12/17/18 9:55am

University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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12/17/18 9:40am

rentHow did Dallas’s rent growth stack up to the rest of the major metros in the state? Are we in a bubble? We look at this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

RENTS PREDICTED TO GROW IN DALLAS IN 2019

Most of the apartments in Dallas are occupied, and rent growth continues according to the Yardi Matrix Multifamily National Report for 2018.

Nearly 95 percent of Dallas apartments were occupied in October, with yearly rent growth hitting 2.1 percent last month. It is expected to grow 4.4 percent next year. (more…)

12/17/18 9:30am

Our Splurge: Amy Hunniford with Rogers Healy and Associates has listed 6058 Kenwood Avenue for $749,900.

Tis the season to gather round the fireplace, so we found two Dallas beauties to make Santa proud. Hang those stockings, and get ready for visions of sugarplums to dance in your heads. This week, we highlight two Dallas offerings — one in Lakewood and one in downtown Dallas — that will have you doing just that, each with cozy fireplaces and ample space to entertain, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which would you choose in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, the Lower Greenville splurge or the McKinnon Street steal? Either way you’ll have a home for the holidays worth celebrating about.

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12/17/18 9:00am

Our Steal: Colin Hebson of Dream Town Realty has listed 3126 W. Wallen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois for $2,000,000.

From world-class museums and epic shopping down the Magnificent Mile, to its Michelin Star restaurants and spectacular sports, there’s a lot to love about the Windy City. Which is precisely why we decided to take a closer look at Chicago real estate.

Here we pin two exquisite properties against one another, each with excellent neighborhoods and amenities but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the Lincoln Park Splurge or the West Ridge Steal?

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12/16/18 9:30am
Colleyville homes

This home at 6905 Westmont Drive in Colleyville has unique treeline views from the pool deck.

Typically for Suburb Sunday, we highlight homes within three different price ranges, or three distinctly different parts of the city to show a slice of life there. This week’s Suburb Sunday is a little bit different because we chose three $1.7 million-plus homes for their unique architectural or design elements that make them one-of-a-kind. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Colleyville:

ESTATE WITH GUEST HOUSE IS A UNIQUE GEM

Bransford Road

Address6113 Bransford Road

  • Three bedrooms, three baths
  • 4,652 square feet
  • $1,924,400 estimated

This 2002-built Colleyville home, recently sold in June 2018, is situated on a 2.580-acre, equestrian-friendly lot with main house, private guest house, workshop, and private pond. This Bransford Road estate has a massive study with fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the back garden, heated diving pool with spa, and outdoor kitchen. The main house has two bedrooms and two baths, and the guest house has one bedroom and bath, plus a living room and small kitchen. (more…)

12/16/18 9:15am

North PoleAs we count down to mere single digits before Christmas Day, what better town to visit than North Pole, Alaska, where we’ve found a renovated Midcentury cabin surrounded by trees?

That’s right, North Pole.

Now, purists will say that the town, with a population of a little more than 2,000, just 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks is not the true North Pole, but hundreds of thousands of children each year send their Santa letters there just the same, and thousands of people ship their Christmas cards to the post office there just so they can have the town’s postmark on the envelopes.

The charming community also responds to letters addressed to 1 Santa Claus Lane, too, and the city’s fire trucks and ambulances are all red, and the police cars are green and white. (more…)

12/15/18 12:00pm

mortgageIt’s not unusual to see GoFundMe or other crowdfunding efforts for someone who, facing a catastrophic health crisis, can’t afford to pay their rent or mortgage. But until now, those incidents remained anecdotal.

But a study released this year by Emily A. Gallagher, Radhakrishnan Gopalan, and Michal Grinstein-Weis, professors and researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, Washington University’s Olin Business School and Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work (Grinstein-Wise is also the Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at Washington University), respectively, reveals that data clearly indicates a relationship between having health insurance and being able to make your rent or mortgage payment.

But the data doesn’t just tell the story of people with catastrophic illnesses, but also the cascading issues that can occur from just being sick and missing work a few days, when an insured person might be able to see a doctor for more immediate relief.

“When people think of health insurance, they often think of its effect on health. They may even they go a step further and think about its effects on a person’s medical expenses and their medical debt,” the three explained in a synopsis of the study. “Our study says that health insurance has significant downstream benefits to a person’s finances that show up in their home payments.”

“These indirect benefits may not be so salient to health policymakers, but they are extremely important to the overall financial stability of the person,” they continued. “On top of this, they carry broader economic implications.” (more…)

12/15/18 9:45am

mistletoeOur Saturday Six Hundred for this week was an obvious choice — and not just because it happens to sit on Mistletoe Drive in historic Hollywood Heights-Santa Monica neighborhood.

It’s also because it’s a charming Tudor that has only been on the market two times in its history — which is remarkable because it was built in 1935. It’s also a home that could be a really great property if someone with the right vision came in.

First, the positives of this home — beautiful hardwoods throughout, original features like beams, wooden ceilings, light fixtures, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace make this home at 6919 Mistletoe Dr. a home filled with character. Many of the windows, in fact, still possess their original hand-blown glass.

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