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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

When your eyes land upon this palatial home in Old Preston Hollow, you may think you’re looking at a storied mansion that has stood on stunning manicured grounds for decades. In actuality, the awe-inspiring abode is only a few years old but has been in planning and construction phases since 2009.

Thoughtfully designed by renowned architect Robbie Fusch to be one of the most exceptional properties in Dallas, this off-market listing is the epitome of grandeur. It’s just waiting for someone new to create a legacy here. 

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10/09/19 2:30pm

The concept behind Nickson Living is so genius, you will wonder why you didn’t think of the idea first.

We know that more and more consumers are embracing rentals — homes, apartments, clothes, rides. Millennials are leading the pack as the generation that orders everything online and wants to actually own as little as possible. They are nomadic, they are mobile, and they are more into experiences than “things.” But you do need a few things to live.

That’s where Nickson Living comes in. The Dallas startup has disrupted apartment living with a subscription furniture model. Like a Rent-The-Runway for homes, Nickson gives consumers the ability to completely furnish an apartment online, so you can move where you want to live and have your home instantly furnished the moment you set foot in the door.

Instead of buying a whole bunch of furniture (and then disposing or frantically trying to sell on local selling apps when you move again), you lease everything from towels to a sofa from Nickson Living, all for a flat monthly fee. You never have to lift a finger or move a single box again.

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When house hunting in Highland Park, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find luxury, but one thing that can be trickier to come by is character. That’s why we’re presenting you with this gorgeous Highland Park home full of personality and special details to make your hunt a little easier. From the moment you lay eyes on the Mediterranean-style abode, you will feel an instant connection and sense that this is a place where life unfolds. The enchanting Cyprus trees and arched front door will warmly beckon you inside each time you stroll up your walkway, that is if you’re lucky enough to be the new owner.

The romantic exterior is so breathtaking guests may get distracted and forget to ring the doorbell. Usher them in, but be prepared for friends and family to gush over everything they see, from the pristinely trimmed hedges to the bright foyer brimming with charm. Intricate millwork, high ceilings, a stately staircase, and herringbone wood floors welcome guests into your 6,457-square-foot home with style.  

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10/02/19 3:30pm

photos by Danny Piassick

Meet the author as she signs copies of French Refreshed, Wednesday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ralph Lauren in Highland Park Village. Ten percent of sales during the event will be donated to Children’s Health hospital. RSVP to curtis.gribble@ralphlauren.com.

Betty Lou Phillips has written 30 books, 14 of which are on French and Italian design. The prolific, award-winning interior designer’s work has been featured in countless glossy magazines and newspapers, and the Dallas-based designer has also been on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Clearly, she loves design work and loves writing about it.

Betty Lou Phillips

But, did you know, she first started her career writing about football and cheerleaders? 

That may help explain how Phillips’ latest book proves so perfectly that simplicity is the new era of design chic. Icy formality and the overly ornate are gone, passé. Far from the stuffy extravagances and opulence associated with three French kings, whose chairs none of us find very comfortable anyhow, clean beautiful design is the true reflection of the culture of French design.

Oh, how we hope so many people read her book. Required reading indeed for every high-end luxury agent!

Through stunning photography by Dallas’s own Danny Piassick, a photographic genius who has beautifully shot all of Phillips’ books, and her always clear prose, French Refreshed (Gibbs Smith, $50), focuses on clean-lined, French-inspired interiors that incorporate sumptuous colors with contemporary art and furnishings. 

“People do not respect the French when there is highly unusual taste,” says Phillips. “More-is-more no longer works. Even the grandest dames of Parisian hotels gleam now with pared-down sophistication. Rooms we are fashioning today are a lot less formal.”

Even French rooms, and even Dallas. Our city, says Phillips, is a sophisticated metropolis and we are building on tradition with a definite emphasis on pared-down decor.

 

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09/27/19 3:00pm

Comes word from Elite Auctions Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski that the no-reserve auction for Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman’s home in Hillcrest Estates has been canceled. The no-reserve auction was to take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 28.  We are told that a pre-auction offer has been accepted by the sellers, Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz.

In fact, the home now shows pending sale status in MLS.

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09/27/19 9:55am

The 7,154-square-foot Hillcrest Estates home of Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz, is still slated for auction this Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. with no minimum reserve price at 11322 East Ricks Circle, Dallas, with Elite Auctions.

The final preview is scheduled for Friday (this afternoon) from 1-4pm, and registration begins bright and early Saturday morning at 9:00am.

Elite Auctions is the luxury home auction company whose signs you may be seeing more frequently around DFW. Elite successfully auctioned off the Vaquero properties of Vanessa Swarovski, then later Mark Texeira, and the Highland Park home of Michael Young, among many others.

But Saturday, it’s all about North Dallas and a pristine enclave that some call Preston Hollow, which is really more Preston Royal, the official neighborhood name being Hillcrest Estates. Comprised of about 90 minimum one-acre home spreads, a few select homes along East and West Ricks Circle, Wander Lane and Belmead, actually boast larger than acre lots.

The Kleinman home is one of them. And a week ago, I learned that the home’s unique contemporary design actually inspired the Kleinman’s daughter to a career in architecture.

 

Built in 1993 by AIA Fellow Gregory S. Ibanez, the five-bedroom, six-full, two-half-bathroom home was also a fixture on the Raymond Nasher Tour of Homes back in 1996, as well as the Northaven Tour of Homes. The home was first listed with Kyle Rovinsky of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for $4,567,890, then lowered to $3.95 million.

Ultimately the home’s price came down to $3.795, first with Rovinsky, then with Allie Beth Allman and Christine McKenny. The home is now listed by Cliff Freeman of eXp Realty.

Though it is being sold without reserve, the asking price is $3.5 million.

“The asking price is a good guide for what it would take to buy this house, prior to auction,” says Elite Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski.

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Not too big, not too small, and located conveniently near well, everything, this charming home is sitting pretty awaiting a buyer. From the minute you lay eyes on the endearing abode, you’ll feel pulled to its delightful size and classic style. Whether you’re looking to use it as an investment property or move right into the lovely spaces, this delightful Dallas residence has much to offer and is a great value asking $330,000. 

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09/26/19 9:00am

 

Alana Davis has joined Briggs-Freeman-Sotheby’s International Realty as vice president of sales.

Davis’ responsibilities will include agent development, agent recruitment, strategic planning, and business planning, as well as sales-related projects with the firm’s executive team.

Active in real estate sales for nearly 20 years in both Texas and Florida Davis provides a deep well of experience. Most recently she managed and mentored agents for a national brokerage in the Plano/Frisco area. 

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