classic French chateau

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Blame the French. They set a precedent for what we expect when we hear the word “chateau.” It’s a word that conjures up not just a majestic image, but also a luxurious lifestyle. This classic French chateau offers all that and more!

The superior quality initially caught my eye. It was built by Calais Custom Homes, a company that is well known for building luxury estates. But what stopped me in my tracks was the interior design of 10706 Bridge Hollow Court. You don’t expect to see a classic French chateau with bold color and edgy modern accents. Thank Ashley Astleford of Astleford Interiors for that.

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Holz & SteinWhile this new construction by Holz & Stein Custom Homes has a lot to recommend it, the particular buyer will also appreciate its location — just down the road from Central Market, good dining and imbibing at places like Fernando’s, Bugatti Ristoranti, Mi Camino, and Bluffview Growler, and an easy drive to Love Field, too.

Realtor Kelly Gurnee with Clay Stapp + Co. emailed us Thursday night to tell us about 4339 Bonham St., just off Midway and north of Walnut Hill. “It’s a stunner of a home,” he said of the listing.

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When it comes to festive landscape displays, there’s one landscape designer in Dallas that does it up better than anyone: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. So when we heard that Leidner’s skillful arrangement was in the running for HGTV’s Ultimate Outdoor Awards in the “Curb Appeal” category, we were intrigued but not surprised.

Though Leidner’s work is sought after in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, you’ll also be seeking him on the competition’s web page. Find out how to see more photos of this lavish European-style estate’s gardens, and the competition, after the jump:

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green

The Modern Home is set to complete this model home in May.

By Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

Jimmy Tanghongs – president and CEO of The New Modern Home in Plano – is reinventing green homebuilding. Instead of following the industry flow and building traditional energy-efficient houses, he’s forging his own path by developing the nation’s first neighborhood of self-sufficient homes.

One of Tanghongs’ latest custom homes is currently on the drawing board, and will back up to Lake Ray Hubbard. 

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[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

While Thursday’s meeting fell short of the usual fireworks PD-15 brings about, the City Plan Commission asked some great questions regarding city staff’s proposed changes to PD-15.

In the lead-up to City Plan Commission’s public hearing on staff’s proposal for updating PD-15, staff briefed plan commissioners Thursday morning at Vital. Groups. Knee. Senior Planner Andrew Ruegg, who’s led the process so far, presented essentially the same slides as were shown to the community two weeks ago.

What the few who went to the meeting were most interested in were the questions and comments from the other commissioners. I give a “Hallelujah!” to CPC chair Gloria Tarpley for commenting that the 3-D images shown of the proposed changes would have been welcome at other cases. How the city can be devising “words on paper” documents reflecting 3-D realities without 3-D models has always been a mystery. It should be ante to the game.

The first questions were from District 11 appointee Janie Schultz. First, she was curious whether the requirement for a street lamp every 50-feet was adequate. While boilerplate, staff said they’d look into it. Schultz’ second question concerned the affordable housing sweeteners and whether anyone would use them. The suspicion is that along the northern side they will be unlikely to be used, while on the Northwest Highway side they may if the developer wants to get near tapping any height. It kind of goes to what I’ve been saying that if the buildable envelope doesn’t grow, it’s just cannibalizing market-rate units for affordable units.

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Katye Sloan has joined Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, saying that once she decided to make a change there was no other place she wanted to be.

“I’ve worked with a lot of Dave Perry-Miller agents through the years and know there are a lot of high-caliber agents here,” Sloan said.

The move is somewhat of a homecoming for Sloan, who started her real estate career in the late 1980s at Dave Perry-Miller’s parent company, Ebby Halliday. She worked there a few years before leaving to run a store in Preston Center. In 2004, she returned to real estate and worked on the Azure high-rise project when the Dallas condo boom was in its early stages.

“It was a great experience because back then, that was a building that was really different from everything else around it,” she said. “It was such a great learning experience.”

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest French-inspired home of them all? In Dallas, it’s this Preston Hollow stunner. Looking at this fabulous abode, it seems like horses and carriages should be lining up to drop off guests in sparkly dresses and penguin suits. The romantic architecture and immaculately landscaped shrubbery transport you to Paris or Provence, minus the smell of fresh baguettes, but a quick drive to Central Market will surely take care of that.


Clocking in at 7,990-square-feet, no lavish detail is too small at this chateau. Its stately rock and stone façade was designed to impress, and certainly succeeds in that. Right inside, a 20-foot marble foyer and curved staircase make you feel as if you’ve stepped into Gatsby’s mansion.  

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Wade PhillipsAfter listing his house in 2011 and again in 2014, and again in 2018, former Dallas Cowboy’s head coach Wade Phillips is ready to be a landlord, again.

Phillips’ first listed his Preston Hollow home at 6115 Norway Road after he departed Dallas for Houston in 2011 (he’s now the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams). Built in the Hill Country style by Ryan Osborne, Phillips and his family were the first occupants of the home when they purchased it for $2.75 million in 2007.

Allie Beth Allman has been his Realtor of choice throughout – even for the purchase of the home. The property was listed for $3,295,000 in 2011, and then for $2.95 million in 2014. It was leased for $15,000 in 2015, according to MLS records, and then was placed back on the market in January 2018 for $2.95 million before having a price reduction in October 2018 for $2.85 million, and then one more about a week ago to $2.75 million.

The home is for lease once again for $15,000 a month, and is still for sale as well.

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