Bluffview Estate
When I spotted this Bluffview estate at 5131 Shadywood Lane, I thought it was one of those iconic homes that had been built almost a century ago. However, according to the listing information, it was built in 2007. I didn’t believe it. I went to DCAD to see if maybe that was the year it was renovated and there was a mistake in the listing information.

There was no mistake. But it’s definitely not the same house that was built in 2007. Seriously, look at that façade. Then take a look at the second photo, and you’ll see what I mean. (more…)


5344 Surrey Circle IHOTW

So, what’s a Santa Barbara Modern you ask?

Take that typical Mediterranean style that comes to mind — you know, terra cotta tile roof, white stucco, etc. — but infuse it with a modern consciousness. The result is an architectural style that is not only gorgeous, but also appeals to a modern family. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 5344 Surrey Circle is a classic example of Santa Barbara Modern.

Meredith Ferrell and Brenda Ray of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International have the 6,996-square-foot, four-bedroom, six-bathroom home listed for $3.89 million.

It has everything. And we mean, everything.

“From the minute you walk in the front door, your jaw drops,” Ferrell said.


Carolyn Isler

I know police and safety experts (and our alarm company) say you should never confront a burglar, but you know what? I still think Caroly Isler is a badass for taking down the 53-year-old dude who tried to rip her off. Here’s part of the report from Park Cities People:

She heard a commotion and ran to the office, where she found the burglar. He tried to get past her, but she grabbed his arm and yelled, “Stop! Get down!” Isler also grabbed the back of his shirt and tried to push him down.

“He managed to get out the door,” she said, “and I was still holding on to him, and after maybe 5 to 10 feet, I was able to get his arm really high behind his back, and I pushed him forward and pushed him down on his knees.”

Given the struggle, Isler was unable to dial 911. But her neighbor, who just graduated from college, happened to be outside, so she called for help.

“When I had the guy down, and I couldn’t dial 911, I’m like, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ ” Isler said. “That’s when it started to hit me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ You know what I’m saying? That was the first time that reason kind of set in.”

I definitely don’t have the cojones to do what self-professed tomboy Isler did, but wow! What a woman! Glad you’re safe, Carolyn, and thanks for the tip about burglaries, too. I forgot that thieves often target homes in the morning around 9 a.m. because most folks are commuting or doing drop-offs.

Have any other safety tips for us, readers?