Oh. My. God. This stunning Bluffview architectural gem at 4214 Shorecrest probably won’t last through the weekend. In fact, I predict it will be gone by Friday. The property actually rests upon a Bluffview bluff on .97 acres. So unlike almost any other neighborhood in Dallas, with the exception of Kessler, you get a view. Built in 1939, Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, planned and oversaw the remodel. The size is perfect — not too large, not too small, and the home does not swallow the whole dang lot like so many of these behemoths. I think this would make a perfect empty nester home, and I know for a fact that Bluffview is where many empty nesters are heading. You get 3407 square feet, three bedrooms, study, three full baths and a stunning pool. Floors are concrete, marble and wood. The owners are well know Dallas journalist and attorney Courtney Dreslin Sinelli and her darling husband, Jeff Sinelli, founder, CEO and CVO (that’s Chief Vibe Officer) of Which Wich. So in a way, this is a home that “sand-wishes” built. Courtney tells me her home boasts the best patio in Dallas and treetop views from every single window. I say buy it with the furnishings and work some big fat gift certificates to Which Wich. The home is gorgeous and only asking $1, 849,000 with Sandy Petruska at Briggs Freeman…

Oh I have a treat for you this beautiful Monday morning. It’s called 4641 Beverly Drive and this home is smoother than your morning latte. You know who could live here? Tory Burch. Stop whatever you are doing and look at these interiors. I’m supposed to keep this package around a million, I confess the home is listed at $1,225,000. But when you see it, I swear you will just go sell a child for the extra $225,000.

Which reminds me: I talked to an old friend yesterday who told me that if she had it to do all over again, she would NOT have had children. Shocking.

This elegant 1930’s Georgian manor in Highland Park is the perfect size at 3534 square feet. If I were a wagering woman with a crystal ball, I’d say it has an empty nester family in it’s future. In fact, West Highland Park is one of the hottest areas sought out by empty nesters — both WHP and Bluffview. Great lots (this one is 154 by 77), proximity, security, trees. This pup has 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, an elevator (smart smart smart), screened in porch plus a gorgeous pool with spa, seats and water features. There is a separate guest quarters and a two car garage — you know kids these days, they come home sometimes and stay a heck of a long time! Interiors by Dallas designer to the rich and famous James McInroe, and the home was featured in F!D Luxe, the design magazine of the Dallas Morning News. Here’s the slide show of it.

From the grand entrance to the near perfect flow, the home is classic, contemporary, and infused with natural light. I don’t think I’ve seen a home that is more move-in ready!

Marketed by Ashley Tacker Rupp, the Ben Jones Group, Allie Beth Allman and Company.

Look at the design details in this master bath!

So I was having lunch with two Realtors last week and I said, tell me the truth, the market really sucks, right? Here’s what they said: yes, it’s slow and not at all like it was in the boom.


Give me a great home that is well-priced, and it will sell. It’s happening all over town. End of story.

So I went hunting for some solds, and naturally I looked at super agent Becky Frey’s website. This Hill Country-esque home did not languish on the market for long, it’s previous owners now off happily building an empty nester pad. Listed at $1,999,000,on a whopping 1.17 acres of wooded land in North Dallas, the 1994 custom built home screams Texas Hill Country. (is that a clue?) Stone facade, standing seam metal roof & covered porches, a galley entry with full view to back porch & yard. Master is downstairs with a huge walk-in cedar closet & sunny bath. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and playroom. Outside is a veritable vacation land with pool, creek, 3-car garage. Inside note: I know the owners, and during the ice storm they were without electricity for a week yet the fireplaces and excellent insulation in this home kept them toasty.

Know of any recent solds? What made them move? What’s the secret sauce to selling a home in today’s market — must be mid century, Texas Hill Country? If you know, for God’s sake, spill it, man!


We can only imagine how Todd is putting his feet up in this home after pulling off yet another Schlegel family wedding. Bring on the Hush Puppy slippers! No sooner than he gets comfortable, David Griffin is calling and bringing someone over for a showing. David just listed this Kessler Park treasure along with Jeff Mitchell. I also heard the home was leased out for Super Bowl week to a major celeb. Definite San Miguel de Allende feel in the hills of East Kessler, this home has been photographed and featured in so many shelter pubs you have to ask for an autograph!

The guys basically took a plain Jane Mediterranean  built in the mid 90’s, and refined the original design into something both livable but appropriate for intimate and large scale entertaining. Many rooms open onto verdant outdoor living areas and patios, like a grand hacienda.

From the gorgeously heavy mahogany front door to  every room, hand craftsmanship rules! Hand trawled plaster finish walls,  antique doors, panels and windows carefully  retrofitted to bring design authenticity. Flooring is unfilled 24 inch square travertine slabs in all the first floor rooms and outdoor covered living areas.

The living room is accessed via a charming entry vestibule, features a barrel vaulted ceiling and French limestone fireplace surround. The dining room has that Fiscus touch, surrounded on all sides by curtains hung from continuous iron rods.

The kitchen is spacious and open, built around a large marble topped central island, painted mahogany cabinets and stainless counter-tops. Stainless appliances include built-in refrigerator/freezer, wine cooler, warming drawer and a Thermador 6 burner gas stove. It’s a two-story with terra cotta roof and white stucco walls on one of those craggy Kessler 93 by 158 lots. The home has 2677 square feet (perfect for an empty nester) four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a 2-car garage. And of course, if those walls could talk… well maybe they will to the next owner!