Country French

Photography: Shoot2Sell

There are a lot of beautiful homes in Dallas, but when you see as many as I do, you tend to get a bit jaded. So, it takes something special to make me sit up and take notice. And this University Park Country French home did just that.

What it has, in spades, is character. That is what is so sadly lacking in new construction today. The big white box home that is so popular now is attractive, of course, but there is simply nothing of note in a white house with white marble, white cabinetry, tile, and white walls. It’s clean and lovely, but somewhat sterile.

When we think about where to go on vacation, we seek out interesting, often quirky hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. We do that because they are charming and have character. So, why not live in an environment that gives you what your vacation property offers? This Country French home will make you feel as if you are on vacation every day!

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The University Park home of Gina Bishop-Corwin and her family.

Real estate developer Gina Bishop-Corwin is a longtime Park Cities resident who, with her husband, Mike Corwin, has 10 children. The family lives in University Park, just south of Preston Center, in a 5,200-square-foot home.

Last week, CBS-11 reported in an exclusive story by J.D. Miles, that Gina had been arrested in a massive drug sting operation that netted 10 arrests plus several raids and searches on Park Cities homes.

Bishop-Corwin, age 51, was indicted on seven counts involving drug and weapons charges. She was arrested at her University Park home on Stanford last week. The home is owned by MKT General LLC out of Dripping Springs, Texas. It was sold to the LLC in 2015 by the Gina Diane Bishop Trust in August 2019. The mortgage is for $750,000 and the lender is a “private individual.” There is no record of it in MLS; it is appraised by DCAD at just over $1.5 million. But residents say Bishop-Corbin is a “trust fund” recipient whose parents would give her money for each child she had. The “Bishop” in her family name is that of the family for whom the Bishop Arts District is named.  

Additionally, Gary Collin Bussell, 50, and his girlfriend, were also arrested when the feds raided his townhome across from the Whole Foods on Lemmon Avenue — too close to home, say residents who shop there regularly.

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University ParkIt’s within walking distance of shopping and SMU, and across the street from McCulloch Middle School, but you’re not going to find this University Park listing from Doris Jacobs in the MLS.

The single-family attached residence at 3456 Granada Avenue is a hip pocket, and a rather luxurious one for being priced well below $1 million. The brick traditional was custom-built and has had only one owner since it was built in 1998.

The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home has 3,502 square feet of living space, and it’s designed to feel even larger than that, with 10-foot ceilings downstairs, expansive entertaining rooms, gleaming quarter-sawn hardwoods to reflect the natural light coming in from gorgeous windows, and more.  (more…)

Nothing beats a big white house and we found three in University Park to tour this weekend! Each home offer tons of natural light with fantastic outdoor areas to entertain. Plus, you’ll enjoy an abundance of upscale touches too gorgeous to resist. Go tour them this Labor Day weekend and tell us which is your favorite.

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It’s not every day you come across a listing full of personality and impeccable style, which is what makes this residence unforgettable. The University Park home’s stone exterior and idyllic landscaping set a grand tone from the get-go, but you can’t even begin to imagine the fashion-forward spaces that await inside.

 

Bold designer wallpapers, coffered ceilings, and thoughtful paint choices make walking through this elegant abode a design adventure. Your jaw will be permanently on the floor, and if you’re lucky enough to live here, that will be your everyday experience. 

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There’s never a bad time to tour University Park open houses! And this weekend is particularly special. That’s because all three of our picks are made for summer! Whether you’re looking for something under a million or have a couple to spare, there’s a perfect University Park home for you. Check out the best of the best this Sunday and let us know which one you would choose. 

Showstopper Mere Steps From Hyer Elementary

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University Park

Everyone needs a few historical anecdotes to share during their next happy hour or dinner party, depending on your scene. Here are a few facts about University Park, a city named quite literally for its beginnings as a small residential cluster of teacher and staff homes surrounding the small Southern Methodist University.

The school provided nearby residents with utility services from its founding in 1915 to 1924, when the neighborhood population outgrew what utilities the school could provide. After failed attempts at annexation by Highland Park and Dallas, University Park became its own city in 1924, noted for its consistently high land values, adjacent employment at the university, and later shared excellent schools with its equally affluent neighboring city.

But for a suburb named Texas’ wealthiest and best-educated city earlier this year, the city didn’t have its own municipal library until the year 2002 when decorated Dallas Public Library director and college professor Sharon Perry Martin was first hired. Up until then, UP residents paid to use the Highland Park or Dallas libraries. Now of course residents flock to the municipal library located at Preston Center Plaza, but it’s one of those interesting things that happen in a city’s journey to becoming who they are today. And today, University Park is a vibrant part of the shining Park Cities, where you can find this week’s selection of Suburb Sunday homes.  (more…)

purplebricksFlat-fee brokerage Purplebricks pulls out of the U.S. market, we have May housing numbers for Texas, and we find out what Dallas-Fort Worth town was named to a list of the 34 richest towns in the U.S. – all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Purplebricks Hits the Bricks, Leaves U.S. Market

Less than two years after entering the U.S. market via Los Angeles, U.K.-based Purplebricks announced it would leave the market.

The flat-fee brokerage struggled as of late in its expansion, reporting a full-year operating loss of 34.1 million pounds (or roughly $43 million), Inman reported. It had previously announced this Spring that it was shutting down in Australia as well. (more…)