From Staff Reports

Nearly eight years to the day that Candy Evans began CandysDirt.com, the online real estate publication that became the flagship news provider of the Candy’s Media brand, the organization announced promotions of two staff members.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the promotions of two hard-working journalists in our organization: Bethany Erickson and Shelby Skrhak,” said Executive Editor Joanna England. “While we have grown so much over the past few years, we’re confident that these staffing changes hasten us toward our goal of becoming the primary source of real estate news for the region.”

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The Metro North division of the Dallas Builders Association is hosting our dear publisher, Candy Evans, for a luncheon today followed by an interesting and fun talk on real estate blogging. If you’ve never seen Candy in person, today’s your chance to hear all of the great dirt on Dallas real estate!

We at CandysDirt.com are asked quite frequently about how real estate professionals should go about blogging on their own website. Here’s a chance to hear how to make blogging work for your real estate brand and more! Online registrations for today’s luncheon have closed, but you can still attend the 11:30 a.m. event at the Hilton Garden Inn (1001 West President George Bush Turnpike, Richardson, 75080).

Tickets at the door are $15 for Dallas Builders Association builders and $22 for associates and non-members. The program starts promptly at noon, so don’t miss out!

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I can see jealousy at the Crescent Court

The most pleasantly surprising moments at last evening’s event at The Jordan apartments were not when the the wine flowed out of bottles named “Jordan,” or when we oohed and ahhed over the cove-lit ceilings in the penthouse units. No, it was when we spied residents using the outdoor barbecues.  I’ve lived in many an apartment with communal barbecues where you could get grill marks on your steak without even firing it up … just laying it on the rusty unused grates gave you all the “sear” marks you’d want.

But last night, between tours of The Jordan’s luscious units, I saw a steady stream of residents making their way to the communal barbecues to fix dinner. A little skewered shrimp here, a little salmon there, a big ‘ol steak. It sounds like a small thing, but it hints at a community that feels at home.

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Columnist Jon Anderson, contributor Valerie Jarvie, Publisher Candy Evans, and Executive Editor Joanna England converged on Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in New Orleans for the National Association of Real Estate Editors 50th Annual Convention last week.

As executive editor of the CandysMedia family of websites — CandysDirt.com, SecondShelters.com, and MidlandDirt.com — I could not be more proud to announce that our team earned three distinctions at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards in New Orleans last Friday. This year’s convention, the organization’s 50th, had the highest attendance over years past. Hosted at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, the only real gambling we did was on who would bring home awards. Hopefully, you were betting on us!

Not only did CandysDirt.com take home the silver award for “Best Blog” — a category we’ve earned twice before in both gold and silver — but our columnist Jon Anderson won a silver in the “Best International Real Estate Story” category and a bronze in the “Best Column” category. This marks five national awards for a five year old real estate weblog!  

The National Association of Real Estate Editors is an independent organization, founded in 1929, for members of the active media who cover residential and commercial real estate, luxury and green building, mortgage, financing and investment, and home and design for the general public and trade press. Members are reporters, writers, columnists, bloggers, editors and producers for major digital, print and broadcast news outlets. A panel of expert judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected all award winners. Professor Emeritus Patrick S. Washburn, a former news reporter and editor, chaired the panel. There were hundreds of entries.

All of the winners at the 66th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Awards reception!

All of the winners at the 66th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Awards reception.

We were in good company, with journalists from the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and even Dallas real estate journalists Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News and Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal. (Candace won a gold for her report on the Haggard Farm.) Real estate journalism powerhouse Josh Salman took the Platinum Award thanks to his superior collection of ground-breaking stories covering Florida real estate and government corruption.

This is the first year that the CandysDirt.com team has taken home multiple awards, but it certainly won’t be the last. We are proud of our team and can’t wait to see what we do next year! Jump to read what the judges had to say about our entries!

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5350 Falls Road Front

Patricia Stampley will hold open the six-bedroom estate home at 5830 Falls Road from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 24. This exceptional new-construction residence in Old Preston Hollow is offered for $5.25 million.

It seemed as if, during the turn of the 21st Century, every builder under the sun wanted to try their hand at designing a Mediterranean. What we ended up with was a bunch of half-done, mish-mash homes that all sort of look the same. It gave the style a bad name, that’s for sure.

But this Mediterranean is helping win people back to the style, with its unique facade and fabulous interiors. Perfect for today’s luxury homebuyers, this stunning example of Mediterranean done right at 5350 Falls Road in Old Preston Hollow is listed with Patricia Stampley of Ebby Halliday Realtors for $5.25 million. You can see all of the details that make this home the perfect warm embrace to the end of your day at her open house on Sunday, April 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Of course, I got an advance tour with Patricia herself!

Luxe Tour | April 2016 from Ebby Halliday, Realtors on Vimeo.

Find out more about the perfect details on this magnificent Mediterranean after the jump.

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Mondara

The Mondara, a vision from Robert Elliott Custom Homes and Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects is coming to life on Abbott Ave. in Highland Park.

Just off the Katy Trail and inside Highland Park — perhaps the sweetest location there is — is where Robert Elliott Custom Homes is building The Mondara. The condo development, which includes 39 expertly laid out units over three stories and two phases is more than half-way sold, with 22 of the units under contract.

The two buildings, which surround a courtyard and are set back from the curb by a semi-circular driveway, continue the trend we’re seeing with the Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ most recent builds — a bright white facade punctuated by large, dark-paned windows and sharply pitched rooflines. It looks like something you’d spot in Alys Beach, all white and gleaming with the kind of presence that causes envy among competitors.

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It’s the epitome of what architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro calls “transitional” style.

“It is a youthful but restrained style of architecture. It respects the past but also says things can be different,” Stocker said. “We use traditional plaster, traditional slate, and traditional classical details around doorways, but use modern whites, simple modern forms, and the modern feel of steel windows and doors.”

It’s a style we’ve seen a lot of lately, and considering how quickly Robert Elliott Custom Homesnew build on Beverly sold, it’s a style buyers can’t get enough of, either.

“We don’t see that there has to be a hard line that separates traditional and modern architecture,” Stocker added. “Both have wonderful traits and we meld them together.”

And inside, the details continue to amaze. CandysDirt.com got an exclusive advance tour of the property while craftsmen were still fitting the space with Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ signature features. Jump to see more!

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Thanks to her wicked sense of humor, Candy always has the absolute best presentations. If you’ve always wanted to learn about how to build your business with the power of personal branding and blogging, come out to the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon tomorrow. She’ll talk about how she founded the most talked-about real estate blog in the state and how the Internet influences the real estate business.

Be prepared to meet some fabulous people and have your funny bone tickled. The event starts at 10 a.m. with registration, with Candy’s chat starting at noon. Jump for more information!

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