Adding more single-family housing in downtown Dallas has definitely increased the vibrancy of our urban core, as the once desolate city center now has more full-time families and businesses. The days of downtown turning into a ghost town at 5 p.m. could be over. 

If you want an urban lifestyle but don’t want to live in a high-rise, a townhome is the perfect compromise. Lucky for you, the Farmers Market area on the southeast side of downtown Dallas has a great inventory of relatively new builds, including this stunning unit listed by Sam Sawyer of The Collective Residential.

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3824 Centenary

A recent question in Quora posed, how do you find a home in this tight RE market before it hits the market?

Answer: Christy Berry. Berry tells me she has a hip pocket that is to-die-for great on Centenary in University Park that you might want to take a gander at: five bedrooms, four and a half baths, entertaining space galore and one of the prettiest HP pools I have seen. Asking is $2,349,000.

“The home is not going on the market until next week,” says Christy. “And it’s on one of UP’s most prestigious streets, with a Larry Boerder architectural pedigree.”

There are 5320 square feet of updated finishes with a large, bright kitchen, eat in breakfast area, and spectacular family room. Formals, of course. The second floor has all five bedrooms including the master suite, spa bath and laundry room. French doors open to the back yard, which is turfed, with a brand new pool and outdoor grilling area. There is potential for a finished third level and hence more square footage. This is Centenary: everything is an easy walk to the delights of Preston Center: Sprinkles, Swoozies, R&D Cafe, etc.

Come to think of it, I should buy this house and keep the kitchen pristine white by just dining at R&D every night… think I’d get a discount? Jump for more photos… (more…)

Preston Hollow Estate

On the west side of Preston Hollow, in the “honey pot,” grand homes on large lots sit nestled among gentle hills and winding streets. This was once farmland, first developed in the 1930s as a separate town — Preston Hollow wasn’t annexed by Dallas until 1945.

Many of the homes built during those years were more like country estates, with horses and stables. That was because they actually were country estates: this was on the northern edges of a new and growing Dallas. One horse is still allowed per acre, and if you have an old barn on your property, you can keep it: it’s all grandfathered in.

This is one of the many things that makes Preston Hollow such an unusual part of town to call home: you are seven miles from downtown Dallas, but come home, sit on your porch, and you can feel like you are 70 miles away.

Candy has spent most of her life in Preston Hollow. Her current home is in Hillcrest Estates, another estate area where homes with large swaths of land can keep horses. She tells the story of what happened there about ten years ago.

“I went to the mailbox to get the mail, and as I shut the door and started to walk up her driveway, I thought I heard horse hooves,” she said “I knew I was imagining things.”

Then suddenly she saw two horses running — really running — across the street. She screamed at her dogs to go into the garage as she hid behind her stone mailbox post. A man was running frantically after the horses to try and catch them. The horses ran all the way west on Northaven Road, across Preston Road, almost to the Dallas North Tollway, where they stopped for a breather. At which point a couple having cocktails on Burgundy Road looked up and thought maybe the vodka was too strong: there were two sweaty horses in the backyard!

Today, besides horses, you’ll find some of the most luxurious residences of Dallas in the Preston Hollow estate area, like our Inwood National Bank House of the Week, located at 5907 Lupton Dr. Sitting on almost half an acre near Walnut Hill Lane and Preston, it exudes Southern charm and sophistication with large columns and a sweeping front porch. Arching shade trees and mature landscaping add to the effect.

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Secluded Hollywood Heights Tudor facade.ashxLooking for a Hollywood Heights Tudor is like searching for a needle in a haystack. At this very moment, there are exactly two listing available in this coveted neighborhood.

However, if you’re searching for a Tudor here you’re in luck, because one just hit the market. Although 1115 Sarasota Circle was built in 2001 and not 1920, it has all the earmarks of the era that buyers love.

The builder did a great job of creating a façade that truly blends into the neighborhood. You really do a double-take to notice it’s not a vintage home. It also has a guest house and sits on a double lot — practically unheard of here. (more…)