Lake living and luxury don’t always go hand-in-hand, but at this private Cedar Creek Lake home, they unquestionably do. Situated on a 1.47-acre peninsula and tucked behind gates, the dreamy residence is the picture of privacy, elegance, and fun. The new listing is even sweeter when you hear that it is being offered fully furnished, including all water toys and equipment, so you can skip the fuss and move right in the second you sign the papers.

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Jack and Kate LaGere found exactly what they wanted when they least expected it. The couple wasn’t intentionally house hunting when they drove by 3524 Saint Johns Drive and spotted the For Sale sign. But after several subsequent walk-throughs and exploring every nook and cranny, the LaGeres knew the 1928 Tudor was a perfect fit with their family and historic vision.

Since Jack and Kate had three small children, they wanted to live within a safe walking distance to an elementary school and playground. Armstrong Elementary is not only across the street from the historic home, the school is Kate’s old alma mater. The house is likewise located on a large corner lot at St. Johns and Byron, which contained plenty of yard space for the active kids to practice sports and play outdoors.

The LaGeres had envisioned finding a classic home they could redesign while preserving its history. The Tudor had endless possibilities.

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Park Cities

Design trends come and go, but the timeless architecture at this newly listed Park Cities home will never go out of style. Approaching the stately manor, it feels like you’ve entered the poshest part of Paris thanks to a cast-stone façade, circular stone walkway, and an enchanting fountain that may allure you to throw a penny in over your back every now and again. Don’t be surprised if the impressive exterior causes rubbernecking along Caruth Boulevard, one of the most desirable streets in Dallas. Oui oui, this custom home has attention-grabbing curb appeal and the interiors are equally captivating.

Step into the bright foyer with grand detailing and let a wave of calm wash over you. A sumptuous neutral color palette puts you at ease and huge windows always show a hint of greenery outside, creating a feeling like you’re in a sacred oasis.

After a long day, sink into plush furnishings in the living room or library with a good book, or head to the home theater if you’re in the mood to unwind with a favorite movie. (more…)

Westworth Falls

You needn’t travel more than 20 minutes southwest from town to find a new build with the magnificence of Mira Vista or Montserrat. Only 10 minutes from downtown, near Westover and Shady Oaks Country Club, in the unincorporated town of Westworth Village is the glam gated community of Westworth Falls. Of course, our own Seth Fowler was on this handily located, luxury development at the beginning.

One year hence, there are only a few unbuilt lots left, and some builders such as Toll Brothers, are already winding down their operations here.

Westworth Falls

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Brokerages unafraid to innovate might have a leg up on brands that still do business the old fashioned way, spending thousands and thousands on print advertising. Take Compass & their re-imagined listing sign you will soon be seeing in Dallas (Photo: Compass)

I know, I know — we are a real estate blog focused on fabulous listings, deals, sleeper neighborhoods, fantastic agents and brokers, disruption in the industry, commissions, marketing your property, property taxes, and basically everything happening in the community that affects real estate values: yours, mine, and everyone’s.

But you simply must pay attention to what’s going on in the newspaper biz.

Many agents and brokers still, for some reason, insist on placing ads for their homes in weekly or daily newspapers despite research that shows it is no longer as effective a means of advertising as it once was. It’s the old school, blue-haired approach and more vitally, does it really help sell your client’s home? I know agents who still photo-copy newspaper articles and send them to me via snail-mail to “share.” 

We live in a digital world, like it or not. And real estate news and information is being consumed digitally. That’s why I thought you would find this article so interesting: (more…)

Like your favorite little black dress, this Colleyville contemporary does a fabulous job of showing off during the day and into the night, perfect for entertaining any and all crowds! 

This new listing from Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes at 5607 Versailles Court offers grand interior spaces filled with light and outdoor spaces that offer all the amenities of your favorite resort. 

According to Downes, “5607 Versailles Court is at once refined and edgy; modern, with a distinct nod to classic design.”

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Texas Modern
Just when we think we have seen it all, along comes this unbelievable Preston Hollow Texas modern at 11422 East Ricks Circle.

Candy and I were lucky enough to see this gorgeous 6,069-square-foot home in person last Thursday night. Although it was hard, we managed to stay off the zip line, but only because this home has so many bells and whistles we ran out of time for a mid-air tour of the backyard. (more…)

On one of the most desirable streets in Southlake, there is a privately secure, gated property that is architect-designed and custom built by David Lewis. It sits on over 4 acres and is all about luxury with over 5,000 square feet. 

The house at 920 S. Peytonville Ave. is like no other and impresses from the moment you drive up. 

The current owners bought the property in 1999 and completely renovated it into a contemporary home in 2014, said listing agent Tracey Chamberlain with Ebby Halliday — Southlake. 

“When the 4.4-acre property was developed in 1994 from the original farmland, it was surrounded by a dirt airstrip for private pilots — a little red barn is still on this property today, although it is not currently used for animals,” Chamberlain said. “They worked with Fort Worth architect Archie Crow for a contemporary home that utilizes the best views on the property and then partnered with builder David Lewis. The result is a one-story home that accommodates their entertaining needs and flows seamlessly from the inside out.” 

This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half baths, three living areas, and an office in 5,175 square feet on one story, sitting on 4.44 acres. 

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