Getting ready for the new school year looks different for many families this year. Regardless if classes are virtual or in-person, one thing that can be certain is making sure the kids take on every school day with a good meal. That means having the perfect kitchen space for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.
Streamline your back-to-school routine with these 10 delectable kitchens.
As summer begins to dwindle, it seems as if the Texas heat is here to stay a little longer. A cabana is the perfect place to sneak away from the sun during a relaxing day at the pool, and it is the best hangout spot when you have guests over.
We’ve gathered 11 beautiful cabanas worth catching some shade in.
For many, the perfect remedy after a long day at the office is a nice glass of whiskey on the rocks. With this miniature, personalized oak barrel that ages spirits to peak flavor, offer dad a personal spin to his favorite whiskey brand.
It might be time to retire old, worn-out grilling accessories. This tool set includes a two-prong fork, spatula, tongs, a basting brush and, not to mention, a durable steel case. After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Let dad grill in style.
Set on a corner .34-acre lot, this updated ranch-style home checks all the boxes with a spacious floor plan, pool and multiple areas for outdoor entertaining. Offered for $768,000 by Top Producers Kim and Taylor Gromatzky with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 7523 Azalea Lane features 3,604 square feet (per tax appraisal) that include formal living and dining rooms, family room, four bedrooms, four full baths, sunroom, pool, and two-car garage.
“Everything about this home makes it a wonderful haven for daily living and entertaining family and friends,” says Kim Gromatzky. “From its hardwood floors and large windows with plantation shutters, to its neutral color palette and beautifully finished kitchen and baths, its move-in ready.”
The entry is flanked by a handsome study and chic living room that flows seamlessly into the dining room.
“One of the great features of this home is the large windows that infuse the interior with beautiful natural light,” adds Taylor Gromatzky.
At the center of the home is a bright kitchen outfitted with a center island with breakfast bar seating, crisp white cabinetry, sleek black granite countertops, stainless appliances and a fresh mix of black-and-white tile. It opens to three areas of the home—the dining room, family room and sunroom that opens to the pool—creating a convenient hub that makes it easy to stay connected with the rest of the family or guests.
The spacious master suite is a quiet retreat with his-and-hers closets and French doors that open to the pool and patio. Clad in natural stone, the master bath is a luxe space for daily rituals with dual vanities, soaking tub and separate shower.
Outdoors, the covered deck with pergola, large patio, and pool with built-in spa are perfect al fresco relaxing, while the grassy lawn offers plenty of room for children and pets to play.
For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact Kim or Taylor Gromatzky at 214-802-5025.
So many of our lifetime memories have to do with “home.” Of course, there’s the first house we bought. Where we lived as newlyweds. Where we brought our first child home from the hospital, adding a few more over the years. And then there’s the neighborhood. The families we became friends and had block parties with, borrowed lawn tools from and joined on the porch to watch the kids play in the sprinklers over a glass of lemonade. The local shopping center where we went at least three times a week for groceries and what-nots. And finally the schools where we experienced some tearful first days and a few joyful graduations. It’s your own little world for awhile and when the time comes, it’s hard to leave. But when you do, you want others to understand and appreciate all the wonderful ways you and your family benefitted from it all.
The owners of 11031 Lawnhaven Drive, just on the outskirts of Preston Hollow in North Dallas, are in the position to leave. But rather than just let all the marketing and promotion of their home fall on their listing agent, Angela McCants, they are eager to help out by providing insights prospective buyers don’t often get. In addition to the concrete facts — like that it’s four bedrooms, three baths and 2,665 square feet set on .35 acres along a greenbelt — they are shedding light on what it’s actually like to live there.
“We fell in love with this house in 1993. It was an easy drive to our business, six miles away in the Park Cities. We loved being surrounded by and having the option to attend numerous public and private schools for our kids, Pre-K through High School. It is convenient to our favorite restaurants and stores in the Preston Royal and Preston Forest Shopping Centers. And quick access to 75/Central and the Dallas North Tollway makes this neighborhood central to the entire city.”
“The split bedroom house plan proved to be ideal for us as our kids grew older. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the master bedroom separated from the rest of the house. The large sitting room that adjoins the master, with the huge picture window, was the perfect place to watch the kids play in the backyard while riding our exercise bike or working at the desk. And, when the kids left for college it was easy to convert one bedroom to a hobby room, and another for house guests without disrupting the ambiance of the master.”
“With the open floor plan, large family gatherings and meals were easy to accommodate as we could set up to three dining areas within earshot of each other.”
“French doors leading to the covered patio and large backyard makes this a great house for entertaining.”
“The green space behind the house, now known as the Northaven Trail, is a favorite place to throw a frisbee, walk the dogs, and bike with the kids. The neighboring elementary school, George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy occasionally shows family friendly movies on the Trail just a half a block away [near the Little Free Library]. The Neighborhood Crime Watch is rated one of the best in the city, and the Association hosts seasonal events throughout the year. St. Marks School of Texas is also walking distance.”
McCants says of this property, “I really appreciate their willingness to express how much this home has meant to them, as they prepare to let the next owners take over. It’s priced to sell at $639,900. It has great character and solid bones, so all someone needs to do is renovate/expand and personalize this home for the next generation to start making memories.”
For more information on this home, please contact Angela McCants at (214)207-4218.
Stunning style steps forward in this Hill Country-inspired modern beauty built by Todd James. Offered for $1,995,000 by Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this home for sale in Dallas at 2708 Stanford (2708stanford.daveperrymiller.com) boasts 5,335 square feet that include a formal dining room, study, great room, five bedrooms (each with their own bathroom), two half baths, gourmet kitchen, game room, and two-car garage.
“This home really offers the best of indoor-outdoor living,” says Redd. “The natural materials and artisan finishes complement all the beautiful windows and French doors that connect the interior to nature.”
Stone, rustic beams, and an inviting front patio shaded by mature trees reflect the relaxed elegance of this unique home. Inside, a bright entry opens to a chic dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that infuse the space with soft natural light, while offering views of the front lawn. Across the way, a refined study features handsome custom bookshelves and oversized French doors that open to the front patio. An office conveniently tucked inside the study keeps work out of sight.
Just beyond, hand-hewn ceiling beams and a statuesque stone fireplace flanked by custom display cabinetry add character to great room. Three sets of French doors open to the covered back patio and lawn for easy al fresco relaxing and entertaining. A breakfast bar connects the great room to the large eat-in kitchen outfitted with sleek cabinetry, huge island, marble countertops, stone backsplash, professional-grade stainless appliances, and access to the back stairway.
Upstairs, a vaulted, beamed ceiling adorns the bright and luxurious master suite with a sitting area and treetop views. The spa-inspired master bath is well-appointed with separate his-and-her vanities, soaking tub, walk-in shower and two walk-in closets.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Four additional bedroom suites with beautifully finished bathrooms, along with a spacious game room, offer plenty of room for children and guests.
Outdoors, a covered blue-stone patio boasts a grilling station and stone fireplace perfect for autumn evenings, while the large fenced-in grassy lawn is perfect for kids and pets.
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For more information or to schedule a viewing of this HPISD home, please contact Sharon Redd at (469)835-5363 or email@example.com.
This Hal O. Yoakum-designed home is quintessential “Highland Park.” Situated on a prime lot shaded by mature trees, the Austin stone two-story, built in 1949, is also in pristine condition thanks to exceptional care. Newly priced at $4,200,000 by Mary Lou Mercer and Paige Elliott of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 4272 Bordeaux Ave. (4272bordeaux.daveperrymiller.com) features formal living and dining rooms, family room, four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, a sparkling pool, pool house and two-car garage.
“This home really reflects a refinement and classicism that is synonymous with Highland Park,” Mercer says. “Each room is an elegant and spacious backdrop for everyday living and for creating memories with family and friends.”
A bright foyer is flanked by formals perfectly suited for entertaining. The expansive living room is large enough to accommodate several seating areas. A fireplace with marble surround and carved mantle creates a lovely focal point, while windows fill the room with soft natural light and offer views of the front lawn and backyard pool. The equally gracious dining room features the same custom moldings and large windows with views of the grounds.
A beamed ceiling, fireplace, and custom bookcases lend character to the comfortable family room. French doors open to a blue-stone patio and pool area. The adjacent kitchen is bright and spacious with high-end stainless steel appliances, island, built-in desk, and a casual dining area next to the butler’s pantry.
The large upstairs master suite is a serene oasis accessed by a private hallway with built-ins. Illuminated by soft natural light, it includes a generous sitting areas and master bath with dual vanities and a glass shower. Three additional bedrooms and two baths are also upstairs.
Outdoors, an inviting pool area is perfect for entertaining, while the large grassy lawn provides plenty of space for children and pets to play. The pool house behind the garage features a full bath and extra storage.
For more information or to request a showing, contact Mary Lou at (214)firstname.lastname@example.org or Paige at (214)email@example.com.
This stunning Cape Cod two-story is an uncommon oasis in the heart of Dallas. As you pull into the driveway of 8206 Inwood Road, marketed for $2,865,000 by J.L. Forke and Jennifer Shindler, any visual or audible reminders you’re in a bustling city begin to fade into the background.
This completely re-imagined home melds the charm of its original 1941 structure with renovated and expanded spaces (more than 60% of the home is new) designed for the most discerning taste. The current owners spent over two and a half years working very closely with architect/builder Chad Dorsey of More+Design Build creating a special place that not only fit their growing family’s needs but also built a home that reminded them of their Massachusetts’ roots. With its bleached hardwood flooring, beamed ceilings and walls of glass overlooking lush, three-quarter-acre grounds, the Inwood Road estate includes formals, great room, library, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths, chef’s kitchen, game room, guest house, screened, pool, three-car garage, storm shelter and guest house.
“The original 2,500 square-foot residence was taken down to the studs,” Shindler says. “More+Design reconfigured it into this spectacular home now boasting 6,937 square feet.”
“Because it was completed in 2014, it really is like a new home,” Forke adds.
A crushed granite motor court welcomes guests to a gracious entry. Inside, the bright foyer is flanked by chic living and dining rooms washed in natural light and perfect for elegant gatherings with family and friends.
With its beamed ceilings, shimmering fireplace, six iron orb chandeliers, and a wall of French doors that open to the outdoors, the dramatic great room is sublime. An expansive center island gracefully connects the room with an open gourmet kitchen outfitted with classic white cabinetry and countertops, and artisan tile. An enormous walk-in pantry, two Miele dishwashers, and professional Viking and Sub-Zero appliances make the kitchen truly chef-worthy.
The downstairs master wing is a luxe retreat with more than 1,160 square feet, and includes a sitting area with fireplace and bath overlooking a private garden. Upstairs, a game room with full en suite bath is perfect for a fifth bedroom, media room or nanny’s quarters.
Outdoors, a screened-in porch with grilling station and fireplace offers views of the back lawn, pool and spa. The 1,000-square-foot guest house features a living room with fireplace and cathedral ceilings.
For more information, contact J.L. Forke at (214)firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Shindler at (214)email@example.com.
Sophisticated style is at the heart of this newly constructed Highland Park home for sale in Dallas. Built by Barnett West Custom Homes, this exquisitely appointed contemporary sits on a rare 167-foot deep lot and features four living areas, two dining areas, five bedrooms, six full baths, one half bath, two dining areas, study, game room, utility room, outdoor living area, and attached three-car garage with a gated rear drive. Michelle has the home priced at $2,395,000.
The formal living and dining rooms boast warm hardwoods and floor-to-ceiling windows. Both rooms offer a contemporary backdrop for architectural furnishings and art. Hand-hewn sliding barn doors offer two entries into the refined study outfitted with coordinating built-ins.
In the great room, a dramatic fireplace is clad in sleek stone and flanked by floating cabinets and shelves. A wall of glass with sliding doors open to the outdoor living area with fireplace for the ultimate in al fresco living.
The great room connects with a gourmet kitchen with gorgeous white oak cabinetry, quartz countertops, pendant lights, expansive island, coffee bar, Miele appliances and butler’s pantry with double wine storage. In the casual dining area, sliding doors open to the outdoor living area.
The home is elevator-ready with a serene upstairs master suite. Beautiful marble adorns the floor, counters and seamless glass shower in the spa-inspired master bath. A freestanding tub, floating double vanities and a custom closet with built-in bureaus and shelving complete the chic retreat.
Secondary bedrooms have their own bathroom and walk-in closet. A wall of windows let in ample natural light in the large upstairs game room. A laundry room is also conveniently tucked upstairs behind a sliding barn door.
Outdoors, the large lot offers room for a pool. Renderings for the poolscape are available on request.
If the wish list for your new home includes location, curb appeal, character, space, a chef’s kitchen, a great backyard with a pool, and storage galore, you may want to rearrange your Sunday afternoon (5.24.16) so you can see Top Producer Christine McKenny’s open house at 3211 Saint Johns in Highland Park from 1-3pm.
Starting with the neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four and ½ bath home for sale in Dallas for $1,875,000 has a European feel. It’s within walking distance of Armstrong Elementary, SMU and the Katy Trail. Snider Plaza is close by, too, as is Mockingbird Station and 75 Central for easy access to Downtown or North Dallas.
The drive-up offers a taste of what’s to come inside. Mature trees, Lambert’s landscaping and a circle drive invite you to take a closer look. As you enter the radiant front door, thoughtful details catch your eye. Rich hardwoods, crown molding, chair railing, recessed and art lighting and lovely millwork all send the message that elegance has taken up residence here.
Moving on to the adjacent sitting room/formal living room, large windows looking toward the front yard and a gas fireplace encourage lingering, while built-in cabinets and glass shelving add a practical component. The 17’ long dining room can accommodate an oversized dining table, making family gatherings comfortable. Everything about the upstairs master suite speaks of space as well, from the seating area, private balcony and bonus exercise room to the master bath with separate his-and-her dressing areas and large closets. And the expansive quarters could serve as a game room or house guests with its kitchenette and full bath.
The updated kitchen will speak to chefs of every ability, with 6-burner gas cooktop with pop-up down draft, built-in dual SubZero refrigerator/freezer, warming drawer and sink with a great view. The generous pantry, silver closet, wet bar and French doors that open onto the patio, quietly remind that the home was designed for families and entertaining.
Speaking of, the landscaped backyard has 20+ ornamental trees, a covered back patio with iron fencing and a sparkling pool with water features, seating areas, a fire pit and covered storage. The installed Mosquito Nix system helps make the outdoors pleasant even during Texas summers.
Finally, the finished attic offers 500-600 square feet of protected storage space, along with a cedar closet on the landing upstairs. All secondary bedrooms have walk-in closets with built-ins, and the garage has built-in storage and covered flooring.
If this sounds just like what you’ve been looking for, please come see Christine this Sunday or call to schedule a showing at (214)662-7758.