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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, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, 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.

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


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
Ruggeri Tony  Color
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.


10/20/14 4:15pm
Jeannie Smith

Jeannie Smith with “The Wee Ones”: two of her pack of miniature dachshunds.

We love Jeannie Smith and her “can-do” attitude. She’s the kind of woman that can inspire confidence after just a moment with her, and she is a dog lover, to boot!

It’s no wonder that Jeannie, a mortgage professional that looks after her clients like family, is this week’s Guardian Angel. She takes time with every client to make sure that their needs are met, if not exceeded, which is a valuable asset in this quick-changing mortgage environment.

“I care about each loan and customer I work with — whether it’s a$ 50K loan or a $5M loan — and I love providing the white glove treatment,” Jeannie says. “I approach each loan and customer with a wide open mind so that I can learn about them, their financial goals, expectations, and what keeps them up at night when they think about the loan process.”

That’s the kind of personal service that is all too rare these days, but it’s exactly what you can expect at Guardian Mortgage. Find out more about Jeannie and how, through her tenacity, she’s made a wonderful career in the mortgage business.


10/20/14 3:46am


Update 9.23: We have learned the home builder for this home was  Sam Elchami of Versailles Custom Homes.

You have seen this house a thousand time and you know you wanted to know what it looks like inside! Well, hello 9625 Preston Road, you are stunning, gorgeous, light, white and bright and one of the most perfect party houses ever. EVER!

Enter through the oversized, accentuated corner door entrance of glass and ironwork. I have always loved the positioning of this door, as if the architects said you know, we don’t really know if we want to face Preston or Walnut Hill. So they chose to face BOTH and straddled the corner.

This Italian styled mega-villa straddles the entire intersection well. Ten foot walls barricade the home from the busy street, which is a non-issue anyways given the sprawling one acre lot. They create an entire world, a village behind which all kinds of magic happens with almost as many bars a bedrooms, ornate mouldings, marble and a backyard water oasis. (more…)