Christmas lights

As Christmas creeps closer, and the nights get longer, you can ask just about any North Texan — checking out the homegrown light displays in various neighborhoods is as much a tradition as tamales and NorthPark Santa.

But do you worry you’re missing out on a great neighborhood? Or are you new to the area, and don’t have the skinny on the great displays? Fear not — CandysDirt.com staffers have been quizzing readers, scouring the Internet, and strapping jingle bells on our gumshoes to find some of the best neighborhood and city-led decoration displays in Dallas-Fort Worth.

And thanks to one of our favorite luxury Realtors, Christy Berry with Compass, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. Think you might want to find a house in a neighborhood that embraces their inner Clark Griswold, or maybe something a little uh, more Martha Stewart? Stay tuned, because Christy has a listing to share that could get you right in the middle of Christmas central. (more…)

From the first look, the modern façade at 10243 Best Drive near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane is bright and open, with a face of windows that let in natural light. This five-bedroom, five-and-half bath northwest Dallas home is listed by Phil Hobson of Berkshire Hathaway for $1,795,000. The cool white brick with slate gray highlights give this 5,712-square-foot home sharp lines and a modern feel — something of a signature look for Dallas home builder Nest Builds.

OPEN HOUSE | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 9. Visit 10243Best.com for more information.

On entry, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the large foyer, which features dark hardwood floors and a unique, geometric banister in the front stairway. The foyer greets visitors into a central hub, which flows from the formal dining room, breakfast area, family room, and formal living area.

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This six-bedroom, five full-bath, and three half-bath Colleyville home that’ll be auctioned Dec. 15 by Elite Auctions really is the perfect mix of stately living and a comfortable abode. The 12,000-square-foot home at 7212 John McCain Road, located near Grapevine Highway 26 and Pleasant Run Road, has a private gated entry that opens to its large circular drive. On the 2.76-acre property, you’ll find many native trees including Pecan trees and its own private fountain pond stocked for fishing.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8-9. The no-reserve auction will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with final preview on Friday, Dec. 14. Visit EliteAuctions.com/7212-John-McCain-Rd for pre-registration instructions and driving directions.

“The homeowners created spaces that are great for entertaining, people interacting, and spending time together in the home,” says Terri DiChito of Elite Auctions.

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Magnolia West

Realtor John Zimmerman with Compass is hosting a progressive open house party (complete with Texas-OU game watching and noshes at every home) in the latest and greatest private gated community, Magnolia West. The event is Saturday, Dec. 1, and begins at 11:30 a.m.

Westworth Village is a growing enclave just outside Fort Worth, but don’t let the small-town population fool you — it’s close to some of the best amenities Fort Worth has to offer, and the private, gated Magnolia West community puts you right in the thick of everything.

Magnolia West is perched across the street from Shady Oaks Country Club, and is close to the Fort Worth Cultural District, museums, West 7th Street, restaurants, shopping, and plenty of entertainment venues.

And the community also offers some of the best luxury home builders in the area, too, crafting high-end custom, single-family homes that start in the $700,000 range on up — including JAAVA Custom Homes, Village Homes, and Integrity Homes.

And as we mentioned yesterday, if you’ve got a hankering to check out the private neighborhood,  Compass’s  John Zimmerman  is hosting one doozy of a progressive-style open house, complete with plenty of things to nosh on, wine to taste, and yes, the Texas-OU Big 12 Championship showdown at every home you visit (more details on that here). There will also be shopping opportunities with local vendors, so bring your Christmas lists!

But wouldn’t you like a sneak peek? Because we can give you a glimpse of one of the homes on the tour — 157 Magnolia Lane, built by JAAVA Custom Homes (but trust us, you need to go see this home in person, too!). (more…)

Magnolia West

This Magnolia West home at 157 Magnolia Lane was built by JAAVA Custom Homes, and is one of several guests can tour at a holiday event this Saturday hosted by the John Zimmerman Group.

The John Zimmerman Group has come up with a fool-proof way to get a little holiday shopping done, check out Fort Worth’s Magnolia West community, and even catch the Texas-OU Big 12 Championship this Saturday, all in the same place.

The Realtor, who is with Compass, has planned a progressive event that will allow visitors to move from home to home in Fort Worth’s new gated neighborhood adjacent to Shady Oaks Country Club and Westworth Park. The event will run Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a wine tasting at 201 Magnolia Lane at 3 p.m., hosted by Napa Valley winemaker Modus Operandi Wine.

JAAVA Custom Homes also built 201 Magnolia Lane, which will be the site of a wine tasting with Modus Operandi Wines.

Bites will be courtesy Ellerbe Fine Foods, Joe Riscky’s Barbeque, Lettuce Cook, Campisi’s, and Lonesome Dove (each home will feature a different popular Fort Worth restaurant), and holiday cocktails will also be served. (more…)

Odasi app

Special offer for CandysDirt.com readers: Try Odasi for 30 days at no cost.

A new real estate app called Odasi (pronounced Od-Uh-See), an acronym for On Demand Agent Services Inc., helps agents delegate small tasks, essentially helping them be in two places at once. The newly launched app takes the power of the shared service economy to create the Uber for real estate agents. It is a business-to-business app for real estate agents.

Dallas real estate broker Andrea Trimble is CEO of Odasi. Trimble says, “We believe we have changed the landscape for completing tasks for Realtors. Our app brings a team-effort feel for real estate agents. Odasi allows agents to delegate tasks that are not money-making activities while best serving their clients. I personally use Odasi and think of the app as my virtual team.”

For a limited time, try Odasi FREE for 30 days. After that, agents pay $9.99 monthly to use the service.

Tasks, which in the app are called “Journeys,” include anything from placing Open House signs to finding an agent available that can open a door for a buyer who wants to take measurements of their property in escrow. When you post a requested Journey in the app, you can view the profiles of the multiple agents bidding on your post. You select the “bidder” (agent), of your choice to handle it for you. The bidder will get a notification once chosen. They will complete the Journey on the specified date and time requested, and will earn the agreed upon rate. Rates are set by users, but typically start at $20 for a small task. (more…)

Midway Hills Ranch

You can’t tell a book by its cover, so if you think you know what’s behind the doors of this Midway Hills ranch home, I’ll place a bet you’re wrong. This 2,716-square-foot traditional ranch, at 3880 Whitehall Drive, was the American dream in 1962 when it was a custom build for some lucky homeowner.

Midway Hills Ranch

It passed through several hands over the years including Hugh Mullins. Mullins, you may remember, if you’ve been here a spell, flew through CEO positions at St. Johns Knits and Neiman’s before landing at the preppie paradise, Harold’s, now long gone, but never forgotten.

This Midway Hills ranch was Mullins bachelor pad after a divorce and rumor has it the bathroom is so large because he had a tanning bed installed. Move over George Hamilton! But we know he fell for this baby for the same reason everyone does, there’s a big, beautiful surprise when you step through those candy apple red front doors.

Midway Hills Ranch

There is a 1,100-square-foot architect-designed screened room with cathedral ceilings that opens off the family room. It overlooks a sparkling pool and backyard oasis reminiscent of Palm Springs.

“It’s tremendous,” the seller said. “It’s the size of an apartment. You could never dream up a space like this. Even if it is raining, you can sit back there and enjoy it and watch a thunderstorm.”

We’ve included a few photos of what this Midway Hills ranch looked like when the present owners purchased it, to show you how little these great homes need to bring them up to speed. Of course, it helps when you have homebuyers in creative industries, like our sellers. (more…)

Tulip Lane

You know how excited we are about Hawkins-Welwood Homes. We have raved about this builder’s high-quality craft up in the Lawns of Glen Abbey, the amenity spaces at The McKenzie, and just about every home the company has so carefully constructed in Preston Hollow and beyond.

And now, to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping — yes, it’s about that time — Hawkins-Welwood Homes has partnered with Collective Thirty-One to host their First Annual Holiday Market on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6474 Tulip Lane.

Collective Thirty-One is a group of female owned and operated lines and companies that create beautiful, tasteful designs in just about everything from Cover Swim to Mi Golondrina. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Best of all, you can sip hot coffee and tour Hawkins-Welwood’s beautiful custom spec home in Preston Hollow! Please mark your calendars, RSVP below, and invite all your friends, families, and clients!

This custom-built home offers transitional finish-outs and a wide-open floorplan in 8,387 delicious square feet. I love that the home is smooth white brick, the latest trend in transitional exteriors (you can see the floorplan here).


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