Luxury properties are sometimes marketed off of MLS to preserve the privacy of clients. After the new MLS statement 8.0 goes into effect, agents will still be able to do that, just not publicly.

Though there will be a period of adjustment, Chris Kelly, CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies, thinks ending off-MLS listings is for the better. That was his reaction to the National Association of Realtors’ new MLS Statement 8.0, the Clear Cooperation policy. The policy prohibits the use of off-market (or hip-pocket) listings except when marketing within a brokerage.

Chris Kelly, CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies

The practice of off-market listings, “is a terrible thing for consumers, and an even worse thing for the industry,” Kelly said. But this has been a decision that’s been in the wings for months, with the only two options being what Kelly likened to “mutually assured destruction.” Either all agents pull their listings and put an end to the MLS as we know it, or rules to eliminate all off-MLS listings are set firm. 

“Why would you knowingly withhold a property like that?” Kelly asked. “You’re only going to frustrate consumers. Plus, it’s just not a good business practice.”

But not all Texas brokerages agree. In contrast, Erik Bahr, Regional President of Compass Real Estate Texas, believes this rule is only going to hurt agents who are just trying to serve their client’s best interest.

“Texas homeowners choose to pre-market their properties for a variety of reasons: to gauge interest while making home improvements, to drive demand for the first open house, or to protect their privacy while they test the market,” he said. “Hindering an individual’s ability to pre-market their home is not only against the best interest of the consumer, but also negatively impacts agents, brokerages, and the industry as a whole.”

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Country French

Photography: Shoot2Sell

There are a lot of beautiful homes in Dallas, but when you see as many as I do, you tend to get a bit jaded. So, it takes something special to make me sit up and take notice. And this University Park Country French home did just that.

What it has, in spades, is character. That is what is so sadly lacking in new construction today. The big white box home that is so popular now is attractive, of course, but there is simply nothing of note in a white house with white marble, white cabinetry, tile, and white walls. It’s clean and lovely, but somewhat sterile.

When we think about where to go on vacation, we seek out interesting, often quirky hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. We do that because they are charming and have character. So, why not live in an environment that gives you what your vacation property offers? This Country French home will make you feel as if you are on vacation every day!

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Highland Park Mediterranean

I’ve told you every house has a story, and generally, it’s a romance. However, this Highland Park Mediterranean is not your typical love story.

It wasn’t purchased for a sweetheart. It was not passed down through generations. And it was not the dream home bought by a sports star with his first big paycheck.

But this Highland Park Mediterranean certainly has a heart-warming story. It was completely renovated by one of the best designers in the world for childhood friends.

Gonzalo Bueno is a founder and partner with design firms Treceavo Plano and Ten Plus Three. Bueno is well-known for his award-winning designs and has been featured in many publications, including Modern Luxury magazine and D Home.

Friends he’d know almost his entire life began exploring the idea of moving to Dallas. As often happens, they found this beautiful Highland Park Mediterranean almost as soon as they started looking. But there was a lot to be done. They reached out to their lifelong friend, and Bueno went into overdrive to have it ready for them.

Highland Park Mediterranean

The exterior pays homage to original Highland Park homes.

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Ford midcentury modern

Photos: Steven Reed Photography

Want to catch lightning in a bottle? You have the rare opportunity to buy an O’Neil Ford Midcentury Modern that just hit MLS. If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times: When you have a chance to buy an architect-designed home, do it!

Preservation Dallas deemed the home to be one of O’Neil Ford’s most important designs in Texas. So, with that stamp of approval, you cannot go wrong. First, a primer on O’Neil Ford:

O’Neil Ford is widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. He designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

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modern masterpiece

If the design of this modern masterpiece looks familiar, it’s because it’s by the same architect that was responsible for the Dallas Museum of Art.

Edward Larrabee Barnes was commissioned by art collectors to design a futuristic home to house their collection. Barnes is notable not just for the DMA and this incredible modern masterpiece, but also for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. There is no lack of world-class architecture in our city, and this home is one of our most stunning examples.

modern masterpiece

A monumental limestone staircase descends into the living room.

It often takes a newcomer to help us appreciate what Dallas offers, especially when it comes to architecture. Recently I had guests in town from London. They were bowled over by our architecture. That’s right, Dallas impressed the Brits!

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modern neoclassical mansion

What makes a great house? “It’s all about texture, scale, and detail,” said Lisa Luby Ryan. And Ryan should know. She designed this modern neoclassical mansion in Old Preston Hollow from the ground up. Ryan has been one of the go-to interior designers in Dallas for years. Her firm, Lisa Luby Ryan Design & Build, is responsible for some of the most luxurious, but livable homes in America.

One of the toughest things about new construction is finding a way to add character so a home is not just another white box. It helps to have a stellar team comprised of not only Ryan, but also architect Richard Drummond Davis, and builder Mark L. Rose. Harold Leidner added the perfect touch to the landscape.

Ryan and her team excel at building in character. “We’re known for mixing in old elements, that look like they’ve been there forever, with the new materials,” she said.

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It’s only been on the market for 10 days, but it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t be ready soon to snap up this Santa Barbara-style Mediterranean on Beverly Drive — it’s just that inviting an oasis.

The five-bedroom, eight-bath home at 3204 Beverly Drive was originally built in 2002, but in 2015 it was completely reimagined by Los Angeles-based Maienza-Wilson, who redesigned the home, Caroline Summers of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said, “from foundation to fringe.”

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Bluffview traditional

What does a famous architectural and interior designer, who is an indefatigable explorer, world traveler, and devoted historian choose to design for family and personal use? A Bluffview traditional two-story home, of course.

You’re probably not going to know the name, because Paul Duesing is one of those designers that flies gracefully under the radar. He is the go-to guy for resort design, and celebrities regularly tap him to create a get-away feel for their homes. If you are a globe trotter, you may have stayed at the Duesing-designed The Royal Livingstone in Zambia, Africa or The Resort at Pedregal, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The man is legendary to those in the know.

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