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“I wanted to build a Spanish-classic-modern-style home that blended rustic wooden elements with sleek metal,” said  Juani Longhi. “From the moment I saw the property in Bluffview, I knew it was where I wanted to raise my family. This is truly my dream home.”

Longhi, who purchased the lot 15 years ago, spent six years planning and two years building this magnificent estate at 4512 Bluffview Boulevard. It was completed in 2013 and as is with life, opportunity knocks, you move across the country to dream new dreams, so Longhi’s  five-bedroom, five-bathroom dream home can now be your dream home.

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I know we toss around the words “adorable,” “cute,” and “sweet” around a lot here, but this is one of those homes where you look up the definition of any of these words and it’s sitting there as the perfect visual example. So perfect, right down to the breakfast nook and farm sink.

And, it’s located in one of the cutest neighborhoods in all of Dallas/Fort Worth: McKinney’s downtown historic district. \ (more…)

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By Margaret Chambers

The upcoming holiday season likely will bring a guest or two to stay in your home for a few days. You have some time to create an inviting guest retreat that ensures your family and friends feel both welcome in your home while being able to escape to their own personal retreat to unwind. So, as you contemplate your guest room, follow these suggestions to ensure that your guests have a truly first-class experience.

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The Essentials

Make sure the room has a beautiful, well-thought-out color scheme and design that flows with the rest of your home. The style of furnishings should complement the furnishings throughout – not be filled with your first apartment’s leftovers! Be sure to employ proper light fixtures in the room for reading in a bed or working at a desk on a laptop. Also, provide enough lighting at the bathroom vanity to allow guests to see when putting on makeup, shaving, etc. And, of course, don’t forget a night light.

A queen-sized bed is typically perfect for most guest rooms, but my favorite is using a pair of twins. It’s just more practical if you are hosting two guests who don’t know each other especially well. However, a trundle bed is often ideal for a small room.

I love to use unusual beds, often with an antique canopy and interestingly shaped and upholstered headboards. You don’t want to buy a suite of furniture. It looks boring and doesn’t display a personal touch. Mixing finishes and styles is a more unique way to go. You’ll never see a matching suite of furniture in a major interior-design magazine as a featured article; only in an advertisement for a national furniture maker.

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Creature Comforts

Utilize efficient window treatments to block out the morning light. Also, include lots of amenities, such as a bowl of fruit and iced-down bottled water, fresh flowers and, perhaps, a small coffee maker accompanied by a fragrant roast. You might consider including a few things they are likely to forget: an extra toothbrush, shaver or hair dryer. Be sure to clean out the closet, dresser and night stand, so your guests have ample room for their belongings.

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Another nice touch to have in a guest room is a little sitting area for morning coffee and the latest magazines and newspapers. If a space is available and you are building a new home, include a warm inviting fireplace and an armoire for a flat-screen TV. I am still not a fan of mounting a TV directly on the wall as if it were art – even in contemporary spaces.

Have Fun!

Creating a guest room is an opportunity to let your imagination fly. This is a room where you don’t have to please a spouse or a child. Create a fantasy room, a room that is unforgettable to your guests and one that you can enjoy from time to time. I would also recommend staying a few nights in the room yourself to see how the guests will experience their stay.

When it comes to designing a great guest room, the only limit is your imagination.

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Margaret_portrait_new-sm (1)An interior designer for the most discriminating clients, Margaret Chambers is able to achieve the exact looks that her clients envision for their homes. She has more than 60,000 hours of interior design experience to her credit, and her work has been published in more than 20 industry books and magazines. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and European studies enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. Her work has earned her state and national awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, and she has been named a Best Designer in Dallas by D Home for eight consecutive years. Sought after by clients who understand the value of superior professional design, Chambers and her team at Chambers Interiors & Associates, Inc. are beloved by clients for the spirit of collaboration that they bring to each project and their willingness to share in the creative process, not control it. You can view her portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com

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If you have a grown child living in your guest house, raise your hand.

If you’ve got your hand in the air, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot, in fact.

Now, why is that recent college grad living rent free back in the nest? Some say that there are just as many reasons kids come back to live with parents as there are “boomerang children,” which, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center for Social Trends, is about 36 percent of young adults ages 18 to 31, or about 21.6 million people.

That is a lot of kids living in their parents home, which no longer has the negative stigma it used to. That’s because unemployment among college-educated young adults is still at record highs, while marriage rates for this demographic are at all-time lows. These young adults often come back to live with parents to save money, pay off college debt, or have a free or low-cost place to live until they find work or while they’re in college.

If you don’t mind living with the ‘rents, it’s an ideal way to save money for a down payment on a home if you ask me. Tell us: Do you have an older child living at home? Why did your kid boomerang back to the nest?

 

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So, I had a plumbing disaster at my White Rock Lake-area postwar traditional, so I’m reporting from our Forney bureau today as a means of escape from a horde of noisy dryer fans and dehumidifiers.

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While the three of us (me, my husband, and my 20-month-old son) are far from cramped at the in-laws’ house, I kind of wish we were holed up in the guesthouse at 6807 Meadow Road. The main house is a sizable at 6,690 square feet, and considering that it was built in 1999, there’s not much you’ll need to do inside.

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The guest quarters, which has three bedrooms, is just over 1,300 square feet. That would be the perfect place for visiting relatives or friends, or people who had a major plumbing leak over the weekend and are waiting for insurance to make up their minds on how much our budget is for temporary housing. I’m just saying, people.

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The first floor, including the living area and entry way, feature soaring ceilings and tons of light, thanks to banks of windows. The staircase is carpeted, which you don’t seen very often anymore, but we should, because staircases often show much more wear than we realize. Imagine coming down stairs twice a day in heels and then imagine what the steps look like after about 2 years. They’ll have more divots than a golf course on Saturday!

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With a gorgeous kitchen that has two islands and beautiful built ins, a home theatre, six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three half baths, three fireplaces and a built-in fish tank, this Hillcrest Park mansion is on the market for just $1.599 million. It’s a great bargain!

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I think that my favorite thing about this home, besides of course the guest house, is the master bath. I love the soaking tub and the full-size shower, which has more control knobs than an aircraft! The leaded-glass window is a wonderful touch in the master suite, giving light but not letting your neighbor get a look at your nether-regions.

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The HOA dues are $300 a month, and you’ll find that this listing is in a fantastic location, too. Just ask Preston Hollow expert Lydia Player, one of the great Ebby Halliday agents representing this property. You’re just a stone’s-throw from Hillcrest, which will give you access to all the great shopping along Northwest Highway and in Preston Center.

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What do you think?

It always happens when you have a baby: Relatives come to stay for an open-ended period of time to “help” you. More often than not, they end up crowding things, and leaving you with more dishes in the sink and rings on your coffee table (Trust me, I speak from experience). Wouldn’t it be great if you had room for them that was detached from the main house? A place where you both could have some privacy?

You may think that you’d have to break the bank for something like that, but it’s not true!  In fact, you can have a guest house and live in one of the cuter neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff for less than $300K!

I present to you, discerning readers, 915 Stewart Drive in Kessler Highlands. This adorable two-bedroom, two and a half bath is just adorable, with recently remodeled bathrooms that gleam and sparkle and a very open kitchen and dining area. Marketed by the talented Hewitt & Habgood group, this little gem is perfectly priced at $297,000.

The details are outstanding, like recessed lighting and gorgeous archways. This home feels much bigger than 1,542 square feet, too, thanks to the vaulted ceilings.

The living room has a great fireplace and a gorgeous stained glass window, too, which appears to be original to the home, built in 1932. The bedrooms, which are a great size, have plenty of room for a small family or two young professionals. It’d be a great home for a couple of artists, too, and you’ll find several of them in Kessler Highlands.

This is a great neighborhood because you get all of the wonderful amenities of living in Kessler Park without the crazy price tag. You’re a stone’s throw from the Kessler School, too, which is an excellent early education campus. And on the porch at 915 Stewart is a great porch swing, the perfect place to get to know your new neighbors!

But my favorite thing about this house, as you could probably tell, is the guest quarters attached to the two-car garage. It’s the perfect way to keep out-of-town guests comfortable without sacrificing your sanity! Of course, you could also use it as a home office or maybe an art studio, too.

What a neat house!

I really did dream this and not in my Maidenform Bra: I was living in some vague house and I opened up the computer to see that a fabulous newer home with old world charm, class and character was ready and waiting for me for me with open angel arms (and THREE master suites!) for less than four million dollars. Because, let’s face it, you say Preston Hollow and you might as well say “five million dolla!”

But then I saw that the folks at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates have DROPPED THE PRICE on this primo primo primo listing at 9507 Meadowbrook. Are my eyes failing me? Need new Chanels? This home was once listed at $4,500,000!

Talk about location, I don’t think Pooh Bear could have found a better spot in the Honeypot. This home has been value priced to $3,995,000 — oh what what a value!. First of all, hello, location! Corner of Ravine and Meadowbrook — hell Roger Staubach is right up the street!

Designed by Robbie Fusch, built by Jerry Brinkerhoff, this private paradise of color offers basically everything. Double front doors open to a stunning entry with herringbone-patterned flooring. There’s a wall of glassy French doors in the living room with views of the pool and mature landscaping, we have our 1.04 leafy acres. A step down, sunken living room has my coveted hand-scraped hardwoods and a large fireplace — one of six fireplaces in the home, I might add. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and yet another fireplace. The study/library actually has built-ins, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and you guessed it — another fireplace. I could let the kids move in: there are three master suites, two on the first level and one on the second. (Or maybe my mother-in-law could take one, just musing.) The largest first floor master features access to the peaceful grounds, (another) fireplace and a vaulted ceiling — we’ll take this one. The  bath is the cat’s meow with dual vanities, my jetted tub, a separate shower, two walk-in closets with built-ins, plus access to the outdoor entertaining area and a private zen meditation garden. The other first-floor master suite has a beamed and vaulted ceiling and includes a large study area with a built-in desk. Hubby would love that…

Now here’s an idea: what a great way to escape your spouses’ snoring! If he gets too loud, you just bed-hop to the other master. Genius! This IS the house of my dreams!

The kitchen has been showcased in so many national magazines it has an agent: glass-front cabinetry and beautiful tile work,  high-end appliances, Traulsen four-door refrigerator, a commercial-grade Wolf six-burner gas range with grill and double Thermador ovens. Upstairs, that third master suite has yet another fireplace and a large master bath, perfect for an in-law or boomerang child. There is another bedroom suite upstairs and an additional room for exercise, nanny, pooches, etc. Of course there is a large covered outdoor entertaining area with seven ceiling fans overlooking the grounds with plenty of play space, a beautiful pool and a guest house. 8125 square feet, built in 1989, four bedrooms plus, four and a half baths, guest house or quarters. At this price you almost get half of the square footage free and clear — $3,995,000. Let me tell you a home right behind this one on Park Lane Dave Perry-Miller just sold for $7,995,000 that was not that much larger. I think this home is sized just right, and the price is not just amazing, it’s a steal.

Now if this has too much yard, hold the presses because I am NOT supposed to tell you this, but TOMORROW a gorgeous 7500 square footer with a pool and everything you might want including Sandy, the most precious Golden Retriever in the world, pops onto the MLS market and gives you a great smaller yard option. It’s at 5814 Falls Road, listed by Dave and Ryan Streiff. Fresh on the market and I am not sure if photos have been shot yet, so stay tuned. It’s also a great location, just a little less dirt in case you love to lock it and leave, get the heck out of Dodge sometimes to a little place in, say, Vail..

 

 

 

Just confirmed with Allie Beth Allman that she is indeed listing the beautiful White Rock Lake mansion of John and Teresa Amend. Not in MLS but listed for $29,500,000. (What did I guessstimate? $28,000,000? Not bad!) That does not include the furnishings but does include all ten acres, the guest house and bowling alley, which are both incredible, the home and the swimming pool, which was the very first in Dallas. Stay tuned for photos. Now the fun is figuring where John and Teresa will move, and whose home they will buy. Don’t you just LOVE real estate?