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.

Mark Doty Wants to Save Dallas’ History, One Old, Forgotten Building at a Time

By Joanna England / April 13, 2012 / 0 Comments

Mark Doty is a treasure trove of information. He seems to know the history of Dallas’ architecture backwards and forwards, no small feet from a man who grew up in Abilene.

Doty, who works as a senior planner and historic preservation officer for the city of Dallas, has compiled an impressive collection of photos and facts surrounding some of the dallas architecture that became casualties of progress. “Lost Dallas” is an excellent resource for amateur historians or people who love learning about Dallas’ past.

Of course, we wanted to find out more about Doty, a member of Preservation Dallas, and what made him want to write “Lost Dallas.”

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Friday Five Hundred: Vickery Place Craftsman Has The Updates You Want

By Joanna England / April 13, 2012 / 0 Comments

So, I think I’ve already admitted this, but I am a sucker for Arts & Crafts architecture. When I saw this $549K listing from Haley Wagstaff at Dave Perry-Miller INTOWN, well, my heart went all aflutter!

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Can City Chickens Be Classy? For Realtor Alan Shaffer, The Answer is “DUH!”

By Joanna England / April 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

Clay Stapp & Co. Realtor Alan Shaffer and his partner had heard tons of buzz about backyard chicken keeping making a comeback before they decided to take the plunge. Of course, both Shaffer and his partner, Juan, had grown up with family birds.

“My grandparents, great grandparents, and later our family took over their flock as they got older,” Shaffer said. “Juan also had a flock growing up in Puerto Rico.”

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Tell Me Your Real Estate Story: Stammens List $340K Pristine Plano Home in Search of Rural Bliss

By Joanna England / April 11, 2012 / 6 Comments

Thad Stammen is a family man. Nothing supports that notion more than Stammen’s willingness to move his family from their pristine Highlands of Preston Ridge home in Plano to the more secluded and rural areas of Collin County. They love their home, and the schools (Hightower Elementary, Frankford Middle, Shepton, Plano West) and the location: It’s near the Park and Preston shopping center, and the neighborhood surrounding 4304 Kingsbury is easily traversed via its many bike paths.

Here, Thammen tells us his real estate story …

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Muniz of Winnetka Heights Has a Better Homes And Gardens-Worthy Front Porch

By Joanna England / April 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

This lovely home is going to be featured in Better Homes And Gardens, and for good reason: check out that awesome wrap-around front porch! Paul Muniz’s gorgeous Winnetka Heights Craftsman home on South Windomere is quite the stunner. He says a fellow Winnetka Heights resident mentioned his home to the folks at BHG, and they’ll […]

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Friday Four Hundred: Inside of Gaston Avenue Mid-Century is a Feast For Your Eyeballs

By Joanna England / April 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

Do you remember when you were young and someone told you not to judge a book by its cover? Now, the saying is just a giant cliche, but sometimes you come across something that really typifies this expression. This week’s Friday Four Hundred marketed by Keller Williams City Center’s Vicki White is a perfect example. […]

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