The truth about Preston Center: Latest proposal for the parking garage

A couple of days ago, Phil Crone, Dallas Builders Association Dallas Division executive officer, asked for help plugging the DBA debate planned for April 4 at the division’s monthly meeting. Knowing that Jennifer Staubach Gates had canceled an earlier debate, I jumped on this and called executive editor Joanna England: we’ve got to live stream it!

We got to Maggiano’s, got set up, and were told that we had a problem: Neither candidate had agreed to video of any kind. Jennifer Staubach Gates was seated, and Laura Miller had not yet arrived.

I went right up to Gates and asked if we could live stream. She said yes, of course. The DBA asked Miller when she arrived, and she agreed. The Dallas Morning News was there taking stills. Knowing that residents of District 13 wanted to see this, we also decided to post the hour-and-a-half-long video here on the website.

Keep in mind that the DBA drafted the questions and yes, it was builder-oriented, which is very pertinent to the issues concerning D13: building, growth, density, big houses dwarfing smaller 1950s ranches, traffic, site views, density, highest and best use of land, and did we mention density? Crime and other issues were not discussed, but we will cover those in our soon-to-be published candidate questionnaires. (Ours were so detailed the candidates are all asking for more time.)

During the debate, Dallas Morning News writer Robert Wilonsky messaged me that it was riveting, then asked how I would score the candidates. 

The corner of Preston Rd & Northwest Highway, 2014. It has since been replaced by The Laurel Apartments, the first shot over the bow of the burgeoning Preston Road and Northwest Highway debacle.

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Incumbent District 13 Dallas councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates (center) debated former mayor Laura Miller (far right) Thursday. The Dallas Builders Association’s Phil Crone moderated.

Candy will dissect the debate later today, but for now, we have the recorded Dallas Builders Association debate between District 13 incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates and former mayor Laura Miller. Let us know what you think! (more…)

With the 37th annual Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes on the near horizon, it seems a good time to take the temperature of the market in the trendy Near South neighborhood. In short, it’s still hot. Realtor.com is more circumspect, calling the market balanced, meaning there is a healthy balance of buyers and sellers in the market. And yet price per square foot keeps nudging upwards.

A new listing at 1968 Alston Avenue perfectly illustrates area trends-namely judiciously updated and maximized and carved out space.

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Those who got the chance to attend our event at the Wolf/Sub-Zero showroom last month will remember Matt Mitchell of James Andrews Custom Homes. The panel discussion, which was moderated by our founder and publisher Candy Evans, centered on innovation in the building industry and how technology was changing the face of the custom home. 

No one was more fascinating than Mitchell, who turned the idea of how a home is built in the Dallas area on its head, introducing the concept of Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) construction to many luxury real estate agents. It was eye-opening, and definitely speaks to the spirit of innovation that the Dallas Builders Association fosters in its members.

With 15 years in custom homebuilding, Mitchell brings a wonderful amount of experience to the market, and we’re happy to give our readers an inside look into what makes James Andrews Custom Homes a wonderful choice for custom home clients in this week’s Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Mitchell as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about James Andrews Custom Homes, keep reading!

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Joe Atkins

Joe, Charity, Donovan and Cameron.

Joe Atkins and I held hands — sweating and terrified. Then we ran, screamed, and jumped off the top of a giant platform, into the trees. Not exactly how you get to know your average Realtor, but then there is nothing average about Joe.

Don’t worry, that scene ended well. We were just zip-lining on a 103-degree August afternoon as part of the 2012 class of the  Texas Realtors Leadership Program (TRLP). Since that day I’ve watched Joe grow into one of the most exceptional leaders and Realtors in the industry.

“Every agent loves Joe,” Ebby Halliday Realtor Julie Pillans said. “Joe is just a good guy.”

Joe was born and raised in Lake Highlands and currently lives in Lakewood with his lovely wife, Charity, and his two adorable boys, Donovan and Cameron. He’s the broker/owner of Joe Atkins Realty, a boutique real estate firm.

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Joe grew up in the real estate business.

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Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has listed 3314 Hawthorne Avenue for $435,000. Open House, Sunday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Feast your eyes on the former private residence of presidential portrait painter, Alexander B. Clayton. This refined Park Place townhome is now on the market and listed by Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $435,000. And there is more than one reason to fall head over heels for this Perry Heights gem.

Presidential Panache

“For anyone who appreciates presidential trivia,” Walton says, “Clayton once used the full-floor master suite as his artist studio. The giveaway is the wall of windows he added that now offer treetop views. His portrait of Richard M. Nixon was installed rather unceremoniously in the White House in 1981, according to an article written by the iconic White House news reporter Helen Thomas.”

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