When Dallas architect Allan Ross conceptualized Bentley Place in Greenway Parks, he designed the eight-villa luxury development with at least one specific type of home buyer in mind: downsizers.

At last month’s CandysDirt.com Staff Party, we gabbed with the noted architect about a mind-boggling virtual reality tour of Bentley Place (seriously, mind-boggling!) and discussed some of the trends in new downsizing properties. Ross, principal of Waal Architecture, is an accomplished creator with four decades of experience in the design, development, and construction of award-winning projects for private sector clients throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, North Africa, and the UAE.

We tapped into that brilliant mind of his to share the most sought-after features that downsizing homeowners are looking for in a smaller home:

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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.

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Distinctive style that merges with tasteful elegance and a touch of whimsy almost sums up this Greenway Parks eclectic modern masterpiece at 5330 Drane Drive. Almost. There’s a delightful surprise at every turn, extraordinary custom features seldom seen today, and drop-dead-gorgeous color everywhere. It’s one of those homes you expect to find featured in Architectural Digest. That’s why we were not surprised to discover that megawatt interior designer Alexa Hampton, named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 of the world’s best interior designers, had a hand in this home, guiding the selection of most of the antique furniture. Talk about ready for a close-up!

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Does this face look familiar? It’s Caroline Summers, who works closely with Ellen Terry and who may very well end up selling some of the Museum Tower residences her mother, Emily Summers, will design. She’s already got a Greenway Parks listing, which we posted a few weeks ago, under contract.