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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.

03/30/15 11:07am

3380 blackburn living

I have long wanted to start a series on the private homes of Dallas real estate agents. Let’s consider this the first post! This is the private home of Briggs Freeman’s Missy Woehr, a dear friend. When she’s not selling sleek condos at Museum Tower, this is where Missy lives with her husband, Gus, also a licensed agent. I think Missy has probably sold every unit here at 3380 Blackburn Street.

This is an elegant three bedroom, three and two half bath townhouse built in 2003. With 4166 square feet, this 3-story home is spacious, secure and has a study that could be a fourth bedroom in case you have a houseful.  The floor plan is one of the best I’ve seen, and there is an elevator BUT! There is also a guest room on the first floor. I remember Missy telling me about this last January when my mother-in-law was visiting, my husband was recuperating from a knee replacement, and I needed a first floor guest room. 3380 Blackburn is a home that has been upgraded and planned to the T with top grade materials, comfort and ease of living in mind. (more…)

3901TurtleCreek233H_dauzbl (1)

This is a rare offering in one of the city’s most beautiful gated townhouse communities on Turtle Creek — Places de Voseges. 3901 Turtle Creek Blvd, #12 offers three bedrooms, four full and one half baths, three living areas, an elevator, private pool and gardens in 6034 square feet. Located on one of the largest lots in the green gated enclave, this magnificent newer construction home offers a fabulous master suite with separate his and hers bathrooms and huge closets. Not just any closets: these are elegant dressing rooms a la Walnut Place. (more…)

6205 Del Norte IHOTW

Following up on my interview with Seattle starchitect Tom Kundig, this sleek contemporary pup at 6205 Del Norte seems to have gone to an architecture school where Tom taught. The home, circa 2014, is textbook what the buyer of today wants: warm contemporary design that is light on the land — note the huge, beautiful twisty old oak in the back the house was built around?  The entire back courtyard is a green garden designed to be the focus of the entire house. Well-sized at 4812 square feet square feet, this is the perfect house for a downsizing baby boomer, professional duo or even a family of four.6205 Del Norte rear yard (more…)

03/26/15 4:35pm

Durst Houston condo ext

Ed Eakin is a Dallas-based broker and Realtor, who works both in Dallas and Houston. In 2013 he came back to Dallas to focus on Metro-area real estate. He started his own brokerage this past year. His niche, however, is selling beach property.

Ed sold Durst this Houston condo at 2520 Robin Hood, unit #801 for $437,000 in 2011. Just four years ago. The two bedroom, two and a half bath unit was Ed’s listing when he was director of sales for Personette & Co. When Ed sold him this listing, Durst also owned another unit in the building, 2520 Robin Hood at Kirby. Durst said he was going to list his older unit with Ed, but he never did.

“To my knowledge, it was never listed,” said Ed.

Unit 801, which Durst still owns, had about $360,000 in upgrades, $60,000 alone in the master bath. This condo was perfect as far as detail, says Ed, as it had just been completely redone by an owner flush with cash.

Did Durst quibble over price, I asked Ed?  A little. The unit had been listed originally for $469,000. Durst’s  was a cash purchase, no financing. Happened quick. Ed says Durst came to look at the placet, said “this is the nicest unit in the whole building,” and bought it. The high rise is one of Houston’s more tired complexes, but #801 had been remodeled to the nines.

“During our discussion, he told me he likes to buy and sell real estate,” says Ed. “Said he’d come back and purchase more from me. But shortly after this time, January of 2012, I began phasing my business to Dallas.”

Ed Eakin (more…)

03/26/15 1:27pm

Kundig & MCE

Architect Tom Kundig may be the hottest number in Seattle. But he wowed Dallas this week, entertaining more than 400 people at City Performance Hall Tuesday night as a speaker for the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Kundig, an award-winning architect and principal at Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, has a huge international following thanks to his ability to turn concrete, steels, cranks and pulleys into very livable spaces, sometimes carved right into natural surroundings. He certainly has designed some of the most talked about homes in recent memory, and is tip-top on every billionaire’s list of most coveted architect for primary, secondary or subsequent homes.

He has a  Louis Kahn-like affinity for bare concrete, but he throws in a passion for raw steel, or sometimes rusty metal, almost full-scale use of “the seven simple machines.” It’s a balance between refinement and rawness, which he told us comes from an influence of the aircraft industry and steel, all in the neck of the woods where he grew up. Automobiles also had a tremendous influence on the 60 year old baby boomer. His parents are Swiss, and his father was an architect.

“Architecture is supposed to be provocative,” he said, “it’s supposed to poke society.”

His natural interest has always been with moving things, from logging to machines for daily living –

“A machine is not an inhuman thing,” he said. “why can’t a building change depending on the mood or circumstances?”

Kundig’s creations are amazing, a stark contrast to the austere white box usually associated with modern architecture. He designs for tech and Wall Street titans all over the world, but sadly cannot mention names because of strict NDAs. His toughest clients, he said, are media titans who want uber privacy. Never did work for Steve Jobs, but knows people who did. I would almost put money on a bet he’s done something for Bill and Melinda Gates.

(He is working on a project in Dallas. Shhh.) (more…)

03/25/15 6:09am

Oral Fixation Writing on Wall

Yes it’s true! You can see the “Writing On The Wall” at the Texas Theatre WEDNESDAY night at 8pm!

Tickets are $15 adv/$20 door. Don’t miss what’s been called one of the best shows yet! And guess who is up there with Haven AbedinPhillip Morales,Nicole Stewart SchlesingerRhoni Morganstern GoldenR Jane Hardin and Pamela Stone? Me! The Texas Theater is at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd, 75208, just a stone’s throw from the Bishop Arts District. Click right here for tickets and more.

On Wednesday, March 25th, seven Dallasites will boldly face up to the unshakable truth. This breathtaking show features a dizzying array of points of view that will wow you. Grab a notebook and a pen and settle in for “Writing on the Wall”! (more…)

03/24/15 5:48pm

NBC trucks

Seems like Robert Durst almost, ALMOST returned to Dallas to live AFTER he was acquitted for murder in Galveston. CandysDirt has learned that Robert Durst called inquiring to rent another space at the Centrum AFTER he had been living in Galveston. In fact, he may have lied to the police in Galveston, telling them he still lived at the Centrum.

Durst called and asked if there was space available to lease. At the time, there was not. Guess he really liked Dallas. (more…)

03/24/15 3:09am

Magnificent Old Preston Hollow beauty with exquisite amenities!He chose what they called an “Old Preston Hollow” beauty with “droin ceiling.” I think they meant groin, art niches, arched doorways, and what a kitchen: two 12 foot stone islands — does Jordan cook?  The beautiful family room opens to the kitchen with views of pool and putting green, a 288 bottle wine closet, media and game-room — Jordan really likes media rooms — five en suite bedrooms, an office with 2 story ceilings and paneled doors leading to computer work stations. His master has a private sitting area, fireplace and gorgeous bath that rivals Travis Street. The pool has a tanning ledge and the entire home is about 7378 square feet on almost one-half acre. We are sure the furnishings now are a tad bit different, and no doubt the designers are at work but Jordan, we are sure proud of your great taste in real estate. Is this Bluffview or Preston Hollow? Maybe I should call it Bluff Hollow? House was listed by Vicki White Keller Williams Preston Center for $2,475,000 and Jordan paid $2,275,000. A hole in one!Study with 2 story ceilings, built ins and paneled doors leading (more…)