Julie Pillans

Introducing Great Western Home Loans “Realtor of the Week,” a new spot written by our favorite Vice President of Happiness (yup, that’s really his title!), Jeff Lindigrin.

If you know anything about Jeff, you know he is one of the happiest, coolest guys in Texas. And he’s a real Texan through and through, who raises cattle on his ranch and drives a truck. 

He even wears cowboy boots.

Jeff hosts The Great Western Home Loans Radio Show live every Saturday on KLIF 570 AM from 3 to 4 p.m. The show focuses on real estate personalities and mortgage questions, but Jeff’s sense of humor really owns the show. Sometimes Candy is his guest, then things get really wild!

Great Western was created in 1981 by the Fred McDonald family, who continues to own and operate it. From its inception, the company has maintained an entrepreneurial spirit with the focus on its team of outstanding employees.  The “people first” philosophy at all times enables Great Western to deliver superior mortgage services for its clients.  Headquartered in Plano, Great Western Home Loans offers a complete menu of purchase and refinance  mortgage products to smooth the road to home purchasing for every Realtor.

Here’s one of them: Julie Pillans.

Julie is a proud native Texan who grew up in Plano.


One of Julie’s early sales…


1120 Easton Facade

Our Saturday Six Hundred gives a new depth to the meaning of “a labor of love.” Wes Strawn discovered this midcentury modern tri-level at 1120 Easton Road in Lochwood Estates in 2011. Built by Rick Jackson in 1959 and nestled on an acre of land, he found the home the first day it was on the market.


5007 Purdue AvenueIf you want to know the hottest trend in home design, we have the answer. This Briarwood modern farmhouse at 5007 Purdue Avenue ticks all the boxes and then some. It’s an absolutely gorgeous 1939 home that has been remodeled to perfection by listing agent Lindsay Hagan with Ebby Halliday. (more…)


A few years ago some savvy brokers figured out that, rather than pay astronomical prices for luxury print advertising in local glossy magazines, they could take their dollars and create their own magazines. This way they could offer ads to every one of their agents at affordable, wholesale prices, create a beautiful product they had 100% control of, and mail it to the wealthiest households in Dallas. The venture was so successful all the top brokers in Dallas — Ebby, Dave Perry-Miller, Allie Beth Allman, and Briggs Freeman — now have their own coffee-table worthy publications.

I contribute to some of them. The fall/winter 2016 issue of Ebby’s Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and being read in more than 60,000 homes across Dallas-Fort Worth. That’s about the equivalent of the total net circulation of our local city magazines. Of course, magazines are touched more than once and I see Grand Vie in homes and offices everywhere, both east and west. East is Dallas and northern properties, west is Fort Worth and the delectable offerings of Williams Trew Real Estate.

My specialty, of course, is vacation home properties and I am currently be smitten with Lake Tahoe. I get crushes on vacation home communities all the time, from Calistoga Ranch in California’s wine country to the Bahamas and Costa Rica.

But Tahoe! Jump for the full version of my Tahoe report that runs in this month’s Grand Vie. The issue also has fabulous fall decorating tips from our very own Shay Geyer of IBB Fine Furnishings. Then jump over to SecondShelters.com to see some of the stunning homes of Martis Camp, the vacation home playground of Silicon Valley. Oh oh the places we will go!

Tahoe beach (more…)

2702 Heritage Hills Drive

Antebellum architecture comes to Cowtown

There’s just something about the home located at 2702 Heritage Hills Drive in Fort Worth that makes you want to start speaking with a Southern drawl.

No doubt it’s the double front porch design of this beautiful Southern-influenced home that will inspire you to put on your seersucker suit, bow tie, white shoes (no socks of course), and grab a big glass of lemonade and talk like you’re Colonel Sanders.


Located in the gated neighborhood of Stonegate, benefitting from the ever-sought after Tanglewood schools of Tanglewood Elementary, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School, this fantastic two-story home is truly a throwback to the Antebellum days of the Old South.



It was the Warr of the roses. And it will never be the same inside the sleek circa 1980 high rise at 3831 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Thursday night five great homes at The Warrington were opened to CandysDirt.com readers and friends for an evening of exploring and dreaming.  In case you missed our coverage, check out each of the units here, here, here and here.  You may have counted only four write-ups?  Well, our fifth entry was the last-minute but terrific add-on of unit 22C that had only just hit the MLS days before.  You’ll be reading about that home as soon as the pictures are back from the Fotomat.

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby educator Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby agent & Champions prof Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)


4915 StanfordThis home will be open on Thursday, August 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. for your viewing pleasure!

Oh yes, this one is a keeper.

I mean, just look around us at everything that is being built. Modern homes are increasingly preferred by today’s buyers, and smart builders have definitely taken note.

It’s really no surprise we’re all embracing the principles of midcentury style and sensibility that some of us were raised with. (I’m sitting at my Haywood-Wakefield desk as I type this.) The design influence today is all about simplicity, clean lines, no clutter, open floor plans, and a respectful melding with the environment.

This new, gorgeous modern home, at 4915 Stanford, is a flawless example of what happens when great design minds meet. I call it, “Mid-Century Modern Light.”



SOUTHLAKE 1900 Shady Oaks Front

Oh how they live in Southlake! The estates are bigger, the homes heftier, and everyone, it seems, has a zip line and a swimming pool environment in their back yard.

We scoped out 1900 Shady Oaks Drive listed by Ebby Halliday’s Quinn & Marcontell Group to give us a look at how large folks are living in Southlake just west of DFW International. Price tag on this puppy: $5,500,000.

Let me just put it this way — out here, 8,000 square feet is considered an average-sized home.

There are 8,882 square feet of glorious living space, from mega formals (including four living areas, to a hearth room and loft in the library, a card room and housekeeper’s living quarters over the garage), outdoor patio, kitchen and bar, pool (natch), a ten acre lot with koi pond and stocked tank, pasture, enough room for horses and even a barn, and automatic gates around the whole thing.

SOUTHLAKE 1900 Shady Oaks Front 2

What I love best, though, is the pizza oven in the kitchen.

Take that back: I love the humongous master bedroom with its own private garden and a sitting room. (more…)