Modern French Farmhouse

Photography by Costa Christ

I set the bar pretty high when it comes to properties I think are worthy of our readers. I try to think a lot like the French, who we know are supremely selective. A home has to have historical or architectural value, or a great story. Or, it has to be so beautiful that even a French woman would love it, like our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous University Park modern French farmhouse at 2708 Daniel Avenue.
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Maestri Gallery

Eddie Maestri is one of those guys that innately knows what’s cool. I met Eddie years ago, in my former life as a photography stylist and producer. I was scouting cool houses, and of course, he lived in one. Eddie has become one of the finest architects in Dallas. He has developed Maestri Studio, a full-service, turn-key architecture and interior design studio, into one of the most cutting-edge firms in the city. They not only build you a fantastic home, but with the launch of Maestri Gallery at 401 Exposition Avenue, they can also furnish it right down to the artwork and accessories. (more…)

Modern Colonial Revival

There are a lot of pretty homes on the market right now. It can be hard to differentiate between them, even to my keen eye. However, this modern Colonial Revival at 4220 Lorraine Avenue is in a league of its’ own. What I love about this classic home is the fact that it looks like an early 20th century Highland Park original.

Guess what? It was only built three years ago.

That’s hands down, a testament to the talents of architect J. Wilson Fuqua. The early Park Cities homes have always inspired his work, so it’s not unusual that he would design a modern Colonial Revival that fits so seamlessly into the neighborhood. He’s known for his classic techniques combined with current technology. So, when you enter this 7,600-square-foot home, you will not be surprised that it has every hallmark you expect to see in a luxury home. A downstairs master has enhanced the traditional layout.

“I don’t remember the last time a house of this size has been on the market with a downstairs master,” Compass listing agent Jonathan Rosen said. “That design feature has already created a lot of interest.”

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Sometimes total luck is involved when searching for our Inwood House of the Week. When this 1953 Preston Royal Midcentury Modern popped up on Realtor.com, practically in Candy’s backyard, I had one of those OMG moments. I just knew there was a big story behind this home, and I was right.

This Preston Royal Midcentury Modern at 11339 Royalshire Dr. was your simple one-story Leave It to Beaver home when Leslie Ezelle decided to put her HGTV Design Star All Star touch to it. Ezelle is a Dallas treasure. She is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a rock star interior designer, owner of Leslie Christine Designs, and she competed on season six of HGTV’s Design Stars. She was such a fan favorite that HGTV invited her back to be on the  HGTV Design Star All Star competition, and of course, she became the first All Star winner.

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midcentury masterpieceI love 5350 South Dentwood Drive in Preston Hollow. In fact, our entire staff at Candysdirt.com is enamored of this architecturally significant midcentury masterpiece. We’ve written it up, at my last count, seven times. I know, you’re thinking to yourselves: “Why?”

Well, it’s creating quite a buzz now, due to the profound interior transformation.

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 Dilbeck Triplets

6726 Lakewood Boulevard (All photos courtesy Jenifer McNeil Baker)

Every year we are completely amazed at what The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is able to deliver. Finding homes people want to tour, convincing owners to get their homes into tour-worthy shape, and let hordes of folks wander through — well, it’s a tall order. Yet, LECPTA has pulled it off for 42 years, and we can’t wait for this year’s Lakewood Home Festival because, let me tell you, it’s a humdinger! This year they have managed to score the famous Dilbeck Triplets for the first time in tour history!

We’d be excited to see any one of these Dilbeck Triplets on the Nov. 9-11 Lakewood Home Festival, but three at once has our hearts racing. One of the loveliest aspects of these Dilbeck Triplets is that the owners understand what they have purchased. They embrace these historic homes with open arms, hearts, and checkbooks! Each one of these Dilbeck Triplets has been lovingly cared for, updated, renovated, and received seamless additions. If you want to know more about Charles Dilbeck, one of Dallas’ most famous architects, check out our Dilbeck archives on CandysDirt.com.

If you want to see these beauties up close and personal — and you know you do — you can still purchase tickets to the Lakewood Home Festival, which features the annual auction party sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate on Nov. 9, the candlelight tour on the evening of Nov. 10, and the Lakewood Home Festival tour on Nov. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour tickets cost $20 in advance, or you could win a pair on CandysDirt.com — stay tuned for the ticket giveaway next week!

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If you are a nature lover, you will fall hard for our Inwood House of the Week at 9744 Van Dyke Road. This reinvented transitional ranch home in Old Lake Highlands is our pick for the perfect perch.

When Walter Hetherwick of Hetherwick Construction and Hetherdell Homes found the original 1950s house on a third of an acre, he knew it was in a perfect location for a young family.

Boy, was he right.

transitional ranch

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English Tudor Manor

You have never seen anything quite like this grand English Tudor manor house in Dallas. In fact, any member of the royal family would feel completely at home at 5131 Deloache Avenue in the Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow. It has all of the custom millwork and hand-crafted details that create an aura of stepping back in time to a more genteel way of living. You half expect to see a corgi or two running up to greet you upon arriving in the jaw-dropping entry hall.
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