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What makes a great house? “It’s all about texture, scale, and detail,” said Lisa Luby Ryan. And Ryan should know. She designed this modern neoclassical mansion in Old Preston Hollow from the ground up. Ryan has been one of the go-to interior designers in Dallas for years. Her firm, Lisa Luby Ryan Design & Build, is responsible for some of the most luxurious, but livable homes in America.

One of the toughest things about new construction is finding a way to add character so a home is not just another white box. It helps to have a stellar team comprised of not only Ryan, but also architect Richard Drummond Davis, and builder Mark L. Rose. Harold Leidner added the perfect touch to the landscape.

Ryan and her team excel at building in character. “We’re known for mixing in old elements, that look like they’ve been there forever, with the new materials,” she said.

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Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is one pretty amazing agent. In fact, when I hear talk of Realtors going by the wayside as AVM’s and other computer-based platforms take over the selling of homes, I think of Joan. She sold Champ d’Or, once priced at $72 million, after nine years and eight agents. 

And now, she just sold it again, closing this week.

If you are new to Dallas, here is a quickie primer on Champ D’Or, 1851 Turbeville Road, probably the biggest estate in North Texas, the one Curbed called…

The estate is up in Hickory Creek, just south of Denton, off of I-35. It is modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France.

The initial home offering was 48,000 square feet on 39 acres. Originally built by CellStar Corp. founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, the estate known as Champ d’Or (or “Gold Field”) is hands down one of the grandest residences in the entire country.

I once had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Goldfield. She told me how God inspired her to build this home and keep it going post 9/11. (The doves on the foyer ceiling are Shirley’s tribute to 9/11.) The property features endless unique high end amenities including a two-story mahogany library; a conservatory mimicking Tavern of the Green in New York City; an ornate theater complete with stage, screen and and a concession stand. The home has two commercial elevators, multiple staircases, powder rooms and fireplaces; a master suite with a steam room inspired by “The Rat Pack”,  hair salon, two-story Chanel-style “her” closet, two-story “his” closet, an indoor lap pool and an exercise room off the huge master bathroom with heated towel drawers.

Yep, heated towel drawers. I want some.

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Historic Spanish Colonial
Certain homes define Dallas, and this Highland Park historic Spanish Colonial at 3806 Beverly Drive is one of them. We are more than excited that it’s on the market because it has rarely been available.

Settle in with a big cup of coffee because we have a tale to tell.

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Highland Park French Traditional
I was thinking about our Monday Morning Millionaire last week when my pal and fellow stager, George Bass, texted me a photo of this Highland Park French traditional home he’d just finished staging. My first thought was “WOW!” (more…)

Delight in This Weekend's Gorgeous Park Cities Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Highland Park and University Park feature some of the most stately real estate in Texas. The Park Cities rarely fail to impress. 

For this week’s CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post, we’re headed to the Park Cities to look at three stunning properties you’ve got to tour this weekend. Our houses range in price from $1.335 million to $5.199 million and they are just fabulous, people. Let’s take a sneak peek. 

 

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Photography by Jason Anderson

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the year than with this drop-dead-gorgeous Highland Park modern French chateau at 4441 S. Versailles Avenue. Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International has recently listed the luxurious mansion for $8.495 million.

And we do mean luxurious. Built as a spec home in 2008, it combined the talents of builder Christine Goff, architect Will Snyder, and interior designer Ann Schooler, to create a flawless three-story, 11,698-square-foot home that has everything you could possibly imagine — and then some. Now if that is not enough pedigree let’s add another ingredient into the mix — sellers with extraordinary taste.

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Texas Modern 11201 Leachman Circle

The sleek-lined exterior of this Texas modern is exactly what you look for when you want a contemporary home that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s like a Tiffany gift box — classic and unpretentious. Then you unwrap it — well in this case you walk in the front door — and just like every single thing that comes in a Tiffany box, you realize it’s perfect and exactly what you always wanted.

Set on over two acres of land that back up to a creek in what amounts to a private park, this home graces the end of a cul-de-sac in the Royal Northaven neighborhood. This is the heart of private school paradise. Hockaday and Jesuit are to the north and The Episcopal School of Dallas is to the southwest, all about a five minute drive from this Texas modern masterpiece at 11201 Leachman Circle.

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Real Estate Story

The holiday sales slump is well known in real estate. People get busy with shopping, parties, and festivities, and put off their home-buying decisions so they won’t have to move in this busy season.

For hard-working Realtors, this lag time can be frustrating (plus it hits the pocketbook!). But could our remarkably robust market and unprecedented low inventory offset the traditional sales lag this year?

We talked to some seasoned real estate professionals to get their take on the market, and what they do to boost sales from November to January.

“This year, I am actually putting five new listings on this month, which is very odd for this time of year,” said Britt Lopez, a Realtor with Dallas City Center Realtors. “We see many investor buyers this time of year—I think because they are trying to get their money into a project before the end of the year for tax purposes.”

Lindsay Thomas, an agent with Russell Trenary, Realtors, said she’s watching the market with curiosity to see how the unusual demand will affect sales.

“It will be interesting to see if there truly is a big lag this holiday season since inventory is still so low,” she said. “But yes, typically during the holidays, real estate transactions slow down a bit and therefore it’s extremely important to market your properties. However, the same marketing tactics used during slow times should be used year round. I think you should always put forth the max effort with every client at every time of the year.”

Mark Manley, an agent with Virginia Cook Realtors, said he’s having a different experience this year.

“Sales do tend to slow down—thankfully, I haven’t had that experience so far at the end of this year,” Manley said. “I do several things that I think help me—first and foremost, I answer my phone when it rings and I have had agents actually say they were shocked someone answered…It’s not customer service if you don’t answer the phone. I also call people back almost immediately when possible but always within 24 hours, or sooner.”

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