Now, this open-house tour takes things to a whole new level. Tomorrow, October 20, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is flinging open the doors to almost 200 homes across North Texas — from Fort Worth to Dallas to Southlake to Lakewood. The prices swing, too, from $229,000 to more than $9 million — proof that it’s not just all museum-quality offerings from the luxury boutique firm founded here in 1960.

But our favorite part of tomorrow’s tour? A baker’s dozen of the homes are priced above $3 million. Those are some prime properties, dear readers, and a way to see luxury living at its bubbly best.

5940 Watson Avenue, represented by Jennifer LeLash



This home at 7010 Stone Meadow is one of more than 100 properties you can tour during this weekend’s Autumn Arrivals Home Tour from Allie Beth Allman and Associates.

It’s officially fall and the weather is perfect for traipsing about Dallas to get a look inside some incredible listings. Lucky for you, there are more than a hundred open this weekend in highly sought-after areas during the Allie Beth Allman & Associates Autumn Arrivals Home Tour. It’s a great way to get to know a neighborhood if you’re searching for the right forever home for your family.

 “There are some great homes on this tour,” said Allie Beth Allman, Founder and CEO of the Allman firm. “The Allman home tour is always a great opportunity for anyone interested in finding a fabulous home in a terrific neighborhood.” 

All of the homes on the tour can be found on Here are three homes Allman associates think you will love.


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 the exclusive scoop on this next highly-anticipated residential phase of master-planned development.


The concept behind Nickson Living is so genius, you will wonder why you didn’t think of the idea first.

We know that more and more consumers are embracing rentals — homes, apartments, clothes, rides. Millennials are leading the pack as the generation that orders everything online and wants to actually own as little as possible. They are nomadic, they are mobile, and they are more into experiences than “things.” But you do need a few things to live.

That’s where Nickson Living comes in. The Dallas startup has disrupted apartment living with a subscription furniture model. Like a Rent-The-Runway for homes, Nickson gives consumers the ability to completely furnish an apartment online, so you can move where you want to live and have your home instantly furnished the moment you set foot in the door.

Instead of buying a whole bunch of furniture (and then disposing or frantically trying to sell on local selling apps when you move again), you lease everything from towels to a sofa from Nickson Living, all for a flat monthly fee. You never have to lift a finger or move a single box again.


Imagine if the original inhabitants of this 1926 cottage at 5238 Ridgedale Avenue walked in the doors today, what would they say? Wow, I never knew this home could seem so spacious. Where’d the walls go? Where is the China cabinet? Sure, the interior has changed since the 1920s, but the traditional charm of this M Streets cottage still exists.


The 7,154-square-foot Hillcrest Estates home of Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz, is still slated for auction this Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. with no minimum reserve price at 11322 East Ricks Circle, Dallas, with Elite Auctions.

The final preview is scheduled for Friday (this afternoon) from 1-4pm, and registration begins bright and early Saturday morning at 9:00am.

Elite Auctions is the luxury home auction company whose signs you may be seeing more frequently around DFW. Elite successfully auctioned off the Vaquero properties of Vanessa Swarovski, then later Mark Texeira, and the Highland Park home of Michael Young, among many others.

But Saturday, it’s all about North Dallas and a pristine enclave that some call Preston Hollow, which is really more Preston Royal, the official neighborhood name being Hillcrest Estates. Comprised of about 90 minimum one-acre home spreads, a few select homes along East and West Ricks Circle, Wander Lane and Belmead, actually boast larger than acre lots.

The Kleinman home is one of them. And a week ago, I learned that the home’s unique contemporary design actually inspired the Kleinman’s daughter to a career in architecture.


Built in 1993 by AIA Fellow Gregory S. Ibanez, the five-bedroom, six-full, two-half-bathroom home was also a fixture on the Raymond Nasher Tour of Homes back in 1996, as well as the Northaven Tour of Homes. The home was first listed with Kyle Rovinsky of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for $4,567,890, then lowered to $3.95 million.

Ultimately the home’s price came down to $3.795, first with Rovinsky, then with Allie Beth Allman and Christine McKenny. The home is now listed by Cliff Freeman of eXp Realty.

Though it is being sold without reserve, the asking price is $3.5 million.

“The asking price is a good guide for what it would take to buy this house, prior to auction,” says Elite Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski.


Supreme Auctions has a Preston Hollow property that’s so exclusive, we can’t really tell you the address. We can tell you this 6,782-square-foot luxury estate is called Avalon Hollow and in cooperation with Vicki Mox of RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs, it’ll be auctioned off live on-site with no reserve on Saturday, Oct. 19, selling to the highest bidder regardless of price.

Let’s start with the location. Preston Hollow is such a hallowed part of town that many a debate has been waged here on CandysDirt and elsewhere about its proper boundaries: Hillcrest Road to the east, Midway to the west, Northwest Highway to the south, and Royal Lane to the north? Or is Midway too far west? Does Preston Hollow end at Inwood Road? Is Strait Lane part of Preston Hollow? Preston Hollow purists even claim that the stretch of large stone and brick mansions that replaced the sprawling one story ranches west of Preston Road — Deloache, Norway — is technically not Preston Hollow. Residents have a right to be picky. Famous faces, from George W. and Laura Bush on Daria and Mark Cuban on DeLoache and Hollow Way to former Dallas mayors Tom Leppert (Alva Court, sold) and Laura Miller (Dentwood, stunning) choose to live here because of its gorgeous estates, huge trees, creeks and ponds on spacious, lushly landscaped lots. Proximity is the best: just five miles north of downtown.


This 7,154-square-foot Hillcrest Estates home of Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz, is going to auction with no minimum bid on Sept. 28 with Elite Auctions, and is offering you a chance to preview it tomorrow.

Join Candy’sDirt for an exclusive Open House event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11322 E. Ricks Circle, Dallas. Scroll down to RSVP to see one of the greenest homes in Dallas.

“Hopeful buyers now have the chance to name-their-own-price at our upcoming, no reserve, auction at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28,” says Elite Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski.

This could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own almost two acres of the most the most private, park-like setting in Dallas.