bachelorette

The house Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay brought her beaus “home” to on this week’s episode can be yours for about $3.9 million.

Confession: I have never watched The Bachelor, nor The Bachelorette. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to watching either show was the dearly departed clip show The Soup on E!.

You can also grill the dates of family members in this perfectly appointed formal dining room. (Photo courtesy ABC)

I may be unfairly judging the shows based on this exposure, but I am pretty sure I’d rather be locked in a listed hoarder house full of homicidal-looking clown dolls than watch this really confusing show about (as far as I can tell) kissing strangers ’til you think you might love them and then proposing and then not getting married about three months later.

But something curious came up in the last episode, and thank the Lord for Reality Steve, who put a finger on the issue: The house that Rachel Lindsay from Dallas, our bachelorette for this season, brought her suitors “home” to was not actually home. (more…)

HightlandParkHS Jamie Ford

By now, you are probably aware of the contretemps that occurred when author Jamie Ford spoke at an assembly for freshman and sophomores at Highland Park High School as part of  the school’s annual LitFest. It’s been making the rounds on Facebook, CandysDirt.com, and the Dallas Morning News covered the story almost minutes after Ford posted remarks about his impressions of that assembly.

But just in case you don’t, the Cliff’s Notes version is this: Ford (whose book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” which depicts life in internment camps during World War II, should be required reading for everyone) spoke to the underclassmen that day, and then was also scheduled to speak at an evening event and to conduct a writing workshop with students the next day.

From what I have ascertained by talking to several students, he began the discussion by taking a selfie of himself from the stage.

Everything after that, however, is a matter of perspective. First, we have Ford’s words, where he talks about how things were apparently going OK at first. Students even clapped and cheered as he shared stories. (more…)

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Traditional features updated for today’s lifestyle.

Deals in Highland Park don’t come around that often. This beauty in West Highland Park is a variation on the theme.

Stylishly renovated (she was taken down to the studs) and updated, this traditional home, original to the neighborhood, beckons a young family or empty nesters who want a pool and yard. Here’s the catch: Park Cities schools aren’t part of the deal in West Highland Park (west of the Dallas North Tollway). Schools are in Dallas Independent School District.

“This is a very desirable location for young families committed to private schools,” says Realtor Susan Baldwin, of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing 4633 Edmondson with her teammate Ginger Nobles.  

And while you may not have the benefit of HPISD, you do get the excellent police coverage and the walking proximity of Highland Park Village as well as the Whole Foods down on Lomo Alto.

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Abbott lot 2

Really, this is one to watch. Let’s make it our bellwether.

I’m not going to argue that it is not a perfect location, the area I would want for my very next dream house: a Highland Park lot that backs to the Katy Trail, walking distance to Knox Henderson restaurants, shopping and fun. That Knox Henderson Starbucks rules. Pottery Barn and Kate Spade oh my! While I think this would be a fabulous place for an empty nester pad, it is in the Highland Park ISD so there you go, great schools and the reason why the lot is nearly $1.5.

Oh and if that isn’t enough to create desire in your heart, you are two houses from Abbott Park. That means tennis courts, a playground and shaded area for kiddos to play. Parents or grandparents’ delight.

At one quarter of an acre plus (.28), build right and you can have a pool — a long, thin lap pool or swim jets. Those smart Booth Brothers builders have all sorts of ideas. The lot is priced for a build-to-suit with these terrific guys.

She’s been on the market since May 13, going on 90 days. Let us watch her. Market said to be cooling, but dirt still flying… or is it? I’m be smitten with this dirt and the location… just trying to wrap my head around how high our terra has actually become. 4822 Abbott. Listed with the best, Ginger Nobles, Susan Baldwin et all at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Abbott lot

 

 

3900 Miramar ext

An “O” House is a home so fabulous you have to drop whatever you are doing (yeah, even that) or holding, including your nail file, to look!

Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones, son of Jerry and Gene, and wife Karen Gayle (Hickman), have listed their 10,543 square foot home, simply stunning, on a super desire-able corner lot, to sell with Allie Beth Allman. The price tag is a whopping $11.5 million, the location one of the very best in Highland Park: 3900 Miramar.

The home is  a stately Georgian built in 1996. But don’t let those Potomac River-esque dentils fool you. 3900 Miramar has been updated to the max with the very best of everything. And I love the juxtaposition of classic with clean. Karen Jones’ soft neutral touch in interior decor blows this house up and and out to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in terms of polish.

But before we go into the delicacies of the house, wanted to draw your attention to this little blurb in 24/7 WallStreet, a financial news and opinion site which claims its articles “are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Time.com, USAToday, and The Huffington Post.”

I knew of the listing, of course, but had to chuckle when I saw it written up on this site:

3900 Miramar pool area

The house sits in Highland Park, which has a number of multi-million dollar homes. The neighborhood is just north of Dallas, about 25 miles from AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play. At least Jones does not have a brutal commute.

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804 - Living 3

For better or worse, we all make snap judgements when we see houses.  My first thought as I looked through the pictures for this home was that there didn’t appear to be a comfortable seat in the house.  It’s as though some unseen maiden aunt had eschewed comfort for herself and guests.

My second thought was that the wood floors look spectacular.  Regardless of whether you like the pattern, you have to admit they’re really well done.

The third thought I had was how completely different this home is to its neighboring penthouse, 801 featured in Vol. 1.  While 801 may attract groovy, middle-aged buyers, the buyer of 804, located just a few feet away, would seem to be generationally different.

But would they?

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Living room in zig-zag glory

Living room in zig-zag glory

The Park Plaza is in a bit of an enclave.  It’s hollering distance from Whole Foods when you want to cook and Nonna when you don’t; PK’s for good red wine and the French Laundry when you spill it.  There’s even a Methodist Family Health Center on the corner.  If you want to scoot downtown, you’ve almost got a private Tollway entrance and exit. Even the complex’s size is personal at just 46 units.

I went to see unit 801 because of the WTF pictures.  Listed with Meredith Houston with Briggs Freeman for $2.895 million after a recent $400,000 drop, this 5,324-square-foot home offers three bedrooms and three full and one half bathroom.  It’s also got a spiffy big 300-ish square feet of patio overlooking downtown that’s A-OK to barbeque on (a rarity in a high-rise).

The home was also formerly owned by Henry S. Miller Jr. and his wife Juanita.  Showcasing the family’s increasing fortunes, this home is quite a bit larger than Miller Sr.’s South Blvd. digs.

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New construction by Avida Homes in Highland Park (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

New construction by Avida Homes in Highland Park (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

After being involved in homebuilding for over 30 years I’ve seen a lot, and as a Lifestylist® with an opinion, I almost always have changes I’d like to make to a home that I think would increase it’s value. After visiting 3608 Beverly, I’m speechless — for once I wouldn’t change a thing.

One of the hardest things to do in Dallas right now is to tour a newly constructed home — they are selling so quickly the builders barely have time to put in the driveway before the moving vans pull up. We met David and Rozie Samei of Avida Custom Homes at our recent Candy’sDirt.com Staff Meeting, at which they mentioned a home they just completed on Beverly Drive, and we set up a time to see it. Even before I could get there a potential customer made an appointment to tour the home for the third time, who is obviously in love with the house. With a home that is as beautiful as this one and in such a perfect location, you have to be fast. Of course, it’s now under contract, says Rozie Samei!

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