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Lakewood: Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Historic Estate built by Hal Thomson

Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Beautiful Historic Home from Becky Frey on Vimeo.

For the connoisseur of life, an ideal home is in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Nestled in the heart of the personality-rich community of Lakewood, this home has access to highly-ranked schools, easy access to Downtown, and incredible hike and bike trails making this location ideal for buyers seeking a strong community and endless options to enjoy life outdoors. This architecturally significant home tells a wonderful story within its walls.

See the official listing on SothebysRealty.com

Built in 1929 by renowned architect Hal Thomson, this beautiful estate features a blend of handcrafted original and tasteful, updated designs. The home has had many significant owners/guests including Stanley Marcus. In fact, the original owners of the home deeded the home to the Episcopal Diocese.

As you set foot inside this estate, you encounter rich chocolate hardwood floors leading to every living area in the home. Immediately to your right is the sitting room featuring a charming wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters and built-in book cases. Continue on to the formal dining room featuring original tile flooring and original bar inlets.

The gracious formal living room provides a perfect place for family holiday gatherings with vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, built-in bookcases, wood burning fireplace and French doors leading to the sunroom. With walls of glass bringing the outdoors inside, the sunroom will be the perfect nook for you to curl up with a good book, watch your favorite movie or just take a nap while it rains. Sliding patio doors lead you to the outdoor oasis.

The impressive chef’s kitchen offers the best of the best making your every culinary experience enjoyable. Featuring a Miele coffee bar, stainless steel 6-burner gas cooktop, double ovens, built-in refrigerator, beautiful tile flooring, marble countertops and a wet-bar offering a built-in microwave, crushed ice machine, sink and mini refrigerator. Tucked off of the kitchen is a charming breakfast room, which used to be the carport in the original home, with built-ins with glass displays to store your china and a marble buffet making meal service a breeze. Beyond the breakfast room is the utility room and a lovely powder bath.

The spacious master suite is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind after a long day offering multiple storage closets, sitting area and beautiful views of the backyard. The master bath offers separate shower, makeup vanity and a large dressing room attached.

In addition to the beautiful hardwood floors, each bedroom features architectural design detail from the arched doorways to the vaulted ceilings – the charm and character of the home is evident throughout.

The backyard is like a set from a movie – with a large grassy yard, pool, pool house featuring a pool bath and kitchenette, outdoor kitchen, and a firepit – you truly have every outdoor dream at your fingertips.

The large, detached two car garage offers a guest quarters above with full bath and closet and a basement/cellar below with a covered walkway to the main house.

Call Becky 214-536-4727 or Shelle 214-450-8782 to discuss a private showing.

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I’ve Got My Heart Set on Selling University Park… Thanks Candy!

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Got Your Heart Set on University Park? Classic Red Brick Colonial Raises Your IQ for Less Than $250 a Square Foot…

Written by Candy Evans on July 19, 2012

I have this theory about red-brick, Ivy League-looking houses: they make you smarter. We really should do an IQ test of children raised in red-brick Georgians with ivy-covered brick: my bet is they would have higher TAG scores and better SATs than kids reared in ranches or mid-century moderns. For one thing, the clean-lined life does not lend itself well to books and reading materials scattered about — sleek living is intellectually lean living — agree or disagree?

Just teasin’. About sleek living being intellectually lean.

But I do think 3821 Wentwood could help shape children to study while en route to Harvard, and it will darn sure help you finance the education: at $244.55 a square foot, this home is a huge bargain. You get (ALMOST) a quarter acre lot in University Park, 5230 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, hardwood floors, great open spaces, solid bones and a great floor plan. Gonna be honest: I’d make the kitchen tile floors go bye bye, they are way too hard to stand on and drop a dish, kiss it goodbye. This kitchen could be updated. We are talking surfaces, pure surfaces. I’d bring the wood floors into the kitchen and blend. Appliances are newer, and the cabinets look great. The rest of the house is as classic as it gets, and the yard even has room for a pool or outdoor kitchen. Laundry is upstairs with sink, and the fifth bedroom can be for guests or a gameroom.

And for $1,279,000 you are in Highland Park Schools and Hyer Elementary is walking distance. Leave It To Beaver Goes to Harvard — that’s 3821 Wentwood.

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A Video Review of the Dallas Modern Home Tour

In case you missed it, here’s a look at some of the fabulous modern architectural wonders that were open to tour during the Dallas Modern Home Tour, co-sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Becky Frey among others.

Click here to a full list of chic homes new on the market now.

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UpdateDallas: A Sleek Contemporary with Plenty of Natural Light in Preston Hollow

4445 College Park Drive in Preston Hollow

 

Surround yourself in sleek modern design! This ultra-contemporary single level home in the Hockaday Square neighborhood is located on a private lot with shade trees and tasteful landscaping. It was completely remodeled and expanded in 1995 with clean lines, lots of natural light, an open floor plan, and all the details and finishes of the finest contemporary architecture.

To see more photos and read the entire post on UpdateDallas.org, click here.

To view the complete Photo Gallery, click here.

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Step right in for remodeling ideas: Patina Floor Design Store on Knox Street

Just popped into Patina last week and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a great place to get good ideas for remodeling projects that you are doing! I was wowed by the selection. And – the staff was helpful staff with lots of knowledge about design and the hottest new materials. And – you can’t beat the easy location on Knox Street!

“Haven’t heard of Patina? Neither had we. The new retail flooring store offers not only top quality ceramic tile, natural stone, wood flooring, carpet, and rugs but also interior design and installation services as well as in-store interactive, electronic displays that help you visualize the installed appearance of your new flooring.” – D Magazine

 

 

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