03/31/15 5:43pm

Spring Home Tour Guide Photo Kim Leeson

It’s spring, so it’s time to don your blue booties and get to tromping around some of the finest and most fabulous homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. We always enjoy this time of year, because not only does CandysDirt.com feature some of the biggest and best home tours in the region, but we also give our readers a chance to win tickets!

We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming tours that you absolutely have to see. Get your calendar ready and jump!

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03/31/15 9:50am

6822 Oeste A

The Dallas Cowboys may be bidding farewell to Las Colinas, but homebuyers can’t get enough of this master-planned community in Irving. It’s a clean, attractive suburb with more than 190 acres of parks and greenbelts, 17 miles of canal waterways, and 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails.

More than 33,000 call Las Colinas home, and the average house price in the community is $566,417, according to Realtor.com. That makes today’s Tuesday Two Hundred a real find: the townhome at 6822 Oeste Dr. is newly listed by Leslie Knutson at RE/MAX Premier Group for $275,000. The price-per-square-foot of $155 is less than the Las Colinas average of $167 per square foot, and this townhome has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

This Mediterranean-style property has stucco exterior walls, red roof tiles, and is part of the La Villita Townhomes. It has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on two stories in 1,772 square feet built in 2007 and is walking distance to the Lago de Claire and the Gran Via canal, a meandering waterway near jogging trails.

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03/30/15 2:33pm

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A 20-year resident of Dallas, Dennis Hammett certainly knows his way around our beautiful city, but would you believe that he’s actually a rookie? In real estate that is. Certainly, Hammett has plenty of experience in sales and design, but this previous year was his first as a Realtor. The Ebby Halliday agent managed to post record figures in his first year with Ebby, surpassing other new agents and earning the title as Rookie of the Year for gross sales. That’s a testament to the value of an active network and the power of positive referrals!

We got the opportunity to ask Hammett a few questions despite his busy schedule, and we have to say that we’re impressed with this guy. Jump to read more about this Rookie of the Year!

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03/30/15 12:34pm
Trammell Crow Company hired Good Fulton + Farrell to lead the design and assist in zoning changes for 3230 McKinney Avenue, with construction beginning this summer. The proposed design includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney. On Bowen, there will be a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, museum, and office activate the street frontage. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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03/30/15 11:07am

3380 blackburn living

I have long wanted to start a series on the private homes of Dallas real estate agents. Let’s consider this the first post! This is the private home of Briggs Freeman’s Missy Woehr, a dear friend. When she’s not selling sleek condos at Museum Tower, this is where Missy lives with her husband, Gus, also a licensed agent. I think Missy has probably sold every unit at the Cascada.

This is an elegant three bedroom, three and two half bath townhouse built in 2003. With 4166 square feet, this 3-story home is spacious, secure and has a study that could be a fourth bedroom in case you have a houseful.  The floor plan is one of the best I’ve seen, and there is an elevator BUT! There is also a guest room on the first floor. I remember Missy telling me about this last January when my mother-in-law was visiting, my husband was recuperating from a knee replacement, and I needed a first floor guest room. 3380 Blackburn is a home that has been upgraded and planned to the T with top grade materials, comfort and ease of living in mind. (more…)

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This is a rare offering in one of the city’s most beautiful gated townhouse communities on Turtle Creek — Places de Voseges. 3901 Turtle Creek Blvd, #12 offers three bedrooms, four full and one half baths, three living areas, an elevator, private pool and gardens in 6034 square feet. Located on one of the largest lots in the green gated enclave, this magnificent newer construction home offers a fabulous master suite with separate his and hers bathrooms and huge closets. Not just any closets: these are elegant dressing rooms a la Walnut Place. (more…)

03/27/15 3:21pm
Photo courtesy DISD

Photo courtesy DISD

Last night, the Dallas ISD board of trustees voted 9-0 to approve an amended bridge plan that will pump much-needed funds into improving some long-neglected schools, as well as set up more Pre-K classrooms.

But it is a drop in the bucket, which explains the long night and the wrangling that went in to coming up with a compromise. It’s saying something that of the schools that need improvements, the 20 schools that were picked included one that could’ve killed students and teachers with carbon monoxide fumes. If impending death is the benchmark for needing improvement, you can start to grasp at why some trustees needed assurances that their schools – that aren’t on the list – would indeed see improvement, too.

Trustee Eric Cowan passionately asked the large crowd who came last night to remember his vote when it came time to pass a new bond. And we should. We should remember it as a leap of faith that if we start improvements now, we will remember the schools not on this list, where children are also attending in portable buildings, in schools that need improvements. We should remember that if every single potential qualifying student signed up for Pre-K, we would not currently have the room to teach them all. I’ll have more on this next month, but early education is imperative.  It is absolutely vital to stopping the cycle of the school to prison pipeline.

So we need to remember these things in two or three years, when it comes time to vote on a bond package. If you’re a parent whose child will now go to a school that will be improved thanks to the bridge fund, it will be time to pay it forward.

Why? Because we’re in this together. I like to think of Dallas public schools as a body. We can get so caught up in the health of our one part that belongs to us, that we forget – decay and delayed improvement (both in a physical sense and educational sense) in one part can affect the health of the whole. So the health of Dunbar Elementary, for instance, goes, so goes the rest of the entire feeder pattern. So goes the health of that feeder pattern, so goes the health of the district.  And to take the point further, so goes the health of the district, so goes the health of the city, including the desire to move in to Dallas and send our children to our neighborhood schools.

The bridge plan is just that – a bridge, a step in the right direction of addressing neglect and overcrowding brought about through a variety of historical issues. This shouldn’t – and can’t – be a bridge to nowhere.

 

6205 Del Norte IHOTW

Following up on my interview with Seattle starchitect Tom Kundig, this sleek contemporary pup at 6205 Del Norte seems to have gone to an architecture school where Tom taught. The home, circa 2014, is textbook what the buyer of today wants: warm contemporary design that is light on the land — note the huge, beautiful twisty old oak in the back the house was built around?  The entire back courtyard is a green garden designed to be the focus of the entire house. Well-sized at 4812 square feet square feet, this is the perfect house for a downsizing baby boomer, professional duo or even a family of four.6205 Del Norte rear yard (more…)