Italian Renaissance

We all know restoring a historic property like this Italian Renaissance mansion takes deep pockets. Dallas has plenty of those. What it is lacking, however, is enough of those pockets that also have the dedication, education, and drive to preserve architecturally significant homes. Thankfully we do have what I like to call architectural angels.

These are the men and women that get it. They know why a historic home needs to remain standing and they figure out, not only how to keep it in place, but also how to improve it. I cannot think of a better example of perfect preservation and restoration than 3601 Beverly Drive.

Italian Renaissance

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Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.

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historical Colonial mansion

I’ve been waiting, patiently, for us to come out of the holidaze to show you this drop-dead gorgeous historical Colonial mansion at 4224 Armstrong Parkway. We see a lot of über luxury homes each day, but this one ticks every single box I can think of that a multi-million-dollar home should offer and some I’d never considered!

First and foremost, hats off to owner Torie Steele, the visionary behind the transformation of this historical Colonial mansion. So many buyers would have razed this baby, and we’d have written a sob story about how Dallas has no soul and doesn’t value historical properties. But here comes Steele to save the day and save it to a degree of perfection we seldom see. But then Steele is a perfectionist in many areas. If you know anything about fashion, Steele was an industry leader in the 1980s. She started her first eponymous boutique on Rodeo drive and was the first to bring multiple European designers together under one roof. This was way before department stores even considered carrying big name designers. If you keep up with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, you’ll have seen her wire fox terrier, Sky, win Best in Show a few years ago. She’s been breeding them with great success for over a decade. Striving for perfection and succeeding is in her DNA, and we’re delighted she turned her talents to saving this extraordinary home.

When you renovate a home to make it appealing and appropriate for the way we live in 2019, thoughtful and careful decisions must be made. This historical Colonial mansion has a provenance you don’t want to screw up. The original architect was Hal Thomson. For our newbies to Dallas, he was one of the most prolific architects of the era and designed many of the iconic homes on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park.

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Italian Renaissance
Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 3601 Beverly Drive  is an iconic, architecturally significant, Highland Park Italian Renaissance mansion that has a rich dramatic history. Designed by legendary architect Hal Thomson in 1923, this house has so many stories to tell you better grab a big cuppa, turn off the phone, and sit down.

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Neoclassical MansionWe are over the moon with excitement because this gorgeous historic Highland Park neoclassical mansion at 3800 Beverly Drive is back on the market and was just listed by Compass Real Estate’s Jonathan Rosen. It’s one of our favorite homes in Dallas.

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Highland Park Colonial Revival
When I think of a Highland Park Colonial Revival home, the words that come to mind are traditional, stately, classic, and gracious. The Colonial Revival has been and continues to be the most popular style in America. You’ll see it reimagined and reinvented by some of the best architects and builders in the country because it’s what people want.

It is the very essence of home.

I was thrilled to see this historic home hit the market because it ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for a family home, in a great neighborhood, that appreciates history, and wants to put down deep roots.

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Highland Park Estate

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Luxury real estate in Dallas is like musical chairs. No one stays put for long, and if you don’t move fast, someone pulls that chair out from under you. Iconic Highland Park estates like 4412 Lakeside Drive are few and far between. You might think they linger on the market for years, but you’d be wrong. The fact that a property like this doesn’t come along often means if you are in the market, don’t assume it will stay around. (more…)

4248 Armstrong ext

4248 Armstrong Parkway

There are a lot of new homes going up in Dallas, we trip over them or the cement trucks constructing them almost every day.

But I prefer a home that has graciously stood the test of time. Plaster walls, beau d’arc woods, dentils, brick walkways as perfect now as they were then: these jewels are in better shape than the young whippersnappers! And these homes, like great Hollywood divas,  have stories to tell, secrets to share. They are like living in a Texas version of Downton Abbey with classical symmetry, ballrooms, huge windows, classic placement on their verdantly treed lots, and huge swaths of entertainment spaces like lawns, remember lawns? The areas that show their years the quickest — kitchens and baths — have been renovated by the best contractors in town. They are plumped, primed, and better than ever.

4908 Lakeside Drive ext

4908 Lakeside

6748 Lakewood ext

6748 Lakewood Blvd.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate now has a smattering of classical stunners on the market that we just had to draw your eyes to. From the depths of Old Highland Park to the most sought after streets in Lakewood, these are the architectural jewels of Dallas. The best part of all? These museum-quality masterpieces are coming to us at great values. We present 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 4908 Lakeside Drive, and 6748 Lakewood Boulevard. (more…)