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.
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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.
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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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historic colonial

This historic Colonial has witnessed a lot of love since it was built in 1916. A lot of starry-eyed couples exchanged wedding vows in the living room. Why?

It was owned, for many years, by the Reverend William Anderson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Back in the early 1900s, it was not at all unusual for a pastor to get that late-night knock on the door. A fervent young couple was seeking to marry. Young men shipping off to serve their country and romantics that could not wait, nor bear the cost of a wedding, were typical examples of those seeking a quick marriage. This was not just the stuff of movies. Couples pledged their troth in the living rooms of pastors all over the country. This classic home at 3503 Crescent Avenue was where many people began their journey as Mr. and Mrs.

Can you just imagine the sheer joy that has resonated through the walls of this historic Colonial home? That alone would seal the deal for me.

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custom contemporary

A true custom contemporary, this home does not give away what’s inside.

Not everyone can have an architecturally significant custom contemporary from the swinging ’60s. This week’s Monday Morning Millionaire is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1964, and you could be the next lucky owner. Let me tell you why this is an incredible opportunity by walking into the past for a bit.

If ever there were an era to step back into, it would be the 1960s in my book. Music, fashion, and architecture were all in a state of revolution. Louis Khan, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, and our own James Pratt were shaking things up by creating designs that were like nothing we’d ever seen before.

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Pratt is the genius behind those giant stainless steel flagpoles at Exposition Plaza. He also designed the Great Hall of the Apparel Mart. The latter location was deemed cool enough by Hollywood to set the scene for the 1976 science fiction dystopian film Logan’s Run staring another Texas icon, Farrah Fawcett. I’m still brokenhearted that building was demolished, but I digress. Pratt also designed St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, the College of Architecture building at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Quadrangle, the Dallas Garden Center Solarium, and supervised the renovation of Old Red, the Dallas County Courthouse.

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Lakeside Drive
If you’re looking for a Dallas home like no other, one that has been publicly praised for its unparalleled beauty, this off-market listing is perfect for you. Perched on a coveted Lakeside Drive lot overlooking Turtle Creek, this magnificent house has been a statement of style for nearly a century.  Upon its completion in 1924, The J. T. Owens Home — as it was widely known — was described in the Dallas Morning News as, “One of the many reasons Dallas is known as the city of beautiful homes.”

Old-world charm is palpable as you step through the gracious front doors into the grand entrance, and details inside further prove that history and luxury go hand in hand here. Walk past discreet “service bells” and imagine them being delicately rung during glitzy parties as servers in white gloves descend with delectable bites and cocktails. The portrait of an early master of the manor still hangs above the library fireplace, reminding you that you are writing the next chapter of this Dallas treasure’s story, adding to the legacy.

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Nothing compares to the Highland Park lifestyle! With small-town charms, exemplary public schools, and iconic tree-lined streets, Highland Park is filled with opportunity. And it’s chock full of impressive Open Houses to keep you busy all weekend long. We’ve rounded up three of our favorites. If you tour any of these beauties, be sure to let us know.

Stunning French-Inspired Estate With Elevator, Pool, and Wine Room

Open house: Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Our first Highland Park gem sits on a large corner lot. And it rests on one of the best streets in the neighborhood! The stunning six-bedroom, seven-full-and-three-half-bathroom home affords an effortless floor plan filled with custom touches. (more…)

Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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