Category: Real Estate

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.


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.