There’s nothing we appreciate more at CandysDirt.com than folks who understand the importance of history and preservation, and this is a historic home in Highland Park that is a total love story. There are far too many homes that fall under an unnecessary wrecking ball in our area.

We are especially heartened when we find a builder like Josh Zielke who marches to the preservation drum beat, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results in our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

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Highland Park Estate

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Luxury real estate in Dallas is like musical chairs. No one stays put for long, and if you don’t move fast, someone pulls that chair out from under you. Iconic Highland Park estates like 4412 Lakeside Drive are few and far between. You might think they linger on the market for years, but you’d be wrong. The fact that a property like this doesn’t come along often means if you are in the market, don’t assume it will stay around. (more…)

It’s officially back to school season! Store shelves are lined with pencils, pens, and notebooks. Children sport new backpacks. For many families, it may also be moving season. Top school districts are a major draw for families looking to relocate to nearby suburbs. For households not ready to buy a home in a new district, we’re highlighting some family-friendly apartment buildings in top Dallas-area school districts.

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Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is the most luxuriously updated Highland Park Craftsman I’ve ever seen. Not only has this 1921 home been meticulously remodeled, but it’s also been expanded in a smart way that keeps the architectural integrity intact.

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bachelorette

The house Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay brought her beaus “home” to on this week’s episode can be yours for about $3.9 million.

Confession: I have never watched The Bachelor, nor The Bachelorette. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to watching either show was the dearly departed clip show The Soup on E!.

You can also grill the dates of family members in this perfectly appointed formal dining room. (Photo courtesy ABC)

I may be unfairly judging the shows based on this exposure, but I am pretty sure I’d rather be locked in a listed hoarder house full of homicidal-looking clown dolls than watch this really confusing show about (as far as I can tell) kissing strangers ’til you think you might love them and then proposing and then not getting married about three months later.

But something curious came up in the last episode, and thank the Lord for Reality Steve, who put a finger on the issue: The house that Rachel Lindsay from Dallas, our bachelorette for this season, brought her suitors “home” to was not actually home. (more…)

Modern traditional mansion

Beverly Drive is the most desirable street in the Dallas area. You cannot convince me otherwise. Armstrong Parkway runs a very close second, and yes, I do love Swiss Avenue, but in my book, once you set eyes on Beverly Drive, nothing else can compare. I’ve been trying to figure out how to live there since 1979. The deck is not stacked in my favor, but if I could manage it, I’d be the first person in line to buy Robert Elliott’s latest custom build at 3414 Beverly Drive. This new build from a sought-after CandysDirt.com Approved Builder sets a new standard for luxury, and I’m dubbing it a modern traditional mansion. (more…)

Tudor estate

You’ve probably driven by this Tudor estate every Christmas, slowed down, and gawked just like thousands of others. There have always been the most astonishing holiday displays in the front yard. If you’ve lived in Dallas very long, you’ll know it belongs to philanthropist and entrepreneur Sam Wyly. Although Wyly’s resume takes up an entire page in Wikipedia, most of us know him as the owner of the arts-and-crafts chain Michaels Stores.

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Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is a Highland Park Colonial revival at 4565 Bordeaux Avenue. Katherine and Hank Gray have lived here since 2014, and they absolutely love their two-story home. We’re always thrilled when we can talk to sellers and get the inside skinny.

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