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I was in Lakewood earlier this week looking at a stunning, stunning home I will show you in a bit. Unfortunately, I had to rush home because our fire alarm was going off — false alarm, thank God– so I had to leave the area lickety-split. Otherwise, I’d probably still be there.

White Rock Lake is so gorgeous — I don’t care what anyone says. It’s water, and it moves. Looking at that sunlight glistening off of the ripples just infuses you with a calming peace. While my alarm company was blowing up my phone, I looked at that water and thought, well, who cares, we have insurance. Then I recalled that Bree (the Doodle) was in the house, so I got my adrenaline all pumped up and ran home as fast as I could. (more…)

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Jeff Dworkin has done it again. The master home builder, and current president of the Dallas Builder’s Association — you cannot spell his name without “w-o-r-k” — builds high quality homes generally east of Central, usually in the 3500 to 4500 square foot range with luxury finish outs. But Jeff is really known for getting you in to a brand spanking new home for under one million. We are a little prejudiced: he’s one of our CandysDirt-approved home builders. In order to be on our site, our home builders have to make it through an obstacle course of criteria and give us a list of references who we actually talk to. These are the folks who we would hire in a heartbeat to build our own homes– can’t say that about every builder in town, no sir.

But this time, he has sleeked it up, sharpened the corners with a totally modern elevation on an oversized treed lot in the Enclave. 1807 Tucker Drive is a Cul du Sac street — love them — loaded with new homes, all by award-winning local builders. It’s a few steps from Santa Fe Trail, White Rock Lake and the new YMCA, which my daughter tells me is going to be awesome and she is going to join.


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Having just returned from Maine, I was OD’ing on Italianate design, as it was the preference of many a ship’s captain for his grand home. We sure have a lot of Italianate design in Dallas, too, sometimes, I think, too much (eeck!).  The style was one of the most popular Victorian-era housing styles from the mid- to late-1800s. That’s why they are all over the coastal areas of Maine. Homes in this style ranged from a modest two-story town house to those ornate sea captain and magnate mansions. They were inspired by the villas of Italy, or at least what people thought the villas looked like. At that time, few American architects traveled abroad. The style is defined by the use of single or paired decorative brackets under wide cornices.

Add a clay tile roof, and you’ve got Santa Barbara. (more…)

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I pass by this house on the way to my daughter and son-in-law’s Hollywood Heights abode, and have thus watched it being raised from the foundation up. It’s kind of like a kid you car-pooled who you are ever so proud of when you see them get their wings and take flight.

This is new construction that proves new doesn’t have to be McMansion stucco’ed to death stone and stucco Old World Mediterranean mess. Hello, we welcome the Craftsman style home in the heart of East Dallas, which kind of resembles the Craftsmen homes that were actually original to the area. 6115 Richmond, listed with that dynamo Brandon Travelstead at Dallas City Center Realtors,  is a perfect blend of historical characteristic with high-end, circa 2014 interior finish out. From pure marble floors, Restoration Hardware lighting, Thermador appliances, thick 8-inch base moldings, solid core doors, stunning crown molding, and those coffee-with-chocolate colored wood floors that just make me want to eat them up. (God I love dark hardwoods!)


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I think I have seen it all. This is a great big brand new family home that can be your’s for less than one million, in a new subdivision just south of LBJ Freeway — the ALMOST FINISHED LBJ Freeway, in a hot school district. And it even has a front porch!

Here you have a 3,945 square foot home so new you can still smell the pine: it was built just last year. Clean, crisp construction by the good folks at Nobility Homes. You are in Lake Highlands, in Richardson ISD.  Sound good so far? You’ve got .20 of an acre. You’ve got five bedrooms (one can be a playroom), four full baths and one half bath powder room right near the formals, and beautiful rich coffee-colored hardwoods everywhere. There is a huge master with spa bath that includes a steam shower. The kitchen is so large you could fit the whole soccer team in it plus: there’s a large island that opens to the den and features a 60-inch refrigerator,  6 burner gas cooktop, double ovens, two dishwashers, and a butler’s pantry. Outside, there is a generous, grassy yard and a huge covered porch with barbecue grill. Custom touches abound, including a sliding barnyard door.

This pup is listed with the Christy+Norcross+Thomas Group at Nathan Grace Real Estate, who recently opened an office on Lovers Lane right above City Cafe. That puts them very near and dear to the good folks at Inwood Mortgage, who can make the financing on this new pup happen lickety split with the bet rates to boot. Asking $945,000.


3601-Euclid-Pool-copy-533x400Oh how we love this home, it’s one of our favorites. I first started writing about 3601 Euclid back in 2008, when it was first built. And I have written about it so much I think that maybe, by now, I can claim a sort of Squatter’s Rights. This architecturally significant home was completely rebuilt in 2008 and is a shining tribute to sleek modern design, one of the best examples in Dallas.  Recall the dramatic entry with floating staircase, the Poliform kitchen (I’m fainting, always do!), the walls of glass overlooking the sleek pool, the patios, and grass yard. They even have the TV floating over the view! Sophisticated design elements throughout from zebra wood floors to floating floors, this home has won more awards than Richard Rogers. The glorious master bedroom is downstairs with beautiful, generous his and her baths. All other bedrooms are upstairs with the game room, all connected by a glass bridge walkway. (more…)

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On an almost half-acre hillside lot near White Rock Lake sits this beauty. With both a wrap-around porch and balcony, from which you can take in views of Dallas’ crown jewel, plus the gorgeous Craftsman-style architecture and fantastic location inside the Emerald Isle neighborhood, you’re going to be floored when we tell you what this phenomenal lake house and home, our Inwood Mortgage Home of the Week, is priced at.


IHOTW 4232 GreenbrierThis home reminds me of a lady who is never without her pearls. It’s like good breeding stock. And what do you do when everyone comes into town for graduation? Well, 4232 Greenbrier has the A plus answers in a tidy, 5274 square feet. (more…)