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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. 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 doesn't like lima beans.

07/19/18 7:00am

crespiWhen the Walnut Place Estate — the former Crespi Estate — sold at auction last year, it went for a record $36.2 million, and to a familiar buyer — Dallas developer Mehrdad Moayedi. Word came this week that Moayedi has finished up some renovations, and has put it back on the market for a cool $38.5 million.

The Dallas Business Journal has details of the listing, which is not on MLS. Allie Beth Allman and Kyle Crews have the listing for the 28,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom, 12-bath mansion that was once listed for a whopping $135 million.

The mansion was home to former Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks, before he sold to Andy Beal, who then put it up for auction with Concierge Auctions, which led to Moayedi’s opportunity to snap up the property.

When Moayedi bought the home, Candy had details(more…)

07/18/18 3:30pm
ghosts

Not pictured: Screaming Ghost Lady of Yore.

When you think of a bed and breakfast, you probably think about sleeping gingerly on someone else’s delicate antiques and praying you’re not the one who pulls the chain plumb off that old-fashioned toilet, or you know, irritating a few ghosts.

Oh, maybe that’s just me?

Still, I know there are people that go to B&Bs to relax and eat breakfast with strangers and soak in claw foot tubs. And maybe it really is just me that has a hard time relaxing in a place where someone’s saloon-keeper great-great grandpa is staring at me from a tintype above the bureau, but I can’t help but think that people who stay at this haunted B&B in Brumley, Missouri, might be a special breed of folk that can relax in the face of anything, because I’m reading the website and it says, “LEARN MUCH MORE ON A TOUR WITH GREAT HISTORIC INFORMATION AND STORIES, SUCH AS THE HOUSE’S ROLE IN THE SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC AND ITS MASS GRAVE.” (more…)

07/15/18 9:15am

The Isaac Heffron House, a two-story Victorian in the East End Historic District of Galveston, has seen a lot since it was built in 1890 — thanks in part to the occupants who called it home over the years.

Isaac Heffron immigrated to the U.S. from Wales and settled in Galveston in 1860. He worked on the docks, making his way eventually to a career in construction, winning bids with the city of Galveston for a railroad and trestle bridge that connected the city to LaPorte. (more…)

07/13/18 1:37pm

Tucked back between Hillcrest Road and Preston Road, Northwood Hills is a quiet, established neighborhood with treed lots and easy access to Interstate 635. In fact, Realtor Kylah Boyd with Texas Urban Living Realty calls the neighborhood a hidden gem.

She’s gotten to know it pretty well since she listed this beautifully remodeled traditional located at 6502 Covecreek Place last month.

“A lot of the people that attended the open houses said they weren’t even aware that neighborhood even existed,” she said. “The neighborhood really is kind of a hidden gem.”

“The neighborhood is older, established, with tree-lined drives,” she continued. “Most of the neighbors are older. Great school districts and also in the territory for private Jesuit Charter Schools. The turnover rate is very minimal, people buy and stay.”

“It’s Dallas, but the Richardson school district and the neighborhood is quaint, quiet, established and tree-lined, but 20 minutes in any direction from all of the fun stuff,” Boyd said.

Its proximity to the Northwood Club and prime golfing is also a motivator, as is how close it is to both work and play.

“It’s centrally located because you can hop on the freeway and be in Downtown Dallas in 20 minutes, and has over 165 restaurants within a five-mile radius,” Boyd said. (more…)

07/11/18 12:00pm
rent

(Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

So you know how you can rent Lime Bikes and their new cousin the scooter? And you can rent a car? And you can rent a whole house?

It seems that you can rent just about anything, but this wouldn’t be the Wednesday WTF if we didn’t tell you that isn’t hyperbole, you really can and sometimes you probably shouldn’t. And yes, once again, my Internet search history needs to be scrubbed or burned with fire and my eyes need some bleach, because weird stuff on the World Wide Web is now my job.

So, here are eight things you can rent and at least three of them you probably should not. (more…)

07/11/18 10:17am
Saragosa

Builders of Hope CDC’s affordable condo project in the Bishop Arts District, the Saragosa (seen in the foreground), will make homeowners of Dallasites that might not otherwise be able to afford to enter the market (Photos courtesy 3D Immersion Tours).

As new construction of single-family homes continues to become more expensive, even existing homes in affordable price points can be as fine as hen’s teeth in high-demand areas like the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff. But one community development corporation is aiming to change that — starting with one condo development.

It’s been a steady refrain for almost a year among economists and builders — construction nationally isn’t getting any cheaper, with tariffs, skilled labor shortages, increases in land costs, and increased costs in construction materials. In February, it was almost certainly the consensus at an affordable housing conference at the Dallas Federal Reserve that one entire segment of new single-family home construction — homes priced less than $200,000 — had virtually disappeared from the market. A study in May of the area all but confirmed it. (more…)

07/09/18 9:45am
Lake Highlands

Apartments like The Trellis (pictured) and others make one zip code in Lake Highlands one of the cheapest areas to live in Dallas, according to new research by Realtor.com.

We know rents are high in Dallas — we’ve written more than a couple of stories about how much it costs to live in the Big D. But where can you consistently find the cheapest rents? Turns out, one zip code in Lake Highlands, in particular, is exactly where you should start hunting.

Realtor.com decided to take a look at several large metros with higher rents and find the most affordable neighborhoods in each — with a few provisos.

The researchers said they began by analyzing median one-bedroom rents as of May by zip code, and then searched neighborhoods within a 45-minute commute to downtown during morning rush hour based on data from Google Maps.

Researchers said they also “made sure crime wasn’t over a certain threshold based on crime data provided by Sperling’s Best Places, a site that collects data on communities across the U.S.” (more…)

07/08/18 9:00am

Craig Ellwood wasn’t always Craig Ellwood, but the Clarendon, Texas, native became renown under that moniker as he made a name as a premiere modernist architect. His homes, often considered works of art (and rightly so), are perfect blends of spare, midcentury German Bauhaus architecture and the more informal California sensibilities of the state he called home longer than the Lone Star State.

Born John Burke in 1922, his family left Texas and found themselves in Los Angeles by the mid-1930s. After joining the Army Air Corps in the forties, he, his brother, and two friends set up shop as contractors under the name Craig Ellwood. Not long after, Burke changed his name to Craig Ellwood, and began night classes in structural engineering.

He opened his own firm, and began to make a name for himself. Despite never having a license as an architect, he was a sought-after guest lecturer and continued to create residential and commercial masterpieces until he closed his shop in 1977 and moved to Italy. He died in 1992.

One of those masterpieces is The Smith House in Los Angeles. Built in 1958, it was restored this year under American Institute of Architects fellow (and former Ellwood associate) Jim Tyler’s guidance. It is now on the market, and we have the details on SecondShelters.com.