At Home With Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Celebrity Real Estate Playoffs

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March 13, 2008. I had heard rumblings that a very tall German basketball player whose name rhymes with “whiskey” had bought a five-bedroom, six bath Colonial-revival¬†property gigunda prop on Strait Lane, a.k.a. Billionaires Row, with very tall ceilings — I mean, tall! — for just under $8 million.

Then I got confirmation: Dave Perry-Miller was the listing agent for the massive 9,215 square foot home with 3-car garage, tennis court, swimming pool, and of course, a basketball hoop or two. And Dirk Nowitzki was the buyer.

Then I found out that Dirk‚Äôs new purchase was actually the home of the¬† parents of one Michael Gruber, aka, Grubes, aka, the board op for BaD radio on The Ticket. The radio hosts teased Grubes about it for a whole radio radio segment. The Michael’s mom, Diane Gruber, went on to actually work for Dave Perry-Miller and became a real estate agent — does that say something about an agent that a client actually comes to work for him?

Dirk‚Äôs house is not on the market, and these are photos from the MLS when it was so the interiors may be a bit different. Doubt he’ll ever sell because (a) he likes it and (b) he is only 6 minutes away from one of Mark Cuban‚Äôs houses down there on Hollow Way — the23,676 one built in 1997 by Shariff-Munir on 6.83 acres with four or six garages, I forgot. Too many. This home makes Troy’s look rather small, actually, but is close enough that Dirk can jog on over.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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