12/16/17 9:35am

Just saying Key West, Florida, can conjure up relaxation and the easy-going life — so when we found this historical home in Old Town we knew that our readers at SecondShelters.com and CandysDirt.com would fall in love just like we did.

This home, which was built in the late 1800s, sits on a corner lot in Old Town — and if you’ve never been to the Old Town part of Key West, let’s just say it’s where all the action is. In fact, this home is close to the historic seaport and Duval Street.

Check it out here.

12/15/17 2:43pm

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

The annual Texas Land and Title Institute has successfully plowed through the snowy Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. Jam packed with attorneys and title professionals from across the state, this conference had an impressive Dallas contingency braving the cold.

I caught up with Chicago Title‘s Bill Woodall and Debby Moore, who are recently engaged and attended this event. These two make up the newest and best looking power couple in the title business. Bill runs two offices, serving residential and commercial closings in both Preston Center and on LBJ. Debby specializes in commercial closings. That’s a lot of title industry brain power under one roof.

We chatted about surveys, easements, encroachments, and boundary line issues. Not the typical lunch conversation for most couples. But survey techniques and standards have changed in recent years causing property line issues all over the state. And these pros deal with them daily.

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12/15/17 2:36pm

All photos courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

It’s a vacation trend that sweeping the globe — glamping, or camping in luxury tents that offer all the comforts of a posh home.

The Resort at Paws Up a offers a knock-your-socks-off Western version, replete with world-class trout fishing and dude ranch activities set in pristine Montana wilderness. Valerie Jarvie shares details and photos today of a Ralph Lauren-esque tent camp set in the wilds of Montana on SecondShelters.com now

12/15/17 1:59pm

Dallas ISDShortly after the Dallas ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution that many feel is one of the first steps toward healing the animosity some still feel even decades after Dallas ISD finally desegregated under judicial oversight in 1967, they took the tangible step of renaming three schools currently bearing the names of confederates. (more…)

12/15/17 1:05pm

Have you noticed the oh-so-apropos retro holiday yard décor in the Northwest Dallas neighborhood bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane in Dallas? Dozens (actually 100) of vintage-style, six-foot-tall wooden trees punctuate the low-slung midcentury modern-style homes in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, recently featured in the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour. The holiday display is a community initiative that’s cool in its own right, but the story behind the trees is even cooler.

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12/15/17 11:01am

This week’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth proves that a house can appear to be in great shape, only to find that something pricey lurks behind a wall or under the floor.

But before we start our recap of FOFFW, we have some reader mail to answer. (more…)

12/15/17 8:37am

If you don’t know the name Hewitt & Habgood by now you should. This dynamic Dallas duo has been crushing it for decades, churning out listings with a combined, 48-plus years of experience and a spotless reputation as one of the hardest working and most successful real estate teams in Dallas. With over $535 million sold, and over 90 percent of their business coming from repeats and referrals, you can bet they’ll soon be getting this Kidd Springs beauty sold, too!

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12/14/17 4:01pm
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Downtown Dallas stakeholders, along with Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis and Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, presented Focus on Teens with a $2,250 donation to help provide the necessities for the thousands of Dallas ISD homeless students that utilize the district’s drop-in centers (photos courtesy Tanya Ragan/Wildcat Management)

As the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of providing Christmas cheer for family and friends — and it’s equally easy to forget that not everyone will have a home to go to for the holidays.

Such is the case for the thousands of Dallas ISD students — estimates are anywhere from 3,000 to 6,500 — who are homeless.

As we’ve talked about before, even the most prosperous high schools in Dallas ISD have students experiencing need. Without the district’s drop-in centers, which provide things like clean uniforms, food, and toiletries to students (as well as filling other emergency needs), these students would find it much more difficult to stay in school. (more…)