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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.

12/02/16 3:50pm

6366 Greenway Front 2

It was pointed out to me last week that our Friday feature highlighting what you can get in the $400,000 to $500,000 range doesn’t branch out much past the Dallas County line. See, I’ve been operating under the assumption that there aren’t many interesting homes in this bracket to the north and west. But then I caught wind of the Ridglea neighborhood of Fort Worth thanks to our Tarrant County Tuesday columnist Seth Fowler.

And it is a treasure trove of cute cottages that have been tastefully remodeled (think: University Terrace or Ridgewood in Dallas). There are quite a few cute homes on the market in the neighborhood, but I fell fast for 6366 Greenway Road. Bonus: The Christmas lights are already up, so you can go see what this cutie looks like during the holidays! (more…)

11/30/16 9:00am

dallas housing market

Is it the squeaky wheel that always gets the grease, or the constant calls to 311 that get the attention of code enforcement?

Same difference, right? Well RentCafe did an interesting bit of number crunching and decided to decode just what areas of Dallas had the most squeaky wheels. While some neighborhoods of East Dallas had an abundance of snitches, other areas that fell under neighborly scrutiny might surprise you.

Jump to see the full map and breakdown, and find out if you have a few neighbors doing some over-the-fence inspections in your Zip code.

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Jen Rice HCAOTWThere’s a lot to a real estate transaction that gets lost in talk of prices and sales figures. It’s a complex deal in which a lot of people invest their time, money, and hopes and dreams. With the right agent, the setbacks that are bound to happen don’t sting so bad. Clients learn to lean on agents, who guide and advice everyday people through one of the biggest decisions they will make in their lifetimes.

Jennifer Rice realizes that. She knows that clients — from seasoned homebuyers to first-timers — need a Realtor they can depend on and one that focuses on their wants and needs.

That’s why we’ve selected Rice, an agent with the Collier+Rice team at David Griffin & Company Realtors, as this week’s High-Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Find out more about what drives this Realtor after the jump!

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11/29/16 12:59pm
Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

Hall of State, Fair Park (Photo: Michael Cagle)

All along we’ve been operating under the assumption that the organization founded by Walt Humann — the Fair Park Texas Foundation — was a certifiable non-profit. In fact, one of the things that made Humann’s organization attractive to the City of Dallas is that it could circumvent bidding as a non-profit providing monetary or in-kind resources to be set forward for the park’s management.  Everyone just assumed it was a nonprofit, even Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky.

As it turns out, not so much. Could this be a case of misplaced paperwork, or something far more nefarious?

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11/28/16 9:58am
Bernadette Schaeffler designed a Czech crystal series featuring a silhouette of the Dallas Skyline.

Bernadette Schaeffler designed a Czech crystal series featuring a silhouette of the Dallas Skyline.

Staring down the barrel of a long list of Christmas and holiday parties, searching for the right hostess gift? You won’t be soon forgotten with this beautiful Czech crystal barware set from Bernadette Schaeffler Collection. Now’s your chance to take care of them all on the cheap!

Jump to find out how you can score some serious #CyberMonday discounts at one of our favorite Dallas Design District retailers:

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11/25/16 1:39pm

948 Forest Grove Curb

Dr. Ben Bowden owned this Eastwood Estates midcentury modern home from the day it was built. It’s a completely custom, made-to-order home in which Bowden spared no expense.

And inside, it feels just the same as the day it was built, as this brand new listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent Vicki White has remained practically unchanged since 1960.

But it’s where Bowden and his wife, Betty, would raise their five children (Barry, Brad, Blake, Bryan, and Beverly) and remain until just now. “The one thing you just can’t see in photos is the feeling of love in that house,” White said.

948 Forest Grove Front

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11/23/16 2:08pm
Bungalow 5

Want to make a real estate-obsessed, CandysDirt.com reader happy? Head to Bungalow 5 on Dec. 6.

Have a hard-to-shop-for, real estate-obsessed person in your life? We know just what your favorite CandysDirt.com reader wants, and we’ll be dropping hints from now until Christmas. First off is a signed copy of a regional design star’s own hardback, which you can get if you get over to Bungalow 5 on Dec. 6.

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