05/28/15 5:19pm



If you’re a lover of modern architecture, you don’t want to miss this event. Tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., SMINK will host Texas architect Frank D. Welch for a reading and signing of his recently released memoir from TCU Press entitled “On Becoming an Architect.” You’ll recall, one of Welch’s designs was just showcased during the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 365 Modern Living cocktail reception series. That home is just incredible in its detail and use of materials, with warm rooms, open spaces, surprising curves, and clean lines.

Mark Lamster did a wonderful job reviewing Welch’s book, which does have its humorous parts. Welch, who studied under the tutelage of O’Neil Ford, recalls how he met the legendary architect:

At the time he met Ford, Welch was a struggling young architect, a recent graduate of Texas A&M, and Ford was at the height of his powers, with a practice spread across the state. The two had an immediate rapport, grounded in shared history; both men were genial products of rural Grayson County, just south of the Oklahoma border. When a nervous Welch brought Ford on a tour of the Houston house he had built for himself on a shoestring budget, Ford told him, “Frank, the design isn’t bad, but it looks like it was built by drunken Boy Scouts!”

I could definitely see this book becoming a mainstay for those of us who love beautiful houses and the wonderful personalities behind them. If that’s your thing (and it should be!) don’t miss this event at the SMINK showroom, located at 1019 Dragon Street in the Dallas Design District. Wine and hors d’oeuvre will be served, and it will give you a chance to see the new spring lines inside this gorgeous shop.

05/27/15 6:18pm
Victory Park is poised for a renaissance, and a new residential tower could help fuel new growth. (Photo: Victory Park)

Victory Park is poised for a renaissance, and a new residential tower could help fuel new growth.

Our appetite for high-rise residential evidently knows no bounds, as Richardson-based Genesis Real Estate Group has announced yet another high-rise project planned for the urban core. This project, a 28-story high-rise at Hi Line Drive and Houston Street inside Victory Park, was designed by Houston-based architecture firm EDI, according to Dallas Morning News reporter Steve Brown. Genesis is the 30-year-old firm that brought the 603-unit 3225 Turtle Creek, AKA The Renaissance, online.

Brown says that there are other high-rise projects in the works by Greystar, Novare Group and Lennar Multifamily. One has to wonder if we are perhaps biting off more than we can chew with all these new high-rise condo developments. Still, I’m optimistic that this project could usher in more foot traffic to Victory Park, which has so much potential but lacks the critical mass of residents to support a lot of retail and restaurants.

What do you think?



11159 Russwood Front

The size and shape of a lot can greatly influence the look and feel of a home. Sometimes a sprawling home on a large lot is nothing short of nirvana, but to transplant that same home to one of the miniscule footprints in University Park? Well, that’s heresy. This gorgeous 1969 contemporary, which has clerestory windows and a low-pitched roof feels so much like a mid-century modern, but has the large rooms and languorous floorplan of the ranch homes for which this area of Preston Hollow is known. The lot is an astonishing 177 feet wide, and totals .57 of an acre. The setback is dramatic, and the landscaping and mature trees make it feel very private.

And the backyard? Well, it’s a great spot for families to run free without a care in the world. This is a home that is easy to fall in love with, and once you fall in love with a home, you don’t want to take any chances with financing. When you’re ready to put a bid in on this High Caliber Home of the Week, talk to Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, a consummate professional who works hard for her clients.

Jump to see more of this gorgeous abode!


05/27/15 12:52pm
Monaco on The Trail is a fantastic development for those who want a home that feels like a vacation.

Monaco on The Trail is a fantastic development for those who want a home that feels like a vacation.

By Grant Bynum
Special Contributor

Ready to live in a place that you can truly have a staycation every day? Then think about a move to Uptown. So many people are making the move to Uptown Dallas to enjoy the convenient and walkable lifestyle that only Uptown Dallas offers.  And, this year, Uptown Dallas got bigger and better, with the expansion of the West Village and the addition of Whole Foods on McKinney Avenue.  Put that together with the free McKinney Avenue Trolley and hundreds of shops, restaurants and nightlife.  This gives you an amazing lifestyle to help achieve that “work/life” balance we all need.

Uptown has a huge amount of choices for renting! Let’s explore just a few of the choices you might want to consider.


05/22/15 5:11pm

Omni FW Penthouse TerraceWe’ve always adored the Omni Residences at 1301 Throckmorton in downtown Fort Worth, and now that Facebook is considering a large data center in North Fort Worth, perhaps the company’s executives should consider a modest crash pad inside one of the most luxurious high-rise buildings the town can call its own.

Lucky for them, they can put a bid on this beautiful penthouse unit offered by Williams Trew Realtor Maggie Moore. It boasts stunning views and top-of-the line finishes throughout. Jump to see more!


05/22/15 4:29pm

5638 Gaston Front

When Vlora Alberga bought the home at 5638 Gaston in 2006, she had been living in Dallas just a year, scouring the city for the right home. When she walked inside this stucco clad 1920s Mediterranean revival, the pigeons that had taken roost descended upon her. To say it was a fixer-upper would be a vast understatement.

The first thing she did was renovate the 640-square-foot guest cottage in the backyard, which is an income-producing property with a full bath, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. She moved in and began the long process of restoring the dilapidated home into the incredible property it is today. Surely you’ve driven by and admired the lovely yellow door and beautiful, rolling front lawn.

Since the laborious restoration, Alberga’s home has become a magnet for magazines and home tours, making the cover of Dallas-Fort Worth House and Home in 2008 and the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour the same year, the 2012 D Magazine list of “Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas,” and the 2013 Junius Heights Home Tour. Visitors have always been amazed by this colorful home with engaging details and Alberga’s “French Carribbean” style.

Alberga is not only a pilot, but she’s the first-ever Jamaican pilot for an American airline, and through her work travels and her cultural heritage she has infused this jewel box of a historic home with vibrant color and art. Listing agent Elizabeth Mast Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty offered me a private tour of the home, and of course I jumped at the chance. There are so many amazing details that you will notice something different everywhere you look. Jump to see more!


05/22/15 10:00am



With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, we wanted to take time to recognize some of the mortgage professionals at Guardian Mortgage that have served our nation. What you may not realize is that the values instilled by military service translate easily to mortgage lending. Integrity, service, and respect are characteristics instilled in all branches of our nation’s armed forces, and you can find them in the staff at Guardian Direct as well.

So thank you, Guardian Direct, for giving us a chance to shine a light on the former servicemembers on your staff. To find out more about these amazing men and women that make up this month’s Guardian Angels, read on for our Q&A with Jeff Guthrie, Vice President of Sales at Guardian Direct.


05/21/15 7:23pm

Ebby and Lucy

Update 1:00 a.m.: Lucy is home and safe, says Kenneth. And Ebby is very happy to have her back!

Ebby Halliday Realtor Kenneth Walters just alerted us that Ebby Halliday’s long-haired tortoise shell cat named Lucy has gone missing:

Please help us find Lucy, Ebby Halliday’s cat. She is a long haired domestic tortoise shell cat. 

Email Kenneth Walters at Ebby’s Little White House with any information about Lucy - kw@ebby.com

Be on the look out, Dallas!