Booth Bros

Anyone wondering what is going on over at 6715 Golf with all the combat-looking ATF-type guys roaming around? Is there a Hostage Situation underway?

Sort of. The good guys at Booth Brothers Custom Homes have turned over the keys to the ATF for some hostage rescue training on a home they are about to tear down. Keep an eye on this property: it is going to be a sleek modern, designed by Robbie Fusch (who knew Fusch could do modern?) 6,000 square footer  with a 4- car basement garage and should be delivered about this time next year.

The ATF guys might be knocking a few holes in the walls to speed up the demo process, we hope. Broker extraordinaire Hunter Dehn, who specializes in finding fabulous lots for builders, tells me pre-tear down homes offer great training ground for these drills. I think I just might stop by for more pics… hope I don’t get shot!

1409 San Rafael extIf you are in the market for a great family home, this is one I want you to RUN to see, like today, if possible. I’m totally serious. It is a Forest Hills classic built in 2007 by (we think) Oscar Ponder, created of red brick and stone, with plenty of square footage — 5216 to be exact. This home is beautiful, soothing and jam-packs in four bedrooms, a first floor master, study, wine room, five fireplaces, five full and one half baths, whopping sized formals, and a four car garage with an auto court. Oh did I mention the gorgeous back yard pool and spa right off of not just one, but TWO charming covered patios and outdoor living areas, one with a pizza oven-sized fireplace and full kitchen? (more…)

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Jeff Lindigrin and Lydia Player are expert photobombers!

This year, Great Western Home Loans was the proud sponsor of D Magazine’s annual Best Realtors party. (D does Best Realtor, someone else does the party.) It was one of the best they’ve ever had, and Candy even crashed the party! Well, how about we judge it by some of the fantastic smiles and goofy photo-bombs by North Texas’ top agents and mortgage professionals. Sponsored by Great Western Home Loans, the party, which feted the top-ranked Realtors at the Dallas Arboretum, ended with an equally fun POST PARTY also sponsored by Jeff and the Great Western folks at Terrelli’s on Greenville Avenue.

Seriously, I think it’s time we changed the saying from “party like a rockstar” to “party like a Realtor,” because these people obviously know how to have a good time!

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It is ironic that I am in San Francisco at Inman Real Estate Connect, along with Ellen Sedeno, Marketing Director at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s IR. Hanne Sagalowsky is here, too, from Ebby, and I’m sure there are more. We are filling our heads with the latest technological tools coming down the pike for agents and consumers, hearing agent concerns about aggregators and third-party portals, the “Z” word, learning how to use social media — the average adult in the US has 664 social media connections, which quickly goes viral with one small property post. 90% of agents use social media; only 10% use it right. Traditional advertising –phew, so archaic. It’s ironic because in the midst of all this high tech, almost mind-numbing sharing of information and tech start up companies with so many tools to help agents and make real estate as transparent as the glass on Reunion Tower, Briggs made real estate sales history.

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10777 Strait Lane extWell, kind of. I didn’t have time to get you the background dirt circa early ’80s on the breathtaking Oats home at the southwest corner of Strait and Royal — you know, this week’s $19.5 million Monday Morning Millionaire. I was busy getting ready to head to San Francisco for Connect.

Thankfully, Alan Peppard took the ball and ran with it. So I will let him bring you the details on how John Post, son of insurance honcho Troy Post, bought the original home on the lot for $3 million and then tore it down. In fact, I remember when this home was torn down as I drove by it nearly every day (carpool). I knew the home was huge (19,000 square feet) and that it was torn down by the buyer almost as soon as he bought it. We were just incredulous! Tear downs were reserved back then for really messed up homes.

Dallas was sure a blast in the ’80s.

Also, Alan says “nearby Strait Lane neighbors include Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki and their baby daughter; Margot and Ross Perot; and Kentucky Derby-winning horse breeders Lisa and Kenny Troutt.” Yes, but let’s not forget Mehrdad Moayedi, who just snapped up Phil Romano’s house and is doing a ton of work on it even as we speak.

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DR Horton clean up Dump Bryan Place 1Remember when we showed you what we thought was the less than stellar job of corporate responsibility from the D. R. Horton folks at their Bryan Place development called “Exall Townhomes”? Well well, seems like our little blog post based on communication from a reader, along with a few photos, moved a few mountains.  Or at least some construction crap. Here’s what that storm drain used to look like. (more…)

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I think I have seen it all. This is a great big brand new family home that can be your’s for less than one million, in a new subdivision just south of LBJ Freeway — the ALMOST FINISHED LBJ Freeway, in a hot school district. And it even has a front porch!

Here you have a 3,945 square foot home so new you can still smell the pine: it was built just last year. Clean, crisp construction by the good folks at Nobility Homes. You are in Lake Highlands, in Richardson ISD.  Sound good so far? You’ve got .20 of an acre. You’ve got five bedrooms (one can be a playroom), four full baths and one half bath powder room right near the formals, and beautiful rich coffee-colored hardwoods everywhere. There is a huge master with spa bath that includes a steam shower. The kitchen is so large you could fit the whole soccer team in it plus: there’s a large island that opens to the den and features a 60-inch refrigerator,  6 burner gas cooktop, double ovens, two dishwashers, and a butler’s pantry. Outside, there is a generous, grassy yard and a huge covered porch with barbecue grill. Custom touches abound, including a sliding barnyard door.

This pup is listed with the Christy+Norcross+Thomas Group at Nathan Grace Real Estate, who recently opened an office on Lovers Lane right above City Cafe. That puts them very near and dear to the good folks at Inwood Mortgage, who can make the financing on this new pup happen lickety split with the bet rates to boot. Asking $945,000.

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9403 Thornberry extThis is one of my favorite areas in Dallas, one that always holds a ton of promise and where we can see evidence of real estate development progress every day. I am talking about Thornberry Lane, right off Northwest Highway, west of Midway but before Mixon and Marsh. To the north and east are multi million dollar homes — even some of the homes on Thornberry have been scraped. You are close to everything, from Lovers/Inwood to Northwest Highway and Midway, and Preston Center is a mile or two east. I think development west of here will continue. It’s a little noisy, yes, because of the traffic but hello, we are living in a big city now, not a farmstand. And yes, Love Field might get busier and noisier but the proximity to Love is almost intoxicating: I am off to D/FW in the early am and dreading that morning drive already. Come October, I’ll be able to hop on Southwest to San Jose and leave from Love. That’s what I call love! (more…)