03/25/19 1:24pm

Staff Reports

After 20 years serving the North Texas real estate community, multiple sources have confirmed that Virginia Cook Realtors will close for business on April 15. The brokerage, which has five offices throughout the region, is helmed by its eponymous founder and executive officer Sheila Rice. David Griffin & Company Realtors, formerly a brand of Virginia Cook, separated more than a week ago. 

According to one source, the brokerage has just 67 homes on market priced between $3 million to $7 million, with only one sold since the beginning of 2019. We have reached out to multiple representatives with Virginia Cook for an official statement and have not received a call back. There’s no word on where exiting agents with the brokerage will land.

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03/25/19 11:05am

From Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Betsy Cameron sales manager of its Ebby’s Little White House office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

“A fourth-generation Dallasite with 15 years of real estate experience, Betsy brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our iconic Little White House Office at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road,” Kelly says. “A natural teacher and mentor who has led other well-known local sales offices, we are very pleased that she has chosen to grow her real estate career with the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

Cameron is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy.

“I am very relationship-driven,” Cameron says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving our Little White House agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

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03/25/19 9:55am

Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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03/25/19 9:45am

A recent report from Owners.com , a tech-driven real estate brokerage, found that Dallas/Fort Worth was among the top 10 markets nationwide for career-focused single women to live. The analysis was based on a variety of factors, including the percentage of single female homeowners, female median earnings, and female unemployment rate. The Metroplex has some unique factors that make it a great place for single professional women looking to buy a home. (more…)

03/25/19 9:30am

Seattle transplant Kelly Gurnee recently joined Clay Stapp + Co. He’d spent the past three and a half years at Gurnee & Associates, a firm in his hometown started by his brother.

This is actually Gurnee’s second stint in Dallas. In 2009 he helped build a dental group that a friend started. For the six years, he oversaw 10 offices and was responsible for many of their business operations. When his friend sold the group in 2015, he returned to Seattle where they hoped to repeat the same business model in a new location. Gurnee ultimately elected to dive in real estate and hang up dental for the time being.

“I did really well but I wanted to get back to Texas all along,” he said. “If I’d had my way I probably wouldn’t have moved back. I met a lot of good people here.”

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03/25/19 9:15am

Our Splurge: Karmel Garcia with Meyer Group Real Estate has listed 6005 Bryan Parkway for $699,000.

Looking for the next big thing in East Dallas? We found it. From our Swiss Avenue Historic District Splurge to an Old East Dallas Multi-Unit Steal, these beauties are worth a look. Both offer a rare chance to live, work, and play in sought-after East Dallas, but with price points and lifestyles that are miles apart. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

Splurge: Jaw-Dropping 1920s Swiss Historic District Home In Heart Of East Dallas For $699K


Jaw-dropping is an understatement when it comes to this home’s impeccable remodel. And we have to admit, it was the richly appointed kitchen that caught our eye. Open shelving, sleek quartz counters, brass hardware, and dark cabinetry are on-trend. We love the abundance of natural light streaming through French doors to the patio.

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03/25/19 9:00am
Dallas

Everglade Park will be home to one community project to receive funding from the Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program (photo courtesy City of Dallas).

Which Dallas neighborhoods will receive grant dollars for community projects? What is holding many back from becoming homeowners in Dallas? We’ll look at that, plus see news on Opendoor’s newest round of funding and how it impacts North Texas in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Sixteen Dallas Neighborhood Projects Receive City Funding

Sixteen projects across Dallas will receive Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program dollars this year to implement community improvements. (more…)

03/24/19 9:55am
Plano

Photo courtesy Plano Chamber of Commerce

Plano was named the happiest city in America by Wallethub recently, citing high scores in emotional and physical well-being, income, employment, community, and environment. Yes, but what about more intangible measures of happiness, like whether you’ve got a home that gives you joy or whether you’ve got separate his-and-hers bathrooms. And we’re not just talking dual vanities. We mean the whole separate sink, shower, toilet, and closet shebang. These are important things.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’ve highlighted a few homes that exemplify some of the more impalpable components of happiness: a home that indulges your interests or hobbies, decor that’s bright and full of personality, and a master bath that’s easy to share with your significant other. There are many components of a happy life, but for CandysDirt.com purposes, we think these three homes are great examples of happy living in Plano.

Finally, a Home With Its Own Gift Wrapping Room

Address: 5045 Royal Creek Lane, Plano

  • 6 bedrooms, 9 baths
  • 13,406 square feet
  • $4.95 million

This palatial estate designed by noted architect Fred Wynn has twin Cinderella staircases, Juliet balconies, and a ballroom, but it’s the personal tropes to the owners’ interests that make this home a happy one. Case in point: a gift wrapping room! A wall of built-in shelves house all the gift wrapping supplies you’ll need, while built-in paper rolls and gift bag hooks help you wrap the perfect present. Another luxury: The 1,500-square-foot auto showroom is large enough to feature all your favorite vehicles and entertain others at the same time. It has an 80-inch flat screen television and a 10-seat granite bar.

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