We may have breakfast bars in the master, but long ago, before there was air conditioning in the south, people of means did not have kitchens in the main house. I learned this years ago while purchasing a home in San Antonio. Up north, in my freezing native Illinois prairie lands, we wanted those kitchens in the house to help retain heat from the fireplaces. Hell, had I been around in those days I would have been the best damn cook ever — I’d have cooked anything just to stay warm and by the stove 24/7. Which leads me to my genetical theory of why women tend to like cooking, but I digress. Down in the south, you sure didn’t want the heat of the kitchen come summer, no sir. Also, kitchens were always catching fire. So keeping the kitchen in the back and separate made damn sure the main house didn’t fry.
Monday Morning Millionaire: What Dad Wouldn’t Be Thrilled With a Putting Green Just Outside His Study?
Father’s Day is Sunday, and if you’re looking for a special way to surprise Dad and house hunting at the same time, this home will make any father flip his lid!
Monday Morning Millionaire: Light And Bright Lakewood Contemporary Has Everything — Even an Indoor Hot Tub!
Let me tell you, when I look around for interesting luxury properties to feature on our Monday Morning Millionaire spot, I often get a surprise. Take this Lakewood Soft Contemporary for example. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, two full and two half baths, and a hot tub inside. Yeah, that hot tub is inside the house. And a steam room. Amazing.
Monday Morning Millionaire: Another Record Setting $19.5 Million Dallas Real Estate Listing to Lust for… “Dans Bois Crete” Features Movie Theater and Concession Stand
As I told you last week, or rather, during Bush Center week, there is another price record setting mansion/estate/manor hitting our market. It even has a name, “Dans Bois Crete,” or translated into English, “In Wood Ridge”. The home is located on that elegant stretch of Inwood Road just south of Walnut Hill, not too far from the estates of Kelcy Warren, Roger Staubach, and Windle and Shirley Turley.
Monday Morning Millionaire, Earth Day Version: Underground House/Bunker on Buckner Hits the Market Again Just in Time for, Well, Earth Day!
Welcome to the ultimate Green Structure in Dallas! That’s 2001 North Buckner Blvd, now listed with Vicki White of Dallas City Center. This is such a unique home, I am going to let Vicki do the talkin’ here, because she knows more about this home than anyone– maybe even the owners! 2001 Buckner was built in 1989, sits on, or I should say under, 1.84 acres, boasts 4561 square feet, three bedrooms, three baths, two living areas. Asking price: $1,150,000. Lowest utility bills in town. About the address – yes, the owners went to the city and applied for that number. Get it? 2001 A Space Odyssey! Here is another plus: the home has often referred to as a bunker, a perfect solution for those that are looking for the highest level of security. In addition, cameras mounted front and back give you 24/7 access to activity from any computer in the world. This coming after the disastrous week we had last might sway a few potential buyers!
Monday Morning Millionaire… Margaret Thatcher Would Have Loved This Highland Park Tudor, and So Will You!
I adored Margaret Thatcher, and though I was upset that Meryl Streep snatched the Academy Award for Best Actress from the very deserving Glenn Close for The Secret Life of Albert Nobbs, I have to admit her performance was flawless as The Iron Lady.
So, I had a plumbing disaster at my White Rock Lake-area postwar traditional, so I’m reporting from our Forney bureau today as a means of escape from a horde of noisy dryer fans and dehumidifiers.
Monday Morning Millionaire II is Something to Wine About: 14,000 Square Foot North Texas Compound Has an Irish Pub and Chambourcin Grape Vineyard!!!
A home with an active producing vineyard in North Texas? You bet your chardonnay! I just got in a few hours ago from the Peninsula of northern California where we spent some time near Saratoga Springs at a shooting range. Yes, Virgina, people do own guns in California. Along the winding mountain road we saw numerous, charming little winery estates tucked into the hillside. Then I come home to find out all I have to do is head north a few miles from Dallas to Sherman to find a 44 acre estate with picturesque horizon views and a bountiful 15-acre vineyard of Chambourcin grapes: Angel Ridge Manor at 5312 State Highway 11. The winery produced 9 tons of grapes in 2011.
Yes, Virginia, there are vineyards in North Texas!
Ski season is winding down, which is a huge bummer for the snow bunnies among us. So if you’re not ready to leave the ski lodge, why not come home to one?
Monday Morning Millionaire is Truly One of the Most Romantic, Downton-Abbeyesque Homes in Dallas: The Mmm Mansion
Hey, Valentine’s Day isn’t over yet. I like to stretch it out into the the WHOLE MONTH! I teased this house in last week’s round-up for CultureMap Dallas, but here is a little more on the story of a home I have wanted to bring to your attention for several months. The M Mansion (or Mmm 5540 North 40 Place) is in far north Dallas, and because my precious son got married there, I think it is the most romantic home in Dallas right now.