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As Christmas approaches, so do the holiday parties — and chances are, there are some great neighborhood light displays to check out on your way to that ugly sweater party or that company dinner.

But how do you know for sure? Thanks to  Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. (more…)

From Klyde Warren Park and downtown to the Park Cities to Swiss Avenue to Addison and beyond, we have your must-see neighborhoods on a handy map (Photo courtesy Flickr/skys the limit 2).

If you’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for any length of time, you know that shortly after Thanksgiving Day — whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 — it’s a time-honored tradition to check out the Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods.

But do you ever have FOMO on your expeditions? Perhaps you worry that as much as you love the regular haunts you cruise through during the holidays, there might be new displays to check out, too. Or maybe you’re pretty new to the area and have no idea where exactly to go.

Thanks to CandysDirt.com and sponsor Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, you can FOMO no more – because we’ve created this handy map of key spots to check out Christmas lights. (more…)

Greenway Parks has earned acclaim from architects and loyalty from its residents. Allie Beth Allman Realtor Maribeth Peters explains why.

Greenway Parks is one of those neighborhoods you never want to leave, and frankly that’s why it can be challenging to find a home here. With approximately 300 houses, which are often passed down from one generation to the next, it’s often hard for a newcomer to get a foot in the proverbial door.

The neighborhood is full of architecturally significant homes in every imaginable style, from Charles Dilbeck’s Spanish Eclectic to Max Levy’s cutting-edge modernist.

Greenway Parks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Dallas, and it is going through a major transformation right now,” Maribeth Peters of Allie Beth Allman & Associates said. “This renaissance consists of new construction and major remodeling of existing historic homes. Since Greenway Parks was designated a Conservation District in 2003, all architectural plans must be reviewed by the city, but that has not slowed the neighborhood evolution.”

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Walk Into the Pages of Architectural Digest in this University Park Luxury Home | CandysDirt.com

For high-end buyers, a house isn’t just about square footage and the zip code. They are buying a lifestyle with desirable amenities, fabulous location, incredible design, and a certain je ne sais quoi.

I’ve found one University Park luxury home that fits that description exactly at 4109 Colgate Ave. The moment you cross the threshold, you’ll feel like you are in the pages of Architectural Digest. It is simply stunning, from the white-on-white palette that contrast beautifully with the rich hardwoods, to the big windows that stream in natural light.

This home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 4,365 square feet on two stories, built in 2015. There’s an open house this Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek?  

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On November 15, Heritage Auctions will be auctioning unit 17B at Dallas’ first residential high-rise, 3525 Turtle Creek.  It’s the Meyer-designed building with the concrete lattice (brise soleil) next to Vendome.  Since 1957, it’s been holding court on Turtle Creek and this year marks its 60th anniversary. After a recent tear of renovation projects and the famous Turtle Room about to reopen from a top-to-bottom restoration, the building has its groove back.

Of course there’s a story behind 17B, so whip up a hot cocoa and tuck yourself in …

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Get in Early on this Northwest Dallas Neighborhood with Stunning New Build | CandysDirt.com

Back in the early 2000s, the M Streets were an up-and-coming part of Dallas. You could build a house and get in on the ground floor of what is now one of the hottest areas of the city. 

One of the new “it” neighborhoods is in Northwest Dallas near Walnut Hill and Midway, Midway Hollow. The location is convenient to the city’s best private schools and neighborhoods with easy access to highways, making it a snap to get around. 

I’ve totally fallen for a brand new custom house there with one of the best finish-outs I’ve seen, at 9941 Coppedge Ln. Designed and built by 3939 Urban Homes, this transitional home is stunning, the work of owners Eldad Block and Vanessa Gavalya. This local duo totally “gets” the modern buyer and their aesthetic reflects that. 

“Eldad Block, whose family owns Big D Lumber in Richardson, knows how to build — they have seen thousands of homes built, and what’s behind the walls truly matters for him,” Gavalya said. “The entire house is wrapped in 7/16-inch OSB with one-inch radiant/water resistant foam, as well as a Tyvek house wrap over the house sheathing for extra protection.”

This home has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, study, game room, media room, and 4,975 square feet on two stories. There’s an open house on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1-3 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 

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Do you love everything about fall? I know that this morning’s temperatures were a wonderful excuse to load up on pumpkin spice lattes and bask in the delicious coziness of sweater weather. 

Of course, your home wants to be just as beautiful for fall as that chunky cabled throw you’re cuddling under right now. But if you’re overwhelmed by the idea of making your landscape sing the songs of autumn, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects can help with that.

The full-service firm offers more than just design and installation for landscapes of all sizes, but they also do seasonal decor! So find some fall color and get your decorative gourd season on by enlisting only the best: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects.

Adjacent to Midway Hollow, Find Modern New Construction for So Much Less | CandysDirt.com

We all know Midway Hollow is hot. New construction there easily costs $800K, pricing many people out of their dream build in that neighborhood. 

Look a few blocks away to Walnut Hill Estates and find the opportunity to own a custom home by for so much less! The modern build at 3544 Linda Dr. will help define what’s available in this up-and-coming area with clean lines, high-end options, bright interior, and oversized corner lot. Construction will be complete in about 60 days. 

There’s an open house this Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1-5 p.m. 

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