Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest French-inspired home of them all? In Dallas, it’s this Preston Hollow stunner. Looking at this fabulous abode, it seems like horses and carriages should be lining up to drop off guests in sparkly dresses and penguin suits. The romantic architecture and immaculately landscaped shrubbery transport you to Paris or Provence, minus the smell of fresh baguettes, but a quick drive to Central Market will surely take care of that.


Clocking in at 7,990-square-feet, no lavish detail is too small at this chateau. Its stately rock and stone façade was designed to impress, and certainly succeeds in that. Right inside, a 20-foot marble foyer and curved staircase make you feel as if you’ve stepped into Gatsby’s mansion.  

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Complaints about skyrocketing property tax bills are nothing new, but few people take the time to find out exactly what goes into that number. For many, fighting property taxes has not been a priority because they could ultimately write-off the amount on their income taxes. That changes this year.

Under the guidelines of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed at the end of 2017, write-offs are now capped at $10,000. In Dallas County, that’s about the average tax bill of a home valued at $450,000.

“I don’t think a lot of people understand that and they are going to be shocked this year,” local entrepreneur and Allie Beth Allman & Associates agent Stephen White said. (more…)

hip pocketDo you follow CandysDirt on Instagram? It’s another great way to get in touch with us, to see what we’re featuring on the site, and to show us what you’re up to — which is exactly what Kate Walters with Allie Beth Allman & Associates did last week when she pitched us this gorgeous Lakewood hip pocket.

What’s a hip pocket listing? It’s a home that’s for sale, but isn’t listed in the MLS, nor will you find it online on the likes of Zillow, Redfin, etc. Sellers sometimes go this route to protect their privacy, or to test the waters of the market, or even just in the hopes of generating more interest in the home in a market that might be getting a bit saturated.

But Walters is planning on someone falling in love with this home — so she’s even arranged for a champagne sip-and-see on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

But just in case drinking champagne on a Tuesday afternoon isn’t in the cards for you, we got Walters to share a bit about her hip pocket, including photos and a video. Want to see? Let’s jump. (more…)


If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a prestigious Highland Park home that still feels cozy, your wish can be granted thanks to this charming off-market listing. Located on a rare half-acre plus lot right on a creek, this property will definitely steal some hearts. And Like all Private Offerings presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, it is a very special, off-market listing exclusive to our readers on CandysDirt.com.

As you cruise into the horseshoe driveway up to the elegant porte-cochère, you can just imagine tossing your keys onto the foyer table as you waltz through the front door. Breathe deeply. A perfect mix of grand and inviting, the beautiful interiors instantly relax you after a day of errands and strife, as they effortlessly transform into a gorgeous backdrop for a lavish dinner party by evening.

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Cocotos Scott

Kimberly Cocotos (left) and Kristen Scott are excited to be with Allie Beth Allman & Associates (Photo by Kevin Bartram).

The Cocotos-Scott Real Estate Group of Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott recently joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The duo was previously at Virginia Cook Realtors.

“We have nothing but great things to say about Virginia Cook,” Cocotos said. “It took us a long time to decide but we eventually just felt this was the best move for us,”

Scott and Cocotos first met while doing charity work together. After becoming friends they decided to team up professionally three years ago.

“We like to say that we tried each other out first and found out that we were a good team,” Scott said. “Between the two of us we round out the team really well because we can play off each other’s strengths and help each other out when we need to.” (more…)

Midway HollowBecause of its size, Midway Hollow is still one of those neighborhoods that probably has something for just about anyone. Bordered by Walnut Hill, Midway Road, Northwest Highway, and Marsh Lane, you can find homes in price points as low as $250,000 all the way to the millions.

This week, we’ve found three houses in three different price points in the bustling, hot neighborhood of Midway Hollow — all having open houses this week. You’re going to want to make time to visit the three houses we’ve found for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, which range from $439,000 to $1,095,000.

Renovated Midcentury Cottage Walking Distance to School

Open house: Sunday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (more…)

Colleyville homes

This home at 6905 Westmont Drive in Colleyville has unique treeline views from the pool deck.

Typically for Suburb Sunday, we highlight homes within three different price ranges, or three distinctly different parts of the city to show a slice of life there. This week’s Suburb Sunday is a little bit different because we chose three $1.7 million-plus homes for their unique architectural or design elements that make them one-of-a-kind. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Colleyville:

ESTATE WITH GUEST HOUSE IS A UNIQUE GEM

Bransford Road

Address6113 Bransford Road

  • Three bedrooms, three baths
  • 4,652 square feet
  • $1,924,400 estimated

This 2002-built Colleyville home is situated on a 2.580-acre, equestrian-friendly lot with main house, private guest house, workshop, and private pond. This Bransford Road estate has a massive study with fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the back garden, heated diving pool with spa, and outdoor kitchen. The main house has three bedrooms with three full and one half baths, and the guest house has one bedroom and bath, plus a living room and small kitchen. (more…)

mistletoeOur Saturday Six Hundred for this week was an obvious choice — and not just because it happens to sit on Mistletoe Drive in historic Hollywood Heights-Santa Monica neighborhood.

It’s also because it’s a charming Tudor that has only been on the market two times in its history — which is remarkable because it was built in 1935. It’s also a home that could be a really great property if someone with the right vision came in.

First, the positives of this home — beautiful hardwoods throughout, original features like beams, wooden ceilings, light fixtures, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace make this home at 6919 Mistletoe Dr. a home filled with character. Many of the windows, in fact, still possess their original hand-blown glass.

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