How can two Lakewood houses with acres between them be ‘neighbors’?

Stanley Marcus and Alfred Bromberg became neighbors in the late 1930s, after the two men commissioned architects to construct their homes on adjacent ~10-acre properties in Lakewood, “which was the new up-and-coming neighborhood,” Dan Patterson tells us in our March story on the Bromberg house at 3201 Wendover.

In 2000 Patterson bought the Bromberg house, followed by a couple of lots closest to Wendover that Bromberg had sold off in the ’60s, and also a parcel to the west, in between the original Bromberg and Marcus properties, to fully reassemble the 10-acre property. The Marcus acreage similarly had been divided into several lots, with the largest, 5-acre portion still home to the original Marcus estate, which was designated as a historic landmark in 2010. (The Bromberg house received that designation in 2004, and later was added to the National Register of Historic Places.)

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Patterson tells of a gate, which still exists, that Bromberg and Marcus would use to cross to one another’s properties. The two homes are still “neighbors,” but of course, the land was since subdivided further so that the Bromberg and Marcus properties are now surrounded by homes situated much closer together in a present-day understanding of what neighboring homes look like.

Image from Dallas County Appraisal District website

To understand the relationship between the properties better, we consulted the Dallas County Appraisal District website. The green highlighted parcel above is 10 Nonesuch, owned by Mark and Patricia Lovvorn, who put the property on the market in 2013 but haven’t yet found a buyer. The Lovvorns also own the long, skinny “Stanley Marcus” parcel to the north, east and south that envelops that parcel.

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Patterson owns the giant parcel No. 1 to the east of the Marcus properties, as well as large parcel No. 2 to that property’s east, and parcel No. 1.1, which sits between the Nonesuch and Wendover properties.

Image from Google Maps

The aerial view from Google Maps gives another perspective, showing that though there are homes all around the historic Bromberg and Marcus residences, there are not any homes sitting in between them. (Though there is an errant CVS marked on the Bromberg property, which we reported to Google.)

So technically, even in 2017, the two historic homes are still “neighbors.”

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