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.

custom contemporary

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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Rogers Healy calls this Highland Park home at 3701 Potomac Avenue the American Dream. This 1966-built two-story home was taken down to the studs and completely remodeled, creating a bright open living area, an open concept kitchen, and a dream backyard that doesn’t disappoint. This Potomac Avenue home has five bedrooms, four baths, and one half-bath with 4,660 square feet, listed by Rogers Healy and Associates for $1.999 million.

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Highland Park French streets

This is the elegant French estate you always wanted. Welcome to 4304 Belclaire Avenue, the classic and timeless estate located on one of the most prestigious French streets in Highland Park. The realtor team, TJ Frank and Greyson Johns of Rogers Healy and Associates, just listed this 7,398-square-foot beauty for $5.985 million.

The talented team of builder Christine Goff and architect Will Snyder, who’ve teamed up before for a palatial Versailles Avenue estate we wrote about a few years ago, created this exquisite 2009-built home in Highland Park. Native limestone wraps the exterior with large windows and well-manicured landscaping. Inside you will find an ideal floor plan with five bedrooms, five baths, one powder bath, and an elevator.

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A recent Realtor.com report found that the 75205 zip code (which is Park Cities, including parts of University Park and Highland Park) is the most expensive zip code in the entire state of Texas. With a median list price of $1,623,790, some of the most expensive homes on the market right now are in this zip code. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into this zip code for under a million. It’s true! These three picks for CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week prove there’s still room in the market for the million and under homeowner.

Townhouse Living That Feels Like Town & Country

Open house: Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a warm and rich-feeling two bedroom, two-and-half bath townhome at 3418 McFarlin Blvd., Apt C. (P.S., Apt D is also on the market) is located just a block from SMU and walking distance from Snider Plaza. It’s listed for $539,900 by Kelli Macatee with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. This 2003-built condo has spacious rooms, hardwood floors, great storage space, and a private fenced patio large enough for pets. Plus, a two-car attached garage with additional storage, which makes this an attractive property for downsizers.

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jobsWhat two Texas cities are hot for jobs? What is the most expensive neighborhood in Texas? Who was honored locally for their work in providing summer meals to reduce childhood hunger? We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Austin No. 1 Nationally for Jobs, Where Does Dallas Rank?

Austin is tops in the nation when it comes to having the hottest labor market, the Wall Street Journal’s analysis of 53 metro areas with more than one million people revealed. (more…)