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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Rarely do you find enclaves in Dallas that are seeded with one particular architect like Oak Lawn is with Bud Oglesby designs. The modernist architect was quite prolific in the area, with many of his angular, eye-catching townhomes and condos located in the Mansion Park area and nearby. We always love seeing how homeowners have updated this well-known architect’s work, while still retaining the form and function that make Bud Oglesby homes so recognizable. 

This particular two-bedroom condo is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans for that reason and more. Not only is it a sizable example of a unit in this Hood Street complex, but it’s sleek and serene with plenty of its original 1969 charm.

“The current owner performed a tasteful update in 2015 making a harmonious connection of some of the 1969 elements — floating staircase and GE Wonder Kitchen — with modern creature comforts like new lighting, custom cabinetry, and appliances,” says Compass Dallas listing agent Brad Jeffreys.

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There are some homes that, upon seeing them, your shoulders drop and you let out a deep breath.  Aaaaahhhh … That’s exactly what you’ll do upon visiting this gorgeous, secluded-feeling Oak Point farmhouse listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

This picture-perfect abode set on a large, landscaped lot is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week for people ready to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, but don’t want to feel like they’re out in the boonies. Ready to sign on the dotted line? Our High Caliber Home of the Week is presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a seasoned mortgage professional that can get you the perfect loan for your dream home. Call her today!

Ready to relax and unwind in your Oak Point haven? 

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Hampton HillsThe Hampton Hills neighborhood is one of the few remaining mostly undisturbed groups of post-war cottages left in Dallas — and many of them were built by one family.

According to local lore, Oak Cliff Realtor Wiley Roberts and his sons took on the post-war housing shortage by committing to building in Hampton Hills. Although the neighborhood was established in the early-to-mid 1920s, the Roberts family put their stamp on the finish-out of the neighborhood, so to speak, by building homes that were asymmetrical in style with an off-center entry, and generally on corner lots.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a Hampton Hills cottage, circa 1950, on a corner lot. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home has all the original charm you’d expect of a Hampton Hills post-war home, but has been carefully and smartly updated for today’s needs and sensibilities, and is listed by Jason Melton of David Griffin & Company. (more…)

In Dallas, there are few neighborhoods that are almost universally loved. They are places in which, should a darling home hit the market in your price range, you’d almost assuredly race to put a contract on it. In the pantheon of adorable East Dallas neighborhoods, the M Streets is one such place. These Tudors and traditionals and prairie-style homes, combined with the fantastic location and walkability, are selling points for most of us in love with the neighborhood.

But when key updates make a great home even better? Well, that’s what we see at this Greenland Hills listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Mike Bates, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a perfect example of how to update a 1926 brick Tudor without covering up all of the delicious character. See for yourself!

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It’s really no surprise that when a Realtor tells you he has a listing on the highly sought after estate block of Mercedes Avenue, the home is a showstopper.

But when Robert Kucharski of the Kucharski Group with David Griffin & Company Realtors is using superlatives like “magnificent,” you best believe him.

And that’s why this Lakewood estate at 6371 Mercedes Avenue was an easy pick as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans — it’s that magnificent of a home. (more…)