01/27/15 3:55pm

Wonderful Tudor home...

There are pockets of delightful, historic architecture throughout Dallas, and North Oak Cliff is rich with them. One neighborhood, Hampton Hills, was billed as “Oak Cliff’s Ideal Home Place” in ads from the mid 1920s, and is comprised of about 320 craftsman bungalows, Tudor houses, and pre- and post-war cottages, making it one of the most undisturbed areas of original architecture in the city.

Hampton Hills is bounded by Clarendon Drive on the north, Wright Street on the south, Oak Cliff Boulevard on the east, and Hampton Road on the west. For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a lovely Tudor on a quiet street in the area, 1325 Hollywood Ave. This house at is a 2-2 with 1,313 square feet, built in 1930, and it is listed for $240,000 by Mary Beth Harrison at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office.

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This house was likely built by original neighborhood developer Alf W. Sanders and it’s full of the kind of original details that make me swoon. Take, for instance, the front of the house with its unusual, decorative brickwork and steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof. This style of Tudor revival in Hampton Hills is called English Cottage and it lends a storybook feel to the neighborhood. Jump to read more and see tons of pics!


01/26/15 5:50pm

Power lines

As expected, on Jan. 15 Brazos Electric Power Cooperative filed a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to build to build a 138,000-volt transmission line across west Frisco. In response, several Frisco homeowners have retained legal counsel to represent their interests to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas.

Their attorney, Francis B. Majorie of The Majorie Firm Ltd., will be compensated solely from fees arranged for by the Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR) from the Texas Association of Realtors Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee. Majorie does not represent the CCAR or the West Frisco Homeowners Coalition (WFHOC); he only represents the individuals who have retained him.

“I was approached by several interested homeowners who have retained me and have asked me to be available to answer questions and enable the homeowners to present a united front in that they all have a common interest in asking that the power lines be buried,” Majorie said.

In order to answer questions, there is a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Pioneer Heritage Middle School, 1649 High Shoals Dr., Frisco.

As we reported in November, the WFHOC and CCAR joined forces in September 2014, creating a grassroots campaign, burythelines.org, to oppose the above-ground high-voltage transmission line. Through that website, they have gathered names of potential “intervenors” who could be a part of the legal proceedings surrounding the CCN.

“An intervenor is someone who is directly affected by the imposition of the power line, who chooses to appear and be a party in the proceedings,” Majorie said. “Because they are a party, they have a right to appear at all the hearings, the right to offer evidence, they have to be available to provide discovery to others. It’s the functional equivalent of being a party in a lawsuit.”

A 45-day period where people can voice their concerns to the PUC began when Brazos filed on Jan. 15. The PUC then has up to a year to make its decision regarding transmission line route and if the line will be above ground or below ground. Jump to read more!


01/26/15 4:41pm
The Lakewood Theater went dark over the weekend as the existing tenants of both the theater space and the adjoining Arcade Bar have moved out. (Photo: Julie Billingsley Geron)

The Lakewood Theater went dark over the weekend as the existing tenants of both the theater space and the adjoining Arcade Bar have moved out. (Photo: Julie Billingsley Geron)

You’ve certainly heard all about the hubbub surrounding the Lakewood Theater and its many proposed tenants and transformations. Most recently, the longtime bar inside the theater, The Balcony Club, was able to renew its lease at the eleventh hour.

But without management at the Lakewood Theater, the trademark tower and marquee have gone dark, much to the dismay of neighbors. It’s a significant part of the neighborhoods identity, and one that nearby residents had been told would be maintained and preserved whatever should happen to the actual theater.

Instead, as reported on the Lakewood, Dallas Facebook page, the marquee is empty and not a single strip of neon in the sign is ablaze.


01/26/15 4:14pm

Photo courtesy Wood Partners

Another residential development is underway near West Dallas’ super hot Trinity Groves neighborhood with the construction of Alta Yorktown by Wood Partners LLC.

The development will include 226 luxury apartments in three, four-story buildings on six acres. The property, located at 660 Yorktown St., is just one mile west of downtown Dallas, and sits near the Trinity Groves restaurant, retail, and entertainment area.

Rents at Alta Yorktown will average just over $1,300 a month for apartment homes that average 827 square feet (available as studio, one, two, and three bedrooms). Leasing will begin toward the end of 2015, and construction is slated for completion toward the middle of 2016.

Interior finishes in the apartments will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, Shaker wood cabinets, upgraded fixtures, and wireless technology packages. Community amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool and courtyard, grilling stations, and fire pits. The property will also have a small amount of retail space.

Alta Yorktown is just one of multiple new developments in and around Trinity Groves, where Wood Partners has a big stake in the neighborhood. It sits next to the Sylvan Thirty mixed-use project, in where Wood Partners built the 200 apartments, and the Alta West Commerce apartments, which will have 252 units. Jump to read more!


01/26/15 4:05pm

What do savvy sellers ask their agents in the pre-listing interview? About getting their home in the newspaper?  Ha! Only if it’s a nursing home! Smart sellers care about two things: internet exposure and –

“Do you belong to one of the top hip pocket Facebook groups in town?

Pre-sizzle seals the sale. In this white-hot market of low inventory, buyers need an agent with ESP, one who knows which homes will be listed even before their owners know it! Or at least before every other Realtor.

In Dallas, south of LBJ, that would be an agent who belongs to Real Estate Friends, a private, closed Facebook group of about 800 agents.

But now, there’s a new kid in town who wants to let ALL real estate agents join the pre-listing party.

Daylon Pereira is a top agent with Allie Beth Allman’s Urban team who has partnered with two Stanford MBA graduates to create a website for agents to share hip pockets called The Unlisted.  Already up and running in Dallas, Pereira’s team plans to open in multiple major cities from Miami to Chicago, LA, Austin, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, anywhere where real estate inventory is tighter than an East Texas tick.

“Our team has a deep knowledge of the residential real estate market. We see tremendous demand and not enough supply in the largest US cities,” says Pereira. “We see a market where privacy and exclusivity results in additional value for buyers and sellers. We see agents leveraging their networks and struggling with sub-optimal tools to find the right properties for their clients, and the right buyers for their properties. We want to give agents the modern and easy to use tools they need to be successful in this ever-changing, fast-paced environment. (more…)

01/26/15 11:07am

Welcome to the exquisite Dallas home at 5656 Cedar Ridge Dr.Does the name Ralph Wade ring a bell? Me neither. But he sure built a hec of a house –no wait, make that a compound behind gates! —  at 5656 Cedar Ridge Drive in south Dallas, just north of Duncanville and I-20.

Look at this place, will you? The master suite alone is 2000 square feet, as big or bigger than the average home.

First of all, the whole main house get-up is 7806 square feet. That includes that master which, with the gigantic bedroom, private sitting area, and huge spa bath, is a house unto itself. I joke about having a massage table or bed in the master bath, well, this one has one. Of course there is a coffee bar in there, too, probably a wet bar as well, or certainly room for. Look hard enough you’ll find the lady-in-waiting. (Yes, I’ve been watching Downton Abbey and my closet is a mess and I would love a lady-in-waiting. I would love a First Footman!) The master bathroom is really one of the most amazing I have seen, and includes a huge marble steam shower besides that fabulous to-die-for free-standing tub.

I do think the master bath is the most important room in the house, don’t you? Without it and all that action, life in the rest of the house is oh so dull!Commonly referred to as "The Wade Mansion", this home was built (more…)

01/26/15 8:26am

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Great news that Vishaan Chakrabarti, author of the book A Country of Cities, a partner with SHoP Architects in New York, and director of the Center of Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, is coming to town next month as keynote speaker for the Physical City panel at the Dallas Festival of Ideas. Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster had a great Q&A with him where he says that the biggest mistake Dallas can make is to emulate Copenhagen.

Copenhagen, Denmark, is reputed to be the happiest, greenest, and most tasteful city in the world. Everything is beautiful, including the people, and 60% of the population rides bicycles. You can take bikes on trains — you can do this in San Francisco, too — and the people actually obey laws, including traffic signals. 

Shocking, I know. (more…)

01/23/15 11:48pm


We are so very, very proud of her but we are not at all surprised. Sherry Hayslip, a dear friend for years and owner/founder of Sherry Hayslip Interiors won the Interior Designer of the Year Award at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The ARTS Awards was established by the non-profit ART and is produced by Dallas Market Center. It is the premier international awards program committed to recognizing those in retailing, manufacturing, design, and representation.

Hayslip graciously accepted the award with Project Managers, Bree Hyatt and Tabatha Hamm. by her side. Her equally talented daughter, Peyton, was nearby. (more…)