English Country Tudor

When you think about the perfect English country Tudor manor, it’s filled with beamed ceilings, stone walls, beautiful hardwood floors, antiques, lovely wallpaper, and gardens — miles and miles of gardens.

These elegant, stately homes are few and far between in Dallas, so I’m beyond thrilled to let you know that for the first time in a couple of decades, one of the best is on offer in Highland Park.

I haven’t been this excited about a home for sale in a long time. Not only is it gorgeous, but the provenance of this house is also incredible. It was built at 3712 Alice Circle in 1925 by architect Clyde H. Griesenbeck for Dr. Sam Webb Jr. This was back when Highland Park was brand new. Alice Circle was named for John Armstrong’s wife. Armstrong was one of the developers of Highland Park.
English Country Tudor

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Woodcreek contemporary

This Woodcreek Contemporary was voted Crowd Favorite on the prestigious White Rock Home Tour in 2012. That’s high praise if you understand anything about the standards of Dallas modern architecture fans.

This tour began in 2006 as a showcase for Contemporary, Modern, and Midcentury Modern homes. It has become one of the most exciting tours in Dallas. Chosen homes meet some pretty high standards and to have a house voted Crowd Favorite carries a lot of weight. It means not only has the house met those high design standards, but that everyone also fell in love with the home.

It’s easy to see why.
Woodcreek contemporary

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classic French chateau

Photos courtesy of Full Package Media

Blame the French. They set a precedent for what we expect when we hear the word “chateau.” It’s a word that conjures up not just a majestic image, but also a luxurious lifestyle. This classic French chateau offers all that and more!

The superior quality initially caught my eye. It was built by Calais Custom Homes, a company that is well known for building luxury estates. But what stopped me in my tracks was the interior design of 10706 Bridge Hollow Court. You don’t expect to see a classic French chateau with bold color and edgy modern accents. Thank Ashley Astleford of Astleford Interiors for that.

classic French chateau

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historic colonial

This historic Colonial has witnessed a lot of love since it was built in 1916. A lot of starry-eyed couples exchanged wedding vows in the living room. Why?

It was owned, for many years, by the Reverend William Anderson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Back in the early 1900s, it was not at all unusual for a pastor to get that late-night knock on the door. A fervent young couple was seeking to marry. Young men shipping off to serve their country and romantics that could not wait, nor bear the cost of a wedding, were typical examples of those seeking a quick marriage. This was not just the stuff of movies. Couples pledged their troth in the living rooms of pastors all over the country. This classic home at 3503 Crescent Avenue was where many people began their journey as Mr. and Mrs.

Can you just imagine the sheer joy that has resonated through the walls of this historic Colonial home? That alone would seal the deal for me.

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Dilbeck midcentury modernThis quintessential Charles Dilbeck Midcentury Modern in Russwod Acres is going to take your breath away. Wait, what did I say? Dilbeck and Midcentury Modern. Do those two terms even go together?

Yes, indeed they do, but rarely.

Dilbeck midcentury modern

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hallmark of Dilbeck, anchors the house and provides the focal point of the living area. A drop-down screen is tucked over the artwork.

We generally think of architect Charles Dilbeck as the eclectic dude that was inspired by Tom Mix (look him up, my Millennials) to create whimsical homes with stained glass, iron gates, and fanciful details. Hold that thought. He also created a few Midcentury Modern masterpieces. This Dilbeck Midcentury Modern at 5016 Tanbark is one of the most striking examples I’ve ever seen. (more…)

on the market

It’s spring and selling season is in full swing. Putting your home on the market means a lot of people are going to tour your house and they will see a lot of information about you if you are not careful. It’s easy to determine someone’s schedule and upcoming plans by a glance at a wall calendar or the invitations on your refrigerator. Keeping your home safe is crucial.

In general, people coming to see your home are lovely, honest, potential buyers. However, curiosity can get the best of anyone. And of course, there could be the one person that may be excited to know, according to the calendar on your refrigerator, that your home will be vacant while you vacation. If you’re putting a home on the market, think safety first.

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classic French mansion

“It’s perfect now, so it’s time to move!” That’s what Ty Vaughn of Robert Elliott’s The Associates Realty told me when I asked him why Elliott, a sought-after custom home builder, was selling his fabulous classic French mansion in Bluffview. I’ve interviewed dozens of custom home builders over the years, and the story never changes. They build a flawless home, live in it for a few years, and sell. It’s because there is always a new dream in their head.

Elliott, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, truly outdid himself with this classic French mansion at 4047 Cochran Chapel Road. Turning to Lloyd Lumpkins, principal of L.Lumpkins Architects, was the first step in ensuring the creation of a magnificent home that would stand the test of time. Lumpkins is one the top luxury residential architects in the country and has designed many of the most beautiful homes in Dallas.

At 12,029 square feet with seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and three powder baths, it’s a fantastic family home in the heart of the original Cochran Homestead. And with 2.36 acres, a gym, a well (yes, a well!), a sports court, a putting green, and a pool that rivals those at the best resorts, I want to know what’s inside Elliott’s head for the next house. I’m sure in a few years we’ll find out, but let’s remember what I always preach: If you can buy the personal home of a builder, run as fast as you can to your banker and purchase it because you cannot ever get better quality.

The photos of this beautiful, classic French mansion speak for themselves. This house obviously has it all, from Control 4 smart home features to the most incredible high-end finish out you’ll find anywhere in town. But, I’m going to let you know what puts this fabulous classic French mansion in a league of its own.

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Sweet American Colonial

The Hollywood Home Tour is coming up this weekend! We thought we’d offer you a sneak peek at a sweet American Colonial that has grown up, and out, and the adorable couple that had a clear vision of how to turn this home into the stunner you will see on tour.

Katie Arani

Katie and Shawn Arani have what we think is a storybook life. They started dating in high school, got married when Katie turned 21, finished college, built their first home, and then they got really lucky!

“Toyota arrived and our neighborhood exploded,” Katie said. The Aranis realized there would never be a better time to capitalize on their first home in Carrollton, and they put it on the market.

“That first house was new and almost too perfect,” Katie said. “So, I ended up filling it with old things to give it charm. Building that first house gave me the fever to find a house to restore.”

With friends in the neighborhood and longing to be closer to the heart of Dallas, they started their search in Hollywood Heights. When they found this sweet American Colonial on Santa Monica Drive they knew their search was over.

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