Mark Cuban must really be celebrating this year.

According to my colleague Neal Leiterg at The LA Times, Cuban just bought a $25.5 Laguna mansion. And tough Shark Tank negotiator he is, Cuban reportedly paid only $19 million for it plus some change. And even more, the mansion is located in a very exclusive Laguna residential neighborhood, tucked into the coveted front row of Montage Residences overlooking the ocean. The views are incredible, the interiors California contemporary. Mahogany and glass doors disappear into the walls, merging vast indoor indoor areas to the outdoors seamlessly, revealing breath-taking views of Catalina Island. High ceilings complete the airy ambience and I cannot even fathom what the Pacific sunsets look like from this home. Laguna Beach is one of the most famous resort and luxury home communities in the world, with magnificent coastlines, pristine coves, white sand beaches, and breathtaking cliffs. Celebrities and business titans are all drawn to Laguna’s communities, and with good reason. Montage is an ocean-front Laguna resort community. And if you have never been to a Montage property, oh my: think the Ritz Carlton on steroids! Montage International is a luxury hotel and resort management company founded by Alan Fuerstman and based in Orange County, California. 

Cuban’s pride and joy company, the Dallas Mavericks, has been in the news this past year as a veritable poster child for the #MeToo movement. That is, a poster child of how bad it is to work in some environments if you are female.

But as soon as the misconduct became known, Cuban took quick action  and hired a Dustbuster to turn his company’s culture around: Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall.

I hope she gets to check out these digs! (more…)

From Klyde Warren Park and downtown to the Park Cities to Swiss Avenue to Addison and beyond, we have your must-see neighborhoods on a handy map (Photo courtesy Flickr/skys the limit 2).

If you’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for any length of time, you know that shortly after Thanksgiving Day — whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 — it’s a time-honored tradition to check out the Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods.

But do you ever have FOMO on your expeditions? Perhaps you worry that as much as you love the regular haunts you cruise through during the holidays, there might be new displays to check out, too. Or maybe you’re pretty new to the area and have no idea where exactly to go.

Thanks to CandysDirt.com and sponsor Christy Berry with Compass, you can FOMO no more – because we’ve created this handy map of key spots to check out Christmas lights.

We surveyed several neighborhoods and Realtors and compiled a list worthy of a cup of hot chocolate and a full tank of gas. Our criteria were simple — the locations had to be worth the drive, and free of charge.

But we went a little bit further today, too, and queried readers about their favorite Christmas traditions. Have you done any of these? Have any to add? See anything you’ll add to next year’s list of Christmas frivolities? Let us know in the comments! (more…)

ChristmasIn our weeklong quest to show you some of the best properties in North Texas for Christmas decorating, you didn’t think we’d leave open houses out of the mix, did you?

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have them in several price points, so which one will you choose?

FARMERS BRANCH BEAUTY ZONED FOR GREAT SCHOOLS

Open house: Saturday, Dec. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This three-bedroom, two-bath Farmers Branch home has 2,132 square feet of living space, and has been beautifully updated with wood floors, custom lighting, in-ceiling speakers, and more. (more…)

This week, CandysDirt.com staff are writing about holiday decor and the best places to hang Christmas stockings. Since graduating college, my best place for holiday stockings has been on my feet as I drove to an airport. Flush with money from my first big-boy job, I booked my first international trip to Europe for the precise purpose of escaping the holidays. I’ve never looked back.

I have never setup a Christmas tree, strung garland, or been awoken to a sugarplum dancing in my head. I’m sure it doesn’t take Freud to figure out my aversion.

My childhood holidays were a B O R E. My parents, brother, and I shredding through presents and then were kinda bored by noon followed by an early dinner and TV. Thank god when movies started being shown on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

So I am here to tell you it is not too late. Hang your stocking from the overhead bin and RUN AWAY!

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ChristmasThis week, the CandysDirt.com staff is on a quest to find the listings that provide the best opportunities to hang those stockings with care or display a Christmas tree (or four, we won’t judge).

That includes our Tuesday Two Hundred in North Oak Cliff, with the perfect sunny window for a Christmas tree, and a great layout for entertaining.

The home at 912 S. Rosemont Ave. was pitched to us by Kylah Boyd with Texas Urban Living Realty during our weekly call for pitches over in our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.

Located between the Winnetka Heights and Elmwood neighborhoods, this three-bedroom, two-bath home has been completely remodeled, having been taken down to the studs, which means it is full of brand-new features despite being built in 1924.

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Christmas lights

As Christmas creeps closer, and the nights get longer, you can ask just about any North Texan — checking out the homegrown light displays in various neighborhoods is as much a tradition as tamales and NorthPark Santa.

But do you worry you’re missing out on a great neighborhood? Or are you new to the area, and don’t have the skinny on the great displays? Fear not — CandysDirt.com staffers have been quizzing readers, scouring the Internet, and strapping jingle bells on our gumshoes to find some of the best neighborhood and city-led decoration displays in Dallas-Fort Worth.

And thanks to one of our favorite luxury Realtors, Christy Berry with Compass, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. Think you might want to find a house in a neighborhood that embraces their inner Clark Griswold, or maybe something a little uh, more Martha Stewart? Stay tuned, because Christy has a listing to share that could get you right in the middle of Christmas central. (more…)

Debbie Sherrington with Dave Perry-Miller Park Cities has listed 5103 Bradford Drive for $468,000.

With so many original details and thoughtful updates for modern-day, this 1940s cottage is all you need to get in the spirit this holiday season. And we could not be more excited to share it! The three-bedroom, two-full-bath charmer is the ultimate Friday Four Hundred, offering picturesque drive-up and an ideal location in the Medical District area. Take a closer look, but beware, this cottage cutie is hard to resist.

From its sizable 7,797-square-foot lot with mature magnolia trees, to its cherry red door, towering chimney, and front porch pergola, we are finding it hard to peel our eyes away from this timeless beauty.

“The house is perfect for someone who needs to be close to the Medical District, Downtown, Uptown, Design District, or Love Field,” says listing agent Debbie Sherrington of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Park Cities. “The size is right for many buyer types because of the two living areas, open floor plan, and great backyard. It has all the cottage charm with updates based on modern living needs.”

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ChristmasFor loyal Wednesday WTF readers, you may recall that last year, around Christmas, we at WTF headquarters happened upon a certain section of the Tiffany & Co. website that uh, caused us to hit the pause button.

On a whim, we checked back this year, and sure enough, there’s new stuff. I mean, of course, there’s new stuff. If you’re the target audience for the “Price Is No Object” offerings from Tiffany, you’ve played with your sterling-silver Legos and figured out that a $9,000 ball of silver yarn is about as useful as you’d imagine a ball of yarn that costs as much as a Kia Rio would be, and well, you’re ready for new stuff.

And we are here for that. I mean, rest assured that as journalists, we have zero dollars for any of this stuff, but we are here for this because seriously, we are so down for seasonal WTFery.

By the by, that useless ball of yarn is still on the list, despite being tagged as having limited availability last year, which likely means that even if the price is no object, you don’t want a cat toy that costs the same as a trip to the ER for a toddler’s ear infection.

Are you ready to see what you can buy if your toilet paper is made of actual $100 bills? Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)