An Un-Ranch House Near Hockaday Makes 1973 Look Like a Million Bucks


4445 College Park

I don’t know if I have ever seen such an “un-ranch” ranch in North Dallas before, but this smooth, clean, contemporary home aka 4445 College Park  is a far cry from the Waltons or even the Bob Newhart Show, both of which were purring away on TV the year she was built. Which was 1973. Good Lord, I was in high school trying to keep my hair straight and coaxing Barbara Hershey bangs. “Live and Let Die” was one of the most popular James Bond movies that year. So though it may have been built 42 years ago, this home started life as The Electric Light Orchestra: sleekness is part of her DNA.4445 College Park patio (more…)

This estate offers amazing views of main house.  View from acros

This is one of my Christmas gifts to you: a multi-million dollar sleeper listing in, of all places, Farmers Branch. And you can thank the good folks at Inwood Mortgage for wrapping it! They would sure jump through some hoops here at year end to get the right buyer in this spread.

Wait, what? A $4 million home in Farmers Branch on 10.8 acres with 3 tennis courts and historic ties to famous people?

I have always thought that Farmers Branch was kind of a sleeper community. First of all, it’s so close to Dallas — just north of LBJ Freeway. If you meander off the main drags –Valwood, Josey– you find some really lovely homes on wooded, rounded terrain with creeks, trees, the same stuff that costs $2 millionish an acre (currently) in Old Preston Hollow. There is a sustainable home I toured off Webbs Chapel a few years ago that I simply must find and bring to y’all. We are talking about the residential areas, not the downtown off I35. There is lots of Farmers Branch to the east, buttressing right up to Brookhaven College.

This 10.8 acre property has trees that will give Mark Cuban’s place a run for the money. 2710 Faremers Branch lane lake3 (more…)

University Heights Tudor Almost Too Good to be True for a Cool $2 Million

3416 Wentwood IHOTW

Our Inwood Mortgage Home of the Week has everything. And what it doesn’t have, you can easy add or transition in. It’s located on a great street in University Park, a hefty, deep lot, and it comes in at a cool $2 million.

I’m talking about you, 3416 Wentwood. She was built in 2001, about the same year we built our house, so I see the “2001 design influence” stamped all over: white cabinets, granite, marble, free-standing sweeping stairway, rich hardwoods, maybe a brass fixture or two —  platinum was just coming into vogue. The innards are very similar to what I have in my house, except I really cooled it on the mouldings, and this baby went all out, at least in the formals. The electrical outlets are camouflaged in the baseboards, too. Hint: moldings can be removed and replaced, lickety split. Always look at the bones and design because anything, absolutely anything inside can be resurfaced. (more…)

5234 Monticello IHOTW

This week’s Inwood Bank and Mortgage treasure is a listing at 5234 Monticello Avenue in the heart of the M Streets that will take your heart away. Listed with the darling curl-haired girl Juliette Bouchard at Dallas City Center Realtors, it is flawless and won’t be available for long because it packs 3258 square feet of gorgeous, brand new, 2014-style living into all those inches while retaining the charm and character of the 1930’s. Which is what we are told the new buyers, Gen X and the Millennials, all want.

5234 Monticello entry(I guess they liked their grand parents’ style better than their parents!) (more…)



This home really blows me away. If it were located anywhere else south of LBJ, it would be hitting the $1.5ish ceiling, maybe more. The authentic Spanish colonial design and finish out is so smooth and superior, I dare you to find a flaw. 6404 Carmel Falls Court is a brand spanking newly built pup by Southgate Homes’ Jay Hankla. The home has five bedrooms, a downstairs master and media room. Plus it’s new and flawless and on the market for $949,900, having been reduced from $1,059,000.

So like they said at Thanksgiving Dinner: come and get it while it’s hot! (more…)

Newer Build with Old Lakewood Charm. Beautiful Landscaping great

How would you like to have the whole family over to this Hansel & Gretel-esque hut today? Let the kids and teens hop in the saltwater pool (you might not even have to turn the heater on) while you are in the kitchen, maybe the guys could even fry up a turkey outside. OUTSIDE, remember!  On that great big huge patio!

7115 Coronado brings the convenience and ease of new construction with the charm of yesterday in Lakewood. Me, I love the look of old but I am a new house girl from my just-bleached roots to the tip of my toes in need of a pedicure after being nuzzled by stingrays in the Caymans last week. Located just behind the Lakewood Country Club, this Coronado Hills creation is within walking distance of Lakewood Village, biking distance of the lake. (more…)

I Don’t Even Recognize Ridge Road Anymore! But This House Rocks

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Remember Ridge Road, east of Midway in between Walnut Hill and Merrell? Twas once a nice enclave of 1950’s era homes with large, leafy lots, big trees, and a country feel thanks to the circular street and huge trees. This little North Dallas nook has been the scene of vigorous scraping and rebuilding, and lot prices up here are jacking up through the roof, if you can find them. (more…)


I thought this house at 3620 Maplewood would not just warm us up for the weekend, but it personifies the new Dave Perry-Miller look unveiled today: crisp, clean-lined and sleek on the inside, fully traditional on the out. Built in 2005, and recently updated, this Highland Park belle has everything you have always wanted in a commanding home and more: 8340 square feet, seven bedrooms, 8 full and two half baths, four car garage and FIVE FRICKIN’ FIREPLACES to keep you nice and toasty this weekend or anytime!

There is even a great guest house with kitchen and bedroom/bath to keep your guests warm and toasty!

Talk about the best location ever: you are in the heart of Old Highland Park, across from Hackberry Creek, and you overlook the tennis courts at Armstrong Elementary. Yes, this is a walkable house: walk to school, the Country Club, after-school sports, even Highland Park Village and GOOP. (more…)