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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

A transitional-style Alford Home in the Park Cities in Dallas, Texas.

Luxury Builder Greg Alford takes his word seriously. His brand, Alford Homes, has made a name for itself by building exceptional luxury homes in the Park Cities that stand the test of time, and his clients are singing his praises. This award-winning builder not only does quality work, but with Greg’s 39 years of experience, they’re breaking the mold. 

Greg and Julie Alford

That’s why we’re highlighting Alford Homes in this week’s Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Alford Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

Find out more about Greg Alford and his brand, Alford Homes:

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12/12/19 2:30pm

Bungalo Homes has launched a new charitable campaign benefiting the Kids in Need Foundation.

From Staff Reports

For those who could house hunt all day, Bungalo’s new “Tour a Home, Be a Hero” program sounds just their speed. Who doesn’t love touring open houses for a great cause?

As Google’s 2019 Year in Search showed us, more and more people are looking for heroes. Here’s your chance to be a hero to kids while scoping out great North Texas real estate.

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12/12/19 8:45am

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12/11/19 9:45am

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It’s not news to us, but for reasons that longtime followers will remember, we’re happy that Steve Brown finally broke the news of the Malouf estate sale on Strait Lane selling to Dallas developer extraordinaire Mehrdad Moayedi’s Crescent Estates Custom Homes. The 4.3-acre Strait Lane estate which was , as Candy told us so long ago, actually two estates knitted together creating 37,000 square feet of mansion space with 10 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms (oh the Tidy Bowl!), 10 living areas and four dining areas. It has a 10-car garage, two basketball courts, a tennis court, a gymnasium and a bowling alley.

And, of course, a waterpark complete with lazy river.

As we know, Mehrdad also bought the Crespi Estate on Walnut Hill Lane, where he sold the main house to one of the Cox family members and is developing the property surrounding it into luxurious estate homes, three already underway.       

Also of note: Candy says Mehrdad has purchased and flipped a number of homes on Strait Lane, including one once owned by Phil Romano. He apparently plans to do the same with 10711 Strait Lane after a little sprucing. Oh and the new owners are keeping the waterpark, absolutely!

As you may know, Candy has a little bit of history with the sellers, so when we found out that a buyer might be found for the estate complete with backyard waterpark once listed for $32 million (in 2017), we were happy to sit on our hands and let Steve do the talking. 

And once Mehrdad’s name is on the title, we’ll have a walk-through: Brad Oellermann has promised.  Let’s look at all the agents who tried to sell this iconic Dallas property with it’s own real waterpark in the backyard, just like Celine Dion’s. Really, it’s kind of cool. How many cities can boast they have homes with waterparks in the backyard? What did buyers say when they saw the waterpark? The home was first listed for $32 million. We spoke with the last agent who listed this home, and almost got it sold, the wonderful Roxanne Taylor of Engel & Voelkers.

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12/11/19 9:15am

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

One of the greatest threats to your home is from termites and other wood-destroying insects. These critters can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. And if there has been an infestation once, it’s likely to happen again unless the conditions that wood-destroying insects tend to like have been corrected. 

Before you buy a home, it’s a good idea to know if there is a current or previous infestation and whether the home has what we call “conducive conditions” for wood-destroying insects.

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12/10/19 9:30am

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