10/31/14 2:25pm
1108 Valencia Curb

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Here we have another great listing from Britt Lopez in Hollywood Heights, only Lopez knows this home a little bit better than some of her previous listings. Why? Because she once owned it!

This sweet split level at 1108 Valencia has so many cool selling points. Besides having a practically enormous master suite (unheard of!) and a wonderful pool in the backyard (rare!) this home is also a great spot for entertaining thanks to its oversized lot.

Jump for more on this cool home!

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10/31/14 10:02am

7218 Lakewood Blvd IHOTW7218 Lakewood Boulevard is an original Spanish eclectic Hutsell on a double-wide, half acre lot in Lakewood. As if they feared the goblins themselves, the owner has turned the home into a fortress of security right on Lakewood Blvd. Truly one of the most original and unique homes in Dallas, rejoice with us that the home, built in 1936, is still standing, and has not been torn down. (more…)

10/31/14 1:01am

Farm Evolution
If you know me, you are probably not going to believe that deep down, I dream about having a farm or a ranch in the country. I love designer clothes (I do!), Prosecco and Jimmy Choos, but I also love rolling fields, hay, horses and the pitch black sky at night when the only light comes from stars because street lights are hundreds of miles away. I think the perfect life would be to have a condo in Dallas and a ranch about two hours away, any direction. Green acres is the place where you can skip the blow dry at Hair Bar and leave your makeup back in Dallas. We’ve got some land down in the Hill Country on a condo-type ranch where they do all the work, kind of like an HOA. But there is that part of me that would like to get my fingernails dirty and dig in to a fixer-upper: sure wouldn’t need Total Body if I was hauling up cedarboard to build a fence. Talk about muscles! My Aunt Stella had the most muscular arms ever. She told me it was from milking cows. She had grown up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois.

Anyhow, our Kathryn Roan is back at it over on SecondShelters: the reason she’s been gone? She got “the itch”:

There is a saying in the country: “Nothing is more attractive than your neighbor’s property.” The grass is always greener on their side of the fence, and you just want your horses to be eating it. There is a constant, persistent desire for a “bigger place” that just never, ever goes away. Another guaranteed factor after purchasing a farm is What’s One More? Syndrome. Absent of the built-in governor of a monthly board check, you buy a farm and start adding to your collection of misfits, er, future Olympic contenders like you’re auditioning for Hoarders: Buried Alive. Any common sense you formerly possessed, backed up by a monthly bill from your barn owner, pretty much just evaporates the moment you sign next to that little sticker that says “Buyer.”

10/30/14 12:42pm
SamsCityplace

Neighbors near Cityplace say this big box behemoth doesn’t belong in the neighborhood.

In the fight against a big-box corporate behemoth in an area several urban planners, along with the city of Dallas’ own “Forward! Dallas” plan, say is better suited for pedestrian oriented development, the little guy won a huge battle this week.
The East Village Association, the neighborhood group that has spearheaded the fight against a Trammell Crow’s Sam’s Club-anchored development planned for the former ACS campus at Cityplace, won a significant ruling against the developer. The judge in the case sided with the East Village Association, recognizing their right to sue the developer on behalf of neighbors.
“As an immigrant who successfully traveled the long legal road to citizenship, I learned the power of perseverance and was sustained by the dream of being part of the greatest democracy on earth; ‘of, for, and by the people,’ ” said Jonas Park, leader of the “No MegaStore Uptown” group. 
10/30/14 10:24am

River Ranch (3)

We told you that Anteks, that fabulous rustic home furnishings store in the Dallas Design District, has spun a sibling. It’s called Anteks Curated, a home accessories, furniture, and gift shop in the Plaza at Preston Center. Oh the main store is still on Dragon Street in the Design District, but this location sure beats a 15 minute drive on the tollway! (more…)

10/30/14 8:30am

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At certain price points, property values and housing demand in the Park Cities owe a lot to the top-rated schools in Highland Park ISD, and it’s an area where you’ll see well-maintained luxury condo and townhome developments that add just the right amount of density to the area. It’s less garden-style apartment or walk-up and more polished row house, and that’s why this lovely remodeled condo at 3415 McFarlin is an excellent value for a small family who wants low maintenance and great schools.

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10/29/14 5:05pm
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Interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf teamed up to re-design an upstairs suite that was suited to a teenager as well as a couple who wished to age-in-place. In the master bedroom, Samuels and Graf used reclaimed barn wood in the tray ceiling for added visual impact.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Last year before the holidays, Kennedale homeowners Stephanie and Greg Mulkey were enjoying their son’s passage through high school.

“We thought  that one of the best tangible gifts we could give him would be a ‘man cave’ where he could experience some daily ‘down time’ after high school,”said the Mulkeys.

They enlisted the help of  interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf. Both professionals worked together to showcase the Mulkeys’ collected treasures and weave those into a renovated upstairs suite infused with a casual country design. Susie reminded the Mulkeys that these four years of high school will fly by fast and that the college years would zip by at lightning speed.

“Bruce and I envisioned a sustainable design that would go beyond high school and college years. We wanted the suite to be fun for their teenage son now and transition into a weekend destination as he bridged over to adulthood. We also included elements of aging-in-place, such as walk-in showers and low lit counter space which brings added value to their investment should the Mulkeys want to enjoy the upstairs suite in their later years, said Susie.

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