1963 to 2017

The new owner is Gil J. Besing, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Cardinal Capital Partners, Inc. and a seasoned real estate investor. His wife is Tricia Besing. They currently have a home in Highland Park across from the Dallas Country Club on Saint Andrews Drive. Hexter House, you had a good run.


My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.

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Brokers & agents are invited to a CandysDirt Staff Party event at 5350 South Dentwood July 19, from 3 to 5 pm. Brokers & agents are welcome to bring prospective buyers back to the property from 5 to 7 pm that same day. RSVP’s are being taken at 214-543-9990.

In 1951, when Dallas was still learning to embrace the midcentury modern design movement, oilman Grady Vaughn, Jr. commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in what we now call the honeypot of Preston Hollow. The home is 9,500 square feet with six bedrooms, seven and a half baths, several living areas on one of the most heavily treed lots in this majestic part of town. The acreage is unbelievable: 1.36 acres that include a serene swimming pool and a large private pond.

5350 South Dentwood was designed to serpentine throughout the lush property, meandering alongside the pond on the Straight Branch tributary, weaving through and around original trees. Buildings developed for their sites have an inherent connection, and you feel it intensely walking around the Vaughn House setting.

The home briefly came to market in the spring when it first became available.  Now, it is back, offered for $5,500,000 from the original list price of $6,900,000, with some very serious sellers behind it.

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Preservation Achievement Awards

The 18th annual Preservation Achievement Awards being presented at the iconic Statler, an icon of mid-20th-century design. Rendering courtesy of Preservation Dallas

After 16 years of vacancy and being listed on local, state, and national endangered lists, The Statler is one of Dallas’ biggest preservation success stories. It was recently recognized as such by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

So it’s totally appropriate that the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards will be held here next week, with keynote speaker Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This event is hosted by Preservation Dallas

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the May 31 event, CandysDirt.com is giving away two tickets to this sought-after affair. Read on to find out how you can win!

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preservation issues for dallas

In 2015, the gorgeous Bud Oglesby-designed home at 10300 Strait Ln. was razed, one of many architecturally significant structures demolished in Dallas in recent years.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed the destruction of many Dallas historic buildings over the past several years. From the Bud Oglesby-designed home at 10300 Straight Ln. and the Trammell Crow Estate to the razing of an entire block of century-old buildings in downtown Dallas as part of the Joule’s expansion plans, it’s been brutal. And it’s nothing new — Dallas historic building have been biting the dust for decades in the name of new construction.

But perhaps the tides are changing. The last two decades have brought a huge shift in historic preservation across the country and in North Texas. People are more interest in the environment around them, both old and new, particularly in how buildings, landscapes, and places impact their lives.

Today, Dallas citizens are able to be increasingly involved in the decision-making processes that determines what their surroundings look like and how it will affect them. Preservation issues for Dallas are getting noticed by some leaders.

Though much progress has been made in the city, it’s got a long way to go. Updated and improved tools are needed to guide future development and preservation efforts.

A panel next week will examine how our city can make informed decisions to create a good foundation on which to build a better future.

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Elmwood cottage

A friend of mine is looking to buy a house in the under-$300K range in Dallas and it is proving to be incredibly difficult and frustrating. In her experience, homes in that range go under contract lightning fast and almost always for over asking price. Sometimes there’s even a cash offer as competition.

I’ve had the same realization writing this Tuesday Two Hundred column for the last few years. I’ll find a property over the weekend and by Monday, it’s got an active open contract. The prettier the place, the bigger the interest.

So I’m predicting huge activity around today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 1603 Homewood Pl. The midcentury design elements and cute curb appeal of this Elmwood cottage will have buyers speed-dialing their Realtor for a showing. From the red brick and turquoise front door to the light-filled and renovated interior, it hits all the “must haves” and a lot of the “would be nice,” too.

This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,236 square feet on one story, built in 1954. Let’s take a look!

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Mosaic

The Mosaic is just one stop on the Celebrate Downtown DIVE IN tour.

Get your walking shoes and camera ready! Preservation Dallas and Downtown Dallas, Inc. will host Celebrate Downtown DIVE IN on May 6. This tour highlights truly amazing Dallas historical gems, many of which offer spectacular views of downtown Dallas. It’s a photographer’s dream come true! And if the turnout is anything like it was two years ago, you’ll want to reserve your tickets ASAP.

“Celebrate Downtown remains one of our most anticipated architectural tours because you get to experience Dallas’ center from the ground, from up above it all and from every angle,” said Preservation Dallas’ Donovan Westover. “Access to eight exclusive historic properties and rooftops with a party afterward – where else can you do that in four hours for $35?”

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meeks

The 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards feature keynote speaker Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This year’s Preservation Achievement Awards promise to be something special! In place of its annual awards reception, Preservation Dallas will host a sit-down dinner on May 31 at 6 p.m. in the legendary Statler Ballroom.

Not only does the location itself hold such a treat for preservation enthusiasts, the awards include a special tribute near and dear to friends of Dallas. According to Preservation Dallas:

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