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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.

12/19/14 12:59am

3416 Wentwood IHOTW

Our Inwood Mortgage Home of the Week has everything. And what it doesn’t have, you can easy add or transition in. It’s located on a great street in University Park, a hefty, deep lot, and it comes in at a cool $2 million.

I’m talking about you, 3416 Wentwood. She was built in 2001, about the same year we built our house, so I see the “2001 design influence” stamped all over: white cabinets, granite, marble, free-standing sweeping stairway, rich hardwoods, maybe a brass fixture or two —  platinum was just coming into vogue. The innards are very similar to what I have in my house, except I really cooled it on the mouldings, and this baby went all out, at least in the formals. The electrical outlets are camouflaged in the baseboards, too. Hint: moldings can be removed and replaced, lickety split. Always look at the bones and design because anything, absolutely anything inside can be resurfaced. (more…)

12/16/14 6:45am

Scott-Johnson

Joanna found this great piece by Scott Johnson, principal at Johnson Fain, and the architect who designed our beautiful Museum Tower, which has received ever so much flack for it’s reflectivity that has, they say, damaged art and grass at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

In the article, it surprised me to learn that Johnson says he has never been contacted by media: (more…)

12/15/14 8:15pm

Fort Worth

It’s Monday, and as I told one agent a few moments ago,  I felt like a cocktail at about 2:30 p.m. Everyone in town is talking about the historic news today that Fort Worth and Dallas real estate is, for the first time, united. For the first time, Ebby Halliday has joined forces with a dominant Fort Worth real estate firm that rounds out their presence in North Texas. Apparently the firms had been talking for years. Ebby has wanted a Forth Worth presence for a long time. The timing was perfect: this could never have happened 10 or 20 years ago when the two cities were hell bent on strongly separate brands.

And to round it out, it started with news that a major Dallas boutique broker has reached across the mid cities to bring the Briggs Freeman brand to Fort Worth.

WilliamsTrew is a luxury boutique real estate firm of 85 agents focused on selling prime Fort Worth real estate. The acquisition by Ebby Halliday, the largest independent brokerage in the United States, was a totally stealth deal, TOTALLY. Even WilliamsTrew agents didn’t know a thing until today. The word came simultaneously with news that Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty had ended a year long legal dispute, reached a settlement with WilliamsTrew, and was finally able to spread its wings west to Fort Worth.

Is this check and checkmate? Let the games begin!New WT logo

 

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12/15/14 12:05pm

 

Fort Worth

If there is another report of an earthquake today in Dallas, have no fear: it will be the cheers coming from Lovers Lane just west of the Tollway, at the main office of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

At twelve noon today, Robbie Briggs announced his firm has ended the lawsuit with Fort-Worth based Williams Trew Real Estate Services of Fort Worth. Which means Briggs may now open an office or two in Fort Worth — and they will. Williams Trew will no longer belong to the Sotheby’s International Realty Network. They will be announcing re-branding today at noon — so stay tuned.

For brokers, the Dallas Fort-Worth connection is very valuable stuff. I would imagine everyone would be interested in this golden opportunity to go west.

The Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market continues to be one of the hottest in the nation, as brokers, particularly luxury brokers, literally fight for the right to sell dirt in a tight market. Since January, more than 1057 homes priced at more than a million dollars have changed ownership in the 60 NTREIS counties. This is dirt worth fighting for! (more…)

12/15/14 10:40am

50 Picadilly Park ext

Last week, readers complained that I offered up a $3.9 million dollar home in Frisco.

$3.9M to live in Frisco?! No way, Candy. No way.” Said at least one reader.

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But look at what Steve Brown wrote about Frisco just last week — the poor guy can barely keep up with all that’s happening up there — Frisco Station, the Omni, the Dallas Cowboys’ new 91 acre center, and Wade Park:

Now with more than $5 billion in developments in the works, Frisco is arguably the most dynamic real estate market in Texas.

Ahead of Uptown, Plano, Richardson — Frisco has more huge developments these days than any other property market. And if only half of them get built, the one-time railroad town will be ground zero for the biggest commercial real estate boom ever in North Texas.

“Just about every tract of land from State Highway 121 to Main Street along the toll road is having plans made or is under development,” said Jim Gandy, CEO of the Frisco Economic Development Corp. “As large as these projects are, there is going to be a long line of announcements over the next couple of years.”

Did you hear him? “And if only half of them get built, the one-time railroad town will be ground zero for the biggest commercial real estate boom ever in North Texas.” — that’s pretty heavy real estate stuff. Another developer put it to me this way: for every job that Toyota brings to this region, four more jobs will be created. So yes, we tend to think that most homes over two to three million are restricted to the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Glen Abbey, Preston Trails and of course the chi chi areas of Southlake such as Vaquero. But Frisco is getting pretty darn fancy pants. (more…)

12/15/14 8:49am

Preston Center parking garage

Update: Just got word that Margot Murphy, City Councilwoman Gates’ planning commissioner, will hold this item until mid January. Letter to Jennifer Gates attached below.

This is one of those stories that makes me love what I do ever so much more. The Preston Center real estate saga continues only — please do grab your seat — now Rick Williamson, president of the Crosland Group, is on the same team with former Mayor Laura Miller.

Yep, the two are really working together.

You may recall that the Crosland folks credited Ms. Miller with single handedly destroying their plans for a luxury apartment tower in Preston Center called Highland House.

What in the world could bring about this union? Crow Holdings, who purchased The Pavillion at Berkshire and Westchester, backing onto Douglas, last December. The company wants to build a dang SKYBRIDGE connecting that old double decker parking lot in the middle of Preston Center West to their property. Why? The folks doing the leasing, Lincoln Properties, are negotiating for a 50,000 square foot,  tw0-story Tom Thumb  – I think we told you this — and Tom Thumb apparently wants to give shoppers easy access to that second story parking garage with grocery carts. (more…)