Italian Renaissance Revival

When you feature luxurious multi-million-dollar homes each week over the course of several years, once in a while, they come back on the market. Rarely, but it happens, and this is one such instance. This Italian Renaissance Revival has only had three owners, and it’s a perfect home in a perfect location.

The one-of-a-kind property at 3821 Beverly Dr. was listed only a few days ago by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Caroline Summers for $10.95 million, and it’s worth every penny. 


Stockbroker Tudor

In the 1920s, architects educated in Europe brought the Tudor look to the East Coast. These grand homes were known as Stockbroker Tudors because the financially successful clients they were constructed for had made their fortunes in the stock market. If you built a Stockbroker Tudor, you were making a statement about not only your stability and wealth but also your sophistication and taste.

When I spotted this gorgeous example of Tudor architecture at 3545 Hanover Street, listed with Jonathan Rosen of The Collective Residential for $3.95 million, I was sure it was original. The steeply pitched roof, embellished doorway, and the second story with stucco and decorative half-timbering are the distinctive hallmarks of a 1920s Tudor.

“That’s exactly what we wanted you to think,” architect Larry E. Boerder said. “That was our goal all along, and most people do think it was built in the 1920s, not in 2006.”


straight lane

The gracious estates along Strait Lane invite a certain mystery. Set back from the road with ample acreage, these properties are some of the most exclusive — and luxurious — in Dallas.

Today, I’d like to tell you about one that truly impresses. Calleja Way is a winding cul-de-sac with one property, at its end – 4949 Calleja Way. This uniquely private property shows only its tall and ornate gates and stone herringbone-patterned curving drive over a bridge, to those wanting a peek. Once through the gates, magnificent views emerge as the impressive front elevation of an elegant home appears, gracefully framed by a beautiful fountain and many large mature trees.

Nestled into Bachman Creek with lush landscaping, this breathtaking, yet unostentatious, home reflects a serene, enchanting aesthetic. It was designed by Larry E. Boerder Architects and built by Cy Barcus as a custom home for the present owners in 1999. Every amenity and comfort you could ever want, and newer Smart Home features, are encompassed in a highly accessible design and layout.

“People are searching for more authenticity in all things, and this house exudes fine quality throughout without being at all pretentious — it’s a house for our times,” said listing agent C C Allen with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The degree of integration and design that’s present inside the house and out — it’s absolutely flawless.”

With six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, six living areas, five dining areas, and 12,234 square feet in three stories, including the attached quarters with its own laundry, kitchen, and exterior access, there’s no shortage of space. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large or “too much” in any way. In fact, this house feels perfectly right-sized.

“The rooms are elegantly proportioned and cohesive with a seamless design plan,” Allen said. “An elevator to all three floors means all spaces in the home are easily accessible, as well.”

Seeing is believing with this Strait Lane home — let’s take a tour.