10/21/18 9:55am

WataugaWatauga, a suburb of Fort Worth, is hot. How hot? On average, homes in Watauga sell in 15 days — in fact, Realtor.com recently said that’s three percent faster than last year, and about 50 percent faster than homes in the rest of the country.

So for our inaugural Suburb Sunday, we decided to take a look at three homes in Watauga that provides the affordability of the suburbs but is close enough for its residents to enjoy everything Fort Worth has to offer.

CRISP, CLEAN HOME ON AMBER DRIVE

Address: 7428 Amber Drive
This home Amber Drive was built in 1995, but has recently had a renovation that keeps it current. While the finishes may not be luxury, they are durable and family-friendly, making this three-bathroom, two-bath home a great starter home. (more…)

10/21/18 9:30am

villa marreIn the Candy’s Media Group family, there’s at least one person with a special place in her heart for the sitcom Designing Women (maybe specifically, Julia Sugarbaker, but that’s neither here nor there). So that one person may have gotten very excited when the historic Villa Marre in Little Rock went on the market.

Why? Because Villa Marre, in addition to being a grand historic mansion, is also the exterior that stood in for the Atlanta mansion the Sugarbakers worked in.

But before it was the title card for the popular series, Villa Marre was home to Angelo and Jennie Marre, who had the home built in 1881 as a reminder of their Italian heritage. The home was built in about a year, and was valued at $5,000 at the time. (more…)

10/21/18 9:00am

Pictured: A Work Shop Denver project. The group is currently listing a similar new construction opportunity at 3317 W. 33rd Ave. in Denver, Colorado for $1,100,000.

So you have a million dollars to burn and want to invest in Denver real estate but not sure where to start? You could put an offer in on a chic downtown Denver loft with historic pedigree circa 1905 in the heart of the city. Or you could head east, to Park Hill, for a true walker’s paradise and throw down on a 1940s Mediterranean chock full of elegant upgrades.

But if you’re looking for something brand spanking new, that lets you live your best life a mile high, we suggest pointing your home search west. Nestled deep in West Highland, just minutes from downtown, is a million dollar new construction opportunity that will blow. you. away. (more…)

10/20/18 4:58pm
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What do you do when a seller isn’t cooperative? (File photo courtesy Flickr)

This week’s Friday Question had its genesis in a conundrum we faced here at CandysDirt — we found a local listing that was quite well, not conducive to good marketing of a home, to put it delicately.

At the time, we talked amongst ourselves about why the photos in the listing may have looked the way they did — there were shots out of focus, random pets, stacks of boxes in another, the top of a random woman’s head in another.

Now, we have a weekly feature called the Wednesday WTF, where we do sometimes react off the cuff to notable listings all over the country. In fact, this week’s took a Realtor to task for a poor attempt at virtual staging that was so bizarre it could only be comical.

So we posed this question to our readers on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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10/20/18 9:45am

Mark AshbyAustin-based designer Mark Ashby has a reputation for creating wow-worthy interiors, whether he’s working on a Montana ranch or a sleek, modern city loft. And our Saturday Seven Hundred this week is a home that definitely got the benefit of that impeccable eye.

Realtor and designer Paige Poupart told us that her initial walkthrough of the home at 9031 Woodhurst Drive prior to listing impressed her in ways most listings don’t.

“As a Realtor and designer myself, I usually walk into a home to list it and can instantly pick out at least a dozen things that were done wrong, or need to be fixed — this one I spent a good couple hours in the house with the home owners and couldn’t find anything,” she said. “It’s like a magazine spread inside, every time you walk in the door.” (more…)

10/20/18 9:30am

TREIn a bid to reassure voters, Dallas ISD trustees took the unusual move adopting a resolution that pledges to spend the first projected surplus a tax ratification election, or TRE , could produce on specific initiatives, including one that strategically increases employee salaries.

But the move was not without a lot of debate.  

Trustee Audrey Pinkerton put for a proposed resolution that would have the entire projected $126 million the 13-cent tax increase would generate in the first year be earmarked for those pay raises, with the board pledging to support the other three initiatives — racial equity initiatives, expanding school choice, and expanding pre-K.

But trustee Edwin Flores put forth another resolution that would have the board pledging to spend the entire $126 million on all four initiatives.

And yet another version authored by Lew Blackburn, dubbed the “compromise resolution,” combined the language of Pinkerton’s resolution with the language of the Flores resolution.

This was my attempt to marry two fairly similar resolutions,” he said. Flores said his resolution was modeled on the district’s strategic initiatives for the TRE, and said he wanted to align it with the entire presentation regarding the initiatives.

Legally, a current board cannot bind — or make promises for — a future board. But the resolution circumvented that by only committing the funds that would be generated from the TRE in the first year. (more…)

10/20/18 9:20am

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The dream of ranch ownership is real. And steeped within the fabric of American West ranching is Wilder on the Taylor, an iconic Colorado property sandwiched between Crested Butte and Gunnison with a lineage dating back to 1893.

As the story goes, three young men filed claims for a parcel of 160-acre homesteads that year. Within five years they were granted ownership, and soon, began occupying and working the land. (more…)

10/19/18 9:55am

9797 Broken Bow Road, Dallas, Texas, is listed by Robert Villanueva with City Connections for $464,000.

Nestled at the corner of Broken Bow Road,
we can’t take our eyes off this midcentury abode.
It’s been taken down to the studs and has a whole new look.
New roof, new paint, new windows, new nook.
And yes, it’s private, it’s made for entertaining.
A fireplace, tall ceilings, there’ll be no complaining.

Of course, it has a kitchen, for whipping up a spread.
And yes, those interiors have us dreaming in our beds.
One look inside, and we think you’ll see,
at Broken Bow Road is where your holiday should be!

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