09/22/14 1:37am


Alan Peppard (heart heart) breaks the news on this one: the architecturally significant home of  Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane hits the market this week.  This is the home that the New York Times has called a “mega-version of the Lake Pavilion that Johnson designed on the grounds of his Glass House in New Canaan, Ct.”

You may know it as the house with arches, east side of the street closer to Walnut Hill Lane, a huge white contemporary. Alan says it has hosted President Obama not once, but twice. The estate is listed for $27.5 million with David Nichols of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman and Associates. I will be bringing photos your way as soon as they go live in MLS. Trust me, you will want to see the interiors — here’s what Alan says: “Between 2002 and 2008, Aberly and Lebowitz meticulously restored and modernized the house including a complete re-landscaping of the 6.45 acres by the Massachusetts firm of Reed Hilderbrand. The Dallas architectural firm of Bodron+Fruit did the renovation and designed the pavilion for the new swimming pool.”

I’m getting chills already! (more…)

09/21/14 3:59pm

Tom Branch at sea

Tom Branch was born in Paris, France on October 13, 1959.  He was the oldest of three children born to Parker and Lorraine Branch.  Surrounded by friends and family, Tom left us way too soon in the early morning hours of September 13, 2014 after a courageous 9-month battle with kidney cancer.  He is survived by his wife Gina, sons Thomas and Jack, step-daughters Ashley and Jordan Adams, his father Parker, his brother Patrick and his wife Shelly, and his sister Helene.  He also adored his three grandchildren – Kaydence, Parker and Ava, along with his many nieces and nephews.

Tom proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Air Force.  He began as a Russian linguist and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in Air Force Recruiting.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal after serving in the first Gulf War.  Post military, Tom was a Human Resources Director briefly, but found his calling as a residential real estate broker.  Tom served on the Board of Directors for the Collin County Association of Realtors, chaired several committees, and was voted the 2013 Realtor of the Year for all of Collin County.  He will be remembered for his servant leadership, and his unselfish gift of time and expertise to help others become better at their craft.  When not working, Tom enjoyed amateur radio, traveling, and live music.  He always said life is about experiences, not material objects.

Tom’s life was celebrated on Friday, at the home of Ivy and David Boland in Frisco, Texas.

Now we ask you to celebrate another way: in lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks that you donate to the Thomas Branch Memorial Fund to help defray medical expenses and other costs associated with being underinsured. As many of us know too well, major illnesses wreak havoc on the best laid savings plans.

Please go here to donate:  http://www.gofundme.com/TomBranchMemorial.

The Branch family thanks all the wonderful friends and family for their continued love and support during this difficult time. And we thank Tom for the years of friendship, support, and sharing of real estate education. Rest in peace, dear friend, and our love for your family and friends.

09/19/14 4:00pm

Medley Buttermore GW Featured Realtor

We love it when Realtors are down-to-earth and fun to chat with. There’s no pretense, and they are just happy to meet you! That’s Medley Buttermore, for you. An SMU grad who became an agent to make ends meet after college, Buttermore has become an important part of Virginia Cook Realtors’ Melnick Team.

Besides having an awesome name, Buttermore is known for looking out for her clients, just like Jeff Lindigrin does at Great Western Home Loans. Jeff takes great care as a lender, as he should. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Now, read on to find out more about Medley Buttermore!


09/19/14 1:31pm


Jane and Daniel Cheek

Jane and Daniel Cheek with sons Ike (1) and Abe (3). (Photo: Maryam Salassi)

I got to know Jane Cheek and her cute little boy, Abe, when she was teaching a toddler art class in East Dallas a little over a year ago. This talented stay-at-home-mom, a former art teacher, came up with the cutest ideas for crafts for our little buggers. When she and her husband, Daniel, bought a home up in Royal Highlands Village, I adored watching her transform their three-bedroom semi-detached into a gorgeous property. She managed to do it just months after having her second little boy, Ike, too.

Now with two boys and another bun in the oven, Jane and Daniel Cheek are moving back to their hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Our loss was some other homebuyer’s gain, as their adorable home was snapped up in a matter of days, all due to the brilliant marketing of Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White.

Read on for their real estate story …


09/19/14 11:04am

10722 Royal Springs Back

Sometimes I am just so stinking amazed at the cool listings Carrie Hill and Jacy Olson snag. They are working their way up to Brandon Stewart and Scott Carlson territory, I swear. Just goes to show how amazing these agents are!

This midcentury modern in Royal Springs Estates is just epic, too. It has to be the equivalent of a unicorn in Dallas real estate circles, because not only is it an amazing example of midcentury modern architecture, but it has been lovingly remodeled in a way that updates the home without destroying the character that makes these types of houses so highly sought after.


09/19/14 10:00am

James Reed

There are a few things we are suckers for over here at CandysDirt.com… gorgeous houses and gorgeous men. Especially those who have served in the military! Let me put it this way: I will not be needing my hormones for a few weeks after this interview with Guardian Mortgage Guardian Angel James Reed! Guess what folks, he is as hot on the inside as he is out: a total family man with old-fashioned integrity who has saved lives and even jumped out of airplanes! Now he’s saving financial lives every day as he helps home buyers navigate the crazy world of mortgages. James, you can “roger that” with us anyday!