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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. Bethany is the Director of Audience Engagement with Candy's Media Group. She also covers public policy and education for CandysDirt.com, as well as handling enterprise reporting. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a recent Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

11/13/18 9:50am

North CliffWhen you ask Realtors to pitch their listings, it becomes hard to pick which one to feature — and that’s a great problem to have. This week’s Tuesday Two Hundred is in North Cliff and is a great example of how you can mix well-cared-for vintage aspects of your historic home with new, thoughtful updates.

Tucked into the North Cliff Conservation District in North Oak Cliff, 2736 Ivandell Ave. is a Minimal Traditional Bungalow built in 1947. Priced right at $250,000, the three-bedroom, two-bath home is just shy of three miles from Bishop Arts.

Outside, the curb appeal is in the charming brickwork and the large treed lot. “The brick style is unique and is reportedly called ‘bread and butter,’” said listing agent Katrina Whatley with Ultima Real Estate. (more…)

11/12/18 9:15pm
Amazon

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (photo courtesy Flickr)

It started with 238 cities vying for one second headquarters for online retail giant Amazon, but if reports Monday night are correct, it’s now down to two cities that will split the headquarters — and neither city is Dallas.

Instead, the headquarters will be divided between Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

The $5 billion HQ2 will reportedly divide the projected 50,000 employees needed between two sites. Prognosticators with inside sources have reported for more than a week that Amazon would likely split the headquarters between the two cities. Crystal City is a suburb of Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City is in Queens, New York.

We’ll have more tomorrow, when the company is expected to officially announce its decision, including reaction from local leaders.

11/12/18 9:15am

Real EstateThe North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will examine the economy and new urbanism, a certain shiplap-happy couple will be returning to the airwaves, and we take a look at Texas housing sales, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

NORTH DALLAS CHAMBER HOSTS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Former Dallas chief of economic development Raquel Favela will be among the speakers at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s annual real estate and economic outlook event to be held Nov. 28 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. (more…)

11/11/18 9:30am

galvestonIt’s not often that the home of what many would consider to be Texas retail royalty comes up for sale — which is why this week’s historical shelter in Galveston immediately caught our attention.

The Victorian Robert I. Cohen built in 1896 is a half mile from the beach and a little more than a mile to the Strand.

If Cohen’s name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps the store he bought will. In 1917, Pat and James Foley sold their Houston store, Foley Brothers, to Robert, who then turned the day-to-day running of the dry goods store to his son George, who then grew sales to almost $1 million by 1919. By 1922, the Cohen’s moved the store to a three-story building on Main Street in Houston, becoming the city’s largest department store.

Foley Brothers Store, 1906, Historic Houston Photographs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 10, 2018.

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11/10/18 3:00pm

open housesWe hear the question from time to time — are open houses really worth the time and effort? After finding several debates in various real estate and business publications, we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask our readers what they thought.

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11/10/18 9:30am

southwest arlingtonSometimes, you want a home that feels like a retreat, but is also not too far from the amenities of big city life — and our Saturday Six Hundred in southwest Arlington is a home that certainly fits that bill.

This Traditional home built in 2001 has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a floor plan that makes the most of its 3,730 square feet. Settled on a large corner lot in a secluded, wooded neighborhood, beautiful trees surround the home at 5301 Westhaven Road.

Inside and outside, this home was made for entertaining. An open floor plan downstairs and a large game room upstairs mean plenty of space for watching the game, having a dinner party, and racking up for a game of pool.   (more…)

11/10/18 9:15am

Cape CoralEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 40th city on the list — Scottsdale, Arizona. This week, we look at Cape Coral, and found lots of incredible inventory for as low as the $150,000s to the millions.

There is something for every budget, it seems. (more…)

11/09/18 9:30am
Euclid

Candy Evans and Vicki White of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s talk about 3509 Euclid at a CandysDirt.com staff party held Nov. 8.

What did you miss at last night’s CandysDirt staff party at 3509 Euclid? Only an amazing house, listed by Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.

Lucky for you, we have a sit-down interview, where Candy Evans and Vicki White talk about this epic Highland Park estate built to entertain. Designed by Robbie Fusch, built by John Sebastian of Sebastian Construction Group, with landscape designed by Harold Leidner, 3509 Euclid offers all of the bells and whistles you expect in a luxury estate today. Made with the best of everything, this home features spaces that are both grand and intimate with a living area that opens completely to the backyard, which is perfectly suited for year-round entertaining.

Want to see a few more shots of this beautiful home? (more…)