07/26/16 7:41am

1925 Province

We’ve got a super hot East Dallas property for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, one that won’t last long on the market. It’s got charmed looks, great location, and an affordable asking price. What’s not to love?

Located at 1925 Province Ln., this Midcentury home sits on a hill with mature shade trees and lovely landscaping. Inside, original touches, like two vintage tiled bathrooms in awesome retro colors and refinished hardwoods, are married beautifully with updates, like the new granite countertops in the kitchen and freshly painted walls.

The property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,644 square feet, built in 1957. It’s in the Ferguson Heights neighborhood, near Oates Drive and Peavy Road, near Harry Stone Park and rec center, and Bryan Adams High School.


07/26/16 1:53am

Urban Laughterpiece by Classic Urban Homes

One of the best things about having grandchildren is counting the ways you can spoil them and still benefit the community. That’s why I need to get myself over to NorthPark Mall to browse the 21st Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. I’d better run: the 17-day event ends on Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. when winning tickets will be drawn.

This annual event and raffle serves as a fundraiser for Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, a terrific organization of volunteers who act as a voice for abused or neglected children in court. Generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to those children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.


Kid Cottage by LRO Residential

On July 31, 15 lucky raffle winners will score one of the precious mini homes designed and donated by local those generous orgs. (more…)

07/25/16 5:59pm

CityMAP main graphic 1

If you missed part one, click here.  Overall, the documents and scenarios CityMAP put together are logical and straight-forward.  Most call for the submersion of key highways surrounding Dallas’ core aiding in traffic flow and neighborhood revitalization.

One calls for the rerouting of I-30 to the distant south and one calls for the removal of a portion of I-45 and US-75.  I’m all for the submersion and covering of these highways.  I’m faaaaaar from convinced on these other two.

Are you HIGH?

What happens to 45/75 traffic when it's partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.

What happens to 45/75 traffic when it’s partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.


07/25/16 5:39pm
The image that turns beachfront dreams into nightmares

The image that turns beachfront dreams into nightmares

With Darby in the rear-view mirror, it seemed an appropriate time to remind readers that second homes aren’t all worry-free fabulousness.  If you can’t bear the thought of seeing this picture aimed at your vacation paradise, renting may be the way to go.

Second home living is almost always wonderful, but you have to understand what Mother Nature can toss your way … be that hurricane, earthquake, forest fire, blizzard, flood, tornado or even a volcano. I say this because many popular vacation home locales are in more precarious areas than our main homes … because often these precarious settings are also beautiful.


Find out more on SecondShelters.com.

07/25/16 4:25pm

6820 Garlinghouse Front

To some buyers, 6820 Garlinghouse looks like too much work. It’s a 1985-built ranch in Far North Dallas that is in original condition, according to Ashli Clements of Minnette Murray Properties, a boutique real estate group under Coldwell banker residential brokerage.

“It has really good bones and the floor plan works well for today’s families,” she said. “It’s totally livable right now. The seller lived in home for four years and didn’t change a thing. The breakfast nook is actually beautiful, with that gorgeous ceiling.”

6820 Garlinghouse Breakfast

But today’s buyers seem to be lacking in vision and inspiration, because at 2,565 square feet, this home is priced just right for the renovation-minded. This four-bedroom, three-bath home inside the Dallas city limits but with Plano ISD schools is being marketed for just $350,000 — a steal! Plus, buyers will receive a $10,000 allowance toward upgrades, making those Pinterest boards you’ve been carefully curating for your dream house even closer to tangible reality.


07/25/16 10:46am


061516 WT Sales Center (11) - Courtesy of Windrose Tower

“The bedroom communities of Dallas have matured.”

This is pretty unprecedented: the Windrose Tower at Legacy West, the first new luxury high rise condominium to be built north of LBJ in years, reached the one-quarter sold phase after the sales center opened four weeks ago on June 10.

I mean, dang.

“The neighborhood is totally selling it,” says Al Coker, Al Coker & Associates, the real estate sales firm marketing the Legacy highrise. He is referring to the $3.2 billion dollar, 255 acre Legacy West development at the northern tip of Plano, which is, as we all gleefully know, home to the new North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JP Morgan Chase and Liberty Mutual. More than 15,000 employees zipping around this once prairie make it one of the largest new job centers in the state.

“This is the most walkable neighborhood in Dallas (North Texas),” says Al. “The draw is really the neighborhood, where everything you need and want is right there. And with all the jobs pouring into Plano/Frisco, it’s convenient to work as well.”

Who is buying? Al says mostly downsizing empty nesters from Plano, North Dallas and Frisco tiring of home maintenance, but he is also seeing a LOT of 40 year olds. Two couples, one from Hong Kong, another from Taiwan, have bought units as second homes.

“These people have raised their kids, or their kids are in college, and their jobs are a mile away,” says Al. “The bedroom communities of Dallas have matured.”


McDreamy Bathtub


kitchen upgrades

This is the fourth installment of an occasional column called Getting Real About Renovations. We’re looking at renovation realities for all sorts of projects, from hardwood floors and open floorplans, to master suite additions and kitchen upgrades. We’ll give you the unadulterated truth about options, costs, effort, Realtor opinion, and estimated ROI for these projects. You can read the last one about adding new insulation here.  

Kitchen renovations are a big deal on popular media—there’s hardly a home improvement show that doesn’t glorify the tearing apart and putting back together of a kitchen.

This is probably for good reason. The kitchen is the heart of the home and updating it can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a house.

But is it worth it? The headache and expense? Fully 35 percent of U.S. homeowners would rather move to another home than remodel their current home, according to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

It depends on the reason for renovating, says Harrison Polsky, a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Doing renovations can either do nothing for the seller, benefit the seller, or even hurt the seller—there honestly isn’t a right or wrong answer—think about how many spec homes are still on the market,” Polsky said. “When you start to speculate what buyers want, your risk increases. However, some buyers can’t see past an outdated kitchen and can’t get a construction loan to do the work.”

No matter the reason, though, the return on investment (ROI) for kitchen renovations is more than two-thirds the investment. Jump to learn more!


07/25/16 6:00am

4345 Manning LaneTexans have always been partial to Mediterranean architecture. Terra-cotta roofs, stucco walls and tile floors lend themselves beautifully to our climate and lifestyle. When we saw this gorgeous Mediterranean luxury villa at 4345 Manning Lane it reminded us of those amazing stucco Santa Barbara castles celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Will Smith call home. (more…)