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.
I hope you relaxed as much as I did over the holidays. There really wasn’t much choice, was there? Our yard is so soaked with rainwater it probably won’t dry out until December of 2016. Even the dog doesn’t want to go out, and she has a turf yard for potty time. Shopping? I hit my computer on Black Friday. No way I was going to brave the crowds, traffic AND torrential rain. That’s why Al Gore invented the internet. (Guess I wasn’t the only one, retailers say Black Friday sales were off by more than a BILLION as people shopped more online than in stores:
Brick-and-mortar stores lost sales and traffic. Online stores gained traffic and sales. And the whole holiday hoopla associated with the long Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend now seems more appropriate for an earlier era.)
Neiman’s web site even crashed, there was so much traffic! I felt sorry for anyone who was on the road, I even felt sorry for the coyotes in our neighborhood: where did they find a dry place to sleep? Me, I could easily have slept right here…
Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite because we plan to get ourselves inside this beauty once the rain ends. That cherry laminate in the kitchen! A most architecturally significant home NOT in MLS, weighing in at 9,000 square feet on just under an acre. Owners commissioned Ford to build their vision in 1954, and it remains a piece of glorious art to this day. Offered at $7.5. Stay TUNED!
This northwest Dallas ranch in Underwood Estates has a lot of sizzling surprises once you walk inside. Kind of like my Thanksgiving turkey — nothing to dial home about on the outside, but delicious and tender on the inside!
This 1959-built babe has been opened up, lifted, stretched and pulled, then cooked to perfection with a lot of butter under the skin. The floorplan is broad and open and we really love those arched doorways from the main living area to the kitchen, which is loaded: granite counters, an oversized center island where you could stuff 10 turkeys, stainless steel appliances and a deep double kitchen sink. There is a large laundry room and a mud room with school pack cubbies. The yard is phenomenal — .37 of an acre, loaded with mature trees. You have oodles of room for a pool or a kid’s haven. Northaven Park is a short walk down the street.
The Hicks estate, is turn-key ready: it’s an historic home of 27,000 plus square feet that was meticulously renovated with every attention to detail. There are seven bedrooms plus a 3,000 square foot master and quite honestly, you could live just in the master and mistress’s closets, though the separate entertainment house (which houses the theater) is one of my personal favorites.
The Crow estate at 4500 Preston Road is one of the largest properties in Highland Park, and while the home is exceedingly grand, it might need a little renovation. Which would give the new owners a chance to make their own imprint and statement upon the house — choose their own designers, architects, etc. You simply cannot beat the property or location. We are talking 6+ acres in the heart of one of the nation’s most desirable communities with almost guaranteed home values, security and schools. In 1906, when HP began, only 5 multi-acre sites were created on Preston Rd overlooking Turtle Creek: this Tudor home designed in 1912 was one of them. It has only had 3 owners. The grounds include a century-old tree. (more…)
I would rarely say this about a property: please don’t buy it. Begging you! I mean, I fall in love with real estate all the time. I drool over doors, landscaping, corinth columns (remind me of my very first boyfriend’s house) marble hearths, coffee colored hardwoods, wide-planked oak and bamboo, farmhouse sinks in kitchens, heated master bath floors, onyx and white Carerra and jacuzzi spas and tubs ALL THE TIME. I have been in every expensive house in Dallas, from the Hicks residence to Mt. Vernon, Lisa Blue’s masterpiece on DeLoache. Hunter Mahan’s to Lee Trevino’s to Plano to Frisco to Southlake, to Vaquero and I absolutely love Fort Worth dirt! Alice Walton’s! I’ve seen them all from $60,000 (tried to Master-Charge it) to $100 million. And do you know what house caught my heart, made me want to DUMP my current home faster than a hot potato loaded with sour cream and bacon? What home made me want to not just freaking CHEAT on my house in a New York minute but totally abandon it, forget it, ride off into the sunset across the border (maybe safer to hide out in Carmel) with it and just say adios amigo?
The Residences at the Ritz Carlton. Residence 602.
This one story stunner is located at The Highlands Residences, formerly known as the Palomar Residences. The building is known for its superb location to everything SMU has to offer as well as public transit to downtown Dallas and hotel amenities that are not directly below, but next door. The property also has one of the sexiest swimming pools in town. (more…)
Looking at this home, I feel like I’ve landed in a time capsule back to 1979: those wood paneled walls, twin bow bay windows, the glass weather door so freshly Windexed it always shines, the oh so formal dining room, the avocado green built-in oven which I bet is a GE, and the Chambers cooktop stove. Walnut, walnut everywhere. Built in 1979, a year before I came to Dallas, this was the archetypical hot home back then. Those walnut panels were to 1979 what high ceilings and outdoor living spaces are to 2015. Back then we couldn’t afford to even think about owning a home: negative bank account biopsy and 18% interest rates. Flipping through this space is like going home to mom’s house, or maybe even grandmother’s, where we would have Thanksgiving dinner in that dining room… and just wish so darn much we could own those walnut paneled walls.
I see so much potential in this home I am literally drooling. Let’s get started. (more…)
Oh this one just gives me shivers — cannot wait to see the completed project, and it won’t be long now. Groundbreaking is scheduled shortly after the New Year, and I understand construction fences are going up even as I type. Everything the folks at Great Gulf do is a total Class Act, from the hot starchitect who is nurturing the project, Siamak Hariri, to hand-delivering the press release to my office with a box of delicious dark chocolates.
(I wonder if all the real estate reporters in town got the same chocolates because if so, I may just try to snag Steve Brown’s!)
The news is out that Ltd. Edition 2505 Turtle Creek will begin official sales on Saturday. Contracts have been printed, and the HOA docs are hot off the presses. I am glad to hear this because I spoke with Siamak Hariri in September for an update. I don’t think a starchitect has ever been more psyched about a project. Christopher Wein, the president of Great Gulf, the Toronto-based developer, says “discerning Dallas buyers looking for an alternative to the traditional low-rise estate home will find it here.”
Right there on Turtle Creek, where the views really are unparalleled. I was at a dinner party a week ago on Turtle Creek and we just supped on the magnificent view of downtown for several minutes.
“The site is really the strongest amenity,” says Katye Sloan, who, along with Jeffrey Lester, are the Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s team marketing Ltd Edition 2505. (more…)