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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...

05/05/17 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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04/07/17 1:29am

Northwood exteriorOne of the best things about campaigning for Dallas City Council is getting to see so many homes across my District, District 11. Oh oh the places I go, people I meet, houses I snoop into! We have some of the most amazing homes in Dallas and we have topography with a capital T!

Being a candidate is just the perfect fit for a House Porn Queen: every day brings me another wonderful neighborhood loaded with great homes!Brookridge ext rear

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04/04/17 1:53pm

Highland Park Custom

What does a custom builder do when he wants to create a home for himself and his family? The beautiful Highland Park home at 3400 Harvard Ave. is the answer.

This inspiring property sits on nearly a 70-foot corner lot in Highland Park. It was built in 2005 by Richard Means of RAM Custom Homes for his family, and it’s really something! He included every amenity for modern-day living. Plus, he picked a fantastic location, near Abbott Avenue — you can walk to Katy Trail, Armstrong Elementary, parks, shopping, and restaurants.

“This beautiful home is great for a large family and entertaining,” said listing agent Eve Sullivan with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Richard is a third-generation builder in the Park Cities and he created a thoughtful family home with large rooms, a circular flow floorplan, and outdoor living with a swimming pool.”

With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, and 6,963 square feet on two stories, there’s room to spread out. And that’s not even considering the 38-foot, “L” shaped outdoor covered patio with an entertainment area! I’d love to give you a tour.

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03/31/17 10:00am
Mediterranean Spanish Revival

This Mediterranean Spanish revival in Old Preston Hollow is a just-completed custom home with grand spaces and luxe amenities.

You’ll find something new in Old Preston Hollow with a freshly completed Mediterranean Spanish revival with a posh address.

Just completed in December 2016, the sprawling home at 5326 Edlen Dr. is one surprising space after another in its 13,000 square feet. Sitting on just over one acre with dual gated entries, it was designed by architect Lloyd Lumpkins, who has a reputation for unsurpassed quality and echoes of eclectic European architecture in his work.

Located near Walnut Hill Lane and Inwood Road, it’s in a coveted part of Old Preston Hollow, an area named for its wooded areas with creeks and hollows. Today, arching shade trees and proximity to the Bachman Branch creek keeps that sense of natural beauty.

This manse has six bedrooms, two of which are dual masters; eight full bathrooms; three half baths; and a library.

“This extraordinary residence offers a two-piece clay-tile roof with copper flashing, a flexible floorplan, premium finishes throughout, a first-floor master suite, five fireplaces, an elevator, a seven-car garage, and a one-car lift,” said listing agent Patricia Stampley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Featuring quality construction and exceptional attention to detail, this property is ideal for everyday living and for entertaining on a grand scale.”

Don’t miss the open house this Sunday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek!

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03/29/17 10:00am

heath

I’ve found the perfect antidote to the stress of city living, and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The lakefront property at 1 Candlelite Trail in Heath sits on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. On its more than 13 acres, you’ll find two fully stocked ponds, plenty of room for horses, a barn, and 5,500 fully irrigated trees of both native Texas and fruit varieties. Total paradise!

There rural amenities are complemented by the grandeur of the house, which has all the luxury of a Preston Hollow build. This is a Tuscan-style, 9,323-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, outdoor living and dining, and a separate guest house. Think soaring ceilings and the finest finishes, luxe kitchen and room after room of well-appointed, thoughtful spaces.

I’m not the only one swooning over this Heath property — it’s been featured on two TV shows!

“It’s so private and it looks like the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum'” said Dee Evans, who has listed the property with the Dee Evans Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lakefront is unbelievable — 2,316 feet of shoreline — and there are ponds and bridges…it’s just amazing, like a total paradise away from the city.”

I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a tour of this Heath estate!

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