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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.

The big mistake that a lot of sellers make when updating a property for the market is taking it all too far. Sure, I love a good open floor plan, but can we admit that not all homes should have them?

A fantastic example of updating without sacrificing a home’s character is this adorable updated ranch in Melshire Estates. These homes have such great bones, fantastic lots, and family-friendly floor plans that it’s sad to see them remodeled into oblivion. Our Inwood National Bank home of the week, however, has benefited from updates that put a fresh face on this Melshire Estates ranch without gutting it of all character.

Following the ideal of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this listing from Mohammed Jaber and Michelle Hopson of Compass Dallas feels dreamy and bright without being sterile. 

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The choice to move to Oak Lawn is one often based on location. People who enjoy this neighborhood with Turtle Creek, hoards of excellent dining and shopping options, and plenty of nightlife, aren’t planning to spend oodles of time inside their digs. Life in Oak Lawn is to be lived in the neighborhood itself, right? 

That’s why we find this adorable Bud Oglesby-designed, Midcentury Modern condo listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson so appealing. As our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, we see the inherent value in such a superb location — Mansion Park. Plus, its modest floor plan is so incredibly functional that you won’t miss all the excess space you left behind.

“This is the ultimate ‘tiny home’ on steroids,” Neilson said of his listing at 2727 Hood Street, Unit No. 110. “Today’s sophisticated urban buyers want convenience, style, and simplicity. They want to live in a nice neighborhood and they want a home that is affordable, so they spend their free time on living a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

We couldn’t agree more! 

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If you live in Lakewood, or you have kids at Lakewood Elementary, you already know Gretchen Stofer Darby. The PR powerhouse and mom of three kids has worked tirelessly to promote fundraising events through her agency, GDC Public Relations and Promotions. While their tenure in the most sought-after neighborhood in East Dallas has been fruitful Gretchen and her husband, James, made the difficult decision to pull up stakes for more wide-open space in Prosper.

“We decided to move out to the country for more space, a bigger home, safety, small-town feel, slower pace of life, and to custom build our dream home,” Gretchen said. 

That, of course, means that their Lakewood digs are on the market. 

“Our beautiful home in Lakewood has been well-maintained and will be a fabulous home for the next perfect buyer,” she added.

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Not every member of the Dallas Builders Association works strictly on new construction. Take, for instance, the veritable rock stars of the remodeling game, Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling. Their brand has transformed homes, bringing high style and exceptional craftsmanship to their projects that is truly nonpareil. 

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Joseph Tsedaka and Berry Kaufman, the team behind the Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling brand, in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Joseph and Berry as the CandysDirt.com 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.

To learn more about Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling, keep reading!

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Every lover of Midcentury Modern architecture looking for just the right home to purchase and restore should look right over here. This week’s Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank is just that — an original Midcentury Modern ready for its second act.

“This all-original home is situated on half an acre, complete with a wooded area and water feature in the back,” said listing agent Michelle Hopson of Compass Dallas. The home definitely requires some TLC, but is in rare form for an opportunist looking for all the atomic-era details in a stellar location.

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When you’re describing a luxury property, the ‘wow-factor’ always gets top billing. Fancy pools with incredible fountains and fire features are great, but have you ever tried a great porch?

“I’m a sucker for a good screened in porch,” says Compass agent Sam Claussen, who is marketing 6306 Lavendale, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, with summer temperatures at the backs of our minds with all of this rain, we have to mention that the pool is nothing to sneeze at, either.

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05/03/19 9:55am

This stunning Italian Renaissance-styled mansion from Bella Custom Homes is the highlight of the May 4 Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes. (Courtesy Photo)

When we talk about the Renaissance masters, names such as da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Raphael are bandied about. But in the Dallas building scene, we’d wager that the master of the Italian Renaissance is Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes. The evidence is on view May 4 during the Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes, where you can tour this Italian Renaissance masterpiece that showcases the incredible design and construction you get in a Bella Custom Homes build.

“Our buyers are very sophisticated and they appreciate the authentic architecture and recognize the craftsmanship we put into our homes,” Visconti, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, told us. “While we are well- known for the classic European designs, we can design any style of home and we approach each home with the same attention to detail whether it is 5,000 square feet or 20,000 square feet.” 

And while we’ve been in love with this stunning Italian Renaissance design on Deloache, we’re also thrilled to see what the six other Dallas Builders Association members on Saturday’s tour bring to the table

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When looking at townhomes, one of the big pluses over a condo unit is outdoor space. However, those staircases in two- and three-story townhomes often mean sacrificing storage space. However, that’s not so with our Inwood Home of the Week, a Turtle Creek brownstone with tons of thoughtful built-ins and plenty of spots to stash your stuff.

Plus, the location can’t be beat, says Compass listing agent Mohammed Jaber of 3701 Routh St. Unit A.

“Location, location, location!” he gushed. “This unit has proximity to the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.”

Of course, for a lot of people, moving into a townhome often means a smaller footprint. Where do you store all of your things once you’ve downsized? In this listing’s case, wherever you want. That’s the exceptional value you can find in our Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank.

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