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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, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. 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. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

10/20/16 1:37am

Allie Beth Allman

The most amazing story ran on WFAA-TV Wednesday night by Shelly Slater on our treasured Allie Beth Allman and her personal secret: Allie Beth has battled dyslexia all her life.

But it sure hasn’t stopped her.

She is an icon in Dallas Real Estate, buying and selling homes to top movers and shakers including the biggest sale in Dallas, to George and Laura Bush on Daria Drive when they left the White House and returned to Dallas.

(Hmmm. Who broke that story?)

We have profiled Allie Beth Allman, of course, who once actually worked for WFAA-TV, always focusing on her dynamic real estate career. I had heard about her dyslexia, but she has now come forward publicly because she has teamed up with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy.

The sweetest moment in this WFAA-TV produced piece: how Allie Beth’s husband Pierce reads to her:

“I’ll flip through and if there is something about a client, a former client, or potential client I will cut that,” said Pierce Allman during a morning debrief.

Allman reads to his wife, Allie Beth, for good reason.

“He knows what I can’t do but he doesn’t dwell on it,” Allie Beth said.

In fact, having people read to her is how Allie Beth made it through TCU and her Real Estate exam, which she had to take three times. (more…)

10/19/16 3:58pm


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Christy Berry will be one busy agent tomorrow night. Christy is the chair of the first private fundraiser event for Prelude Lights, which takes place Thursday evening at the AT&T Performance Art Center. Prelude is a “prelude” to Aurora, a multi-night, city-wide arts event designed to promote public media art.

Thursday’s VIP event will feature a performance by Denton-based Neon Indian, catering and craft cocktails by Wolfgang Puck, and, most importantly, the very first look at this years’ art installations before thousands descend on the Center over the weekend. Guests will have a more intimate opportunity to fully experience each piece of art,  even discuss the works with onsite docents.

 Background: Aurora, a biennial arts festival, was launched in 2010 in Old City Park, then partnered with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and supporting sponsor energy provider Reliant.
The festival was founded by Josh King and Shane Pennington, who are hoping to use feedback from last year’s rather wild event (50,000 plus!) to create a smoother and larger festival come 2017. Thus, says Christy, Prelude is a test market for smaller scale operations, with artwork scaled to be more thoughtful.

“Shane and Josh had more than 50 art installations down there last year,” says Christy. “This year there will be only 10 large, interactive and dynamic new media installations, but it’s all a prelude to next year, when they will have more than 80 pieces of fabulous art all over town.”cberry

 The media installations for this weekend are by world wide artists, selected by three curators: New York-based DooEun Choi, Berlin-based Nadim Samman, and Justine Ludwig, curator at the Dallas Contemporary.

“The art is not something you can touch, but is a sensory experience of light, video, and sound installations.,” says Christy. (more…)

10/19/16 2:05am

Branson on Horse

The Dallas real estate community was out in force to greet Sir Richard Branson Monday evening in the sizzling Dallas Design District, and Sir Richard lived up to his reputation of an innovator who would never consider doing anything ordinary.

Branson rode into the parking lot, future site of the state’s first Virgin Hotel at Hi Line Drive and Turtle Creek Boulevard, on a white stallion with Miss Texas astride, wearing a Virgin red cowboy hat and red cowboy boots.

“He told me he wanted to arrive one of three ways,” said Dunhill Partners founder Bill Hutchinson, owner of the 33 acres where the new hotel will be located. “By hot air balloon, on a Texas steer, or a white horse.”

Hutchinson says he called his insurance broker, who advised the horse as having the least amount of risk.

And so in Sir Branson rode on a hot Texas evening, posing for photos with Mayor Rawlings, City Councilwoman Monica Alonzo, Dirk Nowitzki, and the Dallas-based development team of Gatehouse Capital CEO Marty Collins, The Crossland Group founder Luke Crossland, and Virgin’s brand CEO. Everyone grabbed a gold shovel where the dirt met the asphalt parking lot that will be the sprawling lobby of the first Texas Virgin Hotel come fall of 2018. Dirt was flying everywhere!

Branson’s nod to Texas culture — hat, boots, and a beauty queen — along with his signature red and stagger, impressed. He danced to a little C&W — great dancer, obviously an athletic man at age 66. He spoke briefly, too, saying the last time he was in Texas was to write a love letter to the City of Dallas to get his Virgin Airlines a slot at Love Field, what he called “Love City”.  That visit also included body surfing at The Rustic in Uptown.

“If you write a love letter, and your entreaty is accepted, the next thing you need is a hotel,” said Branson.

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10/13/16 11:27am



Part I: “Each home in Quail Hollow will be its OWN country club.”

We’ve told you how Westlake is now considered the most exclusive and expensive suburb of Dallas. With a median home price of $2 million, Westlake has become one of the most sought after DFW neighborhoods to live or to build a wonderful dream home.

Westlake is beautiful, loaded with stunning luxury homes, but there is still a lick of open God’s country around you. You can buy 360 degree views of gentle hills, lakes, trees, with an occasional longhorn roaming along the pasture.

You can even say, hey, this is just like Austin.

But nowhere does that very product — wide open lots teaming with nature — come together in finer fashion than in a fresh new development, located conveniently right across the street from Vaquero Country Club on Dove Road right off 114.

This new neighborhood is named Quail Hollow, and it is simply fantastic. Lots are flying off the shelves. Physicians, fund managers, a few Rangers players and even Toyota execs are buying.

Located in the town of Westlake, but in the Southlake/Carroll school district, Quail Hollow is just now popping up on the radar screen of people seeking a luxuriously calm, relaxing life style in a quiet, wooded neighborhood.

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10/13/16 3:13am


When it comes to real estate trends, no one knows them better than Jed Kolko. I say that not because I have been to dinner with him, and met him at Inman & NAREE several times while he was Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate site that merged with Zillow, until the middle of last year. He just really knows his stuff.

And Jed says that urban neighborhoods are not the go-to nirvana we have been told they are, with cities and vertical living shooting up faster than the suburbs are spreading. You know we hear how downtowns are booming — in fact, the Dallas City Council just voted unanimously on a resolution dictating that Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART, of which Dallas is a member) build a second downtown rail alignment (D2) as a subway, NOT a light rail train, because it will be less disruptive to the downtown landscape. Who cares about a train from Plano to DFW?  Dallas focused on developing a great Arts District near downtown in anticipation of downtown, art-loving residents.  And developers built luxury apartment after luxury condo in anticipation of the droves coming to the urban center like a pilgrimage.

Uh, actually not, says Jed:young-extras (more…)

10/11/16 4:13pm

Callbox Storage 2

It is almost that time of the year, when we have to find a handyman (anyone with strong arms and a truck) who can help us pick up holiday decorations from storage, lug them home, and get them put up beautifully all in the joyful spirit of the holidays.

Bah Humbug!

What if you could just make a phone call, one phone call, and all that junk crap wonderful stuff would appear on your doorstep and BE DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME?

Meet Callbox Storage (972-225-5269). This new disruptor in warehouse storage and delivery actually picks up from your home or office, inventories everything, then stores it. When you need it, they bring it all to you, the whole shebang or one solo box, whenever you need it.

Callbox Storage is the brainchild of co-founders Kyle Bainter and Highland Park-raised Dan Slaven. And really, when I first heard about it, I was like “why didn’t I think of this?” (Actually, there are others out there, like ClosetBox in Austin.) Going to storage is not one of my favorite chores. I’d rather have a root canal.

Kyle says he came up with the idea of Callbox when his first child was born.

“I was getting ready for the birth of my first baby and trying to get her nursery ready,” says Kyle. “I had my garage full of stuff for storage. I needed to find a storage space, rent a truck, get help moving it.”

He had to beg family and friends and asked himself, isn’t there must a better way to do this?

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10/07/16 3:26pm

6610 Nonesuch extBecause Love Don’t Run

We have written about the homes of country singer Steve Holy before, both his previous house (which he tells me he essentially built with his hands plus help from a contractor friend) and his current home that is on the market with Lee Lamont, the Lord of Lakewood real estate.

Well, guess what? That home is where we are having our next Staff Meeting! That’s right, in Steve Holy’s Lakewood house. Pinch me.

If you know anything about music, you know that Steve is a local guy — grew up right on Interstate 30, he told me — born here in 1972. He grew up the youngest of eight children. His dad, he says, was a tough guy who worked in the oil fields. 

Steve Holy

Steve Holy

“I’ve been working since I was five,” Steve told me, “in our family, if you had any time at all to goof around, then you had time to work.”

When he was 19, in 1991, Steve entered the Mesquite Opry music competition. His voice caught the attention of Wilbur Rimes, the father of country singer LeAnn Rimes, who had lived in Garland. Eight years later Steve was signed to Curb Records.

So while his first Dallas house on Vickery was built just as his music career was budding, this home, located in a tucked away nook of gated homes a quick walk from the Stanley Marcus house in Lakewood, was his achievement house — 6610 Nonesuch Court.

Steve took me on a tour. Come next Tuesday, if you RSVP, you can go on that same tour and, hint hint, Steve may even be there! (more…)

10/06/16 12:09pm


How can guys this young have so many homes, so much dirt?

We were just thrilled to see that our favorite young single fam developer CEO’s, Tony Ruggeri and Jake Wagner at Republic Property Group (RPG) — aka 1,070-acre Light Farms in Celina, 957-acre Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco, a 12-acre custom home development within Legacy West in Plano, and Walsh, a 7,200-acre development west of Fort Worth slated for more than 18,000 homes — are getting the recognition they deserve.

Tony and Jake were honored this month by D CEO Magazine as the best single family developers of the year with CEO’s second annual Residential Real Estate Awards.

This is not the first time they have been awarded.

Light Farms Fireplace