02/16/19 9:45am
Caruth Hills

Take a Sunday stroll to this Caruth Hills home from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17, listed by Tonya Peek of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Frisco.

If you’ve been looking to jump into the Caruth Hills neighborhood, this minimal ranch-style home at 7533 Centenary Ave. is a four-bedroom and three-bath gem with 1,976-square-feet to love. Just imagine the possibilities your personal style could have on this lovely home built in 1951.

The gourmet kitchen features glass-front cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances including a double oven, five-burner gas cooktop, and mini wine refrigerator. A breakfast nook isn’t a small nook after all, which overlooks and opens up to the backyard.  (more…)

02/16/19 9:15am

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 27th city on the list — Charleston, South Carolina. This week, we look at Springfield, Missouri, and found three great homes — all for less than $350,000. (more…)

02/15/19 7:00pm

electionsThe cutoff to file to run for the Dallas city council, Dallas mayor, and Dallas ISD trustee seats open was 5 p.m. Feb. 15, and with 64 people total filing paperwork for the May elections, there are two things we can tell you for certain: Some races will likely resemble the Thunderdome, and you’ll be needing to head to the polls twice, because some of these races will undoubtedly land in a runoff.

So who’s running? We’re providing a list below. Bear in mind this list is in alphabetical order, not the order they will appear on the ballot, because that is done by drawing and will happen in a few days.

The mayoral race has drawn 12 candidates — real estate developer Mike Ablon, Oak Cliff businessman Albert Black, Dallas city council member Scott Griggs, State Rep. Eric Johnson, former Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, philanthropist Lynn McBee, civic leader Regina Montoya, Dallas resident, Heriberto Ortiz, Dallas resident Miguel Patino, environmentalist Stephen Smith, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, and former state representative Jason Villalba. Ortiz, Patino, and Smith’s petition signatures have not been qualified at press time.

And Jon gave us a sneak preview of the surprise filing of Laura Miller, who will challenge incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates for the District 13 seat, we now know who the rest of the names on area ballots will be, too. Ready? Let’s jump. (more…)

02/15/19 3:28pm

Last night I broke the story on D Magazine of former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller’s apparent last-minute run for District 13’s council seat against incumbent Jennifer Gates. To review, I received an email inviting Athena condo residents to stop by HOA president Georgia Sue Black’s home to sign Miller’s petition. Candidates need 25 signatures to register as a candidate.

We checked at 3:30 p.m., and Miller had indeed filed the preliminary paperwork to be a candidate.

One reason (and perhaps the only) Miller seems to be running is her staunch opposition to any redevelopment in the area. Certainly, she’s been against every zoning case I’ve been aware of – outside area mansion add-ons – Highland House, sky bridge, Laurel apartments, St. Michael’s and all Angels, Pink Wall’s PD-15, etc..

The photo above was snapped in front of the 21-story Athena condos on Northwest Highway. Originally, these signs were near the St. Michael’s Frederick Square project. Coincidentally, Miller’s Campaign Treasurer is Doug Deason, the son of Derwin Deason who owns an 18,000 square foot condo on Douglas Avenue in back of the church’s proposed development.

Behind the Pink Wall, the irony of high-rise residents opposing any others is missed by a mile by residents. It smacks of a 2017 case where Toll Brothers sought approval for a high-rise in a high-rise-zoned area of Oak Lawn.  In that case, residents of The Plaza I & II high rises were bitterly opposed and equally oblivious to their own hypocrisy.

Now that Miller has filed, one imagines she can slap “Vote Laura Miller” on the “No More Towers” signs pockmarking the neighborhood.

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02/15/19 9:55am

As our readers know, there’s nothing we love more than house porn than making a weekend of touring actual homes, complete with brunch! If you’re in love with North Texas real estate like we are, then you’ll also love to know that this year’s spring home tour season is going to be a spectacular one, featuring some of the best in architecture all over Dallas and Fort Worth. 

To help you get your schedule in order, today we offer a round-up of upcoming spring home tours so you can buy your tickets and make your brunch reservations. This list is by no means comprehensive, so if we missed one of your favorite spring tours, shoot us a line in the comments!

Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes

April 7, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m.; After Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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02/15/19 9:45am

Meadows West

Just when I think I’ve cracked Fort Worth — especially in-the-loop Fort Worth — I make a discovery. This week, it’s a handsome house in Meadows West at 6512 Havenview Court. And there is great value here. On a sprawling corner lot with a long, brick-edged walkway leading to the pedimented capped entry, the house has real presence. And the shocker? You can have all 4,310 square feet of this house for the bargain price of $129 per square foot. 

I admit to  having been a bit snarky about what I call 1980s vintage, Junior League Georgian. But with the passage of time, some houses from this era are aging rather well. Helpful is the listing description of the lot: “heavily treed.” Also helpful is the involvement of a capable builder, Dan Thomas. However, there is such a personal, restrained treatment in the disposition, in the façade and details, that I suspect the presence of a client of taste. Missing? Pomposity and pretension.

A Palladian triangular pediment supported by columns encases a curved framed front door. The central, main bay is symmetrically flanked by two stepped back wings.  And the small arched window on the second floor above the entry has shutters that look as if they could actually close over the span of the opening.

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02/15/19 9:30am

Mike Foley with Conway Cityside South Boston has 658 E. 7th Street Apartment 3, Boston, Massachusetts for $979,000.

This posh penthouse near Boston’s M Street Beach is perfect for cozy couples! Who isn’t looking for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo under $1 million in Boston? This one has been updated with the highest attention to detail, offering a spacious open floor plan with lots of natural light. We think its swoon-worthy interiors are sure to make your heart skip a beat! (more…)

02/15/19 9:15am

Blake Damron with Clay Stapp + Co has listed 430 Valencia Street for $540,000.

Billed as a “classic Tudor with a cool factor” we can’t help but fall hard for this Hollywood Heights gem! For those who adore a stylish mix of old and new, this two-bedroom, two-full-bathroom charmer does not disappoint. In fact, it’s everything you’ve dreamed and more! Prepare to gush over sleek modern updates and quintessential Tudor character, all wrapped up with a bow in historic Hollywood Heights.

Eye-Catching Curb Appeal

From the outside this Tudor stands tall with gorgeous curb appeal. We can’t get enough of that bricked facade draped in a delicate blanket of ivy. And the front porch marked by elegant archways is die for!

“The owner of this home (Adam Jones) is an architect who has specialized in historic preservation and it’s evident that he poured his heart, soul, and professional talent into bringing this charming Tudor back to life,” says listing agent Blake Damron with Clay Stapp + Co. “Historic elements, modern updates, and eclectic furnishings give the home a unique personality.”

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