This Home’s Claim To Fame: It Talks! Dallas Real Estate News

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Now here is a very useful trick: this home talks to you! Kind of like having Siri in your house 24/7. Whenever you open or close a main door, it tells you that you have opened or closed a door. No kidding! This can be very useful information if you, say, forget that you have opened or closed a door in the house. I can see it now:

House: “You have just locked yourself out!”

5815 Portsmouth is listed by one of my favorite agents in the whole wide world, Jenny Ling at Virginia Cook. It’s in a gated home community, Cambridge Place, near Campbell Road, far North Dallas — my mom lived up there for years. The area was developed in the early to mid nineties, when this home was built: 1995. You get almost 3,000 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two car garage, formals, fireplace, low maintenance yard, some HOA dues which likely cover some lawn care at $225 a month. Ron Natinsky lives up here, somewhere. I’ll be honest: this home is like a Sinatra tribute to cultured marble. God, remember when we loved that stuff, back in the ’60s? And the drapery treatments make me feel like I am in my aunt’s home — bye-bye! What do you expect? It was the home of the founder of Schepps Dairy, Harmon Schepps. Still, great bones, great kitchen (love the bar) and asking just $595,000 for a house that talks to you! Jenny swears it won’t talk back!

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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 Forbes.com, 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 CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, 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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  1. Boomer Baby says

    Cambridge Place is a hidden gem of a gated community off Preston and Campbell (and bordered on the back side by Preston Trails Country Club) with about 115 custom homes all built by Hawkins-Welwood. I've lived here for 14 years and LOVE my home and neighbors. There aren't many 3,000 single-story homes in this community, so they rarely come on the market…and it does have great bones!

  2. Boomer Baby says

    Cambridge Place is a hidden gem of a gated community off Preston and Campbell (and bordered on the back side by Preston Trails Country Club) with about 115 custom homes all built by Hawkins-Welwood. I've lived here for 14 years and LOVE my home and neighbors. There aren't many 3,000 single-story homes in this community, so they rarely come on the market…and it does have great bones!

    • Boomer Baby says

      Yes, I've also looked at comps and this is priced well (lowest in the neighborhood…and like I said, not many 3,000 sq. ft. single-stories were built there and come on the market…I have a 3,000 sq. ft. single story and LOVE it). Someone with decorating vision will update this home easily…very good bones and great community. Lots of Baylor doc's here (with the new hospital close by) and some prof's at UTD (about 3 miles on Campbell…growing by leaps and bounds and a lot of neat lectures/dance/music for the public…not to mention nano-tech, brain research and web design programs that are highly ranked!). Great access to 190 (a mile), Tollway and LBJ (but 190 is better now with LBJ under construction!).

    • Boomer Baby says

      Yes, I've also looked at comps and this is priced well (lowest in the neighborhood…and like I said, not many 3,000 sq. ft. single-stories were built there and come on the market…I have a 3,000 sq. ft. single story and LOVE it). Someone with decorating vision will update this home easily…very good bones and great community. Lots of Baylor doc's here (with the new hospital close by) and some prof's at UTD (about 3 miles on Campbell…growing by leaps and bounds and a lot of neat lectures/dance/music for the public…not to mention nano-tech, brain research and web design programs that are highly ranked!). Great access to 190 (a mile), Tollway and LBJ (but 190 is better now with LBJ under construction!).

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