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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...

07/12/18 9:45am

On the north shores of Grapevine Lake, I’ve discovered an elegant Flower Mound waterfront home sitting on just over 1 acre. This beauty was recently reimagined and we’re going to be there July 14!  

Earlier this week, I wrote about the first property of our progressive staff party, the massive Chateau Du Lac mansion at 5905 Giverny. Now it’s time to talk about the second fabulous house, just 1.6 miles away. 

Located at 1200 Noble Way, this rare find will be offered at auction next month with no reserve by Elite Auctions. It is entirely updated with an on-trend color palette and transitional feel. It offers 7,993 square feet on two stories with a four-car garage, five bedrooms, five living areas, hardwood floors throughout, and over 5,000 square feet of outdoor living that feel like a resort. There’s even a six-hole golf green with three tee area and sand trap. 

Our staff party will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and you can RSVP here. In the meantime, let’s take a look.

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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Leads Areas 12 and 18 in North Texas | CandysDirt.com

In Northeast and East Dallas, one brand leads the way in sold volume, market share, and units sold this year. That brand is Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Areas 12 and 18 are some of the most coveted dirt in all of Dallas, and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has boots-on-the-ground expertise to make sales happen. 

“In these unique areas with old houses next to new ones, you really have to be a student of the market — my colleagues and I at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate try very hard to do that,” said Nancy Johnson, a Realtor with the brand who has sold one in three Lakewood homes built before 1945 over the last five years. “We can advise people beyond the standard real estate transaction.” 

In Area 12 looking at houses over $450,000, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate represented a 17.8 percent market share during Q1 of 2018. Looking at houses over $1 million, they commanded a 22.96 percent market share. In Area 18 during the same time period, they represented a healthy 18.5 percent market share.

“Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s results speak for themselves, and we have worked these areas for decades, so we understand the market nuances,” said Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Scott Jackson. “Our team is on record pace and production and, more importantly, giving our clients the best insight and guidance to making decisions in this competitive marketplace.” 

I’ve found four amazing properties represented by the brand that show the range of their properties in Areas 12 and 18. Let’s take a look!  

 

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07/09/18 9:39am

Exquisite Chateau Du Lac Mansion Will Host Next CandysDirt.com Staff Party | CandysDirt.com

If you’re ready to have your jaw hit the floor, make plans for our next CandysDirt.com Staff Party on July 14. It will be a progressive affair looking at two exquisite properties and today, I want to show you the first, a massive Chateau Du Lac mansion in Flower Mound. 

Located at 5905 Giverny, this 14,906-square-foot manse sits on 8.34 acres, walking distance to Grapevine Lake. The gated homesite offers the utmost privacy and security while also affording the homeowner multiple lifestyle and entertainment options, including the ability to have both a helipad and horses!

Some of the features — and I could go on and on — include a ten-car garage, eight beautifully appointed bedrooms, a wine cellar that doubles as safe room, two full kitchens, a dining hall that can accommodate 28, and a pond with a well house and mill. 

Our staff party will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and you can RSVP here. I’ll have another post on the second property later this week. In the meantime, you’ve got to see this one! 

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07/08/18 11:57pm

We caught up with Evan Stewart and Nilza Rueckert, the principals at Rueckert+Stewart Real Estate Group, who, along with sales associate Mandy Mahoey, gave us this statement about their move from Ebby Halliday Realtors to Compass Real Estate Dallas:
 
“We are extremely excited to align our business at The RUECKERT + STEWART Group with Compass Real Estate. This new partnership provides opportunities to deepen the professional value our customers have come to expect, and focus on crafting unparalleled, lasting consumer relationships.
 
Through the robust technology solutions at Compass, our Group has the ability to remain nimble in a tech-driven society, and provide expansive modern solutions for a new era of real estate professionalism.”
07/06/18 10:00pm

We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Dallas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

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Ebby Halliday Offers Local Real Estate Expertise for Home Searches in Allen | CandysDirt.com

Allen is a dynamic and welcoming community attracting attention for its safety, education, and nationally recognized parks and recreation amenities, among other things.

Families, in particular, love this northern DFW suburb, which offers a high quality of life for the almost 98,000 residents. With a median household income of over $101,000, Allen is an affluent city with a lot of amenities. Excellent employment opportunities nearby and proximity to major highways make it a destination for many people relocating to North Texas.  

All this makes Allen a competitive market for homebuyers. If you’re looking to buy there, you need a Realtor with local expertise to give you an edge. With an office on State Highway 121 and many Realtors who live in the area, Ebby Halliday Realtors brings knowledgeable professionals to your search for your dream home. It can make all the difference!  

I’ve found three fantastic properties in Allen represented by Ebby Halliday that show a beautiful range. What do you think? 

 

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07/02/18 8:00pm

If you live in North Dallas, you have probably been to the “new” Costco on Churchill Road, the one built on vacant land edging LBJ, Coit Road, and North Central Expressway. The one built with $3 million of our taxpayer dollars.  I was there Saturday afternoon, in fact, and ran into many friends.

On Sunday afternoon,  robbers armed with a gun and pickaxe shattered the jewelry cases (which are towards the front of the store) and stole jewelry. The three men apparently forced their way into the warehouse club store at about 3 p.m. Sunday, got the jewelry, terrorized shoppers, then fled in a car, likely onto North Central Expressway or LBJ.

Great for a Costco (and us), to be so near those thoroughfares. Even better for crooks.

In talking and reading about this experience, which was absolutely terrorizing for the people inside shopping as well as employees, I am wondering about Costco’s “15-second door delay.” Is that to deter shoplifting? Apparently, when gunshots were fired, people fled the store. But some at the front door main entrance couldn’t get out for 15 seconds. 15 seconds is not a lot of time, but when a robber has a gun, it is an ETERNITY.

Others were hiding in bathrooms or getting out backdoors. At the time of the robbery Adam Vanek, National General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretaryfor the Susan G. Komen Foundation, was shopping with his wife and two of their four children — one 3 years, one 17 months.  (more…)

07/02/18 9:50am

Walkable Neighborhood a Top Appeal for the Residences at Stoneleigh | CandysDirt.com

Walkable communities are getting more attention from homebuyers who crave the lifestyle. In addition to convenience, these places offer unexpected benefits to our health, environment, finances, and communities.  

Some 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of boomers prefer walkable communities with a range of housing amidst local businesses and public services. 

We’re certainly seeing this trend around Dallas, particularly Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods. One of our favorites there is the Residences at the Stoneleigh , which gets a Walk Score of 86, meaning it is highly walkable. 

That was part of what attracted Paul and Mackie Ellenbogen and their beloved dog Ruby, who looked at a lot of condos in Uptown and the Turtle Creek area before deciding on the Residences at the Stoneleigh. 

“We thought that condominium life might be right for us [because] our children were grown and had moved to other cities, and we were ready to downsize,” said Paul. “We liked it for the location, the proximity to the Arts District, Katy Trail, the American Airlines Center, and to restaurants. We were first attracted to the Residences at the Stoneleigh because of its location, all the things that we could do.” 

The Residences at the Stoneleigh combine a rare real estate opportunity with superior service, luxury amenities, and that incredible location. They’ve got it all! 

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