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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...

11/11/19 5:28pm

Photo courtesy JMJ Group

Luxury hotel lovers will salivate over this one: Dallas is getting a Mandarin Oriental, this time for sure. 

And this time, on Turtle Creek Boulevard, the original high rise haven of Dallas.

The 176-room ultra luxurious hotel will be part of a 25-story mixed use tower coming to a 2.47 acre site at 2999 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Select luxury agents from across the state were feted at an opening event Saturday evening on the property site, with food, drink, cigar-rollers, and music, all to promote sales of the 100 private residences, which will be constructed on the upper floors of the exclusive hotel.

The property will include 176 room hotel guest rooms and suites, four restaurants, several bars and the residences. As is typical with hotel-associated luxury residences, the owners will have access to hotel and restaurant amenities as well as private, owners-only amenities such as pools, lounges, and private gardens.

The developer is Dallas-based JMJ Development, headed by Tim Barton. JMJ is a “leading developer acquiring and developing assets during what it perceives as rising markets in growth areas of Texas, Florida as well as additional target markets including New Mexico and Tennessee.” 

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel group, based in Hong Kong, will manage the property, located on Turtle Creek Boulevard at Dickason Avenue. Mandarin Oriental Hotels operates 32 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories.  Capital financing for this project is coming from New York City-based Madison Realty Capital, which is pumping $32.5 million into the deal for site acquisition and development.  

The Mandarin Oriental had planned to debut in Dallas at Victory Park in Uptown back in 2006, with a gleaming 43-story hotel and condo tower, which is now home to a parking garage. But the Great Recession nipped those plans, and the development (rendering below) was never built.

photo courtesy of BOKA

11/08/19 8:00am

Remember our “Preston Hollow Prize Behind The Pink Wall Hits Market For $599,900”? Well guess what? You can have it now, for less: $550,000! That’s a savings of more than $49K.

Stop what you’re doing. We have the scoop on a George Dahl masterpiece in Preston Hollow! The Imperial House epitomizes Hollywood Regency design at its best, with rare and elegant offerings that don’t sit on the market long. This property has panache, attracting past residents ranging from Elvis to Frank Sinatra to a current WFAA-TV anchor! And now, you too, could be among the select few to own a slice of Imperial House history.

Ged Dipprey and Emily Ray-Porter with Dave Perry-Miller InTown just listed a lovingly restored first-floor condo you have to see to believe.

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11/07/19 12:05pm

To tell you the story of Montrachet, we begin with the story of Montserrat, its neighbor: 215 acres of God’s green earth on Fort Worth’s west side along historic Mary’s Creek. Montserrat is one of the most successful real estate stories in Tarrant County.

Don Siratt was a well-known Fort Worth businessman, a self-made man, who founded Western Transfer and Delivery, a truck delivery service in 1966. The firm’s slogan: “We don’t just deliver goods, we deliver your good name.”

Now the Siratt family delivers beautiful pastoral living environments with the most unique topography in North Texas. In fact, it may be the ONLY topography.

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11/06/19 12:05pm

The University Park home of Gina Bishop-Corwin and her family.

Real estate developer Gina Bishop-Corwin is a longtime Park Cities resident who, with her husband, Mike Corwin, has 10 children. The family lives in University Park, just south of Preston Center, in a 5,200-square-foot home.

Last week, CBS-11 reported in an exclusive story by J.D. Miles, that Gina had been arrested in a massive drug sting operation that netted 10 arrests plus several raids and searches on Park Cities homes.

Bishop-Corwin, age 51, was indicted on seven counts involving drug and weapons charges. She was arrested at her University Park home on Stanford last week. The home is owned by MKT General LLC out of Dripping Springs, Texas. It was sold to the LLC in 2015 by the Gina Diane Bishop Trust in August 2019. The mortgage is for $750,000 and the lender is a “private individual.” There is no record of it in MLS; it is appraised by DCAD at just over $1.5 million. But residents say Bishop-Corbin is a “trust fund” recipient whose parents would give her money for each child she had. The “Bishop” in her family name is that of the family for whom the Bishop Arts District is named.  

Additionally, Gary Collin Bussell, 50, and his girlfriend, were also arrested when the feds raided his townhome across from the Whole Foods on Lemmon Avenue — too close to home, say residents who shop there regularly.

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11/05/19 2:53pm

Bleu Ciel

So we were at Bleu Ciel, and I was holding my breath over one this staged corner unit. You know how you do when you see a property that makes your spine tingle: you start the process. Will my furniture fit in here? What will I keep? What will I shed?

I asked Allison Hayden, my genius agent friend who is now selling BC, who staged it?

“Global Views,” she said without skipping a beat. “And you know they have a sale every year, in fact I think one is coming up!”

The sale IS coming up, in fact it is tomorrow, November 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. At 7301 Ambassador Row just off West Mockingbird.

But I was fascinated by this company. And when I learned that Frederick Rayner and David Gebhart, co-owners and co-founders, are good friend of our own Eric Prokesh, I was hooked.

But first, the sale: tons of high quality, beautifully designed chairs, sofas, love-seats, tables, commodes, stone-topped sofa tables, accent pieces, lamps and vases. Vases by Barbara Berry! Lamps I swore were Murano!

Global Views is a Dallas-based company with a vision — to produce a unique collection of home accessories and accent pieces that have never been seen before. The amount of stuff they produce and distribute from their headquarters just west of I-35 is mind-boggling. The founding members drew upon long-time careers in retail buying and product development to create a line of home accents that are elegant, refined, and reasonably priced. The company attracts buyers from more than 10,000 retailers, quaint specialty shops to mega multi-store chains. Global Views is also a trusted resource for the hospitality industry, which turns rooms over every three to five years.

We plan to do more on Global Views in the near future. But if you are looking for anything to spruce up your home, office, or even holiday gifts, head over there for this great sale starting tomorrow morning at nine am! The sale continues Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pn, then Friday from 9:00 am until noon. Oh, it’s called the “Garage Sale”, if you ask. Jump for a teaser of inventory: (more…)

Elegance never goes out of style, but it’s always nice to give a home a modern refresh. This Mediterranean masterpiece in Preston Hollow was just updated by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Hudson Construction Group and awaits you with fresh finishes, gracious open rooms, and luxurious amenities you never knew you needed. Soon, you won’t be able to live without things like the master suite’s private coffee bar, which can transport you to Tanzania or Brazil every morning with just one sip. Fully remodeled and move-in ready, this listing is already the center of attention on the market. 

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10/30/19 1:22pm

 

Dirk Nowitzki has bought the Charles Wyly mansion at 5906 Deloache in the “Honeypot” of Preston Hollow.

While the estate was once listed for $8.25 million, pricing got way more realistic last year when Allie Beth Allman took it over. She was appointed by federal courts back in 2018 to dissolve the property to pay off Wyly’s creditors. The Wyly brothers — Charles and Sam (who had an epic home on Beverly Drive that was built in 1924 for Dallas businessman Fred Schoellkopf) were found guilty in 2014 of using Isle of Man off-shore accounts and trading to avoid paying taxes. The grand total bill between the Wylys? $1.1 billion.

The property was listed at $5,999,950. Sale proceeds to satisfy the family’s debt to the U.S. government. So thanks, Dirk!

Sources say Nowitzki picked up the estate for $5,375,000.

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10/29/19 3:07pm

 

Yes, Preston Hollow. Great stuff. 5824 Meadowcrest Drive, one block north of Northaven, west of Preston.

Starts on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 1 to 4 p.m. and goes on until Saturday: don’t worry, we will remind you!

ELS Estate Sales
5824 Meadowcrest Dallas, TX 75230
Thursday~Saturday (October 31~November 2)
Thursday … 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Friday/Saturday … 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Special instructions … Cash & Checks; No Large Handbags

Lots of GREAT DESIGNER clothes from Escada, St. John’s, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren Black Label, Polo, Armani, and furs…

Did I say furs? Yep, best place to buy furs in Texas because you only wear them for like ten days. (I actually keep one by my desk in winter!)

Tons of shoes and handbags: Burberry, Kate Spade, Sharif, Michael Kors, evening bags, and jewelry.

Furnishings include vintage furnishings, Horchow chairs, antiques that make great accent pieces mixed with contemporary, appliances, Cowboy boots and books.

Want some early Christmas holiday decor? Find it here. Jump for more pictures:

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