02/25/17 11:27am

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Where can you find a modern retreat with privacy, space, and only minutes from downtown Dallas? Our Saturday Seven Hundred at 2100 Lakeland Dr. was designed by Mark Martinek of MOD Construction. Martinek is the go-to designer for anyone wanting an exceedingly cool modern home in east Dallas. (more…)

02/24/17 4:37pm

Campaign website[Editor’s Note: Candy Evans is the founder and publisher of CandysDirt.com and is now running for Dallas City Council in District 11. The opinions expressed in this column are her own.]

My campaign website is complete and ready for you to check out! We gave it a spin around the block, and she (he?) is purring like a kitten. I invite you to take a look, sign up for our newsletter, and stay in touch with us. We need money, volunteers and lots (DIRT!) where we can put our soon-to-be-revealed, oh so sexy, signs.

If, however, we left any nuts or bolts loose, please do tell us and we will get out the screwdriver.

Speaking of nuts and bolts, lots going on with city issues this week: John Wiley Prices’ federal corruption trial began, but opening arguments will come on Monday. Guess a juror got sick. His indictment is 107 pages long. He is accused of taking more than $900,000 in bribes in exchange for helping businesses seek approval from Dallas County. Our tax dollars at work…

More plans and ideas to solve the Police and Fire Pension mess are bubbling up, and at least two do not involve increasing city taxes OR clawing back money from current pensioners. Oh and HUD is combing through City Hall, looking for missing documents relating to low income housing.

Oh and did you know we have hogs in Dallas? Shocker, I know. Our state Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, decided it is okay to poison feral hogs in Texas with Warfarin. The Dallas City Council said, um, no. Council voted to pay a company $347,100 to “humanely trap and remove” hogs in Dallas. There was discussion as to why we allow the coyotes and bobcats to run free, but discriminate against the piggies. Once caught, these hogs will be sent to the slaughterhouse in Fort Worth. Do not tell this story to your child or grandchild if they read Pookie.

Forget the poison, save tax dollars on the trappers: send those hog up to District 11 where our coyotes will get them!

Stealth Coyote

 

02/24/17 3:58pm

Montserrat

Almost exactly one year ago we featured the Monserrat manse at 9517 Bella Terra, across the street from the for-sale Selena Gomez compound. That over 9,000-square-foot spread sold for $2.299 million, boding well for the sale of the larger Gomez estate.

However, if a mere five bedrooms won’t suffice and you need to park more than six cars, you might want to have a look another new listing at nearby 4657 Benavente Court. The roofline, with its many gables and turrets, resembles a mini city skyline.

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02/24/17 1:33pm

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For the second year in a row, Texas home sales hit an all-time high. According to the 2016 Texas Real Estate Year in Review Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), both home sales and home prices reached record highs last year.

In a statement released by the TAR, Chairman Vicki Fullerton said, “Last year’s record home sales activity was fueled from the momentum of multiple years’ strong job and population growth across the state, despite the fact that Texas job and economic growth began to slow in 2016.”

According to the report (available in full here), median home prices rose 7.7 percent in 2016, to $210,000. Home sales volume increased 4.6 percent, to 324,924 homes sold. Average days on market held steady from 2015 at 58 days. Active listings grew six percent last year.

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02/24/17 12:00pm
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All photos: Shoot2Sell

Neighborhoods can evolve rapidly, and we’re always on the lookout for the hidden gems that are in the process of turning over and becoming the next hot place to buy.

On our radar now? Homes close to the Santa Fe Trail in East Dallas.  It’s a hop, skip, and jump from Lakewood, Hollywood Heights, and White Rock Lake, right on the Santa Fe Trail, and zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

We’ve found an incredible listing at 310 S. Glasgow Dr., a new construction just listed for $599,000. With almost 3,000 square feet, designer finishes, and sleek, transitional style, this same house would be priced at $849K if it were just two blocks away, closer to Lakewood shopping center, said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This house and several others nearby were just built by BCH Development, who have been in Lakewood and the Park Cities for 20 years,” Lamont said. “This price is unheard of in East Dallas for a new home with a full builder’s warranty sophisticated spaces, high-end finishes throughout, and remarkable efficiency with foam wall insulation and low-E windows.”

Like the home next door that just went under contract, this home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, an office, two living areas, and 2,938 square feet on two stories. Let’s take a look!

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02/24/17 9:58am

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Please join us for our multi-home Staff Meeting open house event up in Las Colinas on March 9 at The Enclave.  For those just tuning in, this is the first time we’ve had a simultaneous, triple open house tour of over $7 million in real estate. In case you missed homes one and two you can click here and here. In addition to viewing these properties, we’ll also meet and listen to the general manager of the Four Seasons golf club who will discuss what it’s like living on a golf course in Four Seasons-land (wonderful, I’d expect … it’s the Four Seasons).

Our final property is 4782 Byron Circle and it’s the perfect bookend being the next-door neighbor of our first home (Map). All three properties are listed with Leigh Ann Barrick, top producing broker/associate with Keller Williams.  This home, on a third of an acre, is 5,123 square feet and contains four bedrooms with five full and one half bathroom. Built in 2001, it’s listed for $2.395 million.  Like its neighbor at 4786 Byron Circle, this home has 17th (party) hole views of the Four Seasons TPC gold course where the Byron Nelson tournament is held each May.

We’re thrilled to host you and your closest real estate-obsessed friends, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t thank the evening’s co-sponsor, John Kelly, branch manager with Guaranteed RateHe’s a genius with mortgages and we couldn’t be happier to have him aboard!

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02/24/17 8:00am

The Amber

Today, I’d love to tell you about one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in a long time — there’s not another place like this in North Texas. So unique is this property, it even has a name. The Amber is an expansive, pastoral property nestled in the quiet community of Little Elm. Little Elm is only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and ten minutes from nearby shopping and dining, but has the coziness of country living on 10 gorgeous acres. And if you haven’t been up there in awhile, well, things are hopping!

Located at 751 Amber Ln., this is sophisticated contemporary transitional living with everything a buyer could want, right on the northern shores of Lewisville Lake. Locals here have access to all the fishing, boating, and fun they could ask for!

The Amber was designed by noted Dallas architecture firm Bernbaum Magadini in 2006, and holds a reputation for award-winning horses, in addition to the breathtaking tranquility of the curated grounds. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 6,232 square feet on two stories. The home is divided into special privacy wings that lend itself to so much versatility of living. Clearly, you can see the spacial use genius of Bernbaum Magadini in every inch. This property is going to knock your socks off — it’s listed by Evan Stewart and Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert + Stewart Group with Ebby Halliday Realtors, who were kind enough to give me a full tour and let me chase the hens! Jump to watch the video we made and see all the amazing photos of The Amber.

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02/23/17 5:00pm

Wilson House Preservation Dallas

Calling all historic architecture lovers! Preservation Dallas is hosting the Historic House Specialist Seminar March 2-3 at the Wilson Carriage House. The seminar is open to everyone. So whether you’re in the real estate, construction or development industries or just a history hobbyist, this event is for you.

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