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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

08/25/16 2:38pm
The Deep Ellum district in downtown Dallas is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Photo: Steve Rainwater via Creative Commons

The Deep Ellum district in downtown Dallas is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Photo: Steve Rainwater via Creative Commons

We used to hear it all the time: “Nobody lives in downtown Dallas!

Well, that’s definitely not true anymore. In fact, Realtor.com has noticed the upswing in residential occupancy in downtown Dallas, ranking our urban core as the No. 3 fastest-growing neighborhood in America.

But what areas do Realtor.com count as “downtown Dallas”?

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08/24/16 8:32am

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The Metro North division of the Dallas Builders Association is hosting our dear publisher, Candy Evans, for a luncheon today followed by an interesting and fun talk on real estate blogging. If you’ve never seen Candy in person, today’s your chance to hear all of the great dirt on Dallas real estate!

We at CandysDirt.com are asked quite frequently about how real estate professionals should go about blogging on their own website. Here’s a chance to hear how to make blogging work for your real estate brand and more! Online registrations for today’s luncheon have closed, but you can still attend the 11:30 a.m. event at the Hilton Garden Inn (1001 West President George Bush Turnpike, Richardson, 75080).

Tickets at the door are $15 for Dallas Builders Association builders and $22 for associates and non-members. The program starts promptly at noon, so don’t miss out!

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In 1962, Clint Murchison Jr. still owned the Dallas Cowboys, who still played in the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park with Tom Landry at the helm. Don Meredith was quarterback, and Pettis Norman was tight end. In that same year, this house in Lochwood was built.

Now decades later, these men are all household names here in Dallas, holding close the history of our city as it has gone through hills and valleys, good days and bad. And now, in our city’s own real estate renaissance, the midcentury moderns and early soft contemporaries of Lochwood are coming back into their own, too.

This neighborhood has seen home prices skyrocket, and with those increasing values, more and more investors are buying up these fantastic homes that were built in those halcyon days of Dallas and putting the polish on them that they deserve, like this Lochwood home listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor David Collier. With those cool windows, on-trend modern house numbers, and sparkling paint job, it’s no wonder that this home is our High Caliber Home of the week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Don’t let this great opportunity to live in a hot East Dallas neighborhood pass you by — get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer by calling Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

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Jump to see the gorgeous interiors and fab floor plan of this stellar split-level in Lochwood!

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08/19/16 6:30pm

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When people scour Uptown for the perfect condo, there are usually a few considerations that hit every shopper’s list. The first is always — ALWAYS — location. What use is an Uptown condo if it’s not close to the things you love about Uptown? No use, friends. No use at all.

Second is amenities. Is there a pool? Security? Storage? Parking? Hand-in-hand with this is item 2B: HOA fees. Are they reasonable considering the amenities?

And falling third on the list is size. How big of a unit can I get for my money? What’s the price per square foot?

This is where the pool of units starts to evaporate into a puddle.

But lucky for our readers, we’ve spotted an excellent unit inside the Manor at State Thomas that does a great job of covering all of these bases.

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08/17/16 2:30pm

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The lot is characterized by rocky outcroppings with dogwood trees where hawks nest; the buildings have been designed to showcase this magnificent natural setting.  In the main house, four separate pavilions on two levels are connected by breezeways which can be opened or closed to the exterior by automated glass doors.

Expansive decks and floor-to-ceiling windows are other features that bring in the light and views that make this contemporary lake house a unique retreat on Lake Texoma.

See Valerie Jarvie’s full write-up on this interesting listing from Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors on SecondShelters.com.

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Rob Elmore … it should be a household name, shouldn’t it? I mean, chances are you’ve already heard of this man, a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent who has taken his exceptional corporate experience and applied it to serving his everyday clients to great success.

But he takes it all a step further and is active in neighborhood groups that focus on our city’s future, such as the Oak Lawn Committee. Elmore has worked with the OLC, Friends of Reverchon Park, and the Zone 10 TIF committee focusing on the Southwestern Medical Center District, all in executive positions.

It’s that drive, that focus, and that dependability that has earned him the accolade of this week’s High-Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. When you are making one of the biggest financial decisions of your lifetime, you should have a high-caliber agent by your side, like Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Rob Elmore. And when you’re ready to put in an offer, having Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans by your side will keep your transaction on track, all the way to closing.

Jump to learn more about how Elmore became a High-Caliber Agent!

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08/15/16 6:56pm

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Curt Stephens and his family didn’t set out to found North Dallas Equestrian or the Camp Rusk Foundation, but as they nurtured their love of horses, one thing after another fell into place.

But just how did the Stephens family end up living in three barn apartments at their McKinney, Texas, equestrian facility? And just how does the Camp Rusk Foundation hope to facilitate retired horses helping humans?

Read Valerie Jarvie’s story for the details over on SecondShelters.com.

08/12/16 6:20pm

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The Terrace is likely the last place in the Downtown Dallas area where you can find great deals, and this penthouse-level unit at 2323 N. Houston St. is not only a bargain, but it comes with a little extra celebrity cachet.
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Unit 706, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom with study condo inside The Terrace, is being sold by none other than former Rangers first baseman and outfielder Jason Botts. Botts, a switch-hitter who was on the Rangers roster from 2005 to 2008, played in 93 games over four seasons with five home runs.
His condo, a tidy seventh-floor unit, is listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Alison Houpt Howell for $315,000. The unit, which totals 988 square feet, has some great views, a fabulous amenity deck, a neutral color scheme, designer lighting, concierge service, and two assigned garage spaces. It’s the perfect lock-and-leave, low-maintenance unit for those who travel.
 
“The Terrace is one of the best opportunities to purchase in Victory Park,” Howell said. “With low HOA’s, stellar management, privacy, a great fitness center, and high-end finish-out it’s no wonder Jason Botts called The Terrace home while playing for the Rangers.”
Jump to see inside!

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