Category: Real Estate

Dallas Gets Third Blue Star Marker

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Tim Mallad, Dana Harkey, Dr. John Gremmels, and Harriet Gibbs. (Courtesy Presbyterian Communities)

The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12477 Merit Drive, now has a Blue Star Memorial marker – only the third one in the city.

“This is a living tribute that honors all of the men and women who served, are serving or will serve in the United States armed forces,” said Tim Mallad, CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services, which owns the center.

During the dedication ceremony in October, Mallad thanked the Designers and Diggers Garden Study Club for raising the funds for the marker and club member Harriet Gibbs for suggesting the hospice as its location.


House of the Month: 3608 Lexington Avenue

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(Courtesy Rogers Healy)

Priced at $9,995,000, this stunning traditional home is now available. With seven bedrooms, one half and eight full bathrooms, the 14,400-square-foot house situated on more than half an acre exudes elegance in every detail. Completely remodeled from 2016–17, the open-concept floor plan provides ample space for entertaining, with top-of-the-line modern amenities. The home features elevator access to all three levels — including the 2,500-square-foot playroom on the third floor. The backyard oasis features lush landscaping, mature trees, and a breathtaking pool and spa.


House of the Month: 3449 Milton Avenue No. 3, University Park

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(Courtesy Coldwell Banker) "Read More" to view the full gallery.

Priced $849,000, this is an exceptional opportunity for a move-in ready transitional designer townhome near SMU and Snider Plaza.

Built by Robert Elliot in 2015, this immaculate new construction is light and bright. Featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the 2,691-square-foot home has an open floor plan, living/kitchen area with large windows, plantation shutters, and a modern fireplace.

There are dark wood floors throughout and a spacious gourmet kitchen with Ann Sacks tile, white stone counter tops, and stainless-steel appliances. The master bedroom has beautiful windows, a luxury bath, and two walk-in closets. The property only connects on the west side and features a comfortable balcony on the other.


Cellars Worth Celebrating

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10777 Strait Lane. (Courtesy Dave Perry Miller)

Serious entertaining may involve serious amounts of wine. Hosts know the importance of maintaining an adequate supply. For more than 3,000 years, wine-drinking cultures have designated special places for their grape-gifted vice.

But a wine cellar is more than just storage space. It is a place to showcase a prized collection and celebrate the elixir of the gods. Some bottles may evoke treasured memories of past travels or sublime meals. Others represent promise of special days deemed worthy of a ceremonious decanting.

Those who don’t partake in wine may find such talk the height of absurdity. But for those who love their vino, these houses offer some of the most spectacular settings to admire and imbibe.


House of the Month – 3601 Greenbrier Drive

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This impeccable English home stands on a rare double lot in the University Heights subdivision of University Park. It was built by Bob Cresswell in 2005 with luxurious materials, and has been exceptionally well maintained. It features six bedrooms, 6.2 baths, five living areas, and a three-car garage.

The property contains all the extras that buyers expect in a luxury home: a large gourmet kitchen opening to the great room; state-of-the-art technology and lighting systems; a temperature-controlled wine room; a game room and home theater; a three-story elevator; and elegant grounds designed by Armstrong-Berger.


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.