By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor

There’s an almost-finished, high-end home in University Park that brings a touch of French flair to the neighborhood without being too over the top. A perfect blend of transitional elements makes this home feel like it is part of this luxury enclave while also bringing a heightened sense of sophistication to the area.
 
Robert Elliott Custom Homes — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — has brought this nearly-7,000-square-foot project from idea to fruition, and even though they haven’t put the final touches on the remaining details we wanted our readers to be the first to know this stunning home is just about ready to show the world. 
 

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If she brings a buyer, Lynda Piepgras will donate 5 percent of her commission from the sale of this gorgeous Robert Elliott custom home to the Highland Park Education Foundation as part of a new charitable campaign.

Realtors are famous for their generosity, and they are constantly looking for new ways to lift up the communities they serve. And though commission donation programs are nothing new, we’re absolutely impressed with Lynda Piepgras’ idea to help meet the needs of school districts by contributing a percentage of sales. In fact, Piepgras is launching a program that will commit 5 percent of her commission to the school district in which the home resides. 

“I really wanted to give back to the great neighborhoods I work in, and this is just a no brainer,” Piepgras said. “It’s easy and supports education, our kids, and our teachers.”

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Modern traditional mansion

Beverly Drive is the most desirable street in the Dallas area. You cannot convince me otherwise. Armstrong Parkway runs a very close second, and yes, I do love Swiss Avenue, but in my book, once you set eyes on Beverly Drive, nothing else can compare. I’ve been trying to figure out how to live there since 1979. The deck is not stacked in my favor, but if I could manage it, I’d be the first person in line to buy Robert Elliott’s latest custom build at 3414 Beverly Drive. This new build from a sought-after CandysDirt.com Approved Builder sets a new standard for luxury, and I’m dubbing it a modern traditional mansion. (more…)

Highland Park Modern Mediterranean 3512 Lexington.ashxIt’s always a pleasure to see what Robert Elliott is up to. This CandysDirt.com Hot Builder just put the finishing touches on a Highland Park modern Mediterranean at 3512 Lexington Avenue with architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects and designer Marci Barnes of Barnes & Co.

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Mondara

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Highland Park is just about the most coveted neighborhood in Dallas. Sure there are sports stars, celebrity sightings, and film shoots, but the great schools, terrific police and fire department, and gorgeous luxury properties are what really draw buyers. There has only been one thing lacking … until now — Highland Park luxury condos.  Robert Elliott Custom Homes has solved that issue with their latest development, The Mondara, on Abbott Avenue.

A few days ago the certificate of occupancy was issued and it’s now move-in ready. A good thing, too, as 29 of the 39 units, ranging in price from $800,000 to $2.2 million, are already sold. We first heralded this incredible project in February of 2015, and then we gave you a sneak peek at this stunning development in April. When we were there on Thursday getting a grand tour from listing agent Lynda Piepgras of The Associates (Elliot’s brokerage firm), the one and only Nate Berkus and crew were hard at work on a recently purchased abode. That may give you a small clue as to just how special these homes are, because you know Nate doesn’t work on just any luxury condo!

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Robert Elliott Custom Homes has launched a brand spanking new real estate brokerage firm called The Associates. And he’s flying out of the gate from the get-go with ten full-time agents for a brand that was born 30 days ago. One of the whiz kids is Brandon Meek.

“I receive north of 15 calls a week on our properties, both spec homes and custom builds,” said Robert.”The lead generation is incredibly strong. People will ask about a $3.5 million home, and then say “oh it’s out of my budget.” I ask them, what’s your budget? Now I can match them with an agent to help them find just what they need.”

The veteran Park Cities and North Texas homebuilder says he has sold 80-plus homes in the Park Cities at an average price of $2 million over the last seven years.

“We have a lot to offer young agents,” says Robert.

The move also comes at an interesting moment in the Dallas brokerage timeline. Brokerage consolidations, he says, are the new trend and are pitting young, eager agents alongside 30 and 40 year selling veterans. Many have reached out to him seeking a more level playing field.

“We are boutique, quick, nimble, creative, assessable,” says Robert. (more…)

Mondara

The Mondara, a vision from Robert Elliott Custom Homes and Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects is coming to life on Abbott Ave. in Highland Park.

Just off the Katy Trail and inside Highland Park — perhaps the sweetest location there is — is where Robert Elliott Custom Homes is building The Mondara. The condo development, which includes 39 expertly laid out units over three stories and two phases is more than half-way sold, with 22 of the units under contract.

The two buildings, which surround a courtyard and are set back from the curb by a semi-circular driveway, continue the trend we’re seeing with the Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ most recent builds — a bright white facade punctuated by large, dark-paned windows and sharply pitched rooflines. It looks like something you’d spot in Alys Beach, all white and gleaming with the kind of presence that causes envy among competitors.

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It’s the epitome of what architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro calls “transitional” style.

“It is a youthful but restrained style of architecture. It respects the past but also says things can be different,” Stocker said. “We use traditional plaster, traditional slate, and traditional classical details around doorways, but use modern whites, simple modern forms, and the modern feel of steel windows and doors.”

It’s a style we’ve seen a lot of lately, and considering how quickly Robert Elliott Custom Homesnew build on Beverly sold, it’s a style buyers can’t get enough of, either.

“We don’t see that there has to be a hard line that separates traditional and modern architecture,” Stocker added. “Both have wonderful traits and we meld them together.”

And inside, the details continue to amaze. CandysDirt.com got an exclusive advance tour of the property while craftsmen were still fitting the space with Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ signature features. Jump to see more!

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Serenity, The Woodward Project, by Classic Urban Homes. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

“Serenity House” by Classic Urban Homes. They are one of the 2016 Best of Houzz winners. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

It’s no secret that North Texas is home to some seriously talented home construction and design pros. So when Houzz announced their 2016 award winners, it was no surprise to see Dallas-Fort Worth professionals making a huge splash.

The awards are based on an annual survey and analysis of more than 35 million monthly Houzz users, and are awarded in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. Design winners can boast photos of their work were among the most popular on the site.

Customer service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received in 2015, as well as a firm’s interaction with the public on the site.  Both awards have stiff competition, with about 35 million active homebuilding, remodeling, and design professionals on the site.

We’ve rounded up ten 2016 Houzz winners for your viewing pleasure. Take some time to let your eyes delight in their work!

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