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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...

07/19/17 11:03am

You have seen this house. You have seen the horse bust on the wooden picket gate, the white-washed, slurried brick, and the thick mane of overgrown wisteria that made you want to go home and give your plants super food.

(Perhaps you have even snipped off a stem?)

You have gazed at it when you were on Preston Road northbound, the red light grounding you long enough to take in the four corners at University. But I guarantee you, Santa Clause could be on one of those corners in August and you would not see him. The only thing you or anyone ever sees is 4100 University. The home is one of the few remaining original Dilbeck duplexes in UP. It is like a little country cottage camouflaged by rich shrubbery that, even before I knew what a Dilbeck was, drew me into a love affair with this house.

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07/19/17 10:00am

Horse-lover's Dream House Near Equestrian Trails at Lake Ray Roberts | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found an exceptional equestrian property sitting on almost 10 acres on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts, about an hour north of Dallas. 

The expansive home at 7621 Sierra Lane in Pilot Point is a true luxury horse estate with a gorgeous custom home. Its Southern-style exterior leads to a high-end transitional interior with 20,437 square feet. You’ve got to see this in person to truly appreciate how unusual it is for our North Texas market. 

“This is a remarkable plantation-style home set on a picturesque 9.72 acres with a luxury swimming pool, outdoor areas, and multi-stall barn,” said listing agent Jason Haugen with eXp Realty. “It’s right next to the equestrian trails on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts — everything about this property makes it a dream for the serious horse lover.” 

This estate has six bedrooms (including two masters), five full bathrooms, four half baths, four living areas, two dining areas, on three stories with an elevator and a gated entrance and guest quarters, built in 2015. Can I give you a tour?  

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07/18/17 1:47am

I have stacks of homes to blog, and I’m going to the Neil Diamond concert Tuesday evening, but I just have to get this out there: 4302 Colony West Drive, Richmond, TX.

As they say, WTF?

This is a home in the Houston suburb of Richmond, and apparently belongs to an artist/jewelry designer who does a lot of work with mannequins.

They are, like, everywhere, even on the ceilings. 

Our team has been chatting about this house now for a few days. Home stagers are running for Xanax. (more…)

Join us Wednesday, July 19, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at 5350 South Dentwood

There is something about this house that just touches my soul. Maybe it’s that the man who built the home, Grady Vaughn, was the founder of the Dallas Petroleum Club, and he died just about the time I was born. Maybe it’s the parties that were thrown here in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with Hollywood celebs and flocks of live doves, which have left a perennial uplift to the air. Perhaps that is why my post on house reunions,

House Reunions: Yes, You Can Go Back Home… as Long as the House is Still Standing

won a NAREE award (National Association of Real Estate Editors) at last month’s annual conference in Denver. Here is the award winning post, written in the fall of 2016, about how the listing agents for 5350 South Dentwood oh-so-creatively created a family reunion, of sorts, to let the only two families who have ever lived in this magnificent home meet and wander down the terrazzo floors of memory lane.

Those agents would be Alan Press and Mark Woodling of United Real Estate Group. 

5350 South Dentwood, which is right across the street from former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Steve Wolen’s Old circa 1952 Preston Hollow estate, was built in 1951, by oilman Grady Vaughn who commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in  the honeypot of Preston Hollow. Here is much more about this magnificent estate, written by Sam Childers:

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07/17/17 2:56am

You could say that either Politico didn’t look at the Lone Star State closely enough, or that we don’t have any mayors qualified enough to fit their bill.  And what exactly is that bill? Mayors who overcome the multitudes of negative dynamics facing our cities today. Who are these people, miracle workers? After you read the article, tell us what you think. I’m a little surprised they could not find ONE great mayor in Texas. But there definitely is a correlation between strong real estate markets and strong local leadership.

(And if that doesn’t make Dallas residents get off their butts to vote, I don’t know what will.)

All of these dynamic mayors are interesting people from diverse backgrounds — couple of Rhodes scholars in there — who are making their cities better places to live and buy homes. A few have higher political aspirations — as many have said our Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings did before President Trump messed up his plans. The thing is, all cities have problems and the mayor’s job is a tough one — balancing opposing voices, battling crime, violence, drugs and homelessness; attracting or creating affordable housing; spurring economic development and managing growth. Plus new battles have emerged since the presidential election, with immigration reform at the top. I think this quote from the profile of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who apparently has presidential aspirations, is almost a theme: (more…)

07/14/17 5:53pm

Kristi Davis

Take one look at her and you can tell why everyone loves Kristi Davis: she’s gorgeous, full of fun and energy, and one of the hardest-working Realtors in North Texas.

Which is why Ebby Halliday has just appointed Kristi Davis sales manager of its bustling Frisco Office. 

“Kristi brings extensive sales and management experience, as well as a strong desire to assist our Frisco agents in taking their careers to the next level,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and Chief Executive Officer.  “A recipient of the Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award presented by the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®, Kristi offers a long history of distinguished service to our industry and community.”

A Dallas-Fort Worth native, Davis has been in real estate since 2002. Having been a top-producing agent she understands the life of a REALTOR®, the ebbs and flows of the industry, and the importance of lead generation.

“I am confident Kristi’s background will serve her well in our Frisco Office,” says Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “She has an innate understanding of how agents learn, grow and prosper.”

Speaking of growth, Ebby Halliday is opening up FIVE (5!) new offices this year in Prosper, a second Rockwall office, and Cedar Creek Lake. A new office is coming to the existing Allen Ebby office, and Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Company, is opening an Aledo office.

Kristi formerly managed Ebby’s Irving and Flower Mound/Lewisville offices. (more…)

07/14/17 11:45am

Brokers & agents are invited to a CandysDirt Staff Party event at 5350 South Dentwood July 19, from 3 to 5 pm. Brokers & agents are welcome to bring prospective buyers back to the property from 5 to 7 pm that same day. RSVP’s are being taken at 214-543-9990.

In 1951, when Dallas was still learning to embrace the midcentury modern design movement, oilman Grady Vaughn, Jr. commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in what we now call the honeypot of Preston Hollow. The home is 9,500 square feet with six bedrooms, seven and a half baths, several living areas on one of the most heavily treed lots in this majestic part of town. The acreage is unbelievable: 1.36 acres that include a serene swimming pool and a large private pond.

5350 South Dentwood was designed to serpentine throughout the lush property, meandering alongside the pond on the Straight Branch tributary, weaving through and around original trees. Buildings developed for their sites have an inherent connection, and you feel it intensely walking around the Vaughn House setting.

The home briefly came to market in the spring when it first became available.  Now, it is back, offered for $5,500,000 from the original list price of $6,900,000, with some very serious sellers behind it.

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Jeff Bezos (Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images)

Amazon.com, the online, no-bricks-or-mortar, mega e-commerce consumer sales site that just bought Texas-based Whole Foods, may be getting into the real estate business.

Holy canoli — I just had a thought: What better place to advertise local listings than the local grocery store!

Inman reported yesterday that, on Tuesday, while we were all thinking of what to buy on Amazon Prime Day, Amazon very quietly debuted a new page called “Hire a Realtor.” It was under the Home and Business Services section. You clicked over, entered your zip code, then got a “Coming Soon” message.

It looked as if Amazon was teasing a service that would allow consumers to hire a real estate agent through Amazon. And they had it on the site on one of their most potentially high-trafficked days.