12/19/14 12:09pm

 

This incredible Houston home is represented by Supreme Auctions.

This incredible Houston home is represented by Supreme Auctions.

It seems someone is opening a new luxury something-or-other every day, especially in real estate! Now comes word that another global auction house has reached into Dallas. With their immense global appeal and blitzing of media, luxury auctions have become one of the best ways to sell multimillion-dollar homes.

Or not.

Let us welcome Supreme Auctions, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based luxury real estate auction company. The 13 year old firm has traversed the globe to help sellers reach buyers using their proprietary accelerated marketing system, designed to bring 200 to 300 people through a property before the auction process. All this is done within 12 weeks. And get this: at closing and funding, this company even reimburses the Seller for the up front marketing costs (that most Sellers usually cover in an auction) when the property closes. Now, with the addition of Dallas-based Managing Director Tom Charron, Supreme Auctions looks forward to expanding its market in Texas. They are already locked and loaded in Houston.

One of their auctioneers was even on SURVIVOR. (more…)

12/19/14 11:36am

6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.

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12/18/14 3:32pm

Dogleg Ranch Bandera

Beauty seems so fleeting at times. Wouldn’t it be great to capture a moment, your home’s moment, in a book that you could share and hold on to for generations? Read more about the company that can do it — for a price, of course. That’s what Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy did for their Bandera ranch pictured above.

Those with family estates and deep pockets will love these gorgeous books created by a husband-and-wife company called Kubaba. Read about it on SecondShelters.com.

12/18/14 1:54pm

Nicest Housing Markets

Let’s just say that we aren’t surprised that Santa’s Naughty – or – Nice list from RealtyTrac featured tons of Texas towns on the nice side — and we checked it twice!

Highest ranked of all the Texas suburbs in third place is the south Houston town of Pearland, better known to Texans as the home of Nolan Ryan. Ranked fifth is Frisco, with Sugar Land, Richardson, Katy, and College Station (Gig ‘em!) taking sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively.

Jump for the whole list, and tell us, were you surprised by any of the towns on the “naughty” list?

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12/18/14 1:42pm

Beat Unit 505 Living

I’m going to predict 2015 as the year of the condo. You can quote me on this. I think that, with so many cool projects — both mixed use and residential only — planned and coming on line next year, you’ll see a much more robust condo market. That’s good for Dallas, a city that is known for its sprawl, as we try to concentrate more of our homeowners in dense, urban areas. Now if we could just get our sidewalks figured out …

But, one of the neatest buildings in the urban core is one that is accessible both by location and price. That’s the Beat Condos in the Cedars. It’s a gorgeous building just south of downtown at 1001 Belleview Street. Not only does this building have tons of great amenities, including a saltwater pool, a spa, and a huge deck where you can hang out, enjoy the view, and just relax, but it is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas. There will be an Alamo Drafthouse Theater moving in just down the street next year, and there’s more where that came from, too.

And Unit 505? Well, let’s just say that it lives up to the “high-caliber” moniker. It’s a unit that you’ll fall in love with, and when you fall in love, you don’t want any trouble at closing. That’s where Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans comes in. Lisa, who is an experienced mortgage professional, can make sure that you get through pre-approval and closing without a single stumble. See what Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans can do for you today.

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12/18/14 11:04am

Porch Thief 1

Thanks to inexpensive security cameras, we now have some video of at least one of the thieves that is hitting homes in Midway Hollow and Preston Hollow, stealing Christmas packages right off the front porch. In this video, Ken and Missy Clinchy recorded a thief stealing Christmas gifts off their front porch in the 3900 block of Lively Lane.

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12/17/14 3:56pm

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You’ll recall that the Town of Highland Park has tried again and again to stop developers from constructing a mid-rise apartment building lining the Katy Trail just south of the pricey burg.

Highland Park Mayor Joel Williams said, “This is a very special, one-of-a-kind neighborhood. Thousands of people enjoy the Katy Trail and Abbott Park every year, and it’s our obligation to protect this community treasure. A seven-story, multi-family high rise building does not fit this neighborhood and violates Dallas’ own master plan.”

And still, Judge Craig Smith denied the request. Jump for more:

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12/17/14 3:25pm
Photo: Wade Griffith

Photo: Wade Griffith

I think I’ve heard just about everything there is to hear about PV14, the modern home constructed of 14 shipping containers located on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands. The home, which has outstanding panoramic views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, including Boy Scout Hill, has been praised and has raised several eyebrows as neighbors watched the home go vertical.

It’s been called both trendy and tremendous, but while there was some negative feedback from some of the homeowners, many of whom felt the structure was too tall for a neighborhood full of single-story 1950s traditionals, after the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes the collective gasp of excitement over the home was well heard.

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