08/17/17 4:00pm

1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills, CA 90210, currently listed for $9.995 million by Mercer Vine

What is the essence of a modern Los Angeles home? According to the folks at Mercer Vine, the answer lies in the reimagined Spanish colonial at 1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills 90210.

“This extensive redesign brings a modern edge to an already stunning property. From the outdoor entertaining spaces right down to the details of the wrought-iron balconies, every element of the home has been meticulously designed,” said Mercer Vine co-founder Adam Rosenfeld, who shares the listing with agent Coley Lafoon and Mercer Vine co-founder Kyle Giese. “This home truly combines California luxury with the warm elegance of a Spanish villa.”

See the whole shebang on SecondShelters.com.

08/17/17 2:30pm

This green roof in Germany is a perfect example of how more buildings are becoming sustainable.

Matt Smith
Special Contributor

As in fashion, there are also some popular trends in the roofing industry. Sustainability is one, and in the next year, homeowners across the planet will be building new homes, and each will need a well-constructed, functional, aesthetically correct roof. If the roof is made of eco-friendly material – even better!

Sustainability went from the margins to the mainstream big time during past few years. It is nothing new, yet it is growing more popular. The idea of being energy independent, spending less on electricity, and reducing the level of carbon emission seems like a triple win situation.

You don’t have to be clairvoyant to see that when building roofs, constructors will be inspired by nature in 2018. The emphasis will be on the green building materials and the style which imitates the artwork of one of the world’s top designers – Mother Nature. Solar panels and living green roofs will become a much more common sight.

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Expanded Austin Stone English Estate Home in East Kessler | CandysDirt.com

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is an expansive and impressive Austin stone English estate home in East Kessler Park. The North Oak Cliff beauty at 1052 Kessler Pkwy. sits on 0.6 terraced acres framed by arching shade trees and a swimming pool, guest quarters, and outdoor entertaining center. 

With over 7,300 square feet on two stories, this property is not lacking for space — it was expanded substantially in 2007 in a way that complements its 1940 design. This home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, eight living areas, and two dining areas. 

“This beautiful home would work exceptionally well for a large or growing family, but with its [oversized] entertaining spaces, it could work just as well for a young professional couple that enjoys entertaining for business or pleasure,” said Steve Habgood, one of the listing agents with Dave Perry-Miller InTown. “It sits within the estate section of the rolling hills of East Kessler Park and affords a very private & serene setting, with a lush backyard and pool.” 

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Indulge Your Love of a Great Craftsman with This Week's Dallas Open Houses Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The contemporary Craftsman at 5457 Vickery Blvd. was actually built in 2015 and is one of three features in our Dallas open houses roundup this week.

We just love a great Craftsman and the Dallas neighborhoods where they reside. For our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve indulged our whimsy and included three Dallas Craftsman houses for your viewing pleasure. They range in price from $499K to $1.189 million and one was actually built in 2015 as an East Dallas custom. All three are beautiful with Craftsman-like elements like wide and welcoming front porches; broad, low gabled roofs; and wide-open layout that makes the most of square footage.

 

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08/17/17 9:00am

You Won't Believe the Deal on this Cul-de-Sac Home with Terrific Layout, Creek Lot | CandysDirt.com

Wow! That’s what we have to say after seeing the house at 9110 Valley Chapel Ln. This zero lot line home offers a lock-and-leave lifestyle in Area 25 near Northwest Highway and Midway Road, sitting at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. We’re already imagining having coffee on the private deck overlooking a wooded creek in back. Perfection.

In this location, it’s a tremendous value at $475,000, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, three living areas, and 2,378 square feet on one story, built in 1981. Let’s take a look.

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08/17/17 7:30am

Crestview East Midcentury Home | CandysDirt.com

Our Thursday Three Hundred sings a midcentury song with tons of cool retro features in its 1,545 square feet. Located at 1526 Oates Dr. in the Crestview East neighborhood, this home offers modern updates and finishes that fit in beautifully, too. 

With painted brick walls, a built-in brick planter, vaulted ceilings, and lots of natural light, it feels like a Palm Springs residence. But instead, you’ll be near North Buckner Boulevard and Ferguson Road in a fast-changing neighborhood behind Casa Linda and next to Linwood Park east of White Rock Lake. This dynamic area is seeing lots of activity from buyers who have been priced out of other East Dallas neighborhoods, like Little Forest Hills or Lakewood Heights.  

This one-story Crestview East home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1961.

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08/17/17 1:25am

I am so impressed with Kevin Felder, the new City Councilman for District 7, which encompasses Fair Park. First of all, I’m a little biased because he is a real estate Broker. He is also a lesson in persistence: Kevin has run for his council seat four times before FINALLY winning the D7 seat this past June in a run-off with Tiffini Young, who was favored by the Mayor.

A few weeks ago we told you about a community meeting at Fair Park, sponsored by ABI Dallas, also known as Alpha Business Images, which is owned by Sophia Johnson … the wife of Mayor Rawlings’ very, very well-connected advisor for south Dallas, Willis Johnson (Google him, says our Jon Anderson). This community meeting was to explain and solicit input on the proposed management plan for Fair Park, which the Mayor wants to give to Walt Humann to manage, while the city pays. That meeting had a huge turn out, so huge ABI Dallas literally ran out of paper. But people were not so jazzed about that meeting, felt there were not enough answers provided and too much rhetoric. Even the invitations were kind of crafty: (more…)