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…)

This kitchen boasts a built in coffee maker (Photo Credit: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

This kitchen boasts plenty of sleek built-ins. (Photo: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

Would you ever consider using unique, fun colored cabinets in your kitchen? If you’re a trendsetter and a client of Tatum Brown Custom Homes, you might.

“People are getting away from doing the all-white kitchens,” says Mark Danuser, President of Tatum Brown. “They are actually starting to use a lot more fun colors, like shades of taupe, champagne and grey.”

People are willing to use more non-traditional decor and finishes than in previous years, and Danuser attributes this to social media and the popularity of home improvement shows. He says his clients can now visualize things they might not have otherwise been able to imagine themselves, and because they can see what these ideas actually look like, they are more willing to go for it in their own homes, he said.



Ebby Halliday Realtors has just finished Phase I its new 10,000-square-foot Preston Center office on Douglas Avenue across from the Park Cities Hilton. Next door to the Shelton high-rise building, this office will house the Preston Center Associates and staff members.

We are just loving how this leading regional real estate brand is committed to having high-tech and modern spaces that feel inviting and welcoming for clients. This newly remodeled and expanded office includes conference rooms with Apple TVs, a training room with brand new computers, plus plenty of room for Realtors to connect with their clients.

The space, which is so stylish, was designed by Gary Owens with architect Michael Twichell.


Laura Miller house 2

Don’t know if this is Part One of a multi-part series, or a great stand-alone piece, but as promised, Eric Nicholson over at The Dallas Observer asks the question most of us ask as we peruse that stucco jungle of cars, one-way streets, and quite possibly the ugliest parking garage in the US, Preston Center. I am talking Preston Center west side, not east side. That question? Why in the ef is this place such a friggin’ mess when it is nestled between two of the richest neighborhoods in the U.S? Where is the Rodeo Drive-esque strip of cute little pricey stores? Why is it not more like Highland Park Village, or Coral Gables, Florida, where George Merrick once bragged that every business was just two blocks away. Coral Gables Miracle Mile is famous for beautiful designer stores, boutiques, food markets, handcrafted specialties and great clothing. Preston Center west is famous for the skateboarders who slide down the ramp in the old Foleys parking garage.

Truck at Preston center (more…)

A friendly reminder to the folks of the Park Cities. Three easy steps to curb auto burglaries.

A friendly reminder to the folks of the Park Cities. Three easy steps to curb auto burglaries.

It was another exciting Saturday night on the tony, tree-lined streets of Highland Park. At 11:49 p.m., a police officer noticed a silver 2012 Toyota Camry sitting in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue with its high-beams on. After watching the Camry make a rolling left turn onto Knox Street without using a signal, the officer attempted to pull the car over.

Ignoring the patrol vehicle’s lights and siren, the Camry’s driver proceeded north on Central Expressway, reaching speeds nearing 100 mph. The Camry exited the freeway at Caruth Haven Boulevard, and the officer pursued the car on surface streets, sans lights and siren. But he lost sight of the Camry when it crossed several lanes of Northwest Highway to get back on Central.

There were two people inside the Camry. We assume their hearts were racing as fast as their car, because the following break-ins were reported in Highland Park that same evening:

  • After 4 p.m., a burglar rifled through a black 2013 Infiniti SUV and a black 2006 BMW SUV, both of which had been left unlocked behind a gate in the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.
  • After 5 p.m., a burglar broke into a black Chevrolet Suburban in the 5100 block of Sewanee Avenue and stole four pairs of headphones.
  • After 5:30 p.m., a burglar rifled through a BMW X5 that had been left unlocked behind a gate in the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue and stole a Cole Haan wallet containing $40 in cash, three credit cards, a debit card, and a driver’s license. By the time the victim discovered the theft, his American Express card had been charged at a Walgreens and by American Airlines. The burglar ignored a set of golf clubs and a case of shotgun shells that were left in plain sight.
  • After 6 p.m., a burglar broke into a white 2013 Mercedes S250 in the 3200 block of Princeton Avenue, but nothing appeared to be stolen.
  • After 7 p.m., a burglar broke into a black 2013 Kia Rio in the 3400 block of Princeton Avenue and stole seven pairs of sunglasses.
  • After 7 p.m., a burglar entered a black 2007 GMC Yukon that had been left unlocked in the 4300 block of Lorraine Avenue and stole a handicapped placard.
  • After 7 p.m., a burglar broke into a white 2003 Ford Explorer in the 3900 block of Mockingbird Lane and stole a set of keys and a Mirage flute.
  • After 8:30 p.m., a burglar broke into a black 2009 BMW 528 in the 5200 block of Sewanee Avenue, but nothing appeared to have been stolen.
  • After 10 p.m., a burglar tried to break into a black 2011 Range Rover in the 3400 block of Princeton Avenue but only managed to damage a window.
  • After 10 p.m., a burglar rifled through a blue 2012 Range Rover that had been left unlocked behind a gate in the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue and stole a credit card and a driver’s license.

Click through for a roundup of other crimes reported in the Park Cities last week:


Highland House

Well, hold my horses. I should have known better. Leland Burk does NOT own the Preston Doctor’s Center, yet. But if all goes as planned, he will own it by October. I should know the first rule of real estate transactions: it ain’t over until the contract is signed. What happened is that Leland asked the Planning & Zoning Commission to withdraw the plans for the Highland House proposal, the plans that were tabled pending the land-use study. The Dallas Morning News found out about the withdrawal, and phoned Burk, who was in London, and spoke to the DMN’s Tom Benning over the phone. Keep in mind, as I should have, that even Crosland Co. doesn’t own the property. The property is still owned, as it has been, by the same entities, two sisters, I hear, who are eager to sell, one maybe more than the other. Crosland had a contract to buy it, Rick Williamson had negotiated an extension of the contract, and Crosland has now assigned their contract over to Leland’s entity. I will claim vacation brain — I read Benning’s piece “Since then, developer Leland Burk purchased the property” and thought maybe the deal had transpired, even closed, while I was in Maine, which would have been like a miracle. (more…)

8315 Westchester

Well this was a shocker: former City Council candidate Leland Burk has purchased the Preston Doctor’s Center building on Westchester, the one where Crosland Group was planning to build a luxury high rise called the Highland House. And the plans have been withdrawn along with the re-zoning request.

In his article, Dallas Morning News reporter Tom Benning makes it sound like Laura Miller single handedly stopped the Highland House project dead in its tracks. (Wonder if she handed him the story?) Have no idea what Burk plans to build, certainly going to dial him up lickety split. According to Benning’s story, (more…)

4307 Armstrong Parkway lot

Recall our dismay at the dismantling of 4307 Armstrong Parkway, where the buyers, a Hillsborough, California couple named Williams bought the Donnally family home, tore it down to build a new home, then changed their minds about building (they bought another home in Highland Park). They put the lot back on the market for $5,595.000, exactly what they paid for it. (more…)