Luxury Sales Skyrocketed in 2014 Says Texas Association of Realtors

4326 Lorraine

Caroline Summers, the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent who sold 4326 Lorraine, says that well-designed luxury homes in high-profile areas are seeing heightened demand.

Luxury home sales with prices of $1 million and up posted huge growth in 2014 according to the latest Texas Luxury Home Sales Report from the Texas Association of Realtors. In Dallas-Fort Worth, the sales volume of luxury homes was second highest in the state and grew 15 percent year-over-year. Dallas was a runner up to Houston, which had the highest volume of luxury home sales as well as the highest luxury home price growth.

The overall inventory of luxury homes in Dallas-Fort Worth shrank by 1.2 months in 2014, a trend that was seen across the market in North Texas, and luxury home sales represented only 1.2 percent of the market. Compare that to Houston, in which luxury home sales represented 2 percent of the market and were up 13 percent year-over-year.


4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park's most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park’s most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

Rebecca Keys and Patricia Coble!

Congrats, ladies, and check your email for more information on your win!

If you didn’t win today’s ticket giveaway, you can still purchase tickets to the home tour on the ABPA website for the discounted pre-tour rate. The ticket price goes up $5 tomorrow, the day of the tour, but you can still buy them at the door. Of course, you don’t want to miss the holiday market at 4205 Lakeside, where you can buy beautiful baubles from vendors who are donating a portion of their proceeds toward ABPA.

The home tour will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 5, and is one of the best home tours in Dallas featuring some incredible Highland Park homes! We’ve profiled the gorgeous Georgian revival at 4000 McFarlin owned by Rachel Stephens, the cool contemporary at 3501 Lindenwood owned by the stylish D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, and the swank Anton Korn original at 4205 Lakeside, which is listed with Allie Beth Allman Realtor Terri Cox for $8.5 million. Find out more about the tour and its sponsors right here.

We are so excited about this home tour, and we hope you are, too!



Photos: Jeremy Lock

(Editor’s Note: We originally published a version of this story last year, but since D’Andra and Jeremy are graciously opening the doors of their beautiful Lindenwood contemporary again for the Friday, Dec. 5 ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, we decided to take another look at this lovely home!)

D’Andra Simmons hopes you’ll get a glimpse at her and Jeremy Lock’s personalities when you tour their incredibly chic Highland Park contemporary during the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

The eclectic two-story modern has an open floorplan with a global vibe injected with a shot of old-Hollywood glamour. And Simmons, founder of the Hard Night Good Morning line of cosmetics, knows a thing or two about glamour. The 6,600-square-foot home is both a home base and a showcase for these two world travelers. Lock is an award-winning war photographer, and Simmons, who admits she feels more relaxed on safari in Africa than anywhere else, have assembled their collections in a way that reflects their travels and tastes.


Crime Report: Caught on Video, Thief Targets Unlocked Cars in Highland Park

A home surveillance camera caught a thief in the act of burglarizing an unlocked car, but the thief managed to escape.

A home surveillance camera caught a thief in the act of burglarizing an unlocked car, but the thief managed to escape.

Because the incident reports supplied by Dallas police remain largely useless, we must rely on the cops in Highland Park and University Park to provide us with all the juicy details. Last week, a busy little burglar targeted several vehicles along a street that traverses the border between the Park Cities.

At about 1:35 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief jumped a rear fence in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue and stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon Denali that had been left unlocked. We know what time this happened because it was captured by the victim’s security cameras. The thief then walked around to the front of the house and tried to open another vehicle there, but — shockingly — it was locked, so the thief moved on in search of easier targets. His search would prove to be fruitful:

  • Between 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered a gray 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been left unlocked in the 3400 block of Potomac Avenue and stole a $100 purse that held $40 in cash.
  • Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered two SUVs that had been left unlocked in front of a house in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. A $150 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 set of headphones were stolen from a black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The thief took registration and insurance papers from a black 2010 GMC Yukon, as well as a fire extinguisher and a credit card holder containing an American Express card and a Mastercard; the cards were used at a Tom Thumb and a 7-Eleven at about 3 a.m. on Nov. 11. The thief apparently had no use for the victim’s Avis Chairman’s Club card nor his two Marquis Jet cards, as those were all found in a neighbor’s yard.
  • Between 10 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered a gray 2013 Lexus LX 570 that had been left unlocked in the 3400 block of Potomac Avenue and stole a $750 Louis Vuitton wallet.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes in the Park Cities:


New Friends New Life Home Tour Features Four Gorgeous Park Cities Mansions

3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year's New Friends New Life Home Tour.

3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year’s New Friends New Life Home Tour.

Last year’s New Friends New Life home tour was a wash thanks to horrible weather, but if you bought tickets to last year’s tour, you’ll be happy to know that you can use them this year to see an all-new slate of gorgeous mansions in the Park Cities.

Brooke Kilburn is the chair of this year’s tour, the organization’s 15th, with Pat Schenkel as the honorary chair. The tour will feature 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive (pictured), and a home on the gorgeous, winding Lakeside Drive in Highland Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.

We are extremely excited about this tour, not only because it’s a fantastic cause and because we were sad to miss last year’s tour, but because some of these homes were built and remodeled by the best in the business. You can’t pass that kind of opportunity up. Seriously, this tour will be like walking through Pinterest. Sublime!

You can purchase tickets at the door or at one of these 10 Tom Thumbs for just $25. It all goes to New Friends New Life, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and children escape the sex trade.

Find out more about the home tour and New Friends New Life on their website.

Lease The Perfect Transitional Home in Highland Park

4524 Westway Curb

Yes, that’s right. I said perfect. Why? Because it is.

Every inch of this Highland Park home has been thoroughly and thoughtfully planned, right down to the last inch. The result is a grand home with an intimate feel, one that is perfect played up or played down. It could accommodate a range of decor styles, and thanks to its muted, transitional exterior, is appealing to a broad set of potential tenants or buyers.

Truly, 4524 Westway is a masterpiece of design and architecture, and you can live here for a recently reduced $11,250 a month. Listing agent is Douglas Ratlif, a new agent with Lively Realty.

[record scratches]

What? Have some sticker shock? Well, let me tell you that this home is worth it. Jump to see why.


One of These Days, Highland Park Homeowners Will Learn to Lock Their Cars

Small Car Door Key Lock

We’re not sure if Highland Park residents leave their vehicles unlocked more than people do in other places, but we do know it happens often in the town, and criminals take advantage of that fact. Just last week, burglars waltzed right into cars, trucks, and SUVs in Highland Park and helped themselves to the following items:

  • A $150 black leather bag containing legal documents was stolen from a pewter 2007 Mercedes E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue between 4:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5:50 a.m. on May 5.
  • A $300 pair of sunglasses and a pink makeup bag that contained $30 in cash were stolen from a silver 2011 Infiniti QX5 in the 4600 block of South Versailles Avenue between 8 p.m. on May 4 and 7:30 a.m. on May 5.
  • About $60 worth of CDs, $50 in cash, a $40 pair of Toms shoes, and a $30 pair of Rainbow flip-flops were stolen from a gray 2012 BMW X5 in the 4600 block of Edmondson Avenue between 9 p.m. on May 7 and 8:30 a.m. on May 8.
  • A $400 pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, a $90 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and $2 in change were stolen from a bronze 2011 Ford F150 King Ranch in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue between 8:30 p.m. on May 9 and 7:30 a.m. on May 10.

Of course, Highland Park was the not only desirable area where there were some notable burglaries last week.


A Look Inside The Most Talk-About House in Highland Park!

Updates, 12/11/2012: Dave Perry-Miller agent Emily Bright Durante tells me this home was designed by Architect Doug Hildinger – he being part of Sky Modern team who did that fab modernist development in Kessler Woods. Lighting designer was Dennis Jones and kitchen floors are pure porcelain. Bye-bye granite: kitchen countertops are quartz with a laminated drop edge 1-1/2.

Look familiar? It’s my House of the Week on CultureMap Dallas. Asking $1.5 million…