northwest dallas homeNorthwest Dallas is full of family-friendly neighborhoods where buyers can get a lot of home for their money.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 3462 Flair Dr. is in one of these areas, Park Forest. This is a late-1950s neighborhood in Northwest Dallas, bounded by Forest Lane on the north, Northaven on the south, Marsh Lane on the east, and Cromwell on the west. With mature trees, wide lawn, and Midcentury Modern homes, Park Forest is a charming place to call home.

Our home today is a 3-3 with 2,342 square feet, built in 1959, and located near Forest and Marsh lanes. It is across the street from DeGolyer Elementary School and Webb Chapel Park, and close to the Dallas North Tollway, which gives easy access to downtown, Uptown, Frisco, and other areas of DFW.
northwest dallas homeThis is a recently updated one-story home with handscraped wood floors, an open floorplan, vaulted ceilings with wood beams, a custom fire place, and updated chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a gas cooktop.

This home was listed Dec. 4 by Johnny Mowad with Ebby Halliday, Realtors, for $350,000.

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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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6118 Ellsworth Front

There is an incredible misconception of just exactly where Lakewood is. Most people assume that, if it’s west of White Rock Lake and south of Northwest Highway, then you’re in Lakewood. No, not really, guys. Those areas, I sometimes refer to as Lakewood Lite. They are close to the lake, but are too far west or north to be inside Lakewood proper.

The more you know, and all that.

Of course, you’re wondering what the point of all this talk of Lakewood is going, and let me tell you that there is this incredible house at 6118 Ellsworth Avenue in the Hal Moseley neighborhood. While it’s not in Lakewood, but instead closer to Wilshire Heights, don’t let that make you think this is some piddly little house. This is a truly amazing property. Like, epic-level cool, guys. And it’s so interesting and it’s close to Wilshire Heights, so it feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and did I mention that it’s cool? It’s so cool.

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Rockwood Inwood HOUSE OF THE WEEK

Dang , my heart is still palpitating from touring 9800 Rockbrook yesterday. You are in for a rare treat today thanks to our good friends at Inwood Mortgage. Look at this property, does it look like it’s in Dallas? No, this estate screams Santa Barbara or Montecito!

9800 Rockbrook pool infinityLet me tell you one sure thing about this house: it has the best lawn sprinkler system in the world. The owner and crafter of this home is a former superstar college football player at SMU who also played on several pro ball teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers, Denver Gold, San Antonio Gunslingers, and Green Bay Packers. He is President and CEO of the largest residential and commercial irrigation contractor in the United States. So you know that right off the bat, this home has the Rolls Royce equivalent of irrigation systems. The same can be said of basically everything else in the home, as well. It’s like a Rolls on steroids!

9800 Rockbrook front door 9800 Rockbrook foyer 9800 Rockbrook foyer IIThe home started being built in 2001, and took four years to complete, according to the agent broker, Rogers Healy. That could be because it is 10,600 square feet and has so much detailed perfection it pops. Every single wall surface is not just texture and paint but museum-quality plaster with special paint finishes, from the crackle in the family room to smooth red in the exercise room. I am not kidding — hallways, rounded archways, moldings, even the laundry room has a special finish.

But the most special finish of all comes in the media room. Since the home was constructed around 9/11, the fatal attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane that crashed in a western Pennsylvania field, the owners created a 360 degree skyline mural of New York City in the media room that is quite spectacular and moving.

9800 Rockbrook study 9800 Rockbrook LR 9800 Rockbrook DRThe home is nestled on a bluff overlooking a finger of White Rock Creek and has a majestic drive-up, as well as water views and lush, dense woods from nearly every window. There are multiple balconies off each room — even off the master bedroom closet — so you can take in these exquisite, priceless views from all sides of the home.

Vitals: five bedrooms, five full and four half baths on 1.73 creekside acres. Four car garage, media room, exercise room, outside sport court, 1875 square foot guest house overlooking the pool with bar and grill, 15 by 16 utility room/crafts room with desk and island, infinity pool, hot tub and fountains, fountains everywhere.

9800 Rockbrook bar 9800 Rockbrook FR 9800 Rockbrook FRIIAnother unique thing about this house: the huge granite bar with walk-in wine cooler is right in the foyer. Once upon a time I may have had a problem with this, but when we almost bought a home in the Hill Country that also had a big bar in the foyer, I was loving it. (Kari Schlegel Kloewer also has a bar in her W penthouse, right in the foyer.) This is actually a perfect spot for a bar when entertaining — people walk in, get their drink, and don’t cluster in the family room or kitchen where you are preparing food. It’s like the best welcome wagon ever, gives women a place to immediately set down her bags. I mean, what else do you use a foyer for?

9800 Rockbrook kit I 9800 Rockbrook kit IIThere is so much to say about this house, it is, after all, more than 10,000 square feet. Let me point out the highlights then let you be: the custom kitchen cabinets are made of a highly glossed and lacquered burl wood, I believe — if I am wrong, I will update. The photos really do not do them justice. Most floors are of limestone, even the stairs and second story. There are rotundas and hand-painted ceilings. The custom Vent-A-Hood is made of platinum and I will guess it cost as much as a collector car. 9800 Rockbrook master entrance 9800 Rockbrook master bath I 9800 Royal master II9800 Rockbrook masterThe master suite is truly a suite — it is tucked away, private, designed for a couple who enjoy each other, not someone who would rather see their spouse three times a year if they have to: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The master bath is huge with a round tub spa that could induce a party. Um, there’s room for four, ahem. The master closet is like no other I have seen with the exception of Champs d’Or and Phil Romano’s place on Strait Lane.  I like this one better, actually: again, huge custom cabinets of that lacquered wood, same as in the mammoth master bedroom where they hide a huge media center and coffee bar.  There is a huge center island made of exotic green granite for packing and sorting, and off this a closet for the lady of the house with built-in shoe cabinets and more storage than Noah’s arc. There is a TV and treadmill in here as well, and doors to that balcony.

9800 Rockbrook master tub 9800 Rockbrook master II 9800 Rockbrook shower 9800 Rockbrook her closet 9800 Rockbrook master showerOutside are multiple terraces, and the water features. The spa with fountain is on the upper level, an infinity pool is a few stone steps down and appears to be floating over the creek. Did I tell you about the sport court? Oh one more thing: the children’s bedrooms are upstairs and adorable, each with a huge private bath and closet — more like suites, really. How much has Rogers priced this majestic baby at: $12,000,000. And guess what else — it’s not in the MLS. So looks like you have to know someone to know someone… to see Santa Barbara on Rockbrook! And if you have to know someone to get a mortgage on a place like this, call over to Inwood Mortgage and tell them Candy sent you!9800 Rockbrook guest 9800 Rockbrook exercise 9800 Rockbrook girls 9800 Rockbrook girls' bath 9800 Rockbrook boy's room 9800 Rockbrook outdoor kit 9800 Rockbrook sport 9800 Rockbrook rear view 9800 rockbrook spa 9800 Rockbrook back sweep

 

We hear this baloney from time to time that this room is in, and that one’s out, kind of like we hear that home sizes are shrinking. Poppycock. Truth is, homes are still getting bigger, the media room is still very much alive, in demand, and so popular that in many Dallas homes, one is never enough…

My very favorite media rooms with an “s” in town belong to Eric and Audrey Spangenberg at 9806 Inwood. According to the Dallas Appraisal District, the home is valued at $9.336 million for tax purposes (which means nothing) and is owned by Ceales Trust. According to the Wall Street Journal, the owners Erich and Audrey Spangenberg, are founders of the patent-assertion legal firm IPNav. According to me, they have the most beautiful media room in Dallas.9806-Inwood-Theatre 9806-Inwood-concession

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The media room at Tom Hicks’ Crespi Estate is actually a media house:

Hollow-Way-10000-1349-800x536.jpg Hicks media room Hollow-Way-10000-1368-800x532.jpg theater tech This is Darryl Johnston’s old media room at 6520 Northaven Road in Dallas. It features seven brown, leather recliners on two rows, ornate carpeting underfoot, framed movie posters, and a huge screen that can be covered with red drapes to make this media room a mini, in-home performance hall:

At 5323 Swiss Avenue this home is historic because it has not one, but two media rooms. One media room is in the main house and one is in the guesthouse. I love BOTH of them!

5323 Swiss Ave media room

Media room for the budget-minded! Six seats and a wet bar at  6306 Royalton Drive in North Dallas/Preston Hollow:

They have media rooms in Frisco, too! A Frisco media room at 8252 Treemont Place. Great surround system.

Golf or TV? Not a hard choice in this Irving house at 1508 Nelson Drive. The only choice is, which media room do you pick when this house also has two?1508 Nelson Drive media room

6195 Palo Pinto Front

Happy Father’s Day to all those great dads and grandfathers out there! You deserve to kick up your feet, enjoy a beverage and a homemade card, and maybe a little barbecue while you watch the Rangers try to shake off this funk that’s keeping them from scoring.

6195 Palo Pinto Den

What better place to enjoy Father’s Day than from a media room with a projector TV, plenty of comfy chairs, and a wet bar? Well, this Lakewood custom home at 6159 Palo Pinto has all that and a bag of chips! (Seriously, he’ll probably want some chips, people.) It’s listed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Angela McCants for $750,000.

6195 Palo Pinto Kitchen

With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal living and dining areas, a study, and more than 4,600 square feet, this home is all about living large in Lakewood. Built in 2001, this house has major upgrades and curb appeal. Viking appliances, including a built-in refrigerator, double ovens, and a huge breakfast bar. There’s designer lighting throughout the home, as well as gorgeous hardwood floors.

6195 Palo Pinto Study

There are two spots in this home that dad will love — the wood-paneled study and the media room. The study, a huge room with built-in cabinets and book cases is perfect for the father who has to take work home with him. The media room, though, is all play. It has a built-in microwave, sink, and ice maker, meaning that dad doesn’t have to miss a second of the action when the big game is on.

6195 Palo Pinto Media

In the backyard, the entertainment continues with a beautiful saltwater pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen — great for a dad who grills! It’s a great area for a summer get-together for family, neighbors, and friends. Wouldn’t your dad love this place?

6195 Palo Pinto Backyard

6879 Mossvine Cir extWe over here at CandysDirt.com are still reeling from the gorgeousness of the photos of Tom and Cinda Hicks’ stunning $135 million (did I get in all the zeros?) estate on Walnut Hill Lane at Hollow Way. Crespi Estate extFanning ourselves: that house is enough to bring on menopause! We have been busy, too, with interviews and links and calls now know that Dallas holds the distinction of hosting the most expensive listing in the United States. But some of us need to buy homes for slightly less than $135 million, unfortunately. Or maybe, fortunately. And if you were thinking of Northwood Hills, just get out your checkbook right now because with 6879 Mossvine you basically have a micro version of everything in that Crespi estate at a fraction of the cost, with Richardson schools to boot!!

Here’s another secret about 6879 Mossvine Circle: ’tis owned by a professional Realtor, someone who really loves homes, which truly shows because, ladies and gents, this house is packed, just packed with goodies! I gave you a hint in our catchy title: basketball court, actually a half-basketball court, pool, large rambling yard, steam shower in master bath, a two-sided aquarium in the bar visible from the bar and the family room, media room (yes, a media room) hand-scraped hardwoods and tons of natural light. The master bath itself is more of a retreat, with the Jacuzzi tub, steam shower,  double vanities and closets so large you could get a massage table in there.6879 Mossvine cir LR 6879 Mossvine Media 6879 Mossvine kit 6879 Mossvine aquarium 6879 Mossvine master 6879 Mossvine master bath

If cook you must, you will love the kitchen: double ovens, gas cook top and updated everything. There is a Media room large enough for a family of six plus a few friends. Afterwards, the kids can go outside and sit around the fire pit, roast marshmellows, or whip up burgers in the outdoor kitchen — that too, not even kidding — the pool and spa and that half basketball court!

What do you think a house like this, this loaded, will set you back? Bet you’re thinking around a million, huh? Well folks, this is the Friday $500K just a little delayed. And really, I think I’ve outdone myself!6879 Mossvine pool ext

6879 Mossvine Cir extWe over here at CandysDirt.com are still reeling from the gorgeousness of the photos of Tom and Cinda Hicks’ stunning $135 million (did I get in all the zeros?) estate on Walnut Hill Lane at Hollow Way. Crespi Estate extFanning ourselves: that house is enough to bring on menopause! We have been busy, too, with interviews and links and calls now know that Dallas holds the distinction of hosting the most expensive listing in the United States. But some of us need to buy homes for slightly less than $135 million, unfortunately. Or maybe, fortunately. And if you were thinking of Northwood Hills, just get out your checkbook right now because with 6879 Mossvine you basically have a micro version of everything in that Crespi estate at a fraction of the cost, with Richardson schools to boot!!

Here’s another secret about 6879 Mossvine Circle: ’tis owned by a professional Realtor, someone who really loves homes, which truly shows because, ladies and gents, this house is packed, just packed with goodies! I gave you a hint in our catchy title: basketball court, actually a half-basketball court, pool, large rambling yard, steam shower in master bath, a two-sided aquarium in the bar visible from the bar and the family room, media room (yes, a media room) hand-scraped hardwoods and tons of natural light. The master bath itself is more of a retreat, with the Jacuzzi tub, steam shower,  double vanities and closets so large you could get a massage table in there.6879 Mossvine cir LR 6879 Mossvine Media 6879 Mossvine kit 6879 Mossvine aquarium 6879 Mossvine master 6879 Mossvine master bath

If cook you must, you will love the kitchen: double ovens, gas cook top and updated everything. There is a Media room large enough for a family of six plus a few friends. Afterwards, the kids can go outside and sit around the fire pit, roast marshmellows, or whip up burgers in the outdoor kitchen — that too, not even kidding — the pool and spa and that half basketball court!

What do you think a house like this, this loaded, will set you back? Bet you’re thinking around a million, huh? Well folks, this is the Friday $500K just a little delayed. And really, I think I’ve outdone myself!6879 Mossvine pool ext