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According to the The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, last month there were 2.1 months of housing inventory in Dallas County. This figure might make a buyer panic and pressure their Realtor to find them hip-pocket listings. Is this smart? Are buyers overlooking great deals for those hip pockets? Let’s take a look at a perfect example of an off-market sale.



We called it. When we first heard of Sphinx Development‘s plans for a townhome community just west of Corinth and south of Cedar Creek, we had a feeling it would sell out quickly. There’s a dearth of new construction in the $200,000 range, and plenty of opportunities for infill just east of North Oak Cliff. So we’re not surprised in the least to hear that all 49 units of the development’s initial phases have been snatched off the market.

The Fiji Townhomes development, marketed by Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes, will soon launch a third phase that will include lofts and retail, as well as office space. According to Sphinx, Phase Three will be ready for occupancy in 2018.


Lost Creek

Want all of the must-have frills at an affordable price point? You might want to check out the golfing community of Lost Creek. Part of the extensive 7,200 acre Walsh Ranch development (more to come on that subject next week) it is a mere 15 minute drive from town, off the West Freeway, near Aledo. Perched atop the development is the new listing (only five days on the market) at 4532 Knoll Ridge. With its tasteful maturing landscaping and restrained but pleasing façade of stone and antiqued brick, the 2006 new build doesn’t lack curb appeal.


North Hi Mount

If it’s about location, 4067 West 7th Street in North Hi Mount has it in spades. It sits perched on a hill a few short blocks down from the multitude of bars and eateries that comprise the lively 7th Street scene, and just across the street from Monticello, and literally a stones throw from River Crest Country Club.

And isn’t it a rare treat to find a new build we can love. This 2008-built, four bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath home achieves charm. The pleasing proportions of the stucco, Mediterranean-style house displays an architectural literacy.

Beautifully landscaped, it exudes curb appeal. On a tight one-seventh-acre lot, it manages to pack in nearly 4,000 square feet of living space. Entering through an iron door, you encounter a spacious outdoor living area with a fireplace, hidden behind high walls. The random rubble terra cotta floor add to the agreeable first impressions.

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We just love this house, because it has everything we (meaning, I) am looking for in (our) my next home: fantastic spaces, storage, elegance, rooms you can use, and just enough green space. I always seem to be at war with sprinkler systems and that’s it, I’m over them. Give me turf, give me gravel, just get rid of the grass!

1809 Westover Drive is also gated for maximum security, so you can lock her up and leave to go hiking in New Zealand, sailing in the Carribbean, or babysit the kiddos in Northern California.

And yet, when you are home, you are not cramped into a condo or have to deal with getting in or out of lobbies.

Instead, there is a courtyard entrance with a pretty terraced garden pathway. Inside, the place is a total knock-out!



Frank Welch Janmar IHOTW Front

Frank D. Welch is one of our most eminent architects. His Texas Modern at 7126 N. Janmar Drive may well be his final opus according to listing agent Kyle Rovinsky with Virginia Cook Realtors. Rovinsky listed this signature property last week for $3.75 million. The 6,600-square-foot, three-story house bears all of the Welch hallmarks: stick ceilings, a generous use of glass, and balanced light. He has always embraced nature and an informal unpretentious style.

“This house represents everything that has made a Welch design so highly prized,” Rovinsky said.


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People who live in glass houses… are pretty darned lucky if their glass house is anything like this stunner at 7259 South Janmar Court. This is a wonderful $3.25 million contemporary interpretation of midcentury modern style. It has all the iconic MCM attributes, including split-level construction, clean lines, a wide open floor plan, and expansive walls of glass that marry the interior to the exterior, offering dramatic views of the natural setting. And we all know that JanMar is one of the best natural settings in town.Janmar GetMedia-23.ashx


3828 Mockingbird IHOTW

Here is a brand spanking new home in Highland Park that speaks to what today’s buyers want: transitional features, soaring (but not too soaring) ceilings, expanses of glass windows, hardwoods, unique marbles, granites and stone. Stone, stone everywhere in fact.

Sometimes I think we love stone in our homes so much it’s like living in the age of the Flintstones! Or stoners…22 (more…)