When I first fell in love with Winnetka Heights, I had those ambitious stars in my eyes about historic homes. You know the feeling, like you could transform a 100-year-old house into the stylish, cozy setting for the rest of your life. Today, I am tired. Really, really tired. I no longer have stars in my eyes, and my son has drained any energy and patience I could have spent on a long-term, romantic room-by-room historic renovation. However, I still love Winnetka Heights and its beautiful streets and undeniably charming character. 

Enter this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell. 

“It’s such a rare opportunity to find newer construction in such a popular historic district like Winnetka Heights,” Murrell said of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. The house, though less than five years old, blends well into the historic fabric of the neighborhood with its large front porch and Craftsman touches. But the respect for the neighborhood from both the builder and the sellers goes much deeper than that, Murrell noted.

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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and we just can’t believe our luck. Not only were we able to find a truly high-caliber home to feature this week, but this huge house in Cedar Hill is so wonderfully secluded and private, with nature on all sides and a backyard that’s perfect for kids that we couldn’t ignore it. 

What’s not to love about 2424 Amberleaf Court, a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtors agent Lori Ericsson in the Lake Ridge subdivision. It’s such a stellar family home, complete with everything you could want and nothing you don’t — like neighbors! It’s another fantastic High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“It’s a fun house located in Cedar Hill,” Ericsson said. “It has a family friendly floorplan with dual staircases, master bedroom downstairs, three bedrooms and a fantastic media room upstairs.”

That sounds like the perfect layout for epic family gatherings and slumber parties all year! Want to try your luck? Find out more about this gem after the jump:

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As more and more of Dallas’ urban core transforms from single-family homes to more dense, modern development, neighborhoods are seeing quite the renaissance, with more and more young professionals and city-dwelling families finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, and community. The area we call East Village — the residential neighborhood just east of City Place, near North Central Expressway — typifies this trend. 

This week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect example of a centrally located, well-designed, and superbly accessible townhome in East Village. It’s a listing from Compass agent Phillip Murrell that will show you that you can have it all, perfectly wrapped up in beautiful modern design.

“Buyers will love that this home is newer construction, but isn’t the same cookie-cutter, three-story townhome,” Murrell said of 2321 Rusk Court. “At two stories, this home has a true modern design that capitalizes on its lengthy floor plan to afford the homeowner an incredible amount of natural light.”

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Turtle Creek Pad

There are very few condos in which I could easily see myself living, mostly because I’m rather fond of backyards and front porches, as are my two dogs and rambunctious 7-year-old. That said, this particularly stylish unit inside The Beverly on Turtle Creek definitely has my eye. 

“The designers who made this home so special are the homeowners who brilliantly selected everything themselves,” says Harriet Shaw, the listing agent of this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “Their visionary expertise and impeccable coordination of interiors and decor in fact was featured in D Home 2018.”

A lot of the time, when I fall in love with a home, I see that long list of exclusions and my heart just sinks. I’m no designer, and when a home is expertly furnished, it’s hard to not want to buy all the furnishings and fixtures that fill it so well. 

But that’s not the case with this particularly stylish High Caliber Home, says Shaw. In fact, all of the gorgeous furnishings are up for grabs should you want to negotiate.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

As this year comes to a close, I had the absolute joy of scrolling back through the fabulous home we featured throughout 2018 as our High Caliber Homes of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. These properties, marketed by some of the best Realtors in North Texas, have given us a glimpse at what a High Caliber Home is. So, naturally, with such a stacked deck of fabulous properties, it was a huge challenge to choose a favorite. What made this particular home stand out among our 2018 High Caliber Homes was the architect, Ernesto Miranda, formerly of Walker + Miranda, though is now a principal with Magellan Architects.

Miranda elevated this particular design using Midcentury Modern design aesthetics and Zen details to make for an incredible home that lives luxuriously on a single level. It’s an exquisite example of a High Caliber Home and worth sharing again! Enjoy!

Walker + Miranda Updates a Northwood Hills Soft Contemporary

The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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Readers of CandysDirt.com know a classic when they see one, and this stunning, time-honored design from architect Larry E. Boerder is definitely a classic. In fact, after much debate amongst our staff, we’re calling this Highland Park red brick beauty at 3821 Shenandoah a Classic Revival, but if you have an opinion, be sure to share it with us in the comments.

What isn’t up for debate is that this home is the picture of style and grace, easily making this Highland Park Classic Revival our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a private listing from Ralph Randall and Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty that speaks to refined tastes and would look incredible done up for the holidays. 

The home is flush with beautiful details that are impossible to ignore. The foyer features perfect mouldings and millwork framing a sweeping staircase. Arched doorways offer elegance, while warm hardwood floors add contrast to the modern, neutral color palette. It’s just a taste of the incredible traditional design elements that you’ll find in every room of this Highland Park Classic Revival. 

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The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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There’s no shortage of beautiful Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas — you just have to know where to look. In fact, there are quite a few in University Manor, which is conveniently located just off of Northwest Highway near the White Rock Lake DART Rail station. Of course, not all of them are so carefully remodeled as this listing from David Griffin, broker of his eponymous firm. The level of detail and care in the renovation easily makes this University Manor Midcentury Modern our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, you can see the sloping rooflines and clerestory windows from the curb of this gorgeous Midcentury Modern, but the beautiful, Zen-inspired landscaping and copious floor-to-ceiling windows make this University Manor home stand apart from the rest of its ilk. 

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