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You never, ever know who is going to see the front of your house, how they will experience it. For the most part, we treat the front of our homes, the famous “drive-up appeal”, with incredible care, especially if the home is being marketed for sale. Some homeowners always take pride in their home’s outside face.

Most homeowners prefer to keep grass and hedges neat and tidy, the home painted and pristine, eschewing art or decorative yard objects. Others enjoy a garden of sculpture, which can be mixed amongst plantings and readily seen by thousands if the home is on a busy street.

The folks who planted the bronze elephant at 5322 West Mockingbird Lane nearly 25 years ago had no idea the statue would inspire a nine-year-old girl from Sherman, Texas, to get better. Ironically they bought it, says listing agent Bonnie Bauer, as a symbol of good luck and good health.

I know you have seen it countless times while stuck in traffic on Mockingbird Lane just east of Inwood Road. The house is one of those Greenway Park charmers –a fully updated three bedroom brick ranch cottage, circa 1979, .18 acres with a darling backyard and pool. The home is 2,320 square feet, smaller than its cousins heading east on Mockingbird towards the heart of the Park Cities. It is listed for $639,000.

But did you know that elephant, the bronze statue right in front of the house and very visible to the street, so inspired one precious little girl that she named the elephant “Hope” and sent the homeowners a letter complete with a portrait?

Erica R., age nine at the time, wrote the homeowners to tell them her favorite animal in the world is an elephant. And the elephant they had placed in front of this home helped get this little girl through some tough treatments at Children’s Medical Center.

Five years ago, in March of 2013,  Erica was sent to Children’s Medical Center with serious medical issues. She was only nine years old at the time. Imagine, a nine year old from Sherman, Texas, home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, already fighting for her life!

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Find Coziness in these 'Hygge' Homes Represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors | CandysDirt.com

The Danish concept of hygge is growing in popularity in this country. Hygge (pronounced “who-guh”) is all about coziness and comfort, creating feelings of warmth, contentment, or well-being. And it makes for a perfect home environment: welcoming and wonderful!

During winter, hygge is particularly appealing. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing like an intimate evening at home with friends or family. 

As temperatures drop in DFW, I’ve found three luxury homes represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors that have plenty of hygge elements, from multiple fireplaces to snug seating areas. So curl up with a warm drink and enjoy! 

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The first time I saw 3617 Crescent  I fell in love and begged the agents, Dave Perry-Miller and Bonnie Bauer, to let me have an event there. Why? Because I wanted to show this $4,500,000 home off. (And maybe, truth be told, spend a few more minutes there.) Tell me if you agree: I get a very special, warm, calming feeling when I’m in older homes. It’s like all the antidepressants of the ages just flow through the plaster walls!  Grand older homes, like Aldredge House, for example, seriously make me feel this way, almost as if I am in a temple. Crescent is a Prarie style home built in 1918. The home is elevated from the street, as so many homes were back then. That is part of what makes them so stately. The windows are those thick, original glass panes that were like thermopane before thermopane was a word. The lot is enormous, 106 by 225 deep, or about .7 of an acre. Then there are the original beveled glass windows with leaded inserts, gleaming hardwood floors that creak with magnificent stories and wisdom of the years, crown moldings and even a majestic iron gate.

All this on Crescent, on one of the most coveted streets in Highland Park.

Then you look in the back and you see a pool, cabana, sport court, huge guest quarters, a “man” room, bathrooms, kitchenette, all over a four car garage. And yet the home has plenty of yard, space and sunshine.

The home has five bedrooms, four and a half baths. Once upon a time boys and girls, we did not have to have 16 bathrooms for every bedroom in homes. (Or a friggin’ waterpark in the back yard!) There is a living, dining, kitchen, study, family, game/media, and five glorious bedrooms. The home has been lovingly remodeled and the kitchen is to-die- for perfection. (If the original cooks could see it!) The master is upstairs overlooking the yard and pool and has one of the biggest closets I have ever seen — and I have seen some closets, Phil and Lilly Romano’s, Champ D’Or — this one hangs right in there. Fabulous spa master bath.

So what about social media can a 94 year old house teach us? Plenty. We will be hanging in the game room on Wednesday, October 10, gathering me, Chris Weaver and Ryan Stewman — unless we get inside the kitchen sink, I swear it’s as big as a bathtub. Postel Collins and Title 24/7 wants to pump you up with the most power introduction to social media syndication ever.

Like don’t be surprised if this house grows wings!

 

EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLICSocial Media Syndication: What do you get when you mix House Porn with a Hard Core Closer??? Fun!SPEAKERS:

Candace Evans ~ www.candysdirt.com
Chris Weaver ~ www.postfuser.com
Ryan Stewman ~ www.hardcorecloser.com