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The spiral staircase is the second most dramatic feature inside this Booziotis-designed home. The first would be the enormous windows that give you stunning views of the Trinity and downtown Dallas. (Photo: Jo England)

It’s no secret that civic leader extraordinaire Mary McDermott Cook has made her home in West Dallas, giving up a stunning spread on Strait Lane down the street from Ross and Margot Perot, Brint Ryan, and all the other Dallas glitterati who line that street.  The Dallas Morning News first spilled the beans in 2012. It was, indeed, the bluff above the Belmont Hotel where Mary built one of the most talked-about and architecturally significant homes in Dallas with the talent of architect Bill Booziotis and contractor John Sebastian. (more…)

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YWCA Immediate Past Board President Catherine Z. Manning, left, and Ebby Halliday Acers. Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Dallas community leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, gathered yesterday morning to celebrate the opening of the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place, named after the grande dame of Dallas real estate, Ebby Halliday.

Empowering women to improve their lives is the bottom line, which is why the YWCA chose Ebby as its namesake, says Jennifer M. Ware, CEO of YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Ebby so beautifully represents what we do here and has such a great reputation and philosophy in her company of giving back,” Ware said. “Throughout her career, she has lifted other women up and educated people in her company about the importance of giving back to the community.”

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Outside the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. This photo and all below: Candy Evans

YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place will provide programming, services, and resources that serve working poor women looking to make life better for themselves and their families. The center will offer programs that help women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, successful in the workplace, and financially secure.

Ware, Rawlings, and Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and ​​​Jennifer Staubach Gates cut the ribbon for Ebby’s Place around 10 a.m. yesterday at the renovated 20,000-square-foot building, located at 2603 Inwood Rd., between Maple and Denton Drive.

The center is adjacent to the Inwood/Love Field DART Rail Station and one block from a DART bus stop, offering access to all women throughout the community, including more than 286,000 women and girls battling poverty in Dallas County.

“The stats are heartbreaking,” Ware said. “Here in Dallas County, one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”

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Rick Carlisle

First of all, relax: he is not going anywhere but downtown. Or shall I say, Uptown. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is staying right here in Big D, just changing his address. He and his wife, Donna, have decided to list the stunning Park Cities home on Greenbrier Drive for sale with agent to the athletes Jamie Adams of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Jamie, as you know, is the go-to guy for star athletes like Dirk Nowitzki, Daryl Johnston, Nolan Ryan, Sean Marion, and more we probably don’t know about.

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Thanks to Stanton Brasher over at the Dallas Observer, who says this year’s USA Film Festival Dallas may be the biggest ever. EVER! Music to my ears, because the movies are worth getting out of the house for, even for house porn lovers like me:

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Well, in the case of big D film festivals, when one ends its yearly run, another begins. Starting on Wednesday at The Angelika in Dallas, the USA Film Festival will open for its 2015 showcase of Texas and American independent films.

 This looks to be a big year for the 42 year old festival. On top of its slate of films, the celebrities will be out in full force. This year, Ernie Hudson, Lisa Loeb, Stephen Tobolowsky, Emmy winner Margot Martindale, and heavy metal icon Pat Boone will be in attendance.

This may be one of the biggest years for the festival yet. Here are the top 5 films to look for at this year’s USA Film Festival:

Stanton (love his name and it’s movie-like quality) mentions these five, but in a few hours I’ll be talking about Dior & I, IRIS, Sharing the Rough, Windsor, and Helicopter Mom… that wouldn’t be me, now, would it?

I even get to wear a 14 carat stone from Sharing the Rough, a film about how colored gemstones are excavated, mined and made into jewelry.

On Friday, April 23rd, the USA Film Festival in Dallas will honor the fabulous IRIS APFEL (in person)! Tickets are just $10.
The 45th Annual USA Film Festival runs April 22-26, 2015 at Angelika Film Center Dallas.  To view the full schedule of exciting events visit www.usafilmfestival.com
IRIS is the charming new film about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter).  The film pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 94-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. And yes, Iris, age 94, will be here in Dallas to show us all how to kick age in the un-Juvadermed chin!
And let’s name drop: stars in town you will see this weekend will be Tab Hunter, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, and Diane Baker. That’s because we will be screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth one night… duck and all.

What was that duck’s name? If you know, and can be the FIRST one to tell us the duck’s name in the comments, I can get you into the movie of your choice this week as my guest!

Tune in around 9 a.m. And check out this year’s schedule for the USA Film Festival Dallas: movies begin April 22 and I will be there almost every night… after blogging!

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Here is Jordan SpiethNo. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, getting his coveted green jacket. So proud of this guy! He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, though I have heard an unconfirmed rumor (which is why it’s a rumor) he spent some time at St Mark’s.

Jordan went to the University of Texas at Austin, left midway through his sophomore year in 2013, and started playing pro golf. He learned to play golf as a wee one at Brookhaven Country Club, where his family, who lives in Midway Hills, still belongs. He’s got the gift!

This weekend, the humble and most gentlemanly young man from Dallas graduated to major golf champion on the sport’s biggest stage. The 21-year-old held off strong runs and swings from the world’s best players. On Sunday, he became the world’s second-youngest golfer to claim the highly coveted green jacket. Tiger Woods was the first in 1997.

The University of Texas even burned UT tower orange in his honor Sunday night.

Magnificent Old Preston Hollow beauty with exquisite amenities!

Somewhere in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, near Bluffview

Jordan Spieth lives in Dallas, and we have told you that his Uptown townhome is on the market for $1,285,000. And that he bought a new, 7,378-square-foot stone mansion for $2.2ish in Preston Hollow, near Bluffview. Jump to see photos of Jordan Spieth’s townhome!  (more…)

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Ed Eakin is a Dallas-based broker and Realtor, who works both in Dallas and Houston. In 2013 he came back to Dallas to focus on Metro-area real estate. He started his own brokerage this past year. His niche, however, is selling beach property.

Ed sold Durst this Houston condo at 2520 Robin Hood, unit #801 for $437,000 in 2011. Just four years ago. The two bedroom, two and a half bath unit was Ed’s listing when he was director of sales for Personette & Co. When Ed sold him this listing, Durst also owned another unit in the building, 2520 Robin Hood at Kirby. Durst said he was going to list his older unit with Ed, but he never did.

“To my knowledge, it was never listed,” said Ed.

Unit 801, which Durst still owns, had about $360,000 in upgrades, $60,000 alone in the master bath. This condo was perfect as far as detail, says Ed, as it had just been completely redone by an owner flush with cash.

Did Durst quibble over price, I asked Ed?  A little. The unit had been listed originally for $469,000. Durst’s  was a cash purchase, no financing. Happened quick. Ed says Durst came to look at the placet, said “this is the nicest unit in the whole building,” and bought it. The high rise is one of Houston’s more tired complexes, but #801 had been remodeled to the nines.

“During our discussion, he told me he likes to buy and sell real estate,” says Ed. “Said he’d come back and purchase more from me. But shortly after this time, January of 2012, I began phasing my business to Dallas.”

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If 7 a.m. was too early for you (sometimes we just can’t even move before 8 a.m., so we understand) have a look at Candy’s spot on this morning’s Today show. The NBC website has the full segment on Linda Zavallos, the Dallas Realtor who dated Robert Durst, the subject of HBO’s documentary series called “The Jinx.”  The story has also been picked up by the LA Times and even People Magazine.

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Ebby’s Linda Walker Zevallos was going through a divorce in the late 1990′s, before she got into Real Estate. She went to New York City for a national newspaper convention. She flew back to Dallas first class and sat right next to the man now on suicide watch in New Orleans and suspected of murdering three people, including one in Galveston whose body was meticulously dismembered. Linda sat right next to Robert Durst.

“I asked if I could read his newspaper once he had finished it,” she said. “He said of course. Then we started to talk. We talked about my divorce. He was very nice but he did say one weird thing,”

That weird thing was advising Linda to break into her estranged husband’s office to steal his financials for the divorce.

On the plane he also told Linda a friend of his ex-wife was missing. (more…)