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In an area known for trying to impress with excess, it’s nice to see a property that’s comfortably glamorous.  Sure, when you drive by 6607 Desco Drive you wonder. Area homes are a mix of 1950s ranches and cliché McMansions. Like much of Preston Hollow, land values have tripled in the past 15 years as the neighborhood retreats upmarket with tear downs.

This home is “new” but no stereotype.

Between bold architectural shapes and a lack of roses and wisteria, you rubberneck as you slowly drive by (gone unfortunately are the prior owner’s neon bicycles).  With plenty of lawn, it’s not completely xeriscape, but it makes use of a lot of drought-resistant plants. For me the place has a bit of a Mexico City vibe.  When I got home and poked around, I found the original ranch home was gutted, added to, renovated, and most importantly owned by interior designer Ana Seyffert.  Buying a designer’s home lets you live in their world without the vacillations of a client to dilute the vision.  The work, begun in 2008, took two years and swept away the 1950s and brought this tropically urban home.

A home like this screams for press coverage.  When Seyffert first sold the home in 2014 to the current owner, Candy was there.

The home is listed with Erin Mathews of Allie Beth Allman for $2.599 million.  It has 5,589 square feet on a pinch over half an acre with four bedrooms and five full bathrooms.

The inside is cool, but let’s stay outside for a bit …

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Judy Pittman Flanked by Candysdirt.com Staff who stayed a pinch past sunset!

Judy Pittman surrounded by CandysDirt.com staff who stayed a pinch past sunset! (Photos: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Tuesday night, 64 of our closest CandysDirt.com friends spent the evening exploring the Claridge and celebrating the first anniversary of the Staff Meeting events.

As you recall, this was a humdinger event with four simultaneous open houses in the beautiful Claridge on Turtle Creek and Lemmon Avenue (my “Four R” homes).  We all ended up in the wrap-around penthouse for a stunning sunset champagne toast (or two … with a little chocolate, natch!).  For those who may have missed an “R” or two:  REHAB, REMODEL, REFRESH and REJOICE.

Before we see more party pics, I must praise the Claridge staff who valeted all those cars and long-time manager Shirley Black for being so very gracious to our event and guests.

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Cliff Kessler is a Realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. and owner of Cowboy Surf Estates. Photo: Ana Bellington

Cliff Kessler is a Dallas transplant by way of Los Angeles, and the luxury real estate agent is making a name for himself as the owner of Cowboy Surf Estates.

Perhaps this is because has picked up on something essential about working real estate in Dallas: It’s all about relationships.

“It’s about the name, and I feel like the first thing people ask is, ‘Who is your family? Who’s your dad?’ I’ve made so many connections over a game of golf here, or taking someone to lunch,” he said. “Whereas in L.A., it’s all about marketing, websites, someone doing a blog.”

Kessler closed $3 million last year in his inaugural year in Dallas in 2015, and is looking at $22 million in pending real estate in 2016.

“This is a fantastic market, and I’m seeing a lot of sales through pocket listings, like in Lakewood, the M Streets, and parts of Highland Park,” he said. “Things are so hot here, you’re getting eight offers on a pocket if it’s priced right.”

 

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There is something about the location of 11259 Leachman Circle that takes the temperature down a notch or two. The home is located on a leafy cul-de-sac off Northaven Road (near Inwood, need I say more?) that is so peaceful you can hear the crickets tapping their legs. And the home is CANOPIED by lush trees, soaring oaks. It’s a transitional ranch circa 1974 to which the whole world has been added. There is a glorious main kitchen, a catering kitchen, two master suites, storage galore, high ceilings, light, and one of the most beautiful bedrooms I have seen in eons.

In fact, I’m so excited I have to show you this room up front. See those panels? All storage!

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When we first heard of Yurz, it definitely piqued some interest. Sure, some Realtors definitely need help with branding and photography. We’ve seen some awful websites out there, with some listing shots sporting horrible glare off of mirrors and windows and a flash that drowns out any details that buyers wouldn’t want to miss.

Of course, the logical side of me says that these agents should either take a photography course at a community college or perhaps do one better and hire a professional to take great snaps and build their website.

But Yurz’s “Instagram for real estate” app claims to “deliver top quality, custom web design, strategic search engine placement, Facebook management, reputation support, and more, all under $200 per month.” It could be a great way to help brand an agent, sure, but promote listings?

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Dave Perry-Miller and Ebby CFO Ron Burgert (Photo: Aggie Brooks)

Dave Perry-Miller and Ebby CFO Ron Burgert (Photo: Aggie Brooks)

Congratulations to the hardworking team at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as the luxury boutique brokerage has passed the $1 billion in sales mark just halfway into 2015.

“I’m so proud of the work our agents have done on behalf of our clients this year,” said Dave Perry-Miller, the firm’s founder and director of its Luxury Properties Division, in a press release. “The exceptional level of service our agents provide is the main reason we remain the leading brand for marketing homes in Dallas’ most established neighborhoods.”

But don’t expect the firm to sit on its laurels at just $1 billion. Maybe this is the year they run roughshod over $2 billion in sales:

This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm’s sales have surpassed the $1 billion milestone, and its agents show no signs of slowing down. As of noon today, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were marketing 136 properties listed for at least $1 million, including 13 homes priced at more than $5 million.

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And our bud Steve Brown says they are selling like “haute-cakes”, ha ha ha, but in reality the $3 to $4 million plus market is probably the slowest market segment in Dallas, unless you are talking tear downs.

And when it comes to $20 million plus, I mean, how many buyers are out there? Most people would prefer a nice $2 million home and a vacation home.

Five Dallas-area homes are now listed for sale at $20 million or more – the largest number of such elite properties to hit the market.

“You don’t see this many at once, and all of these houses are incredible,” said Dallas property agent Lisa Besserer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Besserer is marketing a $20 million house on Strait Lane in North Dallas.

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4326 Lorraine

Caroline Summers, the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent who sold 4326 Lorraine, says that well-designed luxury homes in high-profile areas are seeing heightened demand.

Luxury home sales with prices of $1 million and up posted huge growth in 2014 according to the latest Texas Luxury Home Sales Report from the Texas Association of Realtors. In Dallas-Fort Worth, the sales volume of luxury homes was second highest in the state and grew 15 percent year-over-year. Dallas was a runner up to Houston, which had the highest volume of luxury home sales as well as the highest luxury home price growth.

The overall inventory of luxury homes in Dallas-Fort Worth shrank by 1.2 months in 2014, a trend that was seen across the market in North Texas, and luxury home sales represented only 1.2 percent of the market. Compare that to Houston, in which luxury home sales represented 2 percent of the market and were up 13 percent year-over-year.

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