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We love dirt here at candysDirt.com and SecondShelters, and we know real estate rules supreme. But sometimes, sometimes you have to grab a few baubles and rocks to enhance a listing.

Nothing enhances your home like a few emeralds dripping from your ears or neckline. No need for any exclusions, those go with you when you move! Want to move your buyer’s eyes from your slightly over-loaded closet? Flash a fab yellow diamond cocktail ring as your direct them to the very well organized cedar closet — thank God you cleared that puppy last spring!

My personal favorite place in Dallas to shop for glittery rocks of all sizes and colors is The Diamond Doctor on Preston Road in Preston Center. In fact, my dear husband and son just bought me an eternity band for my last birthday.

Eternity my arse, I told him, this puppy is good for five years then an upgrade!

I now have two grand-angels: think I can get a retroactive push gift for the wonderful work I did 30 years ago? (more…)

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Candy told you last week that this incredible Highland Park home on Normandy owned by none other than former Dallas Cowboy star quarterback Troy Aikman was listed with Allie Beth Allman for $5.3 million. Well, they’ve bumped that price up a bit to perhaps narrow the field of bidders, and now you can own this gorgeous Tatum Brown Custom Home on one of Highland Park’s most sought-after streets for $5.95 million.

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3801 Normandy extPhotos courtesy of those wonderful folks at Shoot 2 Sell!

Was it really a year and a half ago that we told you all about Troy Aikman’s real estate moves from Highland to Normandy to St. Johns? ? Almost — July, 2013 we told you that he sold his stunning Highland Drive family residence (and TWO lots) to move in a smoothly sleek, Tatum-Brown Custom Homes home built in 2007/2008 by Mark Danuser of Tatum-Brown Custom Homes, who is, of course, one of my CandysDirt Approved home builders — these are the folks who I would trust to build a home for dear friends, myself, and even TROY!

The French Normandy-style home has 10,662 square feet with five bedrooms, five full and four half baths, seven living areas, three stories, a wine room on the first floor, no basement, elevator, a morning room with fireplace! I love morning rooms, Troy, I’m coming over for coffee! There is a covered outdoor living area with outdoor kitchen, separate sitting area off the second floor master, game room, study and “her” office. There is an upstairs game room, a home theater and a wine cellar. The master suite has a private sitting area and huge his and her walk-in closets. HUGE! French doors open to a covered patio with a fireplace and full outdoor kitchen — Troy’s “summer kitchen”. There is a pool and spa beneath tall privacy hedges by Harold Leidner. The lot is a hefty 14,438 square feet, or .33 acres.  (more…)

Residences at Stoneleigh

I’m sick I had to miss this: guests and local celebrities celebrated the unveiling of the newest luxury high rise to hit the Dallas skyline, and also one of the most anticipated: The Residences at The Stoneleigh in Uptown off Maple. more than 400 — yikes! –toured the elegant lobby, 26-seat theatre, homeowner’s lounge, the state of the art health club, banquet space with a full commercial kitchen and the stunning pool with an amazing view of the city skyline.

But not to worry: I sent spies!

Developer Mehrdad Moayedi, who I call Saint Stoneleigh as he rescued this project in the throes of the recession, welcomed Trammell S. Crow, Roxanne and Gene Phillips, Don and Linda Carter, Doris Jacobs and daughters, Mackie & Paul Ellenbogen, Loyd Taylor (so sorry I missed you baby!), Susan and Gene Stoner, Larry Hamilton, Linda & Scott Greer, Angie Barrett, Mickey Munir, Carmaleta Whiteley, John Bobbitt, Teffy Jacobs, John Phifer Marrs and Senator Royce West.

I was, unfortunately, doing due diligence in the Grand Cayman Islands with a company called Dart Realty that you will be hearing more of.

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From Highland Park where we learned that the Trammell Crow family homestead is being listed for a shocking $59.4 million, way on up to Proposer where  Concierge Auctions made Deion Sanders’ former home going going gone for $3.75 million. Here are all the photos of Deion’s former Prosper pad, as shot by those great folks at Shoot2Sell photographers. Kind of sad to think that a legend lived here, kind of cool to think of what the new owners have in store.

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Someone sure got a deal.

Here’s what I’ve got officially from Laura Brady, president of Concierge Auctions, who conducted the auction event last night at about five p.m.: there is a contract on the house. There was no reserve (!). There were  8 registered bidders.

“In only five weeks, the auction outreach efforts conducted by Concierge Auctions and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty resulted in over 27,000 views of the property video, 356 visitors to the property, and 49 prospect showings,” she said.

Well, of course they did. Put those two together and the marketing magic happens!

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(Listing photos courtesy of Shoot2Sell)

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GetMediaRemember back when Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh bought a 4,257 square foot unit at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton I? Not only was it owned by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap Van Zweden AND violinist Michael Guttman, it was so unlike the ultra modern pad he and his wife, Adrienne Williams, had in Miami — an ultramodern compound in South Beach and then a Pacific Palisades party palace.

Chris and Adrienne Bosh

The 29 year olds (who might be touching all of 30 now, actually) have strong Dallas roots: Bosh starred at Lincoln High School in Dallas and later attended Georgia Tech before being selected fourth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. An eight-time All-Star, Bosh joined the Miami Heat in 2010. He has won back-to-back championships playing alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. (more…)

NWhighway&Preston Are plan map

As you know, Mark Cuban has a lot of Preston Hollow residents anxious over alleged plans to redevelop about 8.5ish acres of primo Preston Hollow residential dirt he has acquired over the years, since about 1988, and more recently this year, at the northwest corner of Preston and Northwest Highway. He’s got them in the palm of his hands now when Preston Hollow acres are at an all-time record high, about $2 million per acre.

At last week’s meeting to discuss a master plan for Preston Center traffic and development, City Councilman Jennifer Gates reiterated that Mark Cuban has not applied for any zoning changes and that the corner is pretty sacred ground. After all, those acreages are highly unusual and valuable estate properties in a growing city, one of the few places where buyers can have it both ways: a country-like home setting minutes from civilization.

Neighbors are particularly wary of Mark Cuban’s plans for the northwest corner. “What is the process Mr. Cuban has to go through to zone his property commercial?” one woman asked. “And how do we stop him?” Gates told the crowd she can’t stop Cuban from filing a zoning case but said she considers that corner’s single-family zoning “sacred ground.” She got more applause for that line, though the murmur of disapproval that greeted a reference to the Shelton as an apartment (rather than condo) tower suggested she lost some points on that one.

And I do recall Jennifer Gates telling a woman after one of the Highland House meetings that she is not afraid to say no to Mark Cuban. (more…)