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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 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. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

03/24/17 1:26pm

Rear BCH-131 copy

Note: This property will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

There is a new standard of luxury in Old Preston Hollow, and Bella Custom Homes is leading it. This weekend is the unveiling — yes, unveiling, just like a painting — of Bella’s latest masterpiece of perfection: 4926 Deloache Avenue. This exquisite Italian Mediterranean estate is ideal for the discriminating buyer who has an eye for architectural perfection and loves unique touches in every nook and cranny of the house. And there are a lot of nook’s and crannies in this place: the more than 14,000 square foot estate flawlessly embraces traditional classic architectural elements with transitional styling and modern essentials, all the elements that modern buyers of luxury real estate want.

The builder, Tony Visconti, has delivered the undeliverable with the estate. You enter first through a custom iron front door into an impressive entry with 25- foot ceilings that soar. Check out each angle: large plaster crown molding is everywhere and perfect, and the floors are imported marble. (more…)

03/22/17 10:00am

Leading Real Estate Companies

In today’s competitive real estate market, the person who buys your home is likely to come from a different town, city, or even country. More than ever, success in marketing your home results from casting the widest net.

“Marketing a property outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth market takes more than local expertise; it requires global connections and, of course, powerful marketing,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Ebby Halliday has the resources to market your home to the highest possible number of potential buyers.”

By tapping into the network of more than 128,000 talented sales associates around the world, Ebby Halliday sales associates expose the homes they represent to buyers on six continents, ensuring there are more eyes on every property, Graham says. In addition, Ebby Halliday receives inbound clients from other affiliates around the globe who are interested in purchasing a home in North Texas.

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03/20/17 9:38am

Inwood Road Estates

In a neighborhood bustling with new construction at the $2-million range, we’ve found an impressive home that is move-in ready in the heart of Dallas, near Preston Road and Forest Lane. And this one is such a huge bargain, I feel like I have to whisper.

This beauty at 5931 Boca Raton Dr. is listed by Julie Provenzano with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for — SHHHHH — $1.25 million. That is it. The home is priced significantly lower than a recent appraisal and offers incredible value in a sought after neighborhood.

And get this: the owners have invested more than  $100,000 in outdoor living spaces, creating an ideal oasis for entertaining. The interior is a dream, with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, four living areas, two dining areas, an office, media room, and 5,108 square feet on two stories, built in 2006.

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“This gorgeous home in Inwood Road Estates has been meticulously maintained and beautifully updated throughout,” said Provenzano. “This house is situated within a stone’s throw of the top private schools in Dallas and offers the best of the area in terms of shopping and dining. It’s ideally located with easy access to major travel arteries for a quick commute anywhere in DFW.”

I can attest to that! With so much to offer, this turn-key property won’t last long! I’d love to give you a tour…

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03/17/17 11:39am

3021 Southwestern

This property at 3021 Southwestern Blvd. has an open house Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Do you know A. Hays Town’s and love a Louisiana-style home? For more than 65 years, A. Hays Town built houses and buildings which were heavily influenced by the Spanish, French, and Creole history of Louisiana. More than 1,000 homes in Louisiana and the southern United States exist with his distinctive style and most have garnered design awards. Town dies in 2005 at the ripe age of 101!

How to describe his style? Classic Louisiana, full-length shutters as doors, dovecotes (little dove or pigeon towers, which were once considered a measure of wealth), 13-foot ceilings (better circulate air flow), plantation-style separate shutters, and brick floors with a special beeswax finish.

It’s warm and inviting, yes. A little Dilbeck-esque. But to have the best of all possible worlds, take Town’s Louisiana style and marry it to new construction with the latest bell and whistles and you have, well, 3021 Southwestern.

This is truly one of the most beautiful homes I have seen in a long time, it is just YUMMY! Even better? It now has a $175K price reduction!
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03/15/17 4:34am

Mary Kay demise

03/14/17 5:14pm

8915 Douglas ext 2

Say goodbye to another Dallas icon. The home of the late Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Dallas-based Mary Kay Inc., is being torn down as we speak, at 8915 Douglas Ave.

The 11,874-square-foot mansion, in the honeypot Old Preston Hollow, was built in 1984. The Dallas Central Appraisal District has the home valued at $1.91 million, interesting because it was sold for $1.85 million. Its condition is listed as “very poor.” And it’s obvious the house has not been loved in a long time.

Shrubbery is to be maintained so as to not to disturb the neighbors.

“It was dilapidated inside, and it’s really sad,” says someone who has been inside recently. “No one has lived there in years. The materials were not of high quality, and looks like water had gotten up through the foundation.”

The really valuable chandeliers and marble pieces are also gone.

Even the pink quartz bathroom commode is going.

8915 Douglas entrance

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03/13/17 4:00pm
Ranchero Jim Duns

James & Betty Muns with Jan Richey of Keller Williams

The original owners of 3420 Ranchero, the mega Plano mansion that will be auctioned tomorrow at 2 o’clock p.m. sharp, stopped by one of the preview events at the home over the weekend.

Here is James Muns,  a former mayor and the developer of El Rancho Estates back in the early 1970’s. He built the home that the second owner is now selling.

Fun fact: Jim built the dock/gazebo that sits on the pond of this incredible property. Family members and friends were married there over the years! Oh the parties… if dirt could talk!

The home will be auctioned off Tuesday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. The property was last listed for $4,249,500 and the very motivated seller has agreed to sell this property at $2.4, which is now the minimum bid for the estate.

03/12/17 10:24pm

3420 Ranchero aerial

Let me tell you why Tuesday’s auction of 3420 Ranchero in the honeypot of Plano is so very important: dirt. This area is the estate haven of Plano, equivalent to the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow in Dallas, or Hunters Glen in Highland Park. And the property can be had for less than its Collin County appraisal!

In the early 1970’s, as the town of Plano, Texas was just opening its sleepy eyes, James Muns and Don Dilmore developed Ranchero Country Estates. There were to be 19 properties on two meandering country roads, Ranchero and Rambling Way. On Ranchero, the property plots measured from 2 to 4.62 acres, and five properties were carved out on Rambling Road, all measuring from 1.92 to 2.33 acres.

The area is literally in the heart of Plano, off Parker Road, between the Tollway and Preston. The lots are gigantic, wooded, with tanks and ponds and natural surroundings that lure you into believing you are in the country, especially at night. For his own home, Muns chose a 4.62 acre parcel with the very, very best view of the sparkling pond.

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