Cottonwood Valley

Just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, I’ve found an incredible contemporary home inside Cottonwood Valley, a gated, guarded luxury community in Las Colinas.

The house at 1901 Crockett Cir. is total eye candy, with interior design by Judy Cody. Think clean lines, high ceilings, lots of natural light, and a decidedly chic, modern look and feel. The open floorplan creates a wonderful sense of flow from one marvelous space to the next.

This is such a convenient location, near President George Bush Turnpike and Highway 114. I can be to DFW Airport in 15 minutes from here. Bonus: Cottonwood Valley shares property with the Four Seasons Resort and Club, which means resort amenities are just a golf cart ride away! The club offers some of DFW’s most scenic rolling terrain, and a world-renowned PGA golf course.

If you’re a minimalist at heart, you’ll adore the contemporary ambience in this home, which has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms, and 2,900 square feet on one story, built in 1985. Everything is done picture perfect in this listing by Bill Brantley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. Let’s take a look!

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richardson midcentury

Richardson Heights is one of the hottest neighborhoods in DFW. It’s located just outside the LBJ loop, has great schools, and the houses are full of character.

I’ve found a just-listed Richardson midcentury modern ranch that is simply stunning! Located at 302 W. Shore Dr. near W. Belt Line Road and N. Waterview Drive, this beauty is listed by Anne Westphal and Morris Hanys with Ebby Halliday Realtors. It sits on a three-quarter-acre creek lot on a quiet street—this is one of the prettiest lots in the city.

The interior is renovated with luxury in mind, but keeping many classic, original elements and modernizing the floorplan. It’s a perfect blend of retro charm and on-trend appeal!

With four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 3,232 square feet, this 1959 Richardson midcentury is spacious and totally livable. I love the flow and airy feel inside, and the killer curb appeal outside. For families, it doesn’t get much better, with so much space for kids and pets in the house and yard. Let me give you a tour.

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Dennis Hammett

Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett. Photo: Bret Redman

In DFW, the real estate community is a tight-knit group, and I’ve got the scoop on a big move from one of the movers and shakers.

Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett is moving from the Lakewood/Lake Highlands office to Ebby’s Little White House this week! He’s making this strategic move to  establish a stronger presence on the west side of 75, starting Jan. 16.

“In order to be more competitive in the luxury markets west of Central Expressway, I have made the decision to make this move,” Hammett said. “This decision was not easy for me and has been filled with a range of emotions because the Lakewood/Lake Highlands family and staff has been the pillar of my success and there are no words to express my appreciation.”

Said Keith Newman, sales manager of Ebby’s Little White House: “We welcome Dennis to the Little White House. He has a proven track record of success that will serve him well as he continues to provide exceptional sales experiences to his valued clients.”

If you remember, Hammett was the 2014 “Rookie of the Year” at Ebby, a well-deserved accolade for a rising star. He’s made his mark in the East Dallas market: Dennis has been named the 2015 Lakewood/Lake Highlands No. 1 Top Producer, a 2016 Lakewood Top Producer, and both 2015 and 2016 D Magazine Best Realtor and Top Producer. All this in his first four years in the real estate business! Can you say natural talent?

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M Streets Tudor Sees Remarkable Transformation | CandysDirt.com

I’ve fallen head over heels for a 1928 M Streets Tudor, and I know you will, too.

Located at 5350 Monticello Ave. in the coveted Greenland Hills neighborhood, this stunner was taken to the studs for a whole-house renovation that reimagined every space and expanded the footprint to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, and 3,497 square feet on two stories.

“This house has all the charm and character of an old home—something that can’t be re-created with new construction—plus the functionality and amenities of new construction,” said Minnette Murray with Minnette Murray Properties, who is representing the property. “I love the 9-foot ceilings throughout, custom finishes, the perfect floorplan, and outdoor living options. This is an amazing house.”

The renovations were designed by renowned Dallas architectural firm Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro, and the quality shows through in high-end finish outs and details everywhere.

One of the challenges of older homes is a lack of space and too few bathrooms. This house solves all that with remarkable style and era-appropriate updates. I can’t wait to show it to you.

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William Briggs

Integration of landscape and architectural ornament create a sense of peace and repose in this William Briggs-designed home in Dallas. Photo: James Edward

When hiring an architect, a lot of people think mostly in terms of the style of their home and details they want in the house. Makes perfect sense, right?

But a truly successful relationship between architect and client begins with a different way of thinking, says William Briggs, founder and owner of William S. Briggs Architects. He’s on a mission to transform the conversations he has with clients and move deeper.

“The real issues are space, materials, light, and how they support a life within them,” said Briggs. “Ornament and style should only be seen as servants to these larger ideas.”

Briggs wants his clients thinking about how they live their lives, how they use their space, and how they function within their home. He wants to create classic homes, no matter the style, that stand the test of time.

“When an architect meets with a client, the client has certain preferences and tastes borne out of how they see their life to be lived,” he said. “It’s incumbent on the architect to listen carefully and give them best version of what that means. Once you can do that, the project will stand the test of time and be refreshing for years to come.”

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home improvements

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When it comes to home improvement projects, my favorites are the ones that add true bottom line value to a home.

After all, your house is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. As a real estate blogger and journalist, I want to see homeowners increase the value of their property in big ways and in every way possible. That’s true whether they’re planning to sell and looking to increase their asking price, or simply wanting to enjoy their home more while they’re in it.

Some of the smartest home improvements I’ve seen over the years are big and sexy (think glorious new master suite with an extraordinary, spa-like bathroom retreat), but some are more “behind the scenes” and add value to the house in less obvious ways.

I’d love to tell you all about them…

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capital one

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Your home is likely the biggest investment of your lifetime, and building up its value can help you make the most of your money, especially in a market that continues to see increasing values.

Over my many years as a real estate reporter, and recently armed with a real estate license, I’ve seen so many fabulous home improvement projects. These projects, from kitchen renovations to new master suites and spa-quality baths, add serious dollars to a home’s value. Let’s face it: today’s buyers are more turn-key than ever. They simply do not have the time or vision for a remodel.

But home renovations don’t come cheap. For many homeowners, a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit is the best way to pay for these improvements, whether it’s a small change or a total renovation of a pretty-but-stale space.

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dallas landscaping

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When it comes to increasing a property’s value, beautiful, lush landscaping is a top option for homeowners. Nothing woos buyers like fabulous curb appeal and an oasis of a backyard that turns your property into paradise.

Fresh, sophisticated landscaping has the added benefit of bringing years of happiness as you live in your house. After all, Texas gets an average of 232 days of sunshine a year, meaning we spend lots of time outdoors on our patios with friends, family, kids and pets. I know my family has created wonderful memories in our backyard, with the pool as a focal point and gathering hole. From teen parties to birthdays, to letting our one-month old grandchild float in the spa, our yard has been a symbolic constant for our family’s best memories.

But quality landscaping isn’t cheap. A minimum job — adding a bed of liriope, fall color and a gravel walkway — can start at $5,000, with more extensive, sophisticated plans ringing in at $20,000 or more. With so many other financial obligations, oftentimes, that much cash isn’t readily available.

Many homeowners don’t know that they can take out a loan on their home’s equity to pay for new landscaping. It’s a super smart choice if you’re looking to sell, or simply love your home and want to enjoy it more!

Plus, the interest you pay, which is historically low today, may be tax deductible!

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