eye on.

The home at 16838 Village Lane in Dallas’ popular Bent Tree Village has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a nice $3,500 monthly price tag.

The two-story, 3,285-square-foot traditional home offers a one-year, renewable lease. There’s just one restriction: no pets.

Built in 1978, it’s an older model but features numerous updates, a circular drive, wet bar, and spacious entertaining rooms.

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University ParkIt’s within walking distance of shopping and SMU, and across the street from McCulloch Middle School, but you’re not going to find this University Park listing from Doris Jacobs in the MLS.

The single-family attached residence at 3456 Granada Avenue is a hip pocket, and a rather luxurious one for being priced well below $1 million. The brick traditional was custom-built and has had only one owner since it was built in 1998.

The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home has 3,502 square feet of living space, and it’s designed to feel even larger than that, with 10-foot ceilings downstairs, expansive entertaining rooms, gleaming quarter-sawn hardwoods to reflect the natural light coming in from gorgeous windows, and more.  (more…)

bluffviewIf one-acre of lush grounds anchored by a Tuscan Mediterranean showplace intentionally designed to feel like a resort sounds like heaven, the fact that it’s situated in Bluffview, and just a stones’ throw from an array of shopping and dining options whether you head north or south, probably solidifies that feeling.

And that’s just what Doris Jacobs with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has in her 5019 Shadywood Lane listing. Designed by Robbie Fusch and built by Randy Hughes, the home is surrounded by manicured grounds with plenty of mature trees, walkways, covered terraces, a Zen garden, and a lagoon-style pool and spa.

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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.

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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!”

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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!

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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.

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