4823 Linnett Lane

Corrugated metal, Cyprus, HardiePlank and a beautiful blue door have introduced a new design aesthetic to the Bird Streets.

The Good brothers are at it again. Our Dallas version of HGTV’s  The Property Brothers has just listed their latest new contemporary construction at 4823 Linnett Lane in the Bird streets, for $699.900.

It’s the best new nest for anyone with an urban sensibility that longs to be in close proximity to the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Design District, Love Field or downtown. It’s also a stone’s throw from one of the best elementary schools in Dallas, the K.B. Polk Center for  Academically Talented and Gifted

Location, location, location.

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Waco fixer upper

The Shotgun House was renovated on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and is for rent on AirBnB for $325 a night. It was featured in season 3, episode 12 of the show. Photo: AirBnb

If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, then you know their renovated homes are all near Waco, Texas. It turns out several of the owners of these monuments to shiplap and style showing up on popular rental services AirBnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) as celebrity-designed spaces available by the night.

The cable television stars have made their name creating rustic chic homes in this town about 95 miles south of Dallas. And people from Dallas and around the country are flocking to these homes, according to The Waco Tribune. People come to Waco in part to see the Gaines’ Magnolia Market and take part in the celebrity culture.

Read the whole story on SecondShelters.com!

 

 

Real Estate Story
HGTV Ultimate House Hunt

The Mediterranean estate at 6436 Sudbury Rd. in Plano is one of three Ebby properties in the 2016 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt.

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016 is underway, and three DFW properties have made the contest for the world’s most amazing homes for sale. All three are listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors, with two in Plano and one in Prosper (Deion Sanders’ former home).

“We’re honored to have three incredible homes nominated in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt competition this year,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Our associates represent some of the area’s very best properties. These homes benefit from many marketing advantages because of our association with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International, which has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network.”

You can see all the entries and vote here.

 

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HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds with professional photographer daughter Erica Simone

A Dallas “howdy” to HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds with professional photographer daughter Erica Simone

For me, this picture summed up the party.  A gorgeous family home as backdrop for a sumptuous evening with HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds and 83 of CandysDirt.com’s best friends.  The family friendliness of this chateau-inspired home was emphasized by Leeds and her daughter, and of course builders Sam and Debbie Elchami.

Given all the recent, and seemingly returning rain, last Thursday was a blip of cooperative weather. I know everything that was supposed to be green certainly was.

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CD June 9 Invitation

As I write this, Adrian Leeds, HGTV hostess for House Hunters International is making her way to Dallas for a special evening in a special Preston Hollow property hosted by Candysdirt.com and Versailles, Inc. builders.

If HGTV and luxurious Dallas real estate are your guilty pleasures, you’ll be able to combine the two Thursday night.  Leeds has hosted 20-some House Hunters France episodes helping Americans realize their dreams of brie, Bordeaux and baguettes. During the evening Leeds will present “Living and Investing in France” which will be chockablock with information, tips and saucy stories.

The stage for this event will be Versailles, Inc.’s latest creation by master builder Sam Elchami at 9818 Hathaway in Preston Hollow. This 13,000 square foot chateau sitting on over a half-acre is a home you’ll be talking about for days.

 

Remember:  Do you have an HOA story to tell?  A little high-rise history? Realtors, want to feature a listing in need of renovation or one that’s complete with flying colors?  How about hosting a Candy’s Dirt Staff Meeting?  Shoot Jon an email.  Marriage proposals accepted (they’re legal)!  sharewithjon@candysdirt.com

CD June 9 Invitation

Haven’t gotten your invitation to our June 9 event featuring Adrian Leeds? I guess you’re not on our mailing list.  But lucky you!  We still have a few slots available for die-hard readers who we’ve missed (although it’s your own dang fault for not being on our list!).

Are you just a casual reader who has no idea what I’m talking about?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  Turn back time and catch up here and here. Want to show off?  Read this too…

Here’s the Readers’ Digest version …

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Versailles, not everyone’s idea of a second home

Versailles, not everyone’s idea of a second home

“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.”

― Angela Carter

It took me a while to warm to Paris.  As they say, I was young and dumb, passing through Charles de Gaulle airport on my way home from somewhere else. Those long minutes navigating the airport without a word of French scared me, as places do when you’re young in a foreign land and can’t communicate. I was trying to make change at a newsstand and became flustered. The French cashier seemed equally linguistically challenged, but seemingly equal to the task of shaming this young man.

It was over 15 years before a more mature me returned. And I fell in love as you do on second sight. I have since relaxed into a city whose language I remain largely ignorant of, but with whom I have learned to communicate.

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Photo: Leah Shafer

All photo except Chip and Joanna Gaines: Leah Shafer

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