8915 Douglas ext 2I cannot believe that this home is still, STILL, on the market. The agent, Karen Luter, is one of the hardest working agents in town, a genius who has marketed her fingers to the bone for 8915 Douglas. It’s the home of a Dallas icon for Lord’s sake, and now it has been reduced AGAIN to $2,799,999 from an original high of $3,300,000, which had been lowered to $2,990,999. I mean, what gives. Brian Hagan tells me that dirt is now running at $2,500,000 per acre in the honeypot. This property backs to the Dallas North Tollway, but you are getting 1.050 acres, so who cares? Located on a delicious part of Douglas your neighbors are: Angel Rangel, Baxter Brinkman x three, Lawrence Wolfish, and EyeMart Express honcho Dr.  Douglas Barnes, who has the best-looking grass on the street. It’s fake, and I love it! (more…)

It’s showtime: the case to rezone a critical portion of Preston Hollow to accommodate 220 luxury apartments at Preston & Northwest Highway heads to the Dallas Plan Commission and the City Council this week. Here is a video from the developer, Transwestern, narrated by Sarah Dodd, describing the development, the neighborhood, and all the stuff we have been reporting to you the last few weeks.

Of course, once the case is filed with the city, it could take weeks to have it scheduled at a City Council meeting, where supporters and opponents can speak. Homeowners have hired seasoned land use and infrastructure attorney P. Michael Jung to represent the neighborhood united behind the “No” signs. Mr. Jung declined to tell me who is paying his fee, but a recent memo circulating behind the Pink Wall indicated that homeowners were asked to contribute if they liked. I have been told that Howard Rachofsky was covering most of it. (more…)

3800 Beverly extThis home is so very Easter Monday, and also such a beautiful example of Highland Park neoclassical architectural history that defines Dallas real estate. Built in 1922 by the renown Hal Thompson, it sits on one of the most prestigious corners in the city (Eton and Beverly) with stately columns, slate and metal roof, perfectly manicured gardens, huge towering trees, a front porch (remember those?) and circular driveway that must have inspired a million more. The home is situated on .845 acres in Highland Park! You get 8,938 square feet of space that has been brought into the 21st century artfully and thoughtfully, all the while maintaining and respecting the architectural integrity of the home.

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DFW_REALTIES_SoldDon’t think the only hot market in North Texas exists south of LBJ. Agents everywhere are going to unconventional extremes to find their clients’ homes.  June Graham recently moved into what she calls the “home of her dreams” in Castle Hills, where the market is also extremely competitive.

In fact, June’s agent, Sunny Chaparala of DFW Realties, had to scour Castle Hills for a home she found off market, off MLS. But June claims Sunny, who is a computer programmer, actually wrote a computer program to find their home, because it was like finding a needle in a haystack. (more…)

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The State Thomas Home Tour was just last weekend, so we are bringing you a brand new listing (just hit MLS) in the State Thomas District at 2411 Hall Street, No. 1. This is an end unit three story that proves how affordable great brownstone living is in Uptown, especially in the State Thomas ‘hood which is so rich with history.

The way back machine: In 1868, James and Elizabeth Routh Thomas bought 40 acres in State Thomas. Of course, it wasn’t called State Thomas just yet, it was farm and prairie. The hopping part of town we call Uptown was known as The Vineyard, called such because there were actual vineyards and fruit trees raised and cultivated on the land between Cedar Springs and McKinney. The Vineyard was west of McKinney Ave. East of McKinney was the Thomas Colby District until 1976, when it was just shortened to State Thomas. Did the “Thomas” part of the name come from Elizabeth? Or was it from Dallas businessman Thomas Lardner who, in the mid-1980s, cleared more than 30 acres along Thomas, State, Allen and Hall streets with the investor Lehndorff Group.

Lardner was actually one of the first developers to call the area Uptown, and he planned for a high-rise district. But then came the 1980s, real estate crashed, and the neighborhood grew organically into a community of low- and midrise residential buildings. The McKinney Avenue Trolley stopped running in 1956, to start back up in 1989.

Today, Uptown is one of the most walkable communities in Dallas. Weekends and even on many Weekday evenings, hundreds of people walk the well-lit, tree-lined sidewalks from restaurant to restaurant, from home to the gym, from work and home to shops and public transit via the McKinney Avenue Trolley. That and the nearby Katy Trail could be why so many young professionals want to live here.

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