3615 Amherst Fountain back

Rarely do you see a home take such fantastic advantage of a unique lot in such a special way as this luxurious transitional design from Stocker Hoestry Montenegro Architects does. Built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Tatum Brown Custom Homes from the finest materials, this is a home that feels so seamlessly integrated into the land that there is no beginning or end, just a timeless, elegant design that hugs one of the most sought-after spots on Turtle Creek — Culture Gulch.

When you fall for a home like this — and once you see the interiors staged by Cindy Musgrove of Blu Sky Living, you will fall hard — you want to make sure your financing is bombproof. There’s no better person to call than Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, as she’ll make sure you get the right loan to make closing a breeze.

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So, with this recent bout of rain we’ve had, here’s your public service announcement: Drain standing water! Prevent death by mosquito!

There, I said it. If you’re willing to throw caution into the wind, here’s a cute house in University Park not far from several very placid lakes that would require teams of pesticide-spraying trucks to clear of mosquitoes. But, 4115 Caruth Blvd., priced at $899,000 and teeming with charm, is worth the scary spectre of West Nile, no?

This gorgeous house, all 2,754 square feet of it, has beautiful hardwoods and lovely traditional light fixtures. It feels practically brand new inside despite the fact that this one-story home is more than 70 years old.

The kitchen is gorgeous, with top-of-the-line stainless and built-in appliances and alderwood cabinets. I love the contrasting countertop on the island, especially how the rough edges add a bit more rustic texture.

This three bedroom/three bath home may feel cozy, but there’s plenty of room for formals and a very spacious den that overlooks a private covered patio. Like a lot of homes in University Park, the backyard is a bit of a postage stamp, which is great for older couples who don’t want a ton of maintenance.

Of course, you get Highland Park schools and tons of great parks as well as a very safe community. Heck, like everyone in the small city, you’re super close to University Park’s City Hall and Police Department. If only they could blast the mosquitoes away …