Empty nesters retiring to the Park Cities? They love the renowned schools, but more couples are moving to the Park Cities after their children leave the nest of a large North Dallas/Preston Hollow or even Plano home for very specific reasons: security, lower taxes, walkability, and beautiful parks that someone else maintains.

When it comes to security, anyone who hears the news or owns a Ring knows Dallas has a big problem. In fact, we are on track for 228 murders this year. Not so the Park Cities, where you are never more than a mile away from a park. When it comes to schools, your home investment in the Park Cities is blue-chip safe because even though you may not need the higher-rated schools, the next buyer may.

Enter 3912 Windsor, marketed by Gretchen Brasch and Elly Holder of Compass. I swear this home is a brand new classic build. Actually, it’s about nine years old, which is really nothing for home age, and an immaculate custom-built, one-owner dream. I have seldom seen a home so lightly lived in (I wondered for a split second if it was a builder’s model!) and so transitionally contemporary without being a stark white stucco box. The architect, Paul Turney, wisely chose painted white brick, ahead of his design time — plus long, broad metal windows and French doors, upstairs balconies, and capped it with a metal roof. Downbursts be damned, that metal roof is hail-proof and going nowhere the next time 71 mph winds pack into our area.


Our Monday Morning Millionaire is an exquisite 1929 Highland Park Tudor Revival at 4312 Lorraine Avenue. We spend a lot of time researching these homes to bring you the history and details, but we are stumped by which brilliant builder or architect might have been involved. Jon D. Carsey & Robert Linskie built the O.W. McGraw home at 4311 Lorraine, across the street. It could also have been built byMarion Fooshee & James Cheek, or by George Marble, but we are leaning towards Carsey and Linski. They built over 50 homes in the Park Cities between 1928 and 1947, and that marvelous stone embellishment around the front door looks like their work. But, if you have some insider information, please let us know. (more…)


5422 Montrose Drive in Greenway Parks is currently listed for $2,075,000 by Gretchen Brasch and Elly Holder of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Pay attention folks, this listing is hot, hot, hot! Ideally situated on a gracious lot in Greenway Parks, the 1925 Fooshee & Cheek Spanish Colonial Revival was designed by the architects responsible for Highland Park Village, and just hit the market for $2,075,000!

“This is Greenway Parks at its finest,” says listing agent Gretchen Brasch with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a sincere pleasure to represent a property of this provenance and architectural interest. I feel certain we’ll quickly find a ready buyer to help this Fooshee & Cheek gem live on.”

Gretchen co-lists the estate with business partner Elly Holder – the pair are known for representing fine luxury estates in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods.


If you have not been living under a rock, you’ll know Daria Drive is home to former President George W. Bush. He’ll be your neighbor if you buy this fabulous French country estate at 10111 Daria Drive. It’s also the safest street in Dallas. The Secret Service may be there to protect the former president, but you can bet they look out for the neighbors. We have it on good authority that Mr. Bush kept an eye on the progress when this 7,031-square-foot custom home was being built. And no, we can’t reveal who told us. Oh, and Andy Beal is still just across the back fence.