photo courtesy of Charles Quiles

This is Tiger Darrow, a beautiful young actress and musician who lives in New York City currently but who also has some strong Texas roots. For one, she was born in Dallas, lived in Austin, then back to Dallas, where she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. Tiger has also performed in Dallas, many times at the Kessler Theater.

This week, Tiger was interviewed by the Dallas Observer because, as a student at NYU, she studied under Glenn Frey, solo artist and member of the Eagles. Frey taught at NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Music and died early Monday at the age of 67. (more…)

Gillon extCourse, that was a different market. We are talking January 2011. He plunked the contract on January 25, closed 3 days later. His Gillon home had been listed for $6,200,000 but he got it when it had been reduced to $4,400,000. Wow.  The home, like the Hicks previous home on Beverly,  was designed by Larry Boerder, built by Cy Barcus, who rocks. (They both rock!) The home is country French design on a huge corner lot, heavily treed. Smart: the master bedroom is downstairs, and opens to a private garden area. I love the master study and library, panelled in warm pecan wood. There is also a second bedroom downstairs, then three bedrooms upstairs with a game-room for a total of five bedrooms, five full baths and a couple powder rooms, plus six fireplaces including one outdoors. The main house has a great room, morning room, family room, a project room, both stone and wood floors. There is an apartment over the three car garage. And there is a swimming pool, of course.

I have heard that Andy has not changed it much since he bought it, and really, don’t you see why he loved Walnut Place (The Crespi Estate) so much? Very similar traditional style, just a bit larger: this home is 8673 square feet on half an acre. He’s moving to 25.5 acres and almost 50,000 square feet!

This home is not on the market, not yet anyways. I mean, the ink is still wet on Friday’s closing, right? Plus homes like these might go without ever touching MLS. Looks like Madeline Jobst with Dave Perry-Miller was both listing and selling agent, though I’m told Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real Estate’s Tom Hughes handles some of Andy’s real estate transactions. Not the Hicks deal, that was 100% Allie Beth and David Nichols. Anyhow, pretty house and I LOVE those blue and white plates in the kitchen… (more…)

3640 Beverly DriveThey lived on Beverly Drive in Highland Park, at 3640 Beverly to be exact. The beautiful, 9,874 square foot estate built in 1985 was on almost one acre of prime Highland Park dirt, featured six bedrooms, six full baths and a couple powders, eight fireplaces (apparently the Hicks really love a fireplace in every room), formals, a grand entry with a double stairway, formals, kitchen with morning room, both a Butlers and walk-in pantry, the master suite had a sitting room and exercise room and his and her baths (as does Walnut Place), a third floor with two bedrooms and bath, plus huge 1808 square foot quarters/cabana and a pool, arbor, fountain. The home took a little time to sell, but sell it did courtesy of Allie Beth Allman. Over the weekend I heard that Allie Beth has known the Hicks since 1984, been his agent all that time even through a second marriage. There is a lesson for agents here.

Also, the home was designed by Dallas starchitect Larry Boerder, who also was the architect for Andy Beal’s home on Gillon. So both billionaires lived in Larry Boerder-designed homes before they bought Walnut Place, the Crespi Estate.

The home sold in October of 2004 for $7,900,000, which was asking price. It is now owned by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Jerry Jone’s daughter.

Mary Kay mansion ext1Well here is a nice way to start the fresh New Year of 2016: the Mary Kay House on Douglas Road, just north of Northwest Highway on Preston Road, has sold and closed.

Was it a short miracle? You betcha, and Allie Beth Allman’s Karen Luter pulled the magic. How many listing agents has this home had? Let me count the great names… Ebby’s Linda Jordan Hobbs, Myla Patton, great agents all but this property, which was like a pink marble shrine to the late cosmetics icon, had never been touched and was probably one of the most challenging sales in Dallas history! In fact, back in 2009, the mansion was listed with Linda for a whopping $4,995,000!. Myla had it for $5,700,000!

Not only was the sale it a short miracle, it was a short sale! Which is why, when I heard something was working back before the holidays, I was patient and just kept sipping my champagne until the bank and buyers got all the deets ironed out. As you know, and as we have told you, short sales are usually a little more complicated than “normal” real estate transactions because you are dealing with banks, who are highly regulated and have to triple check and get permission for almost everything.

But please note: in 2016, we plan to bring you more news on short sales in Dallas. Yes, they still exist, and yes, we can help you wade through them.

The buyer of the Mary Kay mansion is a local Dallas millionaire, but it is NOT Mark Cuban, I’m told by my sources.Mary Kay mansion ext (more…)

Fred Couch homeThis is Fred Couch’s home in Fort Worth in Lake Oaks Estates. He purchased it in June of 2007 for $410,000. The home looks pretty nice: topography gives it pretty views from the top of 3.10 acres, with 4361 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, wrap-around porches, a metal roof (I think metal roofs are Fred’s business) and hardwoods as recent as 2006. There are huge living spaces, a built-in wet bar with wine rack, a split master retreat with spa bath and huge master closet, a great entertainment kitchen with island and breakfast bar and lots of crown molding. Bobby Norris at Williams Trew Farm & Ranch was listing agent.

Looks like a pretty nice home.

CouchextAccording to the Dallas Morning News,

Tonya Couch sold her $343,400 Burleson home on Aug. 10, (2015) county deed records show. She and Ethan had been renting a house in Fort Worth since August 2014, according to her landlord, James Walker.

This is the house Tonya sold on August 10 at 1719 Retta Road in Burleson: a six acre, 3964 square foot estate in a “park-like” setting. It was not $343,000 (but that was the last tax value). Originally listed for $549,000 on 11/23/2014, the home went under contract last May and sold in August for $480,000. Fred and Tonya Couch bought the home back in 2000. And this is where their son apparently partied, complete with red Feng Sui door.Couch door (more…)


Hicks Main House-Rear Garden on North Side

Steve Brown alerted us to word that Andy Beal was making a play for the two most expensive homes in Dallas, Tom and Cinda Cree Hicks’ glorious $100 MILLION Walnut Place, formerly known as the Crespi Estate.

Steve said that Beal is considering both the Crespi Estate (move in with your solid gold tooth-brush ready) and the $46 million Crow estate on Preston Road, which was taken off the market in early November, as I told you. It was reduced from $59.356 million to $46m, not sure Steve got that message. The $46 million Crow estate would likely be a tear down and a huge building project for a Mark Molthan, John Sebastian or one of our guys. Enormous.

But it would be someone’s total personal dream.

So I did some digging. I think Steve is onto something. Sure enough, the Hicks home status is cancelled — off the market. Went off MLS on November 24.

Well, why would they do that if they wanted to sell it, you ask?

Simple: keep the price and transaction quiet. Brilliant strategy.

Allie Beth and David Nichols are being quite mum, of course, but I hear that the Hicks have recently been looking at both Museum Tower and The Ritz Residences (Tower II) for an interim home while they decide how and where to downsize in Dallas. Word is they have to be out of Walnut Place by March. It’s really amazing because Allie Beth and David just got the listing in March!

This is all conjecture and chatter, but comes from people in the know, so I’m going to throw it out there.

After all, Steve started it. And I cannot think of a better way to end 2015, a killer year in Dallas real estate, than with the sale of a $100 million Dallas home! (more…)

Mod Market

Update 1:54 pm: Heather Dubrow (wife of the Dr. Botched fame Dr. Terry Dubrow) will likely be the prototype for Cary Deubur. I love plastic surgeons’s wives — they benefit so much from their hubby’s talents! Kind of like ObGyn wives… I digress. I totally forgot another hot tip: the beautiful and brilliant Gina Ginsberg, ex of Scott who is a sharp businesswoman on her own and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SMU…

CandysDirt.com got a tip that the Ladies of Dallas, that is the Real Housewives of Dallas, were shooting some scenes over at Mod Market in Preston Hollow Village, Walnut Hill Lane and Central last week. Sources who saw it all — dang they snapped zero pictures — confirmed that two of the Real Housewives of Dallas are definitely the lovely Lee Anne Locken and Tiffany Hendra. They were for sure seen there filming. Source also thinks they saw Heidi Dillon, and MAYBE Stephanie Hollman. No word on whether my darling friend Cynthia Smoot was spotted, but the Dallas Observer thinks she is a shoo-in. Other possible Housewives (not confirmed by my source) is are Heather Dubrow and Cary Deubur, wife of Baylor plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deuber, who live on Strait Lane north of Royal. The cast will be revealed next month.