There’s nothing we appreciate more at 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.


Jacotte house

All photos: Jeff Baker

Ten years ago, Catherine Horsey fell in love with a house.

Jacotte House

Catherine Horsey

Having spent seven years at the helm of Preservation Dallas, and recently returned to Dallas to work on the sustainable neighborhood Urban Reserve, Horsey saw an article on the house at 3216 Jacotte Cir. and was immediately smitten.

This home is significant in Dallas because it was Howard Meyer’s first modernist house, built in 1937. Meyer is one of Dallas’ first and most accomplished modern architects, known for designing Temple Emanu-El, one of the most distinguished works of contemporary architecture in Texas built during the 1950s; the Lipshy-Clark House at 5381 Nakoma Dr., one of the finest international modernist houses in Texas; and 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd., considered the most fully realized and successful modernist apartment building in Texas, perhaps in America.

Horsey saw this home’s rehabilitation as a great opportunity to showcase how historic preservation and green building practices could work hand-in-hand, and spent a year updating the entire house.

With the help of the original plans, photographs from a 1940 Architectural Record article, and conversations with Eugene K. Sanger, Sr., for whom the house was designed, Horsey restored its character-defining elements and adapted it for resource-efficient modern living.

“The longer I have lived in this house, the more I have loved it—that must be one of the definitions of good architecture,” Horsey said. “What I love about the house is the light—so many large windows that open out to the nearly 17,000-square-foot yard, and the very low utility costs. Howard Meyer really knew what he was doing when he designed this house for the Texas climate.”

This is a three bedroom, four bathroom house, with 2,034 square feet. Horsey is selling it herself for $739,000.

“It’s for sale by owner right now, because I’m going to do my best to keep it from falling into the wrong hands,” she said.


3909 Pyka Deck

In 1949, architect Charles Dilbeck built a weekend lodge at the top of a hill for his engineer, Mr. Pykas and his Boy Scout troop, says Amie Parsons, the listing agent for this unique North Oak Cliff home. The seller of this property actually met Dilbeck’s wife, who told them all about how the boys would fish at the Crows Creek tributary, which was Bridal Wreath Creek.

“The downstairs bedroom used to be a cave that became a bedroom,” Parsons said. “The workshop at the end of the drive at the bottom of the hill was where the boys would earn their badges with woodworking projects.”

What was then was a cabin in the woods practically is now a fantastic historic home with tons of luxurious touches in the Highland Wood Acres area of Brettonwood. After this home was built, the neighborhood cropped up around it during the 1950s and 60s, with tons of great post-war and mid-century modern designs.



Listing Photos: Shoot2Sell

I met up with Elizabeth Mast at 5803 Swiss Avenue, the beautiful brick home where Neiman Marcus founder Carrie Marcus Neiman lived her last days. This home built by Carrie Marcus and her then husband, Abraham Lincoln Neiman, which sits at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Skillman, may not have the columns and beams of some of the other Swiss Avenue estates, but it has its own subtle presence that melds very well with the brand of its original owners.

The home was purchased by its previous owner from the estate of Carrie Marcus, Mast told me, and now it’s being sold by that person’s estate. So if you’re keeping track, that means that this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bath home with more than 5,100 square feet has only had two owners. Isn’t that incredible?

The home has seen some renovations over its 93 years, most of them during the 1950s. Mast, who specializes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and has another fabulous listing at 6243 La Vista (the Stubbs Home, if you recall), does a ton of research on all of her listings, and was able to dig up some old photos of this home’s interiors.

Jump to take a look back in time!


Tremont front

Nothing quite like a cute house to break you out of your after-lunch food coma. This cute bungalow in Munger Place has so many fun details that you’re going to fall for it, folks! And hard! This is a front-porch neighborhood, and nothing would be more attractive or refreshing than a glass of iced tea on this front porch!

Tremont Entry

Seriously, nothing cuter than a pink house! Amiright? Especially one that has been maintained so well! This is a four-bedroom, three-bath prairie-style bungalow in one of the best historic neighborhoods in Dallas and was featured in the area’s 2011 home tour. It’s very walkable — even bikable — and has tons of great shops and restaurants nearby in Lakewood, including the Lakewood Whole Foods. It’s marketed by Ebby Halliday Realtor George Haynes for $387,500.

Tremont Dining

Now, I am a huge fan of pops of color on a neutral palette, but for some reason I am strangely attracted to the ochre walls and bright blue and red furniture throughout this house. The bright colors against the classic shapes and white beadboard just works, right? Crazy, I know.

Tremont Living 2

The furniture is an interesting mix of traditional and antique, with some modern elements. Nothing evokes this more than the living room, which has some great Queen Anne chairs mixed with more traditional furniture and modern lines. There is more than 2,400 square feet in this house, so you can fill and curate all of these cool rooms with tons of great finds.

Tremont Kitchen

The kitchen, well, you can tell that it hasn’t been really renovated, just updated here-and-there in a very hodge-podge manner. Some of the homes in this neighborhood still feature antique gas stoves and Chambers ovens — cast-iron enamel behemoths that dominate the space. Still, it’s cute, with cabinetry and stand-alones giving you enough storage for your cookware and china. I think it would be a great investment, though, to overhaul this space for a gourmet experience. Just keep the chandelier, OK?

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So, what do you think? Cute enough to eat or what? If you want to get a better feel for the space, it’s open this sunday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Haines Front

Happy Friday! Here’s a great home to end this week on — a gorgeous, freshly restored prairie-style house within walking distance of the Bishop Arts District. Lots of great homes can be found in North Oak Cliff, a favorite neighborhood of ours. Why do we love it? Diversity of architecture, fabulous shopping, walkable and bike-friendly streets, and amazing people for starters!

Haines Living

This house is just around the corner from all of the reasons we love Oak Cliff. At 709 Haines Avenue sits an impeccable home with beautiful interiors. It’s just a block west of Bishop Avenue, which now has buffered bike lanes. And its just a couple of blocks north of the Bishop Arts, where there’s always a party (see last weekend’s Bastille Day festival) and plenty of trendy shops and restaurants to keep you interested.

Haines Dining

Inside this historic property, just beyond the gracious wrap-around front porch, you’ll find formal living and dining rooms, a gourmet kitchen with beautiful shaker cabinetry, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and just beautiful hardwood floors and paint everywhere. I think I found my dream home, folks!

Haines Kitchen

It’s marketed by David Griffin Vice President Micky Carr for $495,000 — a sum you wouldn’t even dream a North Oak Cliff prairie could sell for just 10 years ago. But today, in this market, I could see this house sell for that, especially considering how incredible some of these updates are.

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None of that is more evident than in the master suite, where you’ll find expertly done mouldings and tons of light, an amazing master bath with hexagonal tile and a vanity made from an antique sideboard. That level of attention to detail is worth the price!

Haines Backyard

The backyard is perfect for a family, too, with a pergola for entertaining or enjoying the mild weather, or you could stay on the back porch, which is a great spot for enjoying a frosty beverage while the kids run off some steam in the evenings.

Amazing home, don’t you think?

Elijah Wood Victorian

Later, Los Angeles! Hello Austin!

US actor  Elijah Wood waves to photographers upon his arrivalFrodo Baggins — I mean, Elijah Wood, AKA my secret teenage crush, has just bought the most adorable Victorian in Austin for $1 million says the Daily Mail. Originally built in 1890 and transported to Austin from Marlin, The Marlin House is a gorgeous historic property on South Mary Street that has been completely restored and updated with tons of great architectural details and modern finishes.

You can get a good gander at the house in the video below, but I’m thinking Elijah is going to have to add something a little more secure to the front yard than the existing picket fence to keep his adoring fans at bay.

My favorite part of this updated historic property is the beautiful wall of windows in the attic, giving the home panoramic views of the neighborhood trees. Gorgeous.

Oak Street Front

The Dow Baccus Home at 7546 Oak St., a gorgeous Frisco Early American-style house built in 1905, was featured in the April 2012 issue Frisco Style Magazine as an amazing historic home updated to meet today’s needs. I could not agree more!

Oak Stree Foyer

This designated historic property in the Norris Austin subdivision near downtown Frisco is on the market for $514,900 after being completely remodeled and impeccably restored. This house has all of the historic charm and plenty of modern updates! It is a fantastic family home, too. Just check out the incredible treehouse in the backyard (I wish I had one of those growing up!) or the spacious kitchen.

Oak Street Library

There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and close to 5,000 square feet of space inside this amazing house. Just outside you’ll find a three-car garage with an attached apartment that is great for guests or as additional income! It’s plenty big for a young college grad who wants a unique space.

Oak Street Dining

This home has so many lovely fireplaces and cozy nooks! And unlike most homes built today, this house has a stunning foyer that is a great place to receive guests! The parlor has been converted to a library, but every other room remains just about the same in spirit.

Oak Stree Den

The kitchen is plenty modern and bright, too! There’s a huge island with a built-in gas stove, double ovens, and beautiful glass-front cabinets to store your china collection! There’s a sizable breakfast nook, too. It’s a great place for a family to gather for meals, homework, and more!

Oak Street Kitchen

The master suite features a gorgeous bath with a claw-foot tub and hex tile floor — an homage to the home’s history. It’s spacious and open, and with the two windows plenty bright. It’s definitely a selling point on this amazing historic home.

Oak Street Bath

What do you think?

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