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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 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.

03/20/18 7:44am

This warm modern design by Richard Miller Custom Homes is one of five luxury homes showcased in the Dallas Builders Association’s April 7 Parade of Homes presented by STELLAR and benefiting Operation FINALLY HOME. 

In its ranks, the Dallas Builders Association has some truly great minds creating some of the most forward-thinking custom homes. These builders are hired to build some of the most beautiful houses, but rarely do you get the chance to tour them, as they are often built for particular, private, and particularly private clients. So we’re thrilled that the DBA is bringing back one of their most popular events, the Parade of Homes!


03/19/18 9:49am

NAR’s recent generational survey uncovered some really interesting trends. For starters, more and more Millennials are eschewing urban life and heading for the burbs, where they can afford to buy a house. Though Millennials contributed the largest share of home buyers in 2017 at 36 percent, a shortage of single-family construction has kept aspiring homebuyers from making the move. Additionally, larger numbers of households are living a multi-generational lifestyle, with more younger Baby Boomers buying homes to house their adult children and their own parents. Even Gen X households are buying homes with the intent of having their parents under the same roof. 

Now that many Millennials have started to pay down their staggering student debt, more of them are starting families. According to NAR’s report, the share of Millennials with at least one child continues to grow. But for many Millennial households in America, their desire to become homeowners combined with slow wage growth and high housing costs have pushed many out of larger cities and toward the suburbs. In fact, 52 percent of Millennial homebuyers bought larger and more affordable properties in suburban locations. 

In fact, Thrillist just published a piece that speaks to this trend: “State of the Suburbs: Dallas.” Forced to look in every nook and cranny for a home they can afford, Millennials are now turning their eyes toward the close-in suburbs that might not get as much attention as the master-planned communities in Collin County, such as Duncanville, DeSoto, Garland, and Grand Prairie.  

Of course, a lot of these trends speak to life in Dallas, which has a very upwardly mobile workforce and a lot of Millennials. However, are we seeing a run on suburban living? We asked some of our most-trusted Realtors to find out. 


03/15/18 11:30am

Belmont Addition Tudor

During the turn of the century, Tudor-style architecture was the barometer of a family’s wealth and class. If they could afford to build a large Tudor-style home, they had arrived. Many of the original Tudor-style homes in Dallas once played host to some of society’s most famed families, but rarely do you see this style emulated in today’s new builds. Marked by high-pitched roofs, exposed timbers, and stucco, Tudor-style architecture definitely has a certain cachet, and this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Robert Kucharski is a stunning example of an extremely well done recent build in the style.

“The quality of the home surpasses most others with an abundance of quality wood windows, traditional Tudor exterior with brick, stone, and half timbering, extensive interior wood mouldings, and custom crafted cabinetry,” Kucharski said of this Belmont Addition listing. 

We’re thrilled to shine a light on this property, built in 2005 by English Heritage Homes, as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Once you see inside this beauty, you’ll understand why it’s such a fantastic opportunity. Where else can you find such great build quality with superb details, a full-featured floor plan, plus a family friendly backyard in such a walkable location? It’s so rare!


03/10/18 9:00am

(Photos: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography Staging: Karen Otto/Homestar Staging)

Any real estate agent will tell you that the top three most important things in a house are “location, location, location” in that order. And sure, this Caruth Meadows ranch on East University has a location that many buyers dream about. But it is so much more than that. 

What stands out about 6335 E. University has a lot to do with the renovation. It’s just plain flawless.

“Not all renovations are created equal, and as a home staging company, we’re sometimes called in to ‘fix’ a challenge that could have been avoided prior to listing had the reno been thought out carefully prior to opening walls willy nilly,” said Karen Otto of Homestar Staging. “With a Kettering Ideas project, that’s never the case!”

Otto is the person responsible for the magazine-worthy interior decor of this incredible listing from Jacqui Bloomquist of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors.  Otto already had a great base to work with, as Bloomquist notes that this home is practically brand new.


03/09/18 9:30am

Sure, the Park Cities is full of great houses. Some of them are extremely ornate and exceptionally luxurious, perfect for impressive entertaining. But rarely do we hear about the great, livable, easy-to-love houses that families crave. Full-featured and unfussy, this University Park listing from Travis-Lee Moore of Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates is the deep breath you take when the workday is over. It’s the warm sunshine on your skin on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the place you imagine making memories with your loved ones — a true family home.
“You just couldn’t ask for a better, more complete package of greatness if you’re looking for a fantastic new home,” Moore said. “The location can’t be beat — close to innumerable shopping and dining options — and feeding into coveted Highland Park ISD.”


03/08/18 10:41am

Meg Bartos launched Kanju — which tanslates to “creativity born of struggle” or “making more with less” — in the Dallas Design District. The store features high-end African art and decor, including the recycled glass and copper chandelier pictured.

Meg Bartos knows Africa better than most people. In a typical year, the Hockaday and SMU alum splits her time between Africa and the U.S., visiting tradesmen and artisans that supply Kanju Interiors — her Design District showroom — with myriad treasures carefully crafted by hand. But this is more of a passion project for Bartos, born of a deep love for Africa and its people. 

It’s also a very savvy business, as interest in Africa among start-ups and technology companies grows, so does the demand for people who can navigate the cultural and geographical landscape of the continent. It’s one reason that the Africa Expert Network will host “Africa House” at SXSW this weekend. And the furnishings, artwork, and decor of this technology-driven event? All of it will come from Kanju.

“The tradesmanship — this handiwork and luxury design — wouldn’t have a market without technology,” Bartos pointed out as we sat down for coffee in her showroom, which is full of incredible art and beautiful decor, each piece more intricate and well made than the last. 


You’ve probably heard us fawn over this spectacular development of modern, sustainable architecture in Oak Cliff called Kessler Woods. It’s an enclave full of gorgeous homes designed and built by a who’s who of modern architecture and construction. The materials selections are amazing, as is the landscaping and views from the immense panes of glass covering these beautiful homes. It reminds us a lot of Urban Reserve in the northern reaches of Lake Highlands.  
Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is special, though, even among its exceptional neighbors.  Constructed in 2005 as the residence of Kessler Woods’ own developer, Matt Holley, 2203 Kessler Woods Court was a commission for notable Dallas architect Patrick Hammers. He was tasked with designing a spectacular modern home with three stories of soaring glass that offer panoramic views from just about every room in the home. 
“The home has often been referred to as ‘The Terrace House’ as it offers three terraces, one for each floor,” says David Griffin & Company listing agent Courtney Tauriac. “These outdoor spaces offer a unique experience specific to their location.”
One of the unique experiences is the views of downtown Dallas’ iconic skyline.