01/21/18 9:00am


Just a week after becoming president, Lyndon Baines Johnson picked up a ranch in Blanco County — Johnson City, to be exact — as a hideaway where he could relax a bit.

That spread adjoined another parcel he had already picked up much earlier from an aunt, which is now for sale. Currently home to the artist Benini and his wife, and often referred to as the Benini Sculpture Ranch, the 142-acre ranch is now up for grabs.

We have details on SecondShelters.com.

01/20/18 9:56am

Midcentury Modern Arch Swank

Sometimes you get lucky, and an original midcentury modern Arch Swank-designed home falls into your lap. This seldom happens, because they tend to stay in the same families for years, and Swank didn’t build a lot of personal residences. To find one, you have to get creative or have an innovative pal helping you. That’s what happened to Dallas Realtor John Weber. (more…)

01/20/18 1:35am

Update: Readers tell me Ms. Malone lived on Livingston near Inwood Road, and lived her later years as a recluse.

I had no idea that the great actress Dorothy Malone lived in Dallas. She moved here from Chicago with her family, attended Ursuline, Hockaday, and SMU, and then returned in 1971 when she married Charles Huston Bell, a Dallas businessman and hotel executive.

They divorced in 1974, but Dorothy Malone stayed on in Dallas. And according to a little internet research, she dated a Dr. Phillip Montgomery from Dallas in the late 1940’s and… was a real estate agent in later years, about 1991. Anyone remember working with her?

Dorothy Malone died Friday morning in a Dallas assisted living facility, where she had been living for the last ten years, according to the New York Times. Dorothy Malone was 93.

Ms. Malone, who was married and divorced three times, had two daughters from her first marriage to French actor Jaques Bergerac. She is survived by those daughters, Mimi Vanderstraaten and Diane Thompson, six grandchildren, and her brother, Robert B. Maloney, an inactive senior federal district judge in Dallas.


01/19/18 2:00pm

505 Ranch, Cedar Creek Lake | Candysdirt.com

Lake or ranch, lake or ranch … now you can have your lake and horses too! On SecondShelters.com, we’ve been following the luxury waterfront development The 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake. The 505 Ranch has all the amenities of a posh lake community, plus equine facilities (polo, anyone?), too, and it’s only 45 minutes from Dallas. The community is now 77% sold; homesites are still available, and they’re just about to unveil a lovely spec home, too.

Click to see the property and get the scoop on SecondShelters.com.

01/19/18 12:00pm

A rare opportunity in the fully occupied Omni Residences in the heart of downtown Fort Worth has just come to market — and it’s a stunner. A penthouse, No. 3203 on the 32nd floor, has a lavish, 4,330 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, four and one half baths, and three balconies. And then there is the building itself, unequaled in Fort Worth for its sleek, unique profile, and five-star amenities.

And who would you enlist to move a premiere, multi-million dollar property in the Omni? You might, reflexively, turn to the building’s former Sales Director, Allison Hayden, who earned her high-rise chops selling in the luxury Dallas building, The Azure, before moving to The Omni Residences in Fort Worth in 2009. Currently she is working her special brand of agent magic at Lakeside Terrace in Flower Mound, where she has already sold 70 percent of the building. Oh, and did I mention that construction on the building isn’t even completed? (more…)

01/19/18 10:30am

2113 Bennett Ave Unit No. 50, is listed by Nadine Meyer for $439,000. 

Craving the lock-and-leave lifestyle? Looking to smart-size? Maybe you’ve been dreaming of owning a Knox-Henderson townhouse for so long, you can’t remember when your obsession first started? Well, here’s your chance, and at a price point that’s just right!

This week’s Friday Four Hundred zeroes in on a designer end unit model in “The Block on Bennett” – a contemporary townhouse development featuring 22 townhouses across six buildings. This particular one is chock full of modern upgrades and an easy breezy floor plan we think you’ll love.


01/19/18 9:00am

cheapWe often show you some of the fanciest houses for sale in Dallas, but we got to thinking recently — have we ever shown our readers the cheapest habitable houses in Dallas?

Statewide, houses sell fastest in a particular sweet spot right now — homes between $200,000 and $300,000 sell in about 54 days on average, recent statistics show. Homes priced less than $200,000 sold in about two months. (more…)

01/19/18 8:04am

Toot-toot! End of the line! I have been riding myself ragged up and down DART’s Blue and Green lines in Southern Dallas for our Southern Dallas Buyer’s Guide. My goal was to see what kind of housing and neighborhoods are out there for those wanting a home close to the city without the North Dallas price tags.  Some neighborhoods are rougher than others, but many were surprisingly vibrant and full of housing stock many would recognize from more talked-about areas … near the Zoo might as well be called East Oak Cliff.  Of course, if you’re a renovator, there are cheap as sin gems in the rough awaiting new life.  Equally surprising (and a little saddening) were the number of new builds that are stylistically more at home in an exurb tract development. Sure, they’re better than an empty lot, but they hardly blend into the neighborhood (doubly true when they knock down old-growth trees in the process).

This last installment focuses on the area south and west of Fair Park serviced by the Hatcher, MLK, and Fair Park stations.  It seems like a large area (and it is), but there’s not a lot of homes for sale here.  I suspect the never-ending breath-holding for Fair Park’s revival plays some part in this.  But these days, it’s not only Fair Park that could drive a renaissance here …