06/22/18 5:47am

For more than 35 years Hoebeke Builders, Inc. (HBI) has been a “build-to-suit,” contract-only residential construction company specializing in luxury private homes across North Texas. Run by one of the straightest-talking home builders to have ever lifted a hammer, Bob Hoebeke based his company on a time-tested, client-based system of project administration. And he was doing it before technology knew the name Alexa.

“We collect our customer’s wishes and dreams, translate them into practical and elegant living spaces,” says Bob. “And that’s where real life happens!”

HBI’s philosophy could be a five second “elevator statement”: HBI is in the “tailor made suit” business for homes: nothing off the rack which needs alteration to fit, because our homes are all tailor-made.

Working with clients closely, HBI builds a “project team” comprised of architect, contractor, interior designer, and landscape architects. HBI assembles all of the disciplines necessary to maximize the project’s potential, while minimizing cost and inefficiency. Bob’s even written a book about it! UnHinged: a Homebuilder’s Secrets for Saving Time and Money  which outlines his common sense approach to building your greatest asset.

“Ideally, 80% of the project should be planned around our client’s table, just 20% finalized in the field,” says Bob. “Not the other way around!” (more…)

06/21/18 11:11pm
Dallas ISD

Fresh from his runoff win Saturday, Justin Henry was sworn in as the trustee for Dallas ISD District 9 before the school board worked its way through Thursday’s agenda. The district announced preliminary school accountability ratings revealed a significant drop in Improvement Required schools (Photo courtesy: Dallas ISD).

Super nerdy confession: The original title of this piece was “Dallas ISD May Have Just Done Something Miraculous.”

But then I remembered a long senior year where my Honors English teacher insisted that we study S.I. Hayakawa’s “Language in Thought and Action,” a book about semantics so revered it’s currently in its fifth edition.

I may not remember much from high school coursework, but I do remember that book, and what it taught about language, and why the words we choose can impact the message. And miracle is not the right word, really, for what has happened in Dallas ISD.

You see, four years ago, 43 of the district’s 230 schools were labeled Improvement Required in the state accountability ratings — meaning that those schools weren’t just at risk, or struggling, but that they had actually failed to meet state standards. (more…)

06/21/18 4:30pm

Yet another high-profile agent has decided to leave a local brokerage for Compass Real Estate. In early June, Phillip Murrell made what he said was the extremely difficult decision to leave Dave Perry-Miller after more than three years. He cited Compass’s technology and innovative marketing as deciding actors.

“I wasn’t looking for a change at all,” Murrell said. “It was one of the hardest decisions professionally that I have made. Lee Thomas and the people over at Dave Perry-Miller are some of the best people in the world.”

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06/21/18 1:04pm

high five

Ah, the Dallas High-Five —  an interchange between U.S.  Highway 75 and Interstate 635 that is a luge during an ice storm, a twisted maze of ramps stacked on top of each other any other time, has now become the place where a few hundred folks are now forcibly cooling their heels because of a tractor-trailer accident early this morning.

According to law enforcement, a gasoline tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned on the ramp from southbound 75 to eastbound LBJ Freeway. While none of the fuel has spilled so far, the task of emptying the tanker of its fuel before transporting it has taken the entire day, and officials now say that the interchange will be shut down through the evening — and yes, that includes rush hour.

Dallas police said the liquid contents in the tanker shifted as the truck from Trans Wood trucking of Omaha, Nebraska, took a curve, causing it to overturn. The driver was uninjured.

And when we say the entire interchange, we mean everything. Planning on taking Central Expressway from Plano to Downtown Dallas? You goofy. Wanting to get from east Dallas to Sam Moon over on the west side? No bedazzled handbags for you today. Good news though, eastbound LBJ is open, allegedly. (more…)

Every Thursday we select a few great open houses for our readers to check out over the weekend. This week in CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week, we’ve even found one that was featured on Houzz.com! They range in price from $369,000 to $825,000. Which ones will you visit?

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06/21/18 10:30am
10226 Eastwood Dr.

This 1952-built, post-war ranch in Casa View Haven’s Eastwood Park recently received a refresh from an investor. The neighborhood is known for its quaint one-story homes and mature trees.

(Full disclosure: This home is in my neighborhood, Casa View Haven, where I have lived for almost 11 years.) 

Casa View Haven, when I moved here in 2007, had a large proportion of renter-occupied homes, with about half of the owner-occupied post-war ranches housing nice, quiet folks that most likely qualified for AARP memberships. Though I wouldn’t call us urban pioneers or early adopters of this enclave in Far East Dallas, we’ve been here long enough to see the tide turn. In fact, on Eastwood Drive, where our Thursday Three Hundred is located, we’ve seen four flips in the past 18 months. 

The thing is, 10226 Eastwood Dr. is listed for a record-breaking $310,000 — a new high for the neighborhood. We’ve seen several flips in Casa View Haven recently, but this is the first from Jared Childs of Cornerstone Realty. Many houses in this neighborhood have three bedrooms and one bathroom, and a few have additions on the back of the structure or garage conversions. This home is one of the larger three-bedroom, two-bath houses in the neighborhood, clocking in at 1,740 square feet with a den added on to the rear of the house.  

That might be part of the reason why this particular home is priced above $300K, but despite the lofty price, it’s still on the market at $170 per square foot.

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That headline got your attention, didn’t it? You’ll have to keep reading to find out the answer. Right now, all I can tell you is our Inwood Home of the Week is a gorgeous Kessler Park Tudor that wraps the corner of Montclair Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. (more…)

Modern, Industrial Coppell House Looks Like it Jumped Off the Pages of a Magazine | CandysDirt.com

Industrial contemporary meets organic in the architectural design of a truly original Coppell house we’re loving. It’s a custom three-story creation on almost an acre, like nothing else in North Texas, where attention to detail and creative style choices create something one-of-a-kind. 

From the moment you step onto the drawbridge walkway, crossing over the fishpond, you know you have arrived at 413 E. Bethel School Rd. Just on the other side of the 750-pound powder coated metal “speakeasy” door, the magic begins. 

“The homeowners built this as their dream house and they’ve been the only owners,” said Cathy O’Toole, one of the listing agents with the O’Toole Levan Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The most unique thing is it’s three stories and the whole bottom floor, not including the house structure, is a big storm shelter — you don’t usually get a basement in Coppell!”

This home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, an office, and 6,148 square feet. It sits on 0.958 acres, so outdoor living is definitely part of the appeal. Let’s take a look!  

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