English Tudor Manor

You have never seen anything quite like this grand English Tudor manor house in Dallas. In fact, any member of the royal family would feel completely at home at 5131 Deloache Avenue in the Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow. It has all of the custom millwork and hand-crafted details that create an aura of stepping back in time to a more genteel way of living. You half expect to see a corgi or two running up to greet you upon arriving in the jaw-dropping entry hall.
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 Lakewood Spanish Eclectic
We love every single home Clifford D. Hutsell created. In fact, Candysdirt.com may have the most extensive archive of information on Hutsell-designed homes in America because Dallas is blessed with so many of them. Lakewood alone has a collection of 50 Hutsell homes. So, when one comes up for sale, like this stunning 1931 Lakewood Spanish Eclectic at 7203 Lakewood Boulevard, we guarantee we’ll let you know all the details. (more…)

When Allie Beth Allman agent Erin Seeds first moved back to Dallas, she did what everyone usually does: went apartment hunting. Few people are ready to plunk down a down payment and buy a home when they first move to town, even if they have family here.

“It was a disaster,” says Erin. “All I wanted was to find a reasonably priced apartment that was good for me and my two dogs. I quickly learned that the apartment search process was so broken.”

The information she needed wasn’t available. Many good-looking apartment sites provided ratings, but those ratings were skewed, random, and not very actionable. There were no objective quality standards.

There is no MLS for apartment property search, no giant Zillow for rentals. Well, not yet. There are agents who specialize in apartment search, collecting an average of one month’s rent as commission: extra developer perks might be tempting. And when it comes to searching for amenities, most apartment search platforms come right from the landlord: not exactly what we would call objective, right?

“No one was concerned with quality or fit for the consumer,” says Erin. “It was all about the agent.” (more…)

English Arts and Crafts

Photography: Shoot2Sell

Cheerful, happy, bright, comfortable, warm, and avant-garde — these are the adjectives that belong to our Monday Morning Millionaire. It’s a delightful English Arts and Crafts, Pinterest-worthy home built in 1948 and located on what I think is the best block in Highland Park, between Armstrong Drive and Douglas Avenue at 4312 Beverly Drive.
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Laura Chancellor Black, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, and Kelly Cantu Dees

On September 20, supporters of Texas Discovery Gardens gathered to applaud the 2018 Flora Award honorees Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the Highland Park home of Stephen Jones (son of Jerry Jones), and his wife Karen, whose house is listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates

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We don’t know if this could become an annual event in Dallas real estate, but we sure liked it.

Christy Berry caught wind of an event in New York City she thought was pretty cool, a panel of successful Real Estate professionals in New York City sharing their success stories to others.

I want to do this in Dallas, she said, but I don’t want to limit it to women in only ONE brokerage. So Christy, a broker associate at Compass Dallas, pulled top female agents from each of the top Dallas brokerage houses — Compass, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Ebby Halliday/Dave Perry Miller, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

“I wanted to hear what motivates these women, what makes them get up in the morning,” says Christy. “And I wanted it to be more of a real estate community event, not limited to simply one brokerage, for all of us.”

The speakers were Becky Frey from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Michelle Wood from Compass, Cindy O’Gorman from Ebby Halliday, and Allie Beth Allman herself. Powerhouses all.

Appropriately, the event was held at The Crespi Estate, the most expensive estate in Dallas, now owned by Mehrdad Moayedi. It was sold by Allie Beth Allman and is now being marketed by her company with Kyle Crews and his Urban team.

About 200 Realtors, men and women alike, attended — Robbie Briggs was there, along with Kyle Crews — enraptured for an hour on folding chairs in what was once the Crespi’s main parlor.

But the most amazing part of the program, which didn’t dawn on me until I wrote this, was that Christy Berry hosted an event about and for strong women on the afternoon before the history-making hearings of Dr. Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C: hearings about an alleged sexiual aggression by the Supreme Court nominee against Dr. Ford more than 30 years ago that are dominating the news, and have become the pinnacle of the partisan divide that rocks our nation. No matter your opinions on the hearings, no matter your political party, you have to agree that women are at front and center right now in this country, right? And as bitterly partisan as is the temperature in D.C., here in Dallas we had 200 deeply, deeply competitive Real Estate agents hugging each other, snapping selfies, and getting along! It was a beautiful thing to watch. #Womenpower!

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The day is not yet over and there is more news about high producing agents migrating to different brokers.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates announced today that the top-producing Susan Baldwin Group, led by Susan Baldwin, has joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates, “building on the luxury real estate boutique’s strong foundation of client service, cutting-edge marketing and entrepreneurship.”

“I’ve admired Susan for years, and I’m excited her team is joining the ABA family,” said CEO Allie Beth Allman. “We’re fortunate to have a leader who is so focused on delivering for her clients, and we welcome her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Susan’s team includes agents Fiona Richards and Missy Townsend.

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Dilbeck Renovated Ranch
Our Saturday Six Hundred is a lovely Charles Dilbeck renovated ranch at 6731 Lakefair Circle, and it perfectly illustrates the name of the neighborhood.

We seldom think about why a neighborhood carries a particular name. Lakewood seems straightforward enough. It’s near White Rock Lake, and it’s heavily wooded. However, what many people don’t realize is that there are lovely little lakes throughout the neighborhood. This is because the only access to these little oases is from the back of each house. This Dilbeck renovated ranch is one of 24 houses on Blue Fair Lake, a private spring-fed lake. (more…)