Woodson extDarren Woodson recently picked up a stunning new home built by The Hill Group with clean lines and walls of glass dubbed an “architecturally detailed farmhouse”. The home is located on Boca Raton west of Preston, Boca being one of my favorite silly street names: Mouth of the Rat! Silly, but not the worst name. The worst street name I have ever heard is my own son’s address in California: Alameda de las Pulgas or Street of the fleas! My God, we had fleas once and it was not pretty. Why anyone would think fleas are a suitable name for a street, which is actually a pretty street on the Peninsula.

I digress, sorry. So on June 15 the Woodson’s picked up this beauty, paid about $1.8 for complete new construction. The walls of glass have views of the .38 acre’s mature trees and large green backyard.

Dallas Cowboys' defensive back Darren Woodson listens during pre-game festivites on Sunday, Sept. 23, marking the first NFL games since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. The Cowboys hosted the San Diego Chargers. BILLY CALZADA/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Photo Courtesy San Antonio Express News



That pretty lady in pink hugging on the Dave Perry-Miller agents is none other than Elaine B. Agather,  chairwoman of the Dallas region for JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of the most powerful women not just in Dallas but in the U.S banking and private investment world. Elaine stopped in to keynote DPM’s 3rd quarter breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club Thursday morning and got a standing ovation! She was also duly impressed by the number crunching that had the room floating with a lot of “B’s”. For BILLIONS!

“I’m a numbers girl,” she said, ” and I’m impressed.”

The Dave Perry-Miller luxury division of Ebby Halliday Realtors sold $2,210,304,000 of Dallas real estate fiscal 2015 which ended September 30. That’s a 25% increase over last year’s numbers and represents 3600 units of real estate traded. The one billion dollar mark was reached June 27. Ebby Halliday sold $7.7 billion by end of third quarter, and DPM’s sales are responsible for almost 30% of that $7.7 billion.  DPM is rocking it as # 1 in Preston Hollow, Lakewood and Uptown. The firm closed 254 houses that were prices over $1 million, just shy of $500 million in sales. They sold 60 houses over $2 million, and 19 houses over $3 million.

And lest you think it’s hard to move the “uber megas” priced at $10 million and over, well, it is but! Dave Perry-Miller moved a number of those, including Justin Leonard’s house in Highland Park (the most expensive sale in the Park Cities to date) and brought the buyer for Troy Aikman’s house. Boy do those DPM agents have mega-bucks buyers wanting to snap up athlete’s homes, which is not a bad thing with the market getting a bit tighter on the uber end. DPM is also number 1 in Lakewood/East Dallas, Preston Hollow/North Dallas, and Uptown/Turtle Creek.

“Not bad for a guy who came to Dallas with a nice watch, $167 in my pocket, and a good education.” says Dave, who became good friends with Elaine Agather and her husband, Neils, when he sold their M Streets home for $175,000.

Not bad for a luxury real estate brand that started with 22 agents 8 years ago! (more…)

Susan Hawk, newly elected Dallas DA

Susan Hawk, Dallas DA

Everyone in town is talking about our District Attorney, Susan Hawk, and her return from a voluntary in-patient hospitalization at the famous Menninger Clinic in Houston the last several weeks.  D Magazine ran a comprehensive, well-written story by the talented Jamie Thompson on Sunday to scoop the local media and get the story buzzing before the week’s start. It’s a must-read. Here at CandysDirt.com, we are always on the look-out for the real estate angle to breaking Dallas stories. So naturally we went a-hunting for the places where the main characters live, and the action took place: (more…)

3210 Carlisle The VineIt’s called The Vine, and it is the ultimate in Uptown living. And former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry is now trying to unload unit #58, 3210 Carlisle. I hear he’s getting a little off-market help from Rogers Healy.

Consider it SOLD!

As you know, Jason spends a lot of time in H town these day, playing for the Rockets. I need to see if he has yet listed his Frisco home. Looks like this pad is pure Uptown bliss. Jason acquired the property in June of 2005: it was listed for $480,000. The location cannot be beat — right across the street from the Katy Trail. Plus there is a rooftop deck for cocktails and people watching. This unit is at the top, and features a gated front yard (great for security, though I doubt Jason worries about that at all), the roof top deck, GE Profile stainless appliances including a wine chiller, wood blinds, three bedrooms, three full baths and one half, 2306 square feet in all with two garage spaces. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout!

By the way, the interior shots we are borrowing are from Joe Atkin’s listing, a lease in unit #9, which is similar. This pup is available for $3750 a month. And I love me some Joe Atkins!


Jason terry

courtesy of Keith Allison – http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/3996809085/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons


Jane Cheeta

Wonderful things happen in August, don’t they? Jane McGarry moved to Dallas from her beloved Fort Worth now that she is the sizzling star of Good Morning Texas on WFAA-TV’s Channel 8,  every day at 9 a.m. Let’s face it, she could have moved anywhere in Dallas. I myself would have guessed Uptown, or downtown, or something snazzy on Turtle Creek Blvd.

But no, Jane chose (wisely, in my opinion) to live in a Preston Hollow pied a terre BEHIND THE PINK WALL! And not just any pied a terre, she chose the elegant Imperial House which was designed by George Dahl…

I wonder how she discovered this fab un-condo-like condo (ahem ahem)?Imperial House Front


3700 Euclid exterior 1All eyes have been on this stunning listing at 3700 Euclid, because almost every agent in town knew it was (a) beautiful, (b) stunning and (c) over $10 million. In fact, it was said that this sale could thrust Highland Park real estate into a whole new realm of Silicon-Valley like pricing. IF the purported buyer, Daniel Hunt, president of FC Dallas, son of the late Lamar Hunt  his brother Clark is listed as owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Hunt’s family’s sports holdings are split equally among Lamar’s four children — two from his first marriage, Lamar Jr., and Sharron, and Clark and Dan from his second — paid asking price of $14,900,000 (reduced a whole swallow from $15,995,000) or anywhere near that, we are talking $1,065.00 per square foot. Sweet.

We didn’t get that, but we got $13,600,000. Or almost $973 a square foot. How do you like that, Highland Park?3700 Euclid exterior




You do remember this estate up in Hickory Creek, the stunning French magnifique modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France?

It’s enormous: 48,000 square feet now on 39 acres. Originally built by CellStar Corp. founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, the estate known as Champ d’Or (or “Gold Field”) is one of the grandest residences in the entire country. The property features endless unique high end amenities including a two-story mahogany library; a conservatory mimicking Tavern of the Green in New York City; an ornate theater complete with stage, twin loges, screen and and a concession stand; two commercial elevators; multiple staircases, powder rooms and fireplaces; a master suite with a steam room inspired by “The Rat Pack”,  hair salon, two-story Chanel-style “her” closet, two-story “his” closet, an indoor lap pool and an exercise room off the huge master bathroom with heated towel drawers. The third story holds a mirrored ballroom patterned after Versailles with complete kitchen plus powder rooms for the ladies and men. The entertaining prospects are endless there, or on the veranda with seating for up to 450 people. There is a catering kitchen and a Butler’s pantry. Downstairs, on the lower level, there is a bowling alley, full racquetball court, garage for 20 cars, and a laundry room with commercial washer, dryer and sheet press. There is also a full wine room and gift wrap room with storage. It doesn’t stop here: there is an outdoor pool and pool house, tennis court, and numerous patios and gardens.

As for actual number of bedrooms, there are about six with six full baths and eight powder rooms: the master wing is on the first floor, the Wedgewood suite with living area and fireplace, breakfast bar, luxurious bath and private laundry room, is on the second floor where you also find another two-bedroom suite, each with en suite baths. There is yet another bedroom compartment on the third floor near the ballroom. This one has living and dining rooms plus a kitchen with two bedrooms and separate en suite baths.

Once again, Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 1851 Turbeville Road, now known as “A French Country Retreat”. Asking is $17,500,000. No more Champ D’Or. Of course not: the Goldfields no longer own it. A new family, a new generation of life and love has filled 1851 Turbeville Road for the last few years as a second home, and they are ready to pass the beautiful baton:


4311 Brookview Beltre House

Aidrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood home. (Photo: Google Maps)

Of all the things to take from Adrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood mansion, the burglars who burgled the Rangers third-baseman’s home took tickets to his Globe Life Ballpark suite and his American League Championship ring according to this SportsDay post.

No untraceable electronics. No silver. No artwork. And no one was caught.

Sounds kind of personal, doesn’t it?

According to City of Dallas police reports, Beltre’s home was burglarized last Thursday morning shortly after he left for the Rangers’ homestand finale against Oakland. Nobody was in the house at the time. Beltre’s family is still in Southern California.

The police report cites the theft of precious metals and jewelry. Beltre, who only briefly returned home before the Rangers’ flight to Toronto last Thursday evening, said among the items taken was his 2011 AL Championship ring. Beltre also said the thieves made off with tickets to his suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“I’d like to see them show up there,” Beltre said. “I’m just glad nobody was home.”

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

I am truly baffled by this break-in, not just because of the items taken from Beltre’s stone-clad two-story at 4311 Brookview Drive, but over how someone could get away with such a crime. This area has so very little crime thanks to the off-duty Dallas Police patrols in the area and the overall watchfulness of neighbors, so I have to wonder if this doesn’t send some homeowners scrambling to update their security systems. Some say biometric security is becoming more common …

Adrian and Sandra Beltre’s 8,204-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, three fireplaces, and a backyard pool all on a 3/4 of an acre. DCAD says it’s worth more than $3 million.