Historic Texas Ranch

If there were ever a case for preservation, this 1932 University Park historic Texas ranch at 3805 McFarlin Boulevard is it. 

Legendary architect David R. Williams designed the home, which sits on 1.15 acres overlooking Turtle Creek, for then University Park mayor Elbert Williams. It’s been referred to as the Williams house for decades. You can decide which Williams it’s named after.

Historic Texas Ranch

The front stair is an exposed structural beam masterpiece.

Williams, the architect, is known as the father of Texas Regionalism, and this historic Texas ranch is the most notable example of this style. Texas Regionalism came about because Williams was observant, and recognized the beauty of simplicity.

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LeeLee Gioia with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4707 Wildwood Road for $3.095 million. Open House, Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re busy hosting family and friends this weekend for Easter, we get it. But it never hurts to plan ahead! Here we offer a round-up featuring the best of Bluffview, each with upcoming Open Houses for buyers seeking million-dollar views.

Bluffview Estates Custom Build, Open This Weekend

Open House: Saturday, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two words – Bluffview Estates. If you have nothing to do this weekend and a bank full of cash, then this brand new construction gem is for you! It sits on a large lot with a secluded dead end street and affords a spacious open floor plan with all the designer touches. This includes Wolf and SubZero appliances, a show-stopping master with luxurious spa bath, huge game room with balcony, and so much more. Clean lines, transitional style, and replete with detailed hardware and wood flooring throughout. Go see this one! You won’t regret it.

Kelsey Bond with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 4304 N. Cresthaven Road for $1.899 million.

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Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

Two famous architects, decades apart, have created an idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival home that oozes charm from every corner. Originally built by Hal Thomson in 1921, 3926 Potomac Avenue in Highland Park is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.

As the go-to architect of the era, Hal Thomson built many significant homes in Dallas. He was a master of every style, from Spanish Eclectic and Italianate to, of course, Colonial Revival. Of all the Thomson designs I’ve had the pleasure to write about, this is my favorite. It is such a classic fairytale of a home that it appears purpose-built for a movie. If you look up the location used for the original Father of the Bride, it shares a lot of the same romantic ambiance and incredible detailing.Idyllic Reinvented Colonial Revival

As the years pass, any historic home needs a refresh. Sometimes the respect for original architecture takes a back seat when owners have specific needs. When the current owner purchased this idyllic reinvented Colonial Revival, there was a singular focus on not just bringing it back to its former glory days, but also on renovating it into a family home that children would love.

Enter J. Wilson Fuqua, one of the leading architects in Dallas.

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Historic Spanish Colonial
Certain homes define Dallas, and this Highland Park historic Spanish Colonial at 3806 Beverly Drive is one of them. We are more than excited that it’s on the market because it has rarely been available.

Settle in with a big cup of coffee because we have a tale to tell.

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What will he do next?

We are not talking about 89-year-old oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens. He has his famous, 65,000-square-foot West Texas ranch, Mesa Vista, on the market for $250 million. Who knows, could be sold by now.

Now he has sold his Preston Hollow mansion, listed with Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff. Selling price was $5 million. Word is that T. Boone is heading for a luxury condo.

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4005 Gillon a

Deep in the heart of Highland Park near Beverly and Lakeside drives, I’ve found an incredible home, being offered for a steal,  on almost half an acre of prime real estate. This is the best part of Highland Park, and this home doesn’t disappoint.

The Greek Revival masterpiece at 4005 Gillon Ave. has Georgian Colonial influences in its stately architecture. Built in 1973, the house is a three-quarters replica of an 1853 mansion the owner grew up loving in Canton, Miss. The façade conveys a grandeur that continues inside.

This home has three bedrooms, thee full bathrooms, one half bath, four living areas, and 7,292 square feet on two stories.

“The space is there for anyone who might want to update it, but the home is perfect for those who appreciate the finer features of a bygone era,” said David Sparling with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the house. “This property is two doors down from Lakeside Drive and in the best part of Old Highland Park.”

4005 Gillon was built as an homage to that American era which is crystallized in our identity by Southern Belles attending elaborate balls. It was in the spirit of that gilded age that this home was conceived and built.

This is a home that was made to impress, both inside and out, where you could host just a few friends for an intimate dinner or half of the town for a black-tie affair, without missing a step. It imposes unto its guests an air of sophistication and grace.

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