Northaven Home Tour

Want to gape at some truly fantastic houses while making a difference for some truly fantastic kids? The first Northaven Home Tour is for you! The tour runs on April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and benefits the Arthur Kramer Elementary School in Dallas.

“Kramer is such a wonderful school,” said Pete Peabody, school parent and co-chair of the event. “We’re so proud of the community here and the bond we all formed. The school serves a very diverse population and offers amazing International Baccalaureate and dual language programs. Proceeds from the tour will directly benefit some much-needed campus improvements, technology, and crucial programs. Plus, we get to show off some really incredible homes.”

From a classic ranch style to a midcentury modern, the homes on the tour offer a wealth of stunning architectural experiences and an array of artwork that befits a museum exhibit. Whether fit for a family or juuuuust right for a pair of empty-nesters, these homes boast details that offer a little something for everyone.

Want a little preview? Of course you do!


5505 Northaven Front

When I see a home that is priced to sell in a great neighborhood, I’m constantly asking myself “What’s the catch?” OK, sure, there are beautiful floors and lovely landscaping, but what’s the catch? Where is the bottom going to fall out?

This home, though, is in a wonderful neighborhood with mature trees and sparkling front yards and is in impeccable shape for being built in 1974. While it’s been updated here and there, the construction is quality and the interiors are clean as a whistle. It’s a home that is great for someone who has an eye on just a few updates and wants a home with solid bones and a huge lot.

Trust me: When you see this house, you might want to have your checkbook handy. No better way to get the ball rolling than to make sure you’re ready to put in your highest and best offer by calling Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. She can make sure you get the right loan for your dream home, so don’t hesitate to call her today.

Take a look at these timeless interiors after the jump.



7031 Midbury Front

We have some of the best readers! One of our fave contributors, Rachael Abrams, sent us this lovely home in Janmar, a remodeled ranch that sits on a large, gorgeous lot with the mature trees that make this area so desirable.

You might be more familiar with this area as Eudora Estates, but it is in a fabulous location — east of Hillcrest and smack-dab in the middle between Forest and Royal. This area is fantastic for access to North Dallas, Shopping near Preston Road, and is close to some of the best private schools in North Texas.

Not only that, but this 1958 ranch has been updated with some great energy efficient features and some high-end finishes. Jump for more on this stunner!


7707 Northaven Front

Let’s talk about Hill Haven Heights, OK? I love this area. It is a fabulous neighborhood bordered by North Central Expressway, Hillcrest, Forest, and Royal, so it’s extremely accessible. It’s also full of great single-family homes and a few great condo communities. It’s not far from the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, or the scads of shopping options lining Highway 75.

7707 Northaven Living

And it’s not out of reach, price-wise, either. In fact, you should check out this amazing traditional at 7707 Northaven Road marketed by Clay Stapp agent Richard Baker. It’s on the market for a recently reduced $529,000. Considering the upgrades on this home, that’s fantastic!

7707 Northaven Dining

With more than 3,100 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a two-car garage, this home is plenty big for a family. And considering the neighborhood, this is a great house for someone relocating to Dallas. Sometimes it’s hard to find a home like this, that’s move-in ready, plenty of room to move around, and has a family-friendly backyard, pool included. If you’re headed to Dallas for a job transfer, this is the home to buy.

7707 Northaven Kitchen

You’ve got granite and travertine, hand-scraped hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a wine fridge and custom cabinetry, and two full living areas with an open floor plan. Behind all of that you’ll find practical upgrades such as a radiant barrier insulating the roof, tankless hot water heaters, and a new roof. The large backyard is nothing to sniff at, either.

7707 Northaven Master 7707 Northaven Master bath

The master suite is spacious and features an upgraded bath, including a ceiling fan. This is an often-overlooked feature that really helps during the summer. In the bedroom area you’ll notice French doors that look to the pool and deck area — another great feature that makes this room a wonderful retreat.

7707 Northaven Backyard

And if you’re relocating to Dallas, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by your first summer. All the more reason to consider this home, which has a great pool for cooling off when the heat reaches triple digits.

What do you think of this house?

Home of the week Parwen LOGOLittle pop-quiz over here on CandysDirt: do these homes look similar? A little?6645northaven-58h-575x387

No, OK.

How about are they both light, white and very bright? Bingo! Turns out they were built by the same couple. 11715 Parwen, the first home and our Inwood Mortgage Home of the Week, has a smooth white stucco interior and the sleekest contempo interiors west of the Mississippi. It is located a little north of Forest Lane, and was the house Amy and Darren Kozelsky, he being a Christian country music singer and she being an heiress, philanthropist and mom extraordinaire, occupied, designed and sold BEFORE they built 6645 Northaven, the spaceship-round home you see in the second photo. No doubt 11715 Parwen was the contemporary slate that inspired Lionel Morrison’s creation at 6645 Northaven.

Let’s look at the similarities – here’s the kitchen on Parwen:House of the Week KitchenKitchen, or one of them, on Northaven — Northaven also has a pastry/caterer’s kitchen:

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Let’s check out the media rooms. First, Northaven:

6645 Northaven mediaThen, Parwen:

HOTW MediaNow the masters — first Parwen:Parwen masterNext, the master bedroom on Northaven:6645 Northaven masterThen the master bath — Northaven:6645 Northaven master bathAnd Parwen:

HOTW Master Bath House of the Week BathDo you think people get a similar style going and repeat it in each successive home? 11715 Parwen is listed at $2,200,000 while 6645 Northaven is listed for a whopping $9,950,000.

Funny what a difference seven million dollars makes!

6645 Northaven extI know everyone is focusing on 6645 Northaven, home to some of my neighbors and really one of the most significant mid century modern homes in Dallas, or the southwest for that matter. The house re-entered the market on May 23. But you need to know the history behind this white, light-filled wonder. The owners are an Amy and Darren Kozelsky, he being a Christian country music singer and she being an heiress, philanthropist and mom extraordinaire. The home went on the market in early 2011 for $11.5 million, listed with Lynette Scruggs of Dave Perry-Miller. The home was built on two acres in my lovely little enclave of Hillcrest Estates starting in about 2007, completed in 2009. The land had been owned by Beck and Peach Weathers, he of Mt. Everest mountain-climbing fame. We had some great parties in that home. 6645 was also owned by a family named Taylor before the Kozelsky’s purchased the property.

6645 Northaven foyer 6645 Northaven LR 6645 Northaven LR2 6645 Northaven barWhilst I was working at D Home, I wined and dined the architect, Lionel Morrison, trying to persuade him to let me write the home up for D Home. Alas, Lionel chose LUXE Magazine for the launch, he told me, for it’s bigger circulation. Well D Home finally got inside 6645 Northaven a few weeks ago with a big advertiser party, so fun! And I suspect the home will sooner or later find it’s way inside D Home.

6645 Northaven kitchen 6645 Northaven pool 6645 Northaven game6645 Northaven is a true tribute to modern architecture, and feels quite 1950′s on the interior. Sophisticated 1950’s, sleek. There are  natural concrete floors, warm wood on the stairs (Aframosia, imported from Canada) and also in the upstairs hallway. The kitchen counters are Pierre Brun white limestone; counters in the master bath are Balzaac Fleuri limestone imported from France. There are three bedrooms, a guest room, nanny’s suite, children’s playroom, a planning/wrapping room, office, media room, master bedroom with amazing closets, pull-out mirrors, and a cool decked-out basement music room which is where Darren does his music thing. The home is almost all ceiling to floor windows, absorbing the natural treed beauty of the almost 2 acre lot. No draperies; auto window covers and six-foot tall walls outside the windows generate total privacy. Talk about detail, Morrison is the master of it:  all doors are tall and recessed so it appears there are no doors anywhere. The home is 14,000 square feet and faces the crystal blue pool/waterfall, one of the most breathtaking ever. Actually, it reminded me of the pools and waterfalls in Kukio, on Hawaii’s Big Island. The kitchen has a sub-kitchen and also a fireplace, very cozy.

6645 Northaven master 6645 Northaven master bath 6645 Northaven Master shower 6645 Northaven master closetDon’t tell me mid century is cool, because the inside of this home is as warm as the sunset that captivates you every evening.6645 Northaven media

6645 Northaven wrapping crafts 6645 Northaven exerciseIn March, 2011 the Kozelskys reduced this the most talked about home in Dallas to $9,750,000.  Amy said she was testing the waters. $9 point anything will still be a record for this ‘hood. The last unreal sale that ripped us when William “Kip” Tindell bought Caroline (Minnis) Summers $5.2 millionish sleek contemporary home on Northaven at West Ricks Circle. It’s a honey. I will remind buyers of that every second should I ever market my home.

Now 6645 Northaven is listed again, this time at a hair below $10 million — $9,950,000 — with one of the fastest developing real estate teams in the west: the Carroll/Eltis Group at ABA. Last year, this team of millennials sold more than $30 million in residential real estate.Let me tell you these agents are as interesting as this house! Aaron Carroll is a native 6th generation Texan from Tyler who claims he can trace his ancestry back to the Republic of Texas! He  lived in New York City for a year as a teenager, and while there enjoyed a brief acting career, appearing in television shows and movies. He was initiated into the exclusive Screen Actors Guild, of which he is still currently a member.

Aaron CarrollAaron is an honor’s graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business focusing on Marketing. Real estate is in the fam, runs in their blood: his mom is a top-producing agent in Tyler, Texas.

Yeah, this is the guy who’s selling this house and we hear his phone has been ringing a lot lately… with text messages and Instagrams about 6645 Northaven!


7207 NORTHAVEN EXTI love our 1950’s ranches. Not only do they remind me of the homes I grew up in back in suburban Illinois, they remind me of one of our best Dallas homes on 4307 Melissa Lane. So when I heard that Dallas film maker and radio personality Quin Mathews’ childhood home was on the market, I had to see it. Quin, among other fabulous things, co-founded and hosts Art Matters on WRR. He was also one of the first people I ever met when I moved to Dallas, when I moved here from NYC in 1980. We both worked at Channel 4. Quin grew up, from age 7 on, at 7207 Northaven, with his parents and sister in the 2295 square foot home Charles Carneal now has listed: 7207 Northaven Road. Asking $429,000.

7207 Northaven quin brYou truly have to see this home. It is located on the speed-bump stretch of Northaven east of Hillcrest where the trees create a canopy of green. It is so Leave It To Beaver you will catch Eddie Haskell at the front door. Madmen ought to seriously consider this home for a set location. It’s your 1957 era classic three bedrooms, two baths — the master bath actually opens to the hallway, as well as the master, which tells me a lot about the Mathews family: great available parents. The closet space is fabulously abundant, and there are so many built-ins you can focus your design budget on quality upholstery and art. There is carpet everywhere save for the garden room with hardwoods beneathe, and Quin tells me they have never been touched. Pristine. Can you imagine the moment you rip up that carpet and excavate those floors? Quin tells me his mom and dad custom built the home in 1957. They lived at 6465 Mimosa and the builder was — get this — their next-door neighbor, Ted Dennis.

7207 Northaven LR7207 Northaven DR7207 Northaven kitchen 2 7207 Northaven kitchen“My parents found a house they liked on Kenny Lane north of JanMar, and the architect’s office was at Preston Royal as I recall because I would go there with them,” says Quin. “Northaven was not curbed, it was an old country road at the time.”

Quin also recalls that the same sub-contractors who worked on his parents’ house were simultaneously finishing up Mickey Mantle’s house over between Douglas and the Tollway, north of Park Lane. They would come over to work on the Mathews’ house quite excited to be building a baseball celeb’s home.

7207 Northaven bfast 7207 Northaven FR 7207 Northaven garden roomThe house is built like a rock, and in the most pristine shape ever, like most single owner homes. Everything in every room was placed there by my mother, says Quin. The furnishings are the same ones she bought in 1957 to 1960, he says.

They, like the house, are flawless.

The kitchen was upgraded in the 1980’s and a new refrigerator was added, possibly a new cooktop, but the original Vent A Hood remains. Skip Woodall, who went to school with Quin,  would be proud. The original refrigerator finally broke, says Quin, and his mother could not get it repaired. It was a floating refrigerator. Edward R. Murrow once paid a visit to Frank Sinatra’s house and he showed off the very same refrigerator.

The floating refrigerator was great, says Quin, and efficient; it floated above the counter tops with a full counter underneath, kind of like a modern refrigerator on it’s side.

The bathroom tile is also original and perfect, commodes and faucets likely been .

I paused in the laundry room, which is actually as large as a 2012 McMansion laundry room minus the Sam’s closet. Mrs. Mathews had a complete sewing corner. She mended and, Quin says, sewed dresses for his sister.

Sometimes I just pine for the 1950’s.

7207 Northaven Master 7207 Northaven rearQuin lived on Northaven until about 1969, then he, like the refrigerator, floated back for a few summers. Sometime after he left, his parents enclosed and air-conditioned the garden room, which had been built with the original home.

Quin says his mother, Billie Abbott Mathews, been a teacher and she was insistent that everything always be done correctly. The home is east of Hillcrest and close to Kramer School, also one of the more sought after DISD public schools these days.

“She was my grammar teacher,” says Quin, “and taught me everything I ever needed to know.”

Like her teaching, Mrs. Mathews kept 7207 Northaven in order. It is a home that nurtures, soothingly says  “I have been loved” the moment you walk in. Mrs. Mathews’ husband died in 1982, and she lived in her home until her death at the age of 93.  It was her wish to never leave the home that she loved.

She never had to.

“My parents were North Dallas pioneers in that they moved to a road called Wandsworth, north of Walnut Hill, in 1947,” says Quin.  “The street changed its name to Mimosa Lane, as most of the homeowners planted the then-popular tree.  There was a field between the house and Hillcrest High School, originally Vickery Hillcrest School, an 11-year country school.  With a second child on the way, like so many, they moved “north” to Northaven.”

“It’s not a nice house, but it’s my house,” she would tell her children.

7207 Northaven is a VERY nice house. Nice homes do not have to be huge sprawling mansions with multiple living areas, 16 fireplaces and five spas. Nice homes can be well laid out, thoughtfully planned, beautifully cared for and loved.

Just like your house, Mrs. Mathews.

“My hope,” says Quin, ” is that another family can make the house their home for another fifty years.  There was much happiness in the home, and I’d love for another family to bring happiness to 7207 Northaven for future generations.”



Jo, you’ve got a great eye, and our readers are 100% correct: this home WAS featured in D Home, written by my friend and former great editor, Jennifer Dodd. Also, the owners of this home have been dear friends since residency days. So fabulous, the home has also been used for many a TV shoot, and I THINK (don’t quote me) that David told me when we last chatted over the holidays that it was used in filming GCB (Good Christian Bitches, R.I.P.). The story is completely true. The Waldreps owned a lot down the street from us on Northaven where this home is now listed with Allie Beth Allman for lease, and they found Cochran Chapel and let go of the plans to build on Northaven. Homes have a way of just calling you, sometimes. This one turned out to be an AMAZING remodel by Guy Courtney of Wilson & Associates. The home listed in MLS last spring at $7,999,999 then reduced to $7,499,900. Today’s price is $6,900,000.