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Celebrate 100 Years in Highland Park! Watch the Video

May 7th, 2013 | by The Update
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A hundred-year-old tree, a hundred years of history, parks, style, culture, and a hundred years of extraordinary lives—that is what we are celebrating…a hundred years of Highland Park, Texas. Beginning with the purchase of the land by John S. Armstrong in 1907 and the dreams of his two young developer sons-in-law, Edgar L. Flippen and Hugh E. Prather Sr., the group began development of a residential community to be called Highland Park. Aptly named, since Wilbur David Cook, the urban planner who had laid out Beverly Hills, Calif., laid out the city plans, retaining over 20 percent of the area for beautiful parks. The first two lots were sold in 1909, and, as they say, the rest is history. In 1912, Mr. Flippen and Mr. Prather lured the Dallas Country Club to Highland Park to attract wealthy residents to their new development.

In 1913, the town was incorporated by a vote of its 500 residents and so this new neighborhood began. Into the ’20s, some of the most remarkable homes of every style were designed by great architects like Hal Tomson, Foshee and Cheek, Anton Korn and later the ingenious Charles Dilbeck. In 1931, the first planned shopping center in the United States was built with a uni”ed architectural style and stores facing in toward an interior parking area, all developed and managed under single ownership. Today, this Highland Park Village is the Rodeo Drive of Dallas. We all share memories of this great neighborhood we call Highland Park, from Sunday picnics along Exall Lake feeding the ducks, riding bikes to Skillern’s in the village to get a malt and read comic books on the floor, or going to the record shop to listen to music. We put pennies on the railroad track where the Dallas North Tollway is today, or walked the rails across Lemmon to spend Saturday afternoon at the Delman Theater, if you had already seen a Disney movie such as “The Parent Trap” in the Village. We climbed the cedar trees in Versailles Park and were stung by asps, stomped to hear the echo in the Gazebo, caught tadpoles in the pond and trapped fireflies at night.

Both my father and my children all went to Bradfeld. Of course, Dad climbed out the window the first day of school and ran home, much like the first time I spent the night at my friend Webb’s and snuck out in the middle of the night because I was hot and couldn’t sleep, to ride my bike furiously home in the dark. We toilet-papered our neighbor’s trees, trick-or-treated from house to house, swam and played hours of tennis, football and catch in the parks. We fished Turtle Creek for catfish and bream, craw-fished Hackberry Creek, snuck into the maze of underground culverts, and caught the bus from a Highland Park corner to ride to Fair Park to see the Automobile Exhibit and Big Tex each October. I can remember saying goodbye to my brother at the Highland Park train station as he went off to camp in Wisconsin for eight weeks. Just across the tracks, we dined at the Highland Park Cafeteria and named the presidents while waiting in line, and drank Coke floats at the Highland Park Pharmacy.

Highland Park is its people, its schools, the amazing police and fire departments, the libraries, the parks, the trees, the stone bridges, Turtle Creek, the boulevards, the Village, nearness to downtown, the convenience to Love Field, the sidewalks, the pets, the children, the Christmas lights and carriage rides, and all that this amazing community brings. In 1913, Mr. Flippen and Mr. Prather were glad to sell a prime lot for $377. Today, we can see that same lot sell for close to $200 a square foot. then or now, you get what you pay for, life in the Bubble, life in Camelot, life in Highland Park. And the residents say it’s worth every penny. Happy 100th, Highland Park. You still look marvelous.


Robbie Briggs
CEO and President
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Here are the historic, landmark Park Cities homes featured in this video:

4205 Lakeside Drive, Highland Park - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - exterior

4205 Lakeside Drive

This landmark Highland Park historic home, originally designed in 1922 by renowned architect, Anton Korn, is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Dallas. Beautiful room proportions, high ceilings, and expansive rooms are hallmarks of this gracious home, and boast many original architectural details including hardwood floors, hand-blown windows, intricate millwork, and antique fireplace surrounds. The current owners have painstakingly restored the home to perfection, modifying the floor plan and mechanical systems to meet the modern needs of family living and sophisticated entertainment. Enormous gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, island, butler’s pantry, and silver storage opens to formal dining and breakfast rooms. Five bedrooms, including 2 masters, are generously-proportioned with private baths and large closets and dressing rooms. All of the formals and bedrooms have views of Turtle Creek, and also open to the expansive first and second floor loggias overlooking the lushly-landscaped back yard. An elevator services every floor, and a four-car garage and guest quarters complete this remarkable home, located in Highland Park school district, near Highland Park Village, Dallas Country Club, Dallas Theater Center, and Turtle Creek/Uptown retail. Click here for more details. 5/7.2/Fmls/Study/Guest Quarters/4 Car Garage | MLS #11770641 | Listed by Michelle Wood (214) 564-0234

3508 Crescent Avenue

3508 Crescent Avenue

This gracious Prairie style home restored to perfection is situated on over half acre lot on coveted Crescent Ave. You enter an Elegant foyer, light filled formals, richly-paneled den, parlor with marble wet bar, 2 story great room with floor-to-ceiling palladium windows, professional chef’s kitchen with soap stone counters and island. Master with fireplace and sitting area. Incredible outdoor living with fireplace, pool, full sports court, and putting green. 3-car garage with quarters above boasting a pool bath, living area with wet bar, bedroom with full bath. For more info, click here.  3/2.1 | MLS #11923896 | Listed by Jonathan Rosen (214) 927-1313

3525 Dartmouth Avenue, Highland Park - a Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale Update Dallas 0

3525 Dartmouth Avenue

This gracious custom French home, designed by Larry Boerder and built by George Lewis, has been meticulously updated. Quality and charm exude throughout this exceptional home, from the lovely stucco exterior and beautifully-landscaped grounds, to the inviting entry with views to the back yard. Wonderful room proportions and a circular floor plan allow for both superb entertaining and comfortable family living. The over-sized entry is flanked by spacious formal living and dining rooms with fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. An inviting study separates the living room and den, and includes a bar with three wine refrigerators and lovely built-ins. The family room is generously-proportioned, with French doors opening to the loggia and back yard. Click here for more info. 4/5.1/3 LA/2 Din/Game Room/Loggia | MLS #11841458 | Listed by Michelle Wood (214) 564-0234


4132 Shenandoah Street

This Dilbeck delight, built in 1936, situated on a 80’ lot, charms all its guests with its intricate interior details and natural materials. Dutch front-door, slate floors, glass windows and exposed brick abound. Upstairs 4 bedrooms/4 baths are wonderfully unique. Master bedroom boasts lovely brick and stucco textured fireplace, a balcony, walk-in closet, and handsome bath. Quarters over 3-car garage with bath and kitchenette. Outdoor patio with fireplace. Become a member of the very exclusive club-“Dallas Dilbeck” owner. Click here for more info.
$1,595,000 | 4/5.1/Den/3 Car/Qrtrs/Pool | MLS #11906337 | Listed by  Jonathan Rosen (214) 927-1313

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