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From staff reports

If your Pinterest board is mansion after mansion, but your bank account is slightly less accommodating to your champagne wishes and caviar dreams, the idea of buying a more luxurious property in DFW might make you a touch incredulous.

But, according to a recent GoBankingRates survey of 48 U.S. cities, if you don’t mind the ‘burbs, you can totally find the Lone Star largesse you’re looking for when it comes to square footage.

No, seriously.

A July study by the company looked at the 200 largest U.S. cities and then, using a definition of homes between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet to determine what a mansion is, researchers multiplied median list price per square foot, and estimated about how much a 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, and 8,000 square foot abode would set you back in the pocketbook.

So where can you live in North Texas and score a big ol’ house for less than $1 million? GoBankingRate found three cities. We’ve linked to a representative listing for each price point (when we could find one), just to further illustrate. (more…)

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” once said the GOAT himself, Frank Lloyd Wright – and this Midcentury Modern gem in Las Colinas does just that. It was designed by renowned Dallas architect David George, a devoted student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and in our opinion, a visionary who quite literally took those words to heart. The result is a nature-forward treasure, quietly perched on a heavily treed lot at 113 E. Northgate Drive. And with a price tag under $585,000, it’s a rarity that is sure to go quick. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

A Breathtaking First Impression

 

First, we are struck by the mature lot and timeless appeal of the brick-clad exterior. The walk-up is unreal! Here, canopies of mature trees unfurl with majestic poise, as if to say “welcome home.”  Step through the front door and you’ll soon discover there is not a single room in the house that doesn’t embrace the peaceful yet unbounded natural beauty of the estate.

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It’s Realtor Safety month, so tell me if this story sounds somewhat familiar. An agent is hosting an open house and is pretty much by themselves save for a few people coming in and out, maybe one or two at a time. However, one attendee seems to move slowly through the home, almost as if they are waiting for others to leave. The agent begins to feel uncomfortable with the situation.

That’s about how things were unfolding when a Tinley Park, Illinois, real estate agent came across Stanley Keller, 50, an ex-con. Keller was the only visitor at the agent’s open house, according to the National Association of Realtors.

[Keller] asked to see the upstairs bedrooms, the basement, and garage, according to a police report. The agent told police that during the home tour, she felt her body begin to vibrate, and her speech started to slur. When she turned around, Keller had his arm extended toward her with the stun gun in his hand, she said.

Unfortunately, attacks like this one aren’t new territory for real estate agents or even clients for that matter. According to the recent 2019 Realtor Safety Report from NAR, 33 percent of Realtors experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety. The typical Realtor reported feeling unsafe less than once a year (54 percent) in terms of personal safety, but unsafe in terms of personal information every few months or more often (61 percent).

In 2006, McKinney real estate agent Sarah Walker was brutally assaulted and murdered in a model home. Walker was alone at the time. In 2017, Crystal McDowell, a Houston-area real estate agent, went missing during Hurricane Harvey. She was alone when her ex-husband allegedly killed her. The list goes on, and in an industry that focuses on service above all else, safety precautions have been slow to establish.

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I’ve never used the same general contractor twice. That says something right there. So every time I do a renovation, I have to start from scratch. The usual reason I don’t repeat contractors comes down to communication. I say things that don’t happen. They do things without asking that aren’t on the blueprints. They ignore installation instructions so an item won’t install properly (so I get the right part and do it myself over the weekend only to be met with wide-eyed stares). They try to install a shower drain a foot off the ground (literally) because they don’t have the right drain – which I source and have FedEx-ed.  They cut an active water line that floods the place and send me a Jimmy John’s sandwich as a “sorry.” And once they just ghosted for a month and I had to sue to recoup my deposit.

Those who read this column know that clarity isn’t typically one of my faults nor is suffering fools.

So given my track record, how do I find a contractor?

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Pogir Pogir with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 5350 S. Dentwood Drive for $3.999 million.

These Preston Hollow prizes do not disappoint! In fact, they all share generous floor plans and designer finishes, but have price points that are miles apart. The best part? Each will be on full display this weekend for your viewing pleasure. Simply tour all three, then tell us which one is your favorite.

Dreamy On Dentwood Drive

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On the outskirts of the State-Thomas neighborhood in Dallas’ Uptown area is Griggs Park — an outstanding urban green space with pretty much the best views of the Dallas skyline from the north. And just north of Griggs Park is the 588 Lofts building. For those who want the Uptown lifestyle but want some distance from the deep bass of the popular entertainment district’s nightlife, you really can’t do much better than this building. 

But not all units at the 588 Lofts building are alike, and not all of them are budget-friendly. Luckily, Dallas City Center Realtor Michael McQuay has a listing that is both move-in ready and affordable. Making it this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week was practically a no-brainer.

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For lovers of natural light, clean lines, urban convenience, and low-maintenance living, this incredible listing from Jarrad Barnes will be exceptionally satisfying.

This Lionel Morrison-designed home perfectly located near the Knox-Henderson area is easily our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“This low-maintenance half-duplex home was designed for the urban dweller with a lock and leave lifestyle,” says Barnes, and agent at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “Sophisticated modern is best used to describe the use of clean lines, glass walls and marble finishes found throughout this property.”

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Be The Difference Foundation founders at the Wheel to Survive fundraising event. The nonprofit that focuses on ovarian cancer is just one North Texas organization accepting donations during the Sept. 19 North Texas Giving Day event.

If there’s one word that can define the North Texas real estate community, it’s “generous.” And when one of this community’s own needs support, you can expect a response that will blow you out of the water.

That’s what Julie Shrell discovered when she founded the Be The Difference Foundation in 2012 with Lynn Lentscher, Jill Bach, and Helen Gardner. Lentscher and Shrell met through the MetroTex Leadership Academy, as Lentscher works in title and Shrell is a lending expert.

“Many of our supporters are our real estate friends,” Shrell said. “We have been the beneficiary of fundraisers by MetroTex Association of Realtors and Dallas Women’s Council of Realtors.  Not only have they participated with funds, but they have helped us with publicity by creating a video for us, helped us spread the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by painting toes teal, and by riding in Wheel to Survive.”

The real estate community has continued to show up, too. The first-ever Runway for Hope benefiting the Be The Difference Foundation is sold out. The Sept. 26 luncheon features fashions from Dallas’ uber-luxe retailers, with all of the models strutting the catwalk being ovarian cancer survivors ranging in age from their mid-20s to their 80s. 

“This disease knows no boundaries,” Shrell added.

However, the North Texas real estate community has few limitations, too.

“As a matter of fact, our photographer at this event is Nancy Holzwarth with Real Estate and Friends Magazine,” Shrell said. “We have been honored by the love of the real estate community!”

And the Be The Difference Foundation is just one nonprofit in North Texas that is near and dear to the hearts of Realtors and worth supporting during tomorrow’s North Texas Giving Day presented by Communities Foundation of Texas.

Ready to get up and give? Click here to contribute to Be The Difference Foundation. Plus, here are a few more nonprofits that are favorites with our readers:

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