This sweet pea-green house is ready for the Fourth of July!

 
We hear it all the time: Dallas is loaded with cookie-cutter homes, one looking just like the other. Builders, those naughty peeps, scrape down homes with character then build new hogging the entire lot, which few can afford. Where is charm? Where is history? Where is something freakin’ green and ORIGINAL?
 
Grab your checkbook and get pre-approved because I have got a house for you! 
 
Actually, Kate McCoy of the Ebby Halliday Preston Center Office has one. You know, the elegant digs with Ginger Gill at the helm? Though they work right outside the honeypot, those ladies are all over town. This honeypot of a listing is in East Dallas. Almost 100 years old. And I am in love from the pea-green stucco exterior to original hardwood floors in most of the house, nooks, crannies and built-ins plus the kitchen, plumbing, and western windows all updated just last year. Which for this age home is huge. Plus WALKABLE  to Greenville Avenue and Tietze Park.
 
And sit down for this one: a WALK-IN MASTER CLOSET.
 

 

Let me introduce 5939 Richmond Avenue to you, and again, save it, because this honeypie won’t last. Not even in MLS yet. Priced at $530,000, this home is as live-able as it’s brand new neighbors, which are going for upwards of $700.000.

Reading nook on the porch!

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I have stacks of homes to blog, and I’m going to the Neil Diamond concert Tuesday evening, but I just have to get this out there: 4302 Colony West Drive, Richmond, TX.

As they say, WTF?

This is a home in the Houston suburb of Richmond, and apparently belongs to an artist/jewelry designer who does a lot of work with mannequins.

They are, like, everywhere, even on the ceilings. 

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Fort WorthVista Bank named a new president for its Fort Worth market, Cushman and Wakefield announced a new hire, and Governor Greg Abbott named a new chair of the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Grant James

The 107-year-old Vista Bank announced last week that it had hired Fort Worth banking veteran Grant James to head its market there, where he will serve as president.

James has 40 years of industry experience and is a graduate of TCU. His role will include leading a team of bankers there, growing market share through retail and commercial business development, and establishing brand awareness.

“Vista Bank has been focused on growing our presence in the thriving city of Fort Worth over the past several years,” noted Vista Bank President and CEO, John D. Steinmetz. “An experienced and well-respected banker in the Fort Worth community, Grant James is a strategic addition to our leadership team and we are excited to have him.”

James will office at Vista’s Fort Worth location, 1300 Summit Ave.

“As my banking career has progressed over the last 40 years, I’ve become a firm believer in the community banking model,” noted James. “Even in our busy world, each of us has a desire for some degree of personalized attention – in a word, ‘hospitality.’ By delivering traditional banking services with a focus on hospitality, we intend to create unique experiences that clients will feel compelled to share with friends and family.” (more…)

Pierre and Marie Curie, Bill and Melinda Gates, John Lennon and Yoko Ono — these are a few groundbreaking, pioneering husband-and-wife teams with which Jason and Liz Haynsworth could be compared. Though their humble nature and great attitude would keep them from making the comparisons, we’re absolutely thrilled to highlight the dream team that has made Haynsworth Custom Homes the company it is today. 

With 10 years in custom homebuilding under their tool belts, we’re more than happy to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Haynsworth Custom Homes team tick in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Jason and Liz as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Haynsworth Custom Homes, keep reading!

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I guess the question is, is there anything Mehrdad Moayedi WON’T BUY?  Like he may need a phone ap soon to keep up with everything in his portfolio, from the Crespi Estate Estates, to the Statler, to the Cabana Hotel, to his zero lot line homes I am eyeing along Forest Lane, to, oh yes, Collin Creek Mall and…. well just look at the Centurion American site.

We knew something was up at 4600 Samuell Boulevard  back in mid- December when we contacted the agent, Jessica Tello, and asked what’s up. We heard it was under contract, and that demolition would be involved.

“What,” wrote Bethany, “can you tell me about the pending sale, and the plans for the property?”

Hi Bethany,

Hope you had a nice weekend! Thanks for your message. At this time, the only detail we can provide is that it is under contract.

Thank you,

Jess

So yes, then the holidays happened, but Mehrdad Moayedi works ’round the clock, ’round the calendar.  He told Steve Brown he is buying the property to build about 400 single family homes on the 50 acre site of the former psychiatric hospital campus on Samuell Boulevard east of downtown — fantastic news, I’m sure, to the neighbors who were petrified this summer  when some  Dallas City Council members suggested the old hospital would be a great place for the homeless. The hospital was closed last year when state regulators threatened to shut it down. The campus includes nine historic buildings, many more than 80 years old, including the century-old neoclassical white house that was the original hospital: Timberlawn Sanitarium, built in  1917. As you may know, I have stayed in an historical insane asylum turned luxury hotel in Staunton, Virginia. 

Mehrdad plans to call the new development “Tennyson Village”. 

“This is an area where the city would like to see some redevelopment,” Moayedi said. “We want to build a neighborhood of nice homes.

“We think young professionals working downtown will want to live in this neighborhood.”

Moayedi said houses in the project would start at around $250,000.

Fifty acres leaves him plenty of space to develop about eight homes per acre, which should add a hefty amount of change to the city’s tax coffers. Timberlawn is also apparently close to two elementary schools as well as Skyline High School, which should further bolster sales. The last time I looked, the 50 acres were valued at $2.6 million on DCAD. 

And with that amount of density, it appears they won’t keep the original hospital as an amenity center, though that would have been kind of cool, especially come Halloween. The white frame home is on Preservation Dallas’ list of “most endangered historic places.” But like many older homes, it is loaded with problems and only salvation would be to be moved, which would require tenting.

Moayedi said he looked into the idea of reusing the 4,700-square-foot house.

“We thought about trying to preserve it as an amenity center, but its not in good enough shape,” he said. “The structure itself is in bad shape and full of asbestos.

“We don’t want to destroy anything that has any value,” he said. “We’d be happy to let someone come and move it or whatever.”

Visit the Weekend Open Houses for these Three Historic Dallas Homes | CandysDirt.com

Dallas is a newer city and what we call “historic” is practically a new build in many parts of the world. But nonetheless, we love our historic homes with their character and style. 

For today’s CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week, we’re looking at three Craftsman-style homes from the late 1920. They houses range in price from $446,000 to $795,000. Which ones will you visit? 

 

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As of 12:30 p.m. tonight, the petition started by Buckner Terrace resident Abbi Reynolds has expanded to 920 signatures and is quickly gaining speed. If Mayor Rawlings and the Dallas City Council chose to move ahead despite the protests of nearly 1,000 residents, I would think that would be political suicide, if not worse.

And after reading the comments on this petition, I have to agree with the neighborhood. At first blush when my City Councilman suggested it, I thought Timberlawn, because of it’s layout, would make a great homeless center — thinking more along the lines of a place where social and psychiatric services could be offered. And the price might be right: DCAD value is about $2.6

But no, no, no, for several solid reasons:

-The building is historical and should be preserved as a possible museum or cultural center. It could also be sold and made into a luxury hotel and conference center. Think I’m nuts? In June, we stayed at the Blackburn Inn in Staunton, Virgina, a luxury hotel converted from a mental institution. Built in 1828 by Thomas Jefferson’s architect as the nation’s second mental hospital, the  long-abandoned insane asylum and prison in Staunton was known as the Western State Lunatic Asylum and not an easy renovation: it took 12 years for the 33,000 square foot property but the developers are moving forward to add condos, apartments, helipads, and restored houses. Bathrooms were gorgeous (vessel tubs!) and we slept very very well, thank you.

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Blue is such a soothing color

Historic home at 1824 Alston Avenue – you can’t miss it. (photos: Treyfreeze.com)

They don’t paint them like they used to, do they?  Drive through any “vintage-inspired” new development — you know the ones that claim to be designed after great neighborhoods of the 1920s and 1930s — and you’ll see the same few shades of white, cream, or gray.  What about blue?!

Yes, BLUE.  They don’t paint homes blue or yellow, or a tasteful shade of green anymore.  Why not?

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