It’s not often that a home takes your breath away, but this Preston Hollow residence in the coveted Lobello Estates community effortlessly wins that reaction. As you drive up to the French country-style manor, the stately stone façade and grand porte-cochere exude Old World glamour. Imagine guests stepping out of their cars dressed to the nines and walking through the arched front door, where servers holding silver trays of champagne cocktails await inside. This 1920s-esque, Gatsby dream located at 5431 Ursula Lane could be your reality if you’re the lucky person to call this property home next.

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Located on a premier street in the Highland Park school district, on an oversized lot 70×150, this five-bedroom, six-bath, and two half-bath custom home at 7420 Caruth Blvd. is a French country-style beauty full of decadent features.

Attention to detail greets you at the front door with the stone facade, covered front porch, plantation shutters, tall ceilings, and herringbone hardwood floors. This 2011-built custom home is a three-story with 6,898 square feet, listed by Rogers Healy and Associates for $2.450 million.

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Midway HollowBecause of its size, Midway Hollow is still one of those neighborhoods that probably has something for just about anyone. Bordered by Walnut Hill, Midway Road, Northwest Highway, and Marsh Lane, you can find homes in price points as low as $250,000 all the way to the millions.

This week, we’ve found three houses in three different price points in the bustling, hot neighborhood of Midway Hollow — all having open houses this week. You’re going to want to make time to visit the three houses we’ve found for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, which range from $439,000 to $1,095,000.

Renovated Midcentury Cottage Walking Distance to School

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7022 Pasadena A

When Linda and Stephan Martiniere relocated to Dallas from Chicago in 2009, they were looking for something magical in a Texas home. Deep in the heart of Lakewood on a street with rolling hills and mature trees, these two artists found what they were looking for at 7022 Pasadena Ave.

The 4-4 had gorgeous architectural detail throughout its 4,074 square feet, but the couple wanted to add their own touch to the space. Stephan immigrated to the U.S. from France some 30 years ago and the Martinieres have spent much time in that country, where they admired the feel of the old houses.

“When we saw this house, which was spectacular, we knew it was the home we were searching for—it’s not like any other part of Dallas,” Linda said. “We adored the incredible detail and workmanship of the house, the creative use of space, and we knew it would feed us creatively, and yet provide us with a great deal of peace and privacy.”

7022 Pasadena BLinda is the daughter of an interior designer and has renovated four other homes, so it was clear to her what the house could become with a redesign in a French farmhouse style. Part of that meant editing design choices made by a previous owner. For example, some rooms in the house were quite unfinished, while others had every detail imaginable, down to hand-carved door handles.

“The challenge was to make a more functional space, and yet also to create a harmonious statement with the home,” she said. “My vision was to let this home unfold itself and lead you seamlessly from room to room, with surprises at every turn, but is never jarring. I wanted to take the home to a place of slightly understated, old-world elegance, an homage to the stunning architectural detail of the existing home.”

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We haven’t featured a home in Oak Cliff in a few weeks, and 1504 Argonne in Kessler Park is the perfect opportunity to highlight this great (and relatively affordable!) high-end neighborhood.

This French country estate, marketed by Robert Kucharski of David Griffin Realtors, is simply beautiful. The 3,765-square-foot home sits on 0.59 acres with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and is within walking distance of Twelve Hills Nature Center.

This home is so classic, with beautiful wood trim and plenty of windows. It was built in 1933 and has been updated where it counts and preserved elsewhere. The kitchen is thoroughly modern, with gorgeous cabinets, an island, and new stainless appliances.

There’s even a wine cellar, which looks so huge that you’d have to practice some real restraint when it comes to wine drinking if you want to actually fill it.

The bedrooms are places where you would sleep. I mean, they are four walls with doors, you know? Some have built-in book cases, too.

It’s the bathrooms, with the high-contrast tile that set me aglow. I love that, even though trends tell sellers to renovate for “spa-like” master baths, this home has the cute checkerboard floor. Steals my heart!

The backyard garden is gorgeous, and I love the shape of the pool, too. Even though this home is on less than an acre, it still feels secluded thanks to the lush landscaping that surrounds the home.