6410 Woodland Dr. IHOTW
Location, location, location. There’s nothing more important when you’re looking for a home. Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is in a perfect location within Preston Hollow, and it’s a gorgeous homage to that 19th century classic European style we all love.

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This magnificent two-story, 6,360-square-foot luxury home at 6410 Woodland Drive, is located right between two of the best shopping areas in town: NorthPark Center and Preston Center. It’s close to two excellent private schools: St. Marks School of Texas and Ursuline Academy. And it’s a hop skip and a jump to the Dallas North Tollway. The lovely Preston Hollow Park is just down the street. See, it really is in a perfect location.

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Amy Berry and Christy Berry are teaming up to sell Amy’s University Park home at 4432 McFarlin Blvd. All photos courtesy of Amy Berry

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law duo who are taking the real estate and interior design world of Dallas by storm.

Amy Berry is an up-and-coming interior designer, owner of Amy Berry Design, who was recently named in HouseBeautiful’s Next Wave of designers. Her mother-in-law, Christy Berry, is a Dallas-based luxury real estate authority with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty who sold over $67 million last year alone.

Amy’s career started to flourish after Christy introduced her to her first client. Now, they are teaming up again as Christy lists Amy’s $2.2 million home at 4432 McFarlin Blvd. in University Park. We sat down with Amy and Christy to talk about their relationship, the future of luxury real estate and design, and how they’re selling this home together.

CandysDirt: How do you see your industries intertwining?

Amy Berry: There’s no way they can’t intertwine. Everything about a house, with or without a client, tells a story and a successful interior finishes that story. You can’t put a family in a home without understanding how they live and how they envision themselves living. Same goes for interiors, so the two really go hand-in-hand.

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I’m just going to spill the beans on this one early: I have word from a solid source that two of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s powerhouse agents are teaming up to create a super-power selling team: Christy Berry and Jonathan Rosen.

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Last week I was in Austin, hanging with the folks at Concierge Auctions and about 65 power-house agents from across the country. Jonathan and Christy’s names were brought up several times as top producing agents separately. Together, well, we’ve already had 11 tornadoes in Dallas the day after Christmas, get ready for a really big one in real estate…

I think there were a lot of agent changes around here since December 15… stay tuned, stay very tuned. PS: LOVING Rosen Berry’s visuals…

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So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious. Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

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Selling Your House Infographic Header

So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious, and sales prices up 12 percent in January! Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

 

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

Jump to read more and see the infographic!

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9806 Inwood Front

As I told you last week, or rather, during Bush Center week, there is another price record setting mansion/estate/manor hitting our market. It even has a name, “Dans Bois Crete,” or translated into English, “In Wood Ridge”. The home is located on that elegant stretch of Inwood Road just south of Walnut Hill, not too far from the estates of Kelcy Warren, Roger Staubach, and Windle and Shirley Turley.

9806 Inwood Dining

When listing agent Christy Berry, who is a dynamo BTW, first told me about this listing, I said, oh yes I know the people who first built that house back in 1996. It was glorious then, a true record-setter of building perfection. They called it Idylwood Hill, which is still the name of the subdivision. My friends built the home with every detail imaginable then settled back and enjoyed it, from the wonderful gourmet chef’s kitchen to the downstairs movie theater with a full-service ticket booth plus candy and popcorn concession stand. At 14,139-square-feet, the very French mansion sits on 5.3-acres tucked inside formidable black iron gates at 9806 Inwood Road.

9806 Inwood Library

In fact, from the road, you cannot see much at all.

Berry will not reveal the owner’s name. According to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, the home is valued at $9.336 million for tax purposes (which means nothing) and is owned by Ceales Trust. According to the Wall Street Journal, who featured the home in Friday’s “Mansion” section (paywall), the owners are Erich and Audrey Spangenberg, founders of patent-assertion legal firm IPNav. According to its website, IPNav has won more than $610 million in patent monetization. Whatever, they apparently own homes all over the world, travel a great deal and Audrey has the most exquisite taste I’ve ever seen: she did most of the extensive re-design herself for more than a year and a half after they bought the home in 2007. Douglas Newby, by the way, was the listing agent then.

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The home has six glorious bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half baths. Very dramatic: the Spangenbergs applied gold leaf which is on the ceilings of the entry hall and dining rooms. I am talking 24 karat gold leaf. You have never seen anything like it! There is a Baccarat chandelier, and that private theater is paneled in blue velvet. (Wonder if they ever watched the movie, Blue Velvet, in there?) There are Venetian plastered hallways, and in fact I think every wall is Venetian plaster,  coffered ceilings, marble and wood floors and of course security cameras throughout the home. The main part of the mansion includes arched glass French doors, a gaming room with an adjacent bar, a cherry wood-paneled library of imported Honduras Mahogany, a master retreat with attached screened-in porch, the first I had ever seen in Dallas. I do recall those screens were retractable, I believe. There are numerous sitting rooms and studies. The outdoors, designed by renown landscape designer  Harold Leidner,  includes an outdoor kitchen with a full fryer. You could live in this outside oasis. There is also a guest suite and a beautiful home office for the Mistress of the Manor.

9806 Inwood Garden

The Journal says Mr. and Mrs. Spangenberg purchased the property in 2007 for $7.68 million, which I think is incorrect. I think it was more. (Updated 10:08 p.m.) They imported many of the materials from Europe including the front-door handles, which are from Lithuania.

9806 Inwood Salon

I think my personal favorite part of this estate is the wood-paneled entrance to a hidden stairway right off the foyer leading to a 2,200-bottle wine cellar. Downstairs, too is that theater complete with luxury seating, sound proofing and a full concession bar. There is even a fun ticket counter! As the original owner told me, she loves movies and always wanted to have a movie theater in her home! I so agree — though builders tell me they are “out”, I still think a home theater or media room is the ultimate luxury!

9806 Inwood Bar

 

9806 Inwood Theatre

 

9806 Inwood cellar

The mansion has a long, winding drive up with a creek that runs through the lot. Atop the ridge is the home featuring a pool, incredible terrace and sweeping lawns on the vast acreage. There is even a maze garden designed by renown landscape designer  Harold Leidner. The circular drive in front of the home features a cascading Italian fountain flanked by four small fire pits.studded with fire torches.

9806 Inwood Back

Perhaps the most amazing thing about “Dans Bois Crete” is the dramatic westward view from the home come sunset. The torches are ablaze  and the Texas sun is setting, spinning off marvelous glints of orange and yellow as the sun descends. Looking westward over the flickering torches, this home evokes images of a Bavarian castle.

9806 Inwood Westward View

9806 Inwood Front

As I told you last week, or rather, during Bush Center week, there is another price record setting mansion/estate/manor hitting our market. It even has a name, “Dans Bois Crete,” or translated into English, “In Wood Ridge”. The home is located on that elegant stretch of Inwood Road just south of Walnut Hill, not too far from the estates of Kelcy Warren, Roger Staubach, and Windle and Shirley Turley.

9806 Inwood Dining

When listing agent Christy Berry, who is a dynamo BTW, first told me about this listing, I said, oh yes I know the people who first built that house back in 1996. It was glorious then, a true record-setter of building perfection. They called it Idylwood Hill, which is still the name of the subdivision. My friends built the home with every detail imaginable then settled back and enjoyed it, from the wonderful gourmet chef’s kitchen to the downstairs movie theater with a full-service ticket booth plus candy and popcorn concession stand. At 14,139-square-feet, the very French mansion sits on 5.3-acres tucked inside formidable black iron gates at 9806 Inwood Road.

9806 Inwood Library

In fact, from the road, you cannot see much at all.

Berry will not reveal the owner’s name. According to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, the home is valued at $9.336 million for tax purposes (which means nothing) and is owned by Ceales Trust. According to the Wall Street Journal, who featured the home in Friday’s “Mansion” section (paywall), the owners are Erich and Audrey Spangenberg, founders of patent-assertion legal firm IPNav. According to its website, IPNav has won more than $610 million in patent monetization. Whatever, they apparently own homes all over the world, travel a great deal and Audrey has the most exquisite taste I’ve ever seen: she did most of the extensive re-design herself for more than a year and a half after they bought the home in 2007. Douglas Newby, by the way, was the listing agent then.

9806 Inwood Master

The home has six glorious bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half baths. Very dramatic: the Spangenbergs applied gold leaf which is on the ceilings of the entry hall and dining rooms. I am talking 24 karat gold leaf. You have never seen anything like it! There is a Baccarat chandelier, and that private theater is paneled in blue velvet. (Wonder if they ever watched the movie, Blue Velvet, in there?) There are Venetian plastered hallways, and in fact I think every wall is Venetian plaster,  coffered ceilings, marble and wood floors and of course security cameras throughout the home. The main part of the mansion includes arched glass French doors, a gaming room with an adjacent bar, a cherry wood-paneled library of imported Honduras Mahogany, a master retreat with attached screened-in porch, the first I had ever seen in Dallas. I do recall those screens were retractable, I believe. There are numerous sitting rooms and studies. The outdoors, designed by renown landscape designer  Harold Leidner,  includes an outdoor kitchen with a full fryer. You could live in this outside oasis. There is also a guest suite and a beautiful home office for the Mistress of the Manor.

9806 Inwood Garden

The Journal says Mr. and Mrs. Spangenberg purchased the property in 2007 for $7.68 million, which I think is incorrect. I think it was more. (Updated 10:08 p.m.) They imported many of the materials from Europe including the front-door handles, which are from Lithuania.

9806 Inwood Salon

I think my personal favorite part of this estate is the wood-paneled entrance to a hidden stairway right off the foyer leading to a 2,200-bottle wine cellar. Downstairs, too is that theater complete with luxury seating, sound proofing and a full concession bar. There is even a fun ticket counter! As the original owner told me, she loves movies and always wanted to have a movie theater in her home! I so agree — though builders tell me they are “out”, I still think a home theater or media room is the ultimate luxury!

9806 Inwood Bar

 

9806 Inwood Theatre

 

9806 Inwood cellar

The mansion has a long, winding drive up with a creek that runs through the lot. Atop the ridge is the home featuring a pool, incredible terrace and sweeping lawns on the vast acreage. There is even a maze garden designed by renown landscape designer  Harold Leidner. The circular drive in front of the home features a cascading Italian fountain flanked by four small fire pits.studded with fire torches.

9806 Inwood Back

Perhaps the most amazing thing about “Dans Bois Crete” is the dramatic westward view from the home come sunset. The torches are ablaze  and the Texas sun is setting, spinning off marvelous glints of orange and yellow as the sun descends. Looking westward over the flickering torches, this home evokes images of a Bavarian castle.

9806 Inwood Westward View