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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...

05/18/17 6:47pm

It took Michael LaFido years to learn that marketing a luxury listing is a whole different universe from traditional real estate marketing. His comprehensive, proactive approach was gleaned through 15 years of burnt shoe leather, trial and error, and hours of coaching and feedback. What he developed is a targeted lifestyle marketing strategy that has propelled his business skyward.

Not everyone has the patience and tenacity to learn to market luxury properties the hard way. Luckily, you don’t have to, as LaFido is offering a two-day live certification training event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24 in McKinney. This Certified Luxury Listing Specialist “boot camp” offers resources to up your game, with 12 hours of MCE credits that show you how to target luxury sellers, how to maximize sales price, and how to dominate your market. This is far from a one-size-fits-all marketing strategy, as LaFido will guide you through developing your own blueprint to your best year ever in the luxury real estate market with video marketing, special impact events, and lifestyle writing.

Here at CandysDirt.com, we’re sweetening the pot by offering a $100 discount on your registration! All you have to do is use the code CANDY when signing up here.

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05/12/17 11:36pm
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Michael Davis and daughter Jennifer, Director of Marketing, Capital Distributing

I have known Jan and Michael Davis since they opened their very first showroom in the Dallas Design District back in the early 2000’s. We hit it off immediately as their love of family and children just shone through, and I was immediately drawn by their huge circle of warmth. We became fast friends — I could not wait to introduce my family to their’s — and they have remained fast, steady friends and supporters throughout the years. During some of my darkest times Jan and Michael were there ready to help, and when I ran for City Council they emailed asking how they could help. I am so proud to have them as friends!

Now comes word that once again, the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) selected Capital Appliance as the Best Appliance Company in North Texas at Thursday’s Design Ovation awards.

They really are the best. I have them on speed dial whenever I need an appliance. We just replaced my Miele dishwashers a few months ago, and when I called and asked how long dishwashers were supposed to last (on average), the good people at Capital knew exactly: 8 years. Mine were 16 years old, but I have two. Only one went out, but I replaced both because broken dishwashers always happen during holidays or major dinner parties. 

This family-owned business has been doing upscale kitchens right since 1973, and their showroom off of Stemmons is a wonderful spot to discover the perfect range, ovens, and even laundry system for your home. But Capital is much, much more than appliances. (more…)

05/10/17 1:27pm

Lake Ridge Community

I’ve found a unique and exceptional luxury home in the gated Lake Ridge Community of Cedar Hill, just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Dallas. Lake Ridge is a 3,400-acre master-planned community of lots with acreage. A serene and tranquil setting suffuses the property, which sits on over an acre and backs up to the 165-acre Valley Ridge Park. It is just two blocks from the exclusive Tangle Ridge Golf Course and minutes from Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. Outdoor living takes on a glorious scale here.

The Mediterranean lines on the home at 1626 Pebble Beach Ln. are complemented inside by soaring ceilings and windows, a domed office, and Travertine flooring. The palatial entryway is two stories high and features a dramatic winding staircase — you’ll make an entrance here every time you arrive home!

Every detail was considered in this spacious property, with 7,225 square feet on two stories and five bedrooms, located in different wings of the house and each with its own ensuite bathroom. Privacy is ensured. But it’s also created for entertaining, with a partially open floorplan, three living areas, a formal dining room with butler’s pantry, an upstairs game room adjacent to the theater-style media room with a wet bar, workout room, and a study. There’s even a wine cellar on the first floor.

This dramatic and impressive house is listed by broker Thelma Goldman, owner of Goldman and Associates for $975,000. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 13, from 2-5 p.m. with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Let’s take a look before someone snatches it up!

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05/10/17 9:35am

Desco Fine Homes

When it comes to building a new custom home or remodeling an existing one, the task of hiring a builder can feel overwhelming. DFW has no shortage of professionals who specialize in luxury builds. How to find one with the experience and integrity to create something with superior craftsmanship, and a timeless marriage of function and beauty?

David Goettsche, owner of Desco Fine Homes, is the answer for people looking to create sophisticated houses with energy-efficient construction. For more than 40 years, he has worked with his clients to translate their visions into beloved family spaces in the area’s most distinguished neighborhoods, like Preston Hollow, Lakewood, and North Dallas.

“Most of our new clients come to us from referrals, either that of a satisfied customer or a Realtor friend, and that is the highest compliment,” said Goettsche. “Our reputation for quality precedes us because we form true partnerships with our clients and really listen.”

Goettsche is known for his extensive construction knowledge, excellent customer service, and attention to detail. He brings his expertise to updating and refining his homes; his team is on the leading edge of innovations in homebuilding, from design elements to finish and decor. He works with only the best architects, plan designers, interior designers, craftsmen, and home automation consultants. Some have worked with Goettsche for more than 30 years.

“We offer inventive ideas for clients looking to live in a home that isn’t cookie cutter or commonplace,” he said. “Whether they’re Old World, Mediterranean, transitional, or soft contemporary, our homes really stand out from the rest.”

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05/05/17 2:24am

 

District 11 map

[Editor’s Note: This story is the opinion of the writer and should not be interpreted as an endorsement. CandysDirt.com does not make endorsements in political races — yes, even when our founder is running!]

Tomorrow is election day in Dallas, and as you know, I am running for Dallas City Council in District 11. I have learned so much campaigning over the past few weeks. Campaigning is really a lot like reporting: you walk and talk and find out what concerns people, then make notes to do something about it once you hit City Hall. I have also learned first-hand how our system is stacked, and will spill the beans next week.

Oh, before I forget, the numbers were great for early voting across the city: 2418 turned out in my District, which is great news. Here’s a chart comparing years:

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In my district, people are most concerned about the Police and Fire pension debacle and security. On the one hand, they are beyond furious that the fund was mismanaged — hello, poor leadership, why I’m running — and they clearly want blood from the investors and advisors who led the board astray.

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04/20/17 10:00am

bungobox

Earth Day is April 22, and it’s a perfect time to think about a moving solution that’s easier and less wasteful than traditional cardboard boxes. BungoBox offers sturdy, reusable plastic boxes for moving, delivered to your door and picked up when you’re done. Moving is always a headache, but this is a product that makes it less stressful.

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04/19/17 8:14am
8566 San Pedro a

Sitting on almost half an acre in the upscale Forest Hills neighborhood, the house at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy. is on the east side of White Rock Lake.

For buyers looking for luxury in East Dallas, I’ve got a tale of two houses on the east and west sides of White Rock Lake.

Both are custom build houses, and both have the attention to detail and higher-end features you’d expect in such a property. Both are situated in established, coveted neighborhoods. And both are listed by Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“In both of these comparable properties, no expense was spared and each offers an enviable neighborhood near the lake and area amenities, like the Dallas Arboretum and shopping in Lakewood,” Lamont said.

First, there’s the home at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy., which sits on almost half an acre in Forest Hills near Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. It offers five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 5,400 square feet on two stories.

The other house, located at 6203 Vickery Blvd., near Richmond Avenue and Skillman Street, in one of East Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods, Lakewood Heights. It’s just one block from the beloved Tietze Park and pool.

The Vickery home offers 4,422 square feet in the main house, with a detached guest quarters in back and another 450 square feet above the oversized garage. Sitting on an oversized corner lot, this home has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and two stories, built in 2005.

Both are open this Sunday, April 23, from 1-3 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek!

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04/12/17 11:33am

4313 purdue front

This darling doll house of a home — in University Park! —belongs to one of the most successful bloggers in Dallas, Cynthia Smoot of Oh So Cynthia! fame. It just came on the market and I know you will think this is a leftover April Fool’s joke but, really, 4,000 square feet for under $1.2 million it is!

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