Every week we bring you an UNLISTED home that is totally for sale. It’s just not listed in the MLS, but rather is in an agent’s hip pocket! As you recall, we broke the story on an exciting new real estate platform company called The Unlisted that is FREE for Realtors all across North Texas. It gives them a chance to trumpet their hip pocket listings, those gems that are fresh to the market and NOT in the MLS for all to peruse. What makes these homes so special? And why are they not in MLS? Some people prefer to keep the marketing and sale of their home quiet, perhaps because they are private people or they are just thinking about selling.That’s why these nuggets are so exclusive. One agent compares it to having a personal shopper at Neimans who calls you the minute the new Ralph Lauren collection comes in — you get the freshest inventory, not an old frock 90 people have tried on. (more…)

02/28/15 1:01am


I haven’t even written this post yet, I’m awaiting a call back from the developer, Robert Elliot, but three friends have contacted me and asked me about the new townhome development going in on Abbott Avenue between Knox and Armstrong Parkway, on the far eastern edge of Highland Park.

Robert: I am going to predict that all 35 luxury condos might be sold before you break ground, maybe even before you call me back!

This is a development that is sorely needed in these parts: many people want to downsize out of a Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas or Plano home and move closer in. But they don’t want to move into high rises, and maybe not downtown. No matter how great the views, these buyers are what I call the “grounded”: they want few or no steps, if there’s steps, they want an elevator, master on the first floor, they want a little yard, and they don’t want to deal with an HOA. They want a lock and leave lifestyle but they don’t want a doorman or a Concierge.

And what they want, Robert Elliot is about to give them with Mondara: (more…)

02/27/15 11:48pm

FullSizeRender Here is Rogers Healy agent Grecia Garza outside of 21 Turtle Creek today. “I may or may have not tumbled,” she tells us.

No, she didn’t fall, she’s feeling the snow!

Carrie Hill and Thomas Zepeda Snow

And here are Realtors Carrie Rigdon Hill and Thomas Zepeda from Nathan Grace getting some “work” done during yesterday’s snow day.

Looks like a good gig to us! Wine + Snow + Real Estate = Plenty of fun!

02/27/15 11:34pm

image You recall this home, I’m sure — the $4 million wonder in Farmer’s Branch we told you about a few weeks ago with Bush, Helen Keller and even Foster Grant ties. The spread includes a zen garden with babbling brooks feeding into the Farmers Branch Creek, seen here, which is dammed up to create a lake-like setting. You can even fish there. Well, maybe not today! 2710 Faremers Branch lane lake32710 Faremers Branch lane lakeThere are 100-year-old plus trees, a 7,953 square foot mansion with five bedrooms, five full  and two half baths, four living areas, bridge, two guest homes, huge garage storage, pool, cabana, three tennis courts, six fireplaces, all covering 10.8 acres. Agents who have seen it say they cannot believe the peaceful atmosphere they get once they (find it) and amble up the long driveway. You are close to the intersection of 635 and 35, yet you barely hear traffic. That’s because of thick vegetation that creates a natural sound barrier. Another nice surprise: Farmers Branch has slightly lower property taxes than the city of Dallas. Like Irving, there are so many businesses paying taxes, homeowners don’t get soaked. (more…)

02/27/15 3:42pm

The House ExteriorI spent some time recently at The House, the newest of the sleek contemporary high rises in Victory Park. Every time I leave I am more impressed than ever with the 28-story high rise and the values it offers for downtown living. The House is one of the best values in town if you are looking for a high rise, and probably the only place where you could get some serious square footage with views for under a half million dollars. I think the location is better than the W, and the common/public spaces are nice, too. The House is your best bang for the buck in the Uptown Victory Park area.

But it won’t be for long: buyers are figuring this out, and the sky homes are selling. Of 133 units, 97 have sold and closed and 6 are pending. Which means that more than 75% of the House units have sold. (more…)

02/27/15 2:55pm


7918 Chartwell Front

Sure, contemporary architecture and design is an acquired taste, but I do love it when it’s done well. That’s what strikes me about this property is not only the design, but the size of this Somerset Estates property. It is truly grand, and has some fabulous details anyone can admire.

Built in 2001, this home has everything that the habitual entertainer could desire. And with 7,750 square feet of space, you’ll want for nothing when it comes to room to breathe. This beauty is listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Linda Magazzine for $1.99 million.

7918 Chartwell Front Day


02/27/15 1:07pm


One of the big draws when we bought in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood in Dallas was the school district. You see, just south of Lakewood, Hollywood Heights is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary. We knew this was a great resource if we had kids and would help the property hold or increase in value (my fingers are crossed for increasing). Since we now have a child but she is only 3 months old, I didn’t know much about Lakewood Elementary or even DISD.

At a Hollywood Heights Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Meeting, I heard a few speakers from the Lakewood Elementary PTA discussing their capital campaign to update and expand Lakewood Elementary as it was growing beyond capacity; it was built in 1951 to accommodate 350 students. (more…)

02/27/15 12:57pm
It's snowing like crazy in North Texas, and some dedicated real estate professionals are making deals happen despite the weather!

It’s snowing like crazy in North Texas, and some dedicated real estate professionals are making deals happen despite the weather!

I can’t lie, y’all. I love snow. Really and truly, I love it. I also love working from home, too, so I don’t have to drive in the crazy mess. Still, there are some seriously dedicated Realtors, stagers, appraisers, inspectors, and lenders who make things happen despite the weather. We asked these dedicated real estate professionals to send us their snowy selfies as Dallas gets covered in white stuff. Here they are!