Ohhh, this home. I am going to get you in trouble because you are going to be looking at these photos all day long, breathing in the flowers in that exquisite garden. I have known this home a long time, been in it, in fact, as a guest. 3316 Harvard is really one of the most charming, perfect cottages in Dallas: character, warmth plus bountiful gardens. Located at the tip of Highland Park near the Abbot/Harvard intersection, you can actually walk to Toulouse! Built in 1926, all that original architectural integrity is loud and clear, even while the home has been updated to the finger-tip touches we demand in 2012. Example: all new wiring for Elan lights that dim and go on/off at a touch. The kitchen is knocked out with a vaulted beamed ceiling, beautiful granites, washed paneling and grass front cabinets, tile backsplash, antique brick, and paver flooring plus the most up-to-date appliances out there: in other words, a professional chef’s kitchen that makes you feel as if you are whipping up a cornish hen in Provence.
There are formals, four living areas, four bedrooms and four baths in 3869 square feet. Two of the bedrooms are in a separate wing for privacy, and both feature nooks and built-ins that make them feel more like suites than sheer rooms. One master up with brand new bath and clawfoot tub, one down with pool access. Whimiscal gardens supported by an itricated sprinkling system surround this lovely lot.
There is also a Dilbeck-esque sunroom with brick pavers that overlooks the new pool and screened-in porch. I am loving the reading nook right off the kitchen, where a sofa rests below an alcove. (Today I learned at a Cliff Maye lecture we are all really cavemen!) The nook reminds me of former House&Garden editor Dominique Browning’s excellent advice: a sofa in every kitchen! Asking: $1,475,000.