University Park

Everyone needs a few historical anecdotes to share during their next happy hour or dinner party, depending on your scene. Here are a few facts about University Park, a city named quite literally for its beginnings as a small residential cluster of teacher and staff homes surrounding the small Southern Methodist University.

The school provided nearby residents with utility services from its founding in 1915 to 1924, when the neighborhood population outgrew what utilities the school could provide. After failed attempts at annexation by Highland Park and Dallas, University Park became its own city in 1924, noted for its consistently high land values, adjacent employment at the university, and later shared excellent schools with its equally affluent neighboring city.

But for a suburb named Texas’ wealthiest and best-educated city earlier this year, the city didn’t have its own municipal library until the year 2002 when decorated Dallas Public Library director and college professor Sharon Perry Martin was first hired. Up until then, UP residents paid to use the Highland Park or Dallas libraries. Now of course residents flock to the municipal library located at Preston Center Plaza, but it’s one of those interesting things that happen in a city’s journey to becoming who they are today. And today, University Park is a vibrant part of the shining Park Cities, where you can find this week’s selection of Suburb Sunday homes.  (more…)

Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.

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University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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First developed in the mid 1950s, the Disney Streets in Northwest Dallas are named after Walt Disney characters and places, such as Pinocchio Drive, Cinderella Lane, and Wonderland Trail. It is part of the larger Midway Hills neighborhood, where you can find some fantastic architectural examples of that era, including a home from celebrated architect Cliff May

This week’s Splurge vs Steal takes us to the Disney Streets to look at two houses. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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We don’t know if this could become an annual event in Dallas real estate, but we sure liked it.

Christy Berry caught wind of an event in New York City she thought was pretty cool, a panel of successful Real Estate professionals in New York City sharing their success stories to others.

I want to do this in Dallas, she said, but I don’t want to limit it to women in only ONE brokerage. So Christy, a broker associate at Compass Dallas, pulled top female agents from each of the top Dallas brokerage houses — Compass, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Ebby Halliday/Dave Perry Miller, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

“I wanted to hear what motivates these women, what makes them get up in the morning,” says Christy. “And I wanted it to be more of a real estate community event, not limited to simply one brokerage, for all of us.”

The speakers were Becky Frey from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Michelle Wood from Compass, Cindy O’Gorman from Ebby Halliday, and Allie Beth Allman herself. Powerhouses all.

Appropriately, the event was held at The Crespi Estate, the most expensive estate in Dallas, now owned by Mehrdad Moayedi. It was sold by Allie Beth Allman and is now being marketed by her company with Kyle Crews and his Urban team.

About 200 Realtors, men and women alike, attended — Robbie Briggs was there, along with Kyle Crews — enraptured for an hour on folding chairs in what was once the Crespi’s main parlor.

But the most amazing part of the program, which didn’t dawn on me until I wrote this, was that Christy Berry hosted an event about and for strong women on the afternoon before the history-making hearings of Dr. Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C: hearings about an alleged sexiual aggression by the Supreme Court nominee against Dr. Ford more than 30 years ago that are dominating the news, and have become the pinnacle of the partisan divide that rocks our nation. No matter your opinions on the hearings, no matter your political party, you have to agree that women are at front and center right now in this country, right? And as bitterly partisan as is the temperature in D.C., here in Dallas we had 200 deeply, deeply competitive Real Estate agents hugging each other, snapping selfies, and getting along! It was a beautiful thing to watch. #Womenpower!

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Texas Contemporary
Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a stunning Preston Hollow Texas Contemporary at 4562 Isabella Lane in the Wilson Estates neighborhood that has been completely transformed. The dream team of Architect David Stocker, Principal of Stocker, Hoesterey, Montenegro, and Brad Ellerman, President of Ellerman Homes, took it from 2005 to 2018 and all we can say is, “WOW!”

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French Transitional

Photos by Costa Christ unless otherwise noted

Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 4430 Bordeaux Avenue is a three-story Highland Park French transitional that has been thoroughly transformed. This elegant renovation is primarily due to the vision and considerable talents of owner Cindy Musgrove.

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Jonathan Rosen and Christy Berry merged their group with Robert Reffkin’s Compass last year. The company has since staged a coup that has brought in top producers from all over North Texas.

Compass continues to make waves in the Dallas market. The technology-centric firm that merged with The Collective Residential in January now boasts an impressive roster of 51 local agents who have represented more than $600 million in sales.

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