bluffviewIf one-acre of lush grounds anchored by a Tuscan Mediterranean showplace intentionally designed to feel like a resort sounds like heaven, the fact that it’s situated in Bluffview, and just a stones’ throw from an array of shopping and dining options whether you head north or south, probably solidifies that feeling.

And that’s just what Doris Jacobs with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has in her 5019 Shadywood Lane listing. Designed by Robbie Fusch and built by Randy Hughes, the home is surrounded by manicured grounds with plenty of mature trees, walkways, covered terraces, a Zen garden, and a lagoon-style pool and spa.

And that’s just the outside.  (more…)

Highland Park Texas modern

When this incredible Highland Park Texas Modern at 3701 Lexington Avenue popped up on my radar last week, I sat enraptured for some time. Remember, when it comes to beautiful homes, I’m hard to impress. I feverishly texted my fellow CandysDirt.com writers to drop everything and look at this one! When I recovered my composure, I rang up the enormously talented David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects, to get the dirt. Oh, he had so much to say!

“A house should tell a story,” Stocker said. “It should draw you in and take you on a journey. It starts at the street. It’s a tease. You want to peek over the top of the wall. When you come through the gates, it says ‘hey, something is interesting about me, come and visit.’ ”

It’s apparent when talking to Stocker that he had fun designing this 8,156-square-foot home. But, how do you have fun, fulfill the needs of a young family, and create a timeless classic? Well, you enlist the aid of a stellar builder like Stephen Hild.

“He is meticulous, and his ability to pull off the details is unsurpassed,” Stocker said.

You also select time-honored materials to use, such as Lueders limestone, Douglas Fir, and Calacatta marble. Then you put a fresh spin on them.

“We are good at using a traditional form in a more contemporary way,” Stocker said.

Highland Park Texas modern

This extraordinary Highland Park Texas modern has it all. Private yet centrally located, with every amenity you can imagine.

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Highland Park Tudor 4312 Arcady Ave 1

“They don’t make them like this anymore,” Teffy Jacobs said.

Jacobs is Vice President of Doris Jacobs Real Estate with Allie Beth Allman, and she’s right. You seldom find a home that looks like the photography team from Architectural Digest just walked out the front door. This stunning Highland Park Tudor at 4312 Arcady Ave. is what we call a showstopper. (more…)

6809 Golf Front FacadeIt’s easy to assume everyone understands the value of living in University Park, but we have to remember that hundreds of people move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area daily. They have no idea why a neighborhood like University Park is desirable and why in particular this University Park traditional at 6809 Golf Drive is a spectacular option regardless of job location.

University Park, or “UP” as locals refer to it, is almost four square miles of some of the most sought-after real estate in Dallas. Census data from 2010 reports it to be Texas’ best educated city in terms of formal education and the seventh most affluent neighborhood in America. How many neighborhoods boast a leading university — Southern Methodist University — and a museum that houses the largest collection of Spanish Art in the United States — The Meadows Museum? It’s also one of the most family friendly neighborhoods you’ll ever find, anywhere.

In essence, if you can find a house here, you want to nab it. And you especially want to nab this one because it backs up to Turtle Creek. We’re talking a 190-foot-deep lot and a lot of privacy. This gorgeous 6,341-square-foot home is three stories of fabulous family living.6809 Golf Front Door

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