We all love a good makeover story and have I got one for you today! It’s our Inwood Home of the Week, and it’s a beauty. Rather than scrape this 1958 suburban ranch house at 5406 Caladium, the buyer transformed it into a luxury Texas transitional.

Eric Bodiwala, Chief Sales Officer of JNT Developers, spotted this home just north of Russwood Acres and knew he’d found the company’s next project.

luxury Texas transitional

You have to have extraordinary vision to realize this suburban ranch can transition to a luxury Texas transitional.

“The neighborhood is fantastic,” Bodiwala said. “The house is in Inwood Road Estates, and you can’t ask for a more convenient location.” This luxury Texas transitional is right between Inwood Road and the Dallas North Tollway, just south of Forest Lane. The Lamplighter School and Hockaday are a block away.

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historical Colonial mansion

I’ve been waiting, patiently, for us to come out of the holidaze to show you this drop-dead gorgeous historical Colonial mansion at 4224 Armstrong Parkway. We see a lot of über luxury homes each day, but this one ticks every single box I can think of that a multi-million-dollar home should offer and some I’d never considered!

First and foremost, hats off to owner Torie Steele, the visionary behind the transformation of this historical Colonial mansion. So many buyers would have razed this baby, and we’d have written a sob story about how Dallas has no soul and doesn’t value historical properties. But here comes Steele to save the day and save it to a degree of perfection we seldom see. But then Steele is a perfectionist in many areas. If you know anything about fashion, Steele was an industry leader in the 1980s. She started her first eponymous boutique on Rodeo drive and was the first to bring multiple European designers together under one roof. This was way before department stores even considered carrying big name designers. If you keep up with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, you’ll have seen her wire fox terrier, Sky, win Best in Show a few years ago. She’s been breeding them with great success for over a decade. Striving for perfection and succeeding is in her DNA, and we’re delighted she turned her talents to saving this extraordinary home.

When you renovate a home to make it appealing and appropriate for the way we live in 2019, thoughtful and careful decisions must be made. This historical Colonial mansion has a provenance you don’t want to screw up. The original architect was Hal Thomson. For our newbies to Dallas, he was one of the most prolific architects of the era and designed many of the iconic homes on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park.

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This Preston Hollow Modern Tudor Eclectic has everything you need to ensure New Year’s resolutions don’t go out the window in a week. As we surface from the haze of holiday overindulgence, with a few additional pounds and a lot of determination to lose them, we all know a gym membership is not going to do the trick.

But for a lot of us with hectic schedules, exercise has to be easy. It’s a lot easier to keep a resolution when all you have to do is walk upstairs to your gym or out to your pool, sports court, and putting green, all of which you will find at 6307 Park Lane in the heart of Preston Hollow. This 5,285-square-foot Modern Tudor Eclectic blew me away when I saw it listed during the holidays. Not only is it huge, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two bathrooms, it’s also on an enormous 100-by-190 foot lot with a three-car garage.

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popularDuring the holidays, we’ve been sharing our best stories of 2018. But as Director of Audience Engagement, I was curious — what stories were the most popular this year?  We took a look at the most popular stories based on comments and social media likes and shares. Have a favorite of your own? Share it in the comments!

January: The Lakewood Porch Pirate Nabbed

While we started covering this story during the holiday season in 2017 (in fact, we were the first news organization to bring you the story of the Lakewood Porch Pirate and the box of poop she stole), that coverage continued into 2018, when Kelli Russell was arrested. (more…)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Karen: One of my favorite posts from 2018 is this Kessler Woods contemporary. Not much more lights my fire than when I score a combo platter of historic inspiration, a cool neighborhood and excellent architecture. This Inwood Home of the Week was inspired by the Case Study House Program in Los Angeles, and there is nothing like it anywhere in Dallas. 

Kessler Woods is one of those neighborhoods that makes your heart beat just a little faster. A gated community of modern homes set into a hillside, right next to a nature preserve is not what you expect to find in Dallas. And we seldom expect to find homes like this one at 715 Kessler Woods Trail for sale, so you are in luck! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Kessler Woods contemporary that is an architectural dream. (more…)

Luxury Warehouse

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Each year we go through our previous posts and try to figure out which ones we liked best. Frankly, that’s impossible. Let’s face it we are all totally house addicted and love every single one we post about, or we would not be doing this every day. But I have to say this Design District Luxury Warehouse with a Waterfall is close to my heart. Not only do I know the seller, but I’ve been to some pretty glam parties in this space. Lynn Sugarman was the first person I’ve ever met that saw the beauty in a warehouse space. Of course, she was coming to Dallas from New York when I met her and saw her first transformation on Dragon Street. The warehouse home was normal there. But it was most decidedly not normal here until she made it so! I christen Sugarman as the diva of warehouse transformations, and this one takes the cake! (more…)

Fort Worth Classic Colonial

This Fort Worth Classic Colonial is the perfect holiday home. Located at 3912 Lenox Drive, our Inwood Home of the Week is located in the sought-after Monticello neighborhood. It has the treasured traditional elements we love, as well as flawless updates. Best of all, it’s received the talented touch of the JSH Design team.

There’s nothing that I love more than a classic home, but add some edgy designer features and I’m swooning. Updating these homes is not difficult. Almost everyone wants a white kitchen with marble granite or quartz countertops. Brass hardware has made a big comeback, and the big shower is a must. Those are the things that are no-brainers.

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University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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