North Dallas Tornado

Tyler Seguin’s property on Camilla Lane before the North Dallas tornado.

We all know by now that the North Dallas tornado has devastated Preston Hollow. And a lot of you know Dallas Star’s center Tyler Seguin’s mansion on Camellia Drive was struck. What you may not know is that it was beautifully staged by Lisa Stapp, the owner of Staged by Stapp. Along with Seguin’s home, about $55,000 worth of Stapp’s inventory of furniture and accessories were destroyed.

While it may pale in comparison to losing a house worth a couple of million, the livelihoods of those that serve in the real estate community have also been severely affected by the North Dallas tornado.

North Dallas Tornado

The home is completely destroyed after the North Dallas Tornado struck.

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timeless contemporary

When Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Lee Lee Gioia laid eyes on this timeless contemporary house the first time,  she entered through the back door.

“I immediately thought, this is no ordinary house,” she said, “it has to be a Bodron + Fruit!”

When the plans were produced, her instincts were correct. It doesn’t matter which door you come through, you can always tell a Bodron + Fruit design, and they always stand the test of time.

If you’ve ever wondered why you hire an architect, this timeless contemporary is a great example. Architects know what materials don’t age. They understand siting, proportion, massing, and volume — and they get it right. Although this home was built in 2004, it looks like it was finished last week.
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I’m still unable to get into the area, but I continue to get reports that Lobello Estates, home to some of the area’s most expensive and expansive homes, was hit particularly hard during Sunday’s storms.

A friend who lives on Lobello Drive sent me these photos of her natatorium.

“Large anodized aluminum beams still standing, all glass blown out,” she texted. “I’d say half our home is damaged. We were just approved this morning by insurance to get a long term rental so that will make it easy to just move directly from home to another place while we rebuild.”

Lobello Estates is bordered by Royal Lane on the north, Inwood Road on the west, Yolanda on the south, and Netherlands on the east, which then edges to the Dallas North Tollway (which was once a railroad). (more…)

Spanish-Mediterranean

If I had to guess, I’d say this lovely Spanish-Mediterranean was designed by leading Dallas architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. Let me know if you think otherwise. But I do my detective work, and I can support my theory pretty well, so here goes!

Foshee & Cheek were well-known for their eclectic Spanish-Mediterranean style, including Dr. Hugh Leslie and Lydia Bowen Moore’s home at 4200 Beverly Drive. Their most significant design was Highland Park Village, the first self-contained shopping center in America. They were also involved in the design of the Hall of State and Aquarium buildings in Fair Park. Foshee lived at the duplex on 4441-4443 Westway Avenue, and Cheek lived at the duplex at 4417-4419 — right next door!

I think it makes for a natural assumption Foshee & Cheek are responsible for this wonderful Spanish-Mediterranean. So, I’m going with that!

Spanish-Mediterranean

This historic Spanish-Mediterranean is in Westpark, one of the last residential additions built in Highland Park. It includes Fairway Street, Westway Avenue, Lomo Alto Court, and Lomo Alto Drive.

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This custom build for a commercial architect took plenty of skill and finesse, says Kevin Key of Key Residential.

Listening to owner Kevin Key talk about his eponymous company, the term that comes to mind is “renaissance man.” With over 25 years of experience in the homebuilding/remodeling business, the portfolio of this CandysDirt.com Approved Builder encompasses multiple genres.

From traditional to contemporary, rustic to transitional, the one factor that unites them all is Key’s commitment to quality — a time-tested mix of craftmanship, purpose, and style.

“We don’t want to get pigeon-holed into one specific type of house. Our point of difference is that we can do any type of project.” Another plus is the opportunity to work with Dallas’ top architects, trade partners, and interior designers. From beginning to end, it’s a collaborative effort. “The ultimate goal is to make our homeowners’ vision come to life.”

 

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One of the main functions that are built into luxury homes is entertaining, but sometimes spaces that entertain crowds come at the cost of private spaces. However an incredible great room, lounge, and formal dining area does not have to come at the expense of a beautiful master suite. That’s what this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week proves. 

This absolutely captivating French Chateau in the Creeks of Preston Hollow offers essential French design that would woo Betty Lou Phillips, for sure. Plus, the master suite was not overlooked, with tons of space, plenty of windows, and a his-and-hers master bath that is the stuff of dreams.

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It’s no secret that Southlake is full of show-stopping luxury homes, so it’s the details that really set these glamorous properties apart. This home in coveted Westwyck Hills is one that has it all: A fantastic location near Grapevine Lake, a floor plan ideal for entertaining, and gorgeous outdoor spaces. If that recipe for the perfect house doesn’t sound enticing enough already, a recently renovated kitchen sweetens the deal further to make this home the epitome of luxury. 

Whether you love to cook or thrive on stocking your fridge with delicious takeout leftovers, this fresh, white kitchen has everything you need. A massive built-in fridge, Wolf range with double ovens, double dishwashers, and a Wolf microwave and convection steam oven make this kitchen capable of handling any Thanksgiving dinner or all-day birthday party, no matter how many guests you invite. 

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It’s not every day you come across a listing full of personality and impeccable style, which is what makes this residence unforgettable. The University Park home’s stone exterior and idyllic landscaping set a grand tone from the get-go, but you can’t even begin to imagine the fashion-forward spaces that await inside.

 

Bold designer wallpapers, coffered ceilings, and thoughtful paint choices make walking through this elegant abode a design adventure. Your jaw will be permanently on the floor, and if you’re lucky enough to live here, that will be your everyday experience. 

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