01/17/17 9:00am

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Have you heard that the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in town?  Starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 4, the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth will be hustling and bustling with all sorts of stock show and rodeo activity.  Rides, games, animals, contests, funnel cake, interesting smells, and so much more will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

While enjoying the festivities, make sure to take two minutes and travel less than a mile to the new listing by Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate — 5016 Byers Avenue.  This 3,100-square-foot home could be the perfect “city home” for those involved in events such as the stock show and rodeo.

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01/17/17 7:30am

Irwindell

We love a great before-and-after, and our Tuesday Two Hundred tells a compelling story. This 1928 North Oak Cliff Tudor was uninhabitable until 2015, when huge renovations restored this beauty and made it into the cozy, stylish home you see today.

Located at 502 S. Westmoreland Rd. in the Irwindell neighborhood (just south of West Jefferson Boulevard), this Tudor is completely reimagined with an open concept floorplan and modern amenities buyers love, like a brand new kitchen with farm sink and open shelving. But the original character of the home shines, too, with details like glass doorknobs and restored fireplace.

“All the improvements were completed in August 2015 and made to reflect the charm and character of this late 20’s-built home in Irwindell,” said listing agent Mark Lucisano with Keller Williams—Dallas Park Cities. “This home is located one mile from Westmoreland DART station and all of the great shops and eats in Bishop Arts.”

It’s a modest footprint, with two bedrooms, one bathrooms, and 1,105 square feet, but this home packs a lot into that space and makes the most of its size. We’re impressed!

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My announcement that I am running for Dallas City Council District 11 (and running this blog, of course, too!) has brought out some very interesting and supportive emails. I asked to publish this one, from Beth Carruth in Plano. She is not in my District, in fact she doesn’t even live in Dallas, but she has some strong views on the Cotton Belt line that is being pushed by my incumbent opponent, Lee Kleinman. Lee believes the Cotton Belt line is needed because of the density in the area:

But Dallas City Council member Lee Kleinman, who chairs that city’s transportation committee, said the population density in the northern part of the region and a lack of rail service between two far-flung north-south lines warrants rail service on the Cotton Belt.

If you need some catching up, the Cotton Belt will be a SINGLE line, so you won’t see another train zipping by going opposite way, unless you are at a station. This is cheaper: about $1 billion versus $2.9 billion, and the track would be “fast-tracked” to get it up and running faster. But the single line would also slow things down. One guy I intend to talk with is Carrollton mayor Matthew Marchant, who I bet is related to Kenny.

Single-tracking the Cotton Belt is one reason that Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant opposes plans to fast track rail service on the line. He prefers bus rapid transit in the corridor.

“Single track is essentially pointless – you get ‘rail’ but only 30-minute [frequency] and any issue on the track and service is totally disrupted,” Marchant said. “All of the existing light rail lines are double tracked.”

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01/16/17 2:00pm

richardson midcentury

Richardson Heights is one of the hottest neighborhoods in DFW. It’s located just outside the LBJ loop, has great schools, and the houses are full of character.

I’ve found a just-listed Richardson midcentury modern ranch that is simply stunning! Located at 302 W. Shore Dr. near W. Belt Line Road and N. Waterview Drive, this beauty is listed by Anne Westphal and Morris Hanys with Ebby Halliday Realtors. It sits on a three-quarter-acre creek lot on a quiet street—this is one of the prettiest lots in the city.

The interior is renovated with luxury in mind, but keeping many classic, original elements and modernizing the floorplan. It’s a perfect blend of retro charm and on-trend appeal!

With four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 3,232 square feet, this 1959 Richardson midcentury is spacious and totally livable. I love the flow and airy feel inside, and the killer curb appeal outside. For families, it doesn’t get much better, with so much space for kids and pets in the house and yard. Let me give you a tour.

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01/16/17 10:10am
3141 Southestern

3141 Southestern

Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.

And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.

Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.

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01/16/17 10:00am
Dennis Hammett

Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett. Photo: Bret Redman

In DFW, the real estate community is a tight-knit group, and I’ve got the scoop on a big move from one of the movers and shakers.

Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett is moving from the Lakewood/Lake Highlands office to Ebby’s Little White House this week! He’s making this strategic move to  establish a stronger presence on the west side of 75, starting Jan. 16.

“In order to be more competitive in the luxury markets west of Central Expressway, I have made the decision to make this move,” Hammett said. “This decision was not easy for me and has been filled with a range of emotions because the Lakewood/Lake Highlands family and staff has been the pillar of my success and there are no words to express my appreciation.”

Said Keith Newman, sales manager of Ebby’s Little White House: “We welcome Dennis to the Little White House. He has a proven track record of success that will serve him well as he continues to provide exceptional sales experiences to his valued clients.”

If you remember, Hammett was the 2014 “Rookie of the Year” at Ebby, a well-deserved accolade for a rising star. He’s made his mark in the East Dallas market: Dennis has been named the 2015 Lakewood/Lake Highlands No. 1 Top Producer, a 2016 Lakewood Top Producer, and both 2015 and 2016 D Magazine Best Realtor and Top Producer. All this in his first four years in the real estate business! Can you say natural talent?

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01/16/17 9:59am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Everyone’s wondering: Will rates head back up? With some big financial market news on the horizon this week, Senior Mortgage Adviser Bob Johnson at Wallick & Volk (AKA BobMortgage) breaks down how these factors will affect interest rates in our latest edition of The Mortgage Report.

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01/16/17 9:50am

Highland Park Modern Mediterranean 3512 Lexington.ashxIt’s always a pleasure to see what Robert Elliott is up to. This CandysDirt.com Hot Builder just put the finishing touches on a Highland Park modern Mediterranean at 3512 Lexington Avenue with architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects and designer Marci Barnes of Barnes & Co.

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