1-1022 N Montclair (1)

This home is such a wonderful example of treasured architecture in Oak Cliff, and it’s one of those houses that has such fun, incredible details that will capture your imagination and make you fall in love. It’s a gorgeous, romantic English Tudor in Kessler Park, framed by majestic trees with whimsical landscaping and a well-preserved exterior.

This hip-pocket listing from Steve Habgood and Kathy Hewitt has four levels with amazing updates and finish-out that retains the character this style and neighborhood are known for. I mean, just look at this home! Perfection! Jump for more details on this amazing property.


5518 Miller Front

Allie Beth Allman agent Julie Coats Frakes had me raked in when she said this lovely home near the M Streets area had been updated recently, and included an upstairs master suite with its own elevated deck and entry.

I am as much as sold!

“One of my favorite features of the home is the private deck and entrance that the second level bedroom is spoiled with,” Frakes said. “You can’t miss seeing the incredible backyard!”

5518 Miller Patio

Seriously, though, 5518 Miller is a perfect family home with a location that just can’t be beat. Gorgeous house, too, with tons of curb appeal and a neat and tidy front porch where you can easily soak up the vibe and meet your cool new neighbors.

Inside you’ll find a space that is unexpectedly spacious. Seriously, you’ll have one of those moments in my favorite show, Doctor Whowhere a person walks into his tiny and unassuming blue police box only to find it “bigger on the inside.” Apparently, I’m not alone in this thought.

5518 Miller From Landing

“This rare M Streets gem was taken from ashes to beauty in 2012,” Frakes said. “The large front porch immediately invites people into the home, where many are surprised to find a second level bedroom adorned with skylights and charm.”

That’s the best way to describe this cute three-bedroom, two-bath cottage with more than 1,500 square feet indoors. It also has an immense two-car garage, as well as a large backyard. Simply charming, no? The kitchen is open to the living room, which benefits from the expanded second floor with a vaulted ceiling, making the room feel practically enormous.

5518 Miller Kitchen

In the kitchen you’ll find fresh cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a hidden laundry area. It’s bright and open and has tons of storage. So much to love about this cute home, and I know that considering its location (awesome!) and price, ($314,500!) it will go fast!

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10-nonesuch-rd-dallas-tx-1-High-Res-610 Nonesuch Road, the home retailer extraordinaire Stanley Marcus built with this wife in Lakewood, is now open to select group of Realtors. Though it is not in MLS, I hear several buyers are circling. Built in 1937/1938, Nonesuch is now ready to tackle the 21st century. The private projection room has been re- wired, the kitchen dramatically updated, the wine cellar is gone, converted to a stunning white marble laundry room with room for two full washers and a stack unit—

“We converted it to a utility room — that’s what Baptists do,” joked Mark Lovvorn, the homeowner, who is active in First Baptist Church of Dallas, to Dallas Morning News reporter David Flick.

Things have been brought up to date, says Lovvorn, from the sinks to the wifi. He thinks Grace Kelly would approve.

10-nonesuch-rd-dallas-tx-1-High-Res-9 10-nonesuch-rd-dallas-tx-1-High-Res-10Grace Kelly was one of a handful of celebrities who enjoyed the Marcus hospitality at 10 Nonesuch Road along with Lord Mountbatten, Eleanor Roosevelt had tea, and Nelson Rockefeller who admired Marcus’ collection of paintings. Famous designers were in abundance, including Coco Chanel. Comedian Jerry Lewis also attended parties on the verdant south lawn.

The architecturally sensitive remodel was time and resource intensive: Lovvorn hinted to Flick that he spent in the upper neighborhood of seven digits.

Marcus house study Marcus house leather floor Marcus house study 2 Marcus house laundry 1 Marcus house laundry 2 Marcus house kitchen cabs Marcus house master bed Marcus house master bath1 Marcus house master bath2 Marcus master closet Marcus master CU Marcus sauna Marcus closets moreWhile the principal rooms remain mostly intact, surfaces were changed. Walls were moved in some areas, and every plumbing fixture was replaced. The redwood and white colors that Marcus favored still dominate the house, but in more contemporary settings.

Lovvorn told Flicks he had the original hardware — even the screws — replated and reinstalled. The egg-shaped silver hinges in Mr. Stanley’s mahogany closet shine like silver. Frank Lloyd Wright had initially designed a home for Marcus without closets, but the Dallas architect who got the job, Roscoe DeWitt, filled every nook and cranny with built in closets, drawers and shelves. There is a redwood sauna off one bedroom. The wood in Mr. Stanley’s closet is heavy mahogany. Every drawer is solid. The Marcus’ library, with its leather floors, looks almost exactly as it did decades ago. The leather came from a fancy shoe display at the downtown store; Marcus felt it a waste to just toss the leather, so he made a floor out of it.

Over the large, airy garage is a 1,100 square foot guest house where the Lovvorns have lived during the entire three year renovation.

The Lovvorns are amazing! Marcus guest house LRMarcus guest house kit



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Need a break from all of the news from Austin and Washington, D.C.? Here’s a lovely palate cleanser in the form of a breathtaking Midcentury Modern in Lake Highlands.


Featured on the White Rock Home Tour, 8834 Capri Drive is a Zolicoffer and Associates-designed 1963 split-level with 2,824 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a two-car garage (not a car port!). This home is just adorable inside and out, and has been lovingly cared for. It’s for sale by owner until Thursday or Friday, which is when owner Jon Buell says they’ll hire an agent to market the property.

Buell is asking $439,900 for the property, which sits on a little less than a third of an acre in the Sylvania Dells subdivision of Lake Highlands. The house has such a unique U-shaped floorplan that surrounds a courtyard with a fire pit. John Thompson of Ten55 designed a master landscape plan for the property, which has been partially enacted. The remaining plan comes with the sale of the property.


I love the light and character of this home, which has two living areas and two dining areas, a master suite and a workroom above the garage. The home was renovated in 2007  to include new hardwood floors and carpeting, new windows and sliding glass doors downstairs, new bathroom fixtures, electrical upgrades, recessed lighting, gallery-finish walls, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen with a new counter and backsplash, and many other upgrades to the roof and utilities.


So, what do you think? Isn’t it magnificent? Want to haul off and buy it? Contact Jon Buell at jon (at) buelldesign (dot) com.


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Hip Pocket: 6645 Northaven Road, The Most Talked About House in Dallas

6645northaven-58h-575x387Remember this beautiful baby? Hip pocket at $9,995,000 and oh how we love her. Huge kudos to the dynamic real estate team of the Carroll/Eltis Group over at Allie Beth Allman… and check their website for even more hip pocket fun.