01/23/15 11:48pm


We are so very, very proud of her but we are not at all surprised. Sherry Hayslip, a dear friend for years and owner/founder of Sherry Hayslip Interiors won the Interior Designer of the Year Award at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The ARTS Awards was established by the non-profit ART and is produced by Dallas Market Center. It is the premier international awards program committed to recognizing those in retailing, manufacturing, design, and representation.

Hayslip graciously accepted the award with Project Managers, Bree Hyatt and Tabatha Hamm. by her side. Her equally talented daughter, Peyton, was nearby. (more…)

01/23/15 5:34pm

3197 Westcliff Front

What a cute home! This house, the former abode of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, is an absolutely charming fieldstone cottage in the Bellaire neighborhood. I could totally imagine the mayor of Cowtown living in this adorable house, with its fantastic and well-maintained curb appeal and party-ready back patio.


01/23/15 4:41pm

Toyota groundbreaking 1.20.2015

At a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday, about 100 attendees watched as a Toyota Tundra truck moved the first shovels of dirt for the Japanese automaker’s $350 million North American headquarters in West Plano.

The relocation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s $350 million headquarters to Plano from Southern California was North Texas’ biggest corporate relocation of 2014. By the time construction is complete in late 2016 or early 2017, some 4,000 jobs will have been created at or moved to the 100-acre campus, including transfers from California, New York, and other states. Plus, for every one of the jobs Toyota brings to Plano, four more jobs will be created.

That’s a colossal business opportunity for Collin County realtors, who are getting ready to be a part of finding homes for those who need it. The company’s 1 million-square-foot campus is located off the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Legacy Drive in Plano, and many of the corporate employees will want to live close to that area.

“We’re all gearing up for it and we are ready to take them on, whether they’re going into Plano or Uptown,” said David Maez, broker and co-owner at VIVO Realty. “Another thing we’re going to see is all the corporations that do business with Toyota moving to the area. You’ll be adding all those other jobs and people to the area.” Jump to read more!

Toyota Executives groundbreaking

Toyota CEO Jim Lentz, President and CEO Michael Groff, and Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere (center). All photos courtesy of WFAA-TV.



01/23/15 3:28pm


Our sage farm and ranch columnist, Realtor Kathryn Roan, is sharing the story of her search for the most perfect horse property. In this week’s Part 2 in her series, she tells us how she found “The One.” To really understand how emotional and complex (and hilarious!) this process can be, go refresh your memory of “The Itch” with Part 1.  And then read Kathryn’s most recent entry in this journal of the sometimes absurd search for a home on the range on SecondShelters.com.

Jump for an excerpt!


01/23/15 1:50pm

4135 Lively Front

There are not enough exclamation points in the world for this home. Seriously, this is one of those listings where I am just gushing all over the place. I spotted it on a random Realtor’s Facebook page, and I knew that I had to feature this listing. At first glance, I was overwhelmed by the photos, which really pick out all of the fantastic details and upgrades that these sellers have put in. I was like this:


Jump for all of the photos of this incredibly stylish listing, but be prepared to fall in love!


IHOTW 3843-Regent-Street

Oh how we love the Disney Streets in North Dallas. Pinnochio, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Snow White — home to some of this city’s best mid century modern architecture and the biggest fourth of July parade in town. This is a neighborhood to re-define all neighborhoods, broken in and uplifted by the Gayborhood principle. And when there is a home listed, we jump on over to take a look/see, because we know it won’t be available for long

3843 Regent is actually SOUTH of the Disney Streets, because it is south of Royal, in one of my favorite neighborhoods in town. In fact, our very first home was just west of here on Ainsworth. This 1970′s perfection ranch is located in a quadrant of  beautiful, bountiful ’60s and ’70s ranches. The home is open, expanded and completely updated inside. I’m talking a new roof in 2014, new windows, recently replaced HVAC of 2 zones, 16 SEER, and a tankless water heater. Mechanically, this home is impeccable!

Regent LR2 (more…)

01/22/15 9:48pm


Jon Anderson is a fan of high-rise living in Dallas who loves old buildings because of their price tag, great space and renovation potential.

In equal measure, he enjoys and is frustrated by the blood-sport and hilarity of HOAs rife with high-school antics, cronyism and good old-fashioned dumb.  By day, he works for a global technology firm in market research but loves spending his free time searching the world (sometimes, literally) for the right faucet.

Jon is exactly the kind of Type A house-obsessed personality we love reading CandysDirt.

So when he suggested that he blog for us about living the High life in Dallas, I was thrilled. I have only experienced single family home living in Dallas, except for my sleep-aways at The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, where Kyle Crews and his super selling team have sold all my favorite units. I don’t know about HOA meetings, but our neighborhood association meetings could make me go postal.

Jon is going to grace us with a series of posts, a lot of tell-all, and offer some insight into the nitty-gritty of high rise living — the good, the bad, and the HOAs, which we hear in some buildings are just plain out of control:

Jon Anderson