GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

1115 Sarasota Front

The Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood is hot right now, with hundreds of families looking for the perfect home in this sweet little subdivision, but thanks to higher prices and a market that is poised for even more growth, it’s hard to find the right house for the right buyer.

Still, there are some very lovely homes in this area, including 1115 Sarasota Circle. While this beauty blends with the rest of the Tudors and cottages in the area, you’ll be surprised to hear it was actually built just 13 years ago, a labor of love by a retired builder, Daryl Davis. It’s marketed by Allie Beth Allman agent Alex Roostaei for $549,000.

“This home was built for [Daryl] and his wife back in 2001. He’s one of those guys who if he’s going to do something,  he does it correctly,” Roostaei said. “He built this house not only to be beautiful and functional, but also to be just as sound behind the walls and in the construction.”

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Sounds like this beautiful stone-and-brick-clad home will stand the test of time just like the rest of the 1920s-era Tudors you’ll find in Hollywood Heights and in Lakewood Heights. This particular home has three bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, a huge backyard and a two-car garage with an air-conditioned studio/office space upstairs.

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Inside you’ll find elegant millwork and trim, with glossy stained hardwood mouldings throughout. The gorgeous fireplace in the living room is modeled after Rookwood fireplaces that are common in the area. The dining room is spacious, perfect for entertaining, and has a lovely chandelier overhead.

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In the kitchen you’ll fall for the beautiful red cabinets and gorgeous pendant and wall-mount light fixtures that add a soft vintage flair. Of course, you’ll find high-end stainless appliances and a built-in, made-to-match refrigerator. A wine nook and a beautiful island complete the space, which benefits from tons of natural light from the windows. There’s a beautiful breakfast nook next to the kitchen with huge windows and a lovely, understated fireplace.

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Upstairs, the master suite is just absolutely adorable. The same touches you love in a 1920s Tudor can be found in this home, including the adorable commode with a vessel sink modeled to look like an old wash pan. The woodwork, honeycomb tile, and the cast-iron claw-foot tub make it a trip back in time. Nostalgic and more romantic than a New England bed and breakfast!

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Just off the breakfast room is the screened porch, which opens to the huge, grassy backyard. In all, this home is perfect for lovers of vintage details with tons of modern amenities that make this incredible property a perfect Valentine for anyone!

10235 Strait LaneThis is curious. On January 14, 2014 Allie Beth Allman listed the stupendous Neiman Marcus Showcase House which we all remember so very well  when it was built in 1996. 10,930 square feet of sheer perfection with five bedrooms, six full and three half baths, five fireplaces which are working overtime today I’m sure, rich library, media room, exercise room, guest suite, staff quarters with a kitchen, rear loggia with one of those five fireplaces. Everywhere you look there are acres of gorgeous, tasteful marbles, limestone, oak, maple, mahogany, stucco, red tile. In fact, this home really made most of these finish-out materials so hotly coveted once they were unveiled in the 1998 Neiman Marcus Showcase home. Of course the home is located on one-plus wooded acre. The asking price is, or rather was, $5,950,000.

Maybe it’s a hip pocket?

But now the listing has been cancelled. Which is curious because it is owned by Toni Brinker, who is engaged to T. Boone Pickens, and the game-plan we all thought was for them to move into his home on Alva Court. 10235 Strait Lane is where Toni lived with Norman Brinker, NOT 9410 Alva Court as I had mistakenly thought. Anyhow, wonder if now the lovebirds might be making THIS their new pad?

Or perhaps a second home… for guests?

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allie-beth-urban-teamYour’s truly is joining this fine group of Allie Beth Allman Urban agents plus designer extraordinaire Barry Williams, jetting down to Austin Wednesday on Southwest Air Lines.

barrywilliamsWho knows? Maybe we’ll end up in Cancun?

We are going down to see a most extraordinary listing, the $15 million dollar Casa Santuario in Austin Texas. This “Sanctuary” goes, goes, will be gone to the highest bidder February 12, just in time for Valentines Day.  And you’ve got to check out this pool: one of the first swimming pools built in Austin, it was originally spring-fed!

I’m really interested in meeting, too, the folks who put this great video together: 

7210_Winedale_Exterior

You know how much we love HGTV here at CandysDirt.com. We’re tuned in pretty much ALL THE TIME. Are there any other channels?

So when we got a little ring from Maribeth Peters about a cool new East Dallas home from a former HGTV Design Star contestant, our ears perked up and we were champing at the bit!

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Boy, did Maribeth deliver! This adorable 1970s traditional in highly sought-after Merriman Park Estates was completely re-done by Season Four Design Star contestant Jany Lee. An interior designer and world traveler, Lee faced off against Antonio Ballatore as the only Dallas resident from more than 8,700 applicants nationwide.

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We love Jany’s style, which features global influences and organic shapes with touches of glamour. You’ll see the hallmarks of her exceptional taste all over 7210 Winedale Drive, which was stripped down and built back up in amazing fashion. With three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 2,400 square feet, this is a family home with all of the features you want. It’s listed for $399,000, but we suspect that someone will snatch this up for upwards of that.

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We love the natural materials and muted color palette Jany used in this incredible home, which has travertine tile, natural hardwood floors, Carrera marble counters, recessed lighting throughout, and smooth contemporary walls and ceilings (goodbye popcorn texture!). Heck, this home is so move-in ready you should try to negotiate some of Jany’s incredible furnishings and just put your stuff in storage or on consignment. Yes, that’s how much we love what Jany has done with this home!

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The master suite, though, is where Jany’s style really shines. Tons of glamour and romance, with great color and texture, too. With his-and-hers closets, a tray ceiling, and tons of light, it’s beautiful and definitely worthy of being called a retreat.

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The master bath is amazing, and if you don’t fall in love with it you better just check your pulse! Check out that amazing chandelier! And you’ll just die when you see the claw-foot tub and that fantastic vintage-style chrome fixture. The marble really ups the luxury factor, too. And that shower is just gigantic! No wonder this home was so popular on the Lake Highlands Early Childhood PTA home tour back in 2011.

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Not only is this home gorgeous, but it’s a great investment thanks to the schools, says Maribeth.

“This Merriman Park Estates house is centrally located in Lake Highlands at Walnut Hill and Abrams in super-popular Richardson ISD and is attached to an excellent elementary school, Merriman Park Elementary, which is just a block away,” Maribeth said. “So the homes offers all the benefits of RISD but is just 5 minutes down Walnut Hill to Central/75. Families are flocking to this area due to the schools and it is also a great area for empty nesters since many homes are one stories, centrally located and have been beautifully updated.”

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Sounds perfect to me! See the video from the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate to hear what Jany has to say about her personal retreat!

7210_Winedale_Exterior

You know how much we love HGTV here at CandysDirt.com. We’re tuned in pretty much ALL THE TIME. Are there any other channels?

So when we got a little ring from Maribeth Peters about a cool new East Dallas home from a former HGTV Design Star contestant, our ears perked up and we were champing at the bit!

7210_Winedale_Study

Boy, did Maribeth deliver! This adorable 1970s traditional in highly sought-after Merriman Park Estates was completely re-done by Season Four Design Star contestant Jany Lee. An interior designer and world traveler, Lee faced off against Antonio Ballatore as the only Dallas resident from more than 8,700 applicants nationwide.

7210_Winedale_Living_Room

We love Jany’s style, which features global influences and organic shapes with touches of glamour. You’ll see the hallmarks of her exceptional taste all over 7210 Winedale Drive, which was stripped down and built back up in amazing fashion. With three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 2,400 square feet, this is a family home with all of the features you want. It’s listed for $399,000, but we suspect that someone will snatch this up for upwards of that.

7210_Winedale_Open_Floor_Plan

We love the natural materials and muted color palette Jany used in this incredible home, which has travertine tile, natural hardwood floors, Carrera marble counters, recessed lighting throughout, and smooth contemporary walls and ceilings (goodbye popcorn texture!). Heck, this home is so move-in ready you should try to negotiate some of Jany’s incredible furnishings and just put your stuff in storage or on consignment. Yes, that’s how much we love what Jany has done with this home!

7210_Winedale_Kitchen_1

The master suite, though, is where Jany’s style really shines. Tons of glamour and romance, with great color and texture, too. With his-and-hers closets, a tray ceiling, and tons of light, it’s beautiful and definitely worthy of being called a retreat.

7210_Winedale_Master_Bedroom

The master bath is amazing, and if you don’t fall in love with it you better just check your pulse! Check out that amazing chandelier! And you’ll just die when you see the claw-foot tub and that fantastic vintage-style chrome fixture. The marble really ups the luxury factor, too. And that shower is just gigantic! No wonder this home was so popular on the Lake Highlands Early Childhood PTA home tour back in 2011.

7210_Winedale_Master_Bath_2

Not only is this home gorgeous, but it’s a great investment thanks to the schools, says Maribeth.

“This Merriman Park Estates house is centrally located in Lake Highlands at Walnut Hill and Abrams in super-popular Richardson ISD and is attached to an excellent elementary school, Merriman Park Elementary, which is just a block away,” Maribeth said. “So the homes offers all the benefits of RISD but is just 5 minutes down Walnut Hill to Central/75. Families are flocking to this area due to the schools and it is also a great area for empty nesters since many homes are one stories, centrally located and have been beautifully updated.”

7210_Winedale_Back_Exterior

Sounds perfect to me! See the video from the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate to hear what Jany has to say about her personal retreat!

2224 Lakeridge Front

Yes, that’s right. I said Grapevine. Truthfully, there are tons of fabulous properties out in this Tarrant County suburb. And with incredible schools, proximity to Lake Grapevine, and tons of beautiful views, it’s a shame we don’t feature this wonderful town more.

Today we’re checking out 2224 Lakeridge Drive, a gorgeous property from gorgeous Allie Beth Allman agent Dona Robinson. This home has a traditional feel with some great contemporary updates, including a stucco exterior, fresh paint, imported stone and hardwood floors, as well as a majestically treed lot, giving this wonderful and unique home impressive drive-up appeal. It’s fresh to the market and priced at $997,500.

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With five bedrooms, five full and two half baths over 6,119 square feet, this home is spacious without being imposing. Sporting three living areas and tons of floor-to-ceiling windows, this home was built for entertaining crowds in a way that adds drama and grace. I love the color palette, too, which has subtle variations of neutrals including a beautiful modern-style fireplace in one of the more formal living areas. There’s also a home theater and sauna, as well as a full-fledged guest suite should you trouble yourself hosting relatives come next holiday season.

2224 Lakeridge Kitchen 2 2224 Lakeridge BreakfastThere’s plenty of rustic appeal, too, which you’ll find in the kitchen and breakfast areas, which sport exposed wood beams and beautiful metal arched chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The kitchen is immense and well-appointed, too. It has commercial-grade stainless steel appliances tucked inside custom cabinetry and topped with granite and marble. And thanks to the open kitchen floorplan, you can enjoy the view of the pool from the den, the breakfast area, or even from behind the stove.

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The master bedroom is a true retreat with an adjacent study that has tons of built-in cabinetry for a work-at-home workaholic. This is just the kind of set-up Candy and I need when we are struck with some late-night inspiration and have to bang out a blog post before we lose that manic bit of creativity. The views are just stunning, too, and an inspiration in themselves.

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The master bath has just a huge jetted tub adjacent to an immense multi-head shower. Just really frickin’ huge, folks. I am a little put off by the mirrored surround above the tub. Just feels a little too “skeevy porn star” to me. Easily replaced, and it’d look great with some tile or even some frosted glass.

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Outside you’ll find a huge pool with diving board and a built-in spa, and of course, tons of views and a very private-feeling lot. If you’re wanting to get away from the city but not wanting to sacrifice on luxury, this could be the home for you and your family.

What do you think?