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It’s Monday. Ease into it. Grab your coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy our Monday Morning Millionaire, a gorgeous transitional Mediterranean mansion at 6214 Mimosa Lane. Nestled in the middle of one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas — Preston Hollow North — it has everything you could wish for in a home. Even our discerning staff can’t find anything that has been overlooked, and we’re somewhat hard to impress. (more…)

 

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You read that headline right. Our Inwood House of the Week is indeed a Highland Park modern tree house with a rooftop pool. It also has four stories. What a find! We’re betting Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Christine McKenny sells 3404 Harvard Avenue in record time. (more…)

Midway Hollow Modern
Our Saturday Seven Hundred, at 3938 Lively Ln., is a Midway Hollow Modern that is a prime example of why young families are not only flocking into this hot neighborhood, they’re staying.

If builders aren’t flipping, they’re creating spec homes like this cool contemporary built by Brad Thurman of Thurman Real Estate Partners. Thurman finished the 2,674-square-foot home in early 2015. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder bath, it’s what young families want today. Of course, it helps when you have a seller with great taste and an excellent designer like Gary Owens on board. Owens not only helped with the interiors, but he’s also responsible for the lovely landscape design.

Dave Perry-Miller agent Michelle McElreath listed this house for $739,000 a few days ago.

“It went under contract to the first person that saw it,” McElreath said. “Every single person that has looked at it has wanted to buy it. We are still showing the house, and people are asking about back up offers. What is so perfect about the house is — it’s just easy. You walk in and even before it was impeccably decorated you think, oh yeah this works. Whether you entertain four or 40, it works. It’s flooded with light but still private. It’s a great house in a great neighborhood.”

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There’s nothing seemingly historic about this duplex penthouse on the 13th and 14th floors of Marathon House, a modern-ish high-rise in London (Map). Thankfully for someone who loves big views, modern buildings are not the issue in London that it can be in Paris where old almost always beats new.

For those not familiar with Marylebone (pronounced Marla-bone), it’s just north of Mayfair and borders the 410-acre Regent’s Park. It’s highly residential and lighter on tourists. But as you can see, it’s still quite close to the action. The tall light slightly left is the Shard while slightly right you can see the arc of the London Eye Ferris wheel. Truly, London is at your feet.

This 4,079-square-foot apartment has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. It’s listed with Simon Tollit and Hannah McDougall of Sotheby’s International Realty for £7.950 million ($9.857 million) which works out to $2,417 per square foot.

I say you’re Sherlock’s neighbor because the closest underground station is Baker Street, which, as fans will recall, is the street Mr. Holmes fictionally lived on…number 221B to be exact. It’s also just down the road from Euston Station, the home of Eurostar where Sharon Quist of Dave Perry-Miller and I alighted from a train to see this beauty (Brits don’t “hop off”).

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Living in Paris is a dream for many people, but a dream financially unattainable.  It may also be that the vagaries of foreign property ownership and the added wrinkle of currency fluctuations are simply not for you.  I mean, while a property may appreciate, if the currency tumbles, appreciation can quickly turn to loss.  For example, in late 2008 the Euro was pushing $1.60. Today it’s nearer $1.05 … essentially erasing a third of its value in nine years.  As recently as the autumn of 2014, the Euro was hovering around $1.40, making for a precipitous loss is a short time … simply from currency. I can tell you that any Parisian market gains in no way offset the currency declines.

You want a second home, not a tax write-off.

Rent.

While I was in Paris last month, I had a perfect confluence of the stars.  CandysDirt.com friend and HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds was on hand to give a sampling of rental units. Also scoping out the market was Dave Perry-Miller agent Sharon Quist who was in town with a friend selling her Paris home.

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Downtown Sprouts in Distance. A Carpet of Summer Green Replaces Winter's Sticks and McMansion Roofs

Downtown sprouts in distance. A carpet of summer green replaces winter’s sticks and McMansion roofs.

The Athena is an odd duck of a high-rise.  Built in 1966 by the same Hal Anderson who developed Preston Tower, the Athena was originally marketed as a luxury property.  The units are large — four center 2/2 units with 1,543 square feet and four corner 3/3 units with 1,899 square feet (there are a handful of small units on the fourth floor that no one talks about).  Darn near all units have (unfortunately) enclosed all or part of their luxe balconies adding another 227 potential square feet to the mix.

However, its more recent history has not been as glamorous. Since 2002, units cracking the $200-per-square-foot mark might be counted on your hands. Why?  The recession, but in part because the Pink Wall in general has not kept up with the times, and even more partially, units had not kept pace either.

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Greenway Parks Custom Contemporary a55428f905e3c6ca9db323b412b246dc3l-m0r

We look at a lot of homes online, all day, every day. Now and again, there are homes that just jump off the screen, like this Greenway Parks custom contemporary at 5339 Nakoma Drive. Talk about a wow factor. This home wows from front to back, side to side, and up and down.

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Sunnybrook IHOTW

Sometimes you see a house and think, “Wow, I could just move right into that one.” That’s the way we feel about this Sunnybrook Estates colonial revival at 5033 Brookview Drive.

Traditional homes create a strong pull. Many of us grew up in them, so they impart an immediate sense of home. But, we don’t want anything very traditional once we step inside. We want clean, sleek lines, museum-quality white walls, classic Carrara marble, and rich hardwoods.

We want this house. (more…)