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Robert Kucharski, a consistent top producer at David Griffin & Company Realtors, knows what it takes to be a successful Realtor. He’s straight-forward, with high standards that constantly move the goalposts for his competitors. And he’s smart enough to know what works.

But what works for Kucharski? What is his “secret sauce”? We love the answers he gave us, and they confirm why we’ve chosen Kucharski as this week’s High Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Jump to learn Kucharski’s secrets for success!


09/27/16 5:09pm

Monte Anderson fave

City Hall has been incredibly quiet about the Humann Foundation proposal for Fair Park.  We thought it would be on the agenda last Wednesday, when the City harangued the budget. In fact, money is in the new city budget for the Foundation’s first year.

But no word. We assume, that is, I assume, that the three City Council peeps assigned to hammer out the contract that was unappealing to the City Council August 30 are still working away.

Or this could be the reason. Mayor Rawlings has received an email from at least one developer (that we know of) asking for 30 days to get another proposal on the table:

From: Monte Anderson <>

Date: September 20, 2016 at 3:56:26 PM CDT

To: Mike Rawlings <>


Subject: Request to Submit Proposal for Fair Park

Dear Mayor Rawlings,

Michael Jenkins and I have put together a team to present an alternative proposal for the management of Fair Park.  We think we can improve upon the economics of the Humann Plan that is currently being considered.

We are asking you for 30 days to present our proposal.


Monte Anderson

Options Real Estate


Whoa Nelly: is this another plan for Fair Park that might include a park from the get go?

When it comes to developers who have had incredible success developing real estate in the not so savory neighborhoods of Dallas, the name Monte Anderson comes to mind rapidly. (more…)

09/27/16 4:58pm
2702 Heritage Hills Drive

Antebellum architecture comes to Cowtown

There’s just something about the home located at 2702 Heritage Hills Drive in Fort Worth that makes you want to start speaking with a Southern drawl.

No doubt it’s the double front porch design of this beautiful Southern-influenced home that will inspire you to put on your seersucker suit, bow tie, white shoes (no socks of course), and grab a big glass of lemonade and talk like you’re Colonel Sanders.


Located in the gated neighborhood of Stonegate, benefitting from the ever-sought after Tanglewood schools of Tanglewood Elementary, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School, this fantastic two-story home is truly a throwback to the Antebellum days of the Old South.


09/27/16 2:55pm

3756 Armstrong Ave ext2Just moments ago, in Highland Park, O’Neil Ford’s largest creation in Dallas sold to the highest bidder, a couple, at Heritage Auctions’ very well-orchestrated real estate auction of 3756 Armstrong, which we have written about and followed extensively on this blog.

With about 12 bidders in the house, bidding started at $3 million and the estate sold at $4.950 million (including the 10% buyers premium). The buyer was represented by Allie Beth Allman.

The family story behind 3756 Armstrong is the best. Custom built for a young, attractive Dallas couple who took ownership in 1954, it remains an architectural icon that has been named by Preservation Dallas as one of the major Dallas buildings in danger of destruction:

…the Penson House was designed by O’Neil Ford, and built in 1954 for Jack and Nancy Penson. It is one of Ford’s largest residential projects and was designed in one of his favorite styles, Texas Regionalism. The exterior and interior of the 9,800-square-foot home remains very close to the original design with the expectation of a second story addition, a master bath expansion, and enclosure of a rear porch.

I caught up with Read Penson Gendler, who happens to be a neighbor, and asked her about her earlier years growing up in this house, and also how she feels about handing the house off to new owners.

“Our family moved in when I was two,” she told me. “My earliest memories are actually at our first home on McFarlin.  I don’t think I realized the significance of the home until much later.”

She says she grew up with other kids who also had large contemporary homes, some of them larger than her’s. But Armstrong was definitely her parents’ dream house.

“They never talked about moving,” says Read, “both said they would go out of that house feet first.”

Her parents did entertain frequently in 3756 Armstrong, deb parties, teen parties, birthday parties and charitable events. And her children — the Penson’s grandchildren — have fond memories, as well, of going to Nan and granddaddy’s house on holidays, most often swimming in that pool and enjoying a barbecue outside. Just regular family time and fun.

Will the three Penson daughters miss it?

Says Read, who has a beautiful house of her own: “whatever we do with it now will be in our own hearts.”

The home is solidly built and can very well be remodeled. But should the unthinkable happen, is she prepared? Here is what she told her sister.

“Yes,” says Read. “I told my sister, in a way, this is our house and always will be the way our parents built it, and how our family lived there. If someone else tears it down, now, then we will have been the only ones — no one else gets to live there.”

3756 Armstrong Avenue

3756 Armstrong Avenue

09/27/16 1:19pm
1414 West Colorado

Kimple House exterior photography by Steve Clicque.

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

Whether to or from home, the drive gets pretty dicey on Colorado Boulevard east of the Stevens Park Golf Course.  This particular stretch of the road is windy, topographical, and populated with several of the most significant historic homes in Oak Cliff — and Dallas, for that matter. Between the Binsford (1704 Colorado), Cavitt (1535 Colorado), and Skillern (1177 Lausanne) Houses, I have the attention span of Dug, the talking dog … squirrel!

And then, there is THAT house … the English Tudor at 1414 West Colorado Boulevard that seems to turn the corner with you. From the elbow at the front of the house, two wings protrude away from each other, each wrought with half-timbering on steeply pitched gables, massive chimneys, a spectrum of cast stone elements, and the thing that practically sends me careening into that little triangle park, the leaded casement windows.

1414 West Colorado 2

1414 West Colorado 3

For you see, I am a historic window geek, and there is a lot of distraction for me amid their shapes and sizes, leading patterns, and peppering of stain glass shapes, crests and vignettes.  Even if Tudor is not your thing, this commanding house grabs your attention.  Please look out for the triangle park when it does.

The House, which will be open for Preservation Dallas’ Oct. 29 Fall Architectural Tour, was built for Louie Kimple in 1931.  Kimple was one of the founders of Dixie Wax Paper Company.  In my childhood I recollect ironing wax paper sandwiched over autumn hued crayon shavings, to then cut into leaf shapes.  Raised in Arizona, this was the closest thing we had to autumn’s colors.  I call it “The house that faux leaves built.”


09/27/16 12:36pm

5110 Ashbrook f

Buckner Terrace is one of the East Dallas neighborhoods where you can get a lot of house for your money. It’s considerably more affordable than other areas like Lakewood, Forest Hills, Swiss Avenue, and Junius Heights.

Take our Tuesday Two Hundred, for instance, located at 5110 Ashbrook Rd. near Samuell Boulevard and N. Jim Miller Road. This renovated ranch has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 2,040 square feet for well under $300K.

Built in 1965, this home has been completely updated—the main living areas are now open concept and the bathrooms and kitchen are dreamy. It’s got a nice-sized bedrooms, a big backyard, and lots of charms. Let’s take a closer look.


09/27/16 11:00am

Modern Mile Home Tour |

As Joanna mentioned, it’s fall home tour season in Dallas. One of the events we’re super excited about is this Saturday: the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour. It’s a celebration of modern architecture in one square mile, and all homes on the tour are walkable within that area.

The Modern Mile properties are bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane in Northwest Dallas. The area is home to Joe’s Creek with its lush greenbelt, arching shade trees, and wildlife. Some of the neighborhood’s original low-slung midcentury modern homes were actually built in 1954 as part of a nationwide “parade of homes.” At the time, they got national and local attention for their sleek MCM style. Other homes in the area are products of the 1960s and 1970s, and many are intact and renovated for modern living. There has also been a resurgence of architecturally significant contemporary structures built in the area.

We sat down with Patti and Bill Reynolds, owners of one of the homes on the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour at 10608 Royal Springs Dr. Their home is a midcentury modern masterpiece, originally around 1,600 square feet and built by architect Dave Huddleston in 1957.

They almost doubled its size through renovations in 2010 with Michael Bausch Architects, adding a second story at the rear of the house, bringing it to 3,073 square feet. The integrity of the original house is still intact and the Reynolds were totally respectful to the original design—the home retains its “street scale.”

It’s an excellent example of organic architecture that works within the boundaries of a home’s vintage style and adds on in a natural way. They went to great lengths to do these big renovations and embrace what was already in their midcentury home.


09/26/16 1:05pm
Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

Preservation Dallas today held a conference to announce their 2016 most endangered listoric places in Dallas list. Photo: Irene Allender

“Historic preservation is the dynamic and deliberate process through which we decide what to keep from the present for the future, and then working to keep it.” —W. Brown Morton

Many historic buildings in Dallas face an uncertain future. Today, Preservation Dallas held a press conference to announce their 2016 “Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas” list.

These are properties too important to lose, for their historic integrity to be diminished, or for the loss of their ability to be used to their full potential, said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas.

“This list is a roadmap for advocacy, education and development of programs in the preservation community that address the needs of these endangered properties,” Preziosi said. “We must work diligently to protect the places on the list as they are important to the history and fabric of Dallas, for once they are gone, they are lost forever.”

These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city’s development.

“We hope this list of endangered properties makes the citizens of Dallas aware of how many important historic buildings are at risk of being lost forever,” said Nicky DeFreece Emery, Board President of Preservation Dallas. “Preservation Dallas sees this list as an opportunity for all of us to be more thoughtful in how the city grows and develops.”

Some of them, like East Dallas’ Elbow Room, won’t surprise you. But others will. Read on to see the list.