3747 Duchess Front

Well, Duchess the Saint Bernard, that is! Duchess is a lovely gal who is up for pre-adoption with Dallas Pets Alive while she undergoes heartworm treatment. I’m sure this gorgeous girl who gives the best kisses would love this updated traditional at 3747 Duchess Trail inside Royal Marsh Estates. It is plenty large for a big girl like Duchess! This ranch has a huge backyard for play time and a fantastic bathtub for bathtime.

Duchess

“Duchess was owner surrendered to the Dallas Animal Shelter because she ‘got too big,'” said Cassie Evans, dog rescuer and Duchess’ foster. “Duchess is a gorgeous, pure-bred Saint Bernard with a heart of gold. She likes small dogs, friendly big dogs, cats, and nice kids.”

She sounds just perfect and she’d do so well inside 3747 Duchess Trail! This home is in a wonderful location for any family looking to be close to parks, shopping, and a short drive from downtown Dallas. This particular home, which has all the bells and whistles a family moving to Dallas would want, is marketed by Trophy Group Realtor Matthew Rice for $599,890 and has only been on the market for 27 days.

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We were celebrating the jam-packed grand opening of Dallas builder extraordinaire (and to the Stars, literally) Mark Danuser of Tatum Brown Custom Homes last Thursday evening.  Mark is truly one of the best builders not just in Dallas, but the southwest. Of course he is a CandysDirt approved builder, a very selective and exclusive club.  Anyhoo, Mark & company have a big, beautiful new office over on Royal Lane that is almost as pretty as the gorgeous homes he builds. In fact, the interiors look very much like his homes! Earlier, his wife Christine and I went on a treasure hunt of Mark’s current projects –OMG is all I can say! Do not worry, we will bring them to you right here. One on Briarwood in Bluffview had me clutching my heart, doing Lamaze breathing –so gorgeous. Anyhoo, we were discussing the latest trends in home building, what people do and do not want. Here’s what we saw as new trends:

Stunning private baths — some people can drop $50,000 right there, ha, or more!

Floating walnut cabinetry in master bath, powder bath, and even closets…

Dog porches and outdoor wash areas

Durable floor finishes in the garage — like Epoxy coatings. Garages have increasingly become more attractive inside and way more dual purpose. The taller the garage, the more you can store!

House security, light, environment and entertainment systems controlled by iPad, iphones.

Heated master bath floors… even in Texas.

See through fireplaces.

Dual-purpose media and game room combos, maybe even a sofa bed thrown in, maybe a few mirrors to add a third use: exercise room!.

Stand-alone tubs with neck warmers (I am not a stand alone tub fan.)

One thing you may not see much of — the FOYER! Mark Danuser says some of his clients prefer to make the foyer more useful in the home, bringing people right in and into the action. Also trending: one staircase, tucked in a not-so-conspicuous space!

photo (13) Is this place not just gorgeous?

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We were celebrating the jam-packed grand opening of Dallas builder extraordinaire (and to the Stars, literally) Mark Danuser of Tatum Brown Custom Homes last Thursday evening.  Mark is truly one of the best builders not just in Dallas, but the southwest. Of course he is a CandysDirt approved builder, a very selective and exclusive club.  Anyhoo, Mark & company have a big, beautiful new office over on Royal Lane that is almost as pretty as the gorgeous homes he builds. In fact, the interiors look very much like his homes! Earlier, his wife Christine and I went on a treasure hunt of Mark’s current projects –OMG is all I can say! Do not worry, we will bring them to you right here. One on Briarwood in Bluffview had me clutching my heart, doing Lamaze breathing –so gorgeous. Anyhoo, we were discussing the latest trends in home building, what people do and do not want. Here’s what we saw as new trends:

Stunning private baths — some people can drop $50,000 right there, ha, or more!

Floating walnut cabinetry in master bath, powder bath, and even closets…

Dog porches and outdoor wash areas

Durable floor finishes in the garage — like Epoxy coatings. Garages have increasingly become more attractive inside and way more dual purpose. The taller the garage, the more you can store!

House security, light, environment and entertainment systems controlled by iPad, iphones.

Heated master bath floors… even in Texas.

See through fireplaces.

Dual-purpose media and game room combos, maybe even a sofa bed thrown in, maybe a few mirrors to add a third use: exercise room!.

Stand-alone tubs with neck warmers (I am not a stand alone tub fan.)

One thing you may not see much of — the FOYER! Mark Danuser says some of his clients prefer to make the foyer more useful in the home, bringing people right in and into the action. Also trending: one staircase, tucked in a not-so-conspicuous space!

photo (13) Is this place not just gorgeous?

But don’t get too excited. Defense attorney John Carney lives on Strait Lane, indeedy, or at least one of his trusts owns a home at 11484 Strait Lane. But I don’t think he’ll exactly be slip sliding away down at Richard Malouf’s Water Pik Park.

To be perfectly honest here, Carney’s place is on the “lower rent” part of Strait, which in this case is the upper leg, north of Royal Lane, in the Hockaday addition. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great neighborhood and I’d live here in a heartbeat. But I didn’t want you to see this article in Saturday’s Dallas Morning News and get all worked up thinking, oh Strait Lane Richard Malouf Ross Perot Kenny Troutt wowsers! No sir, we are not talking a 30,000 square foot home here, and no family fitness center across the bridge. No Phil Romano kitchen supreme. What you get is a sturdy, wonderful North Dallas 2700 square foot  ranch built in 1958. It has four bedrooms three baths, and sold 4/14/2004 for $402,500. It’s about one-third of an acre, which is a great sized lot, and in 2004 had a new retaining wall for the creek. A very nice home indeed, but I just didn’t want you to get misled by the addy being on Strait Lane. John Wiley’s lawyer might not be paying Uncle Sam, they say, but he lives in a pretty normal house.

If you have an aversion to slithery creatures, might not want to move over to Harry Moss Park off Arborside Drive and Royal Lane in Lake Highlands. Homeowners there have lost dogs to nasty snake bites from Copperheads. Some are even afraid to let dogs romp in the park. In fact, there are now signs at the park along with hanging snake skins warning residents because it is apparently mating season for snakes, and I guess our recent rains have made them frisky. No way I’m going over there to take a picture of the signs! And BTW, this is why I refuse to live on a creek, no matter how picturesque.

Then a little west on Royal, homeowners say the mess that is LBJ has the traffic taking over Royal Lane. In fact, coming home last night, I saw FOUR DPD cars on the eastbound side parked, talking to one tall man AFTER I passed a car wreck. It was like 8:30 p.m. Neighbors say the speeding is atrocious and the semi’s are squealing down the street at all hours. Neighbors suspect drivers are dodging construction and traffic on LBJ Freeway and cutting through their neighborhood, which runs parallel to the freeway and a couple of miles south. You’d wonder why they wouldn’t take Forest Lane, which is one major thoroughfare north, but I guess Forest has more traffic than Royal. Do be careful on Royal and keep your speed down when wet: in 2002, two precious St. Marks boys lost their lives on that elevated curve just east of Hillcrest.

And if anyone wants to vent about LBJ madness or what a pain it is to use the north entrance at DFW now, go for it right here. I’m waiting for some enterprising young soul to start a helicopter-to-DFW biz to tide us over until construction is complete.