10/23/14 3:21pm

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This year we are upping the ante: We have THREE PAIRS of tickets to give away to the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. This annual showcase of award-winning architecture throughout Dallas will feature some incredible homes designed by Dallas architects. The tour, which is Nov. 1-2, is one of the most popular home tours of the year. These are works of art, people, and you could win FREE TICKETS to see them all!

Find out how to enter after the jump!

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10/23/14 2:50pm

10510 Berry Knoll Front

Y’all know how much I love interesting homes. They are like candy! I just can’t get enough of their amazing layouts and architecture, and homes like this one in Crest Meadow Estates have interesting rooms after every turn, it seems!

Not only that, but this neighborhood has an amazing location — on the end of a cul-de-sac just a short jog from Hillcrest Road — you get the best of both worlds with this home when it comes to both low-traffic and easy access.

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10/23/14 1:10pm
Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and "Caution" tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and “Caution” tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

This homeowner at Emerson and Westchester near Highland Park High School opted for some truly scary Halloween decorations this year, which actually caused some serious questions from neighbors wondering whether the stucco-clad townhome was really under quarantine.

Since then, in order to re-assure neighbors, a “Happy Halloween” sign has been hung from the balcony. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a home with Halloween decorations that are of questionable taste …

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10/23/14 12:36pm
Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

According to the Lake Highlands Advocate, two pools in the vicinity of 11400 block of Park Central and the 11900 block of Woodbridge have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Since then, Dallas officials have sprayed pesticides in Lake Highlands from Monday to Wednesday in hopes to curb the population of Culex mosquitoes, the only species of the blood-sucking vermin to carry the disease.

As the article notes, we’re actually showing a lot of improvement on the West Nile Virus front, because no one has died during this year’s peak mosquito season. Two people died from the virus last year, and 20 people died in 2012.

Of course, we here at CandysDirt seem to attract mosquitoes more than most  — it must be our sweet personalities! — so we diligently follow the five Ds :

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, low pavement areas and gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET — I have also invented DEET-covered pantyhose!
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants even though it’s hot
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn when they bite the most
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair. This is no time to let in unscreened “fresh air”

 

 

10/23/14 11:50am

Penson House

I mean, really? Jack G. Penson, a noted Dallas businessman and philanthropist died on September 25th, and I guess developers and Realtors must comb the obits because the poor family has been deluged with letters and phone calls asking for the hand of this house, an O’Neil Ford built in 1954, 8900 square feet, and just magnificent. Corner of Armstrong Parkway and St. Johns.

Please people, show some respect!

10/23/14 11:47am

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You know that beautiful, 107 year old Dallas High School (once the home of Crozier Tech) that sits adjacent to the Dallas area Rapid Transit Pearl Street Station, at Bryan and Pearl, north of downtown? Comes word that Dallas developer Jack Matthews has it under contract, with plans to redevelop it into — hopefully — residential living. The building has been empty since the 1990′s, as this photo from the Dallas Morning News shows: (more…)

10/23/14 4:25am
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Tony Ruggeri, co-president of Republic Property Group, the folks who have brought us (among other developments) Lantana, Phillips Creek Ranch and Light Farms, is gearing up for a big day at Javits Center in New York City at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall 2014 meeting on Thursday. And we could not be more proud of him! Tony, all of 33, is one of the youngest developers, and the first from Republic Property,  to address the esteemed international group convening this whole week at the venerable ULI — I know half of Dallas’ commercial real estate world is there. I’ve been to a couple ULI meetings and they are fabulous — almost went to this one, in fact. Walter Isaacson is giving the closing keynote today — oh to be a fly on the wall!
Tony is going to talk “how to sell to millennial by a milennial”, something he knows a whole lot about. He and partner Jake Wagner have been building Light Farms, one of the country’s most unique family-oriented developments: a 908-acre master-planned community with schools in the acclaimed Prosper Independent School DistrictLight Farms offers green living and so many amenities to attract millennials — robust hike and bike trails and programs, green living, communing with neighbors as well as people — sales of $200,000 plus homes have boiled over. Truly, Light Farms has become a standard for millennial living in North Texas. Like one developer told me, millennials are making a bee-line from Uptown to Light Farms as soon as they have a baby.

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