North Dallas Tornado

Tyler Seguin’s property on Camilla Lane before the North Dallas tornado.

We all know by now that the North Dallas tornado has devastated Preston Hollow. And a lot of you know Dallas Star’s center Tyler Seguin’s mansion on Camellia Drive was struck. What you may not know is that it was beautifully staged by Lisa Stapp, the owner of Staged by Stapp. Along with Seguin’s home, about $55,000 worth of Stapp’s inventory of furniture and accessories were destroyed.

While it may pale in comparison to losing a house worth a couple of million, the livelihoods of those that serve in the real estate community have also been severely affected by the North Dallas tornado.

North Dallas Tornado

The home is completely destroyed after the North Dallas Tornado struck.

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Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Janelle Alcantara lives and breathes modern architecture. When she spotted this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern at 5546 Charlestown Drive, it was one of those honey-stop-the-car moments.

Alcantara is not just an architecture lover — she’s also a senior associate with David Griffin & Company Realtors. She sees a lot of homes, and she sees a lot of them get torn down that frankly should have been renovated. She started Galaxy Modern, an architecture-driven real estate service, to make modern architecture accessible and to preserve existing modern homes whenever possible.

This Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern is an exciting example of what can be done when you have vision. It was constructed in 1964 when a lot of architect-designed homes were springing up in the neighborhood. Remember, this was an era when cool was the watchword. The Rat Pack was making headlines, the Ford Mustang appeared on the scene, and Mary Quant brought us the miniskirt. I won’t tell you what the median house price was because you’d just cry.

Dallas has a number of homes from this era that are worthy of saving, but most investors see only the dirt value and scrape away to throw up a generic McModern. Fortunately for all of us, one of the investors Alcantara works with shares her sensibility and enthusiasm for architecturally cool properties.

When Alcantara saw this Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern, she knew what she wanted to do, assembled a crackerjack team, and got to work.

Matt Dimitri Karpenko is known for bringing these midcentury gems to life again,” Alcantara said. “But this is his crown jewel! The house was painstakingly and delicately deconstructed to preserve all that is magnificent about midcentury modern architecture, then slowly and carefully redesigned.”

Melshire Estates Midcentury Modern

Melshire Estates was voted by D Magazine as one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in North Texas. It’s a beautiful area with large tree-lined streets, deep property setbacks and that sought-after walkability we all want.

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Just when we think we’ve seen it all, along comes our Inwood Home of the Week at 6930 Brookshire Drive. It’s a sleek contemporary modern with an exaggerated pitch roof, built in 1973. We’ve included some of the before photos so you can appreciate the original shagadelic décor.

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Buyers are craving more modern, livable homes, and our Inwood Home of the Week is a sleek, sexy Midway Hollow modern at 3815 Valley Ridge Road just listed by Clay Stapp.

Holz & Stein recently completed this beauty. I was not familiar with the company, so I did a bit of research on them. Suddenly it made perfect sense that I was enamored of this house. The CandysDirt.com team recently returned from Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg where I was taken with the style of the homes — deeply rooted in original German architecture.

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Ritz-Carlton

The views are spectacular from the balcony of unit 1504 in tower II of the Ritz-Carlton.

I’ve found a real gem in Uptown, a 15th-story condo at The Tower Residences at Ritz-Carlton. It offers incredible views, a gorgeous contemporary interior, and access to the world-class, five-star hotel amenities and concierge services offered at the Ritz-Carlton.

Unit 1504 at 2555 N. Pearl St. is one of only two properties on the market for under a million dollars in either Ritz-Carlton tower, and the only one bedroom at this price point. That’s notable because the penthouse in this second tower just sold for one of the highest prices ever paid for a high-rise residential unit in Dallas. Additionally, the unit overlooks the landmark Crescent property and the upcoming Crescent Park, a $65- million renovation that will feature an expanded shopping and dining arcade across the street. This is the place to live!

I love how walkable this area is: a block to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District; great restaurants
and entertainment on every corner; the American Airlines Center down the street. Because this condo is on the
15th floor, street noise isn’t an issue. Plus, the balcony is not west-facing, so it stays cooler in the unit than
those that face the blazing Texas sun in the afternoon.

This property is listed by Jennifer Cloud Esq with Private Label Realty, who worked closely with the owner to update the space. For example, the once-purple walls are now a nice, neutral tone and contemporary lighting
that takes it up a notch was added in the dining and master areas. It stays the perfect temperature with a Nest thermostat.

They hired Staged by Stapp to ready the unit for sale, and almost everything you see is available for purchase with the condo, which has one bedroom, one full bathroom, one half bath, and 1,375 square feet, with access to the awesome balcony from both the living room and master. I’d love to give you a tour.

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