Lakewood Heights Contemporary Craftsman 6111 Lakeshore Drive

East Dallas neighborhoods can get confusing. Consider Lakewood. You have Lakewood proper, Lakewood Hills, and Lakewood Heights. Add to that the apartment communities of Lakewood Flats and Lakewood Greens. While they may all share a first name, getting that last name wrong is like being referred to as the first husband’s wife, when husband number three is manning the backyard grill. No one wants to make that mistake. So, we’re going to clarify exactly where Lakewood Heights is located, and exactly what’s so special about this neighborhood, because our Saturday Eight Hundred is a Lakewood Heights contemporary craftsman cottage that is a brand-new David Weekley custom build at 6111 Lakeshore Drive. It not only pays homage to the character of the neighborhood, but it’s also staged to perfection — and you know how much that means to this particular CandysDirt.com staffer. (more…)

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Are we getting one of these or no? (Photo by Dave Stone/Flickr)

It all started with one neighbor in the Preston Hollow/Midway Hollow area excitedly telling others via social media that a cashier at Central Market told her that 100 percent, no doubt about it, the Sunfresh Market site on Northwest Highway and Midway Road that was one of the sites H-E-B (also the parent company of Central Market) picked up was absolutely going to be an H-E-B and that only one site Uptown would become a Central Market.

Alrighty then. I filed it on my list of things to look into on Monday and continued my weekend chores.

But then another neighbor posted an email she got from H-E-B corporate, asking for an update. The email – which was signed by the H-E-B/Central Market director of public affairs Mabrie Jackson – said, “While no announcement has been formally made regarding all of the real estate H-E-B/Central Market acquired from Sunfresh, I can tell you that you will be very pleased around the end of summer 2017.”

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. This sounds intriguing. So I fired off my own inquiry to Jackson to see if I could confirm this and maybe get a few more details.

“I have no details finalized on all of the Sunfresh properties to share, but I can confirm that the properties purchased were being considered for our Central Market format only,” Jackson said. She also told me to check back after Thanksgiving.

So I guess those tea leaves are a little clearer?  If you combine both emails, the picture that emerges is that something is happening next summer, and that ain’t nobody getting an H-E-B (probably – I mean, that could be a bit of misdirection, I suppose, to keep things vague).  Stay tuned, I guess, for more exciting news after Thanksgiving.

 

 

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You can’t stop stagers from staging! Table decor was off the charts. All photos courtesy John Bishop: Texas Hill Country Photography

Do you ever wonder what your real estate stager does in between consulting on occupied and vacant properties, writing reports, proposals and contracts, shopping for and selecting just the right furniture and accessories for vacant properties, re-arranging furniture in listed homes that need help, managing inventory systems, packing, unpacking, scheduling deliveries and pickups? Well, I mean, in their SPARE time? (more…)

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Tuesday is going to be a busy day in North Texas. But there are two events that are totally worth your time, one if you happen to be a Keller Williams Luxury Agent.

Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division for the North Texas/New Mexico/Memphis Region has invited two key North Texas leaders to the Dallas Country Club to talk about new developments and the hurdles their communities are facing. Also the blessings — which would be the new developments. Join me and Frisco Mayor Maher Maso and Director of  Dallas’ Office of Economic Development Karl Zavitkovsky to talk about these and more exciting happenings in our region. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.

Please come KW folks, if only to hear me stumble over their names!

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KW Luxury agents are a very snall, elite percentage of Keller Williams agents. Wanna come to the party? Think about becoming the KW Luxury Homes Division.

What’s the second event? Stay tuned, stay very tuned…

 

 

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Steve Holy’s breakout hit, “Good Morning Beautiful,” stood atop the country charts for five straight weeks in 2002, sparking a  fire that has continued to smolder throughout his decade-long career.

It also sparked the inspiration for  some major real estate. Check out this precious New Orleans style colonial at 5726 Vickery in lower Greenville. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms, and was Holy’s first grand house after he hit the country charts.

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The Dallas born country star had held tight from his first big break in 1993, when he beat out 500 hopefuls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Johnnie High Country Review, the same contest that launched the career of LeAnn Rimes. After his break in Dallasdeal he signed with Curb Records. Three years later in 2000, his debut album, Blue Moon, was released.

Three years later, this house was produced. Perfect for a bachelor or a family of four, the home is uber walkable to lower Greenville Avenue and Robert E. Lee Elementary School and the pre-kindergarten program, .02 miles away. Walk your child to school as often as you’d like!

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We have written about 3756 Armstrong Avenue, one of the most architecturally significant homes ever built in Dallas. Located on the delicious juncture of two magnificent Highland Park streets, Armstrong and Overhill, the home was a commissioned private residence for Jack and Nancy Penson, highly loved Dallas philanthropists. Mr. and Mrs. Penson’s names are on the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Endowment Wall of Honor, recognition to their longtime support of the orchestra, and an athletic complex is named after them at The Hockaday School. Mrs. Penson died in 2012, her husband in 2014.

Built in 1954, the 8900 square foot estate was the creation of O’Neil Ford, known as the grandfather of Texas Modernism and widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. O’Neil Ford designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

I have been in this home. The attention to detail and craftsmanship will simply blow your mind.

If you are a mid-century aficionado, this home is your Mothership.3756 Armstrong Ave fountain

 

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Word just in that the ink is dry on yet another contract pushing Museum Tower’s sales up over the 60% point, as I predicted it would soon be back in May, when we did our PartyLine show there.

“With homes closed and in escrow, Museum Tower is over 60% sold on both sale-able square foot basis and unit basis,” says Steve Sandborg, Managing Director, Sales & Operations.

Meanwhile, the Dow is coming back up as we realize that Brexit isn’t going to be so painful, not to us at least. Shall we take a wager on when MT hits 70% in sales? I’m gonna say around September 30….

 

 

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It is with a heavy heart that I write of a huge loss to the Dallas Real Estate community and to all of us: our Jack Evans.

Rev. Eric Folkerth, pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church, where Evans, 86, and his spouse, George Harris, 83, are members, announced the death today. But earlier this morning, I had received a call alerting me to Jack’s death. Jack died Thursday evening. He most recently had worked with Worth Ross & Associates.

“I’m sorry to inform you that Jack Evans died last night at Baylor hospital. As many of you know, Jack had been fighting lung issues for some weeks and was never able to overcome them. George and I prayed with Jack before his death, and he was definitely at peace at the end,” Folkerth wrote on Facebook.

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