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It was probably the most beautiful memorial service most of us will ever attend, and it was totally befitting Ebby Halliday Acers, the Duchess of Dallas Real Estate as her pastor, Dr. Jim Denison, called her. The sanctuary at Park Cities Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon was loaded, as was the balcony, and I’m told it holds 3000. The church hall, which holds another 1000, was set up for the overflow.

The afternoon service was laced with beautiful music, beginning with a performance by the Happy Hill Farm Academy choir, Happy Hill being one of the many charities Ebby supported.

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, remembered Ebby first. Mary Frances started with the company as a temporary secretary, who Ebby asked to stay on permanently. Back then she said she made about $2.50 an hour — “Ebby was my graduate school,” she said. (more…)

 

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There is something about the location of 11259 Leachman Circle that takes the temperature down a notch or two. The home is located on a leafy cul-de-sac off Northaven Road (near Inwood, need I say more?) that is so peaceful you can hear the crickets tapping their legs. And the home is CANOPIED by lush trees, soaring oaks. It’s a transitional ranch circa 1974 to which the whole world has been added. There is a glorious main kitchen, a catering kitchen, two master suites, storage galore, high ceilings, light, and one of the most beautiful bedrooms I have seen in eons.

In fact, I’m so excited I have to show you this room up front. See those panels? All storage!

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5127 Amherst IHOTW

I am so into charming, chic cottages this week. Perhaps it’s the weather — these cottages remind me of Maine and cooler temps. This little Briarwood charmer caught my eye because of the picket-fence appeal, the “adorableness”, and the great landscaping. Lo and behold, turns out the home is owned by a landscape designer. No wonder everything looks so perfect.

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11159 Russwood Front

The size and shape of a lot can greatly influence the look and feel of a home. Sometimes a sprawling home on a large lot is nothing short of nirvana, but to transplant that same home to one of the miniscule footprints in University Park? Well, that’s heresy. This gorgeous 1969 contemporary, which has clerestory windows and a low-pitched roof feels so much like a mid-century modern, but has the large rooms and languorous floorplan of the ranch homes for which this area of Preston Hollow is known. The lot is an astonishing 177 feet wide, and totals .57 of an acre. The setback is dramatic, and the landscaping and mature trees make it feel very private.

And the backyard? Well, it’s a great spot for families to run free without a care in the world. This is a home that is easy to fall in love with, and once you fall in love with a home, you don’t want to take any chances with financing. When you’re ready to put a bid in on this High Caliber Home of the Week, talk to Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, a consummate professional who works hard for her clients.

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3615 Amherst Fountain back

Rarely do you see a home take such fantastic advantage of a unique lot in such a special way as this luxurious transitional design from Stocker Hoestry Montenegro Architects does. Built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Tatum Brown Custom Homes from the finest materials, this is a home that feels so seamlessly integrated into the land that there is no beginning or end, just a timeless, elegant design that hugs one of the most sought-after spots on Turtle Creek — Culture Gulch.

When you fall for a home like this — and once you see the interiors staged by Cindy Musgrove of Blu Sky Living, you will fall hard — you want to make sure your financing is bombproof. There’s no better person to call than Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, as she’ll make sure you get the right loan to make closing a breeze.

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M-Streets Tudor

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, then today’s Thursday Three Hundred is your wish come to market.

The M-Streets Tudor at 5355 McCommas Blvd. captivates with corner-lot curb appeal, from the steeply pitched roof and bright red door to stone-and-wood siding and arching shade trees. This 1946 house is pure romance and charm, both inside and out, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,485 square feet. It is listed by Julie Coats Frakes with Allie Beth Allman for $395,000.

Located just two blocks from Glencoe Park, it’s situated in a coveted neighborhood, on the northern edge of Greenland Hills. The picturesque streets are filled with historic revival houses, many of which are also Tudor-style versions of English cottages. This architectural continuity, along with the gently rolling hills and canopy of pecan and oak trees, makes for a congenial, enchanting feel.

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The Shelton

Wow! I stumbled into Carolina Rendon’s hip pocket and neither of us felt a thing – but I saw something wonderful that stirred my renovator’s heart. But I get ahead of myself…

In 1983, The Shelton popped up in Preston Center located on Luther Lane just south of Northwest Highway and east of the Tollway. It began life as a condominium but has had an interesting life since.

It was sold to Japanese investor Takeharu Miyama in the early 1990s who leased the units. In 2005, nearly 15 years later, the building was marketed to developers. The building sold in 2006 for approximately $35 million to Dallas-based Dunhill Partners who planned to return the Shelton to condominiums and committed $12 million for the renovation of units and public areas – estimated at about $65,000 per unit. In the process of renovation, the original 129 units shrunk to 115 as some units were combined and supersized.

(After the sale, Takeharu made the prescient move to buy 1909 Woodall Rodgers months before Klyde Warren Park was approved. The park transformed freeway frontage into park-side prominence.)

We all recall how real estate turned dollars into dimes in the late 2000s as global economies crashed and residential mortgage availability evaporated. While Dallas was no Miami or Phoenix, the real estate market still faltered as banks threw another log on the fire in overtightening mortgage qualifications. An ebullient 2005 turned grim by 2007 when the newly renovated Shelton units hit the market. As citywide inventory stacked up, the unsold Shelton units were again pressed into service as rentals.

Now, just over two years as Dallas real estate turned from indolent to incandescent, Shelton units are coming off lease and selling at a fairly brisk clip. This isn’t unique to the Shelton. Nearly all established high-rises have had a lot fewer listings and fewer days on market.

And it’s here that we get a peek into Carolina’s pockets.

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Laurie Mah Realtor Profile Photo

 

Experience is important, but it’s no substitute for doing the research and legwork. That’s a philosophy Laurie Mah maintains, and it’s led to plenty of success. This determined and knowledgeable Realtor with Allie Beth Allman’s Ben Jones Group has lived all over the US and in parts of Asia, but loves the M Streets the best. She is a fantastic asset for both buyers and sellers, is a Feng Shui aficionado, and knows her way around a transaction.

The level of service she provides reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Read on for more about the amazing Laurie Mah!

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