Spanish Eclectic

When I spotted this Highland Park Modern Spanish Eclectic mansion I was, as they say in Britain, completely besotted. Although that’s a word generally used about people, we feel pretty deeply about the homes we write about at CandysDirt.com. So it’s not unusual for us to be utterly infatuated with a property like this gorgeous home at 3656 Stratford Avenue.

Entering this house is like stepping into one of the Santa Barbara Spanish Eclectics that have defined that area architecturally. Dallas has embraced this style since legendary architect Clifford Hutsell began building Spanish Eclectic homes in the 1920s. Since then we’ve seen the influence of Spanish Revival in practically every neighborhood in the city. Getting it right is another story. There are countless suburban examples of what I call “Mediterranean gone mad” that are truly awful. However, our Monday Morning Millionaire is a perfect example of the right way to design and build a modern Spanish Eclectic.
Spanish Eclectic

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Which three Texas communities were on Bloomberg’s list of richest places? How did DFW fare when it comes to mortgage delinquencies? We talk about all that and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Two DFW Places Make Bloomberg List

Highland Park is one of the richest places — no surprise to anyone who has driven through the town, ranking No. 6 in Bloomberg’s list of the wealthiest communities, the publication said. Neighboring University Park came in at No. 17. (more…)


If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a prestigious Highland Park home that still feels cozy, your wish can be granted thanks to this charming off-market listing. Located on a rare half-acre plus lot right on a creek, this property will definitely steal some hearts. And Like all Private Offerings presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, it is a very special, off-market listing exclusive to our readers on CandysDirt.com.

As you cruise into the horseshoe driveway up to the elegant porte-cochère, you can just imagine tossing your keys onto the foyer table as you waltz through the front door. Breathe deeply. A perfect mix of grand and inviting, the beautiful interiors instantly relax you after a day of errands and strife, as they effortlessly transform into a gorgeous backdrop for a lavish dinner party by evening.

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Georgian mansion

Photography by Costa Christ Media

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a grand, 1928 historic Highland Park Georgian mansion designed by Hal Thomson.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a historic home in Dallas that has avoided the bulldozer. People are so quick to tear down without thinking through why a house is still standing almost a century later.

It takes a sophisticated buyer to understand what provenance brings to the party and to realize you can no longer afford to build homes like 4209 Lorraine Avenue. This beautiful Georgian mansion is not only a masterpiece of original design, but it has also had a series of owners that have kept it up to date over the years.

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Imagine living on Dallas’ most desirable street, owning not one but two amazing properties on Beverly Drive. This is pretty amazing stuff coming to us from Rogers Healy, who has listed 3414 and 3412 Beverly Drive on the market for $12 million.

CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Robert Elliott built this luxury estate that our own Karen Eubank dubs modern traditional when she wrote about 3414 Beverly Drive’s completion in 2017. Now a year and a half later, this home has the rare opportunity to become a family compound in Highland Park.

The family purchased this home to live in, bought the house next door, tore it down and began building entertaining quarters to create a luxury family compound. But as they say, other adventures came calling. And so we present to you, your future Park Cities compound.

The sprawling estate at 3414 Beverly Drive is 10,282 square feet with six bedrooms, six baths, and two powder baths. It’s situated on 0.29 acres, combined with next door’s 0.31 acres, you’re looking at over half an acre on prime land. (more…)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Karen: Perhaps the most beautiful home in Dallas and without a doubt the most perfect home to throw a New Year’s Eve party! This Classic French Luxury home at 3516 Lexington Avenue in Highland Park was one of my all-time favorites and here’s the best part, you can still score this beauty!

When it comes to building a classic French luxury home the right way, nothing much has changed since the 17th century. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 3516 Lexington Avenue draws inspiration from one of the most famous residences in the world, the baroque French chateau, Vaux-Le-Vicomte. (more…)

Readers of CandysDirt.com know a classic when they see one, and this stunning, time-honored design from architect Larry E. Boerder is definitely a classic. In fact, after much debate amongst our staff, we’re calling this Highland Park red brick beauty at 3821 Shenandoah a Classic Revival, but if you have an opinion, be sure to share it with us in the comments.

What isn’t up for debate is that this home is the picture of style and grace, easily making this Highland Park Classic Revival our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a private listing from Ralph Randall and Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty that speaks to refined tastes and would look incredible done up for the holidays. 

The home is flush with beautiful details that are impossible to ignore. The foyer features perfect mouldings and millwork framing a sweeping staircase. Arched doorways offer elegance, while warm hardwood floors add contrast to the modern, neutral color palette. It’s just a taste of the incredible traditional design elements that you’ll find in every room of this Highland Park Classic Revival. 

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duplexIf one of your goals for 2019 is to become a real estate investor, you could probably not do much better than the charming duplex nestled between Highland Park and Oak Lawn — and since it’s well under $1 million and already leased, it’s probably one of the easier ways to enter the market.

Located at 3921 Hawthorne Ave., this upstairs/downstairs duplex was built in 1931 — meaning it has loads of character and charm. It’s also been well-maintained and has had many upgrades and updates throughout the property.

Each unit has two bedrooms and two full baths. Gleaming hardwoods throughout both units also make the homes feel light and bright, and attention has been paid to the finishes as well — this is no ordinary rental property. (more…)