In the last decade of scouting—and, yes, sometimes stalking—our favorite homes in Dallas, we’ve uncovered modern beauties, traditional estates, cozy bungalows, and every style in between. (You can see all of them right here.) Just when we thought we’d seen it all, we hit the streets looking for more inspiring design. With the windows rolled down, iPhone cameras in hand, and pencils and pads on the dash, we clocked in miles of research. The edit team gathered to passionately campaign for our favorites, and we narrowed down the list to the 10 best in town.
All housing information is from dallascad.org or verified by homeowner.
3812 Euclid Ave.
Why we love it: The monochromatic pots. The perfectly placed palm tree. The midcentury trellises. It feels like an old Hollywood producer’s lair. (Actually, it was Dick Cheney’s home for a while.) We aren’t the only ones who stop in our tracks every time we pass this house—the current homeowner walked by the Harwood K. Smith–designed home for years while she raised her family on a much bigger lot down the street. If it ever went on the market, she knew she had to have it. So, almost 20 years ago, she bought it as her empty-nester’s abode. “It intrigued me because it was different. I’d always thought it was really unusual and very attractive, so it appealed to me visually,” she says. She kept the original facade but added her own designs such as the pair of statues in the front, which truly makes this home a star.
1645 Junior Dr.
Why we love it: Designed by architect David Braden, this midcentury masterpiece pairs perfectly with its landscape (designed by Scapes Incorporated), much like an adult treehouse. “The architect put great care and imagination in designing this house to blend into its natural surroundings,” the homeowner says. “With it being cantilevered over the hillside while seeing a view of the Dallas skyline through the tree tops, it lends a perfect balance of modern living and nature.” The floor-to-ceiling windows that canvas the living areas offer up plenty of vantage points, as does the tiny deck that juts off just so. (Okay, we are only slightly obsessed with that cute deck.)
4337 Westway Ave.
Why we love it: We’re hearing waves lapping and gulls cawing. Can you smell the clambake and feel the sand between your toes? Suffice it to say, we’re suckers for a good Cape Cod–style home. But good design, like this gem from L. Lumpkins Architect, doesn’t just happen by accident. “This was my love project,” builder Jennifer Duncan says. “I took my frame company head to California with me to see the cedar shake on a Montage hotel to show them what product I wanted to use.” We’re pretty glad she did.
3401 Dartmouth Ave.
Why we love it: This house built by Cy Barcus Sr. is the equivalent of the girl next door—it’s pretty, classic, and has an approachable exterior. “This house immediately stood out with its welcoming and charming appeal,” the homeowner says. The slight curves on this house also add to the allure—dark shutters flock the half-moon windows and accent the U-shape drive quite nicely. The arched dormer windows peeking out from the roofline are timeless and speak to our love of the rule of three.
9206 W. Lake Highlands Dr.
Why we love it: We chose this house for the way it looks on the outside. But we can only imagine the views from the inside from the handsome observatory on the third floor. (We won’t lie—we aren’t above inviting ourselves over to see first hand.) The home was taken to the studs and redone by the owner, who also happens to be a builder/remodeler and owner of The Stark Companies. “It was a culmination of time and life and experiences, which began 40 years ago,” he says. “I’ve done wonderful, extraordinary masterpiece homes, and this is the first time I’ve done something special for myself.” Cheers to that.
8417 Santa Clara Dr.
Why we love it: Coming home to this Spanish eclectic beauty is like pulling up to a vacation home. Every day. In fact, the homeowners modeled the design after the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. They worked with builder Newport Group, architect Bob Anderson, and landscape designer Bluebonnet Landscape Creations to make their California dreams come true. “We love its red tile roof, white stucco, and timeless look,” the homeowner explains. “Our architect helped us to pull off the vision just as we had hoped.”
6738 Avalon Ave.
Why we love it: Ahh, tradition. We adore the French feel of the hipped roof and rounded windows on either side of the copper awning. C’est très magnifique, n’est-ce pas? “It is a timeless, traditional design that appeals to a lot of people,” the homeowner says. Plus, the space it takes up is beautiful in and of itself. “Our home sits on almost half an acre, which is pretty rare in Lakewood,” she adds. We imagine it’s the perfect gathering for a chardonnay and cheese type of night.
3614 Harvard Ave.
Why we love it: This home is, well, sexy. There, we said it. The tall windows draw the eye in, making passersby wish they had a reason to ring the doorbell and ask for a tour. And the facade’s most striking feature also serves a very functional purpose: “It has the handmade screen on the front to shade the top of the house,” the homeowner says. It’s a nice contrast to the downstairs floor. “We rarely ever have to turn a light on with all of the natural light,” she adds. The courtyard in the front is just one of the additions the homeowners made when they purchased it and moved from Kessler Park.
4037 Druid Ln.
Why we love it: There’s nothing like a clean white-box contemporary, especially in a neighborhood known for its more traditional looks. We like the way this home by Allen Buie Partnership and builder Wallace Womack shakes things up. And the homeowner agrees: “We still enjoy our home because of its clean, simple lines,” she says. The home’s asymmetry makes us feel like we’re walking up to a sleek gallery rather than a private residence.
5751 Southwestern Blvd.
Why we love it: Transitional is popping up everywhere, so clearly people love it—and we’re no different. With the steep pitch of a Tudor, it has the feel of a manor house but with all the clean lines of a contemporary. The creamy white of the exterior blends well with the rich wooden detail of the front doors and double garage on this house by CJB Homes. “We really just fell in love with the house, which had a modern aesthetic but was also very welcoming,” the homeowner says. “Other new-build moderns we saw didn’t have the same warmth and coziness.”