Perched on a sprawling 1.57-acre lot above the shores of White Rock Lake sits this off-market offering you have to see to believe. The spirit of Tuscany is alive and well inside this stunning Mediterranean, where you can’t escape waterfront views even if you try, and why would you? Take in the natural beauty of the area from every vantage point, whether you’re basking by the pool or nestled next to the immaculate, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

As we all know, a house is only as good as its smallest details, and builder Charles Travis made sure each one was absolutely pristine. With superb attention to light, water, and natural materials, there’s a lot to love about this lakefront stunner. Its expertly scaled interiors are warm, inviting and picture-perfect for both everyday life and the most formal of parties.

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I don’t have to tell you where this property is, the name “Peninsula” says it all.

This is one of the hottest, if not THE  hottest, locations in Dallas for downsizing boomers, first-time home buyers, even families — just about everyone.

We have written so much about it: so many are ditching their ‘hoods for The Peninsula. Why? You can find decently priced homes with character, great views, plus a scenic, pastoral, water-fronted property that is like living in a second home year ’round! Living in The Peninsula is like a year-round vacation spot. People who buy here brag all the time that it’s like having a vacation house at the lake —but it’s only 10 minutes from downtown Dallas.

The Peninsula also has quite a history. The White Rock Lake dam was completed over a century ago.  Over her 100 year lifeline, White Rock Lake has gone through many changes, from being a city water source, to a popular sporting destination, to a perennial party scene for teenagers and even weddings. The park department and advocacy groups  — with help from people like Jeannie Terelli — have all pitched in to clean up the lake and park, all of which has only helped maintain and raise the values of the properties.

Because who wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of this gorgeous body of water?

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The three-bedroom, one-bath gem at 1611 Centerville Road offers a unique combination of midcentury charm and modern amenities. The home was originally built in 1950.  Its previous owner, who also just happened to have grown up there, remodeled it after his parents passed away. The renovations he made added necessary updates while restoring much of the original character.

Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett helped him sell the house a few years ago, and was impressed with the pride he took in renovating it. Now that the current owner is moving on, he’s looking forward to finding another family who will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind property.

“It’s such a charming little house,” Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett said. “It has a lot of the original hardwood floors that have been beautifully refurbished. It’s super inviting and makes you feel really comfortable.”

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Before you settle in to watch the “big game” tomorrow, saunter over to an open house for this Craftsman-inspired new construction at 8815 Forest Hills Blvd. from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. This four-bedroom, three-bath 3,221-square-foot home listed for $799,950 is tucked away on a quiet street in Little Forest Hills within walking distance to White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum, and more.

Soaring ceilings, two-story stone fireplace, and an exposed ceiling beam when you look up. Custom windows, abundant natural light, and hardwood floors when you look down. There’s a lot to love in this two-story traditional modern. (more…)

PeavyThose windows. Those beautiful, enormous windows that give you a glimpse inside this mid-century gem and look out to this beautiful Old Lake Highlands neighborhood of 50s- and 60s-built homes. For this week’s Thursday Three Hundred, we check out this move-in ready mid-century home at 936 Peavy Road in the shadow of White Rock Lake at E. Lake Highlands Drive and Loop 12.

Huge new picture windows and stained wood columns make this 1956-built home stand out from the rest. Hardwood floors and fresh new paint are the first updates you see as you walk into this 1,348-square-foot home.

The living room flows seamlessly into casual dining and the kitchen that features stainless steel appliances including refrigerator, built-in microwave, stove/oven, and dishwasher. Granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplash, and new cabinets make this kitchen feel brand new.

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White Rock estateProperty around White Rock Lake rarely comes on the market, so I’m very excited to let our readers know about this incredible listing from Dave Perry-Miller’s luxury agent Sharon Redd. It is none other than televangelist T.D. Jakes’ former White Rock estate at 4001 West Lawther Drive. It can be yours for $5.75 million.

For those that may not know Bishop Jakes, he’s the charismatic personality behind The Potter’s House, a congregation of oh, about 30,000 devoted followers. He’s been written about in almost every newspaper and magazine. And he’s a pal of Oprah Winfrey’s. Yep, he’s a mover and a shaker. He chose this home years ago because, according to a D Magazine article by Tim Rogers, it was where he went to regain his peace of mind.
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More and more homes in the Casa Linda Estates area have been torn down, with towering two-story houses filling lots where rambling stone ranches once stood. That’s happening all over Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods, some may note. However, it’s laudable to see a builder come in and expand a home in a way that adds a fresh face to it without taking over the large lots for which Casa Linda Estates is known. 
 
That’s what makes this gorgeous rebuild from Tivoli Construction our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Taking an already great home with sturdy bones in a great neighborhood with a fabulous location and transforming it into a stylish, modern house fit for family life is no small task, said listing agent David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors.
 
Right from the spacious front deck, which wraps the front of this updated midcentury ranch at 1540 San Saba, you can tell that this rebuild is something completely different. Not only was the interior completely redesigned, but there are so many wonderful touches outside the home, cementing its status as a High Caliber Home. Spoiler alert: It’s priced under $1 million, too!

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The Heather Guild Group joined Compass Real Estate the day before Thanksgiving. (Front Row: Haley Wagstaff, Valerie Caddell; Back: Kelli Taylor, Heather Guild, Amy Sack)

The Heather Guild Group has moved to Compass Real Estate. Guild said the decision was made after a careful evaluation of what kind of company they felt had the best tools and resources to help them serve their clients.

“We really felt Compass was a good blend of the time-tested agent/client relationship model of real estate, combined with the innovative technology that our clients have come to expect in every other aspect of their lives,” Guild said. “We are excited to have joined a real estate brokerage that is not only on pace with current technology but really has a vision for where real estate services are going.”

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