Highland Park townhome

Maybe it’s the beautifully-mature trees that tower taller than this two-story townhome or simply the red brick, but there’s something about this West Highland Park townhome on Westside that feels so stately and elegant. That’s why we’re pleasantly surprised at the asking price for this 2,600-square-foot home priced in the lower $600s.



With a designer at the helm, this Anton Korn-designed home got an update. (Photo: Emery Davis)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas because the 21st annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Tour is almost here! This year, as usual, the ABPA home tour committee knocked it out of the park with four stunning homes in the Highland Park Independent School District.

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.

ABA Tour

Before: It’s interesting to see the impact of simply changing the shutter and door color.

One of the homes featured on the ABPA tour this year was designed and built in 1928 by the renowned architect Anton Korn for his family. Korn was one of the most prolific architects in the city, designing homes for notable families, as well as courthouses and hotels.


Coram Deo

I drive by Coram Deo regularly, just to stare at it. I’ve seen a lot of stately homes all over the world, but this one continues to fascinate me.

Coram Deo was built for Donald and Mary Catherine Huffines in 2005. Yes, the same Don Huffines who was a Texas state senator and runs Huffines Communities with his twin brother, Phillip. The Huffines named their home Coram Deo, which means “in the presence of God” in Latin.

If you are not familiar with the architectural style, it’s because we seldom see a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion today. It’s an expensive style to build, so it’s generally seen in large public buildings. The Trinity Church in Boston, The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and our own Old Red Courthouse are all excellent examples of the style named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

Because this is a style that offers a strong sense of stability, permanency, and individuality, it was not long before it became popular among the titans of industry in the late 1800s. The Cupples House in Saint Louis, Missouri, or the James J. Hill estate in St. Paul, Minneapolis, could well have been the inspiration for Coram Deo.


Highland Park Mediterranean

I’ve told you every house has a story, and generally, it’s a romance. However, this Highland Park Mediterranean is not your typical love story.

It wasn’t purchased for a sweetheart. It was not passed down through generations. And it was not the dream home bought by a sports star with his first big paycheck.

But this Highland Park Mediterranean certainly has a heart-warming story. It was completely renovated by one of the best designers in the world for childhood friends.

Gonzalo Bueno is a founder and partner with design firms Treceavo Plano and Ten Plus Three. Bueno is well-known for his award-winning designs and has been featured in many publications, including Modern Luxury magazine and D Home.

Friends he’d know almost his entire life began exploring the idea of moving to Dallas. As often happens, they found this beautiful Highland Park Mediterranean almost as soon as they started looking. But there was a lot to be done. They reached out to their lifelong friend, and Bueno went into overdrive to have it ready for them.

Highland Park Mediterranean

The exterior pays homage to original Highland Park homes.



If I had to guess, I’d say this lovely Spanish-Mediterranean was designed by leading Dallas architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. Let me know if you think otherwise. But I do my detective work, and I can support my theory pretty well, so here goes!

Foshee & Cheek were well-known for their eclectic Spanish-Mediterranean style, including Dr. Hugh Leslie and Lydia Bowen Moore’s home at 4200 Beverly Drive. Their most significant design was Highland Park Village, the first self-contained shopping center in America. They were also involved in the design of the Hall of State and Aquarium buildings in Fair Park. Foshee lived at the duplex on 4441-4443 Westway Avenue, and Cheek lived at the duplex at 4417-4419 — right next door!

I think it makes for a natural assumption Foshee & Cheek are responsible for this wonderful Spanish-Mediterranean. So, I’m going with that!


This historic Spanish-Mediterranean is in Westpark, one of the last residential additions built in Highland Park. It includes Fairway Street, Westway Avenue, Lomo Alto Court, and Lomo Alto Drive.


Don’t miss what’s happening in Highland Park this weekend. Yes, the hottest neighborhood in Dallas has three Open Houses you have to see to believe. Each offer fantastic locations and exceptional interiors but with a price point for every buyer. Which Highland Park home catches your eye? Tour them all then tell us which is your favorite in the comments. Happy hunting! 

Stately On Stratford


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.


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…)