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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...

04/25/18 5:19pm

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader documentary movie you have heard so much about (from me!) comes to Dallas’ USA Film Festival this SUNDAY, April 29, 7:30 pm at the Angelika Theatre. Be there!

A long time ago, I wrote a book on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. It was called A Decade of Dreams: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, written with the approval of the Dallas Cowboys, and published by Taylor Publishing. The book is now out of print, Taylor is out of business, and I could probably finance a small home with my copies: I’m told they are a whopping $100 to $500 apiece now on Amazon. When I wrote the book, I was a new mother to my first child, and fairly new to Dallas. The world of performance, augmented breasts, and glamour was a little foreign. My last stop before Dallas was Columbia University, where the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) took over the administration building, Hamilton Hall, in 1968.

But I was a journalist, and fascinated by these women, all of whom were exquisite with perfect bodies. I spent hours just outside of Tex Schramm’s office in the Cowboy Building on Central Expressway, seated in Suzanne Mitchell’s office, learning about the cheerleaders. As I left the building, I’d occasionally see someone like Tom Landry or Gil Brandt. I even interviewed Mr. Schramm, the brilliant marketing mind he was  — as the New York Times put it:

In 1972, he introduced the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to pro football. They formed a touring troupe that took them around the world.

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Find Exclusive Lakeside Living Just 1.5 Hours from DFW at the Links of Lake Athens | CandysDirt.com

An hour and 15 minutes east of Dallas, I’ve found a private waterfront golf resort on one of the most pristine lakes in Texas. Three parcels at the Links of Lake Athens have hit the market, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind living for the right buyer or buyers. 

The Links of Lake Athens is a 52-acre, gated development subdivided into five separate parcels. Ownership of three of the parcels is being offered exclusively by Ashley and Malcolm Ross of The Ross Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The price for all three is $7.5 million, and includes a 7,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom home, plus two guest houses. The three parcels can also be purchased individually (details below). 

What’s so wonderful about the Links of Lake Athens? Privacy tops the list. This is the place you can get away from it all and enjoy total relaxation and peace. Amenities are another thing owners enjoy: think 2,500 feet of lake frontage, an eight-stable equestrian center, two grass tennis courts, and a lush four-hole golf course that plays like an 18-hole, par-72 course and practice area.

“The Links at Lake Athens is for the person or family who seek privacy, exclusivity, and is passionate about the outdoors,” said Malcolm Ross. “The gated property offers unparalleled lakefront views, an incredible golf course with practice area, stables, water sports, and so much more.” 

I’ve got a video and photos after the jump — so beautiful!

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04/25/18 7:30am

Auction Alert! Snag Mark Teixeira's Westlake Vaquero Mansion with No-Reserve | CandysDirt.com

Former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn’t played for the team in more than a decade and retired from baseball in 2016. So it’s time for the five-time Gold Glove Award winner to part with his sprawling Westlake mansion, a waterfront property in the exclusive gated golf community of Vaquero. 

Valued at more than $4 million, the stone-and-stucco house at 2220 King Fisher Dr. will be auctioned May 12 at 11 a.m. in a no-reserve event hosted by Elite Auctions

Sitting on 1.08 acres, the 8,554-square-foot house offers an ideal floorplan with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half baths, three living areas, two dining areas, indoor-outdoor theater with wet bar, master suite wing, game room, a separate casita for guests, wine cellar, two-story office, pool, hot tub, and cloistered patio. The custom millwork is part of a look that can only be described as perfection! 

Teixeira said Vaquero was “the coolest resort community I’d ever seen,” and living there felt like going on a “mini vacation” with its golf lifestyle. He’s hit the nail on the head — Vaquero is unlike any other in North Texas. 

Before the auction, come to a Cinco de Mayo CandysDirt.com Staff Party May 5 at this exquisite property. More details below! 

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04/22/18 11:23pm

 

When I interviewed Robert Reffkin in January about his company’s move into Dallas, I asked about overhead and office space. Was Compass going to have major office presence in Dallas, or would they keep on using the Oak Lawn office of The Collective, the firm they (sort of) acquired?

We will have offices here:  big, beautiful offices, Reffkin told me.

True to his word, Dallas Compass has signed a large lease in a new, state-of-the-art Preston Center Office building. The location is very strategic, as it puts Compass on the front line in the war for juicy Park Cities/Preston Hollow listings.

Compass has rented 24,000 square feet in the new Terraces at Douglas Center, located at 5960 Berkshire Lane in Preston Center. The building has 172,000 square feet and was recently completed.

The firm has been active since landing in Dallas in January, and already has more than 80 sales agents, with plans to acquire more across the DFW area.

“Our momentum in Dallas is a testament to agents’ commitment to growing their business, providing their clients with best-in-class service,” Rob Lehman, chief growth officer at Compass, said in a statement. “We’re excited to build out this office space to serve our agents and their clients across the region.” 

The New York City-based company is in more than a dozen cities across the U.S. and plans to expand to eight more this year. By 2020, Compass wants to own 20% of the U.S. residential real estate market.

Compass is one of the first major tenants in the 12-story office Terraces at Douglas Center,  located near the southeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Northwest Highway. The 172,000 square-foot office building was developed by PegasusAblon (owned by Michael Ablon) and Lionstone Investments of Houston.

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In the 30-mile span between Dallas and Fort Worth, the Mid-Cities and surrounding cities are some of the fastest-growing communities in North Texas. There’s huge diversity in the available houses and community amenities, so finding a knowledgeable Realtor with local expertise and presence in the Mid-Cities can make or break a house-hunting strategy. 

Ebby Halliday Realtors offers just that, with numerous offices throughout the Mid-Cities. They represent some of the most desirable properties in those 21 cities. I’ve found three that impress with their size, style, and use of space. So many great amenities! Let’s take a look.

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04/20/18 8:20am

The Purse Building, located at 601 Elm Street, will be the visual gateway to the historic West End district of downtown Dallas. The restoration of the 113-year-old building has begun, and will be complete in 15 to 18 months. (Images: Wildcat Management)

“I’ve spent almost the last 12 years downtown. I was there when no one wanted to be there,” says Tanya Ragan, President of Wildcat Management and one of the few female commercial developers in Dallas. “I know that when you talk about the Central Business District, you are really talking about 15 distinctly different districts.”

Tanya Ragan

One of those is the West End, an area Ragan describes as almost a “Boston within Dallas” now loading with offices, restaurants, retail, and some residential.

“The offices are central — so close to downtown and the core,” she says. “You can hop on DART. Or you can walk outside and still see cobbled streets.”

Now the Minnesota native is taking one of the oldest buildings in downtown’s West End at 601 Elm Street and restoring it into a hub for the very kind of end users that are finding their way to Dallas.

“For over a decade, the biggest story in Dallas real estate has been the redevelopment of the city center. With the rehabilitation of the Purse Building, we’re bringing that energy to the West End,” Ragan said.  “We want to encourage technical innovation and smart city solutions, while preserving the neighborhood’s amazing heritage.”
04/19/18 11:17pm

Have a luxurious master bath but your tankless water heater isn’t performing? Vesta has a solution for that.

Disappointed with your tankless water heater system? Get VESTA’d!

There is something about hot water in a house: you just have to have it!  Just ask 2,800 Atmos customers in Dallas about that. On one of my visits west to my son’s house, I arrived late at night, and he informed me (half asleep he was) that oh by the way, they had no hot water. The heater, a tankless, was broken.

It was about 45 degrees out. I needed two heating pads to warm up that night.  I love hot water and, high maintenance me, I use plenty of it: bathtub, dishes, showers, and, of course, hair.

We built our home in 2000 with four 80-gallon tanks. But in about 2005, builders started singing the praises of the new hybrid “on-demand” hot water heaters: heating water on demand rather than keeping 50 to 100 gallons hot in a ceramic tank with a pilot light. They saved energy because water is heated “only as needed.” Plus they take up much less space than the big old tanks.

I also once had a hot water heater flood in another house life, right during a party. T’was a lot of water. So the idea of a smaller, tankless concept “married” to a tank was quite appealing. 

Except the unit we chose, Eternal, turned out not to be so eternal. 

No sooner than my Eternal was installed, I received a notice of an important part that had to be repaired. Or else!

Their product had as many issues as Donald Trump has lawyers. For one, they used a plastic water pressure switch (a gizmo that makes sure there is water in the unit) with plastic threads, which deteriorated over a short period of time. That caused extensive leaking, which caused property damage and catastrophic failure of the unit. Ugh.

That was the notice I got in the mail, instructing me to replace the water pressure switch. Fortunately, I called and replaced in time, and we never had a leak. The company offered $75 in plumbing support for a certain period of time after which, YOU had to pay the plumber. 

Eternal was a division of Grand Hall. There were thousands of their tankless units out in the field, but the company only reached a small proportion to correct. Which gave the tankless heater industry a bad rap.

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04/19/18 8:28pm

When that Southwest flight 1380 lost an engine Tuesday morning, shortly after take-off from New York City, a Dallas Realtor was one of the people who jumped in and tried to save the life of Jennifer Riordan, the flight’s only victim.

Ms. Riordan is the 43-year old Albuquerque woman, wife and mother who was in a window seat flying from LaGuardia to Dallas Love Field. When the engine on the flight blew off, debris flew like shrapnel onto the plane, breaking a passenger window. The suction of the window break pulled her partially out of the plane. Jennifer was later pronounced dead from blunt force injuries.

There were many heroes on that flight, from the pilot who calmly sought an emergency landing and medical help for her passengers, to passengers trained as nurses and firefighters, and a Dallas Realtor named Tim McGinty, who was sitting across the aisle from Ms. Riordan. Tim is a farm and ranch agent who holds his license with John Waggoner Willingham, in a downtown Dallas office at 325 North St. Paul Street.

Tim McGinty was sitting across the aisle from the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan. The farm and ranch real estate agent from Texas said he initially felt helpless watching Riordan “flying out the window” as the vacuum pulled the “petite lady.” And then he thought: “Maybe I could help.” 

“I wasn’t strong enough. A fireman, from Celina, Texas, jumped in there and helped, and between the two of us we were able to get her back in,” McGinty told reporters Tuesday after Flight 1380 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.

Andrew Needum is the Celina firefighter who helped McGinty pull Ms. Riordan back into the plane as the plane was rapidly descending. He was returning from a vacation in New York City with his family, including parents and children. 

Heroes, all of them.