05/21/15 7:23pm

Ebby and Lucy

Update 1:00 a.m.: Lucy is home and safe, says Kenneth. And Ebby is very happy to have her back!

Ebby Halliday Realtor Kenneth Walters just alerted us that Ebby Halliday’s long-haired tortoise shell cat named Lucy has gone missing:

Please help us find Lucy, Ebby Halliday’s cat. She is a long haired domestic tortoise shell cat. 

Email Kenneth Walters at Ebby’s Little White House with any information about Lucy - kw@ebby.com

Be on the look out, Dallas!

05/21/15 5:57pm

Junius HeightsThe Junius Heights Historic District in Old East Dallas is home to the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman-style houses in the southwestern United States. As Dallas’ largest historic neighborhood, Junius Heights is a treasure trove of handsome architectural designs, like the rare “airplane bungalow” at 722 N. Beacon St., our Thursday Three Hundred today.

“Airplane bungalows” became popular in the 1920s, an Arts and Crafts style named because the “pop-up” second story was thought to resemble a cockpit over its wings.

This house was built in 1913, so it’s an early example, and a rarity in Dallas—these types of “airplane bungalows” are mainly found on the West coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The exterior is a faithful representation of the style, with its low-pitched, gabled roof; oversized eaves with exposed rafters; wide, welcoming front porch; and open soffits. The color palette is perfectly Arts and Crafts, in sage, cream, and a deep red accent color.

The interior has been renovated in the last year to expand the master suite and update the kitchen and second bathroom. But you’ll still find historic features throughout its 2,020 square feet, like decorative leaded windows, hardwood floors, and an original fireplace.

This three bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty is listed by Peggye Johnson at Group One Realtors for $339,000.


05/21/15 5:12pm

IBB Memorial Day Sale

We know you love a good sale, so when we heard about IBB Design’s Memorial Day Weekend warehouse and tent sale, we had to give you guys a heads-up. It runs Friday, Saturday, and Monday, and you can score amazing furniture and accessories at up to 90 percent off retail.

You can shop the 40,000-square-foot retail showroom at 5798 Genesis Court in Frisco, and the adjoining warehouse to find amazing decor and furnishings at up to 60 percent off. Deals under the big top can land up bigger savings, with discounts up to 90 percent off. All sales of discounted items are final, though, so you better love it!

We’ve been eyeing some trendy gold and glass side tables that we hope are on sale. What about you?


05/21/15 3:36pm

The spiral staircase is the second most dramatic feature inside this Booziotis-designed home. The first would be the enormous windows that give you stunning views of the Trinity and downtown Dallas. (Photo: Jo England)

It’s no secret that civic leader extraordinaire Mary McDermott Cook has made her home in West Dallas, giving up a stunning spread on Strait Lane down the street from Ross and Margot Perot, Brint Ryan, and all the other Dallas glitterati who line that street.  The Dallas Morning News first spilled the beans in 2012. It was, indeed, the bluff above the Belmont Hotel where Mary built one of the most talked-about and architecturally significant homes in Dallas with the talent of architect Bill Booziotis and contractor John Sebastian. (more…)

05/21/15 12:05pm

Oklahoma house_damage

This was a luncheon I would have liked to attend, but it would have really shaken me up:

Joshua Marrow, technical director for Partner Engineering and Science Inc. who, for years, has studied large seismic events in California and other hot spots around the world including, now, North Texas, spoke to The Dallas Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Wednesday at the Park City’s Club in Preston Center.

While he started by explaining that there are fault lines in North Texas, but they haven’t historically caused felt earthquakes, he ended by saying that could be all wrong. Our area has definitely been movin’ and groovin’ lately… and we wrote about Earthquake insurance way back. (more…)

05/21/15 1:45am

Mark Fleming Headshot 04.06.15

This is Mark Fleming, the Chief Economist at First American, who tells us the market capacity for existing home sales is increasing, up 1.3% in April. That’s good news: what it means is that more Americans can afford to buy homes because of strong employment. But we are still having a problem with supply, not just here in North Texas, but pretty much everywhere, because sellers are selling high to cover insufficient equity: (more…)

6035 Tulip Front

It was love at first sight for us when we glanced upon this incredible contemporary home designed by Vernon Berry and built by the incomparable craftspeople at Sharif Munir. Every single detail was hand-selected and every idea brought to fruition by some of the absolute best in the business. Of course, the seller chose one of the best Realtors in the business to represent this bright and beautiful jewel box of a contemporary home — Becky Frey. This legendary Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty put this property on the market just 6 days ago and I am sure there have been people lining up to view this gem like it was the ticket office before a Britney Spears farewell tour.

When you see a high-caliber home such as this one and you fall hard for it, you want to make sure your financing is sorted better than the sock drawer of a person with OCD. Don’t hesitate to call Lisa Peters with Caliber Home Loans to make sure your dream home can become a reality.

Jump to see inside the virtual masterpiece from a builder that is so highly recommended they have earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.


05/20/15 10:31am


We can’t imagine a more fabulous long weekend than sipping wine produced right here in Texas at one of the Hill Country’s best spots, Boot Ranch. Not only does this luxury second home development have a fabulous Hal Sutton-designed golf course and fully equipped spa, but it also has the daring and creative executive chef Aaron Staudenmaier who ready to wow you with novel food and wine pairings.

And that’s just a fraction of what guests and journalists enjoyed during the Wine Workshop at Boot Ranch. Oenophiles enjoyed discussions with some of the best wine critics and insiders in Texas, too. See what you are missing right here on SecondShelters.com.