HightlandParkHS Jamie Ford

By now, you are probably aware of the contretemps that occurred when author Jamie Ford spoke at an assembly for freshman and sophomores at Highland Park High School as part of  the school’s annual LitFest. It’s been making the rounds on Facebook, CandysDirt.com, and the Dallas Morning News covered the story almost minutes after Ford posted remarks about his impressions of that assembly.

But just in case you don’t, the Cliff’s Notes version is this: Ford (whose book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” which depicts life in internment camps during World War II, should be required reading for everyone) spoke to the underclassmen that day, and then was also scheduled to speak at an evening event and to conduct a writing workshop with students the next day.

From what I have ascertained by talking to several students, he began the discussion by taking a selfie of himself from the stage.

Everything after that, however, is a matter of perspective. First, we have Ford’s words, where he talks about how things were apparently going OK at first. Students even clapped and cheered as he shared stories. (more…)

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Jamie Ford, author (The Associated Press)

There is a fine line we as parents walk with our children. We love them so much, we want to give them the best of every possible good thing, great experiences, and of course ensconce them in 4819 Auburndale HPsecurity and safety. Which is why buyers spend upwards of a million dollars to live in the Park Cities. What are they buying? Safety and those highly rated schools.

Case in point: this is 4819 Auburndale, $975K, a teardown. HP schools. But maybe, after the world hears what happened to a renown young author, buyers might think twice about buying to send their children to Highland Park High School, because of the culture.

Author Jamie Ford says he was “mocked” by a group of students during his talk last Thursday, he being keynote speaker at the town’s literary festival. Ford, author of, among other books, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, says, on his personal website,  “a thousand students, trolling me,” as teachers and a principal looked on.”
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3141 Southestern

3141 Southestern

Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.

And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.

Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.

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I want to make something perfectly clear: an indictment does not mean you are guilty. And U.S. medical law is very complex, a difficult road to navigate. It is also my personal belief that sometimes the medical community is held to higher standards than any other profession while payment for services is tightly regulated by insurance companies. Attorneys pay each other for referrals; physicians are barred from it. Drug companies cannot even give a doctor a pen for fear they will be “unduly influenced”. The government is using nukes in some cases where in others, those who have clearly abused raped the system have gone scot free.

But the law is the law, and there are greedy folks in every profession. Remember that when you learn that a federal grand jury has indicted 21 people — from Dallas to Costa Rica — related to the now-bankrupt Forest Park Medical Centers investigation of a $40 million kick back scheme. The group includes high profile doctors, surgeons and health care executives. The feds said Thursday they took part in a massive, four year illegal kickback scheme to drum up patients. What they allegedly did: since the Forest Park Hospitals (there were five) were physician-owned, they could not treat patients covered by any public health insurance plan (the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, which have notoriously low reimbursements) because they could not bill for them. Forest Park focused on treating patients with better-reimbursing private health care insurance. But they allegedly referred the public health patients to other doctors who then allegedly got a kick-back, which came in the form of sports tickets, diamonds, high end dining and even deals on medical office space and advertising! Talk about goosing the economy!

All very complex, but I’ll tell you what: some really great real estate may be on the horizon:

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3800 Normandy

We asked listing agent Shell Stegall how she’d describe her absolutely phenomenal $3.342 million Highland Park contemporary listing at 3800 Normandy Avenue. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind house,” she said.

It certainly made us stop and look!

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Doors to the foyer and living area open onto the front porch for ease of entertaining.

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Traditional features updated for today’s lifestyle.

Deals in Highland Park don’t come around that often. This beauty in West Highland Park is a variation on the theme.

Stylishly renovated (she was taken down to the studs) and updated, this traditional home, original to the neighborhood, beckons a young family or empty nesters who want a pool and yard. Here’s the catch: Park Cities schools aren’t part of the deal in West Highland Park (west of the Dallas North Tollway). Schools are in Dallas Independent School District.

“This is a very desirable location for young families committed to private schools,” says Realtor Susan Baldwin, of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing 4633 Edmondson with her teammate Ginger Nobles.  

And while you may not have the benefit of HPISD, you do get the excellent police coverage and the walking proximity of Highland Park Village as well as the Whole Foods down on Lomo Alto.

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Ebby Halliday Grows and Expands | CandysDIrt.com

Ebby Halliday Realtors is growing and reinvesting in new offices and renovations. This photo was taken Oct. 26 at the groundbreaking of their new Allen office. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

The unprecedented growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market is buoying one local brokerage, which in turn is reinvesting in offices and agents.

Ebby Halliday is one of the largest and most dynamic brokerages in North Texas with 31 offices, over 1,800 agents, and 12 percent of the market.

“We just had a fine fiscal year, closing Sept. 30, thanks to the very dynamic DFW economy,” said Ebby Halliday Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert. “Volume-wise, it was just a shade better than the prior year and we closed in the area of 20,000 units.”

The overall sound financials of Ebby allow the company to undertake the construction and refurbishment of quite a few offices around North Texas, underscoring the company’s commitment to the region and signaling its plans to remain one of the top brokerages nationwide.

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3603 Asbury Street
How’d you like to get into a Park Cities traditional home for under a million? Well, today’s your lucky day. Molly Hurt with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s just listed 3603 Asbury for $829,000.

This is a real gem of a home. Lisa Luby Ryan, the extremely talented designer and principal with Luby Design Associates— who also owns the wonderful home furnishings boutique, Vintage Living, took it down to the studs for her friend, Lucy Johnson. Johnson is also a realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. Take that in for a moment: two women, who each know a great deal about houses, working together. It’s a given that no detail was overlooked, and the result is not only something spectacular but completely unexpected. That is, it’s unexpected to the passerby or anyone driving up because you cannot possibly imagine what has transpired behind that front door.

And it’s a perfect example of why you can’t judge a book by its cover.

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