Ritz-Carlton three-bedroom

After helping more than 170 buyers and sellers move in, out and all around Dallas’ luxe Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, and after living there herself since it opened, you’d expect Sharon Quist has seen the best of the best in Uptown living. And you’d be right. But the top-producing, long-time Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent would quickly let you know she is still regularly and pleasantly surprised at how exceptionally customized units in this 21-story building can be.

Case in point: 2525 N. Pearl St., No. 1402, a rare Ritz-Carlton three-bedroom end unit with dead-on downtown views priced at $4,595,000. Side note: Quist has had the rare privilege of representing the seller – and buyer – every time this unit has been listed, which is thrice now. To say she knows it well is an understatement.


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Highland Park townhome

Maybe it’s the beautifully-mature trees that tower taller than this two-story townhome or simply the red brick, but there’s something about this West Highland Park townhome on Westside that feels so stately and elegant. That’s why we’re pleasantly surprised at the asking price for this 2,600-square-foot home priced in the lower $600s.


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Do yourself a favor and say yes to this stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired treasure in the Preston Royal Northwest Neighborhood.

Do yourself a favor and say yes to this stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired treasure in the Preston Royal Northwest Neighborhood.

This home we’ve dubbed the Jamestown Jewelbox is a piece of art. Built in 1960 and completely renovated this year by Schultze Signature Homes, the $1.25 million showpiece leases for $15,000 per month – worth every penny for 4,156 square feet of perfection. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it’s not outrageous, but rather functional with some definite bragging rights. And you could still get lost in the master bedroom.


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We searched Amazon for the best entertaining cookbooks and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

The holidays are officially here and with them come – dun dun dun – invitations to parties, get-togethers, office potlucks and, “Bring a dish to share. I don’t know, just throw something together!!” Even when you’re not the host, you’re getting roped into the “bring the best dish” game because literally everything is a competition.  If, in fact, ruling the buffet is your end game, order up any one of these incredibly handy holiday cookbooks for amazing appetizers from Amazon. Done and done.

Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion

Price: $22.49

What We’re Saying: The first thing we have to note is this book is a Best Seller and yet it’s like tenth on the search results list. GET IT TOGETHER, AMAZON. It features a GENEROUS “Look Inside” and you’ll kind of get lost in the pictures, they’re so good. Author Maegan Brown gives step-by-step instructions on how to build everything from After School Boards to Everyday Boards and there’s even a S’Mores Board in there. Buy this now!!!

What They’re Saying: “I love to entertain but don’t always love the effort it takes while my guests are over. This book provides so many fun ways to feed your guests without working during the party. Whether it’s a girls night in, kid party (planned or not planned), a couples night or a special occasion, you can find the perfect board to wow your friends and family.” –Kay

Buy Beautiful Boards here.


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Candlelight Christmas

Ryan Place Improvement Association President, Tim Keith Holds City of Fort Worth Proclamation

This year’s Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place, which takes place this weekend, marks a milestone and something of a victory lap for the neighborhood association.

In its heyday, Ryan Place — the first ever planned development in the City of Fort Worth — was home to the city’s cattle barons, bankers, and oilmen. After the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent depression, construction ceased and the area went into a long period of decline. By the 1960s, the former grandeur of many of the mansions was a distant memory with many houses abandoned and many in a woeful state of disrepair.


Looking for Lakewood luxury? Then boy, do we have the open houses for you! Start living the Lakewood dream in any of these top three open house picks. All offer prime locations, stunning interiors, and plenty of space to live, work, and play in style.

Impeccable Westlake Georgian Eclectic


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Really nice profile of Chris Kelly in DCEO Magazine this month, which you can of course read online any time you want. The article, by former People Newspapers Deputy Editor Bianca R. Montes, REALLY captures the personality and polish of Kelly, who was named CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies in October 2018, taking the helm of the largest independent real estate brokerage in Texas from Mary Frances Burleson. As we wrote at the time:

Longtime Ebby Halliday Companies president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, an icon in the organization hired by founder Ebby Halliday in 1958, has stepped down from her position to focus on the firm’s eponymous nonprofit — the Ebby Halliday Foundation. In her place, Chris Kelly has been named CEO. Kelly, recently the senior counsel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, is expected to mold the company’s strategy and direct operations with the aim of shaping the venerable North Texas brokerage’s brand while preserving the legacy of the company’s highly regarded founder, Ebby Halliday Acers. 

I’m glad they did the profile which, albeit a year and two months later, was incredibly well-written and fleshed out Kelly’s background nicely: how he, a Kansas City native, became an attorney, but got into real estate after a trip to Cabo with his sister and her colleagues at ReeceNichols Real Estate led to an in-house position there. (I am always fascinated to learn how people got into real estate.) He was corporate legal counsel and chief administrative officer at ReeceNichols, a home grown firm started by two agent powerhouses much like Ebby. ReeceNichols also happened to be a HomeServices affiliate. His road to Dallas came about, of course, when Ebby Halliday Companies was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices — a company owned by Warren Buffet — in July of 2018.

HomeServices also owns Allie Beth Allman & Associates.               

Bianca didn’t ask about the competition of having two BHHS companies in one city, nor did she ask for a reaction to the company agents have dubbed “the beast” — Compass — because of the accelerated way the disruptive and highly tech-oriented North Texas brokerage has been gobbling up high producing agents.

But that’s okay, we covered it here.


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Nothing beats owning a four-acre oasis in Northway Hills! And this one evokes a tranquil, secluded feel, with lots of improvements, while still retaining its period charm. In fact, it’s ideal for someone with an eye for design.