11/20/14 3:00pm
Rachel Stevens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Rachel Stephens and her family outside their Georgian Revival home on McFarlin, which is featured in the 16th Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Dec. 8. (Photo: Kate Ward)

Update 11/22: The ABPA home tour is December 5, 2014.

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association puts on one of the best holiday home tours, and this year’s stroll through Highland Park will be a tremendous one! The Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is in just two weeks, and you can get your tickets for the Friday, Dec. 5 fundraiser for this active early childhood PTA right here. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of course, you have to go to this year’s tour if you missed out on last year’s thanks to the insane ice storm that shut down North Texas. Don’t miss out!

In the lead-up to the home tour, we’re chatting with a few of the homeowners who have graciously opened their doors to all the folks who want to ogle and gawk at their beautiful abodes for a good cause. Today we have Rachel Stephens on the blog, whose home on McFarlin was teased by Candy just a short while ago. Rachel, who has always had a passion for design, enlightens us on what to look for when you tour her gorgeous traditional. Jump for more!

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11/20/14 12:00pm

Courtney Molina

I first met Courtney Molina at a fundraiser and remarked at how much energy she had. Seriously, Courtney is one of those people who really listens to you, focuses on what you’re saying, and makes sure you know you’re heard. It’s like talking to a sister or a best friend. But not only does she listen to her clients, she makes sure they are treated in the best way possible, walking them through every step of one of the biggest financial transactions of their lives like she would with her own family. It’s no wonder that, after her first year with Ebby Halliday Realtors Lakewood office, she’s growing her referrals like gangbusters.

Her approach to business is not at all unlike how Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans works. Lindigrin is also active in the community, taking time to listen to clients and referral partners, focusing on what they have to say, and making sure they know they are heard. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump now to read up on this fast-rising Realtor!

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11/20/14 8:00am
13016 Fall Manor Front
When Brittney Warren, a dynamo of a Realtor with Rogers Healy and Associates, told me about this updated 1970s contemporary inside Richardson ISD, I found it hard to believe the price: $319,900.
That’s a rare bird if anything, to find a home in this area at that price. But to see one that is updated, open, and has a lovely pool in the backyard is a fantastic find!

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11/18/14 6:56pm
3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year's New Friends New Life Home Tour.

3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year’s New Friends New Life Home Tour.

Last year’s New Friends New Life home tour was a wash thanks to horrible weather, but if you bought tickets to last year’s tour, you’ll be happy to know that you can use them this year to see an all-new slate of gorgeous mansions in the Park Cities.

Brooke Kilburn is the chair of this year’s tour, the organization’s 15th, with Pat Schenkel as the honorary chair. The tour will feature 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive (pictured), and a home on the gorgeous, winding Lakeside Drive in Highland Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.

We are extremely excited about this tour, not only because it’s a fantastic cause and because we were sad to miss last year’s tour, but because some of these homes were built and remodeled by the best in the business. You can’t pass that kind of opportunity up. Seriously, this tour will be like walking through Pinterest. Sublime!

You can purchase tickets at the door or at one of these 10 Tom Thumbs for just $25. It all goes to New Friends New Life, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and children escape the sex trade.

Find out more about the home tour and New Friends New Life on their website.

11/18/14 4:43pm

10110 Daria Front

Midcentury modern connoisseurs will delight in this impeccably preserved Asian influenced specimen at 10110 Daria Drive in the gated Meaders James subdivision, which is just north of Walnut Hill and west of the Dallas North Tollway. It’s so close to Preston Hollow, and it’s in an area where you’ll find several distinctive properties like this one.

It’s one of those homes with such an exceptional floorplan and wonderful original details that is easily a high-caliber home, one worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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11/17/14 8:07pm
This is what the 1600 block of Main Street in downtown Dallas looked like in 1909. Part of this block was razed by Headington Companies to expand their hotel. (Photo: FlashbackDallas)

This is what the 1600 block of Main Street in downtown Dallas looked like in 1909. Part of this block was razed by Headington Companies to expand their hotel. (Photo: FlashbackDallas)

I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the surprise demolition of a block’s worth of historic downtown buildings while the Cowboys played. The razing of 1611 Main and a few other beautiful old buildings on the block to make room for Headington Companies’ Joule Hotel expansion scarred many preservationists and at least one architecture critic. Pearls were clutched, and people stood aghast at the horror of it all.

And yet, there is still no solid plan to stop the wrecking balls that could take down a downtown with little to no protection. That’s part of what City Hall wants to address tomorrow.

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11/14/14 4:05pm
Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

I know lots of people who would be thrilled about Dean & DeLuca moving into Highland Park Village as Tom Thumb plans to move out on Nov. 30, as Maria Halkias reported on the Dallas Morning News business blog. They would certainly be a better fit for the neighborhood, which has homes with an incredibly high values and density.

However, now that the owners of Highland Park Village have said that plans for a hotel in the posh shopping center have been scrapped, we have to wonder what will occupy the 18,500-square-foot space, which is too small for a traditional grocer, but too big for a high-fashion retailer.

What would you like to see in that spot?

11/14/14 11:48am

6159 Kenwood Front

We know that Lakewood Elementary is extremely sought after, with homes that would have sold for the mid $200ks a year and some change ago, selling for upwards of $325K in most cases. Of course, then there’s the M Streets area that feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary. It’s sought after for two reasons — not only is this area cozy and intimate feeling, but it’s extremely walkable and close to shopping and entertainment.

This home has a lot going for it besides the great curb appeal and fantastic location: It’s owned by Republic Property Group’s Tony Ruggeri! His company is behind those fantastic North Texas communities such as Light Farms, Phillips Creek Ranch, and Lantana!

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