Italian Renaissance Villa

There is nothing grander or more romantic than a classic Italian Renaissance villa. You can try and argue with me, but you won’t change my mind. Ever.

You see, I had the great good fortune years ago to spend time in Tuscany at Villa Vignamaggio. Director Kenneth Branagh chose it as the location for his British/American romantic film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Being an American married to a Brit at the time, well, it was kismet. So, my heart will always have a soft spot for classic Italian Renaissance villas. And this one is much ado about everything!
Italian Renaissance Villa

A Home-Run Team

That is primarily due to the talents of two people. The first is builder, Tony Visconti, owner and president of Bella Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder. If anyone understands how to build a grand home, it’s Visconti, because luxury homebuilding is in his blood. As a third-generation home builder, he’s the go-to guy for quality construction, attention to detail, and architectural authenticity.

That’s where architect Lloyd Lumpkins comes in. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in North America with a greater understanding of the importance of architectural authenticity. It’s easy to see when you pair Visconti and Lumpkin, you get a home run every single time. Such is the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire sitting on an acre in Preston Hollow.

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Hamptons-style

If you long for the laid-back luxury look of East Coast summer homes, you will love our Monday Morning Millionaire today. D Magazine named this Hamptons-style mansion as one of  “The Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas” two years ago. Guess what? It’s even more beautiful now.

It’s not surprising this Hamptons-style mansion at 4337 Westway Avenue in Highland Park is a crowd favorite. When builder Jennifer Duncan and architect Lloyd Lumpkins team up on a house, you’ll get perfection every time. Have you noticed there are not a lot of female builders out there? I can’t figure it out, because they build impressive homes like this Hamptons-style mansion, and they hire great architects to make their dreams come true.
Hamptons-style

Duncan generally builds a home, lives in it for a while, then sells it. She’s essentially building each home for herself. If you are a regular reader of CandysDirt.com, you will know one of our mantras is if you buy a house a builder lives in, you’ll never have a worry.

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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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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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English Arts and Crafts
Our Inwood Home of the Week is an English Arts and Crafts movement stunner at 5816 Swiss Avenue, and it has a pretty serious fan base. Before all of you jump on me and say this is an Eclectic Tudor, yes, absolutely it is. But let’s learn a bit, shall we?

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modern shed

The 1980s were an odd time in architectural history. There were some incredibly bad designs, and then there were the great modern sheds, like our Inwood Home of the Week at 5706 Over Downs Drive on the northern fringes of Preston Hollow. (more…)

Modern Prairie

Photography: Reagan Jobe

How do you build a modern prairie mansion — not just any modern prairie, but a residence so spectacular that it will leave you breathless the moment you enter? Start with a generous budget, then hire a team with extensive experience, and great taste. To top it all off, throw in an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright and voilà: we have 3508 Crescent Avenue in the heart of Old Highland Park. (more…)

Modern Spanish Revival
Luxury home building is an art — especially in Dallas. We set the bar pretty darned high. So when this modern Spanish Revival at 5326 Edlen Drive popped up, I knew you’d want to see it — again. We featured it in July shortly after it was completed. But, since then there have been a few changes, not the least of which is stunning staging by Look Interiors. If you can spot the changes, let us know in the comments! (more…)