It’s almost time for one of our favorite annual home tours, the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays. This year’s Dec. 6 tour won’t disappoint, with four gorgeous Highland Park homes that offer plenty of design inspiration for tourgoers.

Not the least of which is this classic Greek Revival at 3337 Bryn Mawr.  Purchased by Brianna Wright-Guay and her husband, Jason, just a year ago, it went through a complete transformation that you have to see to believe.

“With the help of contractor Ellen Grasso and Sons, they’ve taken the 3,238-square-foot home it to a whole new level of fabulous,” wrote Karen Eubank. “Brianna is an interior designer, so she’s taken the classic look and tweaked it just enough to maintain the integrity of the original architecture but update it for modern family life.”

This is the principal fundraiser for the ABPA, with almost 97 percent of funds raised going to Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary schools. Last year the organization raised $85,000 for the kindergarten and first-grade classes. You can buy your tickets in advance online here.

Trust us, you have to see these homes! And if you’re lucky, you could check them out for free!

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Dream big with an upscale four-bedroom beauty in Highland Park.

Dream big with an upscale four-bedroom beauty in Highland Park.

It’s on the market for $1.5 million, but it could be yours for a rental price of $9,500 per month.

The traditional brick estate at 4409 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, was built in 2007 and remains in stellar condition. The first floor has two living areas, a private study, and a kitchen office on hardwood floors.

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When a $4 million home becomes available for lease, potential renters will run, not walk, for the chance to live in a gorgeous Highland Park mansion.

When a $4 million home becomes available for lease, potential renters will run, not walk, for the chance to live in a gorgeous Highland Park mansion. The 1928 home stunner boasts 5,120 square feet with four bedrooms and four and one-half bathrooms.

The best thing about it, though, is just a feeling. It’s got that “stately vibe.” It feels like the kind of home that might belong to a congressman or philanthropist. It’s amazing, but not ostentatious, if that even makes sense. (more…)

When we pick our High Caliber Home of the Week, we look at the whole house. Obviously, it has to have a pretty face, but the interiors, lot, and location are also important. So when we saw this listing from David Griffin Realtor Robert Kucharski, we knew that it would be a hit with our loyal readers because it has the perfect alchemy of good looks, great location, and excellent schools.

First, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans is adorable. It’s a shabby chic take on a traditional cottage and we love the color that the sellers wove into this property. Second, there’s nothing quite like a bright red front door, right? And third, it’s hard to beat the stellar locaiton, which is inside Highland Park ISD‘s Hyer Elementary attendance zone.

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This 1936-built Mediterranean at 4324 Versailles Ave in Highland Park’s lauded French streets could be someone’s dream project, seeing through an architecturally significant home’s renovation for modern use. In fact, the plans are already drawn up by architect Chad Dorsey of Moore Design. This two-story, 6,464 square-foot home on .390-acre lot is listed for $3.3 million by Mark Godson of the Britannia Group with Compass Real Estate Texas.

For years, the sellers down the street on Turtle Creek Blvd. would go past the unique two-story home with a low-pitched Spanish tile roof, admiring what great bones and beauty this 30’s-era estate had. It was built by Dallas architect Fonzie E. Robinson, who designed and built prominent estates on Beverly Drive, Arcady Avenue, and Edmondson Avenue in Highland Park.

When the Versailles estate went on the market last year, the husband and wife team snatched it up. They’d done a stunning job fixing up their 1938-built home, a white stucco Mediterranean with an eye-popping blue roof, and saw an opportunity to give this older home a facelift. They spent six months drawing up plans with architect Chad Dorsey, but ultimately decided they as empty nesters didn’t need a 6,000-plus-square-foot home.

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Located on a premier street in the Highland Park school district, on an oversized lot 70×150, this five-bedroom, six-bath, and two half-bath custom home at 7420 Caruth Blvd. is a French country-style beauty full of decadent features.

Attention to detail greets you at the front door with the stone facade, covered front porch, plantation shutters, tall ceilings, and herringbone hardwood floors. This 2011-built custom home is a three-story with 6,898 square feet, listed by Rogers Healy and Associates for $2.450 million.

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Rogers Healy calls this Highland Park home at 3701 Potomac Avenue the American Dream. This 1966-built two-story home was taken down to the studs and completely remodeled, creating a bright open living area, an open concept kitchen, and a dream backyard that doesn’t disappoint. This Potomac Avenue home has five bedrooms, four baths, and one half-bath with 4,660 square feet, listed by Rogers Healy and Associates for $1.999 million.

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splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?

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