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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.

04/27/15 12:03pm

Candy and Tab Hunter

Well, no, that is not Marco Ronquillo. That is Tab Hunter (God is he hot!) with me at the USA Film Festival’s grandest soiree Saturday night at a private home on Rheimes Place in Highland Park where we celebrated the finale of one of this city’s greatest arts programs. This year’s festival was incredible. Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts, executive director Ann Alexander knocked it out of the park with this year’s line up, bringing Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Tab Hunter (!), Pat Boone, Candy Clark, Dallas native Peri Gilpin and the amazing Iris Apfel, among others, to town.

Tab Hunter & Pat Boone

Tab Hunter & Pat Boone

Only a few hours before, I met Marcos in Oak Cliff at Burt Barr & Associates ,when I stopped by post work-out to find out what Marcos Ronquillo is all about. I’ll know more Tuesday: he is giving me time to answer questions about his vision for Dallas real estate. Voting for the next Mayor of Dallas and a new slate for City Council begins TODAY!Marcos boxing gloves (more…)

writing on the Wall

A month has come and gone since the inaugural performance of The Writing on the Wall, an obsession with true life tales for Nicole Stewart and Anton Schlesinger’s Oral Fixation. If you missed the show, you missed a great chance to throw tomatoes at me and get some nice juices all over my horse hair.

But never fear, we have the video right here.

Sit back for a few and hear the hilarious story how,  after putting family first for many years, Candy Evans finally harvested her passion for writing, conquered the world of blogging and social media, and created the first real estate blog in Dallas, CandysDirt.com!

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5735 Stanford IHOTW

This is a beautiful almost newly constructed home at 5735 Stanford in the heart of Devonshire that was taken down to the studs in 2012 by quality home builder LRO Construction (a CandysDirt approved home builder) and expanded. When you see it, you will think it’s a brand new house. The traditional charm just evokes images of a fairy-like setting and New England cape cods. Put your feet up on that porch. The structure is quite traditional, but still jam packs a lot into the square footage. GetMedia (76) (more…)

04/23/15 5:54pm
Photo from votemcgough.com

Photo from votemcgough.com

About Adam McGough’s utility bills at his Highland Park condominium: we may have been misled into misleading readers that his energy consumption at his Crestpark condo was so low that he could not possibly have ever lived there.

Here is what we said:

Well, let’s put it this way – they either have the world’s most energy efficient, off-the-grid-solar-panel-using-cold-shower-having family, or um, they maybe didn’t live there the whole time.

There, I said it.

Here are the months of usage we have. Maybe they used more at some point. But for real, this is a dream electric bill for four people. For instance, their April 2014 bill was 658 kilowatts. October 2014′s bill was 480.  To put this in perspective, the average electric hot water heater pulls somewhere between 380 and 500 kilowatts per month, and your average fridge uses about 150 kw.

I was alerted to the fact today that one  of his opponents may have been circulating the electric bill information that we posted earlier in the week. It apparently turned up on The Advocate in comments, though our information came to us materially from a trusted source. Getting in touch with someone at Oncor who even knows how to spell “blog” has been a difficult feat this afternoon, but I have asked them to see if they can tell us how the McGough’s account information was released and who it was released to. In this age of anonymous email addresses, we may have better luck fishing in the Trinity. (more…)

04/22/15 9:55am

415 blondy jhune extTrue story: I was sitting on an airplane Sunday night, heading back to Dallas, working on this blog post. The woman next to me looks over my shoulder (we were NOT in First Class!) and says, oh we have looked at that house! It’s gorgeous!

I start to talk with her about real estate. Guess where her family wants to move? Lucas or Fairview. Guess how old this woman is? Late 30′s. Three children. She recently started being a stay-at-home mom after a busy career. I ask her if, as the demographers and City Huggers claim, she doesn’t want to flock to the urban core? Doesn’t she want to shed her car and bike the kids all over town?

She looked at me as if I had just spilled my wine on her. No, she told me, we want more space around us. Kind of getting sick of people, at least so close by. We’d love a spread like this one on Blondy Jhune and we’d really love some land around us. Her husband wasn’t thrilled about a commute on 75, but some days, he was working remotely.

So here at 415 Blondy Jhune Road you have an amazing, coveted home on 2.01 acres with it’s own pond and fountain for $1,095,000. How more earth-friendly can you get? Built in 2014, the home is practically brand new. The interior amenities will blow your mind at this price point: hidden alcoves, a laundry chute, dual dishwashers, state-of-the-art electronics, kitchen, cabinets, finishes, and 5456 square feet. The home is built on 110 piers on slab, even in the driveway and garage. The game and media rooms are upstairs and separated from the bedrooms for noise limitation, and no finished space or rooms over the master suite allow for quiet seclusion. Listed with the one and only (he really is, in this neck of the woods) Tom Grisak at Keller Williams. (more…)

04/22/15 1:26am

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Thanks to Stanton Brasher over at the Dallas Observer, who says this year’s USA Film Festival Dallas may be the biggest ever. EVER! Music to my ears, because the movies are worth getting out of the house for, even for house porn lovers like me:

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Well, in the case of big D film festivals, when one ends its yearly run, another begins. Starting on Wednesday at The Angelika in Dallas, the USA Film Festival will open for its 2015 showcase of Texas and American independent films.

 This looks to be a big year for the 42 year old festival. On top of its slate of films, the celebrities will be out in full force. This year, Ernie Hudson, Lisa Loeb, Stephen Tobolowsky, Emmy winner Margot Martindale, and heavy metal icon Pat Boone will be in attendance.

This may be one of the biggest years for the festival yet. Here are the top 5 films to look for at this year’s USA Film Festival:

Stanton (love his name and it’s movie-like quality) mentions these five, but in a few hours I’ll be talking about Dior & I, IRIS, Sharing the Rough, Windsor, and Helicopter Mom… that wouldn’t be me, now, would it?

I even get to wear a 14 carat stone from Sharing the Rough, a film about how colored gemstones are excavated, mined and made into jewelry.

On Friday, April 23rd, the USA Film Festival in Dallas will honor the fabulous IRIS APFEL (in person)! Tickets are just $10.
The 45th Annual USA Film Festival runs April 22-26, 2015 at Angelika Film Center Dallas.  To view the full schedule of exciting events visit www.usafilmfestival.com
IRIS is the charming new film about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter).  The film pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 94-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. And yes, Iris, age 94, will be here in Dallas to show us all how to kick age in the un-Juvadermed chin!
And let’s name drop: stars in town you will see this weekend will be Tab Hunter, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, and Diane Baker. That’s because we will be screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth one night… duck and all.

What was that duck’s name? If you know, and can be the FIRST one to tell us the duck’s name in the comments, I can get you into the movie of your choice this week as my guest!

Tune in around 9 a.m. And check out this year’s schedule for the USA Film Festival Dallas: movies begin April 22 and I will be there almost every night… after blogging!

04/22/15 12:34am

Cypress Springs ranch auction

What did Kendra Lancaster, Juli Harrison, Kyle Crews, Patrizia Palfrey, Duke Jimerson, Robin Brock, April Hindy, Erica Armijo, Amanda Bartling and Anna Bellington do last Saturday? They headed to northeast Texas to check out Timber Creek Ranch at Lake Cypress Springs, a 346-plus acre working recreational ranch that goes to Auction May 7 with Concierge Auctions and will be going, going gone! to the highest bidder.

Listing agents are Kyle Crews of Allie Beth Allman & Associates and Ralph Robertson of Century 21 Butler Real Estate Services. The over-$15 million investment property will sell without reserve — yep, that means no minimum, though one will probably be established by the bidders — in three bidding segments: (1) the 26-acre lakefront parcel, which was previously offered for $11.95 million, (2) the 320-acre upper parcel, which was previously offered for $5 million, and (3) the entire, approximately 346±acres.

Selling the entire ranch kit and caboodle is a first —  never before been offered. So this is rare opportunity to get your hands on some land, a whole lot of land, just east of Dallas.

Perfectly placed on Lake Cypress Springs, which as we all know is a quick 1.5-hour drive from Dallas, this immaculate working and recreational ranch is pretty unique.

“Timber Creek Ranch ranks among the finest working and recreational ranches in Texas, and its lake frontage is especially unique,” says Kyle Crews. “It’s exciting to offer this incredible purchase and lifestyle opportunity for the next owner of Timber Creek Ranch to carry on its legacy.”

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04/20/15 5:24am

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Get ready to put some excitement in your Monday morning! This new off-market listing, from The Unlisted, is a total contemporary redo of a yawning North Dallas ranch. Talk about something to whet your appetite and put some Yippee! in this fine morning. Like a triple Expresso, this lovely coordination of natural wood, stone, metal roof with polished concrete, natural wood, and stone floors will knock your socks off. The house is located at 9026 North McCraw, just west of the Dallas North Tollway. That means the location is in the heartbeat of Dallas, the very center: go south on the Dallas North Tollway to downtown, Bishop Arts, Deep Ellum. Go north to Galleria, Plano and Frisco. Go west on Northwest Highway to DFW, go east to Lake Highlands, south to Lakewood.

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