04/10/17 12:30pm

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Chris Black comes across as a no-nonsense kind of guy. Straight-forward and to-the-point, he possesses a calm, level manner. Black is exactly the kind of person you’d put in charge of dismantling your family home. Because when he puts it back together, it’s a vision come to life.

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04/06/17 2:25pm

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“This house is like a temple.”

We’re standing in the open living area of 6832 Westlake Avenue and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Scott Carlson makes a sweeping gesture upward. He’s not wrong. This immaculate renovation is temple-like. In the morning sun, the space absolutely glows. Light filters in from the home’s abundant transoms and bounces off of the sleek marble counters and white custom cabinetry and there is a sort of reverence about it all. The tour is over and I remain reluctant to depart.

“You never want to leave this place,” Carlson says, as if he’s reading my mind. Or, perhaps, my body language is just that obvious.

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04/04/17 2:58pm

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It’s time for another ticket give-away! This time, we’ve got two pair of tickets to this weekend’s Northaven Home Tour. The first two correct answers (in the comments below) to either question win! Hint: look for answers on the tour’s Facebook page.

Question One:

What is the exact street address for Arthur Kramer Elementary? It also happens to be the location for the tour’s check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Question Two:

How many Texas Education Agency distinctions did Kramer Elementary earn in 2016?

 

03/30/17 10:30am

 

Will the shrinking Midland-Odessa job market mean panic for real estate professionals?

Will the shrinking Midland-Odessa job market mean panic for real estate professionals?

While prospects for Midland-Odessa’s economic recovery remain steady and strong, a recent article by The Midland Reporter-Telegram suggests growing problems over housing availability. Citing information provided by the Permian Basin Board of Realtors, The Reporter-Telegram reports that housing inventory reached a new low last month.

Read more on MidlandDirt.com.

03/29/17 10:29am

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We already know that, due to factors like job availability and housing affordability, Millennials enter the housing market later than any other previous generation. But a surprising number of 18 to 34 year olds aren’t just not buying their first homes, they’re still living at home.

Millennials represent the most diverse, best-educated segment of our society. They’re also the largest, making up nearly a third of the current population. But according to a recent study by ABODO, they’re also the most reluctant to leave the nest.

“This generation of 18- to 34-year-olds is more likely to be living with their parents than to be in any other living situation — such as cohabitation with a spouse or significant other, or living alone or with roommates — for the first time in more than 130 years.”

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03/27/17 10:08am

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Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!

03/24/17 12:54pm

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The Park Cities Historic Preservation Society is busy, busy, busy this spring and we’ve got the skinny on two events you won’t want to miss. They’re coming up quickly, so get out your calendars!

6th Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

On March 29, James Farmer (pictured above), editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine, will speak at a luncheon chaired by Liz Farley. Farmer is a renowned garden and interior designer as well as an all-around lifestyle expert. Registration for the event begins at 11:15 at the Dallas Country Club. Grab your tickets here!

15th Annual Historic Home Tour

We don’t have to tell you how we feel about a good home tour! This next event is definitely on our to-do list.

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03/24/17 12:09pm

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You might expect to pay a cover fee to attend an open house at a property of this caliber. The art alone is worthy of exhibit. And together with  perfectly selected fixtures and finishes, 1717 Arts Plaza, unit 2208 strikes a masterful balance between the warmth of home and the aloofness of a gallery. The combination is purposeful and stunning.

“It’s very livable, though still museum-like,” said Realtor David Griffin. “It’s just very thoughtfully designed.”

With museum-smooth walls and impressive 11-foot ceilings, the design intent of this space is clear: art lives here. “The owner of this unit is an art collector,” said Griffin. “I think the floor plan, finish-out, and amenities of this particular home are perfect for those with artistic interests. It’s perfectly set for that purpose.”

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