09/04/15 6:56pm

East Dallas real estateDave Perry-Miller Realtor Scott Kaserman thought the sale on his East Dallas listing at 6051 Penrose Ave. was a done deal when they inked a contract yesterday. But today brought bad news.

“It went into multiple offers and under contract yesterday, only to come back on this morning because the buyer got cold feet,” he said.

So that means this darling Burghers Ballard cottage, located near Mockingbird and Skillman, is back on the market. Kaserman has scheduled an open house for Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and said he hopes to get multiple offers again. East Dallas real estateBuilt in 1939, this house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,506 square feet, and loads of personality. Think delightful curb appeal with mature trees and landscaping, arched interior doorways, hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen and bathrooms, and lots of natural light. The house is within walking distance to Greenville Avenue and White Rock Lake, and is listed for $435,000.


09/04/15 6:42pm


A few months back, we thought we had found a great Pre-K program (private, of course, because we don’t qualify for Pre-K with Dallas ISD), only to find the great program that allegedly churns out kindergarten readers who love books actually consisted of five worksheets Tiny was doing in the 3-year-old room at our beloved Mother’s Day Out.

After an arduous month where a bored 4-year-old boy did bored 4-year-old boy things, we opted to leave in favor of finding a new program. And this time, we decided, we wouldn’t let the checkbook necessarily be the thing that was the weighted factor in our decision.

We looked at schools where the monthly tuition is more than our mortgage. They were lovely, and no doubt would have taught Tiny ably and he would’ve had fun. We looked at half-day programs. We found three-day programs and co-op programs and foreign language programs. Ultimately, we found three we liked after phone conversations, a careful review of the curriculum, and looking at the tuition, but let Tiny pick the program after we toured each school. After all, once curriculum and realistic budget were out of the way, whether or not he liked it was really half the decision-making process. (more…)

09/04/15 6:32pm

IBB Labor Day Sale


I was in Fort Worth this week, and designer extraordinaire Eric Prokesh was singing the praises of IBB Design.

He was telling me how impossible it is to complete a design job for clients in very short windows of time, mostly because, as we all know, it takes time to order custom furniture. Told me he recently completed a job lickety split for a client and he found some great pieces up at IBB Design right off the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco. I agree — a great place to shop for just about anything in your home and you don’t have to wait.

Waiting for furniture is almost painful! Do you realize that if you want your home to be ready for the holidays, you should be working on it right now? (more…)

09/04/15 4:55pm

2272 Longwood Front

Longtime CandysDirt.com fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Let’s jump to find out more!


09/04/15 4:37pm
Kendra Hatcher 2

Facebook photo Kendra Hatcher

Update 4:44 pm: we have reached Michael Shaun Jackson and will be speaking with him directly. He tells me he IS a current resident at Gables Park 17, but plans to move out at month’s end.

Michael Shaun Jackson, a former resident of the Gables Park 17, says security is lax at the building where Dr. Kendra Hatcher was murdered Wednesday. Hatcher, a dentist with an office in Colleyville, lived in the luxury apartment building across from the Perot Museum of Nature & Science where units run from $2,000 a month and up.


Posted by Michael Shaun Jackson on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jackson’s apartment was burglarized on July 13 of this year. Since then there have been two more burglaries in the 17-story apartment high-rise at 1700 Cedar Springs, one on Aug. 3 and another on Aug. 16. In addition to these three burglaries, another 20 incidents occurred at the location between July 13, 2014 and today, including one assault and the murder of Dr. Hatcher.

Dallas police identified Dr. Hatcher as the victim on Thursday and released photos and a description of the “vehicle of interest” in the slaying from footage that appears to have come from security cameras in the building. (more…)

3325 Greenbrier IHOTW

The reason you get “smaller” lots in University Park is because of the community’s name, “Parks”. The whole point is community parks for everyone to enjoy. What makes living in this Gold Coast enclave of Dallas that began as a cluster of homes surrounding Southern Methodist University so pleasant is the safety and serenity of living, and the ability to let children roam around on their bikes to parks, to the ice cream store, even to the movies.

So it is the location steps away from Caruth Park that gives 3325 Greenbrier an extra big star in our book. You walk to the west, past two houses, cross Hillcrest at the light, and you are there for games, relaxation, or just a chance to unwind. University Park is one of the most walkable communities in the country, with the happiest residents. In a survey conducted this year, University Park asked residents to rank services and concerns on a point scale of 1 to 5, ranging from “very dissatisfied” to “very satisfied.”

On the key question of overall satisfaction with the services the City provides, of the 1,156 respondents who answered that question, 96 percent marked “very satisfied” or “satisfied.”

3325 Greenbrier rear (more…)

09/04/15 3:12pm
Barbara Gilbert fairview living-room-interior

A cabana living room in Fairview designed by Dallas interior designer Barbara Gilbert. All photos: Michael Hunter Photography

Dallas interior designer Barbara Gilbert is an expert in the psychology of color, creating carefully curated spaces that not only work visually, but positively impact function and use.

Her attention to detail means you’ll find every inch accounted for in her designs in ways that often surprise and delight. One exampleL LED toe kicks in the kitchen, bringing illumination to the floor.

Barbara Gilbert

Barbara Gilbert

“Details are what make a room beautiful—it’s the mixing of patterns, textures, and colors and placing them strategically in a room,” Gilbert said. “We will mix two patterns on a chair and add contrast welt for variation. We make sure that the height of an end table is the right size for the furniture it sits next to. We are very particular about scale, so when we source artwork we make sure it’s the perfect size for the wall it adorns.”

We mentioned Gilbert on CandysDirt in 5 Dallas Interior Designers to Watch in 2015 this January. We noted her work on an eco-friendly home in Highland Village that earned her two 2014 ASID Legacy of Design awards, as well as the Dallas Builders Association ARC Award for the kitchen. She’s a Best of Houzz winner from 2012-2015. Additionally, Gilbert just won five 2015 ASID Legacy of Design awards, including first place for transitional living areas and first place for a transitional singular space.

Gilbert and her team at Barbara Gilbert Interiors specialize in high-performance, sustainable new construction and full service luxury residential interior design. It’s work she loves and in which she excels.

“We interpret our clients’ needs and dreams and use all of the principles of design to create their spaces,” she said. “Excellence is the standard for us and we don’t quit until we think it’s perfect! Thinking outside of the box is normal we love challenges.”


09/04/15 10:28am

6009 Del NorteThis Rogers Healy listing is right in the hotbed of controversy over the proposed, and now City Plan Commission-approved, Transwestern development for the western edge of the area known as Behind the Pink Wall. For $699,000 you can have a .46 acre lot — Del Norte does have some hefty slabs of nicely treed dirt — and renovate or tear down.

You’d be living on the northeast corner of De Norte and Preston Road, right across from Ashley and James Parks.

The 2611 square foot home was listed with Rogers Healy back in May/June for $725,000, then quickly the price was lowered to the current $699,000. There are no photos of the home’s vintage 1961 interior..

Interesting that the home sold for $285,000 off a selling price of $295,000 in 2004, sellers being a bank.

Eleven years later, the home is listed at $699,000.