Category: Real Estate

Houses With Pools

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Belclaire Avenue. (Courtesy Aqua Terra Outdoors) Click "Read More" to view the other house pools.

Most North Texans will agree that if leaving town for the summer is not an option, then the best way to beat the brutal heat is in an inviting backyard swimming pool.

These spectacular neighborhood oases offer ample space for quiet reflection, early morning workouts, romantic meals under the stars, or over-the-top parties. No matter how stressful the day, escape for these homeowners is never far away.


Trending in the Kitchen

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The Housewares Show in Chicago features the latest in cookware, appliances, and other products. (Photos: Christy Rost)

I’m detouring from my usual cooking column and recipe this month to focus on what’s new for homes and kitchens. Each spring, the International Home + Housewares Show draws more than 2,200 exhibitors and 62,000 attendees to Chicago’s McCormick’s Place. During the four-day event, the latest innovations and trends in household small appliances, tableware, décor, gadgets, and everyday living solutions are presented to buyers and members of the media.

As a chef and passionate home entertainer, I always feel like a kid walking into a gigantic candy store when I attend the Housewares Show. My eyes are bombarded by vivid colors, textures, familiar and unfamiliar logos, cookware of every size and shape, the latest innovations in small electric appliances, and booths carefully designed to draw attendees inside. It doesn’t take long before I envision a springtime table setting with exquisite new glassware, patterned dinnerware, and colorful linens, a springtime dinner party using a, innovative tabletop grill, or the fun of serving summer cocktails in double-walled champagne glasses.

During three solid days of visiting as many brands as possible, and armed with an overflowing appointment show calendar, I identified seven top home trends for 2017 designed to make our lives easier and our homes more comfortable, organized, stylish, and safe.


Grandmother Creates Fairyland in the City

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A round door welcomes visitors to the guest house. (Courtesy The Mamones Photography)

In a home on an acre-and-a-third of Dallas ground there lives a hobbit-loving lady.

Not an old historic home steeped in Big D lore, nor yet a typical modern mansion like those going up in the Park Cities: It is a feather-wearing eccentric collector’s home, and that means bottles mortared in between uneven stones and real Montana trees in the great room.

The Shire of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings lies along the Great East Road in Middle Earth, far from the threats of Mordor.


Sales, Listings Up, But High-End Lull Not Over

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Real estate activity in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow has picked up following a slowdown leading into last November’s election.

Single family closings and listings are looking up to begin the year, but real estate agencies are still hoping transactions for higher end properties will rebound.

The market for homes priced at $2 million or more hasn’t been up for 18 months, according to Allie Beth Allman, president/CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Buckner Breaks Ground on Ventana Retirement Towers

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Buckner Senior Living is building the $136 million Ventana continuing care retirement living towers on 3 acres near NorthPark Center and University Park. (Courtesy Buckner International)

Buckner Senior Living broke ground April 20 on its $136 million Ventana continuing care retirement living towers, which will go up on 3 acres near NorthPark Center and University Park.

Ventana is Spanish for "window." The two residential towers at North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway will offer floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the downtown Dallas skyline and the Park Cities.

The development will include 189 independent living units, 38 assisted living units, 26 specialized memory care suites, 48 skilled nursing units, and 24 rehabilitation units, according to a news release.


House of the Month – 5800 Armstrong Parkway

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(Photo courtesy: Briggs Freeman Sotheby's)

Treasures from all over the world enhance this exceptional home with the perfect combination of formal and casual design by Richard Drummond Davis.

Robert Bellamy Landscape created picturesque garden views from almost every room of the 7,792 square-foot house that includes 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 powders, formals, library, great room, sunroom, formal and casual dining areas, ultimate gourmet kitchen, mud room, game room, craft/ballet room, and an approximately 800 square-foot third level garret. A port-cochere leads to a large motor court with a three-car garage and a full apartment.


House of the Month – 4218 Arcady Avenue

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(Courtesy photos: Allie Beth Allman & Associates)

This stately Highland Park house was built by Tatum Brown Custom Homes in 2015. Stone and wood floors accent the 12-room abode, which includes five bedrooms, as well as a gentlemen’s library and bar. The family room and kitchen overlook a spacious backyard, which boasts both open and covered terraces ideal for entertaining. Interior features include a built-in wine cooler, an elevator, multiple staircases, and an attached 3-car garage. Classic plaster detailing with stone accents gives the estate an air of sophistication.


Appetite for Destruction

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Leveling of historical homes continues with Trammell Crow Estate teardown. (Courtesy photo)

Andy Beal, Dallas billionaire, banker, and economic advisor to President Donald Trump, has razed the 1912 C.D. Hill-designed Trammell Crow estate on Preston Road he purchased less than a year ago.

DFW Pre-Demolition and Estate Sales posted the news on Facebook Jan. 16 with details about property that will be sold off piecemeal before the teardown. The house was torn down Feb. 13.

The Park Cities boast a number of historic homes designed by world-famous architects — a number that is rapidly decreasing as a generation of homeowners who share a distaste for “used homes,” a new vernacular for homes that already exist and which other people may have already lived in, move in to the neighborhood with cash to spend on teardowns and custom building.

David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas, says inflated property values are feeding this mentality.