It’s difficult not to romanticize 4500 Belfort Avenue. The ornate columns, the deep red tile roof, and the elaborate front door mosaic are like something out of a movie. But they’re not; they’re right here Dallas. Somewhere between Armstrong Avenue and the toll road. Those palm trees are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the teddy bear statues in Lakeside Park, really.
Designed by G. Mallory Collins, an AIA architect responsible for designing numerous Highland Park homes in the ’30s, the classic Spanish Colonial has been updated in recent years with gallery walls, recessed lighting, and stunning ebony hardwoods. In keeping with a 30s-era aesthetic, there’s a glorious sunroom lined with tall, half round windows, and you’d be hard pressed to find a stretch of carpeted floor. (There is a randomly staged Vespa indoors that somehow, much like the palm trees, actually works.)
It’s simple for a Highland Park home, with a modest (relatively speaking) Highland Park price tag to match, but in the right hands, it could be as glamorous as Vivien Leigh doing virtually anything.