04/26/18 7:30am

This Chapel Downs Traditional Is Updated With Picture-Perfect Style | CandysDirt.com

Thoughtful updates and convenient location set the stage for a fantastic Chapel Downs traditional that offers picture perfect style in Northwest Dallas.  

The house at 3120 Chapel Downs Dr. is our Thursday Three Hundred, made for entertaining with three living areas, two dining areas, and 2,417 square feet on one story, as well as a patio and cute backyard. This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, built in 1962.

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04/25/18 5:19pm

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader documentary movie you have heard so much about (from me!) comes to Dallas’ USA Film Festival this SUNDAY, April 29, 7:30 pm at the Angelika Theatre. Be there!

A long time ago, I wrote a book on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. It was called A Decade of Dreams: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, written with the approval of the Dallas Cowboys, and published by Taylor Publishing. The book is now out of print, Taylor is out of business, and I could probably finance a small home with my copies: I’m told they are a whopping $100 to $500 apiece now on Amazon. When I wrote the book, I was a new mother to my first child, and fairly new to Dallas. The world of performance, augmented breasts, and glamour was a little foreign. My last stop before Dallas was Columbia University, where the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) took over the administration building, Hamilton Hall, in 1968.

But I was a journalist, and fascinated by these women, all of whom were exquisite with perfect bodies. I spent hours just outside of Tex Schramm’s office in the Cowboy Building on Central Expressway, seated in Suzanne Mitchell’s office, learning about the cheerleaders. As I left the building, I’d occasionally see someone like Tom Landry or Gil Brandt. I even interviewed Mr. Schramm, the brilliant marketing mind he was  — as the New York Times put it:

In 1972, he introduced the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to pro football. They formed a touring troupe that took them around the world.

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Does this Tudor look a little familiar? Perhaps it does if you’ve ever perused the pages of the July 1922 Dallas Morning News. That’s where it first appeared, beckoning homebuyers to Perry Heights for this “Home Beautiful” and “Electrical Paradise.” The history alone merits status as this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. However, as Keller Williams Urban listing agent Sam Saladino can attest, the home’s charm will make your heart skip a beat!

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04/25/18 9:30am
blue house

The Blue House has begun its trek seven blocks away to a new lot, after years of neglect and a couple of years of hard work by preservationists (Photos courtesy Preservation Dallas).

It took a bit, but the Blue House is almost completely safe now.

Almost, because windy weather has held up the removal process, so it sits on two lots — its original on Griffin, and the new lot at Beaumont and Browder.

It may take a while for the entire house to make the trek over to the new location, Dallas developer Mark Martinek told me last week.

We’re still moving it,” he said. “It’s kind of half on the original location, half on the new location.” (more…)

04/25/18 9:15am

As you know, townhomes are becoming prevalent in areas where lots are priced at a premium and walkability comes standard. So when we heard about Knox View Homes, an exclusive, architect-designed community ideally located in the Knox District, one of the most coveted upscale neighborhoods in Dallas, we were immediately intrigued.

As many Dallasites well know, our city needs quality development that will stand the test of time. And that’s what’s so satisfying about Knox View Homes.

“Quite simply, it’s where everyone wants to live right now,” says exclusive listing agent, Susan Griffin of Bill Griffin Real Estate Brokerage. “These are innovative, modern townhomes for owners who want to live in the heart of Dallas’ most walkable community. You have very posh restaurants and retail mixed in with mom-and-pop shops and casual dining. You get the best of both worlds with close proximity to the downtown Dallas Arts District and the Katy Trail, that will eventually take you all the way to White Rock Lake.”

You’re hooked, right? That’s why you don’t want to pass up this chance to see these gorgeous townhomes up close and personal. As always newsletter subscribers hear about our CandysDirt.com exclusive staff parties first, but just in case you haven’s subscribed yet (you can fix that right now, right here), we’re offering a first look at Knox View Homes with Griffin, Scardello Artisan Cheese, and Look Interiors tomorrow, from 6-8 p.m.

Jump to RSVP now!

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04/25/18 9:00am

Dallas does everything big — including commutes.

According to a new Apartment List study, examining commuter data from 2005 and 2016, one in 45 commuters in the Dallas metro are “super commuters,” traveling 90 or more minutes to work each day, and the prevalence of super commuting is on the rise. The share of Dallas commuters who are making super commutes increased from 1.8 percent in 2005 to 2.2 percent in 2016, a 22.3 percent increase.

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04/25/18 8:45am

wednesday wtf

If you’ve been following along with the Wednesday WTF for any length of time at all, you know that we adore smart alecks. We employ almost exclusively smart alecks. If we had an application for employment, I’m 92.34 percent sure that there would be a question about whether or not you’re a smart aleck that would need to be satisfactorily answered to be considered. (more…)

Find Exclusive Lakeside Living Just 1.5 Hours from DFW at the Links of Lake Athens | CandysDirt.com

An hour and 15 minutes east of Dallas, I’ve found a private waterfront golf resort on one of the most pristine lakes in Texas. Three parcels at the Links of Lake Athens have hit the market, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind living for the right buyer or buyers. 

The Links of Lake Athens is a 52-acre, gated development subdivided into five separate parcels. Ownership of three of the parcels is being offered exclusively by Ashley and Malcolm Ross of The Ross Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The price for all three is $7.5 million, and includes a 7,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom home, plus two guest houses. The three parcels can also be purchased individually (details below). 

What’s so wonderful about the Links of Lake Athens? Privacy tops the list. This is the place you can get away from it all and enjoy total relaxation and peace. Amenities are another thing owners enjoy: think 2,500 feet of lake frontage, an eight-stable equestrian center, two grass tennis courts, and a lush four-hole golf course that plays like an 18-hole, par-72 course and practice area.

“The Links at Lake Athens is for the person or family who seek privacy, exclusivity, and is passionate about the outdoors,” said Malcolm Ross. “The gated property offers unparalleled lakefront views, an incredible golf course with practice area, stables, water sports, and so much more.” 

I’ve got a video and photos after the jump — so beautiful!

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