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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.

01/29/15 10:47pm

9207-sunnybrook-ln-dallas-tx-High-Res-9 copyTatum Brown Custom Homes, a CandysDirt approved homebuilder has received not one but TWO Best of Houzz 2015 awards in Design and Customer Satisfaction.

WE think this is wonderful, but it’s even better: this is the second year that Tatum Brown Custom Homes has received both awards and even the company’s third year running to receive the Best of Houzz Design award.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz.

Yes, you heard me, 25 MILLION. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

We are tickled pick for Tatum Brown Custom Homes, but not surprised at all. Here are some photographs from current Dallas projects that have whetted the appetites of 25 million. There are more big things in store for this fab home builder, so stay tuned for more home building news SOON!

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I was sitting at dinner last night here in New York City with a man who lives in 1600 square feet with a family of four in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Very much a millennial, he told me that he and his wife made several conscious decisions when they bought their home: they wanted charm, character, and proximity. They did not want to drive. They wanted a park nearby where they could walk as a family. As we talked, I found the underlying drive (pardon my pun) behind this desire to walk: time. Millenials sure learned from their parents that time is the most precious resource on earth. And they sure as hell don’t want to spend it in a car.Neola ext 2 (more…)

01/29/15 12:05pm

Chris Craft House

Really, it’s one of Dallas’ most unique new homes. I’m talking about Ed Murchison’s listing at 22 Vanguard Way, otherwise known as the Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder. The home is named after the famous boat company that immortalized hand-crafted wood boats because interlocking wood beams under the home’s long, vaulted ceiling, evoke the feeling of being a ships’ hull. I think the home also looks like a ship from the front. It would make the perfect beach house!

Well, so great is this listing that it got national acclaim from the folks at Curbed last week. I dialed up Diane Cheatham, owner of the home and also developer of the Urban Reserve, who told me the house has been occupied by a tenant but will be soon be vacant. (more…)

01/29/15 11:20am

Screen-Shot-2015-01-27-at-8.32.56-AM-1024x457City councilman Lee Kleinman and and Jennifer Staubach gates are looking to turn an unused piece of green space at the corner of Forest Lane and Nuestra into a temporary dog park. But the City won’t pay for it, so they are seeking commercial or private funding.

That vacant lot also happens to be the future home of the new Preston Royal Library, which is now located on Royal Lane near the Dallas North Tollway. The city bought the Korean Young Nak Presbyterian Church, kind of an eyesore in the area, back in 2011 and demolished it. The new library will go there and cost about $6 million. There is no funding available for a couple years, until the 2017 city bond program, which means the library could actually NOT happen.

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01/27/15 5:05pm

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You know how much we love Preston Hollow Village, the new development that is making lemonade out of the lemon (to put it nicely) that was the northwest intersection of Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. And yes, I know that calling the area “Preston Hollow Village” is a stretch because that’s really the Meadows, but since when have real estate developers let accuracy get in the way of a name? The Provident folks who put this shopping center together have styled it to give us the look of a deja-vue Northpark Mall, and they are bringing us a Trader Joe’s. How much better can it get?

Free food! The Austin-based fast-casual chain, VertsKebap, will open the doors to its first Dallas proper restaurant on Tuesday at Preston Hollow Village. Which I may refer to hereafter as PHV.

The kabob-place VertsKebap will celebrate the launch of their newest location in Preston Hollow Village at 7949 Walnut Hill Lane with a grand opening event this Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The event with feature one free full size entrée per guest and a raffle to win free VertsKebap for a year. (more…)

01/26/15 4:05pm

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What do savvy sellers ask their agents in the pre-listing interview? About getting their home in the newspaper?  Ha! Only if it’s a nursing home! Smart sellers care about two things: internet exposure and –

“Do you belong to one of the top hip pocket Facebook groups in town?

Pre-sizzle seals the sale. In this white-hot market of low inventory, buyers need an agent with ESP, one who knows which homes will be listed even before their owners know it! Or at least before every other Realtor.

In Dallas, south of LBJ, that would be an agent who belongs to Real Estate Friends, a private, closed Facebook group of about 800 agents.

But now, there’s a new kid in town who wants to let ALL real estate agents join the pre-listing party.

Daylon Pereira is a top agent with Allie Beth Allman’s Urban team who has partnered with two Stanford MBA graduates to create a website for agents to share hip pockets called The Unlisted.  Already up and running in Dallas, Pereira’s team plans to open in multiple major cities from Miami to Chicago, LA, Austin, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, anywhere where real estate inventory is tighter than an East Texas tick.

“Our team has a deep knowledge of the residential real estate market. We see tremendous demand and not enough supply in the largest US cities,” says Pereira. “We see a market where privacy and exclusivity results in additional value for buyers and sellers. We see agents leveraging their networks and struggling with sub-optimal tools to find the right properties for their clients, and the right buyers for their properties. We want to give agents the modern and easy to use tools they need to be successful in this ever-changing, fast-paced environment. (more…)

01/26/15 11:07am

Welcome to the exquisite Dallas home at 5656 Cedar Ridge Dr.Does the name Ralph Wade ring a bell? Me neither. But he sure built a hec of a house –no wait, make that a compound behind gates! —  at 5656 Cedar Ridge Drive in south Dallas, just north of Duncanville and I-20.

Look at this place, will you? The master suite alone is 2000 square feet, as big or bigger than the average home.

First of all, the whole main house get-up is 7806 square feet. That includes that master which, with the gigantic bedroom, private sitting area, and huge spa bath, is a house unto itself. I joke about having a massage table or bed in the master bath, well, this one has one. Of course there is a coffee bar in there, too, probably a wet bar as well, or certainly room for. Look hard enough you’ll find the lady-in-waiting. (Yes, I’ve been watching Downton Abbey and my closet is a mess and I would love a lady-in-waiting. I would love a First Footman!) The master bathroom is really one of the most amazing I have seen, and includes a huge marble steam shower besides that fabulous to-die-for free-standing tub.

I do think the master bath is the most important room in the house, don’t you? Without it and all that action, life in the rest of the house is oh so dull!Commonly referred to as "The Wade Mansion", this home was built (more…)

01/26/15 8:26am

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Great news that Vishaan Chakrabarti, author of the book A Country of Cities, a partner with SHoP Architects in New York, and director of the Center of Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, is coming to town next month as keynote speaker for the Physical City panel at the Dallas Festival of Ideas. Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster had a great Q&A with him where he says that the biggest mistake Dallas can make is to emulate Copenhagen.

Copenhagen, Denmark, is reputed to be the happiest, greenest, and most tasteful city in the world. Everything is beautiful, including the people, and 60% of the population rides bicycles. You can take bikes on trains — you can do this in San Francisco, too — and the people actually obey laws, including traffic signals. 

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