01/29/15 10:47pm

9207-sunnybrook-ln-dallas-tx-High-Res-9 copyTatum Brown Custom Homes, a CandysDirt approved homebuilder has received not one but TWO Best of Houzz 2015 awards in Design and Customer Satisfaction.

WE think this is wonderful, but it’s even better: this is the second year that Tatum Brown Custom Homes has received both awards and even the company’s third year running to receive the Best of Houzz Design award.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz.

Yes, you heard me, 25 MILLION. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

We are tickled pick for Tatum Brown Custom Homes, but not surprised at all. Here are some photographs from current Dallas projects that have whetted the appetites of 25 million. There are more big things in store for this fab home builder, so stay tuned for more home building news SOON!

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01/29/15 7:58pm

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Let’s just say that this story by Robert Wilonsky has made my week.

The 5,069-square-foot mansion at 2429 N. Cooper Street in Arlington was purchased just last year for $500,000 even. The contemporary home, built in 1973, has four bedrooms, four full and one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and a pool. The site is private, and there are enormous windows throughout the home dousing each room in natural light. From that description, I’m sure you already guessed that this would be the perfect place for an orgy, right?

That’s what swingers and homeowners David and Shannon Esopenko thought when they launched the Eutopia swingers club at the home, inviting couple in for an “upscale, yet unpretentious, classy yet inviting” evening of … well, you know.

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01/29/15 6:46pm

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Two things you need to know about Rogers Healy and Associates agent Kristen Muller: 1. She has a killer sense of humor. 2. We can’t wait for her forthcoming self-help book about how to become a top agent. (You’ll have to read more about that below!)

This Park Cities native is definitely the Realtor you want when you want someone to help you through all of the ups and downs that come with buying or selling a house in our incredibly competitive market. In fact, Kristen reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans, who not only has a fantastic sense of humor (listen to his weekly Real Estate Happy Hour radio show on KLIF (Saturdays at 4 p.m.!) to hear what we mean) but he goes the extra mile for his clients. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing and call Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to learn more about the funny and fabulous Kristen Muller!

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01/29/15 2:34pm
Photo courtesy Charles Henry via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy Charles Henry via Creative Commons

In our culture of “bigger, better, newer, faster,” historic theaters may well be one of America’s most endangered buildings.

There are at least 160 of these beauties in the Lone Star State, once the center of a city’s entertainment district. But now these Arcadias, Palaces, Majestics, Paramounts, and Pioneers often sit in states of disrepair.

Some municipalities or private groups have stepped up and renovated these architectural treasures, like the Pines Theater in Lufkin, the Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, and the Crighton Theatre in Conroe.

But all too often, these buildings are demolished to make way for new development that looks flashier and brings in more rent per square foot.

In Odessa, the Ector Theatre is at the center of just such a situation now, with a proposal to make it part of a new downtown hotel and convention center, a $73 million project. Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital, a real estate investment company, made the proposal for development of the area that would include retaining the historic Ector image, but details are sparse.

Check out the whole story over on MidlandDirt.com!

 

 

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I was sitting at dinner last night here in New York City with a man who lives in 1600 square feet with a family of four in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Very much a millennial, he told me that he and his wife made several conscious decisions when they bought their home: they wanted charm, character, and proximity. They did not want to drive. They wanted a park nearby where they could walk as a family. As we talked, I found the underlying drive (pardon my pun) behind this desire to walk: time. Millenials sure learned from their parents that time is the most precious resource on earth. And they sure as hell don’t want to spend it in a car.Neola ext 2 (more…)

01/29/15 12:05pm

Chris Craft House

Really, it’s one of Dallas’ most unique new homes. I’m talking about Ed Murchison’s listing at 22 Vanguard Way, otherwise known as the Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder. The home is named after the famous boat company that immortalized hand-crafted wood boats because interlocking wood beams under the home’s long, vaulted ceiling, evoke the feeling of being a ships’ hull. I think the home also looks like a ship from the front. It would make the perfect beach house!

Well, so great is this listing that it got national acclaim from the folks at Curbed last week. I dialed up Diane Cheatham, owner of the home and also developer of the Urban Reserve, who told me the house has been occupied by a tenant but will be soon be vacant. (more…)

01/29/15 11:33am
The Cedars

The Cedars is quickly transforming into an urban hot spot, with 11 new real estate developments in the pipeline. But how will this neighborhood just south of downtown Dallas work to capitalize on this energy?

One of Dallas’ huge strengths is its neighborhoods, and one of the most unique is downtown. Make that Downtown with a capital D. With its walkable blocks, great density, and mix of classic and modern architecture, Downtown is similar to the nearby Uptown neighborhood. But at Wednesday night’s community roundtable hosted by the Dallas Homeowners League, Downtown was commiserating and collaborating with Deep Ellum, the Cedars and the Farmers Market neighborhoods. Why so glum? All are trying to poke their heads up as residential nirvanas for a new style of living.

As Peter Simek, last night’s roundtable moderator, put it, all areas “suffered the effects of de-economization of the core in the 60s, and are now coming into their own.”

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01/29/15 11:20am

Screen-Shot-2015-01-27-at-8.32.56-AM-1024x457City councilman Lee Kleinman and and Jennifer Staubach gates are looking to turn an unused piece of green space at the corner of Forest Lane and Nuestra into a temporary dog park. But the City won’t pay for it, so they are seeking commercial or private funding.

That vacant lot also happens to be the future home of the new Preston Royal Library, which is now located on Royal Lane near the Dallas North Tollway. The city bought the Korean Young Nak Presbyterian Church, kind of an eyesore in the area, back in 2011 and demolished it. The new library will go there and cost about $6 million. There is no funding available for a couple years, until the 2017 city bond program, which means the library could actually NOT happen.

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