3021 Southwestern

This property at 3021 Southwestern Blvd. has an open house Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Do you know A. Hays Town’s and love a Louisiana-style home? For more than 65 years, A. Hays Town built houses and buildings which were heavily influenced by the Spanish, French, and Creole history of Louisiana. More than 1,000 homes in Louisiana and the southern United States exist with his distinctive style and most have garnered design awards. Town dies in 2005 at the ripe age of 101!

How to describe his style? Classic Louisiana, full-length shutters as doors, dovecotes (little dove or pigeon towers, which were once considered a measure of wealth), 13-foot ceilings (better circulate air flow), plantation-style separate shutters, and brick floors with a special beeswax finish.

It’s warm and inviting, yes. A little Dilbeck-esque. But to have the best of all possible worlds, take Town’s Louisiana style and marry it to new construction with the latest bell and whistles and you have, well, 3021 Southwestern.

This is truly one of the most beautiful homes I have seen in a long time, it is just YUMMY! Even better? It now has a $175K price reduction!
3021 Southwestern

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5533 Swiss Ave ext

Mary Mapes is the CBS News producer who lived the life fantastic as Dan Rather’s principal producer for 60 Minutes. In 1999, their collaborative work culminated in a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for an investigative report on abuses in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

But Mapes and Rather, as you may recall, are also known for leaving CBS after their famous 2004 report that questioned how George W. Bush got into the (largely noncombat) National Guard during the Vietnam era. It questioned whether he received favorable treatment and even fulfilled the required obligations before his 1973 honorable discharge. It was the early era of blogging and the web microscope. The authenticity of military documents Mapes and Rather used in the report was questioned by bloggers who contended that the typeface used in those documents (Microsoft Word) didn’t yet exist, strongly suggesting the documents had been doctored or were forgeries.

It was one of the most famous events in the history of American journalism. To anyone in broadcast journalism, Dan Rather was the Walter Cronkite of our generation, the shoulders of truth. The ordeal was surreal.

On Sept. 20, 2004, CBS News president Andrew Heyward apologized for the report, as did Rather on the air that same night.

And thus began a nightmare for Mapes, including dismissal from the sterling network brand. Rather resigned from CBS a year later, shipwrecking one of the most stellar careers in broadcast journalism. Mapes was put through the wringer:

Mapes eventually found herself on the receiving end of a more than 200-page report from a panel commissioned by CBS and headed by former Republican attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press president Louis D. Boccardi.

The panel said it “had not been able to conclude with absolute certainty” whether the documents used in the report were “authentic or forgeries.” Nor did it find evidence of “liberal bias.”

All that time, Mapes was married to Dallas Morning News reporter Mark Wrolstad and living in Munger Place on Swiss Avenue right here in Dallas. The couple bought the home in 1998.

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2505 Lake Rideg road grapevine ext 2

The sun is out, finally, and maybe we are all thinking about getting on the water next weekend? After all, Memorial Day is just around the corner. But the thought of all that traffic…

I have an idea.lake Grapevine

Get a home on Lake Grapevine, a second home that could someday be a first. Maybe four couples buy in, create a private fractional? That way you will be (1) 30 minutes away from a weekend full of water fun and (2) 10 minutes away from DFW. In fact, you could catch all early morning flight from now on and probably save enough on airfare to cover the HOA’s here and more — they are ONLY $350 a year for the association and another $350 a year for the boat dock.

Wait, did I say boat dock? On Lake Grapevine?

2505 Lake ridge ridge rd grapevine ext

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