Category: Real Estate

Here Are Colors to Consider in 2016

Rose Quartz can accent a room in many different ways. (Courtesy Photos)

I like to think that Pickard Design Studio is always ahead of the curve when designing our projects and setting design trends before they hit the masses.

I have been writing about and using Rose Quartz and Serenity in my projects for over a year now — from cabinet hardware to lamps, table bases to fabrics, and wall coverings to furniture, these colors are everywhere in both design and fashion. Did you know engagement rings are even now made in Rose Quartz?

So it makes sense that Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colors of 2016. If you’re familiar with Pantone’s previous colors of the year, you’ll know that this is the first time they have announced two colors. Let’s take a look at why these colors are deserving of the title in 2016.

A Life of Executive Privilege

The exterior design marks a striking resemblence to the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (Courtesy Photo)

While several candidates are racing to the White House in Washington, D.C., this year, the “Dallas White House” went on the market for $15 million in November.

Hidden behind 8-foot walls in Preston Hollow, the home at 10777 Strait Lane sits on 3.3 acres of manicured grounds.

The exterior may imitate the presidential home, but the interior isn’t quite all-American. The interior of the 16,041-square-foot mansion exudes the French style that would make one reminisce to the days of intellectual salons and opulent soirees.

Modern Mile Showcases Homes for a Cause

Meadowdale House (Courtesy Photo)

A new home tour made its debut on Preston Hollow’s doorstep on Oct. 3. Modern Mile Dallas hosted its inaugural event by featuring six homes in a compact area bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane.

With the consultation of local architects, the group was able to whittle down a potential 40 sites to a select six.

Rather than having attendees hop in their car to jump from home to home, Modern Mile Dallas selected homes within walking distance of each other, thus the name.

Art, Architecture Mix For Park Cities Designer

Larry Boerder comes from a family of architects, having followed in his father’s footsteps. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Larry Boerder orders his favorite type of pencils from eBay because you can’t find them in stores anymore. He can rattle off the phone numbers of clients without checking his contact list. He uses an old-fashioned drafting table for his plans because, as he says, “I’ve never been very good with CAD.”

He’s an old-school architect who’s built his repertoire in and around the Park Cities. A North Dallas native, he felt the call to architecture at a young age; his father was an architect, and today his sister and brother-in-law are also architects.

“I was always exposed to it. There’s a picture of me at age 9 in my father’s office drawing,” he said.

Boerder was taught modernist architecture at the University of Texas in the 1970s. But when he graduated, like many new alumni, he was unsure of what he wanted to do.

Dave Perry-Miller Surpasses Sales Milestone


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents sold more than $1 billion worth of property in the first six months of 2015.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm’s sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark, and the agents expect the trend to continue. As of late June, they were marketing 136 properties listed for at least $1 million, including 13 homes priced at more than $5 million.

CREW to Talk Senior Housing at Luncheon


Charles Bissell (Courtesy photo)

Charles Bissell

The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will hear a presentation about the increased demand for senior housing at its luncheon on June 17 at Park City Club.

Charles Bissell, Executive Director of Integra Realty Resources and the National Practice Leader of IRR's Senior Housing and Specialty Health Care practice, will give the presentation.

Bissell directs valuation and consulting engagements on a variety of senior housing and health care properties.

The luncheon, which is open to the public, is sponsored by D2 Architecture. It will last from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $55 for pre-registered guests and $65 for walk-ins. Those interested may contact Kim Hopkins at [email protected] for more information.

Author: New Homes Can Have Old Souls

Brent Hull’s office, built in 1921, houses his extensive book collection on preservation. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

St. Mark’s alum preserves history in modern houses

Brent Hull grew up with a love of English, history, and working with his hands. As an adult, those passions combined into a love of old homes and woodworking.

“Houses tell stories,” he said. “What we build matters. You’re creating the narrative of the home.”

The St. Mark’s alum got his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and then moved on to the North Bennet Street School in Boston to hone his craftsmanship skills.

Today, he runs Hull Historical, a general contracting company that specializes in residential and historic preservation, from a 1920s building in downtown Fort Worth. The former Nabisco distributing center provides the perfect venue for millwork and consulting with clients.

Real Estate Quarterly: Mediterranean Manor


While maintaining its archtectural history on the exterior facade, the estate at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has indoor and outdoor patio space to go with an extensive indoor recreation room with wooden ceiling beams.

After deciding to put their house on the market, owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas replaced a batting cage with an authentic Italian court for bocce, or lawn bowling. The house, which was once the home of renowned realtor Henry S. Miller, includes two stories with abundant windows and interior balconies, and a swimming pool and outdoor bar area next to a completely renovated guest house. (Courtesy Photos)

As it approaches 100 years, the house at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has found a balance between architectural integrity and modern convenience.

Preserving some of the exterior elements of the 1918 design by Hal Thomson — best known for a series of Mediterranean mansions that line Swiss Avenue — has been integrated into both a 2002 remodel down to the studs, and upgrades since then by current owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas.

“It has the same feel. The quality just got elevated,” said Jim Lucas, who bought the home in 2008 for $11.6 million. “People want the old look but they want all the modern appliances and gadgets.”

Housing Market Continues Growth


Fall in the housing market typically equals a seasonal slowdown, as sellers have a tendency to pull their properties for the winter before trying again in the spring.

While the numbers show that trend still holds true, the market in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow remains lively as the holidays approach, with an increase in existing inventory and new construction.

“Traditionally we see a seasonal slowdown because of the holidays, but we still see a lot of businesses moving to Dallas and people want to get in here,” said Amy Detwiler, a senior vice president with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “I’m continuing to list properties right now because of the growth.”