706 Kessler Woods Front

Noted eco-friendly architect Jonathan Delcambre designed this home at 706 Kessler Woods Trail to look like homes built more than a half-century ago, but with the addition of stained wood siding and perfectly proportioned masonry, this home stands out.

We love the lines, the presence on the lot, and the gorgeous interiors from Allison Brooks of B2 Architecture, all of which make this property worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Are you ready to buy the high caliber home of your dreams? Call Lisa Peters today to sail from bid to closing.

706 Kessler Woods Front Porch

If you’re ready to fall head over heels for this delightfully sunny riff on midcentury modern architecture, jump!

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Similar problems

Same problems; different coast

I believe it’s called serendipity.  On May 5, Dallas Morning News writer Robert Wilonsky expressed his thoughts on the slowness of the Preston Center Task Force’s process, its wish-washy-ness, and the overall use of butter knives versus machetes in tackling the issues.  The next day I saw a report put out by the (San Francisco) Bay Area Council that was based on a poll of residents conducted in early 2016.  There were interesting parallels.

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We love it when we see a builder truly find their niche, and that’s just what JLD Custom Homes has done in East Dallas. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has constructed several new homes throughout the M Streets and beyond, using classic architecural styles and green-building philosophy to bring new homes that work with a neighborhood’s character.

“This home sits on a corner lot with a electric gated driveway and is just two blocks from Trader Joe’s and all the great restaurants on lower Greenville,” said Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD. “This is the third home that JLD Custom Homes has built on this corner.”

It just hit the market, too, and Gia Marshello of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has this adorable prairie-style home at 5900 Prospect listed for $774,900. For brand new construction in the thick of it all in East Dallas, that’s a pretty decent price!

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23 Ash Bluff Front

Show of hands: How many of our CandysDirt.com readers enjoyed the beautiful weather at the annual Polo on the Lawn match this past Saturday? It was a wonderful event held at Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. But did you know that 23 Ash Bluff Lane was once the site of the Dallas Polo Club in the 1920s?

Yes, it’s true! This gorgeous Anton Korn-designed estate built in 1935 is the very same place where polo ponies and riders raced while the elegant ladies and gentleman of Dallas society looked on.

It was originally built for oilman Clint Murchison, but was later renovated in a way that holds on to the home’s history while allowing it to easily accommodate today’s buyer. Jump to see the rest of this gorgeous home located inside the exclusive Glen Abbey neighborhood.

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1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

It’s one of my favorite times of year: Home Tour Season!

Yes, spring is just brimming with great Dallas-Fort Worth home tours, and we have pulled together a helpful list of our favorites so you can get your calendar in order. From modern to historic and from  Dallas to the Park Cities to Fort Worth, there’s a home tour coming up no matter your tastes or location.

Plus, there’s a brand new home tour launching this year that will not only showcase one of our favorite architects and celebrate preservation in our region. Jump to find out more, and stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for exclusive interviews and ticket giveaways to each of these events!

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empty nesters

Aging in place is a big trend in real estate and housing.

Oh man, I’ve got to start this post with a quote:

“The back to the city” meme appeals to urban boosters and reporters but in reality the numbers behind it are quite small. A 2011 survey by the real estate advisory firm RCLCO found that among affluent empty nesters, 65% planned to stay in their current home, 14% expected to look for a resort-type residence, and only 3 percent would opt for a condominium in the core city. Most of those surveyed preferred living spaces of 2,000 square feet or more. RCLCO concluded that the empty nester “back to the city” condominium demand was 250,000 households nationwide, a lucrative but small market out of the 4.5 million empty nester households in the metropolitan areas studied.

250,000 nation-wide? I found this story by my pal Joel Kotkin to be very interesting and worth a mention or five. First of all, where ARE the most Baby Boomers living now? They currently make up 15 percent of the nation’s population, that figure expected to expand to 21 percent.

Answer: Tampa-St. Pete, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, Providence, Hartford, St. Louis and interestingly, Birmingham, Alabama, probably because of its manufacturing history. Two sand states and the rust belt.

The cities with the smallest percentage of Baby Boomers are Austin, Salt Lake City, Houston, DALLAS, and Raleigh, NC.

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Image: Fox 4

Image: Fox 4

Crews were inside Lakewood Elementary over the weekend, monitoring the air quality inside the school after reports of children being nauseated, dizzy, and lethargic during the school day. One child even vomited in between classes.

This is the second time parents have voiced concern over air quality inside the school. Just last year a dead owl stuck in a vent forced carbon monoxide from the school’s boiler into several classrooms, sickening children and staff in the circa 1951 building.

According to the Advocate, a meeting to discuss the building’s classroom and cafeteria expansion is slated for tomorrow (Feb. 23) evening, though a discussion about air quality is to be expected.

Despite the reports of sick kids, classes continued today, though parents said they would be keeping close watch on Dallas ISD to make sure this didn’t happen again.

“Obviously I personally don’t feel like my son is in danger today or tomorrow,” parent Paula Goldberg said to NBC 5. “But something needs to be addressed in the school, because something is not right. It’s an odd coincidence that we’ve had two things like this.”

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We were not prepared. Were you?

We were not prepared. Were you?

I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve covered at least a dozen tornadoes in my career, and yet, as
my family and I huddled in the small hallway in the center of our home Saturday night fearfully watching the weather on my iPad, I realized how woefully unprepared we were for a disaster.

I mean, sure, we had the basics down. Shelter. I had my wallet with insurance information, ID, credit cards, etc. We had something to monitor the weather with (our phones and iPad). But sitting on the couch later, anxiously watching the news with my heart in my throat, I realized how many things we missed. The dog was not on a leash. The bike helmets were MIA. The medication I take daily was sitting on the counter in the bathroom. We weren’t even wearing shoes. True, part of that was due to the fact that I could tell only the outer edges of the cell were touching our neighborhood, but later I found that others who thought the same thing were now cleaning up their homes after a tornado hit (in Sunnyvale) just a couple hundred feet from their neighborhood.

What in the hell was I thinking?

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