Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, News | Posted: March 27, 2015
Talk about your blessings in disguise: one hundred years ago, Dallas refused to annex the brand new village of Highland Park, five miles north of the central city. They regretted this immediately and spent the next 45 years trying to undo their mistake. Highland Park, however, preferred to go its independent and exclusive way. Designed with a lavish 20% set-aside for parkland by the famous landscape architect Wilbur David Cook (he also designed Beverly Hills), Highland Park and its slightly newer sibling, University Park, have long hosted the most sought-after addresses in the area.
After a century’s reign as the locus of Dallas society, it is astonishing that there should still be any lots left to build on; typically one only comes available after removing an older structure. And of these, 7619 Lovers Lane is a jewel: it lies on the cusp between the two cities, enjoying the convenience of Dallas zoning laws, but belonging to the Highland Park Independent School District–the smallest and smartest in the county: only 6,800 students with SAT scores 50% higher than in surrounding Dallas.
Bella Vita Custom Homes has taken maximum advantage of this lot with a gracious hacienda: 5,606 square feet, offered at $1,720,000. It is replete with Spanish touches outside–stucco exterior, tile roof, stone-pillared balcony overlooking the street–and inside, with a barrel-vaulted passageway between the master suite and the breakfast room (an elegant way to greet the day) and an accent on gracious entertaining, with a formal dining room served from the butler’s pantry.
Functionally the home features all the attention to convenience that one expects from Bella Vita: granite counters in the kitchen, and French windows from the family room onto a 22-foot wide side courtyard. (Where did they find room for that on a town lot? By accessing the double garage from the alley: no boring driveway.) Four upstairs family bedrooms each has its own bath. They lie down the hall from a huge game room, and separately beyond that, a secluded media room/theatre with storeroom for the audiovisual equipment.
All this only 7 blocks from prestigious SMU, and only 1½ miles from some of the world’s best shopping at NorthPark Center.