Italian Renaissance Villa

Photography: Jason Anderson JA2Photography

Some homes come up for sale only once in a generation. Sometimes in two or three generations. This iconic Italian Renaissance Villa is one of them. This property has been in the hands of the same family for 80 years. You’re in for something special.

I love nothing more than getting you Insider Dirt and bringing you a property that is not in MLS. How do I find them? You’ll never know because I’m the best secret-keeper in this city.

When you are looking for a luxury home in Dallas, you must know the right Realtors. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Penny Cook is one of those Realtors. When I spotted this Italian Renaissance villa at 4300 Armstrong Parkway, I immediately rang her up for a chat.
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From Staff Reports

On Thursday, Nov. 15, members of the Dallas Pacesetters – a select group of 30 Dallas-area Realtors from various brokerages – gathered over boxed lunches at 3504 Marquette Street in University Park to listen to nationally acclaimed local architect, Richard Drummond Davis. Davis, who trained at Princeton University under renowned post-modernist Michael Graves, spoke on “Trends and Residential Design.” Though he has a reputation for authentic period architecture, his early career focused on eclectic designs, blending classical forms with contemporary use of space.

Richard Drummond Davis

One such example of an eclectic Davis project was, not coincidentally, the meeting site on Marquette, which is also a current listing of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents and Pacesetters, Paige and Curt Elliott. Davis explained the thought process behind the 1984 home’s 5,184-square-foot “meandering” floor plan. Conversations can be had across multiple rooms, including from the lofted game room down to the main living/dining space.

“We consciously tried to make it flow from room to room,” said Davis. “The open plan was intended to be that way. Back then, everyone in Dallas was still doing discrete rooms in houses and pretty much doing only American Colonial architecture, classical Georgian and Greek Revival architecture.”

In that respect, the four-bedroom, five-bath home somewhat defied the norms of the time.

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Find an Incredible Urban Oasis with this 2-acre Bluffview Estate | CandysDirt.com

Sitting on 2.32 acres with mature trees, manicured landscaping, and a creek, one Bluffview estate is truly exceptional and the only property like it on the market now. 

The privately gated, French-style house at 4222 Cochran Chapel Rd. was designed by Richard Drummond Davis and built in 1996 by Breckinridge Nixon Homes and Clay Snelling. With its heavily treed lot, it feels like an urban oasis, yet it’s minutes from Northwest Highway and just 8 miles from downtown Dallas. 

“There are only 26 houses on this cul-de-sac street, each with acreage, so it is truly exclusive with almost no traffic,” said listing agent Dan Rhodes with the Rhodes Group at Compass. “At the end of the street is a park as well as the Bachman Branch creek, which runs through the neighborhood from Bachman Lake.” 

Inside, you’ll find spacious formals, a downstairs master suite, walls of windows, an oversized game room, and multiple patios, including a rooftop terrace. All in all, this home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 8,227 square feet on two stories. 

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Strait Lane

The estate at 10620 Strait Ln. is one of three currently represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate on this stories, exclusive street.

Strait Lane is one of the most fabulous and famous streets in Dallas. It’s home to a veritable Who’s Who of residents, from Margot and Ross Perot to Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki. They live in some of the city’s most impressive and esteemed estates. Buy a home on Strait Lane and not only have you arrived, you’ve probably arrived in a Learjet.

I’ve found three extraordinary Strait Lane residences represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. They’re within a half mile of each other on the most exclusive stretch of the street in Old Preston Hollow.  

Conveniently located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, this close-in arrangement is why some of the city’s most distinguished residents make Strait Lane their chosen address.

“Some of Dallas’ top-rated private schools, shopping, and dining are within minutes of Strait Lane and it has estates ranging from 1 to 25 acres — you have a country-like setting in this location,” said Realtor Ryan Streiff with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The homes are deeply set back and those on the east side have beautiful creek views. There’s also an off-duty Dallas police officer patrolling these gated properties, offering a very secure setting.”

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Luxury Outdoor Spaces | CandysDirt.com

The estate at 10620 Strait Ln. in Dallas features exceptional luxury outdoor living spaces.

Summer in Texas gets a bad rap. But with the right outdoor living areas, you can enjoy hot weather in style and comfort, whether it’s an evening soirée with your friends under the big Texas sky, or a casual afternoon lounging by the pool. These kinds of properties offer incredible options that make every moment spent outdoors a pleasure. 

We’ve found three properties with stunningly beautiful luxury outdoor spaces. Think covered patio kitchens, arching shade trees, sparkling swimming pools, lush gardens, manicured landscaping, and water features. Pair these with some of Dallas’ finest houses — and neighborhoods — and you’ve got a recipe for loving summer! 

 

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“Estate” is a word we don’t toss around lightly. It conjures up those venerable English country homes that stand for centuries and are passed on from generation to generation. So when we tell you this is a Preston Hollow estate — it’s exactly that. And any Brit who’s inherited a stately pile, as they call it, would be green with envy over this classic European three-story, 12,976-square-foot estate at 5414 Falls Road. It has all the privacy and beauty of any bucolic mansion with the benefit of a perfectly placed location, minutes from the best private schools as well as the Dallas Arts District via the Dallas North Tollway.

It also has none of the issues that are part and parcel of those inherited halls, chateaux, and manor houses.

“It’s built like a commercial office building,” listing agent Molly Malone with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, said. “The overall quality of construction and finish is impeccable. It’s one of the best built houses I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in real estate over 30 years.”
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Richard Drummond Davis

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Richard Drummond Davis

Richard Drummond Davis

Dallas architect Richard Drummond Davis is Dallas born, creating some of the most lavish and beautiful luxury homes today in North Texas (he’s the architect behind our most recent Luxe Tour).

His undergraduate degrees, a BS in architectural studies and a liberal arts degree, at from the University of Texas at Austin. While earning his Masters degree in architecture at Princeton, Davis studied with Michael Graves, a member of the “White Five,” formerly a follower of Le Corbusier who turned post modern and invented a new style of architecture, totally and recognizably his own.

But post modern was not to be his path. Seeking to express his own ideas, he returned to Dallas to start his own firm, Richard Drummond Davis Architect. Today, Davis is masterful at listening to his clients and creating their dreams, while respecting the power and beauty of historical architectural forms.

CandysDirt.comWhat keeps you in architecture? What motivates you?

Richard Drummond Davis: I love the challenge of the client who wants something unique or the unusual site which demands something unique. Getting into the design challenge is an adrenaline high.

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french transitional

Oh boy! I’ve got a very first look for you at a French Transitional spec home in the heart of Preston Hollow.

Located at 6019 Prestonshire Rd., this beauty is designed by Richard Drummond Davis and built by Colby Craig, a talented young builder creating dynamic homes in the area. Colby is a third-generation builder with Created by CASON. The attention to detail throughout this property is just amazing.

In fact, I could just move right in!

The home is 7,596 square feet, but it doesn’t feel huge — it feels just right for family, entertaining and making truly beautiful memories. The exterior is pure Austin stone with large windows on a hefty 100-by-188 lot near Walnut Hill Lane and Preston Road. There are five spacious bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a media room with kitchen, elevator, three-car garage, and a huge covered patio with fireplace and kitchen, perfect for outdoor living. Really, what else can you possibly need? There are flex spaces and formals and more storage than an airport hanger.

It just was completed in June and is listed by Kay Weeks and Danielle Brasher with Ebby Halliday Realtors for $2.495 million.

“It’s a gorgeous home,” said Weeks. “I’ve represented Colby for about three years now and he is appealing to today’s buyer, using the finest materials and creating open floor plans, nice outdoor living areas, huge closets, wonderful millwork and perfect spaces for entertaining. You really have to see this French Transitional home to believe it — it’s just marvelous.”

I got an advance tour with Colby and Danielle I can’t wait to share with you! Come look at 6019 Prestonshire, and I will point out all the thoughtful details that make this home so very unique like … one for red, one for white, and one for champagne … ha ha come see:

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