Crestfield Place debuts tomorrow evening, as we have told you, beginning at 4:30 p.m. over at 2204 Moser in the East Village. This is Cobalt Homes’ second foray into high end, dense living townhomes in urban infill. I caught up with the architect, Josh Nimmo, because I am giddy with delight over the project and the fact that you can now buy a beautiful, designer-label townhome in Dallas for under $600,000.

Let me put it to you this way: Josh Nimmo is the kind of architect who does multi-million dollars homes, like the one right next to me. While with famed architect Lionel Morrison FAIA, he worked on the W Dallas Residences, One Arts Plaza Residences, that famous Northaven Residence, and LEED Gold Certified International Business Park Phase 15.

That’s why I see Crestfield Place as so much more than another great East Village option: it is proof that developers can churn out a middle-cost project of great design without breaking the bank! 

CD: Josh, what was the single most gutsy move attached to this project?

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EBTH Dallas general manager Natalie Childers Hacker sat down with CandysDirt.com executive editor Joanna England for a live chat at their grand opening Oct. 30. (Courtesy Photo)

The idea behind EBTH, which stands for Everything But The House, is pretty straightforward. As you downsize, you’re often left with scores of new belongings that won’t fit in your new digs. The traditional estate sale model can be laborious, even with full-service sales that take over your home for a day or two. And what do you do with all of the stuff that doesn’t sell, or with hard-to-price collectibles? That’s where EBTH comes in.

For a business that deals in a high volume of very unique items, EBTH runs a very tight ship. As general manager Natalie Childers Hacker explained to me, everything is handled — from the initial walk-through, to pick up and delivery of auction items, to donations, to hauling away junk — by EBTH’s relationship managers. These bright and brave representatives of EBTH hold the client’s hand through the entire ordeal, making it very painless to divest of your collectibles, furnishings, and art. 

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When Dallas architect Allan Ross conceptualized Bentley Place in Greenway Parks, he designed the eight-villa luxury development with at least one specific type of home buyer in mind: downsizers.

At last month’s CandysDirt.com Staff Party, we gabbed with the noted architect about a mind-boggling virtual reality tour of Bentley Place (seriously, mind-boggling!) and discussed some of the trends in new downsizing properties. Ross, principal of Waal Architecture, is an accomplished creator with four decades of experience in the design, development, and construction of award-winning projects for private sector clients throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, North Africa, and the UAE.

We tapped into that brilliant mind of his to share the most sought-after features that downsizing homeowners are looking for in a smaller home:

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Holly will NOT be driving the Bentleys with these goggles on…

Most of us will not buy a house without seeing, touching, or even smelling it. Hence the reason for the “Open House”.

But that is hard to do with properties under construction in new developments, especially ones that offer construction design flexibility to potential buyers. (more…)

We have been drooling over the Lawn at Glen Abbey now for about a year, long enough for the good folks at Hawkins-Welwood to finish up another astonishingly gorgeous home for us to consider as the perfect “downsizer” specimen. Bonus brownie points: it’s 4099 square feet of luxury living. The master and study are on the first floor, giving you a second bedroom option, with two bedrooms and a game room up. 

This home is located towards the rear of the leafy community, and backs up to a large green-way. That’s right, you will have the perception of a golf-course-size lawn without one bit of the upkeep.  (The actual lot for this home is 45 by 127.)

What do most downsizing baby Boomers want in a home? John Hawkins would know: a focus on first floor living and all the amenities they are used to in the larger estates they are shedding. Just not the yard, exterior maintenance, and please, not too much house.

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What if I told you about a splash of dirt that was just north of LBJ near Marsh Lane, verdantly green, faces an idyllic lake with a bridge where the kids can fish, ducks can prance, a weekend Farmer’s Market is within walking distance, and your taxes are among the lowest in Texas?

Oh and the neighbors are terrific!

Dallas Home builder Bob Hoebeke looked all over north Texas literally — Richardson, Plano, Frisco — until he made his discovery in Farmers Branch.

“I devised a route,” he told me, “I drove all over tarnation looking for lots. When you reach a certain age, and you semi-retire, you don’t need expenses (TAXES, high energy bills) to swallow a huge portion of your income — you need your income for fun. But still, you want your dirt for the grandkids. And if you play golf, Brookhaven Country Club is just down the street.”

Bob turned right on Bee Street, and found Danny Lane. There sat an old white farmhouse on two lots. It was acreage. It had trees. It had a lake across the street. Bingo. In 24 hours he had it under contract to buy. Two other pieces of adjoining property pushed back to Leta Mae Lane so he created a two acre spread that will hold five lots of about .25 acre each, ultimately five homes, all developed by Hoebeke Properties.

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