01/18/19 2:00pm

Amangiri Resort & Spa, Kane County, Utah. (Photo Courtesy of the Architect)

Rick Joy

Rick Joy, founder of Rick Joy Architects (Studio Rick Joy), will speak at the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s Second Annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. Joy’s renowned Tucson, Arizona, firm is recognized for sensitive, thoughtful approaches to site, observation, process, landscape, and building, with projects ranging from trend-setting single-family homes to large-scale resort projects throughout the globe. 

Joy’s designs offer a striking parallel to Frank Welch‘s body of work. Welch, who died in 2017, worked under the tutelage of the legendary O’Neil Ford and was considered one of the most recognizable and prolific among Texas Modernist architects. Dallas is home to a significant number of Frank Welch designs, which painstakingly incorporate the natural surrounding elements to create a harmony between site and structure. Many of these homes have hosted Dallas Architecture Forum events. 

“All of our studio’s work is rooted in developing an understanding of a ‘place’ and how the house design will be integrated in harmony to its surroundings,” Joy told CandysDirt.com. “We investigate the ‘culture’ of other well-designed buildings in the area, and use that as a basis to develop a design appropriate to the natural environment of that site.”

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01/18/19 9:55am

Andrea Pittman with Modtown Realty has listed 2341 Douglas Avenue for $555,000.

Haven’t you heard? The Maple District is rapidly growing! If you’re in the market for a home in the heart of Dallas in the mid to low $500s, now is a great time to check out our Friday Five Hundred in the Maple District.

This fantastic three-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom duplex came to us with a tip from Andrea Pittman of Modtown Realty. “This is by far one of the greatest products out there for new construction,” she says.

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01/18/19 9:45am

Kyle Rovinsky with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has listed 11322 E. Ricks Circle for $4,567,890 – soon to be $3,750,000.

Looking for a contemporary estate in Preston Hollow? This one’s pretty, and it’s about to get even more attractive. There’s a price drop in the air, and listing agent Kyle Rovinsky is dangling it like a carrot. The Coldwell Banker agent originally listed Dallas Council Member Lee Kleinman’s home for $4,567,890 but just alerted us to a price reduction worth over $800,000 for the two-acre creek-side perch on coveted Ricks Circle in Preston Hollow.

“One-acre properties in the area are currently trading for around $1.5 million. This home affords a prime two-acre lot,” Rovinsky said. “So you are paying $3 million for the dirt and $750,000 for the commercial construction,” he explains.

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01/18/19 9:30am
Marie Kondo

Photo courtesy Flickr/Emily May

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce that Nancy Peham, a certified Certified Professional Organizer® with more than 15 years of experience under her belt has joined us as a contributor and columnist. For her first installment, we tasked her with helping us address all that stuff that didn’t bring us joy when we got our Kon Mari on.

By Nancy Peham
Special Contributor

Have you heard of Marie Kondo, the current rage in organizing gurus?  If not you’re probably living under a rock! The petite Japanese queen of “tidying up” has been the talk of the media recently due to her current Netflix mini-series.

She’s the author of “The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up,” and “Spark Joy.”

In a nutshell, her philosophy states that if your possessions don’t spark joy in your life then you should get rid of them.

Photo courtesy KonMari.com

Among other things, Marie Kondo advocates thanking each item as you let it go.  I agree that we should all be grateful for everything we have, especially since there are so many people less fortunate right here in Dallas.  The Kon Mari method may not be for everyone, but if you’re ready to part with piles of clothing, household items, or furniture, then check out the information below.  

Here’s a list of some lesser-known, Dallas-area charities that would love to take your gently used items and help those in need.  Each one has a special mission and purpose, so choose the one that speaks to you and “spark joy” in those less fortunate. (more…)

01/18/19 9:20am

 

In this week’s Agent Migration column, Realtor Paige Poupart joined Compass. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Realtor Paige Poupart recently joined Compass Real Estate. She was previously at the Keller Williams Southlake Office.

“I loved my Keller Williams family, especially the Southlake Office,” she said. “It was a very special and unique group.”

Compass had been on her radar since she first learned about them in New York. She watched with interest as they expanded into Dallas, and had been seriously contemplating a move since this past summer.

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01/18/19 9:15am

Highland Park modern

Rogers Healy and Associates always has the best hip pocket properties for us, and this 6,356-square-foot contemporary home at 3504 Lexington Avenue in Highland Park not listed in MLS is no exception. A dining room wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors gives you a peek inside the beautiful contemporary architecture of this home, listed by Rogers Healy for $4,800,000.

“3504 Lexington is the modern unicorn,” Healy says. “Pristine attention to detail coupled with a comfortable layout ideal for entertaining, all on a massive Highland Park lot. I love the high ceilings, the open layout, the outdoor entertaining options, and the downstairs master. We’re looking forward to finding the modern fan, ready to entertain.”

Light hardwood and limestone floors contrast the cherry millwork found throughout this four-bedroom, six-bath, two-story estate. As you walk in, the well-appointed dining room to your left has additional outdoor living or dining space courtesy of three sets of glass doors that open onto a slim, covered porch. To the right, there’s a fireplace in the study that’s enclosed with double privacy glass doors with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio door that allow soft, shaded natural light to enter. Gorgeous!

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01/17/19 11:07am

When I first met Bob Hoebeke of Hoebeke Builders, Inc.  and he explained what he planned to do in his new Farmer’s Branch development, I said, “Bob, you are re-creating Seaside in North Texas without the Beach!”

Little did I know, Seaside and Watercolor are exactly what he had in mind, only for North Texas.

Seaside and WaterColor are two coveted vacation home communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast that are hugely popular with Texans. Seaside, the original, is a poster child, master-planned community along Highway 30-A in the Florida panhandle, a 28.5 mile corridor that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. The area takes you back in time to the days when Florida was just a sleepy sand and water state. Here is where the cottages of Seaside were born, planting a standard-setting imprint upon New Urbanism. Consumers snatched up beachy homes and white picket fences, but also completely walkable communities where cars were parked, locked (didn’t have to be) and families could walk to everything.

Beach towns were the first inspiration for strolling urbanism, because what do you do most at the beach? Walk!

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01/17/19 9:55am

Do you love horses? If you have ever dreamed of owning a first class horse ranch, we have a deal for you right up in North Texas horse country. This loaded plantation-style equestrian estate at 7621 Sierra Lane in Pilot Point, complete with equestrian facilities and private Lake Ray Roberts access, is up for a “no reserve auction” January 25 by Concierge Auctions in cooperation with Alison Howell of Compass Real Estate. So you get a beautiful plantation-style mansion with six bedrooms, five full baths, four half baths, a long circular drive, a Kentucky-style horse barn, private pasture, holding and riding pens, access to trails, water views, resort pool, deck plus fire and water features. The property is adjacent to a greenbelt so you can ride away, hair flying in the wind.

The no-reserve auction of this property will begin at 4 p.m. on January 22 and close January 25. Open Houses are held daily from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

The 20,437-square-foot estate, near Ray Roberts State Park, was previously listed for $5.95 million. Someone is going to STEAL this home. The sprawling estate boasts a circular drive, porte-cochère, and wraparound front patios on both floors. (more…)