11/21/17 4:00pm

Villa Esperero Tuscon, AZ is currently listed for $9.9 million by Luxury Portfolio International.

Tucked away in the exclusive Rattlesnake Canyon Estates rests Villa Esperero, a private and luxurious custom estate designed by renowned Tuscon architect Ron Robinette, who also once lived in the home. We are told by the folks at Lion & Orb – the PR firm representing the estate – that Villa Esperero was built “to synthesize international influences with the natural beauty of Tucson’s surroundings.” In our humble opinion, mission accomplished.

See it on SecondShelters.com now. 

11/21/17 3:13pm

Note: This article has been updated with information obtained after first publication.

Concierge Auctions will be auctioning off a Dallas landmark property, the former Crespi Estate now known as Walnut Place, as it was christened by its previous owner, Tom Hicks. The 1938-era, 29,000 square foot estate was commissioned by Count Pio Crespi, built of Indiana limestone by Maurice Fatio, and significantly restored by Mr. and Mrs. Hicks, who acquired the estate in the late 1990s and spent about 16 years and close to $100 million on the near-perfect expansion and remodel.  

Dallas-based banker, financier, investor, businessman, and professional poker player Andy Beal bought the estate almost a year ago from Hicks. The location: primo Preston Hollow. George and Laura Bush are nearby. The address is almost as long as the driveway: 10000 Hollow Way Road.

The auction takes place Dec. 20, with Dec. 19 as a preview day. Allie Beth Allman, who has had the property since March of 2015 when it was listed for $100 million, is the listing agent. It was the owner, she told me, who decided to bring out the auction gavel.

There is no reserve. That means, there is no baseline bid required to begin, such as at, oh, let’s say $20 million.

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11/21/17 2:59pm

I suspect leasing is more important than looking.

Searching for an apartment has always annoyed me.  And having lived in more than a few apartments, that’s a lot of annoyance. Suffice it to say the stereotypes are true and you all know it.  In recent years, apartment building has been gangbusters in Dallas. Everyone wonders if there’s a bubble coming in the high rents asked by these newer buildings.  I’d call it more effervescence than the giddiness of popping bubble wrap.

I’m not going to try and navigate your individual peccadillos, but there are some things to understand and tricks to use in scoring the best rent wherever you look.

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11/21/17 12:00pm
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The holiday season can be a great time to find a bargain on a new home, experts say (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

Why would anyone want to buy or sell a house during the holiday season? Who in their right mind would want to pack and move in the middle of all those Christmas parties, family gatherings, and other assorted holiday commitments?

Turns out, plenty of people like to take advantage of a traditionally slower period to go shopping for a new house. (more…)

11/21/17 9:00am
Built in 1926 for Fort Worth businessman Fred Wimberly

2201 Lipscomb Street was registered as a historic place in 1990 (photos: showcasephotographers.com)

In 1926 a stately Georgian Revival brick home was built for Fred W. Wimberly in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth. The Wimberly House at 2201 Lipscomb Street consists of  3,890 square feet, five bedrooms, three-and-one-half bathrooms and is currently on the market.  The home also has original hardwood floors upstairs-and-downstairs.

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11/21/17 8:00am

When I walk my dogs through my quaint East Dallas neighborhood, I often make mental notes of homes that are purchased by investors or are headed for the market. It just so happened that, when the sign was still being put in the yard at 10216 Pinecrest, I was out walking my dogs and Jeanna McIntyre, co-owner of New Creation Group, was there staging. Once the dogs were safely home, I came back to get a sneak peek of this adorable cottage in Casa View Haven that really speaks to the great value you can find in this neighborhood.

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These Ebby-Listed Homes Are Perfect for Fabulous Holiday Entertaining | CandysDirt.com

The season for parties is upon us, so I thought I’d share a few gorgeous homes — all listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — just begging to host some seriously lively shindigs this year. Each of these three homes is uniquely suited to holiday entertaining, with both grand and intimate spaces, state-of-the-art technology, incomparable views, and expertly designed interiors that make hosting holiday festivities a pleasure.

 

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11/20/17 10:45am

Episode 8; London Miniscule House

I’ve written about Grand Designs before. It’s the long-running UK house-building show that’s just finished its 18th season. Unlike US shows, with their short attention spans, Grand Designs follows the progress of people building their dream homes from scratch.  Sure, sometimes “scratch” means from the dirt up, but it can also mean converting an old structure (barn, power station, water tank, etc.) into a residential dwelling. (If you want to read more about these, and other shows, click here and here.)

Crews follow the builder/owners for as long as it takes. Sometimes it’s a year but often more … one literally took a decade.  For some reason the US, and our instant gratification HGTV, just can’t make the investment in this kind of filming. And it’s a shame. We all know how to renovate a kitchen or bathroom in our sleep, but the complexities of building a complete home remain a mystery.  What makes Grand Designs so interesting are the construction methods used to make the homes eco-friendly and super insulated.

Thankfully naughty people post the program on YouTube for us to see (you’d think with 18 seasons, DIY or something would buy the distribution rights). Aside from the original UK version, an Australian spin off is in its seventh season and New Zealand just wrapped up its third (more on that later). Watch these episodes quickly, they tend to vanish.

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