Highland Park has a reputation for being the height of luxury, with tree-lined streets and gorgeous houses, but it is not known for its lot sizes. This pristine home on a coveted Highland Park block offers you the chance to live on a rare, luscious 80-foot by 161-foot lot. With more land comes more possibilities, so let your imagination run wild as you take in this elegant off-market listing. 

Mature trees frame the enchanting white brick façade beautifully; a painter couldn’t have dreamed up a better picture. Boxwoods surround the darling front patio, where you can relax and read a book or set down beverages for guests to pick up as they arrive at your chic parties. 

 

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Highland Park

Modern meets Mediterranean in this beautifully-updated Highland Park home at 3424 Cornell Avenue listed for $2.7 million by Rogers Healy and Associates. With 5,716 square feet, this two-story has four bedrooms, four baths, and two half-baths in an open concept floorplan.

Gorgeous landscaping frames the entrance to this stucco home with an inviting enclosed front patio. Inside, you’ll find a great floor plan with luxury custom elements, including a redesigned iron rail staircase, refinished hardwood floors, and updates throughout.

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If you find your mind drifting off to the French countryside—where wine, cheese, and picturesque landscapes abound—then this spectacular home in Highland Park is just right for you. Offering all that and more in one of Dallas’s most coveted locations, this French-inspired abode looks out onto Turtle Creek for an utterly serene and luxurious atmosphere you have to see to believe. 

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magnificent Mediterranean estate

I always enjoy researching the luxury homes of Dallas. When I started digging last week, I found some extraordinary information on our Monday Morning Millionaire. Long before this magnificent Mediterranean estate was built, the original structure at 3601 Lexington Avenue was the first house constructed in Highland Park, “a model suburban city.”

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Marshall built the original home in 1908, and it was considered a showplace. There were no other homes in sight, except for a couple of distant farmhouses.

Let me take you back in time for a minute with this snippet from The Dallas Morning News archives:

“When Mrs. Marshall and I moved into our home, we had no neighbors north of the Katy Railroad, although at least one other house, that of Hugh Prather, was under construction,” related Mr. Marshall. “Knox street was then an unpaved, unkempt country lane on the outskirts of Dallas.”

The Marshalls were also parents of the first child born in Highland Park, a daughter, named Eleanor.

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Empty nesters retiring to the Park Cities? They love the renowned schools, but more couples are moving to the Park Cities after their children leave the nest of a large North Dallas/Preston Hollow or even Plano home for very specific reasons: security, lower taxes, walkability, and beautiful parks that someone else maintains.

When it comes to security, anyone who hears the news or owns a Ring knows Dallas has a big problem. In fact, we are on track for 228 murders this year. Not so the Park Cities, where you are never more than a mile away from a park. When it comes to schools, your home investment in the Park Cities is blue-chip safe because even though you may not need the higher-rated schools, the next buyer may.

Enter 3912 Windsor, marketed by Gretchen Brasch and Elly Holder of Compass. I swear this home is a brand new classic build. Actually, it’s about nine years old, which is really nothing for home age, and an immaculate custom-built, one-owner dream. I have seldom seen a home so lightly lived in (I wondered for a split second if it was a builder’s model!) and so transitionally contemporary without being a stark white stucco box. The architect, Paul Turney, wisely chose painted white brick, ahead of his design time — plus long, broad metal windows and French doors, upstairs balconies, and capped it with a metal roof. Downbursts be damned, that metal roof is hail-proof and going nowhere the next time 71 mph winds pack into our area.

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 Italian Renaissance Villa

Photography: Jason Anderson JA2Photography

Some homes come up for sale only once in a generation. Sometimes in two or three generations. This iconic Italian Renaissance Villa is one of them. This property has been in the hands of the same family for 80 years. You’re in for something special.

I love nothing more than getting you Insider Dirt and bringing you a property that is not in MLS. How do I find them? You’ll never know because I’m the best secret-keeper in this city.

When you are looking for a luxury home in Dallas, you must know the right Realtors. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Penny Cook is one of those Realtors. When I spotted this Italian Renaissance villa at 4300 Armstrong Parkway, I immediately rang her up for a chat.
 Italian Renaissance Villa

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English Country Tudor

When you think about the perfect English country Tudor manor, it’s filled with beamed ceilings, stone walls, beautiful hardwood floors, antiques, lovely wallpaper, and gardens — miles and miles of gardens.

These elegant, stately homes are few and far between in Dallas, so I’m beyond thrilled to let you know that for the first time in a couple of decades, one of the best is on offer in Highland Park.

I haven’t been this excited about a home for sale in a long time. Not only is it gorgeous, but the provenance of this house is also incredible. It was built at 3712 Alice Circle in 1925 by architect Clyde H. Griesenbeck for Dr. Sam Webb Jr. This was back when Highland Park was brand new. Alice Circle was named for John Armstrong’s wife. Armstrong was one of the developers of Highland Park.
English Country Tudor

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First impressions aren’t always correct, but in the case of this stunning Highland Park house, the entire property is as enchanting as it looks from the moment you lay eyes on it. Walking up to the soaring columns, yellow façade, and manicured bushes, you can’t help but smile at the cheery and timeless style of the Neoclassical home. All that’s missing from the inviting front porch is a pitcher of iced tea (with extra lemon) and good company.

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