Dallas real estate agents, take note! Now is your chance to win complimentary airfare and a five-day stay at a luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast. All you have to do is bring the buyer who will appreciate the views from this Chapel Hill listing. It’s a brilliant strategy from seasoned real estate agent Susan Baldwin with Allie Beth Allman.

She is pulling out all the stops to market her gem of a listing at 4636 Chapel Hill.  The six-bedroom, six-full-and-four-half-bathroom custom estate sits on 1.6 acres of prime White Rock Lake frontage with ambiance and views reminiscent of – you guessed it – the Amalfi Coast. According to Baldwin, the stipulation for the giveaway is as follows:

“For the agent who brings the buyer, and closes a successful sale in 2019, airfare and hotel for five days at a luxury hotel. Someplace restful and peaceful, with beautiful views!”

In fact, Baldwin is hosting a rather special Amalfi Coast event at the estate this weekend, exclusively for friends, family and people who are interested, particularly agents. Want to get in on the action and take a page from Baldwin’s book? Read on for all the juicy details in our exclusive interview on how this fantastic marketing idea came about, plus details on how to snag an invite to her fabulous event.

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Kyle Rovinsky with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has listed 11322 E. Ricks Circle for $4,567,890 – soon to be $3,750,000.

Looking for a contemporary estate in Preston Hollow? This one’s pretty, and it’s about to get even more attractive. There’s a price drop in the air, and listing agent Kyle Rovinsky is dangling it like a carrot. The Coldwell Banker agent originally listed Dallas Council Member Lee Kleinman’s home for $4,567,890 but just alerted us to a price reduction worth over $800,000 for the two-acre creek-side perch on coveted Ricks Circle in Preston Hollow.

“One-acre properties in the area are currently trading for around $1.5 million. This home affords a prime two-acre lot,” Rovinsky said. “So you are paying $3 million for the dirt and $750,000 for the commercial construction,” he explains.

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Our Splurge: 5320 Emerson Avenue, Dallas, Texas, is listed by Jamie Kohlmann of Dave Perry-Miller Preston Center for $1,299,000.

We found two incredible Greenway Parks family homes that were made for Thanksgiving! With light and airy floor plans, gourmet kitchens, and dining rooms to make momma proud, it’ll be hard to choose between this week’s Splurge vs. Steal. Which Greenway Parks home is more you, the Farmhouse Splurge or the Contemporary Steal?

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Find Frisco Starwood Perfection with Sweet Outdoor Living, Over 8,000 Square Feet | CandysDirt.comStarwood is a premier master-planned community in southwest Frisco with over 500 acres of wooded creeks, stately oak trees, and pretty hilltop views. Many of DFW’s finest luxury builders have created residential masterpieces here, and this is definitely a coveted neighborhood. 

One of the grand houses of Starwood just hit the market, 6315 Chamberlyne Dr. It sits on a heavily treed 0.85-acre creek lot with 8,333 square feet on two stories and a 20-plus-person party deck overlooking the creek. This is a home for a discerning buyer, with six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, four half baths, four living areas, and two dining areas, built in 2001. I’d love to give you a tour.

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Timeless Tudor on Beverly Drive - 4416 Beverly

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a timeless Tudor on Beverly Drive that has been completely updated by one of our CandysDirt.com Hot Builders, Tatum Brown Custom Homes, and is right up there on our top 10 wish list of places we’d like to live. There are dozens of reasons we’d love to live here, but we’ll give you four of them.

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Who cares about Beverly Hills, 90210? What buyers really want is Highland Park, 75205. Cathy Witte, with Allie Beth Allman & Associates, has just listed the most extraordinary home, at 3509 Gillon Avenue for $5.475 million. It has the exceptional, understated elegance you expect from America’s best zip code. (more…)

Durham Builders

These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.
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DFW open houses

The Jacobean Tudor at 6243 La Vista Dr. in East Dallas is a rare find, and one of five DFW open houses we’re featuring this week.

Open houses are a weekend tradition, and with a glorious weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday (highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid-50s!), it’s a stellar opportunity to get out and about.

By our count, there are around 50 listed open houses on realtor.com just in Dallas and nearby suburbs. We’ve picked five to feature here, based on their size, location, amenities, and unusual factors (the one pictured above is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places).

The prices range from the $375K to $1.469 million, and we’ve got houses all over Dallas and University Park. Let us know what you think!

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