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.

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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:

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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.

Ultimate House For Entertaining on Sought After Windsor Place

4420 Windsor Front

Last week’s Supper Club really threw you for a loop, didn’t it? It was your first time hosting a dinner for five couples in your home, and it made the space feel over-full and claustrophobic. This house that was a wonderful place when your children were small is starting to feel as if it’s bursting at the seams now that your kids constantly have their friends over. Weekends seem like a never-ending stream of sleepovers and fundraisers. You’ve finally faced facts: it’s time to upgrade your living space.

Yes, some brave souls would take the time to hire an architect, find a builder, and perhaps remodel or expand their current home. But for you? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Why not find a fantastic home that will entertain crowds of all ages, with tons of open space an upgrades, that will fit your family for years?

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IHOTW 4232 GreenbrierThis home reminds me of a lady who is never without her pearls. It’s like good breeding stock. And what do you do when everyone comes into town for graduation? Well, 4232 Greenbrier has the A plus answers in a tidy, 5274 square feet. (more…)

3828 Turtle Creek copy

Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.

Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

3828 Turtle Creek copy

Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.

Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

4528 Mockingbird Front

Private school tuition for two kids is just absolutely ridiculous. If you could forego all that and live in an area that has fantastic community values and very little crime, well, do we have a rental for you.

4528 Mockingbird Living

Buying inside Highland Park ISD can be a protracted bidding war, so renting is often more accessible. That’s what makes 4528 Mockingbird Lane such an amazing value. This three bedroom, two bath home is not only gorgeous on the inside, but you can rent all 1,900-plus square feet of it for $3,900 a month and forego those thousands of dollars in private school tuition.

Mockingbird Kitchen

This house is so cute, and the rooms are a great size for cozy family gatherings. The kitchen is, ummmm … nostalgic? Nevermind that, because really, you’re going to be renting, right? And that sunroom is just so awesome. Great place to cozy up with a book!

Mockingbird Sunroom

The backyard is stellar, too, with a fire pit and a great pergola. Perfect for entertaining small and large crowds. If you’re worried about maintenance, don’t. The rent includes everything, pretty much, including the monthly alarm company fee, as well as tree trimming and phone.

mockingbird patio

Interested? Contact Alma Aiden at LocalDwelling.com.