Casa Linda is one of those neighborhoods that offer the best of both worlds. Homes sit on over a half acre with large mature trees. The lack of curbs makes you feel as if you are out in the country. However, it’s only eight miles from downtown and eight minutes from the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake. There are about 450 homes in the neighborhood and our Inwood House of the Week, at 1418 Bella Vista, is definitely a one-of-a-kind casa grande! Homes of this size don’t come along every day, especially on over an acre of land. (more…)

Modern Neoclassical

Photo courtesy of Karlisch Studio

If you’re looking for a luxury home that already has a distinctive style, look no further than our stunning Monday Morning Millionaire. This modern neoclassical University Park home was a stunner when it was built by TAA Custom Homes. However, every great home needs a design fairy godmother’s magic touch. The owners of 3533 Villanova Street chose one of the best to sprinkle a perfect amount of fairy dust over their home. Denise McGaha, for the uninitiated, is a bit of a whiz at marrying traditional and modern and adding a spicy dash of pizzazz to make a home truly unique. (more…)


Buyers are craving more modern, livable homes, and our Inwood Home of the Week is a sleek, sexy Midway Hollow modern at 3815 Valley Ridge Road just listed by Clay Stapp.

Holz & Stein recently completed this beauty. I was not familiar with the company, so I did a bit of research on them. Suddenly it made perfect sense that I was enamored of this house. The CandysDirt.com team recently returned from Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg where I was taken with the style of the homes — deeply rooted in original German architecture.

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Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.

See how Boot Ranch honors the heritage of the Texas Hill Country on SecondShelters.com.

Preston Hollow Mediterranean

Photos: Thomas Crosson Full Package Media

If you fancy a discreet neighborhood, one that the Perots, Troutts, and Nowitskis are happy to call home, you are in luck. If you’d like an elegant Preston Hollow Mediterranean estate for entertaining, this is it. If you want one of the most secure homes on the market with not only a lookout tower but also a bomb shelter, our Monday Morning Millionaire fits the bill beautifully. If you have kids and proximity to great private schools is a necessity, there is no better location than 4626 Dorset Road.

We see a lot of gorgeous luxury homes at CandysDirt.com — on a daily basis. Saying we are hard to impress is putting it mildly. Let me just say … we are impressed. This is hands down, one of the most extraordinary estates in Dallas. (more…)

Our Inwood House of the week is a Midway Hollow contemporary designed by the award-winning architecture firm of Larsen and Pedigo. This one story 4,500-square-foot home on just under a half acre is beyond stunning.

I cannot imagine a better house for art collectors, people who love to entertain, or even families. One-level living is in.  If you want to climb stairs, hit the Stairmaster at the gym and make those steps count. If you have kids, you know as well as I do there is no such thing as an elegant, architecturally sensitive baby gate! Yes, one-story living is the wave of the future, and it does not get better than 4139 Rosa Road. (more…)

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…)

Our Inwood House of the Week at 6827 Lakeshore is a rambler ranch-style house on almost half an acre of land in the heart of Lakewood. Built in 1951, the sellers have done a brilliant job of renovating it while keeping much of the original detail intact.

So many people get these ranch renovations wrong. They go a bit crazy, blow out all the walls, raise the ceilings way too high, and create a cavernous living space that destroys the charm and original architectural intent.

That original rambler ranch design concept was simple. A casual, informal, long profile, rambling home — hence the name rambler — with an open layout, but not so open you can see what every single member of the household is doing at once.

It’s an architectural style unique to America and represents a time when the indoor-outdoor connection became cemented into our expectations of what defines a home. You cannot envision a ranch-style home without evoking images of dad poised over the grill flipping burgers. These homes accounted for nine of every 10 homes built in the 1950s. We’d be surprised if you or a family member has not experienced life in a rambler ranch. If not, here’s your chance!

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