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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.

04/25/14 1:43am

3808-Turtle-Creek-Side-view-575x381Sold! Another successful auction by the Concierge Auction peeps who sold off 3808 Turtle Creek late today, a 6300 square foot property last listed at $4.25 million and auctioned without reserve. Winning bid was $2.55 million, which includes the buyer’s premium. The auction happened so fast I actually walked in on the tail end!

This one was well attended, lots of Allie Beth Allman agents, including Allie Beth herself, Karen Luter, a healthy Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s contingent of Jonathan Rosen, Gene Taylor, Pogir, plus broker Rustin Smith, and a bevy of buyers. Marilyn Hoffman was also there, handing out her sales portfolio to any bidders who didn’t nab the home JUST IN CASE they were still shopping.

Turtle Creek AuctionThe buyer, a sharp man named Richard Kerr, CEO of MarketScout. (If you need insurance, check out his website: http://www.marketscout.com/) I have to say, this was one of the most heart-warming auction results I have seen. Richard was calm, happy, and posed for happy photos with his lovely daughter and special lady, an interior designer with major plans for 3808. They seem like absolutely lovely people who are thrilled with their purchase, or as Marilyn Hoffman called it, their “steal”.

Also, Richard acted as his own broker, which always makes the deal a little sweeter. Congratulations! 3808 Turtle Creek has four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, more than 6,300 square feet, and is a veritable jewel box of details that the discerning buyer will appreciate.

Originally built in 1925, 3808 Turtle Creek is one of the most sterling examples of English Tudor architecture from Korn, who designed several mansions in Highland Park, most notably the 1917 estate of Hugh Prather at 4700 Preston Road, one of the town’s founders. Now owned by Harlan Crow, the home received historic designation by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.

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04/24/14 5:12pm

Highland House

As we have mentioned, Luke Crosland, the man who developed The ilume, a mixed-use retail/residential project at Cedar Springs and Knight Street in Oak Lawn, is hoping to build an extremely high end, $100,000,000 residential apartment community into the very heart of Preston Center, south of Northwest Highway.

Crosland, principal of The Crosland Group, developed the 316-unit ilume, with 23,000 square feet of retail space, into one of the most successful apartment communities in Dallas. So successful, in fact, that he snapped up  four acres at Cedar Springs Road and Douglas Avenue, almost catty-corner from the original ilume, for another 240-unit apartment complex called ilume Park he recently completed.

Let me tell you, when developers name a second product after the first, you know they’ve hit a home run. Apartment developments are like movies: when one becomes a huge hit, a hundred clones follow. (more…)

04/24/14 10:34am

Cesar Pelli Crescent1Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC has a $225 million investment in Uptown, and now we have a better idea of what that investment will look like.

In a word, stunning. Architect Cesar Pelli has released preliminary renderings of Crescent’s 600,000 square foot, mixed-use high rise project at McKinney Avenue and Olive Street, right across the street from the Tower Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. (more…)

04/24/14 9:01am

Look at this 75-year old, never-before- seen- footage of Dallas that Dallas Morning News editor Robert Wilonsky unearthed (and I guess, bought) narrated by Mark Doty, Historic Preservation officer for the city of Dallas. 90 seconds of downtown Dallas on Kodachrome. (If you don’t know what that is, along with ice cube trays, holler at me.) Funny but not surprising to note that there were houses in downtown Dallas as far back as 1939 — single family. This was about the time, says Doty, that the Cedars ‘hood was being built. This was downtown Dallas before skyscrapers and highways. I was also enthralled with the vintage clothes and hats. I swear in 1939 every woman has as many hats as she had shoes, maybe more. Didn’t they blow away? How did women keep them on their heads? Good question for Ebby Halliday, who got her start in selling by selling ladies hats!

04/24/14 1:30am

Craig ranch TPC overviewWe shot our second episode of PartyLine Real Estate tonight up in a luxury townhome at 17 Green, at Craig Ranch in McKinney, sipping wine as the sun set over the TPC. The luxury townhomes at 17 Green ALL overlook the Audubon-certified natural greens of the TPC Craig Ranch golf course. The homes feature formals, huge masters, rocking master baths, outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, and second-floor terraces that take in the beautiful view of more than 200 acres, all care-free. Prices are great — listed with Christy Berry, Briggs Freeman Sothebys. By care-free I mean that at 17 Green, everything is taken care of by the nice folks at Craig Ranch, even the perfect-sized green patches in your own backyard! Of course, what makes Craig Ranch so special is that it’s really one of the most intelligent, walkable urban planned communities set in a charming city. And one of the healthiest: my Lord there’s Cooper Fitness Center with a rock climbing wall (!) and one of the biggest lap pools in the state. There’s Playtri, the new triathlon mega-store in Craig Ranch’s Time Square building. (more…)

04/23/14 10:42am

Transwestern Landscape-site-plan-Preston-and-Northwest-Highway-575x337Transwestern says it understand how precious this area is, the gateway to Preston Hollow, and they plan to do it justice. During the last five months they have met with more than 500 neighbors living near the proposed development, and they want to continue working with them in the months ahead.They have made numerous concessions including density reduction,  296 units to 220; height reduction from 8 stories to 6, with that tallest of the structures limited to the far corner of Preston and Northwest Highway; as I reported last week, balconies will be “false” on the entire east side so residents won’t loiter on them. Transwestern is requiring a strict PDF for the area, including 6-foot wide sidewalks when only 4-foot wide is required, green space beyond what code requires, public art, and no efficiency apartments. The smallest units will be 1,000 square feet.  All parking will be underground and meet code requirement of one space per bedroom in unit.

As for traffic, Transwestern apparently got a study from Kimlsey-Horn that concluded the development can be integrated into the surrounding roadway network with some changes to increase capacity at the turning lanes. (more…)

04/22/14 10:21pm

8915 Douglas ext 2I cannot believe that this home is still, STILL, on the market. The agent, Karen Luter, is one of the hardest working agents in town, a genius who has marketed her fingers to the bone for 8915 Douglas. It’s the home of a Dallas icon for Lord’s sake, and now it has been reduced AGAIN to $2,799,999 from an original high of $3,300,000, which had been lowered to $2,990,999. I mean, what gives. Brian Hagan tells me that dirt is now running at $2,500,000 per acre in the honeypot. This property backs to the Dallas North Tollway has one house buffering it from the North Dallas Tollway, but you are getting 1.050 acres, so who cares? Located on a delicious part of Douglas your neighbors are: Angel Rangel, Baxter Brinkman x three, Lawrence Wolfish, and EyeMart Express honcho Dr.  Douglas Barnes, who has the best-looking grass on the street. It’s fake, and I love it! (more…)