03/21/18 12:13pm

Yes, yes, we’re doing this. Calm yourselves.

Social media is a blessing (most of the time). You can talk to your friends. You can keep track of who broke ugly after high school. You can argue with strangers about collusion.

And you can also have 100 people simultaneously send you the same home listing because they know part of your job is to find the most jacked-up houses in the world and write about them. (more…)

In the parlance of those of us in Dallas who have been huddled indoors avoiding the cold and wet winter, “Where’s the patio?”

I’ll tell you where it is —our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s an incredible townhome listed by Dave Perry-Miller agents Phillip Murrell and Stewart Lee in one of the hottest parts of Oak Lawn. 

“In addition to almost 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the townhome includes a yard with access to the first floor, a large balcony adjacent to the living room, and a roof-top deck with stellar views of downtown,” Murrell said. “This is the perfect townhome for those who want to enjoy the excellent weather we’ve been having in Dallas.”

Just make sure you take your allergy medicine and you’re ready to pour some mimosas and soak up the sun and skyline!


03/21/18 9:54am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Dear Diary,

OMG. My HOA is sooooo horrible. They’re, like, the worst ever. I mean, it’s like the mean girls of the school. I can’t even. They’re just trashing my entire experience. Like, totally! Turns out my condo isn’t warrantable. As if. And that rush fee they charged ate my swag money. Hashtag whatever.


Throwin’ Shade Gal

Hey girl. I hear ya. But you might as well chillax, ’cause all HOAs (Home Owner Associations) are typically a hassle when you’re buying or selling a property. Seriously.

A property with mandatory HOA always adds another pile of paperwork to the transaction. And additional costs. Some more than others. You may be dealing with a Home Owners Association that governs the neighborhood where you live. Or you may be in a condominium under HOA management. These associations enforce restrictions, oversee common areas, supervise maintenance and repairs, … and generally ensure everyone follows the rules they’ve all agreed to.


Fall In Love with This Clean-lined Northwest Dallas New Home Repped by Ebby Halliday | CandysDirt.com

Magazine-worthy good looks and a clean-lined transitional aesthetic come together in an incredible house on the western edge of Bluffview in Northwest Dallas. 

Located at 8819 Lakemont Dr., this property was created by Robert Hopson Construction Group for a local client as a custom home. But life circumstances changed and now this remarkable new build, which has the kind of bespoke features you wouldn’t get in a spec home, is on the market, represented by Michelle Hopson with Ebby Halliday Realtors. 

“The floorplan is geared toward amazing entertaining possibilities with an open floorplan and a combined living-kitchen-dining area with a great wet bar area, and all of that flows to the outdoor living area,” Hopson said. “Also, this house has the most storage I’ve ever seen, like a finished-out storage area on the second level, attic storage, and storage built into the room designs.”

There’s plenty of room for a family to spread out and enjoy this house with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, a home office, and 5,641 square feet on two stories. Located near West Northwest Highway and Midway Road, the back of the property overlooks the lush Bachman Lake Park. 

Watch the video after the jump to see why we love this house! 



03/20/18 3:30pm
affordable housing

Wages have not kept apace with housing costs in Texas, resulting in a shortage of affordable housing.

After the housing market bubble burst, what markets recovered the fastest? What does that mean for affordable housing? What policy changes would best impact the need for affordable housing?

Experts weighed in at a recent conference on affordable housing in Texas, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (more…)

03/20/18 2:40pm

Sumptuous living room overlooking a private patio oasis

Me? I like the “high” in high-rise.  I suppose it’s my way of wearing high heels without the constant fear of toppling over. However, I realize some people would like the high-rise life and location without the high part.  Enter Vendome’s unit 1H, the only ground-floor unit in the building.

If this home looks familiar, that’s because it’s the featured image on the Turtle Creek  Tour of Homes web page. That tour features some wonderful properties and is the perfect Sunday event on April 8th. If you’re impatient like me, keep reading.


03/20/18 8:35am

3832 Bishops Flower in Riverhills was designed and constructed by V Fine Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The trend in newer Fort Worth developments is the attempt to recreate the Golden Age of neighborhoods and home construction from the 1920s and 30s.  Riverhills, Walsh, and Parks of Aledo are recent developments that desire the look-and-feel of neighborhoods that were built when many classic communities were created throughout the United States.

Back then there were no production builders.  There were no homes with turrets, discombobulated roof lines, and especially no stone-and-brick-and stucco combinations that are unfortunately seen throughout the Metroplex in many newer developments.


03/20/18 7:44am

This warm modern design by Richard Miller Custom Homes is one of five luxury homes showcased in the Dallas Builders Association’s April 7 Parade of Homes presented by STELLAR and benefiting Operation FINALLY HOME. 

In its ranks, the Dallas Builders Association has some truly great minds creating some of the most forward-thinking custom homes. These builders are hired to build some of the most beautiful houses, but rarely do you get the chance to tour them, as they are often built for particular, private, and particularly private clients. So we’re thrilled that the DBA is bringing back one of their most popular events, the Parade of Homes!