12/18/14 3:32pm

Dogleg Ranch Bandera

Beauty seems so fleeting at times. Wouldn’t it be great to capture a moment, your home’s moment, in a book that you could share and hold on to for generations? Read more about the company that can do it — for a price, of course. That’s what Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy did for their Bandera ranch pictured above.

Those with family estates and deep pockets will love these gorgeous books created by a husband-and-wife company called Kubaba. Read about it on SecondShelters.com.

12/18/14 2:56pm
Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Dallas is one of 15 top markets poised to attract baby boomer homebuyers because of an affordable cost of living, sunny weather, and friendly business climate, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

NAR looked at 100 metro areas with lower state taxes (or none at all, as is the case in Texas), stable job market conditions, and strong migration patterns of “leading-edge baby boomers” (those 60-69) moving to that area. By doing this, they predicted which housing markets are likely to see a boost from baby boomers. Cost of living, housing affordability, and housing inventory availability were also factors in their rankings.

For these reasons, Dallas was identified as one of five markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers.

“It comes down to housing affordability, and lower tax rates in the Dallas area and the state as a whole,” said Adam DeSanctis, NAR economic issues media manager. “More boomers after 65 are working, some because they have to, or feel like they have to, but also those that are healthier and want to maintain an active lifestyle. Those [baby boomer] business owners come to Dallas for its dynamic local economy.”

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12/18/14 1:54pm

Nicest Housing Markets

Let’s just say that we aren’t surprised that Santa’s Naughty – or – Nice list from RealtyTrac featured tons of Texas towns on the nice side — and we checked it twice!

Highest ranked of all the Texas suburbs in third place is the south Houston town of Pearland, better known to Texans as the home of Nolan Ryan. Ranked fifth is Frisco, with Sugar Land, Richardson, Katy, and College Station (Gig ‘em!) taking sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively.

Jump for the whole list, and tell us, were you surprised by any of the towns on the “naughty” list?

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12/18/14 1:42pm

Beat Unit 505 Living

I’m going to predict 2015 as the year of the condo. You can quote me on this. I think that, with so many cool projects — both mixed use and residential only — planned and coming on line next year, you’ll see a much more robust condo market. That’s good for Dallas, a city that is known for its sprawl, as we try to concentrate more of our homeowners in dense, urban areas. Now if we could just get our sidewalks figured out …

But, one of the neatest buildings in the urban core is one that is accessible both by location and price. That’s the Beat Condos in the Cedars. It’s a gorgeous building just south of downtown at 1001 Belleview Street. Not only does this building have tons of great amenities, including a saltwater pool, a spa, and a huge deck where you can hang out, enjoy the view, and just relax, but it is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas. There will be an Alamo Drafthouse Theater moving in just down the street next year, and there’s more where that came from, too.

And Unit 505? Well, let’s just say that it lives up to the “high-caliber” moniker. It’s a unit that you’ll fall in love with, and when you fall in love, you don’t want any trouble at closing. That’s where Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans comes in. Lisa, who is an experienced mortgage professional, can make sure that you get through pre-approval and closing without a single stumble. See what Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans can do for you today.

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12/18/14 11:04am

Porch Thief 1

Thanks to inexpensive security cameras, we now have some video of at least one of the thieves that is hitting homes in Midway Hollow and Preston Hollow, stealing Christmas packages right off the front porch. In this video, Ken and Missy Clinchy recorded a thief stealing Christmas gifts off their front porch in the 3900 block of Lively Lane.

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12/17/14 7:31pm
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Cowtown has new braggin’ rights: the U.S. Census Bureau says they were the fastest-growing big city in the nation between 2000-2013. Fort Worth population saw a 42.34 percent increase in that time. Dallas lagged far behind, coming in at 24th.

The 2010 Census count for Fort Worth put the number of residents at 741,206. Compare this to a population of 534,694 just a decade earlier.

Fort Worth is the 17th-largest city in the country, and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

12/17/14 3:56pm

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You’ll recall that the Town of Highland Park has tried again and again to stop developers from constructing a mid-rise apartment building lining the Katy Trail just south of the pricey burg.

Highland Park Mayor Joel Williams said, “This is a very special, one-of-a-kind neighborhood. Thousands of people enjoy the Katy Trail and Abbott Park every year, and it’s our obligation to protect this community treasure. A seven-story, multi-family high rise building does not fit this neighborhood and violates Dallas’ own master plan.”

And still, Judge Craig Smith denied the request. Jump for more:

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12/17/14 3:25pm
Photo: Wade Griffith

Photo: Wade Griffith

I think I’ve heard just about everything there is to hear about PV14, the modern home constructed of 14 shipping containers located on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands. The home, which has outstanding panoramic views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, including Boy Scout Hill, has been praised and has raised several eyebrows as neighbors watched the home go vertical.

It’s been called both trendy and tremendous, but while there was some negative feedback from some of the homeowners, many of whom felt the structure was too tall for a neighborhood full of single-story 1950s traditionals, after the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes the collective gasp of excitement over the home was well heard.

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