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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of CandysDirt.com. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to CandysDirt.com after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

10/18/19 4:11pm

Wanna buy the chair of a newspaper reporter ghost of past? Two Dallas auction companies are selling remnants of Dallas Morning News‘ vacated campus at 508 Young Street at an estate auction ending tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

The estate sale companies, Star Auction Resources and World Wide Auction Group Team, call this sale a “must” for people who appreciate Dallas history and memorabilia. “This building is being renovated and we must clean it out,” the listing reads.

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Comfort and location — these are two great characteristics of this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. This three-story Addison condo is perfect for those who want to come home to a walkable district of dining and entertainment and forget their commute to work until tomorrow. Even if it’s just a hop, skip and jump down the Dallas North Tollway.

Shelbie McKenzie of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Rockwall has listed 15747 Seabolt Place Unit 50, a two-bedroom, two and half-bath condo located in the Townhomes of District A at Quorum Dr. and Arapaho in Addison. It’s got great updates like NEST thermostat, bluetooth door locks, new carpet, and new lighting fixtures. (more…)

10/17/19 9:15am

Apartments, recessions, and public safety were among the hot button topics at the 15th annual Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit held this week in Dallas. CC Young Senior Living was the title sponsor and CandysDirt.com was among the media sponsors.

East Dallas is home to three of the newest city councilmembers and the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, including District 14’s David Blewett, District 7’s Adam Bazaldua, District 9’s Paula Blackmon, and District 10 Councilman/Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough. The four shared their vision for economic development in their East Dallas districts spanning from Fair Park to White Rock Lake.

Dallas is attracting a lot of young professionals to its booming job market, which leads the state in year-over-year employment increases and tops California as the top state for jobs. They’re renting apartments in hip areas like Uptown, Deep Ellum, and the Medical District where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,130, according to Apartmentlist.com. But an uptick in crime in the city of Dallas could send these professionals for the suburbs. That’s why public safety seemed top of mind for these council members who addressed the attendees, comprised of real estate professionals, small business owners, and professional services providers. (more…)

10/16/19 4:43pm

Once you’ve shed the big home and freed yourself of the pool and lawn crews, where do you go? If Downtown is too far and Bishop Arts or Deep Ellum aren’t your scene, the new luxury homes being developed in Preston Hollow Village could be the answer.

The longtime Briggs Freeman Sothebys agent-turned-Sales Director with PowerPlay Texas, Nancy Holloway is now leading the charge at The Signature Collection at Preston Hollow Village, the bustling mixed-use community at Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway. Nancy gave CandysDirt.com the exclusive scoop on this next highly-anticipated residential phase of master-planned development.

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A backyard with a pool and 2,500-square-foot home on Lower Greenville? Yes, it’s possible with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Phillip Murrell of Compass RE Texas has this 1999-built Tudor-inspired transitional home with four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,532 square feet on a 9,000-square-foot lot that’s walking distance to Blue Goose and Trader Joe’s. It was custom built to fit the beautiful Tudor and Craftsman-style homes along Palo Pinto Avenue.

Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, designer lighting, custom stone fireplace, and subtle color on the walls that make this home feel very soft and comfortable like a pair of your favorite yoga pants (sleek enough to be contemporary and dressed up, but comfortable enough to crawl under the covers with). The large open living area that features built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace flows into casual dining and the kitchen.

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10/13/19 9:00am

Kennedale has really good dirt. Known for mineral-rich land and a long-running brickyard that thrived on ideal soil for making bricks, Kennedale is home to about 8,000 residents who appreciate the quaint bedroom community’s proximity to Mansfield, Arlington, and Fort Worth. The southeastern Tarrant County city is named for a Kennedy — a settler named Oliver Kennedy who purchased land at a mineral well nearly 140 years ago. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we dug up some good dirt on three great homes ranging from $450,000 to $223,000.

Address: 1005 Oakridge Court, Kennedale

  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath
  • 3,302 square feet
  • $449,900

Suzanne Key of Ebby Halliday Arlington has listed this nearly one acre treed lot, a custom 1985-built home that’s waiting for someone to update with their style make it their own. The living area, which has a brick fireplace and masonry box flanked by two sets of built-ins, has vaulted ceilings and railed overlook from the second floor. The adjacent kitchen has granite countertops, tile backsplash, and black appliances including cooktop, oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. A beautiful office space has a wall of windows overlooking the dramatic backyard with a large wood deck that steps down to an in-ground pool.  (more…)

10/12/19 9:45am

Lake Highlands creek lot

We chose this midcentury styled home in Lake Highlands if for no other selfish reason than to admire and study the sellers’ keen eye for layering decor. Good for you, the house is pretty fantastic too as this weekend’s Saturday $800k.

Located in Lake Highlands near Royal Lane and Abrams Road, this 1981-built two-story home has four bedrooms, three and half-baths, and 3,622 square feet of contemporary comfort. Beautiful tall mature trees shade the crisp white facade of the Viewside Drive home, built on one-third acre nestled among lush landscaping and canopy trees lining the cul de sac street.

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Julie Ann Pickering and her Pickering Properties’ Group have done an amazing renovation job on this 1963-built northwest Dallas home that blends beautifully simple touches with hints of bold design hidden throughout. That’s why this four-bedroom, three and half-bath midcentury modern in Inwood North Estates is selected as this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

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