This is the next phase of master-planned development at Preston Hollow Village, 42-acre multi-use development at the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, we’ve all been waiting for — the Signature Collection at Preston Hollow Village.

Real estate professionals braved the cold and rainy weather to get their first look at floorplans and finishes for these brand new luxury homes earlier this week in anticipation of Saturday’s grand opening. Until now, the project has been kept under wraps, but agents, brokers, and really anyone that hears there is new luxury residential going up in Preston Hollow Village have been clamoring for info. Now’s their chance to jump in.

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Once you’ve shed the big home and freed yourself of the pool and lawn crews, where do you go? If Downtown is too far and Bishop Arts or Deep Ellum aren’t your scene, the new luxury homes being developed in Preston Hollow Village could be the answer.

The longtime Briggs Freeman Sothebys agent-turned-Sales Director with PowerPlay Texas, Nancy Holloway is now leading the charge at The Signature Collection at Preston Hollow Village, the bustling mixed-use community at Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway. Nancy gave CandysDirt.com the exclusive scoop on this next highly-anticipated residential phase of master-planned development.

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One of the most highly anticipated home tours in Dallas, the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes boasts a curated collection of modern homes selected by architects, and it’s back for year lucky 13. This time, though, the two-day tour will highlight both newly built and renovated homes and includes a VIP ticket option that gets you into the Premier Party home during select hours, a gorgeous modern from M. Gooden Design, as well as the Nov. 2-3 tour. 

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Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

Long before the Midcentury Modern and Oak Cliff were having their big moments, homeowners Enrique Montenegro and Michelle Reyna chose their home on Evergreen Hills for the most practical of reasons: it checked the right box. Dr. Reyna needed to be near Methodist hospital for her work and Oak Cliff was an easy commute. The Midcentury Modern home they chose, well, that was more about a feeling. After seeing several houses one morning, they walked into the one-story ranch and just knew.

“I realized this is it,” said Montenegro. “We felt really lucky. We still do.”

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Not all condominium living is located in Dallas city limits. In fact, some of the most luxurious, resort-inspired condo living is happening at The Corvalla in Frisco, where homes start at $650,000 and go up to $1.2 million. 

The Corvalla is a 121-home neighborhood of three-story buildings with home ranging from 1,700 to 3,000 square feet with especially large master suites and open kitchen living style. From the exterior, it’s clear that clean lines and large windows are prominent in the condo’s contemporary yet comfortable feel.

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magnificent Mediterranean estate

I always enjoy researching the luxury homes of Dallas. When I started digging last week, I found some extraordinary information on our Monday Morning Millionaire. Long before this magnificent Mediterranean estate was built, the original structure at 3601 Lexington Avenue was the first house constructed in Highland Park, “a model suburban city.”

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Marshall built the original home in 1908, and it was considered a showplace. There were no other homes in sight, except for a couple of distant farmhouses.

Let me take you back in time for a minute with this snippet from The Dallas Morning News archives:

“When Mrs. Marshall and I moved into our home, we had no neighbors north of the Katy Railroad, although at least one other house, that of Hugh Prather, was under construction,” related Mr. Marshall. “Knox street was then an unpaved, unkempt country lane on the outskirts of Dallas.”

The Marshalls were also parents of the first child born in Highland Park, a daughter, named Eleanor.

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When some people think of contemporary homes, they think of a stark white box with a white interior — perhaps like the Rachofsky Residence by Richard Meier in Preston Hollow – essentially an art-museum-house-hybrid.

Enrique Montenegro, a principal at SHM Architects, says contemporary is really anything that’s not traditional in architecture, but it’s not necessarily a “classic white box.”

“Contemporary doesn’t have to be cold,” he says.

CandysDirt.com sat down with Enrique Montenegro of Dallas-based SHM Architects to discuss how to design a contemporary home that feels warm and comfortable.

CandysDirt: Let’s start with the criticisms. What are the stereotypes people have of contemporary-style homes?

Enrique Montenegro: Everybody’s got a different idea of what contemporary means. Clean lines is a term that people use a lot when they’re referring to contemporary homes, where everything’s super straight, with minimal details, and very crisp.

But we’ve all been in these kinds of spaces where you feel like you can’t put your feet up. They are rooms full of furniture that make you feel like you’ve got to sit straight up. The way the space is furnished and how the walls are finished can make it feel very cold and too formal. (more…)

When you have the right team, every detail of a house turns out flawless. That’s the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire, a Santa Barbara transitional with all the “wow” factors.

This gorgeous home at 6206 Desco Drive began as spec construction by CandysDirt.com Approved luxury builder Faulkner Perrin Custom Homes and David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects. Stocker is known for his mastery of light and love of courtyards, and this Santa Barbara transitional showcases both beautifully. One of the many things Stocker does so well is to create intimacy without impeding flow. There are plenty of private spaces in this home, yet you get just enough of a glimpse from one room into another to feel connected.

Santa Barbara Transitional

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