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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, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. 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. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

09/26/16 11:57am

3756 Armstrong Ave rear3756 Armstrong in Highland Park goes to auction tomorrow at 2 p.m. They say it was not because they got so very many bidders registered on the Highland Park estate, but because of the incredible quality of the bidders, who have said they want a shot at buying the architecturally significant Penson home that the reserve has been lifted.

“We had a very easily attainable reserve,” says Nate Schar, Director, Luxury Real Estate, Heritage Auctions. “The property is owned by an estate that is being finalized, and the sellers saw it only as an insurance policy against an unlikely series of catastrophic events leading up to auction day, like a financial market crash.”

Based on the incredible interest generated about the estate, from the many stories, and the qualifications of those bidders, the sellers are confident in Heritage’s ability to capture true market value, says Nate.

So that reserve is gone. Adios! The auction takes place at the Armstrong Avenue estate tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. selling to the highest bidder.  (It is NOT TOO LATE to sign up.) The auctioneer will open the bidding and determine the starting number. And things will roll from there.

The home has been listed, as we told you, at a high of $7.5 and then later reduced to the current appraisal of $6.1 million for the land. That means the 8900 square feet of living space created by the grandfather of Texas Modernism is basically FREE.

 Agents tell me they believe the master bath alone holds one million dollars in marble. If you are a mid-century aficionado, this home is your Mothership.

 

Surrounded by trophy properties, such as the estate of Jerry Jones, Troy Aikman, and other Dallas movers and shakers, many wonder why this trophy home with so much architectural significance has not yet sold on the open market. In fact, it is one of a handful of O’Neil Ford creations in our city.

“When it was listed, a lot of buyers didn’t have the vision or expertise to realize they could buy it for lot value,” says Greg Rohan, president of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. “Then they could spend a couple of million dollars to return it to its original splendor.”

At lot value plus a full restoration, you could end up spending $8 million for a sprawling masterpiece on one of Highland Park’s most prized lots.

At that price, it would be $17 million cheaper than the house across the street.

Thinking of picking up a historical Highland Park bargain? Then get thee to the auction. (more…)

09/23/16 4:11pm

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We just love this house, because it has everything we (meaning, I) am looking for in (our) my next home: fantastic spaces, storage, elegance, rooms you can use, and just enough green space. I always seem to be at war with sprinkler systems and that’s it, I’m over them. Give me turf, give me gravel, just get rid of the grass!

1809 Westover Drive is also gated for maximum security, so you can lock her up and leave to go hiking in New Zealand, sailing in the Carribbean, or babysit the kiddos in Northern California.

And yet, when you are home, you are not cramped into a condo or have to deal with getting in or out of lobbies.

Instead, there is a courtyard entrance with a pretty terraced garden pathway. Inside, the place is a total knock-out!

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09/22/16 10:02am
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It’s hard to capture accurate views with traditional real estate photography, but Nancy Guerriero is showing off this unit inside The Azure in an unconventional way.

Just telling you the truth: Nancy Guerriero’s listing on the 22nd floor of the Azure is drop-dead gorgeous. She is sharing the listing with Dave Perry-Miller’s Jarrad Barns and Joseph Gullotto — yep, top agents sometimes share listings across the broker border just to get the job done.

But this one is worth a fifth look. Trust us. We have seen every inch and sipped bubbly from the balcony, even got a little lightheaded — from the view, not the bubbly. Inside and out, this high-rise unit on the 22nd floor of one of the most notable buildings in Dallas is one of the ONLY truly custom units in the building. Beyond any expectations, the sky estate belongs in Architectural Digest. See?

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The half bath inside Unit 2201 at the Azure is just one example of what a jewel box this high-rise is.

The seller is a design aficionado with impeccable taste. He took multiple plain jane units and reconfigured them to his exacting standards. He brought in the pinnacle of luxury, married it to crisp, transitional design that incorporates traditional shapes and contemporary materials, spending more than two years with designers to get it just right. And this unit is one of a kind: a buyer will never be able to combine all these units in this huge configuration.

There was only one problem: Traditional real estate photography didn’t capture all of the best angles Unit 2201 had to offer. Yes, you see the copious marble trimmed with designer tile, the spectacularly huge kitchen with its mercury glass Ann Sacks tile on the backsplash, oceans of rare Bahia and countertops that surround the cooking areas, a true chef’s paradise when it comes to cooking and entertaining.

What traditional photography doesn’t show us is one of the main reasons you buy inside the Azure — the way this particular building gives incredible views.

So marketing genius Guerriero, who’s co-listing with Dave Perry-Miller’s Jarrad Barnes, decided to do something she’s never seen before: commission a high-rise drone video. The results are worthy of this impeccable mansion in the sky, and pretty darn dramatic TV.

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I want to introduce you to the best little secret street in Preston Forest: Caladium Drive. It’s not quite visible from Preston Road, if you hunt for the “flower power” streets that criss-cross Preston like a finely tuned grid. The reason is that Caladium dead ends at the Preston Forest shopping center, southwest corner. Which means that if your dog has to go to the vet, you can pop on a leash and walk them over. Or if you want food, you can walk. Out of cotton balls and Q-Tips? Jog on over to Ulta — done. Be brave and cross Preston at the light and the delicacies of the southeast shopping center are at your toes, including Whole Foods.

In other words, flower-power street Caladium may well be the most walkable street in North Dallas.

“I think this neighborhood is still in discovery phase, with the lots just being discovered,” says Lance Hancock of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Hewitt & Habgood Group. “There are new homes and serious remodels everywhere, but this home stands as one of the last true mid-centuries, and in more than mint condition.”

It has not even come on the market yet: 5824 Caladium.

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09/21/16 2:38am

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Some media is spreading news that the Dallas City Council is raising taxes in it’s new budget, which they will dissect Wednesday around the horseshoe.

But that is not entirely accurate, says Councilwoman Jennifer Gates: they are actually lowering our tax rate, by about a penny.

But you will pay more in taxes, because higher property values that will be born largely by middle class homeowners north of the Trinity, have made the city flush with about $66 million more in cash.

Some wanted to give it a bit back to the taxpayers. The City Manager proposed lowering the rate by 1.5 cents, Phillip Kingston proposed keeping the current tax rate, and Jennifer Gates proposed a two cent reduction. In the spirit of compromise, property owners get to pay one penny less with a tax rate of 78 cents per $100 valuation of your property. Which is one cent lower than what we were paying, 797 cents.

The problem is, the city is in dire need of money even with that extra $66 million. Most of the council, and I think perhaps most residents, want our police and firefighters to get raises and salaries that keep them in Dallas and protecting us.

But there are other issues, lots of issues: Robert Wilonsky has dissected the bad news.

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09/20/16 11:47am

Clearance FB Ad copyCapital Distributing, the biggest home appliance (and everything) showroom in town, is having a 1 day blow out sale at their Clearance Center at 9119 John W. Carpenter Freeway this Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. This is your best chance ever to snag top name, top of the line appliances at SUBSTANTIAL discounts.

Example: few years ago, I needed a new ice-maker, a U-Line, to match my U-Line bar fridge. Guess where I found it for HALF PRICE? You will find GaggenauJenn-AirKitchenAidMieleThermador, SubZero, Wolf and many more. If you need appliances for your home, your investment properties, or even your kid’s dorm rooms, get thee to Capital this Saturday.

Warning: you will want to get there early, maybe with a sleeping bag. Shoppers have been known to camp out just to be first in line…

09/20/16 2:50am

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Look at this beautiful woman. She is Shay Geyer, owner & designer at IBB Fine Furnishings in Frisco.

This past winter, Shay was nominated amongst some of the country’s best design talent for the 2016 New Trads Rising Stars of Design by Traditional Home. 

Now she has been nominated as a finalist for CultureMap Dallas’s Style Maker awards.  Yes, our CultureMap. Shay needs our votes to make it to the next round: only the top 6 will move onto the next level and there are just a few days left to vote — until September 23. So go on over to this link:  http://dallas.culturemap.com/poll/stylemaker-awards-2016-semifinals-dallas/. Look for this beautiful photo of Shay, click on vote and vote for her!

In case you don’t know IBB Fine Furnishings, Shay is known for her highly individualized approach in fashioning rooms that speak to the personal taste and lifestyle of each client.

“It’s my job to translate their tastes and utilize things they love to create a backdrop for memorable moments for years to come,” says Shay.

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09/19/16 9:05pm

It’s a bit long, 1 hour and 20 minutes to be exact, but this is the video you have all been waiting for. Full disclosure: it was provided by the Foundation for Community Empowerment, founded by Don Williams.

A week ago last Saturday morning, a lively panel discussion about the Fair Park proposal took place at Paul Quinn College. It was sponsored by the African American Leadership Institute and put together by state senator Royce West.

At the podium were Mayor Rawlings, Walt Humann, Don Williams, Royce West, John Wiley Price and Michael Phillips (author of White Metropolis).

Michael Phillips (who you see, above) was the first speaker, and he immediately launched into his concerns over the lack of public input, the lack of public communication, and his fears that the real estate around Fair park could become the latest victim of what he calls “domestic colonization.” I think a lot of people worry about that.

“I’m concerned by the fact that this valuable piece of Dallas real estate would be governed by a board that could meet without any public record. It’s a private corporation, right? A private foundation,” he said. Great points. Then he said this:

What’s really going on with “gentrification” is domestic colonization. And when you have a colonial relationship, that is designed to be unequal. That is not equal. You have an imperial power that extracts wealth out of a colony. That’s land, products and low wage labor, and that’s what goes on with gentrification. And then the colonial power then sells products at a grossly inflated rate and rips off the people who live in the colony. That’s what going on with gentrification. I want to make this clear.

I see Phillips’ point, particularly because of the history of this neighborhood, which is terrible. But it was really terrible in a lot of places in the world in the early part of the 20th century, NOT just in Fair Park. And it seems to me that “domestic colonization” has been going on around Fair Park for a long time. Few residents own their own homes, most are tenants. A cursory search on MLS shows few homes even for sale in this area.

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Which is why I think there is still a fighting chance for the people of this neighborhood with the right plan, a neighborhood park, and some help with home ownership. (more…)