The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas 2009

We remain as superficial as ever. Forget what your mother told you about beauty on the inside. For our needs, it’s what on the outside that counts.

Now in our second year of scouring the city for its most beautiful houses, the D Home editors finally have the hang of this beauty pageant thing. We’ve been running the roads, armed with iPhones and notepads, looking for the prettiest palaces in town. And we remain as superficial as ever. Forget what your mother told you about being pretty on the inside. For our needs, it’s what’s on the outside that counts. This race is about one thing only: curb appeal.

All bedroom/bathroom and year-built information is from http://www.dallascad.org.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas 2009

4301 Lakeside Dr.
photography by Scott Womack

4301 Lakeside Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1924 STATS: 6 bedrooms, 8.1 bathrooms ARCHITECT: Anton Korn WHY WE CHOSE IT: We basically work across the street from this gorgeous mansion. Despite its size—it’s more than 10,000 square feet—there’s something really peaceful about it, like a chapel or a convent of old. And every day on our way to the office, it reminds us that even if we work really, really hard, we will never have a house this lovely.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas 2009

4524 Rawlins St.
photography by Scott Womack

4524 Rawlins St.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Perry Heights BUILT: 1936 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms ARCHITECT: Ralph Bryan WHY WE CHOSE IT: More traditional than most of our picks, this 3,881-square-foot house is so Southern. It’s the sort of place that makes us want to take a seat in one of those rockers on the porch, have some tea, and say things like, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Fear of trespassing charges prevents us from doing just that.

the 10 most beautiful houses in dallas 2009

4340 Rheims Pl.
photography by Scott Womack

4340 Rheims Pl.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1998 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms square footage: 5,420 WHY WE CHOSE IT: Modern doesn’t have to be cold, as is evidenced by this contemporary place on Rheims Place. D Home editor Peggy Levinson felt so strongly about the great combination of architecture and nature going on here that she forced us to drive by it a dozen times. We’re still friends. But only because she’s right.

We remain as superficial as ever. Forget what your mother told you about beauty on the inside. For our needs, it’s what on the outside that counts.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas

3512 Crescent Ave.
photography by Scott Womack

3512 Crescent Ave.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1926 STATS: 5 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms square footage: 5,683 WHY WE CHOSE IT: Dallas is mad for Mediterranean, and sometimes we get carried away. Want to see Mediterranean done right? Program this address in your GPS. This house has perfect symmetry and was built during the golden age of Highland Park—back when the lot was just as important as the house.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas

3428 Beverly Dr.
photography by Scott Womack

3428 Beverly Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1920 STATS: 5 bedrooms, 5.3 bathrooms square footage: 12,940 WHY WE CHOSE IT: Admit it: you didn’t even look at the address. You know exactly where this house is. It’s iconic. We love so much about this house—the eyebrow window, the great side veranda—but it’s that spiral staircase that gets us every time. Is there a better way to escape boring guests?

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas

1704 W. Colorado Blvd.
photography by Scott Womack

1704 W. Colorado Blvd.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Kessler Park BUILT: 1925 STATS: 2 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms square footage: 4,301 WHY WE CHOSE IT: After brunching at Hattie’s, have the designated driver take you by this house while you sing the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies. Then take note of the way it sits on the land, the cool planter that splits the stairs, and the lush landscape. This manse really is the stuff of California dreams.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas

6243 La Vista Dr.
photography by Scott Womack

6243 La Vista Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Dannelly’s Summit Hill BUILT: 1927 STATS: 5 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms square footage: 5,514 WHY WE CHOSE IT: You know as well as we do that times are tough. When you’re standing in front of this house, you forget all about that. This Swiss chalet-like abode, with its green tile roof and fabulous chimneys, transports us to Vail Village. That is, until the sweat starts running down our neck and we realize we’re in Dallas.

We remain as superficial as ever. Forget what your mother told you about beauty on the inside. For our needs, it’s what on the outside that counts.

1630 Junior Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Kessler Park BUILT: 2007 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 3.2 bathrooms SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,493 WHY WE CHOSE IT: When we drove by, we all said, “That house is awesome.” That’s how cool it is: it reduced a car full of middle-aged people to teenagers. It’s just perfectly lovely, perched at the top of a hill, with architecture that mimics the topography.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas 2009

5647 Swiss Ave.
photography by Scott Womack

5647 Swiss Ave.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Munger Place BUILT: 1919 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,240 WHY WE CHOSE IT: This mission always leads us back to Swiss Avenue, which has an embarrassment of riches. So why this house, this year? Craftsman doesn’t get any better than this. We also love what look to be the original leaded windows.

The 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas 2009

7030 Tokalon Dr.
photography by Scott Womack

7030 Tokalon Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lakewood BUILT: 1941 STATS: 0 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms ARCHITECT: Herbert M. Greene, LaRoche & Dahl WHY WE CHOSE IT: Welcome to a castle that’s the stuff of fairy tales on the most beautiful street in Dallas. All that’s missing here is the moat. Hard to believe that with 4,236 square feet, there aren’t any bedrooms, but that’s what DCAD would have us believe. More room for jousting, we suppose.

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