Saladino

Sam Saladino is on the move.  In July, the popular Dallas agent joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International.

“I had a positive experience at Keller Williams with a good management team and training support,” he said. “Ultimately though it was time for me to return to a heritage brand.”

Saladino believes his experience and connections within the luxury world make him an ideal fit for the Sotheby’s. Formerly a star salesperson at Neiman Marcus, the experience taught him the value of customer service. It’s a skill he believes is even more important today as many clients simply don’t have time to visualize and execute the preparation required to sell their home. Saladino takes pride in getting homes ready for the market and being frank and creative with his expertise. When the furniture needs to be moved or the rugs needs to be vacuumed, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

“I provide concierge service, and these are all services that a good Realtor should be doing in this market,” he said. “I’m certainly not the only Realtor doing this but I do have my own point of view and a serious work ethic.”

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urban views from many rooms in home

Sitting high on Overton Terrace Court allows for picturesque views. (photos: Norman and Young Photography)

How important are views when considering a home?  For some, it’s not a big deal.  They wouldn’t spend more or less on a home based on what can be seen out the window.  For others the views are high on the “must have” list when searching for a home.

If you are looking for a home of 4,250 square feet with five bedrooms, centrally located to just about everything in Fort Worth, complete with serene views from many rooms in the home, then you must check out 4501 Overton Terrace Court.

Must Have Windows

Of course in order to see the views the home must have plenty of large windows in the right places.

Huge windows allow for great views both inside and outside the home.

Not only do great windows allow for great views, they also bring in plenty of natural light and beauty to the home.

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Luxury Warehouse

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Each year we go through our previous posts and try to figure out which ones we liked best. Frankly, that’s impossible. Let’s face it we are all totally house addicted and love every single one we post about, or we would not be doing this every day. But I have to say this Design District Luxury Warehouse with a Waterfall is close to my heart. Not only do I know the seller, but I’ve been to some pretty glam parties in this space. Lynn Sugarman was the first person I’ve ever met that saw the beauty in a warehouse space. Of course, she was coming to Dallas from New York when I met her and saw her first transformation on Dragon Street. The warehouse home was normal there. But it was most decidedly not normal here until she made it so! I christen Sugarman as the diva of warehouse transformations, and this one takes the cake! (more…)

Wade Parker
If you have always wanted to see an estate built without regard to budget, I mean truly no expense spared, oh boy we have one for you: 3509 Euclid, listed with Vicki White of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
And with $22 million poured into it, this mansion is now the biggest bargain in Texas with its new, “sell me, sell me!” listing price.
Consider: more than 18,000 square feet. Underground parking for at least 10 (which makes valet car retrieval very easy in case of a storm). Seven to nine bedrooms, a master suite that is larger than most homes at 2638 square feet, putting green, golf simulator, outdoor kitchen, the most perfect pool environment, and the most sought after location in Highland Park.

There is even a remote back entry gate (with separate remote exit gate) leading to a large motor court that could double as a sports court: summer camp right in your backyard.

Beautifully positioned on close to an acre in the most prestigious corner of Highland Park, the owners of this meticulously crafted estate commissioned three of the most esteemed professionals in Texas to make it a home nirvana: Architect Robbie Fusch (need we say more?), master builder John Sebastian, and our very own landscape guru Harold Leidner created a landscape plan that rivals the most beautiful resort landscaping you have ever seen.
Who was the owner? Wade Neal Barker, a Mesquite bariatric surgeon who pleaded guilty to his role in a $200 million health care fraud deal involving the now defunct Forest Park Medical Center on North Central just north of Forest Lane, of which he was a co-founder.

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The DFW Mid Cities have a large population and a great variety of housing. This week, we’re looking at open houses in Irving’s Las Colinas, Southlake, and Grapevine, three higher-end suburbs. Our houses range in price from $599,900 to $1.999 million. Will you visit them? 

 

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I could not let Friday pass by without showing off this beautiful northwest Dallas renovation from Mike Rodriguez and RS Construction, a well-known and highly-respected remodeler with more than 15 years’ experience with renovations in North Dallas and the Park Cities. . 

These home crafting geniuses took a four bedroom northwest Dallas ranch on Beauty Lane and in four months turned her innards into a total sleek show of beauty. Oh and the address is 10924 Beauty Lane. She had 2856 square feet, 382 square feet added during the reno. She is being marketed by The Source Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, who will have TWO open houses there this weekend: Saturday from 1 to 3pm, Sunday from 2 to 4 pm.

First of all, the property: you get almost a quarter of an acre (.228, 80 by 125 feet) that is loaded with trees. Not junk trees, either, but thickly trunked mature Live Oaks and Red Oaks.

In fact, one is in front of the house and I beg the buyers to wrap that tree with white holiday lights and invite me over for a glass of (spiked) eggnog this December.

This area is well known for lusciously treed lots. How do I know? We bought over 30 years ago on Ainsworth, a few block away. Thirty years ago we thought the trees and yards were amazing and they even bigger now. Plus the access from this area is divine: newly completed LBJ west to Coppell or DFW, or east to the Dallas North Tollway. It’s the folks east of Central who are hurting now for LBJ. We’ve paid our dues with traffic, congestion and construction these last six years: how many standing-still single line jams did you sit in? It’s high time for us to hit 90mph in the Express Lanes and go!

So they started with a great piece of verdant green dirt, found a typical 1964 ranch home and went all out. I mean ALL OUT! Everything inside was gutted down to the studs, and then the work began to create an open-floor living paradise with attached two-car garage. Absolutely everything is brand NEW!

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Parkway Estates Midcentury

Midcentury style is made modern in the house at 3423 W. Pentagon Pkwy. in Oak Cliff. This preserved and updated Parkway Estates midcentury is marvelous, located across from a greenbelt near West Kiest Boulevard and South Westmoreland Road. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred will delight you with its original vintage features, married flawlessly to stylish renovations, like a totally updated kitchen. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, three living areas, two dining areas, and 1,822 square feet on one story, built in 1960.

Big bonus: the 300-square-foot sunroom with central HVAC is not included in house’s MLS size, and neither is the half bath in garage. Sweet! 

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