Britannia GroupWhen two Brits get together — each with impressive track records in the real estate market — you can rest assured that their combined market knowledge is a powerful force.

That is very much the case now that Mark Godson and Catherine Thorpe-Lambert have joined forces with Compass Real Estate to form The Britannia Group, combining their decades of experience with what they felt was Compass’ unparalleled Realtor support system.

“We each bring different things, different strengths, and together we are an encyclopedia of knowledge,” Godson said. “I know Dallas and I know the Park Cities  customers like the palm of my hand.”

“I’m up in Argyle, which is semi-rural, and I think people tend to move out here for a little bit more land, a little bit more space, and obviously it’s completely different from the high rises and the close quarters in Highland Park,” said Thorpe-Lambert. “But it’s a really exciting time in Argyle because, in addition to our famous estate and horse properties, we now do have several new subdivisions being developed.”

Together, The Britannia Group is focusing attention on what they call the “Town and Country” properties — properties in uptown, downtown, Turtle Creek and Park Cities, but also those estates and horse properties in Argyle and semi-rural Denton County.

In addition to a network that stretches from the U.K. to Palm Springs, the two agents cumulatively have years of design and remodeling experience as well, which means they can help sellers with every aspect of selling a home, including staging and marketing.

Originally from London, Godson is licensed in both California and in Dallas, where he’s had seven years and 26 years of experience, respectively. He’s worked with some of the top brokerage firms in Dallas, and has sold some of the best, and priciest,  dirt in the Park Cities: two mansions on Rheims Place, including the Worthington Estate, and one on University Boulevard he sold to a prominent Dallas family the first day he listed it. He has sold several homes in Greenway Parks, Uptown, Preston Hollow and even downtown Dallas.

He’s lived in the U.S. for almost 30 years, primarily in Palm Springs and Newport Beach, California, and in Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Chelsea School of Art, is a Grade II UK-approved remodeler in England, and the recipient of several awards, including a Restoration Award.

“My background is in interior design and restoration and that’s what got me to the U.S. many, many years ago,” Godson said. “I was brought in to consult on an estate in Highland Park.”

“I’ve done some amazing houses in the Park Cities — taken older homes and painstakingly and lovingly restored them. A lot of them are still standing, which is kind of cool that what we did probably kept them from being bulldozed down. Homes are the historical footprints of a society.”

Godson said that the duo’s background in restoration has been most attractive to sellers, too.

“I think also my knowledge of restoration and reviving older homes makes me a more in-demand agent. We’ve got a fantastic 1930s Spanish house coming up sometime this year which is incredible, by the way — that’s been restored to the max,” he says. ”I think that’s why owners choose to use us, because they know that we understand restoration. I think that gives them a better feel, our knowing what goes into restoring a home both from a pricing perspective as well as purchase. Because in England we don’t tear down houses, we restore them.”

That mutual love of restoration and real estate actually brought the two agents together in the first place.

“So my background is in restoration, and I used to buy a house, redo it, and then sell it. And that’s how we met — I built a house, and Catherine bought it,” he added.

Thorpe-Lambert has three decades of experience buying, selling, and renovating homes in Park Cities, Lakewood, Argyle, Bartonville, and even along the coast of Maine.  She decided to become a Realtor, and then partner with Godson.

Born in England, she was trained as a podiatrist, graduating from the University of Huddersfield, School of Podiatry. The U.S. has been home for almost 30 years now, and Thorpe-Lambert currently lives in Argyle with her family.

A lifetime equestrian who rides through Grand Prix Dressage, she is also well versed in what horse owners (or potential horse owners) are looking for when they desire equestrian-friendly properties.

“Well that’s primarily why I moved out there, because I’ve been around horses my entire life, and have ridden for years and years,” Thorpe-Lambert told us. “For a while, I owned my own boarding, training, and dressage facility.  And I did training as well. And with its sandy loam soil, Argyle was the perfect place to call home for my family and my horses.”

Sandy loam soil? Godson and Thorpe-Lambert know their inventory from the dirt up, quite literally. Both believe potential clients will see the combined British force as an asset when it comes to buying and selling homes.

“We have a great history together, we work well together, we bring a lot of knowledge to the table,” Godson said. “That’s why we’re the Britannia Group.”

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Quality craftsmanship, comfortable luxury, and a coveted location come together in one Lakewood custom home by one of North Texas’ top homebuilders.

David Goettsche, founder of Desco Fine Homes

The Craftsman eclectic at 6225 McCommas Blvd. is new construction from CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Desco Fine Homes and it impresses with its transitional style, thoughtful spaces, and high-end features. 

“We love the Wilshire Heights/Lakewood area of Dallas and this house fits in beautifully there, with a handsome design and impressive curb appeal,” said David Goettsche, founder of Desco Fine Homes, a company that prides itself on being a true boutique builder. Each talented craftsman is hand-chosen by Goettsche and many of them have worked with him for decades. Goettsche has been building for more than 40 years and many have been with him almost that long. 

This house has four oversized bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, an office, large upstairs flex space, and 4,100 square feet. There is an open house this Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 

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Nestled among towering pecan trees, one Lakewood home feels like a treehouse, offering midcentury style, gracious living, and celebrity owners who personally helped design it. 

This week’s Inwood Home of the Week, sponsored by Inwood National Bank, is at 7128 Wildgrove Ave., a stone’s throw from the southwestern shores of White Rock Lake. Owners Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle are musicians and co-founders of Polyphonic Spree, as well as owners of hip East Dallas joint Lounge Here and local faves Good Records and Good Pagoda. 

When they built this house in 2006, it was the first of its kind in the neighborhood. DeLaughter and Doyle were sensitive to that and worked with many of the materials of the existing midcentury house, from re-using the original foundation and bricks, to featuring its Roman brick fireplace and colorful porcelain sinks inside. The couple worked hand-in-hand with architects and designers at W2 Studio in downtown Dallas. 

“This was our ideal home — we were into contemporary design and if we maintained [aspects of the] design of the original home, we thought we could fit in the neighborhood,” said DeLaughter. “We were fans of [W2’s] work prior to this and we contacted them because we were going to need a home with more square footage.” 

The pink brick and tropical pine cladding contrast pleasingly with towering pecan trees and lush landscaping — the aesthetic is both sleek and organic.

The main house has 2,712 square feet on two stories and a studio offers an additional 432 square feet, totaling 3,144 square feet of living space. A central courtyard features a steel catwalk connecting the two spaces and moving between stories, DeLaughter’s idea. 

“There’s a massive pecan tree in the center of what is now the courtyard, which cemented the idea of it — we worked around it with landscaping and design,” he said. “We added about four-and-a-half feet [to the original foundation] on the south side of house then went up two floors.”  

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Enjoy Elevated Elegance in Mansion Park with this Listing from Clay Stapp | CandysDirt.com

You’ll find elevated elegance in one of Dallas’ finest neighborhoods with one modern townhome that exceeds expectations on every level.

Located in Mansion Park, the townhome at 3625 Brown St. rises up from the ground, as if chiseled from the stone with which it was created. The craftsmanship, aesthetic, and finish-out are luxurious and sophisticated.

“Mansion Park borders Turtle Creek, Oak Lawn, and Uptown and is just minutes from downtown Dallas — this is an incredible location,” said Clay Stapp of CLAY STAPP+CO, who has co-listed this property with Natalie Newberry. “This townhome is exceptional, from the well-appointed communal spaces and rooftop deck, to the original art installations by Luis Olinto — there’s just nothing else like it on the market.”

This home has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 3,734 square feet on three stories. There’s an open house this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2-4 p.m. Want a sneak peek?

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Luxury family living takes on new meaning at one Colleyville house with resort-style outdoor living and over 6,000 square feet of interior space. 

Located in the exclusive gated Castleton Manor community, the home at 6704 Ethridge Ct. is a custom build that sits on a 0.46-acre lot in a cul-de-sac. The neighborhood has a private park with a fishing pond, playground, picnic pavilion, and walking path, as well as easy access to the popular Cotton Belt Trail. It’s a short drive to Timarron Country Club, with its 18-hole Nelson-designed championship golf course, and only 9 miles west of DFW International Airport.  

“It’s everything a family could want, from the house itself and its incredible backyard, to the neighborhood and sense of community spirit,” said listing agent Jocelyn Croney Sandruck with Re/Max Trinity. “The schools are stellar, too — Colleyville Elementary is top-rated and near the house.” 

This home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, four living areas, two dining areas, and 6,149 square feet on two stories, sitting on 0.46 acres. Would you like a tour? 

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Frisco continues its rapid growth, adding around 37 new residents every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, they reported in May.

That makes real estate in this affluent northern suburb a hot ticket and luxury housing does quite well in Frisco — high-end, gated communities with great amenities are where a lot of those sales are happening. 

When buyers are looking in Frisco, they need an expert with local presence and years of experience, like Ebby Halliday Realtors. They have an office in Frisco at Legacy Drive and State Highway 121 and many of their agents live nearby. They can navigate the market with assurance.    

I’ve found three luxury properties represented by Ebby Halliday in those gated communities — one even has an open house this weekend. 

 

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Head north to McKinney to discover a magnificent Mediterranean with panoramic views of Kings Lake and every luxurious detail a buyer could want. 

The house at 537 Sea Side Ln., located in the Adriatica Villa District, is a rare find with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two half baths, three living areas, an office, and 6,593 square feet on two stories, including an oversized wine cellar. 

“Everything about this property is extraordinary and the finish-out is exquisite,” said listing agent Christine Hogan with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “It is one of the nicest lots in the area and the views are unparalleled — almost all the rooms on one side of the house overlook the water.” 

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East Dallas real estate moves fast in our hot North Texas market and if you’re buying or selling, you need an experienced brokerage to help navigate the waters. 

The Realtors at Ebby Halliday represent homes with unsurpassed quality, craftsmanship, and style. With extensive training and many who live in the area, these Realtors are the top in the industry. Check out these three Ebby listings to see what I mean! 

 

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