French-inspired stone manor

This is the perfect custom home with all the designer touches you would have built yourself if you had a huge corner lot in Preston Hollow and no expenses spared. The 7,990-square-foot home at 6507 Lakehurst Drive, which has four bedrooms, four full baths, and three half-baths, is up for an unbelievable no-reserve auction on July 20 by Elite Auctions.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., June 29-30 and continue each Saturday and Sunday until the auction day. The no-reserve auction will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, with final preview on Friday, July 19 1-4 p.m. Visit EliteAuctions.com/6507-lakehurst-dallas for pre-registration instructions and more photos.

Alicia Chmielewski, Elite Auctions Market Director tells us architect Don Caperton designed this magnificent French-inspired stone manor near Preston Hollow Elementary at Hillcrest and Walnut Hill for the sellers’ entertaining needs, so this home has seen several fabulous parties for holidays and events, as well as family gatherings through the years. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this home at 5538 Junius St. is in the attendance zone for Lipscomb Elementary School, and is one of many houses you can find in the attendance boundaries for Dallas ISD.

For the past two years, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has tasked me with finding great neighborhoods around some schools that might be more unfamiliar to buyers who traditionally look around the Lakewood, Rosemont, Stonewall Jackson (now Mockingbird Elementary), and Withers elementary schools when they want a home in Dallas ISD.

The great news is that this year, with the district garnering the second-highest rating you can get from the state’s new A-F accountability system (and one of the highest among Texas urban school districts), the odds are extremely good that you’ll be able to find a home in the attendance zone of a great Dallas ISD school. (more…)

As we wrote about last year, the intersection of Preston and Northwest Highway is one of the highest-profile in all of North Dallas (and probably one of the highest-valued, too).

It’s not just the current real estate prices of Preston Hollow that give this area its prestige—the intersection has a fascinating history.

The northeast quadrant has a wavy, pink brick wall, and to live “behind the pink wall” was an address with serious social cachet in midcentury Dallas (legend has it Ebby Halliday herself coined the phrase).

The pink wall was built in 1954 by developer Hal Anderson in front of his first apartments; he later built the high-rise Athena and Preston Tower apartments next door. Parts of the wall might be a bit faded now, but to live here in the 1950s or 1960s was to have arrived. (You’ll likely get raised eyebrows if you talk about the real estate “behind the pink wall” to a young person, but older folks will remember the phrase well.)

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us one block north to 6126 Averill Way #208W, located in the Imperial House Condominiums, built around the same time, 1964, by Sid and Ada Lynn, with George Dahl as architect. These charming French-style condos have a fanciful, throwback feel, with a grand, circular staircase, domed ceiling, and retro metalwork in the entryway. Can’t you picture Betty Draper from Mad Men gliding down the stairs in kitten heels on her way to cocktail hour?

6126 Averill

Unit 208W is located on the second floor (there is an elevator in the building, as well as those stairs), a two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo with a roomy 2,134 square feet. It is newly listed by Peter Livingston at Realty One Group Partners for $239,000, or $112 a square foot.

Unit 208W has plenty to offer a buyer, but parts of it are a bit dated need freshening. A similar size, but renovated, unit in Imperial House sold last November for $345,000, or $139 a square foot. If that sale tells you anything, it’s that you could make the upgrades on this unit and see a return on your investment. Jump to read more and see photos!

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Photo: Cindy Homsher

As much as I love to talk about Dallas public schools and what I’ve learned through talking with administrators, teachers, parents, students and school board members, nothing can replace the insight from a been-there-done-that family entrenched in the district. So I’ve come up with 10 questions (the same 10 I ask every DISD parent when I want to talk about their school or schools), and each month we’ll highlight a family who answered. Our inaugural edition will begin with the Homsher family, who live in Preston Royal. Mom Cindy Homsher and her kids – Natalie, Matthew, Nicholas and Catherine – answered our questions.

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