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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...

08/19/19 9:15am

The Peninsula is one of our favorite neighborhoods in the City of Dallas. I have many friends who live there and love it, folks who have shed larger homes in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, even Plano, to live on these quarter-acre slices of heaven with White Rock Lake a few steps out the front door.

Every time I drive in the Peninsula, I think, “Why don’t we live here?” It’s like coming home to a lake home: I could gaze at the sunlight dappling on the lake forever.

This 2015-built home is at 9333 Biscayne Boulevard, with a clear White Rock Lake view from the second story master. Designed by AIA architect and builder Douglas Hildinger, the contemporary home is loaded with strikingly great clean design. And it just came on the market.

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08/17/19 10:46am

We told you all about the bargain that is 11585 East Ricks Circle a few weeks back, when it first hit MLS. The home, while mature, is in pristine condition and one of the best family home values we have seen come across the screen: mature trees on a plumb acre, security, location.

Plus the price has just been lowered to lot value plus about $100,000 for a 4,563 square foot home with updated everything, pool, and room for a future tennis court. (more…)

08/16/19 8:45am
property taxes

(Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Allen Gwinn is a number cruncher. Or a gadfly. Or a muckraker/local political analyst. By day, he teaches at SMU School of Business as a Professor of Practice.

Basically a detailed data miner, he has taught information technology at SMU Cox School of Business for 30 years. For years, Gwinn also ran a popular website called Dallas.org, which was 18,000 registered users rich, as large as many local media sites. As he puts it, “I had lots of bandwidth.”

Now Gwinn is gearing up a reboot of Dallas.org, because he believes that taxpayers need a constant stream of data about government spending. An informed citizenry, he feels, makes better voting decisions, which is why he analyzes public data.

“I’m putting together a bunch of data to analyze revenue and expenses at DISD,” he said by phone. “We can show exactly what tax dollars they are getting. It’s eye-opening. DISD historically has been very, very closed with the very data taxpayers need.” But before we dug into school taxes, I flipped out over his tracking of who pays property taxes. I hope a fainting couch is nearby:

Keep in mind that tax revenues levied on Dallas residents and renters have (not quite) doubled since 2013.” (more…)

08/07/19 9:59am
NRA

1112 Post Oak, Westlake: Was this the house NRA president Wayne LaPierre wanted?

  • Lobbyist group reportedly tried to buy a Vaquero mansion for President Wayne LaPierre’s use.
  • Vaquero is a tony, gated community in Westlake.
  • New York inquiry is part of an investigation into NRA nonprofit status.

North Texas real estate is a hot topic of conversation in the National Rifle Association’s growing legal woes, including the current inquiry into its tax-free status by the attorney general of New York.

The Washington Post reports that the NRA planned to purchase a $5.95 million Vaquero mansion (1112 Post Oak) for the use of its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, last year. The 10,020-square-foot home’s purchase was never completed, and the property is still on the market with a new asking price of $5.25 million. (more…)

07/31/19 2:30pm

Hall

On Monday, we gave you a hip-pocket sneak peek at the Turtle Creek corridor home of Dallas billionaire businessman and developer Craig Hall, and his extraordinary wife, Kathryn.

Now we are going to tell you where they are moving: Hall Arts Residences, of course!

Hall Arts Residences is the newest, sleekest, most art-loving and luxury-exuding condo project ever built in Dallas to date. I might even invoke the word exclusive because there will be only 48 units. And while each new successive luxury high rise sends shivering shockwaves of taking one giant leap further in terms of amenities, luxury, and design, Hall Arts Residences absolutely rises to the top. (more…)

07/29/19 9:59am

Dallas self-made billionaire, developer, art collectors and winemaker power couple Craig and Kathryn Hall will soon be listing their Plaza II penthouse at 2828 Hood St. off Turtle Creek Blvd. this week. If you have even remotely thought of moving on up to “THE Boulevard” in Dallas, you seriously might want to check out unit 1702 and grab your checkbook. This home catches your breath, is move-in ready, and honestly won’t break the bank.

With breathtaking views of Turtle Creek and downtown Dallas from almost 180 degrees, this spectacular penthouse was custom created by the Halls, who merged two separated units with the help of HKS Architects, to be their Dallas home when they moved back from Europe in 2001.  The home exudes sophistication, elegance, fine custom finishes, and a prime location amongst the city’s traditional luxury high rise mecca. The square footage is 6,379, and every inch is loaded with fine details, much as you would expect from two of the most avid art collectors in Texas.

Glass coffee table filled with gold leaf by E. Klein: all art will be moving with the Halls to their new home at Hall Arts Residences.

Look at the custom herringbone wood flooring, the museum-finished walls (they are everywhere), 11- and 24-foot ceiling heights, windows with motorized shades, and innovative lighting throughout. You have soaring walls to display your own art collection and the perfect light to bathe them. Pick your favorite view of the city: guarantee you there will be several. 

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07/16/19 9:55am

Just when you thought the transformation of Dallas’ older neighborhoods couldn’t get any better, well, it gets downright decked out in East Dallas!

Introducing Skyline Terraces, an exciting new master-planned community of 25 strikingly designed townhomes loaded with architectural drama and influences, each of them offering yet a new dimension in urban living — sweeping rooftop terraces, high-end accouterments, and magnificent views of the downtown Dallas skyline.  

Hence the name, Skyline by Dooley Developments, a young Dallas-based multi-unit end-user development company. This is Colin Dooley’s first Dallas development near completion. Others underway include 20 units at The Alto in Oak Lawn, 10 units at The Pradera at Bryan Place, The Oram at Greenville and Oram, behind HG Sply Co., the Luana in Trinity Groves, the Nove (“Nine”)  in Bishop Arts, and the Edge at White Rock. His Austin developments are The Legacy at St. John and Creekside.

Skyline Terraces are located in the city’s newest hot spot, the rapidly evolving, inner-eastern Ross Avenue precinct, minutes from downtown Dallas, thus only minutes away from the enticing dining, nightlife and cultural offerings of Uptown and Deep Ellum.

And did we tell you that you will park your car in your secure, two-car garage, slip on some shoes (or flip-flops), and just walk, walk, everywhere?

Skyline Terrace townhomes are custom-engineered from the ground up to the fourth-floor rooftop to be both models of efficiency and breathtakingly beautiful. Each unit is capped with a truly tranquil rooftop retreat structurally engineered to support a hot tub (three varieties of which are available for purchase), complete with future private hot tub access and exquisite views of downtown. Modern touches abound with a creative combination of concrete, wood, and steel, all designed to create a unique home in the heart of the city. An open and expansive floor plan creates a wonderful sense of light, which flows to and through the spacious rooms and abundant storage areas. Your new home also comes with that spacious two-car car garage we mentioned, a chef’s dream-style modern kitchen loaded with high-end appliances — steel, baby, stainless steel — and designer touches throughout.

In fact, I want to be a fly on the wall when you see the master bath. (more…)

07/15/19 3:37pm

More than 80 neighborhoods across Dallas pay for off-duty police patrols in a bid to keep their respective crime rates down. As proposed changes to that system have been leaked and the rumor mill activated, 80 neighborhoods are now feeling some angst about the fate of the popular — and effective — program.

ENP is short for Expanded Neighborhood Patrol, a citizen-paid police patrol system utilizing DPD officers that has worked to lower crime in many North Dallas neighborhoods since 1991, when the Dallas City Council first established the program.

There are more than 80 across Dallas, from Midway Hollow to a nascent patrol in Lower Greenville, Oak Cliff to Preston Trails. More ENPs are developing to combat crime and guarantee rapid response times given the current slow response DPD response rates. The ENPs are paid and administered by private citizens through homeowner associations.

In fact, even newly-elected mayor Eric Johnson enjoys an ENP in Forest Hills. Full disclosure: my husband started the first ENP in Preston Hollow, the Preston Hollow North Patrol, in 1991,  and I am a past board member of our Northlake/Hillcrest Estates patrol. For many reasons, I have great respect for and strongly support the private neighborhood patrols.

The private neighborhood patrols also enhance property values, especially during periods of high Dallas crime. And they indisputably help lower crime, as this Dallas Morning News story from 2015 attests: 

In North Oak Cliff, crime is down by about 60 percent across several neighborhoods that have paid for off-duty officers to patrol since 2007, said Russ Aikman, president of the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol.

“It works because they are proactive rather than reactive,” Aikman said. On-duty officers, he said, are “typically so busy responding to one 911 call after another that they don’t have a whole lot of time just to be driving around looking for suspicious characters, suspicious vehicles.”

That effectiveness is why ENPs make a home and its neighborhood more attractive to buyers.

Melshire Estates HOA

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