Estate Puts Downton Abbey to Shame at a Price Reduced by Almost $5 Million!

This is one of my most treasured homes in Dallas. It could be so because I am friends with the people who first built it in 1996, and I watched it go up step by very careful, lovingly placed step. It sits on a luscious piece of land that the original owner searched high and low to find, and when she did find it was thrilled. Hence the estate is named, “Dans Bois Crete,” or translated into English, “In Wood Ridge”. The home is located on that elegant stretch of “wooded ridge” on Inwood Road just south of Walnut Hill, not too far from the estates of Kelcy Warren, Roger Staubach, and Windle and Shirley Turley.

Dynamo agent Christy Berry, of Briggs Freeman Sothebys, first told me about this listing, invited me for a look/see, I said oh yes, I know the people who first built 9806 Inwood. It was glorious then, a true record-setter of building perfection. They first called it Idylwood Hill, which is still the name of the subdivision. My friends built the home with every detail imaginable, then settled back and enjoyed it, from the wonderful gourmet chef’s kitchen to the downstairs movie theater with a full-service ticket booth plus candy and popcorn concession stand. At 14,139-square-feet, the very French mansion sits on 5.3-acres tucked inside formidable black iron gates at 9806 Inwood Road.

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Yet it’s so private, from the road, you cannot see much at all. (more…)

1210 N. Winnetka Front

We are so excited about all of the cool home tours coming up, with the Preservation Dallas “Grounds For Preservation” Home Tour this weekend and the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Nov. 1-2. (Don’t forget to enter our drawing for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, because we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to this amazing home tour. Don’t miss out and enter by our 9 a.m. Oct. 27 deadline.)

And maybe while you’re out in Oak Cliff checking out the Hayes House, you could take a look at 1210 N. Winnetka, a gorgeous redone Tudor that is also in Kessler Park. It’s our Home of the Week from Inwood Mortgage and it is a stunner that is priced under a million!


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I was in Lakewood earlier this week looking at a stunning, stunning home I will show you in a bit. Unfortunately, I had to rush home because our fire alarm was going off — false alarm, thank God– so I had to leave the area lickety-split. Otherwise, I’d probably still be there.

White Rock Lake is so gorgeous — I don’t care what anyone says. It’s water, and it moves. Looking at that sunlight glistening off of the ripples just infuses you with a calming peace. While my alarm company was blowing up my phone, I looked at that water and thought, well, who cares, we have insurance. Then I recalled that Bree (the Doodle) was in the house, so I got my adrenaline all pumped up and ran home as fast as I could. (more…)

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Jeff Dworkin has done it again. The master home builder, and current president of the Dallas Builder’s Association — you cannot spell his name without “w-o-r-k” — builds high quality homes generally east of Central, usually in the 3500 to 4500 square foot range with luxury finish outs. But Jeff is really known for getting you in to a brand spanking new home for under one million. We are a little prejudiced: he’s one of our CandysDirt-approved home builders. In order to be on our site, our home builders have to make it through an obstacle course of criteria and give us a list of references who we actually talk to. These are the folks who we would hire in a heartbeat to build our own homes– can’t say that about every builder in town, no sir.

But this time, he has sleeked it up, sharpened the corners with a totally modern elevation on an oversized treed lot in the Enclave. 1807 Tucker Drive is a Cul du Sac street — love them — loaded with new homes, all by award-winning local builders. It’s a few steps from Santa Fe Trail, White Rock Lake and the new YMCA, which my daughter tells me is going to be awesome and she is going to join.


An Italianate Villa in Preston Hollow That Doesn’t Sink the Ship

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Having just returned from Maine, I was OD’ing on Italianate design, as it was the preference of many a ship’s captain for his grand home. We sure have a lot of Italianate design in Dallas, too, sometimes, I think, too much (eeck!).  The style was one of the most popular Victorian-era housing styles from the mid- to late-1800s. That’s why they are all over the coastal areas of Maine. Homes in this style ranged from a modest two-story town house to those ornate sea captain and magnate mansions. They were inspired by the villas of Italy, or at least what people thought the villas looked like. At that time, few American architects traveled abroad. The style is defined by the use of single or paired decorative brackets under wide cornices.

Add a clay tile roof, and you’ve got Santa Barbara. (more…)

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I pass by this house on the way to my daughter and son-in-law’s Hollywood Heights abode, and have thus watched it being raised from the foundation up. It’s kind of like a kid you car-pooled who you are ever so proud of when you see them get their wings and take flight.

This is new construction that proves new doesn’t have to be McMansion stucco’ed to death stone and stucco Old World Mediterranean mess. Hello, we welcome the Craftsman style home in the heart of East Dallas, which kind of resembles the Craftsmen homes that were actually original to the area. 6115 Richmond, listed with that dynamo Brandon Travelstead at Dallas City Center Realtors,  is a perfect blend of historical characteristic with high-end, circa 2014 interior finish out. From pure marble floors, Restoration Hardware lighting, Thermador appliances, thick 8-inch base moldings, solid core doors, stunning crown molding, and those coffee-with-chocolate colored wood floors that just make me want to eat them up. (God I love dark hardwoods!)


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I think I have seen it all. This is a great big brand new family home that can be your’s for less than one million, in a new subdivision just south of LBJ Freeway — the ALMOST FINISHED LBJ Freeway, in a hot school district. And it even has a front porch!

Here you have a 3,945 square foot home so new you can still smell the pine: it was built just last year. Clean, crisp construction by the good folks at Nobility Homes. You are in Lake Highlands, in Richardson ISD.  Sound good so far? You’ve got .20 of an acre. You’ve got five bedrooms (one can be a playroom), four full baths and one half bath powder room right near the formals, and beautiful rich coffee-colored hardwoods everywhere. There is a huge master with spa bath that includes a steam shower. The kitchen is so large you could fit the whole soccer team in it plus: there’s a large island that opens to the den and features a 60-inch refrigerator,  6 burner gas cooktop, double ovens, two dishwashers, and a butler’s pantry. Outside, there is a generous, grassy yard and a huge covered porch with barbecue grill. Custom touches abound, including a sliding barnyard door.

This pup is listed with the Christy+Norcross+Thomas Group at Nathan Grace Real Estate, who recently opened an office on Lovers Lane right above City Cafe. That puts them very near and dear to the good folks at Inwood Mortgage, who can make the financing on this new pup happen lickety split with the bet rates to boot. Asking $945,000.


Inwood House of the Week: One of My Favorite Euphorics on Euclid

3601-Euclid-Pool-copy-533x400Oh how we love this home, it’s one of our favorites. I first started writing about 3601 Euclid back in 2008, when it was first built. And I have written about it so much I think that maybe, by now, I can claim a sort of Squatter’s Rights. This architecturally significant home was completely rebuilt in 2008 and is a shining tribute to sleek modern design, one of the best examples in Dallas.  Recall the dramatic entry with floating staircase, the Poliform kitchen (I’m fainting, always do!), the walls of glass overlooking the sleek pool, the patios, and grass yard. They even have the TV floating over the view! Sophisticated design elements throughout from zebra wood floors to floating floors, this home has won more awards than Richard Rogers. The glorious master bedroom is downstairs with beautiful, generous his and her baths. All other bedrooms are upstairs with the game room, all connected by a glass bridge walkway. (more…)