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You’ll recall that the Town of Highland Park has tried again and again to stop developers from constructing a mid-rise apartment building lining the Katy Trail just south of the pricey burg.

Highland Park Mayor Joel Williams said, “This is a very special, one-of-a-kind neighborhood. Thousands of people enjoy the Katy Trail and Abbott Park every year, and it’s our obligation to protect this community treasure. A seven-story, multi-family high rise building does not fit this neighborhood and violates Dallas’ own master plan.”

And still, Judge Craig Smith denied the request. Jump for more:

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As if anyone needed an additional reason to buy a house in Highland Park, here’s one more: The town’s police are not going to let a bunch of rowdy football fans park their cars in front of your house.

During the past two weekends, SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium has hosted three high school playoff games. As noted by our friends over at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Highland Park enacted a “residents only” parking zone in the neighborhood immediately south of the stadium on each game day.

Saturday night’s game was the real barn-burner of the three. Allen erased an 18-point deficit to defeat Skyline and earn a berth in the Class 6A Division I state championship game. After watching that comeback victory, fans must have been euphoric as they made their way back to their vehicles. But that euphoria was short-lived for at least seven people whose vehicles were not where they left them. Highland Park police had the following cars and trucks towed from Drexel Drive, Cornell Avenue, and Sewanee Avenue:

  • A black Toyota Tacoma registered to a Garland address
  • A white Ford Explorer registered to a Richardson address
  • A gray BMW 530 registered to a Preston Hollow address
  • A white Chrysler 300 registered to a Duncanville address
  • A white Chevrolet Camaro registered to a Murphy address
  • A white Chrysler PT Cruiser registered to a Pleasant Grove address
  • A black Dodge Journey registered to a Northwest Dallas address

If anyone reading this happens to be missing a vehicle matching any of those descriptions, you can find it at Jordan Towing’s impound yard in Plano.

The beer bust in Highland Park was no party at the moon tower, especially after cops cleared the house.

The beer bust in Highland Park was no party at the moon tower, especially after cops cleared the house.

The most notable incident in this week’s Park Cities police blotter is more embarrassing than frightening. Just before 9 p.m. last Friday, two Highland Park officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Crescent Avenue to investigate a report of a party where minors may have been drinking. One officer approached the home in question and rang the doorbell several times. Thanks to the glass doors on either side of the house, he could see people trying to scale the back fence while he was waiting for someone to answer.

Two teens finally opened the door but stated that they did not live at the house. The officer asked to speak to the owner, but the teens were not cooperative. So the officer entered the house and loudly announced his presence; still, the owners did not emerge. So he proceeded to the backyard, where people were still scaling the back fence. Unbeknownst to them, the second officer was waiting in the alley to detain them.

The first officer noticed several cans of Coors Light spread around the pool area, and then heard a noise from the pool house. He shined his flashlight in the direction of the pool house and saw what appeared to be several teenagers trying to hide from him. He entered the pool house and confirmed that at least 40 teens were inside, along with several more cans of beer. The officer told the teens to stay put as he investigated further.

The officers eventually located a son and daughter of the house’s owners. The daughter said their father was in Austin and their mother was not home. She could not say exactly where and claimed her mother would not answer her phone.

Police dispatchers made several attempts to contact the homeowners with little success. All this time, the wife was returning her daughters’ texts but refusing to come home. Finally, one of the officers on the scene texted the husband, who called him back. The officer told the husband that if a responsible adult did not show up soon, his children might have to be taken into custody and charged with alcohol violations.

Shortly thereafter, the wife came downstairs and admitted that she’d been hiding in a closet the entire time. She was issued a “failure to supervise a child (alcohol)” citation.

One male partygoer who admitted to buying the beer was issued a “minor in possession” citation. A girl who smelled of alcohol, slurred her speech, and kept refusing to follow an officer’s instructions was handcuffed to a chair and issued a “minor consumption” citation. The incident report also includes the names of 14 teens – seven 18-year-olds and seven 17-year-olds – who had to call their parents to pick them up. Awkward!

Click through for a roundup of last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities:

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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.

There are just two days until the highly anticipated ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which showcases some truly amazing Highland Park homes that will have your brain buzzing with ideas for your own casa, and we have an early Christmas gift for our dear readers!

Thanks to the amazing sponsors, of which we are beyond proud to be counted as a Platinum-level sponsor with this year’s tour, CandysDirt.com is able to give away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which raises money for the teachers and programming that make Highland Park ISD schools great.

Jump to find out more about the home tour sponsors and how you can win tickets to the Friday event!

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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.

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The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it's time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it’s time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News & Allie Beth Allman

A slice of local history has hit the market, with the Highland Park estate of the late Dallas real estate developer and art collector Trammell Crow and his late wife Margaret now listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Located between Preston Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard, the 10,000-square-foot Tudor-style house has a price tag that reflects storied history, palatial size, and tony location: at $59.4 million, this is one of the highest priced properties ever listed in the area. As of now, this is an off-market listing not yet in the MLS.

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Rachel Stevens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Rachel Stephens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Update 11/22: The ABPA home tour is December 5, 2014.

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association puts on one of the best holiday home tours, and this year’s stroll through Highland Park will be a tremendous one! The Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is in just two weeks, and you can get your tickets for the Friday, Dec. 5 fundraiser for this active early childhood PTA right here. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of course, you have to go to this year’s tour if you missed out on last year’s thanks to the insane ice storm that shut down North Texas. Don’t miss out!

In the lead-up to the home tour, we’re chatting with a few of the homeowners who have graciously opened their doors to all the folks who want to ogle and gawk at their beautiful abodes for a good cause. Today we have Rachel Stephens on the blog, whose home on McFarlin was teased by Candy just a short while ago. Rachel, who has always had a passion for design, enlightens us on what to look for when you tour her gorgeous traditional. Jump for more!

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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.