4517 S. Versailles Ave., Highland Park, Texas

4517 S. Versailles Ave., Highland Park, Texas

I hope you relaxed as much as I did over the holidays. There really wasn’t much choice, was there? Our yard is so soaked with rainwater it probably won’t dry out until December of 2016. Even the dog doesn’t want to go out, and she has a turf yard for potty time. Shopping? I hit my computer on Black Friday. No way I was going to brave the crowds, traffic AND torrential rain. That’s why Al Gore invented the internet. (Guess I wasn’t the only one, retailers say Black Friday sales were off by more than a BILLION as people shopped more online than in stores:

Brick-and-mortar stores lost sales and traffic. Online stores gained traffic and sales. And the whole holiday hoopla associated with the long Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend now seems more appropriate for an earlier era.)

Neiman’s web site even crashed, there was so much traffic! I felt sorry for anyone who was on the road, I even felt sorry for the coyotes in our neighborhood: where did they find a dry place to sleep? Me, I could easily have slept right here…

Versailles 20 porch

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Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite because we plan to get ourselves inside this beauty once the rain ends. That cherry laminate in the kitchen! A most architecturally significant home NOT in MLS, weighing in at 9,000 square feet on just under an acre. Owners commissioned Ford to build their vision in 1954, and it remains a piece of glorious art to this day. Offered at $7.5. Stay TUNED!

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3756 Armstrong Ave

Rain rain, go away, CandysDirt wants to PLAY!

4412 LakesideThis has to be one of the most significant Monday Morning Millionaires we have ever featured on CandysDirt! 4412 Lakeside is a perfect example of an historical, iconic Dallas home that has been loved, preserved, updated, and cherished with every design sensibility spanning several well-heeled owners. It was one of the very first homes built in the Park Cities, 1918, in the second installment of Old Highland Park. The home is large but not garishly so, designed by the late Harold B. Thompson. Texas native Hal Thompson had a privileged background and graduated from MIT. His homes sport gentle curves, generous front porches, grace and proportions. One of his crowning Dallas glories is Aldredge House on Swiss Avenue. Because of it’s maturity, the home’s setting is breathlessly beautiful along the most scenic parcel of Lakeside Drive. It faces west, but exceptionally deep eaves preserve and protect it from the sun’s glare. The entrance is not your typical yawning foyer with a stairway to the left, living room to the right and (can you guess it?) great gargantuan room in the center. No no, the front is a lovely open terrace, with gated stone balustrade, which surveys the sloping front lawn and overlooks Lakeside Park and Exall Lake right across the street.  At twilight, pin lights shine upon the house as do the LED tree lights, casting a subtle hue across the grounds. This is classic Highland Park living with a Who’s Who list of previous owners ranging from members of the Henry S. Miller family to Frank and Maryanne Mihalopoulo  to Ronald and Terry Lee Unkefer.

But this is also a house of fun and games. And when it comes to the backyard, people, it’s time to play ball! (more…)

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it's time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it’s time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News & Allie Beth Allman

A slice of local history has hit the market, with the Highland Park estate of the late Dallas real estate developer and art collector Trammell Crow and his late wife Margaret now listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Located between Preston Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard, the 10,000-square-foot Tudor-style house has a price tag that reflects storied history, palatial size, and tony location: at $59.4 million, this is one of the highest priced properties ever listed in the area. As of now, this is an off-market listing not yet in the MLS.

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Rachel Stevens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Rachel Stephens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Update 11/22: The ABPA home tour is December 5, 2014.

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association puts on one of the best holiday home tours, and this year’s stroll through Highland Park will be a tremendous one! The Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is in just two weeks, and you can get your tickets for the Friday, Dec. 5 fundraiser for this active early childhood PTA right here. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of course, you have to go to this year’s tour if you missed out on last year’s thanks to the insane ice storm that shut down North Texas. Don’t miss out!

In the lead-up to the home tour, we’re chatting with a few of the homeowners who have graciously opened their doors to all the folks who want to ogle and gawk at their beautiful abodes for a good cause. Today we have Rachel Stephens on the blog, whose home on McFarlin was teased by Candy just a short while ago. Rachel, who has always had a passion for design, enlightens us on what to look for when you tour her gorgeous traditional. Jump for more!

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