In this week’s Agent Migration column, we catch up with a former Virginia Cook agent from Fort Worth and meet a California newcomer. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Stephanie Quevedo Happy to be at Christie’s Ulterre

Stephanie Quevedo is settling in with the Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, & Associates (GWW) team at Christie’s Ulterre.  She started at the end of May after previously being affiliated with Virginia Cook Realtors.  While her former employer’s closing was a shock, she feels it may ultimately turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Hamptons-style

If you long for the laid-back luxury look of East Coast summer homes, you will love our Monday Morning Millionaire today. D Magazine named this Hamptons-style mansion as one of  “The Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas” two years ago. Guess what? It’s even more beautiful now.

It’s not surprising this Hamptons-style mansion at 4337 Westway Avenue in Highland Park is a crowd favorite. When builder Jennifer Duncan and architect Lloyd Lumpkins team up on a house, you’ll get perfection every time. Have you noticed there are not a lot of female builders out there? I can’t figure it out, because they build impressive homes like this Hamptons-style mansion, and they hire great architects to make their dreams come true.
Hamptons-style

Duncan generally builds a home, lives in it for a while, then sells it. She’s essentially building each home for herself. If you are a regular reader of CandysDirt.com, you will know one of our mantras is if you buy a house a builder lives in, you’ll never have a worry.

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Jenn Riley Rice is joining the Heather Guild Group at Compass Real Estate. 

According to Rice, the technology offered by Compass should streamline her job and allow her to spend more time with her clients.  She also already knew several members of the Heather Guild Group team and was really inspired by their dedication to both their clients and the East Dallas community.

“These women are actively involved in their neighborhood schools and community, as am I, so it feels like a perfect fit,” she said. “I can see and appreciate how supportive they are of one another, which can be a rare thing to observe.”

Rice is a lifelong Texan who moved to North Texas when she was 11. She’s spent the past two decades in East Dallas, which is also where she has the majority (though certainly not all) of her business.

“What I love most about East Dallas is all of the interesting people that create our tight-knit community,” she said.

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Team JenniSto members Miranda Ashley, Jenni Stolarski, and Emily Ruth Cannon

After a decade with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Jenni Stolarski has joined Compass real estate.

“It was a hard decision because we had been at Briggs Freeman a long time and had gotten used to the support that we had,” she said. “On the other hand, when the technology and the marketing services and support staff that were offered to us were laid out in full, it was pretty clear what decision was going to be best for our clients.”

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classic French chateau

Photos courtesy of Full Package Media

Blame the French. They set a precedent for what we expect when we hear the word “chateau.” It’s a word that conjures up not just a majestic image, but also a luxurious lifestyle. This classic French chateau offers all that and more!

The superior quality initially caught my eye. It was built by Calais Custom Homes, a company that is well known for building luxury estates. But what stopped me in my tracks was the interior design of 10706 Bridge Hollow Court. You don’t expect to see a classic French chateau with bold color and edgy modern accents. Thank Ashley Astleford of Astleford Interiors for that.

classic French chateau

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Santa Barbara Estate

“A courtyard, to me, is the best thing in life,” architect David Stocker said. “It’s an intimate space. It’s not quite inside the house, but it’s part of the house.” The culture of the courtyard is what inspired Stocker to design this luxurious Santa Barbara estate in Preston Hollow for Jane and Mike Nicolais.

Courtyards have been around since dwellings began. They are found in every corner of the world, and there’s a reason for their popularity. They provide the things we want most: security, privacy, light, air, and tranquility.

“A big house can be thought of as a village with connecting pieces,” Stocker, principal of SHM Architects, said.

This Santa Barbara estate, at 9946 Rockbrook Drive, is 7,722 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two powder baths. It’s easy to see the analogy. Award-winning builders Manning, Snelling & Mcllyar worked with Stocker to bring this village to life in 2001 when Stocker was at Turner, Boaz and Stocker.
Santa Barbara Estate

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We see a lot of homes here at CandysDirt.com — in fact, I sometimes think we have seen every home in North Texas and then some!

We love historic homes especially, too, but we are prissy about wanting everything brand spanking new inside. And to be honest, the two do not often mix. We see these gorgeous relics — Tudors, Colonials, Prairie-style — and then we get all excited, walk in, and the innards are just not up to the innards of a brand-new build.

But then I saw 6629 Gaston.

At first, I thought this was a new home. But no, no, no — the home was built in 1929. In 2008, the owners embarked on one of those “take it to the studs” type remodels, completely changing the interiors, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, expanding a bit, and bringing in crucial updates. Additional improvements were made in 2018, including a restored slate roof. But every charming, aesthetic and architectural element worth saving from the original home was saved and cherished. So the home has wonderful formals, as homes back then did, but also a modern, open floor plan (great for entertaining) in the more casual living areas. And yes, original glass doorknobs… (more…)

Bluffview soft contemporary

When you can score an award-winning home, constructed by one of the best builders in Texas, move fast. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a gorgeous Bluffview soft contemporary that was built by Phillip-Jennings. It’s also Phillip Fristoe’s (the Phillip in Phillip-Jennings) home.

Remember how often I tell you that homes owned by a builder, architect, or designer are deal sealers?
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