12/19/14 5:26pm

Photo: Dallas Police Department

Note to would-be thieves: Pretty much everyone has at least one camera aimed at the entry points for their home nowadays. They’re not that expensive, and are easy to install. Armed with that knowledge, maybe try a new line of work?

That being said, the alleged porch parcel thieves that were targeting holiday packages left by delivery trucks have been caught. At least, one set of them, any way. Meet Priscilla Castaneda and Jessie Dominguez. According to Dallas police, several people called in to say they recognized Castaneda from the videos plastered all over social media, local news stations and the newspaper. From there, police were able to find a pawn shop she had done business with, who in turn reportedly told police that she had been in that day trying to pawn the very smoker (still in the box) that she was allegedly seen carrying off in one video. She was even reportedly wearing the same outfit (btw, Roger Staubach probably doesn’t approve, lady). Today she got a rather unwanted birthday present – her arrest.

Dominguez was caught today as well, allegedly smoking a joint in plain sight, and with a whole lot of property for the police to catalog sitting in the back of the Ford Explorer that also starred in the videos, police said. Dominguez also reportedly confessed to some thefts in Highland Park, as well.

Both suspects are now at Lew Sterrett.

However, they are not the only Christmas grinches out there. The same homeowner who took the video of Castaneda, Missy Clinchy, also found that another theft occurred earlier this month, by a different individual - this time the perp is a bald man driving a light colored sedan.

Dallas police offer the following tips for avoiding the theft of your packages:

  • Request from the seller or shipper that a signature is required for delivery so that your package is not left at your front door unattended.
  • Request that the seller or shipper ship your package to an alternate address such as your office.
  • Request that the shipper hold your package at their distribution center for your pick-up.

Amazon now offers Amazon Locker, which allows you to ship to a specific, secure site for pick up, and it looks like there are plenty throughout the city. Many major retailers also offer ship to store, which allows you to pick up at the customer service counter of the store, as well.

12/19/14 3:22pm
The Trinity Village development in West Dallas will begin in 2015. Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

Work will begin on the Trinity Village development in West Dallas in 2015. Rendering courtesy of StreetLights Residential.

More good news for development in West Dallas with word Thursday that Dallas-based Stonelake Capital Partners has closed on a 25-acre tract of industrial property on Singleton Boulevard, west of Sylvan Avenue.

Along with developer StreetLights Residential, Stonelake is planning a $200 million mixed-use development at 1000 Singleton Boulevard, on the southwest corner of Singleton and Sylvan.

This is 2014’s largest single redevelopment property in West Dallas, and it will bring about 1,500 new residential units to the area west of Downtown Dallas. (more…)

12/19/14 3:19pm

Photo: Cindy Homsher

As much as I love to talk about Dallas public schools and what I’ve learned through talking with administrators, teachers, parents, students and school board members, nothing can replace the insight from a been-there-done-that family entrenched in the district. So I’ve come up with 10 questions (the same 10 I ask every DISD parent when I want to talk about their school or schools), and each month we’ll highlight a family who answered. Our inaugural edition will begin with the Homsher family, who live in Preston Royal. Mom Cindy Homsher and her kids – Natalie, Matthew, Nicholas and Catherine – answered our questions.


12/19/14 12:09pm


This incredible Houston home is represented by Supreme Auctions.

This incredible Houston home is represented by Supreme Auctions.

It seems someone is opening a new luxury something-or-other every day, especially in real estate! Now comes word that another global auction house has reached into Dallas. With their immense global appeal and blitzing of media, luxury auctions have become one of the best ways to sell multimillion-dollar homes.

Or not.

Let us welcome Supreme Auctions, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based luxury real estate auction company. The 13 year old firm has traversed the globe to help sellers reach buyers using their proprietary accelerated marketing system, designed to bring 200 to 300 people through a property before the auction process. All this is done within 12 weeks. And get this: at closing and funding, this company even reimburses the Seller for the up front marketing costs (that most Sellers usually cover in an auction) when the property closes. Now, with the addition of Dallas-based Managing Director Tom Charron, Supreme Auctions looks forward to expanding its market in Texas. They are already locked and loaded in Houston.

One of their auctioneers was even on SURVIVOR. (more…)

12/19/14 11:36am

6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.


12/19/14 12:59am

3416 Wentwood IHOTW

Our Inwood Mortgage Home of the Week has everything. And what it doesn’t have, you can easy add or transition in. It’s located on a great street in University Park, a hefty, deep lot, and it comes in at a cool $2 million.

I’m talking about you, 3416 Wentwood. She was built in 2001, about the same year we built our house, so I see the “2001 design influence” stamped all over: white cabinets, granite, marble, free-standing sweeping stairway, rich hardwoods, maybe a brass fixture or two —  platinum was just coming into vogue. The innards are very similar to what I have in my house, except I really cooled it on the mouldings, and this baby went all out, at least in the formals. The electrical outlets are camouflaged in the baseboards, too. Hint: moldings can be removed and replaced, lickety split. Always look at the bones and design because anything, absolutely anything inside can be resurfaced. (more…)

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.