University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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University Park Luxury Transitional

Photography by Full Package Media

There is a great deal of new construction going on in Dallas, especially in the luxury home market. Guess who is doing it exactly right? CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Robert Elliott Custom Homes. Their University Park luxury transitional at 4328 McFarlin Boulevard hit the market last week, and it is everything luxury home buyers are looking for today.

Elliott worked with Brent Slocum of B.K. Design Studio to create a home that is not just beautiful, but also makes sense for a growing family. With 7,545 square feet, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two powder baths, and zoned for Highland Park ISD‘s Bradfield Elementary, it doesn’t get better than this. It’s also on a large corner lot off of Armstrong Parkway, so plenty of room to add playscapes, toss a football, or put in a pool.

What caught my eye about this house, however, is the detail. Elliott and Slocum added in character and that sets this University Park luxury transitional apart.

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Our Splurge: Tessa Mosteller with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4201 Emerson Avenue for $789,000.

For some, living in the Park Cities is something to aspire to, and we are centering on two of its gems. Enter University Park, a quintessential American neighborhood that makes us feel right home. With lush parks, sports fields, upscale shops, and exemplary Highland Park ISD schools that rank among the best in the country, this is where it’s at in Dallas! However, many buyers find themselves in a state of sticker shock when searching for their University Park home.

Fret no more! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal will put you at ease. Today, we zero in on two exceptional University Park condos, each on Emerson Avenue, and offering gorgeous interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose?

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University Park Contemporary

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to have an HGTV-worthy home? Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a University Park contemporary at 3528 Marquette Street that captivated not only HGTV but also D Magazine. And now it can be yours!

I can say from my 20-plus years as a photography stylist and location scout many moons ago, HGTV  (and indeed any commercial photography client looking for a luxury home) has requirements that are set in stone. The perfect home for a photo shoot must be stylish, of course. It also needs to have light (photographers love natural light), and it has to be easy to move around in to capture different angles as well as to sustain a production crew, make-up artists, and stylists for the duration of the shoot.

This University Park contemporary has all that and more. With 6,833 square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder baths there is plenty of room to create the perfect shot whether it’s for HGTV or Neiman Marcus.

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Modern French Farmhouse

Photography by Costa Christ

I set the bar pretty high when it comes to properties I think are worthy of our readers. I try to think a lot like the French, who we know are supremely selective. A home has to have historical or architectural value, or a great story. Or, it has to be so beautiful that even a French woman would love it, like our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous University Park modern French farmhouse at 2708 Daniel Avenue.
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The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)

It is not too late to bid on this house! EMAIL: alicia@eliteauctions.com or PHONE: (214) 326-1875!

You have heard us go on and on about former Texas Ranger Michael Young’s fantastic home at 3508 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

We had an open house event there a Saturday or two ago, and you couldn’t pull me out. 

Created by Emerson Residential in 2006, this house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, one half bath, a designer kitchen, expansive master suite, and lovely outdoor area with a covered patio and fireplace. Enough room for a small pool, and there is even a small sun room off the back yard that would be a perfect entertainment hub. I was totally blown away by the home, quality of construction, design and details. A more family-friendly home in UP I have not seen.

Now I am blown away by the fact that the house is selling tomorrow, September 1 (August is gone!) at 11:00 a.m WITHOUT RESERVE. And someone is going to get the deal of the century. I mean, the home is listed with Allie Beth Allman’s Lilly Young for just under $3.5 million. Hec, once it was listed for $3.9!

“This University Park neighborhood is just a short commute to downtown Dallas and in the attendance zone for Highland Park ISD, a major draw for many,” said Alicia Chmielewski, Elite Auctions Market Director, Southwest. “An open floorplan and luxe amenities make this home appealing for the discerning buyer.”

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Michael Young was a perennial MLB All Star during his long tenure with the Texas Rangers. (Photo: Keith Allison/2009)

Did you catch the article in the Wall Street Journal this week? “Former Major League Baseball All-Star Michael Young is auctioning his 7,715-square-foot Dallas mansion without reserve next month.”

That’s the one we have been telling you about! That’s where we are having our CandysDirt.com Staff Party TOMORROW! This is a rare opportunity to buy a celebrity home at auction in coveted University Park, with top rated schools and security, on a quarter acre of land with five bedrooms and seven-and-a-half baths, hand-scraped hardwood floors, recirculating water heaters, and decorative lighting fixtures, to say the least. And it is listed for $3.5 million. Michael Young said he wanted to take a more “creative route” to sell it.

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