10/22/14 5:00pm

1415 Lansford Front

I was complaining to a friend recently about how far prices have gone up in North Oak Cliff, putting many homes — even the ones that aren’t perfectly updated — out of reach for many people. Of course, when I was at an event showing off a brand new modern custom home in Kessler Park — more on that later! — I lamented the lack of truly affordable real estate in the area.

It was none other than Steve Habgood that set me straight. According to Steve, principal at the Hewitt & Habgood team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, you just have to know where to look. Just south of where Tyler Street turns to Vernon, and close to the DART rail tracks and Cedar Creek is this fantastic little neighborhood in a private-feeling and heavily treed pocket of Oak Cliff. It’s called Elwood, and I’m sure you’ve heard us talk about it before!


10/22/14 3:50pm

2223 Kessler Woods Ct  Front

This sleek home in Kessler Park is a stunning example of a home that is designed to maximize the outdoor spaces both within the home and outside its walls. It doesn’t hurt that it’s inside an amazing gated community in one of Oak Cliff’s most posh neighborhoods.

Truly though, this listing at 2223 Kessler Woods Court from David Griffin, is a fantastic example of a more modern take on Texas regionalist architecture, incorporating a stark, yet rustic exterior by pairing bright white stucco, clean lines, and a standing seam roof in a classic shape.


10/22/14 12:16pm


The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

The Jackson House is a classic updated English-style estate on Strait Lane by Hal Yoakum.

Of course we “ooh” and “ahh” over new homes and the latest design features, but a lot can be said for homes that stand the test of time. Some estates become standard-bearers for architects and designers, evoking a time and place like no other home can.

These are exactly the types of properties that are showcased in Saturday’s “Grounds For Preservation” home tour hosted by Preservation Dallas. This home tour is an extraordinary opportunity  to see the sprawling estates of Dallas designed by well-known architects.

“Our tour this year highlights iconic historic houses in Dallas, and this tour is unique because it highlights estates and their grounds,” said Donovan Westover of Preservation Dallas.


10/21/14 4:24pm
Jane McGarry Ski

There’s no shortage of snow in Big Sky, Montana!

The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

See the rest of our interview and Q&A with McGarry on our sister blog, SecondShelters.com!

10/21/14 2:17pm

9229 Ferndale Front

Cute and sweet from the curb, this 1958 traditional ranch packs quite a punch once you walk inside. Truly, this is one of those homes where you take notes on the remodeled spaces, as the sellers have really made the most of every square inch of this beautiful Lake Ridge Estates house.

Not only that, but it’s on one of the best streets in the neighborhood — Ferndale Road — and is inside Richardson ISD. Jump for more on this adorable home from Nathan Grace agent Amy Timmerman of PickaPerch.com.


10/21/14 1:44pm
Jimi Hendrix

A pricey semi-automatic engraved Cosmi shotgun was pilfered from an unlocked Highland Park home in January, and a Parker shotgun was stolen from a car in University Park. We’re wondering if at least one of the thieves is named “Joe.”


At 10:35 a.m. on Oct. 16, a Highland Park police officer was dispatched to the 4400 block of Highland Drive in regards to a vehicle burglary that happened the night of Oct. 14. But the victim said a report about that crime wouldn’t be necessary, because everything that was stolen was untraceable. However, the victim did wish to report that some items had been stolen from inside his home last January.

The victim said he used to occasionally leave his house unlocked. Somehow, someone accessed two locked closets and stole a $30,000 Piaget gold watch, a $25,000 set of gold-and-diamond cufflinks, a $20,000 Cosmi 12-gauge shotgun with extensive engraving, and a $2,500 set of jade-and-diamond cufflinks. The victim kept the more expensive set of cufflinks in a small bag; when he went to retrieve them, he found pesos in the bag instead.

Because there were no signs of forced entry to the closets, the victim believes the thief must be someone who knows him and also knows where the keys are kept. But he declined to give the officer any names of potential suspects. When asked why he waited so long to report the thefts, the victim said a friend him advised not to call the police because they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.

If it were me, I’d be casting a suspicious eye toward that friend.

Click through for a roundup of more recent crimes in the Park Cities, where the recent uptick of third-row-seat thefts shows no sign of slowing down.


10/20/14 4:15pm
Jeannie Smith

Jeannie Smith with “The Wee Ones”: two of her pack of miniature dachshunds.

We love Jeannie Smith and her “can-do” attitude. She’s the kind of woman that can inspire confidence after just a moment with her, and she is a dog lover, to boot!

It’s no wonder that Jeannie, a mortgage professional that looks after her clients like family, is this week’s Guardian Angel. She takes time with every client to make sure that their needs are met, if not exceeded, which is a valuable asset in this quick-changing mortgage environment.

“I care about each loan and customer I work with — whether it’s a$ 50K loan or a $5M loan — and I love providing the white glove treatment,” Jeannie says. “I approach each loan and customer with a wide open mind so that I can learn about them, their financial goals, expectations, and what keeps them up at night when they think about the loan process.”

That’s the kind of personal service that is all too rare these days, but it’s exactly what you can expect at Guardian Mortgage. Find out more about Jeannie and how, through her tenacity, she’s made a wonderful career in the mortgage business.


10/20/14 3:34pm

Image6-Grand_Hyatt_small-400x400 Paradise is coming to Dallas on Tuesday! That’s tomorrow!

We have told you about Baha Mar, the largest second home development in the western hemisphere. We think it rocks.

Baha Mar is a $3.5 BILLION mega-resort under construction in Nassau, The Bahamas. Thousands of construction crews are working around the clock, readying for a 2014 launch. It is the largest resort under construction in the Western Hemisphere and has been described as Vegas with 3000 feet of beach. (more…)