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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas. She even has her own web-based Real estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design.

03/04/15 12:55am

Jake & Hattie Decker

This is a real estate blog, and as such we cover not just the homes we love and live in, but the people who we love in them. Jacob Decker is one of those people. He is my son-in law, he helped people save or sell their homes through his bankruptcy practice. Jake is gone, and my heart is broken forever. Though we grieve, our home is filled with love, food, and flowers from family, friends, even strangers. In my deepest grief I see this is why we love and cherish our homes so much. Not only are they our havens, but they are our comfort when we cry, where we go when we are in pain, and need to rest and replenish. Memories are made here, happy and not so.  I believe my dearest Jake is finally now at home, and at peace.

Jacob Alan Decker (“Jake”) passed March 1, 2015 in Dallas. Jake was born March 9, 1981 in Independence, Kansas, son of Larry Clay and Lindy Lou Decker. The proud Texan lived across his beloved state in Houston, Midland, and after high school years in Alaska, made his final home in Dallas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004. Jacob was active in baseball, football and golf. He played in the Houston Shell Open and held a PGA card. He obtained his JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2007. In Dallas, Jake focused on the practice of bankruptcy at Allmand Law Firm, where he was a junior partner and helped thousands of clients. He was also active and supportive with his wife in Dallas philanthropy including the SPCA of Texas, Paws Cause, Dallas Pets Alive, and Cattle Barons Ball. Jake loved animals dearly and always opened his home to animals in need.

Jake is survived by a circle of loving family: his beloved wife, Cassie Evans Decker of Dallas; his 3 month old daughter, Hattie Pearl Decker; his brother Matt Decker of Oklahoma City, OK; his parents Larry and Lindy Decker of Edmond, OK; his cousin Jeremy Decker of Waco, TX; his in-laws Candace and Walter Evans of Dallas and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tres and Erika Evans of Redwood City, CA and their daughter, Palmer Barrett Evans.; his maternal grandparents James Terrell Brumble, Jr. and Doris Mae Bonds Brumble of Tyler, TX and his paternal grandparents Ira Jackie Decker and Margie Lee Derrick Decker of Hico, TX.

Jake’s family celebrates his beautiful, loving life on Thursday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road. He will be interred in the family cemetery in Duffau, Texas near Hico, Texas, where he loved to hunt, fish, and enjoy the land.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate Memorial Contributions to a special fund which has been established for his beloved infant daughter, Hattie Pearl Decker: send to Morgan Stanley (Attention: Tres Evans) at 2775 Sand Hill Road, Suite 120, Menlo Park CA 94025.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.” -Psalm 73:26

03/03/15 1:13am

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I had the good fortune to attend the opening of SkyHouse, a brand spanking new 24-story, 336 luxury rental tower at 2320 N. Houston St. in Victory Park, pretty much across from the House. The tower is owned by an Atlanta-based developer, Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. This is their first venture in the area. Novare and Batson handled their Dallas debut with a unique twist: giving back to the homeless in Dallas. There was a fun rooftop cocktail party around the pool in the community rec room, but there was also a live auction for some great lifestyle packages, all benefitting The Bridge, a downtown shelter for the homeless. Party peeps bid on about five packages, one of which was dinner for four and show of your choice at House of Blues — by the time I zoned in on what a great deal this way, bidding was over! SkyHouse raised a total of $1,025.00 for the Bridge on their opening night. They also created a program where rental application fees are donated to The Bridge, a shelter for the homeless at 1818 Corsicana Street. I thought it a particularly touching way for a luxury developer to launch a high rise in a new market. (more…)

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

Mondara

I haven’t even written this post yet, I’m awaiting a call back from the developer, Robert Elliott, 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…)

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You know the Vendome, the Grand Dame of Dallas high rise living? There was a time in Dallas, before The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Museum Tower and One Arts Plaza were born, when dropping this name as your address resulted in a small hush — as in oh, you live at the Vendome? It still carries a whole lot of weight, which we are sure our Jon will have an opinion or five on. I have been fortunate enough to tour several Vendome properties, and it boggles my mind to see how packed each is with haute design. I need utter only two words: “Winspear Penthouse’ : the 16,000 square foot home designed by Lynne B. Sheldon with more than 20 rooms: five baths, two half-baths, four bedroom suites, a media room, a club room, a golf room, a game room and a mosaic  pool on the 18th and 19th floor with 24 foot tall ceilings overlooking the city skyline.

When you come in off the street to The Vendome at 3505 Turtle Creek, you walk into a European-style lobby with a 24-foot ceiling, a fireplace with an antique mantel from London and a stairway that leads to a library. Each home has gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring, marble baths, frameless showers, gas kitchens, and operable windows and balconies.

And then there is 17A. (more…)