09/20/17 10:00am

 

Tucked away on a cul-de-sac in North Dallas is a whole host of interesting midcentury modern homes, many of them untouched by renovation. This week’s High Caliber Home shows fans of the architectural style what living in the Rat Pack era would have felt like, complete with original double stove in the kitchen and — PINK BATHROOMS.

It’s a listing from modern home specialist with David Griffin & Co. Brandon Stewart, and we’re absolutely smitten with this beautiful time warp in Hill Haven Heights — our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to make this midcentury modern your own? Call Lisa Peters now to get the best loan for your homebuying needs — especially if you plan to do this home justice. While we love a good midcentury time warp, this property could use some TLC and a vision.

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09/20/17 9:40am

19 Little Cloud Trail Aspen, Colo. is currently listed for $30 million. Photo Credit: Andrew Ernemann, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s fire, there’s water, there’s a “sky lounge” with views over downtown Aspen — from miles of mountainous panoramas, to seductive terraced patios, and a multi-level water feature that is sure to impress, 19 Little Cloud Trail lives like a modern work of art.

See the complete renderings for this incredible Colorado home on SecondShelters.com.

09/20/17 9:07am

Last week, Amazon announced they are seeking proposals from municipalities to build a second headquarters away from their original Seattle location.  They expect to spend $5 billion to fully build-out the campus that would house “as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs” and be the same size as the Seattle campus … over the next 15 to 17 years.  They also figure their gravitational pull will bring in “tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.” High-paying is defined as jobs exceeding $100,000 per year in salary.

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09/20/17 8:37am
Design Home

The game Design Home has become a great way for one writer to improve her skills, and bone up on various styles.

I’ll admit, I discovered the game Design Home one day while I was waiting for some phone calls to be returned for a story I was working on. It’s the story of a journalist’s life — you never know how long it will take for the call to be returned, so you fill your time with multiple trips to the coffee pot, several snarky comments on Twitter, and online shopping.

But that day, for whatever reason, I hit the app store and downloaded the game. That was about six months ago, and now I find it’s just a fun way to not only pass the time, but also to get a better grip on new furniture lines, certain styles, and more. (more…)

09/19/17 10:51am

Close to Fort Worth and in the Aledo school district is one of the most luxurious and versatile properties I’ve ever seen, Kipling Lear Farm. In addition to three incredible residences and a pool house, there’s a beautifully appointed 20-stall barn and covered arena with an enclosed viewing gallery and catering kitchen for entertaining.  

Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, the 135-acre working farm is ideal for horses of any discipline and their owners who want to ride in style. The grassy fields and pastures slope gently toward the banks of the South Bear Creek, and wooded areas are full of mature pecan and century-old oak trees. White tail deer, wild turkey, foxes, quail, owls, and other birds call the farm home, too. This property is a rare opportunity to enjoy an oasis of natural beauty just 30 miles from Fort Worth. 

“Kipling Lear Farm was purchased by the current owners in 2006, who embarked on an extensive remodel of the existing buildings, as well as adding new ones, between 2009 and 2016,” said listing agent Martha Williams with Williams Trew. “This is country living at its finest, with native wildlife, woodlands, an orchard, and a main house with a genteel and welcoming front porch from which you can enjoy the views.” 

Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home has multiple outdoor living spaces, like the back of the home with a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor fireplace, and flagstone steps leading to a creekside fire pit below. That is living! And it’s just one small example of the thoughtful, gracious spaces throughout Kipling Lear Farm. 

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09/19/17 9:45am

Recent developments surrounding the Golf Club of Dallas, formerly the Oak Cliff Golf Club, bring to mind a panel discussion at June’s National Association of Real Estate Editors confab.  Seems golf clubs are not as popular with the young as they are with their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.  There are several reasons for this, including shifting socialization patterns, negative perceptions of the game’s culture, and cost.

It seems that as society has picked the pockets of young people for everything from student debt to over-priced apartments, there’s simply less in the kitty for expensive pastimes like golf.  And golf is an expensive activity.  Aside from the stereotypically garish ensembles, it’s not difficult to drop a grand on a set of clubs, a couple of hundred on shoes, and upwards of $50 for every dozen balls. And that’s before you hit the links.

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09/19/17 8:30am
can you imagine time it takes to work with clinker brick?

Clinker brick exterior helps make 200 Crestwood Drive look like a fairytale home. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever driven past a home and had to do a quick double-take because of the brick? I bet you didn’t know that there are almost a dozen different sizes of brick.  The times I have to stop and take a closer look are when the home appears to be bricked in a random pattern with a total hodgepodge of brick sizes and colors … with even some lava rock mixed in.  Those homes are built with clinker brick.

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09/19/17 7:30am

Adorable Casa View Oaks Cottage with Big Updates Won't Last Long | CandysDirt.com

As it gets harder to find a great home for under $300K in East Dallas, we’ve found a super cute Casa View Oaks cottage. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 2426 San Paula Ave. is beautifully remodeled three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch with 1,201 square feet on one story, built in 1953. It brings a lot of personality to market, with lovely curb appeal (love those mature trees), stylish touches, and a backyard area with lots of grassy green space and a detached one-car garage. This one is not going to last long! 

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