This 1936-built Mediterranean at 4324 Versailles Ave in Highland Park’s lauded French streets could be someone’s dream project, seeing through an architecturally significant home’s renovation for modern use. In fact, the plans are already drawn up by architect Chad Dorsey of Moore Design. This two-story, 6,464 square-foot home on .390-acre lot is listed for $3.3 million by Mark Godson of the Britannia Group with Compass Real Estate Texas.

For years, the sellers down the street on Turtle Creek Blvd. would go past the unique two-story home with a low-pitched Spanish tile roof, admiring what great bones and beauty this 30’s-era estate had. It was built by Dallas architect Fonzie E. Robinson, who designed and built prominent estates on Beverly Drive, Arcady Avenue, and Edmondson Avenue in Highland Park.

When the Versailles estate went on the market last year, the husband and wife team snatched it up. They’d done a stunning job fixing up their 1938-built home, a white stucco Mediterranean with an eye-popping blue roof, and saw an opportunity to give this older home a facelift. They spent six months drawing up plans with architect Chad Dorsey, but ultimately decided they as empty nesters didn’t need a 6,000-plus-square-foot home.

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4526 N Versailles IHOTW

Our Inwood House of the Week from Inwood National Bank is exactly the sort of home Neiman Marcus seeks out as a location for their furniture and linen catalogs. I know because in another life I used to scout for homes exactly like this one. With their ordered facades, perfect proportions and simple elegance of design, Georgian homes have always stood for stability and prestige. This Highland Park Georgian gem at 4529 North Versailles Avenue is a shining example of that traditional, classic look that has such a universal appeal.

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I think West Highland Park is about as perfect a neighborhood you can get in Dallas. You are close to EVERYTHING:  Highland Park Village, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, Love Field, Turtle Creek, Inwood Village, the North Dallas Tollway, “Central Dog Park”, and everything on Lemmon Ave. Recall that for me my perfect retirement home will be within walking distance of Highland park Village.

So 3831 S. Versailles Ave. caught my eye. First of all, you get that chi chi Versailles addy without spending $1.2 mill. You get 2465 square feet, two or three bedrooms (depends on what you want to do with boudoir numero three) two and a half baths, two living areas, beautifully remodeled gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and custom cabinets, wet bar with shelves and wine cooler, accent lighting, and something many homes in the area do NOT have: closets, lots of closets. There is also a large en-suite master bath with double vanities, a soaking tub and separate fully enclosed walk-in shower. The backyard is landscaped for privacy and sports a slate surface patio. I also love the automatic sprinkler system to handle the watering when you are OOT at your second home. Also rare in this neck of the vintage 1950 hood: a 2 car attached garage with additional storage. Want to know why? Because this home was built in 1976 when people had 2.5 cars per family.

There is a bedroom on each floor, one on the second with study (or third) one on thirds floor. Not to worry about the stairs: there is room to add an elevator in one closet. Very well-planned, thoughtfully executed townhome at an asking price of $369,000 with zero, got that, zero HOA dues or fees. I want one for Christmas!