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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...

04/23/19 9:00am

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, a major independent brokerage in North Texas catering to luxury real estate buyers and sellers, will celebrate a very special anniversary coming next year.

For this brand, 2020 will mark 60 years since the doors first opened at the corner of Lovers Lane and Preston Road as Ben R. Briggs Realtors with a small group of agents to start what would become one of the most significant independently owned boutique brokerages in Texas. Robbie Briggs joined his father’s firm in 1979, took the reins in 1983, and merged with Charles Freeman in 1989 to form Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage. In 2010, Robbie bought Charles out and aligned with Sotheby’s International Realty to create Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

What better way to celebrate a diamond anniversary than with a big real estate move!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s is upgrading its current Lovers Lane headquarters with a move to prestigious Turtle Creek Boulevard.

The move this fall makes room for the firm’s growing agent population and pinnacles the company’s 60 years of success, which will be celebrated throughout 2020.

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04/18/19 11:37am

Note: the Dallas City Plan Commission Public Hearing for PD-15 is scheduled for Thursday, April 18

This is the real story of the Pink Wall – a little pocket of Preston Hollow tucked between two of the highest net worth zip codes in the country. It is one of the few places where women of means at some point, who suddenly find themselves with a drastically limited bank account, can live with some dignity. And safety. For years it has been the answer to the need for affordable housing skirting the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

Sometime in the 1990’s we moved my mother “Behind the Pink Wall”, into her unit at The Seville on Averill Way. My mother had moved to Dallas in her seventies to be closer to my children, to help in my husband’s medical practice (she had managed medical practices in suburban Chicago) and to escape the bitter midwestern cold. Her first home when she moved here was a townhome off Knoll Trail Drive I found while taking the kids to Toys R Us: it was being leased by the bank holding the note, brand new, bright and cheerful.

It was also seven miles away from our home.

We wanted her to be closer, especially as she aged. We lived in Old Preston Hollow at the time and the only proximite multi-family living was Behind the Pink Wall. That is why I jumped on the two bedroom, two bath first floor unit at The Seville: it was about a mile from our home on Park Lane. We could walk to her house!

I will never forget sitting with her as she closed on the only property she had ever owned “sole” by herself. My parents had been married for 42 years before they divorced, and like most women of her Depression-era generation, men handled every penny. As we turned each page after her signature, she’d whisper to me, “are you sure I’m not going to lose everything?”

When she died in 2003, I left the condo exactly as it was for months, hoping she’d walk in the door. It remains in our family as an investment property, and has always been leased by retirees, most of them single women. My mother loved living Behind the Pink Wall.

Thank God she is not here to see it turn into a Senior Slum.

I met a Realtor a few weeks ago who is moving into an apartment down the street from mine: her husband supported her with the Highland Park good life until he decided her best friend was more exciting in the boudoir. She is a woman needing a place to live with two school-aged kids as she stitches a life back together. All up and down Bandera, Averill Way, Pickwick, Edgemere are neat, tidy little homes, 1950’s and ’60’s apartments converted to condos, decorated to the hilt with furniture and antiques moved from some of the toniest addresses in town. Come dusk they walk their dogs, doting on them, chatting with neighbors, accepting the lot life has thrust their way.

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Lakeside Drive
If you’re looking for a Dallas home like no other, one that has been publicly praised for its unparalleled beauty, this off-market listing is perfect for you. Perched on a coveted Lakeside Drive lot overlooking Turtle Creek, this magnificent house has been a statement of style for nearly a century.  Upon its completion in 1924, The J. T. Owens Home — as it was widely known — was described in the Dallas Morning News as, “One of the many reasons Dallas is known as the city of beautiful homes.”

Old-world charm is palpable as you step through the gracious front doors into the grand entrance, and details inside further prove that history and luxury go hand in hand here. Walk past discreet “service bells” and imagine them being delicately rung during glitzy parties as servers in white gloves descend with delectable bites and cocktails. The portrait of an early master of the manor still hangs above the library fireplace, reminding you that you are writing the next chapter of this Dallas treasure’s story, adding to the legacy.

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04/16/19 9:00am

 

 

A very familiar face in Dallas, an icon of residential Dallas real estate, buzzed back into town before March blew away to check out his properties here, including the company with his name on the door, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

Then, for a couple of hours, he spoke with a small group of advisory board agents and his own team at the Luther Lane office, providing Dave’s view on the Dallas residential scene on both the sales and business side: a macro view of the market. And he’s coming back again, to teach some classes to DPM agents. This man really LOVES, KNOWS, and OWNS houses! No wonder he set so many records SELLING them!  

I caught up with Dave just as he was leaving town…

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04/12/19 10:22am

We were the first to tell you of the sad demise of Virginia Cook Realtors. And though “others” reporting this story have said that Virginia Cook Realtors shut down all offices, that is not the truth.

The Sherman office of Virginia Cook Realtors has been acquired by Dallas City Center Realtors.

Paragon Realtors debuted in Sherman, Texas, this week with the acquisition of the Virginia Cook Sherman office, the No.1 brokerage in the area, by Dallas-based Dallas City Center Realtors. Sherman is about one hour north of Dallas.

“These agents were so committed to staying together and active,” says Yvette Grove, director of Dallas City Center Coaching and Training. “They had already selected another building. They had their news signs designed and ready in a week.”

Agents chose the name “Paragon” for the newly branded office. “Paragon” is a model or pattern of excellence, exemplifying the hallmark reputation of both companies, says Pat Rowland, manager of the former Virginia Cook Sherman office.

The rebrand and new look will begin rolling out across several North Texas counties this month, including Grayson.

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04/12/19 8:30am

2018 Munger Home Tour in Dallas Texas. Photographed by Aaron Dougherty www.aarondoughertyphoto.com

Two things you can count on in spring: pollen (ahhhchoo!) and home tours! So many, you would be dizzy attending each and every one.
But the Munger Place Wine Walk and Home Tour caught my eye as one not to miss, because, well, look at these charming, gorgeous homes. I just gave a speech about preservation to The Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society, and it was all about preservation. Then I open my email and here are these ADORABLE 19th Century homes!

Comprised of more than 250 households, Munger Place holds the largest collection of Prairie-style homes in America.

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Be ready to try on a neighborhood and then walk into many styles of living with over 180 homes on tour this Sunday, April 14.

You can see everything from elegant estates to edgy contemporaries. Allie Beth Allman & Associates will have a tour guide brochure at each home so you can map your house hunting adventure.

“We have searched our favorite neighborhoods for the best homes on the market,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO of the Allman firm. “Our Spring Home Tour is a great opportunity for anyone interested in buying a home.”  

Come see the homes and meet the Allman expert associates. Check opening times and download your tour brochure early at abaopenhousetour.com.

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04/10/19 12:00pm

Chris Kelly, Ebby Halliday’s new CEO, says March was a very good month for North Texas real estate. We are not back to the frenetic over-heating mode we saw a couple years ago, but sales are definitely brisk and yes, Ebby is seeing (as are we) a bidding war here and there. Clears any worries I we I may have had that the market was slowing. And signs of spring are really, really looking good.

Here, let him tell you himself!