6861 Lakewood Boulevard

Although this is the preferred entrance for family use, it’s actually the service entrance of the home.

The Dines and Kraft Tudor at 6861 Lakewood Boulevard is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved homes in Lakewood — and it’s finally for sale again. It was just listed by Annamari Lannon of Allie Beth Allman for $1.249 million, and that is a great price for a home of this caliber.

Built in 1928, the three-story, 4,160-square-foot home is often referred to by neighbors as “The Ohio House.” Take a look at the first photo, closely. Look to the left, peeking through the leaves of the tree. Let us know in our comments section if you figure out why it’s been given that name! (more…)

 

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Nothing defined an era more than the 14-year run of the television series Dallas. The entire world was caught up in the complicated lives of the Ewing clan, and all we wanted to know was “Who shot J.R?” I remember traveling in London at the time, and the moment people found out I was from Dallas, that’s all they could talk about.

Nothing before or after the original series has created that sort of international interest. It cast our fair city in a brighter light and made everyone fall in love with the idea of “bigger is better.” Big cars, bigger hair and of course, the biggest houses. The infamous Dallas TV home of the Ewing clan is one of the biggest, one of the best, and it’s for sale. Allie Beth Allman has it listed for $12.95 million.

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Allie Beth Allman

The most amazing story ran on WFAA-TV Wednesday night by Shelly Slater on our treasured Allie Beth Allman and her personal secret: Allie Beth has battled dyslexia all her life.

But it sure hasn’t stopped her.

She is an icon in Dallas Real Estate, buying and selling homes to top movers and shakers including the biggest sale in Dallas, to George and Laura Bush on Daria Drive when they left the White House and returned to Dallas.

(Hmmm. Who broke that story?)

We have profiled Allie Beth Allman, of course, who once actually worked for WFAA-TV, always focusing on her dynamic real estate career. I had heard about her dyslexia, but she has now come forward publicly because she has teamed up with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy.

The sweetest moment in this WFAA-TV produced piece: how Allie Beth’s husband Pierce reads to her:

“I’ll flip through and if there is something about a client, a former client, or potential client I will cut that,” said Pierce Allman during a morning debrief.

Allman reads to his wife, Allie Beth, for good reason.

“He knows what I can’t do but he doesn’t dwell on it,” Allie Beth said.

In fact, having people read to her is how Allie Beth made it through TCU and her Real Estate exam, which she had to take three times. (more…)

3624 Wentwood DriveWe have a triple treat for you today. A gorgeous two-story residence with professionally designed interiors, and in one of the best locations Dallas has to offer. This University Park custom home at 3624 Wentwood Drive is another masterpiece from one of our CandysDirt.com approved buildersTatum Brown Custom Homes.

Like all of their homes, there is practicality built into the beauty and it all reflects the homeowner’s personality. Of course, that process is made a bit easier when your client is a principal in AvreaWagner, one of the hottest young interior design firms in Dallas, and when you have William S. Briggs drawing up your architectural plans. Talk about your dream team!

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Pierce & Allie Beth Allman, Liza McFadden, and author Sandra Brown

Allie Beth & Pierce Allman are co-chairs for the 15th annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth, coming up on October 24.

Last Tuesday, they hosted a cocktail party in a stunning Tatum Brown Custom Homes palace for $8,750,000 at 4218 Arcady Avenue (Allie Beth and Chad Barrett are the listing agents) that will just melt your socks off. In fact, special guest author Sandra Brown was mesmerized by the house. You can see why…

4218 Arcady Ave

The October event is hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It takes place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with a VIP author’s reception. Best selling guest authors include C.J.Box, our own Robert Edsel (did I tell you he moved to Museum Tower?), Debbie Macomber, and Sharon Robinson. Doro Bush Koch is Honorary Chair. (more…)

11627 Forest Creek Place ext

An “O” House is a home so fabulous you have to drop whatever you are doing (yeah, even that) or holding, including your nail file, to look!

I am sort of on a roll here with doctor’s houses. “O”h my; another physician’s dream castle. The compulsion to building perfection here is almost Freudian.

Well of course it is, this is an “O” home. The Bionic Alpine “O” home.

11627 Forest Creek Place is located in a leafy, cul-de-sac laden neighborhood of circa 1970 homes south of Forest Lane, in-between Preston and Hillcrest. There is a bounty of building going on across the street from this area, and Sharif-Munir has all but sold out Iris Hollow. Centurion American is developing more lots to the west of Iris Hollow. The prices are around $700K for a quarter of an acre of raw land. Come 2020, there will not be a blade of grass in this area to build on: everything will have to be re-developed.

Talk about wildlife: Lee Kleinman and his Wildebeast are your city council reps. And the coyotes roam nightly.

Forest Creek Place foyer

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DFW Open Houses | Candy's Dirt

The totally remodeled stunner at 4129 Emerson Ave. in University Park is one of our five featured DFW open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous DFW open houses you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $549K to $1.32 million. You’ll find a range of properties, from a Coronado Hills cutie zoned for Lakewood Elementary to a Schreiber Manor Soft Contemporary Ranch with vaulted ceilings and lots of renovations. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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Jordan Group 7

I can see jealousy at the Crescent Court

The most pleasantly surprising moments at last evening’s event at The Jordan apartments were not when the the wine flowed out of bottles named “Jordan,” or when we oohed and ahhed over the cove-lit ceilings in the penthouse units. No, it was when we spied residents using the outdoor barbecues.  I’ve lived in many an apartment with communal barbecues where you could get grill marks on your steak without even firing it up … just laying it on the rusty unused grates gave you all the “sear” marks you’d want.

But last night, between tours of The Jordan’s luscious units, I saw a steady stream of residents making their way to the communal barbecues to fix dinner. A little skewered shrimp here, a little salmon there, a big ‘ol steak. It sounds like a small thing, but it hints at a community that feels at home.

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