Kyle Crews (Urban Team/McKenzie), Meredith Leyendecker (Talley Dunn), Talley Dunn, Anne Crews (Kyle’s wife), Katy Tomaszczuk (McKenzie), Tammy Gribble (Urban Team/McKenzie), Sanders Avrea (Urban Team/McKenzie) and Trini Martinez (Talley Dunn)

If we have not told you before, we are telling you now: we are living differently in Dallas.

Baby boomers are leaving their large homes, shedding the most square footage consumption in the history of the world. No other generation has lived in such grand homes as have the Boomers. And when it comes time to exit those grand homes for downsized living, many living “the transition” are not sure that they want to buy a condo. They love the concept of less maintenance, smaller living spaces, and reduced clutter, but fear they may miss a home.

Enter the McKenzie, a new truly luxury apartment complex by StreetLights Residential that will be the first truly luxury high rise apartment in North Texas. 

“You won’t feel like you’re in an apartment,” says Kyle Crews, whose Allie Beth Allman Urban team is marketing the 183 unit building on Harvard, across the street from Allie Beth Allman’s world headquarters, just steps from the Katy Trail.  “The finish out is going to have a huge custom feel, and this is a perfect option for homeowners who are not yet completely sold on high rise living.”

The building will be complete this summer, but leases have already been signed, including one for a penthouse apartment.

The McKenzie’s neighbors — Javier’s, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates threw a Cinquo de Mayo celebration for their new neighbor last Saturday at Talley Dunn Gallery. Javier’s provided food and margaritas. The event was also a chance to view the work of two giant artists at the gallery, Joseph Glasco and Helen Altman. Jump for more event photos and take in the amazing art…

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Kevin Tally, a Dallas-based agent with more than a decade of North Texas real estate experience, recently joined Allie Beth Allman and Associates after spending the past three years at Rogers Healy and Associates.

Tally is one of the youngest “veterans” in the Dallas market. He earned his real estate license 10 years ago while still a high schooler in Fort Worth. Despite being accepted into both the University of Texas and TCU, he chose to forgo college and go to work in his hometown.

“I started thinking about it and said, ‘you know what? If I go to college, I’m going to get back into this field anyway because I really love real estate, construction, architecture and all of that,’” he said. “I took the summer off and then I started hustling.”

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Pearl of Preston Hollow Reduced $200K with Broker Open House Next Week | CandysDirt.com

Wow! I had absolutely no idea!

That’s what listing agents Ira Archer and Irmgard Arthur hear when people visit 4665 Meadowood Rd., also known as the Pearl of Preston Hollow. 

So what’s the amazement about? How about a 7,485-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion with immaculate style on 1.78 acres with a dramatic drive up, tennis court, swimming pool, guest house, and four-car garage? And all of that in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Dallas.

“This house is the whole package on almost two acres in Old Preston Hollow,” said Irmgard’s assistant Ira Archer. “The owners renovated everything in mansion with an eye for soft contemporary elegance and style that’s light and bright.”

To top it all off, they’ve reduced the price to $4.550 million (let’s compare that to the $36.2 million Mehrdad Moayedi paid for nearby Walnut Place recently and tell me this isn’t the deal of the decade!).

At a recent open house, brokers showed big interest in this one-of-a-kind property. And of course we had a StaffParty there last month. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

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Satisfy Your Real Estate Longings and Swing on by these Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Temperatures may be dropping, but these DFW houses are hot, hot, hot.

We’re talking, of course, about our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties every Thursday. We scour the listings and pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $699K to $1.599 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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holiday lights

(Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

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…)

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Vickery Place Craftsman-style Houses | CandysDirt.com

Buyers love historic Dallas neighborhoods. Case in point: Vickery Place. This conservation district, first platted in 1911, offers an abundance of reasons to feel giddy about it. 

For its convenient location near Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue and a pleasing assortment of architectural styles, Vickery Place is in demand. Real estate prices reflect that: it’s hard to walk out of a deal here for under half a million bucks. And if you do find that rare listing, it’s often a teardown to make way for the many new-builds cropping up. 

In today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at two Vickery Place Craftsman-style houses, one old and one newer. One is positively palatial — the biggest in the neighborhood, in fact — the other more modest. They each sing their siren song for the right buyer. Which is your favorite? 

 

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Lakewood Contemporary Soars In Our Weekly Roundup of Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

The Lakewood contemporary at 3406 Oakhurst St. is one of our three featured open houses this week.

Do you love a modern marvel of a home as much as we do? Then cast your gaze toward the Lakewood contemporary that tops our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week. This renovated beauty is one of three we’re featuring, and you’ll be wondering how to pick your favorite. 

They range in price from$724,000 to $1.05 million and include an Oak Cliff Tudor with a fairy tale backyard and a Mockingbird Park beauty with classic good looks, reimagined hit a buyer’s checklist. 

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