Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Ashley Stanley, Joanna England, Karen Eubank, Suzanne Felber, and Katherine Rodriguez (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

As a new member of the CandysDirt.com team and a Lifestylist® who loves history and architecture, I was so excited to be included in this CandysDirt.com staff meeting and to have the opportunity to tour one of Dallas most significant modernist homes at 3616 Crescent.

Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Realtors sipped and noshed as they admired the home designed by legendary architect E.G. Hamilton and renovated by bodron+fruit. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Staff meetings are open to all in the real estate industry in Dallas as well as buyers and sellers who want to learn more about what we do. (We drink champagne while we listen!) It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to learn about what makes Dallas such a special place to live, all inside a really great listing.

Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Mil Bodron, principle of bodron+fruit, shared before-and-after photos of 3616 Crescent with listing broker and host Emily Price Carrigan and guests. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Learning about 3616 Crescent was the perfect way to finish up a spectacular year. Broker Emily Price Carrigan gave tours of the home and pointed out some of the features that make this place so special — knowing the stories behind the improvements that have been made to the home make it even more fascinating, and she had some great stories to tell!

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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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This year’s ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour is a bit more tightly curated than in years past, with four amazing homes to enjoy from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 4. This annual home tour is a huge fundraiser for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, and has brought in more than $675,000 for kindergarten and first-grade classes at the two elementary schools serving Highland Park. Now that’s something to be thankful for! Check out this video about what ABPA does for neighborhood schools!

Our favorite house on this year’s tour is a lovely cottage on Drexel Drive with a spacious front porch. It looks like it would be at home in New Orleans’ Garden District, with rows of French Doors and a lovely, bursting landscape. We caught up with the McClung family, owners of this Creole beauty, and asked them a few questions about their adorable abode.

Jump for a little teaser ahead of what is going to be a fabulous home tour!

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4400 St Johns extOf course that home would have to be the residence of Frank and Mary Ann Mihalopoulos on 4400 Saint John’s Drive, which they have lived in since 2003. (The house was previously owned by a Trammell S. Crow family trust.) Nestled on almost 1 acre of secluded Highland Park prime dirt, the home has a gated entrance, and extensive property wall for privacy on all the grounds. But really, who needs it, this is Highland Park, right? The Greeks are the most amazing culture in the world! #PartyGreek! Opa! 4400 St Johns drive up

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3115 Cornell ext

This is generally not a great market to find Sleeper properties, though we are ALWAYS on the outlook for them. Last week, at the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Partyline Real Estate shindig, I heard of another Sleeper ‘hood: Auburn. You can bet your bippee we will be all over there.

But you don’t usually find bargain properties in University Park, until you stop at 3115 Cornell. The property is in Highland Park, so Armstrong Elementary, McCullough Middle and Highland Park High School. But the property looks like it could be on Fraternity Row at Dartmouth.

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3700 Euclid exteriorFacebook comment on Justin & Amanda Leonard selling their Euclid home:

“When I told a local Aspenophile friend that I’d heard that Justin and Amanda had listed the house at 14 million and were moving to Colorado she said, “Great, they can buy half a house in Aspen.”

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.

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3500 Beverly

Beverly Drive is home to some of the most distinctive — and expensive — real estate in Dallas. It’s one of the last places you’d expect a drive-by shooting to happen.

If someone were to ask you which street in Dallas County would be the least likely site of a drive-by shooting, Highland Park’s Beverly Drive would be near the top of the list. Strait Lane in Preston Hollow might be the only street that could nudge it from the No. 1 position.

Nonetheless, random gunfire was reported on Highland Park’s toniest thoroughfare last Friday night. At about 9:25 p.m., multiple residents near the intersection of Beverly and Hillcrest Avenue heard anywhere from four to nine shots. Officers responded to the area, but they didn’t hear any shooting, nor did they locate any suspects.

While searching the area, officers found out that a resident of the 3300 block of Beverly, who had been woken by a loud noise, discovered that a large storm window on the front of her house had been shattered. Officers located a bullet-size hole in the window and determined that the projectile passed through a interior window, a curtain, and two sides of a lamp shade before coming to rest in the binding of a Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The book was booked as evidence.

Further investigation revealed another bullet hole in a second window at the same house. Officers were able to trace that bullet’s path through a curtain and across the keys of a Gulbransen piano before finding it lodged in the musical instrument. Given the piano’s size, the officers decided to leave it at the scene of the crime.

A neighbor told police he not only heard the gunshots, he saw “muzzle flashes from a gun” coming from an eastbound vehicle. But he was not able to see the make or model of the moving car. The resident of the bullet-riddled house, a woman in her 80s, told police she knows of no one who is upset with her at this time — at least, no one upset enough to use her home for target practice.

The next day, officers returned to the 3300 block of Beverly and noticed bullet holes on two other houses. They were able to make contact with only one home’s owner. He told police he was home and awake at the time of the shooting, but he assumed the noises were related to another earthquake.

By comparison, last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities were positively tame:

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