All photos: Urban Scene

All photos: Urban Scene

Landon Burke is a Dallas realtor and an idea man. With a long interest in the arts and a parallel-universe-kind-of-dream of owning an art gallery, Burke dreamed up a novel concept that lives at the intersection of real estate and fine art, Urban Scene: Architecture, Art & Culture.

Urban Scene supports and bolsters local artists by displaying their original work in open-house showings, coupled with drinks, food, and foot traffic. It’s a win-win kind of situation that benefits everyone, Burke says.

“In my career, I’ve done open houses and they’ve been unsuccessful, in my opinion,” said Burke, a realtor with Rogers Healy & Associates. “We have hundreds of people at these [Urban Scene] events and when you get that many people in room, everybody is a great mood, sipping on local craft beer and enjoying the evening.”

Realtor and Urban Scene founder Landon Burke with event coordinator Laura Reeder at the first event

Burke has been a realtor for nine years and events in late 2014 inspired him to begin this nonprofit endeavor.

“I got my first luxury listing in Dallas November 2014 in Vickery Place, beautiful house at 5206 Miller,” he said. “It reminded me of an art gallery and I’ve always wanted to do that myself.”

More than 200 people turned out to that inaugural pop-up event in the custom home by architect Frank Posada. Artists included Andrea HolmesBee Street Studio, Jason Stallings, Lab Art, Maxx Henry-Frazer, Payne Wingate, Peter Lynch, Snipe Art, and Toni Martin. Braindead Brewing provided craft beer and Poof & Pantry provided small bites.

A second Urban Scene event in January brought out over 500 people to an open house at a Bella Vita Custom Homes build at 5424 Willis Ave. where Burke partnered with the DMA Junior Associates.

The two popular events under his belt, Burke is planning the third open house at a $1.5 million listing by Bella Vita Custom Homes at 5707 Charlestown Dr. in Preston Hollow (with so many people attending, Urban Scene had to move out of the M Streets because crowds were causing traffic jams). The Feb. 24 event will go from 6-9 p.m. with art from Martin Lawrence Gallery. Jump to read more!

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WCR Luck of IrishJeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans (they actually LIKE to lend money) reports a really nice turnout for the WCR Dallas St. Patty’s Day March mixer last week Thursday. But don’t be surprised when the “WTF” sub-committees take on a brave new world of sponsorship solicitation at the Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels:

Our governing board and very special committees made all of the necessary preparations for a great St. Paddy’s Day party.

By this, I mean getting booze and food sponsors.

The event was held at the beautiful Bella Vita Custom Home built by Bella Vita Home Builders at 6830 Wagonner Drive in Preston Hollow. We had absolutely everything that approximately 75 thirsty and hungry Real Estate guests require except for… toilet paper.

Turns out 6830 Waggoner is a model home of sorts, and you know, models never use the restroom. But we did actually find one small partial roll stashed away, probably a left-over from building.  So the WCR “WTF” sub committee sprang into action, keeling into “emergency rationing mode”.  We wanted to be perfectly clear, this would be no Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph. 

How did we accomplish this?  We strategically posted mortgage loan officers at all bathroom entrances. After all, these professionals are experienced and trained in the art of handling objections from irate customers.

Finally, as the forces of nature broke down our walls, someone very bright suggested what we should have thought of earlier in the night: be resourceful. What’s the one thing we would have in abundance with a room-full of real estate professionals at hand?

Paper business cards.

So with this solution in hand (sorry), the party continued on without a wrinkle, though it did present a challenge to our networking skills.

And since this event, we have sworn to be better-prepared. Our “WTF” sub committee task force is soliciting for TP sponsorships at three new levels: Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels.

WCR Luck of IrishJeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans (they actually LIKE to lend money) reports a really nice turnout for the WCR Dallas St. Patty’s Day March mixer last week Thursday. But don’t be surprised when the “WTF” sub-committees take on a brave new world of sponsorship solicitation at the Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels:

Our governing board and very special committees made all of the necessary preparations for a great St. Paddy’s Day party.

By this, I mean getting booze and food sponsors.

The event was held at the beautiful Bella Vita Custom Home built by Bella Vita Home Builders at 6830 Wagonner Drive in Preston Hollow. We had absolutely everything that approximately 75 thirsty and hungry Real Estate guests require except for… toilet paper.

Turns out 6830 Waggoner is a model home of sorts, and you know, models never use the restroom. But we did actually find one small partial roll stashed away, probably a left-over from building.  So the WCR “WTF” sub committee sprang into action, keeling into “emergency rationing mode”.  We wanted to be perfectly clear, this would be no Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph. 

How did we accomplish this?  We strategically posted mortgage loan officers at all bathroom entrances. After all, these professionals are experienced and trained in the art of handling objections from irate customers.

Finally, as the forces of nature broke down our walls, someone very bright suggested what we should have thought of earlier in the night: be resourceful. What’s the one thing we would have in abundance with a room-full of real estate professionals at hand?

Paper business cards.

So with this solution in hand (sorry), the party continued on without a wrinkle, though it did present a challenge to our networking skills.

And since this event, we have sworn to be better-prepared. Our “WTF” sub committee task force is soliciting for TP sponsorships at three new levels: Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels.