Former Food Blogger Finds a New Niche in Real Estate: Candace Tharp Talks Dallas, Historic Homes, And Her Addiction to Estate Sales

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photo (26)My name is Candace Tharp, and I’m addicted to Dallas.

I was born here and grew up loving the classics — Keller’s Drive-In, the Dallas Arboretum, and DMA. My love for the area amplified as I started raising my own little family in East Dallas.

After studying Journalism and Child Development at Ouachita Baptist University, I began writing. My personal blog, The Junk Foodie, exposes the hidden gems of Dallas; the tucked away, amazing finds that make our city so unique. In 2008, I began producing restaurant reviews for Advocate Magazine because food is a passion of mine. From Barbec’s to Fearing’s Restaurant, I love it all.

I provided readers with a raw and honest approach to the quality of food and the experience surrounding it. The environment and décor in which food is presented greatly affects the experience. Take Acme in Highland Park for example. Their farmhouse industrial interior features lamps made of meat grinders, which makes it the best place to have chicken and dumplings in my opinion. In 2010, I created the website Know It All Housewives which is a small collection of SAHMs (stay at home moms, for those not in the business) with opinions on everything from SPANX to bubble making.

And now, after years of being food-obsessed, I have switched gears to real estate. My passion for historical homes landed me on Swiss Avenue. I am an avid estate sale shopper with interests in a home’s complete story, current and past residents, quirks, and decor. I religiously volunteer for the Swiss Avenue Home Tour, but spend most of my time chatting with the homeowners about paint colors and interior designers.

With two homes in Dallas and an East Texas lake house while in my 30s, I’d say I am real estate obsessed. Needless to say, after meeting Candace Evans and Jo England, I am ecstatic to be working with sharing my “30-something’” perspective on real estate in the Big D.

Have tips on historic homes, estate sales, and home decor? Email me at

Candace Tharp

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