Who do you think you are? What business do you have? How dare you? In the seven years that we’ve been crowning winners in our annual celebration of gorgeous homes, we’ve heard all that and more. Allow us to clear up any and all confusion. We are a gang of well-meaning shelter-magazine editors who have made it our business to run the roads of Dallas and select our very favorite houses based solely on curb appeal, with no regard for pedigree of home nor resident. And we dare to do it quite happily.
All housing information is from dallascad.org or verified by homeowner.
4004 Miramar Ave.
Why we chose it: Some of us think that this house looks like it’s floating; others think it looks like it houses a gigantic pool. We all agree that we love it. The house is made of steel, and the glass can go from opaque to transparent with the touch of a button. That button might be getting a lot of use lately, since we keep walking by, trying to get a glimpse inside.
8200 Forest Hills Blvd.
Why we chose it: Isn’t it so wholesome and traditional? It looks to be the kind of place where every problem takes around 30 minutes to solve and all signs of strife and tumult melt with a hug. It’s so all-American, we trust that only apple pie is served at meal times.
6657 Lakewood Blvd.
Why we chose it: It seems enchanted. The archways, ivy, awning, tile roof, and spiralled pillars all contribute to create a magical place where pretty flowers grow and delicious baked goods are consumed. It looks like it’s been there forever—and that’s what’s so special about it.
10 Nonesuch Rd.
Why we chose it: The estate built by Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus is a treasure, and we’re embarrassed it hasn’t shown up on this list previously. It’s everything good about Dallas—modern and classic and elegant. Aren’t we so happy that the current owners chose to lovingly preserve it?
3620 Vintage Pl.
Why we chose it: What can we say? We are suckers for a house with a slope. Maybe we can imagine using it in the days of our youth as an elaborate skateboard or bike ramp. But those days are long gone, and it’s not merely our inner daredevil that finds this place magical. You’re looking at fairly new construction that looks like it could have been in the neighborhood since the 1920s.
4935 Radbrook Pl.
Why we chose it: It’s so southern and so beautiful. We like to think that this is the sort of stately manner where elegant lawn parties, 10-course dinners, and elaborate costume balls happen every day. Do not be surprised if you see us jogging around the neighborhood wearing a masquerade mask. We’re simply trying to score an invite.
6906 Lakewood Blvd.
Why we chose it: Guys, there’s a steeple on top of this thing. How can you not love a steeple? But even more than the steeple, we are drawn to the half-timbering that is only present on one side of the house. We can’t explain it, but it works for us.
6005 Swiss Ave.
Why we chose it: This jewel box of a house makes you stop and gasp on a street filled with remarkable homes. How many people, places, or things look this good at 89? Everything is working here—the gentle curves, the sweet awning, the beautiful landscaping. It’s a house that makes you feel better about your day.
101 N. Montclair Ave.
Why we chose it: It’s hard to miss this 102-year-old Oak Cliff residence. Reportedly built by Oak Cliff developer Thomas S. Miller, this place has an air of mystery. Can’t you just imagine yourself trying to look enigmatic as you enjoy a cup of tea on one of the balconies? Make that dream a reality—the house is currently on the market for $895,000.
9106 Lake Highlands Dr.
Why we chose it: A three-storied chalet that belongs in the Alps is in Lake Highlands. We feel like we’re on vacation just driving by it. It’s just perfectly set in with the trees and greenery. The balconies are beautifully stacked—and we can easily imagine ourselves holding court on either, talking about snowboarding, slaloming, freestyling, and other ski-type things.