Another gem in Monticello Park has hit the market. This recently finished four-bedroom, four-bath home is a rare find indeed. Plus, it’s a relative bargain in today’s’ East Dallas market. It commands a 60-foot-wide lot — about 10 feet wider than typical lots in this part of town.
“It’s a super cool house that conserves energy and provides a very flexible floor plan with luxury amenities,” Allie Beth Allman & Associates agent Gia Marshello said.
The home is the latest masterpiece from Jeff Dworkin’s JLD Custom Homes. It sits across the street from three other JLD homes, with construction set to start on another one soon.
“We’re very select in the neighborhoods that we build in and very selective about the properties that we go after,” Dworkin said. “We try to make a little community of our own when we can.”
Like all JLD Custom Homes, this one is Energy Star rated and certified green built. According to Dworkin, homeowners in similar houses have reported electricity bills lower than their water bills.
This summer, Leigh Ann Barrick joined Engel & Voelkers’ Southlake office after spending the past 11 years as one of Keller Williams’ top sellers.
“As much admiration as I have for Keller Williams and where I’ve been, I think it was time for me to grow and learn some new things, and this was a great opportunity,” she said.
One of the biggest advantages for her was the fact that Engel & Voelkers has a presence in Georgia’s Golden Isles. Barrick grew up in St. Simons Island, Georgia, before her former job at American Airlines brought her to North Texas. These days she spends about 70 percent of her time in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the rest in Georgia.
“I found now that after 20 years in real estate, a lot of my clients are looking for a second home, a vacation home or an investment, so Engel & Voelkers made sense to me,” she said. “They are also involved in things like aviation and yachting, which makes sense with my airline background.”
John Canterbury is now affiliated with Allie Beth Allman & Associates after spending the past two years with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. He says he joined Chris Pyle and the Haven Group because of their sales record and the fact that they always have outstanding listings. Until now Canterbury has been focused more on buyers so he hopes this move will help him grow the other side of his business.
“Coldwell Banker was fantastic for me, I learned a lot and I still have a lot of great friends over there. And I always will,” he said. “I felt the move to Allie Beth would just push my future endeavors and desire to get into more listings.”
Last December, Brittani Firestone turned in her police badge to embark on a career in real estate. The JP & Associates Realtor hasn’t looked back since.
“I’m really enjoying it. Every now and then, especially in the beginning, it’s been a little bit scary, but the business is coming along” she said. “I’ve gotten a lot of referrals from police friends and family, so that’s actually been quite nice.”
The idea of going into real estate has always been in the back of her mind. Firestone’s family has a construction business so she grew up around new homes. She also has a brother-in-law and a cousin in real estate well as an aunt who retired from it. Her wife is in commercial real estate, and has helped her immensely as she was getting started.
“I think overall it was an easier transition just because I did have someone at home to help me with questions and things like that,” she said.
Pat Safian joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty after spending the past five years affiliated with Coldwell Banker. The move is somewhat of a homecoming for her. She began her career with Brants Realtors, which is now under the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s banner. According to her, the firm’s exceptional marketing and commitment to luxury service were deciding factors.
“It’s not just selling luxury properties,” she said. “We do all price ranges. It’s about the luxury experience.”
Ed Murchison didn’t want to leave Virginia Cook Realtors. They treated him well over the past 15 years. However, when the firm announced it was shutting down this spring, he knew he had to find another brokerage with a strong and deep offering of market support for agents.
“I was really impressed with Coldwell Banker’s suite of agent marketing, property marketing, sales marketing, and all the tools that they had,” he said. “They offer so much it’s almost overwhelming, and they allow agents like myself to customize it.”
Murchison considers himself a “unique bird” because he built his brand on a very specific niche. All of his marketing is geared towards people looking to focus on Midcentury Modern or modern homes. He figures he first fell in love with the style around the time he was born. One of his earliest memories is being six or seven years old riding in a car with his parents and seeing a flat roof, clean-lined home.
“It just drew me in,” he recalled. “Every time we would drive by it I remember just focusing on it.”
Agents Christine Danuser and Julie Rado have teamed up at Compass to form the Danuser Rado Group. The two have been friends for over a decade. They got into real estate around the same time and have both enjoyed working on teams in the past. When Compass separately approached them both about changing brokerages, they thought it might be a good time to form a partnership.
“With everything that Compass is offering from a support standpoint to technology, marketing and overall agent support, we just thought it would be a good time to branch out and start our own team,” Danuser said. “We’re excited to be here and are really kicking things off this month.”
The Land and Luxury Group is now affiliated with Compass Real Estate. The brokerage, headed by Joanna Gaines Utley and Ben Lewis, was previously under the Modtown Realty umbrella.
According to Utley, she’d been eyeing Compass for a while but hadn’t reached out to them. When word got out that Modtown would be dissolving, the duo interviewed with several firms. At the end of the day, they were most impressed with what Compass had to offer.
“When I was talking with Compass, I asked them to show me all of their technology,” Utley recalled. “An hour and 30 minutes into it I was just amazed and decided that if I didn’t move now I was going to have to move there later. They have everything built for the future of real estate. I was very impressed.”