09/17/19 9:55am

Queen Anne Victorian

You know a home is special when Preservation Dallas deems it worthy of an award. This Queen Anne Victorian home in the Peak’s Suburban Addition neighborhood of Old East Dallas is one of the winners of the 20th annual Preservation Achievement Awards this year.

However, Dallas is the real winner.

Preserving Dallas homes is an uphill battle. Generally, the value of the dirt a home sits on in this city supersedes any regard for history. But with great institutions like Preservation Dallas, talented builders, and owners that understand why preservation and restoration are crucial to our city, we are making strides. One of the best examples is this lovely Queen Anne Victorian at 1007 Moreland Avenue.

It was built in 1902 for Jacob Ullman, a well-known Decatur and Dallas businessman who immigrated from Germany. He and his wife Nettie lived in this Peak Suburban Addition Queen Anne Victorian — known today as Ullman House — with their young daughters. Ullman died in 1913, and his family continued to live in the house until 1919.
Queen Anne Victorian

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09/17/19 9:45am

This week’s Tuesday $200k has us headed up the highway to Wylie and it’s so perfect you’ll say, “Wait, that’s Wylie?” YES, that’s Wylie. It’s a gorgeous, not-too-big, not-too-small, newer construction (2003) single-story home.

Listing agent Steve Atkinson calls 3117 Eastwood Drive “meticulously maintained,” and one look at the perfect red brick and well-manicured front lawn and girl, you’ll know it’s true.

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09/17/19 9:30am

Please take notice of the Paragraph 21 notice that is about notices and that many people fail to notice. Call it a notice, a notification, disclosure … whatever. Just don’t ignore it.

Paragraph 21 of the Texas residential real estate contract reads:

“All notices from one party to the other must be in writing and are effective when mailed to, hand-delivered at, or transmitted by fax or electronic transmission as follows:”

There is space to add the buyer and seller names, addresses, phone, fax, and email.

This all-important paragraph is often neglected or overlooked to the detriment of all parties. I’d estimate about a third of residential contracts do not have contact information for both buyer and seller in this paragraph when they are submitted to the title company. That’s a lot of potential problems.

So, what’s the big deal? Why do the buyer and seller need to disclose their email addresses and phone numbers to each other and the title company? Should their agent protect their privacy by withholding this information? So glad you asked.

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09/17/19 9:15am

(Photo: Dan Piassick)

Over off North Central Expressway, there’s a sign you know. But if you’re into high-end kitchens and appliances (and Dallas heritage), it’s one you really know.

In 1947, Buddy Jarrell opened Jarrell’s appliances, and in the 1970s, he opened that very location off of North Central Expressway. The sign is a Dallas icon and the building? It’s basically a landmark.

Buddy Jarrell sold the company a while back and it changed owners, changed names, and then landed in the very capable hands of current president Eric Neel.

Neel made a few key decisions. First, the name change, but we covered that. Next, he invested in an incredibly legit build-out of the showrooms. (The second showroom is in Grapevine.) Finally, he pulled off a feat he’d been working on for years. He lured Garth Blackburn away from the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom and put him on the Jarrell payroll.

(Photo: Garth Blackburn)

Blackburn is quite the hire. He’s a chef and a sales rep, which means you can have your custom kitchen designed by an actual chef. His insight is invaluable and his background is like no other. We’re going to get to all of that, but first, let’s talk about why he made the move.

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09/17/19 9:00am
literally a tree house

5340 Quail Run is surrounded by amazing trees (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you ever fantasize about living in a treehouse?

Two of my favorite movies growing up were Swiss Family Robinson and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  While vastly different in story and genre, both movies prominently featured treehouse living that made me want one so badly.

If you want to live completely surrounded by trees – 5340 Quail Run is just what you need!

The Robinson family built their elaborate treehouse out of salvaged wood from their ship.  In Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks lived in a village built high in the trees on the planet Endor.

There is just something so fascinating about being surrounded by trees and greenery while hanging out in your home.  There is a sense of privacy and certainly peace that accompanies a treehouse. And that’s what you get at 5340 Quail Run St.

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09/16/19 9:55am

When I think about contemporary architecture, I gravitate to dramatic lines and angles, creative use of light, and bright accent colors. So when I saw this brand new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ralf Baumann, I had to share it with you because it not only has a wonderful contemporary feel, but the use of light and the wide-open spaces in this immense Oak Lawn new build will definitely leave and impression.

The home is located right in the thick of Oak Lawn, and sports incredible floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating staircase that definitely brings the “WOW” factor. With 22-foot ceilings, drama is a priority, not an afterthought. 

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09/16/19 9:45am

Agents Christine Danuser and Julie Rado have teamed up at Compass to form the Danuser Rado Group. The two have been friends for over a decade.  They got into real estate around the same time and have both enjoyed working on teams in the past. When Compass separately approached them both about changing brokerages, they thought it might be a good time to form a partnership.

“With everything that Compass is offering from a support standpoint to technology, marketing and overall agent support, we just thought it would be a good time to branch out and start our own team,” Danuser said. “We’re excited to be here and are really kicking things off this month.”

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09/16/19 9:30am

The choice is always right in historic Hollywood Heights. Two fantastic offerings, two lushly landscaped lawns, two very different design styles. Which Hollywood Heights home is more you, the Brick Beauty splurge or the Southwestern Ranch steal? Tell us why in the comments.

Splurge: Brick Beauty Built To Entertain On Coveted Valencia Street For $500K

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