06/27/17 12:31pm

 

Photo credit: Aaron Costilla.

More of a good thing’s on the way: Cinnamon Shore, one of Texas’ most charming beach communities, has just announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion. We’ve been following the master-planned beach development in Port Aransas on a 19-mile barrier island off the Texas Coast since inception.

Homeowners and rental guests there enjoy beachfront access, parks, interior lakes, restaurant dining, recreational activities, and events all within a picturesque walkable community. Construction on the horizon will dramatically increase the size of the existing development and add a boutique hotel, a 10-acre lake, a spa, retail shops, and more. 

Click for the story today on SecondShelters.com, of all the vibrant Cinnamon Shore community has to offer to its residents and vacation rental guests, plus details of good things to come.

06/27/17 12:30pm

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

Everyone loves trees, so why are they so controversial? They are the focus of years of back and forth in the Texas legislature and the subject of intense debate at several city halls and neighborhood meetings in the Dallas area.

It may come as a surprise to some that when you purchase land, the city can require that trees come at an additional cost if they must be removed to make way for your home site. If you happen to be building in South Dallas, the cost for tree removal can approach or exceed the price of the land itself. These fees do not come from the world’s most expensive logging company; instead, they come in the form of mitigation fees assessed by the city based on the size and species of the trees that need to be removed.

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06/27/17 11:00am

In reality, “discussion”was a pop quiz allowing organizers to check a “community involvement” box

My headline is a riff on yesterday’s Jim Schutze piece over at the Observer titled, “Flying Monkeys Shield State Fair Contract Just When it Should Be Set on Fire.” If last year’s citywide kerfuffle about the Fair Park sweetheart deal Mayor Rawlings tried to give pal Walt Humann, complete with a $20 million per year dowry, didn’t tick you off enough, Schutze ices that cake with a Powerball-size shaft State Fair has given Dallas taxpayers.  It’s not super long, go read it … I’ll wait.

Done? … Seriously, go read it … Yes, now … Sheesh!

Also in that piece was a snippet about the obfuscation the city is employing in seeking bids to take over the management of Fair Park (because evidence shows the city is too lazy and inept). That snippet had perfect timing since last night there was apparently the only community meeting the hired consultants will be having.

Who are those consultants?  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). Seems our mayor is unable to seek input beyond his earmarked Rolodex. First Humann (who attended last night’s meeting) now the Johnson’s.  Who’s next in the alphabet?

Ironically, it was Sophia Johnson herself who spoke about the “complete integrity” of the Fair Park process.

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06/27/17 8:30am

2108 Bradford Park Court part of 7-home gated enclave surrounding a central park. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever dreamed of living the Santa Barbara lifestyle like the film stars Cary Grant or Jane Mansfield?

It’s okay to admit it … I do, too.

I love watching old black-and-white movies and seeing the lavish homes, hotels, and landscapes of California in the Film Noir era. The main things that always stood out to me in those films or photos were how everything seemed to be centered around an interior courtyard or pool, and had wonderful inside-outside living spaces.

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06/27/17 7:30am

live oak condo

The loft life looks appealing in our Tuesday Two Hundred, a Live Oak condo in downtown Dallas that exemplifies an urban, walkable lifestyle with industrial style and an open floorplan. 

The condo at 2502 Live Oak St. Apt 221 is located on the quiet side of the building near North Good Latimer Expressway and Interstate 75. It’s walking distance to Deep Ellum, a light rail station, the central business district, Dallas Arts District, and Dallas Farmers Market. It’s perfectly located for the downtown worker. 

This condo has one bedroom, one bathroom, and 804 square feet, built in 1998. It comes with an assigned garage parking space, too. 

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06/26/17 4:20pm

This stunning Cape Cod-style beach cottage makes its debut for the first time ever to market, offering one lucky buyer a coveted address on the best street in Southampton, N.Y. Boasting nine bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, a sparkling pool, and 9,000 square feet of luxury and lush outdoor entertaining, 237 Gin Lane affords the ultimate Hamptons lifestyle just steps from the ocean.

“The house is beautifully built with very special architectural and design details throughout, and has a separate bedroom wing, which is ideal for offering comfort and privacy to extended family and guests,” says listing agent Patricia Petrillo of Sotheby’s International Realty.

See what she means now on SecondShelters.com.

Richard Schalij

Ebby Halliday‘s Little White House has new talent: Richard Schalij came on board recently, bringing 22 years of real estate experience to the team. 

Schalij has been a Realtor successfully representing buyers and sellers of real estate in the DFW area since 1995. He has received Realtor.com’s coveted Excellence in Online Marketing Award.

“Richard strives to provide top-notch service and to ensure that his client’s listings have a very strong online presence for maximum exposure, and also that his buyer and tenant clients have a strong experienced agent on their side of the transaction— innovative and effective marketing is one of his specialties,” said Keith Newman, manager of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Little White House office. “We’re thrilled to have him join us from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and we see great things in store for our partnership.”

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06/26/17 1:03pm

Diplomat is top, right-center and red … oh and labeled Diplomat

Since August 2016, we’ve been reporting on different events surrounding the Diplomat condo building, beginning with a contingent contract and continuing with surveyors in November, quickly followed by soil testing in December.   You’ve likely seen the map above a zillion times, but it’s a shortcut to avoid tediously describing where a certain building is located in an area of nearly 30 multi-family complexes.

Avid CandysDirt.com readers will remember Friday’s tease about A.G. Spanos who is also involved with residential components of Dallas Midtown.  For less ardent readers, The Spanos family owns the Los Angeles Chargers football team along with the A.G. Spanos Companies who purchase, develop, build and manage apartments all over the place.  Locally, A.G. Spanos is managed by Spanos family member and Preston Hollow resident Dimitri Economou.

I had a chance to meet with the development team last week to understand their plans for the Diplomat property.  I must stress that while negotiations and plans have been evolving for a year, all plans and certainly any renderings of the new building are extremely preliminary.

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