Many set off on the quest to find the perfect Highland Park home, driving through picturesque neighborhoods hoping the prestigious properties they spot are up for sale. This traditional house in the heart of Old Highland Park will stop you in your tracks as you pass by, and lucky for you, this Fresh Offering from Allie Beth Allman & Associates is currently seeking a new owner.

The Greek Revival exterior draws you in with commanding columns and palatial landscaping that rival the gardens you have seen on trips to Europe. Follow the red brick road — much like Dorothy did — to find equally elegant interiors through double front doors. With a total of seven bedrooms and eight-and-one-half bathrooms, you can host holidays and big occasions without worrying where everyone will stay.

Plus, what you can’t see from the street is that a 1,118-square-foot guesthouse accompanies the 12,357-square-foot main house, so visitors won’t be on top of each other (or you) whatsoever.

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I honestly don’t think there is another house in Dallas that demonstrates “Old Highland Park” like 4441 Belfort Place.

Even the address is stately. And the front door!

From the dramatic drive-up on one of Highland Park’s toniest streets, the home greets you with beautiful architectural detail — that fleur surrounding the oval window above the doorway. There is a second story, a New Orleans-style balcony, arches and windows. There is a tile roof. The yard is lush with rich, mature landscaping, the kind one achieves from years of careful, loving tending. Located on one of the few, rare, front-to-back lots in Highland Park, the .87 of an acre grounds are more like that of an estate you would find in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, the yard is so perfect it was once published on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.

To say the home is a showplace is an understatement. Current owners took a home built in 1940 and updated it thoughtfully, soundly, retaining the charm and architectural detailing that, try as you might, spend as you might, you cannot replicate in new home construction.

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Modern Prairie

Photography: Reagan Jobe

How do you build a modern prairie mansion — not just any modern prairie, but a residence so spectacular that it will leave you breathless the moment you enter? Start with a generous budget, then hire a team with extensive experience, and great taste. To top it all off, throw in an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright and voilà: we have 3508 Crescent Avenue in the heart of Old Highland Park. (more…)

Highland Park Contemporary

Photos: Jason Anderson

It’s impossible to drive down Armstrong Parkway and overlook this Highland Park contemporary. This street is one of the best known in the city, and it’s full of beautiful homes, but 3710 Armstrong Avenue is different. It’s a dramatic departure from the typical house you’ll find on this street, and it has certainly captivated me since the day architect Dan Shipley finished it in 2000.

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4005 Gillon a

Deep in the heart of Highland Park near Beverly and Lakeside drives, I’ve found an incredible home, being offered for a steal,  on almost half an acre of prime real estate. This is the best part of Highland Park, and this home doesn’t disappoint.

The Greek Revival masterpiece at 4005 Gillon Ave. has Georgian Colonial influences in its stately architecture. Built in 1973, the house is a three-quarters replica of an 1853 mansion the owner grew up loving in Canton, Miss. The façade conveys a grandeur that continues inside.

This home has three bedrooms, thee full bathrooms, one half bath, four living areas, and 7,292 square feet on two stories.

“The space is there for anyone who might want to update it, but the home is perfect for those who appreciate the finer features of a bygone era,” said David Sparling with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the house. “This property is two doors down from Lakeside Drive and in the best part of Old Highland Park.”

4005 Gillon was built as an homage to that American era which is crystallized in our identity by Southern Belles attending elaborate balls. It was in the spirit of that gilded age that this home was conceived and built.

This is a home that was made to impress, both inside and out, where you could host just a few friends for an intimate dinner or half of the town for a black-tie affair, without missing a step. It imposes unto its guests an air of sophistication and grace.

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