Hill Country Contemporary 5531 Boca Raton Dr 1

Once in a while we see a house and think, wow, it checks every single box a buyer wants. This Hill Country contemporary at 5531 Boca Raton is a great example of getting it absolutely right.

Hunter Dehn and Laura Baynham of The Hunter Dehn Group  just listed this 4,253-square-foot home in Inwood Road Estates for $1.395 million. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s right across the Dallas North Tollway from The Lamplighter School and The Hockaday School. You can also be downtown in minutes — talk about a great location.

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7141 Grand Oaks RoadBlair and Chelsea Green are big fans of Flipping Out, Bravo’s reality remodeling series. This gorgeous Preston Hollow contemporary at 7141 Grand Oaks Road is their latest flip, although they don’t really ever intend to flip — it’s just worked out that way.

The couple already have very full plates. Blair is a commercial real estate attorney and Chelsea is the chief operating officer of a law firm.

“We were trying to buy our first house a few years ago and wanted to live in Dallas to be close to our jobs,” Blair said. “We either had to buy a really small house or a property that needed work. We found a house that needed some TLC and during remodeling realized we enjoyed the process.” (more…)

GetMedia-1When we came across this 1955 ranch reborn as a Hill Country modern, we were intrigued. It takes a savvy, experienced contractor to remodel a home to this level of sophistication. Guess who whipped 7242 Midbury Drive, into shape?

The Realtor.

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dallas open housesWhat’s more fun on a weekend afternoon than walking though beautiful open houses and seeing what’s on the market?

This Saturday and Sunday, there are dozens of Dallas open houses, and it can be hard to choose from all the properties. So we’ve picked five that look exciting, representing neighborhoods like Shannon Estates, Oak Cliff, Lakewood, and Wilshire Heights. The prices range from the low $200s to $899K.

Lots of these houses offer on-trend amenities, like bathroom “wet areas” with bath and shower inside, gorgeous renovated kitchens (one even has an outdoor kitchen), and energy-efficient design. Check out our selection!

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3715 Miles St.

3715 Miles St.

I sold my beloved home in May and have been keeping my eyes peeled for little cottage with a yard where my baby, pets, and I could call home. My eyes are still peeled – as I’m sure you’re aware, it’s a crazy market with limited inventory and high prices. However, I did come across this little gem with the help of a friend with an eye and impeccable taste.

Listed at $400,000, it’s above my limit for a fixer-upper at this point, but my oh my the visions I have for this sweet cottage.

3715 Miles St. is located on the edge of West Highland Park. Well, maybe more like off Lemmon Ave. It’s being sold as a tear down with the value in the land, as new houses and multi-family living are going up around it. But it hurts my heart to think of this precious cottage being torn down. (more…)

Capital Distributing Clearance Center

Capital Distributing Clearance Center: Sub-Zero, Miele and Bosch, OH MY!

On Wednesday I wrote about how you can use the internet to find some bargains. Today we’ll go native and shop local.

Scrounging for Gold

I do enjoy the vignettes on display in retailer showrooms to give me ideas, but for appliances, I’m more interested in the back room. “Open box,” “scratch and dent,” and “display model” are words that should prick up your ears. Dallas has several of these little-known appliance “speakeasys.”

Note: Be aware that most of these items will have a full new-product warranty – ask to be sure.

Capital Distributing

CandysDirt.com supporter Capital Distributing has their main showroom on Stemmons just north of Inwood, with a backroom outlet on 183 just south of Regal Row. You can find bargains on brands like Sub-Zero, Thermador, Gaggenau, Viking, Bosch and Wolf. Pay particular attention to Sub-Zero and Wolf – they almost never go on sale. The only way to find a deal is at places like this that sell display models, returns, and discontinued models. Get on their mailing list for special sales. Due to their relationships with manufacturers, they do not publish pricing online or provide it over the phone, so you’ll just have to stop by for a peek.

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Do you want a stylish kitchen but find your budget lacking? Jon Anderson has a few tips.

Do you want a stylish kitchen but find your budget lacking? Jon Anderson has a few tips.

Has slobbering over all the house porn on CandysDirt.com gotten you fired up to redo your bathroom or kitchen? Do you swoon for Gaggenau clutching a Hotpoint purse? I know I sure do, so what’s a boy or girl to do? Read on of course, read on…

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The toxic residue from a meth lab can remain in a house and cause health problems for future owners, particularly children. Photo: Kirk Flippin

The toxic residue from a meth lab can remain in a house and cause health problems for future owners, particularly children. Photo: Kirk Flippin

Kirk Flippin has seen some pretty sad situations in his line of work.

Flippin is the owner of Texas Decon Environmental Services, a New Braunfels-based waste cleanup company that addresses methamphetamine lab cleanup as one of its specialties. He once stood in front of a house in Grapevine, Texas, and threw out a little girl’s toys, clothes, and dolls while she watched, heartbroken.

The family had unwittingly purchased a house used as a meth lab by a former owner and the girl’s possessions were contaminated by toxic residue.

It’s not the only time Flippin has found himself in that sort of position: “I have thrown away all of a family’s personal belongings because they were contaminated,” he said.

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