10/24/16 5:40pm
Russell Buchanan's Vanderbilt home is an achingly perfect fusion of texture and lines. (Photo: AIA Dallas Tour of Homes)

Russell Buchanan’s Vanderbilt home is an achingly perfect fusion of texture and lines. (Photo: AIA Dallas Tour of Homes)

This is one of the most highly anticipated home tours of the year, with work from veritable superstars of the architecture world open for your perusal. Names such as 5G Studio Collaborative, A Gruppo Architects, Bentley Tibbs Architect, Booziotis & Company, Buchanan Architecture, Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, Marek Architecture, Mitchell Garman Architects, OFFICIAL, and Welch Architecture, Inc. are included in the program of this year’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, with some of the most well-known homes in the most sought-after locations.

Malone Cliff Residence - Dallas Texas

Malone Cliff Residence, designed by Booziotis & Company, has panoramic views of the Calatrava bridges from its West Dallas perch. This is one home you don’t want to miss during this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

And you can attend it FOR FREE! Yes, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the Oct. 29-30 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. Now, if you don’t want to take your chances trying to win tickets to the tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, you can purchase them for $25 here or for $30 at the door on the day of the tour.

Jump to find out how you can win!


10/24/16 12:36pm


Happy Monday, CandysDirt.com readers! Grab your preferred mid-day beverage (we won’t judge!) and get ready to take in our fourth installment of The Mortgage Report with BobMortgage. You can watch the previous ones herehere, and here

You may know him as Bob Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: Considering the overall economy, could mortgage interest rates go any lower? Plus, Bob Johnson offers four tips for homebuyers ready to house hunt on this week’s Mortgage Report sponsored by Wallick & Volk.


10/24/16 8:27am

3911 Gillon
What is it about a Georgian house that offers instant appeal and imparts an immediate sense of gracious living? History for one. Georgian architecture has been around since the 1700s, and some of the most recognizable American institutions have been built in this style. From Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate to Yale University, the style instills a sense of stability and strength. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a Highland Park Georgian at 3911 Gillon Avenue that is perfect example of this architectural style’s virtues.


10/24/16 7:30am

6452 Bordeaux a

With our North Texas market moving at its current pace, finding a home for under $200K can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But they do exist! Today, we’ve found a super cute place in the Bordeaux Village Condos near West Mockingbird Lane and Inwood Road that’s got tons of personality, superb location, and a friendly price tag. This area is just south of tony neighborhoods Bluffview and Greenway Park, close to the Park Cities and Medical District, and a block and a half west of the Dallas North Tollway.

The condo at 6452 Bordeaux Ave. Unit H was built in 1951 and the personality from that era shines through. But they’ve also done renovations to make it appealing to a modern buyer, like updating the kitchen.

This condo has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,029 square feet on two stories.


10/22/16 1:19pm

4608 Livingston

Our Saturday Six Hundred at 4608 Livingston is just about the cutest West Highland Park cottage we’ve ever seen. We’ve been bullish on this neighborhood for some time now. It’s close to everything — great dining and shopping, minutes from Love Field, and of course the Dallas North Tollway is down the street. For young professionals that don’t want a high-rise lifestyle and are not ready to spend a million on a home, it’s a perfect location.


10/21/16 6:24pm
Brickyard water tower

Photo: Jonah Gilmore, Studio Rocket Science

Urban art has a new home in Farmers Branch with a stained glass water tower at The Brickyard.

Local artist Joseph Shortell of Shortell Design was commissioned by Dallas-based Billingsley Company to create this iconic structure at New York-style apartment community. Lauren Stout, an independent artist working with Shortell, laid out the color schemes with direction and approval from property developer Lucy Billingsley.

“We could not be more thrilled with how the water tower has turned out,” said Sumner Billingsley, managing partner on The Brickyard project. “I think it fully encompasses the thoughtfulness and unique attention to detail that went into this development – inspired by elements of the past, but infused with the creativity and energy of our community today.”

Among the features of The Brickyard water tower:

  • Internally lit with 24 LED flood lights
  • Agricultural silo-style metal roof
  • 24 three-foot-by-six-foot curved panels, each with individual colored acrylic panes in varying shades of yellow, orange, red, blue, and green
  • Panel and pane frames made of powder-coated metal to withstand harsh Texas weather

We’ve written about The Brickyard before: they have a unique vision for their property Farmers Branch, an inner-ring Dallas suburb about 14 miles north of downtown Dallas: bring New York-inspired living to DFW, but without the price tag.


10/21/16 4:04pm

Elizabeth Blvd.

In the “keeping track of what’s going on in one’s own backyard” file, the recent and rapid sale of 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. has raised some eyebrows. One hundred years old this year, 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. was built for George W. Armstrong, founder and president of Consumers’ Light and Heat Company, which ultimately became Fort Worth Power and Light. From 1935 to 1955, the home served as the parsonage for the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Listed in the National Registry, the 3,869-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath house is also a Fort Worth Historical Preservation Award winner.


Dallas Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The Winnetka Heights Prairie at 319 N. Willomet Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column with five standout properties you’ve got to make time to see that weekend. This is the result of days of research into what’s available now, what’s hot, and which open houses shine.

This week, our houses range in price from $499K to $1.099 million. You’ll find a range of properties, including the lovely Winnetka Heights Prairie pictured above, a central Dallas condo with colorful personality, and a Lakeshore Hills contemporary taken to the studs for a huge renovation. Let’s take a look!