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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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November 14th-21st – Keep Dallas Warm – Collecting Coats for the Homeless

Donate and get a Gift Card:
St. Bernard Sports will give a $30 gift card and raffle ticket for every gently-worn winter coat that is dropped off at it’s store at Inwood Village. “That means if you bring in 10 coats, we’ll give you $300 to spend and 10 chances at great store prizes”

Keep Dallas Warm Week:
Drop off a gently worn winter coat. Enjoy weeklong warm events including daily Raffles & Giveaways, Demonstrations of Ski gear, Clothing & Equipment and Food Trucks & Beverages. Showcasing all the best ski for 2013, Sotheby’s International Realty ski desk will highlight great properties around the world to buy or rent.

St. Bernard Sports – Inwood Village: 5570 W. Lovers Ln., #388 Dallas, TX 75209 (214.357.9700) Mon. – Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. Noon – 6pm

Learn More:
Coinciding with Mayor Mike Rawlings annual Homeless Week, Keep Dallas warm is a community-based initiative aimed at providing gently worn coats and clothing to every homeless and underprivileged person in the city of Dallas.

The idea began two years ago when Dallasite Jim Silcock came up with a plan to donate $10,000 worth of coats to Dallas’ homeless men, women and children. By reaching out to shelter and homeless advocates at Community Crossroads, The Stewpot and The Bridge, silcock calculated  that a mere 1,800 coats would help every homeless person in Dallas to have a warmer winter. An estimated 3,600 coats and clothing items would meet the needs of the underprivileged and impoverished. Silcock has worked closely with Wes Goyer, owner of St. Bernard Sports, who generously donated outerwear items for the effort.

For more information please visit: keepdallaswarm.org/

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Quick: For a Chance to Win a Pair of Custom Lamps from StyleSWOON.com

Custom Lamps by The Lamp Shoppe Dallas, Texas - Melissa Woody

Samantha: “Lucky for us (and by us I mean you and I) Melissa Woody is a good friend of Becky Frey. I wrote about one of her stunning mineral lamps in FD last year and since she has opened a store called The Lamp Shoppe in the Design District. She can make a lamp out of anything. Minerals, driftwood, antiques, you name it, she can make it – oh, and it will be exquisite. Add on options of tons of finials, lucite bases, custom shades and even cord options (did you even know there was such a thing?). So when Becky told me she was going to partner with “Woody” to make a lamp for the giveaway you bet I was excited.”

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How to enter to win: Send an email to sam{at}styleswoon.com with RE: STUFF THE STOCKING as the subject, in the body of the email please put your full name and the city in which you live (US and Canada only please – so sorry friends!) and I will announce the LUCKY winner Christmas Day! xo, S

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Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master For The I Hate Grass Club | Candy’s Dirt | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans

Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master  | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans.

Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master For The I Hate Grass Club | Candy's Dirt | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans

“There are those of us who love homes but hate grass. What the heck is so wonderful about it anyhow? It sucks up water we need to preserve, it burns up in August, it gets muddy, soggy, chiggers and collects dog poop. Grass, who needs it?

But I like homes, so this one might really be my dream home. 9011 Prominence is basically a 6,000 square foot patio home built in 1993, hence the great pricing: $499,000. (Today I saved you a dollar, don’t ever say I don’t give you anything.)  But in five years when we won’t be able to water our lawns, you will see more homes like 9011.

“The story here is families who want good schools and a big house don’t need to move to Plano to find one,” says listing agent Becky Frey. Big? The house is enormous: six bedrooms, four and a half baths. “And you are a hop or short walk from White Rock Lake.”

You get the updated kitchen, formals, a den, and that private, lush master on the first floor. Bye, kiddos, go upstairs and STAY upstairs unless someone is bleeding. Master has access to back patio and splash pool — yes, there is a pool! Upstairs you find a game room with wet bar and a balcony which is great for entertaining. There is a great view of the church steeple next door which is very soothing and church bells! Reminds me of Dartmouth! You also have many rooms for offices, media or playrooms. Great closets, big comfy kitchen, three fireplaces, workbench, mature rose bushes to fill you vase. Just. No. Grass.”

Go to CandysDirt.com to see more photos.

For all the details, click here to see the listing.

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Give Thanks – A Special Thanksgiving Invitation

With a thankful heart … Becky Frey and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Send a thank you to a friend, family member, loved-one, or to someone making a difference in our city!  Go to SendThankYous.com and click SEND A THANK YOU ECARD.

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2010 Attitude

I sent out an eblast on January 3rd titled “2010 Attitude” – Due to overwhelming responses from friends and clients, I thought I should post a link to the eblast so I could share with the rest of my world: http://bit.ly/attitude2010

If you haven’t seen it already, it is worth the click just to see my hair-do from the 1980s.

MY ATTITUDE

I promise myself …

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the pressure of trouble.

My Attitude … is my Life.

HAPPY 2010

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Experience the same utterly relaxed state you slip into while on vacation within your home’s walls

On Facebook, I subscribe to daily postings and inspirations from a group called Daily OM. Today’s posting is fitting for my daily pursuit in finding wonderful homes for my clients. Thanks to the administrator of the Daily OM, Marcia Kearl Johnson. – Becky

July 29, 2009
An Instant Vacation

Throughout our lives, most of us are led to believe that relaxation is best pursued outside of the home. As a result, we spend months anticipating weeklong vacations, seldom fully appreciating the leisure time we are blessed with on a more regular basis. It is possible, however, to reexperience the same utterly relaxed state you slip into while on holiday within your home’s walls. The feelings of serenity you enjoy during a vacation are a product of your outlook rather than your locale. You give yourself permission to enjoy yourself and unwind while on vacation. Granting yourself the same privilege while at home allows you to experience complete relaxation, even when surrounded by routine.

4678 Christopher Place Dallas 75204    3/3.1/Fmls/Den/Patio     $1,425,000

4678 Christopher Place Dallas 75204 3/3.1/Fmls/Den/Patio $1,425,000


Our homes can be distracting places as most survival tasks are addressed there. Reviving the tranquility you felt on holiday is as easy as creating an atmosphere that helps you relax. First, divest yourself of the notion that messes must be cleaned up immediately and reaffirm that relaxation is as vital as physical nourishment. Then, set the mood. Music that reminds you of a beloved vacation destination can put you in a vacation mind-set. The exotic flavor of a tropical beverage or the spiciness a favorite ethnic dish can transport you to a more restful mental space. Finally, put aside your projects and commit to doing only what you consider truly pleasurable. Your responsibilities will wait as you put up your feet and revel in peacefulness that comes from within.

If you find it difficult to ignore the temptation to simply fall back into your usual schedule, consider that relaxation should occupy a prominent place on your to-do list. You deserve to take “you time” and to care for yourself, even during life’s busy periods. While you may not always be able to get away from it all, you can still nurture yourself and regain your peace of mind.

The Daily OM

http://www.dailyom.com/

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