Why do you think people read Architectural Digest and Elle Décor? Because we all love a good dose of glamour, that’s why! We’ve been immersed in the safe, gray-walled, open-floor-plan world for quite some time now, and I think we’re all craving a bit of drama and character. I know I am. And boy, have I found some! Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4325 Fairfax Avenue is a glamorous, classic, Highland Park modern Mediterranean, and it has hit a style home run, inside and out. (more…)

Italian Renaissance Revival

When you feature luxurious multi-million-dollar homes each week over the course of several years, once in a while, they come back on the market. Rarely, but it happens, and this is one such instance. This Italian Renaissance Revival has only had three owners, and it’s a perfect home in a perfect location.

The one-of-a-kind property at 3821 Beverly Dr. was listed only a few days ago by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Caroline Summers for $10.95 million, and it’s worth every penny. 

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You could say that JLD Custom Homes were experts at building houses on Tucker Street. They recently completed their sixth home in this little enclave and it just so happens it is the only home available in Lakewood Hills for less than $1 million. The location is superb given that Tucker Street is a cul-de-sac that backs up on to the Santa Fe Trail, so you won’t have any through traffic. Just a peaceful neighborhood in the Lakewood Elementary School attendance area. With four bedrooms, a bonus room, four bathrooms, and a large backyard, this is a perfect addition to the neighborhood. 

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Gaynelle Henger, one of our favorite agents/managers/real estate pros, just keeps on giving us a reason to keep up with her!

The former Ebby agent was Dave Perry-Miller’s Preston center office manager for three years. Last April, she left Dave Perry-Miller to join the newly branded Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Preston Center, where she brought agents in by the truckload. Just last October, though, she jumped ship over to The Collective, which of course just merged with New York City-based Compass Real Estate. Word came last night that Robbie Briggs brought Gaynelle in to manage two offices after losing manager Bryan Pacholski. Bryan is now working in agent development at The Collective/Compass. 

And there you have it, four brokerages in 14 months. The great thing about agents is that they jump one ship for another all the time, and all remain professional, even friends, about it. As an agent once told me, you never know when you will work a deal with an agent you once sat next to: don’t burn bridges!  (more…)

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid: a Major Wall Street Real Estate Disruptor has finally landed in DFW. Compass aims to own 20% of the US real estate market by 2020. 

Compass, which bills itself as a real estate technology company that also sells real estate, has launched their first Dallas office by merging with the small but mighty boutique firm known as The Collective Residential. The Collective, launched by Christy Berry and Jonathan Rosen almost one year ago, branded itself as an elevated real estate experience for the agents and the clients they serve. Rosen and Berry came from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, where they were two of the most consistently high producing agents.

Calling itself  “a unique boutique luxury brokerage comprised of dynamic real estate advisors (never agents) in Dallas- Fort Worth, with a focus on enhanced design and innovation that guarantees clients maximum efficiency and premier access to the city’s most exclusive properties and listings,” the firm vowed to limit itself to 30 or 40 agents at most. They currently have 13. Most recently Gaynelle Henger left Coldwell Banker to join The Collective, which boasts a beautiful office on Oak Lawn just south of Highland Park that resembles a sleek ad agency more than a real estate office. The firm also added Erin Duvall, Molly Duvall ThomasCallie Brickman and Duke Jimerson III shortly before the holidays. Jimerson is the son of veteran Dallas agent Duke Jimerson at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The Collective has clearly been building a team of millennial dynamo associates with deep family roots in Texas real estate.

The merger with Compass was actually something the duo sought before creating their company.

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“We we went to New York City two years ago and talked them into opening Dallas then, but they just were not ready,” says Christy. “The Compass philosophy is much the same as our’s, very agent-centric, but they have this huge, impressive tech component that we could never compete with.”

Nor, says Christy, will others. In the New York City office, Compass has a full time tech department of about 80 engineers sitting in one room consistently working on the company’s intuitively designed software for agents to advance and improve, she says.

“They hire from Pixar, Apple, Google,” says Jonathan. “The mantra is to have full time tech people in every Compass office.” (more…)

Luxury WarehouseTurning commercial warehouses into luxury residential living spaces has been happening in New York and Miami for years. Although Dallas has trailed behind in the luxury warehouse department, it’s finally arrived. Now some of the most incredible homes you could ever imagine are renovated warehouses in the Design District.

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Our Inwood House of the week is a sophisticated farmhouse that would have Joanna Gaines turning green with envy. A few years ago, Kim McAuliffe-Price of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s sold a charming cottage to her daughter’s friend. “I redo houses a lot, and I have a vision,” McAuliffe said. “But, I did not see this coming.”

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White Rock Lake Heritage Estate

We’ve seen a lot of iconic properties listed for sale in 2017. Hang onto your Stetsons, because we have another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you.

This stately White Rock Lake heritage estate at 4343 Lawther Drive was built in 1940 for Alto B. Cervin, an industrial attorney. It remained in the same family until the present owner purchased the property in 2006. And now it can be yours for only $3.995 million. That’s not much when you consider Mount Vernon, the H.L. Hunt 10-acre estate, was on the market for $19 million not so long ago. (more…)