05/22/15 12:26pm
$1 million and up gets you a lot of house in Odessa, Texas

$1 million and up gets you a lot of house in Odessa, Texas

Take a peek inside the luxury real estate market in Odessa with these five houses for sale now. For $1 million and up, you get a broad range of options in style and amenities, from double master suites and pool with a swim-up bar, to an oversized four-car garage and a heated and air-conditioned dog house. There’s no skimping in these houses!

Jump over to MidlandDirt.com to read the whole post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

05/22/15 11:12am
Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Smith.

Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Rouda Smith are mother-daughter Realtors.

Since Mother’s Day, we’ve been talking to mother-daughter Realtors who share a passion for real estate. Today, we’re speaking with Leslie Rouda Smith, a broker at Country Connection Ranch and Recreational Real Estate, and her daughter Kristin Smith, a Realtor at Dave Perry-Miller’s Park Cities offices.

The two are busy and well-connected! Leslie is the incoming chairman of the board of the Texas Association of Realtors and Kristin is active in the Young Professionals Network (YPN), an entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience.

We asked them a few questions about their experience, and what they love about being Realtors.

CandysDirt: How has working in the same career impacted your relationship?

Kristin Smith: As someone who grew up in the business, I’ll say it has impacted our relationship positively since the beginning. My parents made sure we comprehended the benefits of being a Realtor from day one. Be your own boss, create your own schedule, and there is no salary cap. This industry requires structure, discipline, and self-motivation, but I played every sport you can imagine and my parents never missed a game.

Leslie Rouda Smith: I get to talk to Kristin more than I would normally, but I don’t get to see enough of her. We communicate electronically most of the time. State and national conventions, as busy as we are, are our family reunions.

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4636 Chapel Hill IHOTW

Remember that movie, “Under The Tuscan Sun?” This home evokes images of that film, and we hope that it can soon evoke some Dallas sunshine a la Tuscany where the rainfall is 35.9 inches per year, or only 3 inches per month. The wettest weather is in November (4.4 inches of rainfall) and the driest is in July (1.6 inches). This is the region of Italy where Chianti is produced. Looking ahead at another week of monsoon season, I am so hoping this home, designed by architect Charles Travis, can inspire our climate to DRY UP! Look at this: 5.56 inches of rain in April! What else can we do but stay inside and look at House Candy!

4636 Chapel Hill Road has one of the most beautiful sites in Dallas: nestled along a 1.57 acre stretch of White Rock Lake. Yes, this is the house you run by or push the stroller by if you frequent the lake, and I know you have always wondered what was behind that big huge rock marker…

The sun will shine again someday

The sun will shine again someday…

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05/22/15 10:30am
1550 N State

Chicago’s 1550 N. State Parkway; $12,000 and a time machine.

I recently returned from a trip to Chicago where I walked around burning off calories and looking at the high-rises of my childhood dreams. Chicago had a golden age of residential high- and mid-rise construction from the 1880s to the crash of 1929. Some were co-ops but most were apartments billed as mansions in the air. Units were enormous— 5,000-plus square feet was not unusual, many were multi-floor, and most had tremendous views of Lake Michigan. Their exteriors are an array of styles from Tudor to Beaux Arts to Deco.

Unfortunately, the interiors are generally not conducive to today’s living. Servants’ quarters, miniscule bathrooms and closets, and kitchens at opposite ends from the living area do not fit today’s lifestyles or open-plan living – and reconfiguring is difficult. My fantasy building is at 1550 N. State Parkway built in 1911. Each of its 11 8,000-square-foot floors was a single apartment. The living area is 100 linear feet with fireplaces at each end. It’s the Nebraska Furniture Mart of apartments and had a rent in the 1920s of $12,000 a year – four times the salary of the average citizen.

But enough Chicago trivia, let’s move forward a century to Dallas of the 1980s, the era of round edges and inappropriate use of mirrors.   Inexplicably, of the nine residential high-rises built during the decade, the only building name that didn’t begin with “The” was Park Plaza. You may be thinking I’m forgetting Latour, but “La tour” is French for “The Tower.” Ha!

I have no idea why residential high-rise construction was on hiatus for almost a decade and a half – I didn’t live here then, so it’s not my fault!  But come back it did, and when it did, it seemed a touch cautionary. Of the nine, three had under 50 units and only four had more than 100 units – just one with over 150.

Also noticeably missing from this era are the centralized utilities found in Dallas’ older high-rises. Billing was now based solely on individual unit usage with system maintenance also transferred from building to unit owner. HOA dues per square foot can be lower in these buildings, but not seemingly enough to make up for the utility shift.

Fear not, acres of popcorn ceilings remain!

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05/22/15 10:00am

 

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With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, we wanted to take time to recognize some of the mortgage professionals at Guardian Mortgage that have served our nation. What you may not realize is that the values instilled by military service translate easily to mortgage lending. Integrity, service, and respect are characteristics instilled in all branches of our nation’s armed forces, and you can find them in the staff at Guardian Direct as well.

So thank you, Guardian Direct, for giving us a chance to shine a light on the former servicemembers on your staff. To find out more about these amazing men and women that make up this month’s Guardian Angels, read on for our Q&A with Jeff Guthrie, Vice President of Sales at Guardian Direct.

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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.

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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?