Historic Texas Ranch

If there were ever a case for preservation, this 1932 University Park historic Texas ranch at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard is it. 

Legendary architect David R. Williams designed the home, which sits on 1.15 acres overlooking Turtle Creek, for then University Park mayor Elbert Williams. It’s been referred to as the Williams house for decades. You can decide which Williams it’s named after.

Historic Texas Ranch

The front stair is an exposed structural beam masterpiece.

Williams, the architect, is known as the father of Texas Regionalism, and this historic Texas ranch is the most notable example of this style. Texas Regionalism came about because Williams was observant, and recognized the beauty of simplicity.

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Greenway Parks has earned acclaim from architects and loyalty from its residents. Allie Beth Allman Realtor Maribeth Peters explains why.

Greenway Parks is one of those neighborhoods you never want to leave, and frankly that’s why it can be challenging to find a home here. With approximately 300 houses, which are often passed down from one generation to the next, it’s often hard for a newcomer to get a foot in the proverbial door.

The neighborhood is full of architecturally significant homes in every imaginable style, from Charles Dilbeck’s Spanish Eclectic to Max Levy’s cutting-edge modernist.

Greenway Parks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Dallas, and it is going through a major transformation right now,” Maribeth Peters of Allie Beth Allman & Associates said. “This renaissance consists of new construction and major remodeling of existing historic homes. Since Greenway Parks was designated a Conservation District in 2003, all architectural plans must be reviewed by the city, but that has not slowed the neighborhood evolution.”

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We know that our Maple Avenue-based Heritage Auctions is the undisputed leader in the online luxury auction business — the best place to buy art, jewelry, furnishings, handbags, books, manuscripts, wine … just about anything. They now have offices all over the world, and I do believe they have even surpassed Sotheby’s. Heritage Auctions is the largest collectibles auctioneer, the third largest auction house in the world, and the largest auction house founded in the US. 

And it all started right here in Dallas in 1976.

We know, too, that Heritage is in the real estate auction business and, in fact, successfully sold off the O’Neil Ford-designed Penson estate on Armstrong Parkway last year for $4.950M. Honda honcho Lute Riley bought the house and then tore it all downThey sold former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s Park City ski house for $4.2M, among many others.

Now comes a new division within Heritage Real Estate Auctions: The Executive Platform. The EP program will focus on moving middle priced properties, from $500,000 up to $2 million, with speed, transparency, and vetting.

“Our objective is, frankly, to disrupt the market in this active price range,” says Nate Schar, Heritage’s category director “Real Estate agents will be fully engaged and compensated. I think they are going to love the bandwidth we are able to provide for these properties given our vast database.”

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On September 27, when the Penson house at 3756 Armstrong Parkway sold at auction, a handsome gentleman with white hair was the buyer. He walked out of the house that day smiling broadly with his agent, Allie Beth Allman.

He was Lute Riley of the Honda car dealership fame. As we told you, he paid $4.95 million, including the buyer’s 10% premium, for a home that had almost a Camelot presence in Dallas. Built for Jack and Nancy Penson in 1954, it is one of architect O’Neil Ford’s largest residential projects, and was designed in one of his favorite styles, Texas Regionalism. The exterior and interior of the 9,800-square-foot home remains very close to the original design with the exception of a second story addition, a massive, indulgent master bath expansion, and enclosure of a rear porch.

The home remains an architectural icon that has been named by Preservation Dallas as one of the major Dallas buildings in danger of destruction.

Sadly, a permit has been pulled to demolish the home.

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O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photography courtesy of Jennifer McNeil Baker

 

Frankly, we don’t know how they do it. Heading into their 40th year, the organizers of the Lakewood Home Tour always find proud homeowners willing to share their gorgeous and often architecturally significant houses with the public. In doing so they have raised millions of dollars since 1976, all benefitting local schools. This year, six homes ranging from brand new builds to historic architectural icons are on the annual tour that takes place this weekend. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at one of those icons, 3201 Wendover.

Stay tuned: We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour later this week!

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3756 Armstrong Avenue

3756 Armstrong Avenue

We all know that anything under $1 million is flying off the MLS faster than a Cabbage Patch Kid in the 1980s. In the $1 million-plus market, homes are still flying off the shelves like Cabbage Patch Kids … in 2016.

Sure they’re still selling, but no one is getting trampled. This sentiment was echoed recently at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s conference by journalists nationwide.

To me this means that if you’ve got the means to buy in the luxury market, there are some bargains to bag. Here are two.

3756 Armstrong Avenue

I toured this home recently with listing agent Ben Jones from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. This is a large home with a long and swanky past.  Designed and built in 1954 by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’ most influential 20th century architects, this home is just cool … and a bit frightening.

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The moment you see a Texas modern home  you know  it’s something extraordinary.  This masterpiece was designed by Stocker, Hoesterey and Montenegro Architects and pays tribute to the regional style developed by David R. Williams and O’Neil Ford. The cool contemporary is located at 5011 Shadywood Lane in the heart of Bluffview. The emphasis on environment and the incorporation of natural materials are integral aspects of the Texas modern movement, and this house is a shining example of both. (more…)

Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite because we plan to get ourselves inside this beauty once the rain ends. That cherry laminate in the kitchen! A most architecturally significant home NOT in MLS, weighing in at 9,000 square feet on just under an acre. Owners commissioned Ford to build their vision in 1954, and it remains a piece of glorious art to this day. Offered at $7.5. Stay TUNED!

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3756 Armstrong Ave

Rain rain, go away, CandysDirt wants to PLAY!