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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...

03/14/19 12:00pm

It’s that time of the year, when brokerages are toasting, and praising, those hard-working top producers who killed it in 2018, selling millions of dollars of dirt during a year that, while not one of the toughest on record, saw a significant market contraction and rising interest rates.

Celebratory events have been happening across town, at every major brokerage.

At Compass Dallas, a different kind of celebration has been going on: the company’s one-year anniversary in Dallas.

On January 19, 2019, the 24,000 square foot, shiny new Preston Center office was loaded with food, drink, cake, chair massages and more. Last year, on January 19, 2018, Compass launched its 11th brokerage in the U.S. in Dallas, disrupting nearly every established broker in North Texas. Compass came in as a tech company, its internally-designed platform front and center for agents to make their lives easier, their sales bigger, their futures more secure. The firm’s CEO aims to have 20 percent market share in the top 20 U.S. real estate markets by 2020.

Within weeks of opening the office, while “camping” at the Collective, top producing agents switched to Compass so quickly we could not keep up with the migrations, frankly. Some we had to post in our sleep. What was it about the Compass culture that intrigued, and won over, these agents so quickly? What is it about Compass that keeps them coming? And coming…

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03/14/19 11:00am

I don’t know why, but these pea-green bathrooms straight from the 1950’s fascinate me. Our very first home in Dallas (on Ainsworth, northwest Dallas) has this same green tile mudded in. I love that the owners of this house took that green to the max, painting the cabinets an even darker shade of green with the closet door to match. Oh yes, the walls: green too!

So here you have it, a St. Paddy’s Day green loo, all for you!

This home is somewhat of a deal, too, especially if you love Midcentury Modern…

Wait, no that is not the home. But that is what it COULD be with a little effort. (more…)

 

PeninsulaIt is no secret we are in love with The Peninsula, a small finger of East Dallas dirt that stretches around White Rock Lake’s eastern shore just off Buckner Boulevard. We write about almost every home that hits the market there for several reasons: It’s so hot, properties barely last on the market.

In fact, you almost have to snap them up as a hip pocket, they go so fast.

The area is huge with downsizing Baby Boomers who just want to be at the lake without the driving. In fact, we know several residents on The Peninsula who have left the Park Cities and North Dallas to be here.

And the area is huge with young families who want to raise their kiddos in a nature preserve as much as possible.

And this home is one of the best.

First of all, location and VIEW!  Most Peninsula homes build a second story look-out porch to see the lake.

In this home located at 9431 Waterview Road, you see the lake from your back-yard. There is backyard gate access to the jogging-bike trail that zig-zags across the shore. Or you can carry your kayak to the water’s edge and paddle in. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do a little sailing every single day?

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03/08/19 6:47am

I don’t have to tell you where this property is, the name “Peninsula” says it all.

This is one of the hottest, if not THE  hottest, locations in Dallas for downsizing boomers, first-time home buyers, even families — just about everyone.

We have written so much about it: so many are ditching their ‘hoods for The Peninsula. Why? You can find decently priced homes with character, great views, plus a scenic, pastoral, water-fronted property that is like living in a second home year ’round! Living in The Peninsula is like a year-round vacation spot. People who buy here brag all the time that it’s like having a vacation house at the lake —but it’s only 10 minutes from downtown Dallas.

The Peninsula also has quite a history. The White Rock Lake dam was completed over a century ago.  Over her 100 year lifeline, White Rock Lake has gone through many changes, from being a city water source, to a popular sporting destination, to a perennial party scene for teenagers and even weddings. The park department and advocacy groups  — with help from people like Jeannie Terelli — have all pitched in to clean up the lake and park, all of which has only helped maintain and raise the values of the properties.

Because who wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of this gorgeous body of water?

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I cannot tell you when I started my love affair with Tudor-style homes. I think it began in my childhood, being raised in the outer fringes of Chicago. I think anyone raised in the Chicago area, like our columnist Jon Anderson and myself, have an extra appreciation for beautiful architecture because there is just so much of it in that strong-shouldered city. For me, it was driving the North Shore suburbs flocking out from Evanston that made me think English Tudor homes were the warmest, prettiest, most inviting structures of all to call home.

Then I became an English major, and the relationship was sealed.

Our Inwood Home of the Week is a seriously updated English Tudor home at 5210 Denton Drive in the hot, hot neighborhood of Oak Lawn Heights, south of Cedar Springs, north of Maple. Some also call the area Maple Springs.

Very convenient to the Medical District, the area is popular with interns, physicians and anyone who works in the mammoth (and still growing) U.T. Southwestern Medical Center complex clustered around Harry Hines Boulevard and Inwood Road. Trust me: you can bike to work.

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If you pine for the breezy lifestyle of the Mediterranean, you’re going to love this alluring listing in Keller. Who needs a vacation when your home is already a luxurious getaway? The exquisite abode with a Spanish-style roof relaxes you just by looking at it, serving as a blissful escape from the chaos each day can bring. Shed all stress at the arched front door, keep sangria on deck in the refrigerator, and you’ll be tempted to set your automatic email reply to “Out of Office” every evening when you arrive home.

 

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03/05/19 12:00pm

Robert Reffkin may have announced a certain “scaling back” of Compass spending and expansion into new markets at Inman New York in January.

But when it comes to the primo properties of San Francisco’s Bay Area and the Peninsula, home to Silicon Valley, money is apparently no object.

Inman broke the story yesterday that Compass is acquiring Alain Pinel Realtors, a 30-year old, family owned innovative luxury broker headquartered in Saratoga, California. Saratoga is not far from the high tech bustling of Palo Alto, Atherton, home to the most expensive real estate in the country housing Apple, Facebook, Google, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin, Advanced Micro Devices, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, Tesla, Agilent Technologies, and Oracle, to name a few, executives. This is where $1.5 teardowns are commonplace, Airbnb was born out of housing necessity, and billionsirrs like to roost between trips to their homes in Martis Camp and Hawaii.

In that tech and start-up rich environment, Alain Pinel closed more than $12 billion in sales volume in 2017, placing them seventh on the Real Trends 500.

The acquisition will build Compass’s presence in the Bay Area market enormously, because, Compass bought powerhouse Pacific Union ($14.5 billion in sales) and Paragon Real Estate ($4.5 billion) in 2018. With Alain Pinel, let’s do the math: $12 billion plus $14.5 billion plus $4.5 billion equals almost 19% of the Bay Area market, darn close to Reffkin’s stated goal of 20% market share in the top 20 markets.

Of particular interest to the Dallas-Fort Worth Market: Alain Pinel is a member of Luxury Portfolio, as is our Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dave Perry Miller, Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew. (more…)

02/28/19 4:30pm
Neave

Dallas County has filed suit against State Rep. Victoria Neave for back taxes on this Abrams Road home.

State Rep. Victoria Neave has found herself in hot water with Dallas County and is being sued for more than $26,000 in late property taxes on her Abrams Road home.

Documents filed Tuesday reveal that Neave is arrears to the tune of $26,760.73, and is listed in the suit along with her former law partner and ex-fiance, Mark Scott Jr.

Neave represents District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas and Mesquite. (more…)