6928 Lloyd Valley ext rearA million dollars and some change, that is. I offer you a bargain, here, a home that, compared to what we have been writing about the last few days, will require the writing of far fewer zeros than, say, $135,000,000. We are talking $1,075,000. Such a bargain, it’s being offered below DCAD appraisal.

Put it on your Amex for points!

Look at what you get at 6926 Lloyd Valley Lane! The location, in case it does not ring a bell, is off of Hillcrest just south of Forest, overlooking the cliffs of Jan-Mar. Lloyd Valley is a charming cul de sac loaded with gorgeous, newer large homes in a secluded, private setting. Gate this street and you will have a fortress, a private Lake Forest. Access to Hillcrest is facilitated by a median that will save your auto on south-bound turns.

Then walk into this home. The front exterior belies what you are about to see. It looks like a Georgian ranch, almost, with red brick and two white columns. The home was built in 1976, which was a very good year, but extensively updated and remodeled in 1995 and since, resulting in a nearly perfect environment. You get four bedrooms, four and a half baths, four living areas plus a study, crafts room and two masters. The home is extremely low maintenance on the yard because the one-half acre lot is green in the front, creekside in the back with just enough green for pets and frolicking. The creek is your zero-maintenance grounds.6928 Lloyd Valley ext rear 6928 Lloyd Valley LR 6928 Lloyd Vallet kit 6928 Lloyd Valley DR 6926 Lloyd Valley bfast 6928 Lloyd Valley master 6928 Lloyd Valley master bath

And the sellers certainly maximized that glorious creek view — ducks were swimming the January day I visited. From the foyer to the dining room with a charming corner fireplace, to the kitchen and downstairs master, every room takes full advantage of a setting one would expect in Lakewood or Austin. The kitchen is extremely efficient and picture perfect with high end appliances, beautiful custom cabinetry and the requisite granite. Some might call it small, but the breakfast room with huge palladium windows soaking in the views is huge. Huge family room with both study and crafts room off that could be a perfect home business headquarters. I have never seen so much storage, not even in multi million dollar mansions.

On the eastern wing of the home, the master suite has a sunken Sundance spa surrounded by Pau Lope (Brazilian wood) decking. The spa is on a screened porch overlooking the creek. Truly a suite, the master has great storage, an enormous bath with jacuzzi tub that could accommodate a massage table or treadmill easily, toilet and bidet in a closet, and a coffee bar with refrigerator I would make a champagne bar: double duty.

In other words, you could live in the master and never emerge. Isn’t that what a home is all about?

There is a guest room near the master with full bath — I’d make that an exercise studio. Or great room for the hubby to sleep when he’s on call… or the parent on kid duty… ah but who gets the Duxiana? Plenty of space for guests upstairs, two bedrooms, enormous closets, and a master bath because this was, at one point, the master.

6928 Lloyd Valley sideI think this is the perfect empty nester home. It’s about 5000 square feet and everything is really on one floor; guests or grandkids can enjoy the upstairs as a suite far from your canoodling in the spa.

But then, it’s also a perfect family home because 2.5 children can enjoy the upstairs away from mom and dad, but still be under their guidance during study time in that family room and office. And little boys would be fishing all day long. Plus the backyard patio and oasis are the perfect playground for a party. Can you imagine karaoke on the water?  Or rock and roll with Emerald City?

My Lord, even the ducks will be twisting the night away.

It’s my mansion and I LOVE it! This is what we call a STEAL! Darling uber contemporary condo at 3883 Turtle Creek Blvd., otherwise known as Twenty-One Turtle Creek Condos, unit 701 is a one-bedroom, one bath, one living area deal — 862 square feet in all. You do get a garage spot, too. The view is like Za Za Gabor used to say, “I just adore a Pent House view!”. The unit is way over-designed inside, which is great for the buyer: museum sculpted walls, Brazilian floors, art lighting & an open gourmet limestone kitchen with all stainless steel appliances. The living room is 16 by 24 feet long. Then there’s the master, 11 by 16, including a mammoth “executive closet” — I like the sound of that! — the size of DFW. I love love love the limestone bath and double shower.

But I really, really like that the owners ventured out to bring in a most unique commode, one made of stainless steel, costing we are told about $5,000. It’s like sitting on art, apparently. Maybe it should be in the new Perot Museum?

I totally get the finish-out in this $139,000 home; it will make some lucky buyer very, very happy. Whoops, just saw the house is listed at $139,900, $900 more I guess for the terlit. What I don’t get is why there are only two photos of the rooms when you can have  36. You have a dang Rolls Royce for a toilet, why not flaunt it? I know this is a smaller unit, but come on agents, get creative. It took my darling Kristian Petersen to sit down on that fancy pants commode and tell me all about it for me to let you know. And then, of course, the world!

At 1272 square feet, this precious little angel at 6027 Anita Street  is a far cry from a 10,000 Preston Hollow manse and the Lepperts would sure miss that wild and crazy media room, no? You want to talk downsizing? How about two bedrooms, one bath, a great M Streets location in the Stonewall Jackson school district. This little baby was born in 1948, and has had much refreshing including new energy efficient windows, tankless hot water heater, remodeled single bath, and gleaming refinished hardwoods. There is also a brand new roof. Located on a quiet street, I think this home is a doll’s house of opportunity loaded with period architectural details, such as corded ceiling crown molding and high ceilings. And I just love the beige/white contrast in the hallway. Super close to parks, White Rock Lake, Whole Foods & the new Trader Joes. Check out the slide show photo gallery to see all the rooms: though I love the colors, I am ready to rip out that kitchen, how about you? I would like another bathroom. But beggars can’t be choosy: $244,500.  This is one I just want to eat up!

I am told this is one of the most unusual homes in Plano. 5212 Blackhawk Drive, Plano, marketed by Sandy Donsky. (Not Scott Vann as I noted earlier, however, he is the brilliant agent who brought the home to my attention!) Custom built in 1989, it is a one owner home with significant upgrades — do not let that ordinary exterior fool you! You get 3549 square feet, five giant bedrooms, four and a half baths, formals, patio, three car garage, huge yard. There is no pool but plenty of room for one. I think the interiors are so lovely, and so different from most of the homes of this baby’s vintage. Here are some of the extras:

  • Pecan hardwood floors. The most beautiful floors I’ve ever seen.
  • Gourmet kitchen.
  • Six-burner Viking gas range.
  • Thermador double ovens.
  • Granite counter tops.
  • Master bathroom recently updated.
  • Carerra marble.
  • Garden tub
  • Master Suite down stairs
  • Guest bedroom downstairs could also be an office.
  • Large room upstairs with its own full bath and walk in closet could be used as a second master, game room, or media room.
  • Backyard large enough to have a pool installed and still have green space left over.
  • Cabana half bath on the back patio.
  • Great location on Old Shepherd Place

The asking price is $519,500.  HOA dues $500 a year. Really interesting to compare this with last Friday’s home.

Before you take that shot of the master bath, put the toilet lid down!

Apparently, leaving the toilet seat up when photographing a home’s bathroom is enough to get some Realtors’ dander up.

And don’t dare leave cars parked in front of your listing when taking a photo. Or leave the television on. That’s another big one.

Personally? I can’t stand to see smudged and dirty mirrors.

So, tell me, what’s your biggest no-no when it comes to a property listing?

I cannot think of a better place for your Easter egg hunt than this lush lush LUSH backyard oasis snuggled away over at 4612 Watagua in Bluffview. Well maybe not snuggled: the home is actually on a ridge, has great topography and I felt like I was back in the hills of Napa! I know they say the Hill Country begis in Oak Cliff, but sometimes, when I’m in Bluffview, I think it starts right there. Built in 2000, this 7863 square foot home has gone through three owners all of who have added more, more and more to make it perfect. Great example: The Casita, built by current owners/sellers in 2007, which rests along the eastern edge of the site. It has a living area, powder bath plus fully appointed bath with double lavatory, IT’S OWN LAUNDRY FACILITY! How cool is that, guestst can do their own laundry or snack up in the efficiency kitchen. Even better: a Juliette balcony overlooks the front grounds while the dining area looks over a terraced outdoor banquette and the croquet lawn. I am going to ask if I can buy The Casita and just live there!

We begin with the pool and flowers all around the deck because that is where we want to be right now, Mimosa in hand and someone serving more.

The home was built in 2000,  and boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes designed  by the owner and Harold Weidner. And who might that owner be? Finance baby, finance. You will spend as much time as possible outdoors here, which is the point. Inside, you’ve got five bedrooms,  four full and two half baths, and everything. EVERYTHING: a central foyer leads to the Great Room, which opens to the South Portico and the gardens, also a focal viewpoint from the dining room and family/media room. Check out the richly panelled library, with real bookcases (and books!) adjacent to the foyer. The kitchen is on high name brand appliance steroids: Thermador professional six top gas range with oven, Thermador electric and micowave ovens, SubZero full refrigerator & freezer, gleaming stainless sink, twin Bosch dishwashers, prep island with two Sub Zero refrigerator drawers and vegetable sink. There is a walk in pantry,  breakfast room and even the kitchen has it’s own half-bath.

The master is upstairs with a balcony overlooking the magnificent almost 1.3 acre manicured grounds, and the spa bath is outrageous.  Baths are beautifully appointed and closets are generously scaled. Up here are also four more bedrooms, two with en suite baths, two share a bath (shh, don’t tell!). Now here is a really great addition: not only is the oversized laundry room upstairs here, so is The Wrapping Room! You would think that hauling said wrapped gifts downstairs and out to the five-car garage might be your exercise for the day, particularly if the gift you haul is say, a stratolounger? But fear not: whoever lives in this house can just meander down to an exercise room and television nook down a secondary staircase.

Outdoors is of course the overachiever’s gardens, the Portico with outdoor fireplace, a Grotto with yet another outdoor fireplace and flowers, flowers everywhere! Touring this house is worth it for the sweet scents alone. I had been at the Far Niente Winery in Oakville, CA just a week ago and marvelled at the gardens created by the owner of Far Niente, Gil Nickel, who hailed from Oklahoma and whose family was in the nursery business. When I got to 4612 Watauga, I really thought I had returned and was expecting a glass of Dolce. Asking $5,750,000. The home sold for $3,550,000 in 2005 prior to many additions and upgrades. It was listed for $6,395,000 last year, so this is actually an amazing price because not one petal or vineyard could be replicated for $700 a square foot.

Far Niente Winery Oakville, CA

There I go again: this home is just the wine country of Napa in Dallas!


A real, live gingerbread house just in time for the holidays! Have you ever seen anything cuter? I could EAT this house. So cute, such charm. Classic M Street Tudor style home has just received a new coat of exterior pain — I mean, paint on that trim! Three bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 living areas including oversized living room. Hardwoods throughout, yeah! Master has private bath. Detached, one-car garage with quarters which includes full bath and kitchenette so air tight it is currently being used as sound studio. My ony beef: the kitchen needs to be updated. But this home has so much charm and character and everything else (1748 square feet), I’d say just do take out and turn the kitchen into a spa! Offered at $350,000. Call agent Michael Campbell over at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s tell HER to tie a giant red bow around this house, and give it to yourself for Christmas. That’s right, Michael is a SHE!

Note: The holidaze has us a little out of whack over here at CandysDirt. Not imbibing yet, but posts are running a day or two behind. Merry merry!