Sam and Laura Beth Anderson aren’t just one of five homeowners in the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour in Waxahachie. They’re also historic renovation pros and preservation junkies who saved their home from becoming toothpicks and restored it to its original splendor.

Though the circa 1920 Bungalow has lived many lives in nearly a century, its most recent life was housing the offices of St. Joseph Catholic Church. But after the parish built a new sanctuary and no longer needed the house, church leaders just wanted it out of the way.

“They gave us the house in exchange for moving it off of their property,” Laura Beth said. “There was a vacant lot on the street behind the church where an old Victorian home had burned. We were able to purchase that lot [at 610 Kaufman Street] and move the house there.”

History Repeats Itself

The roles that Laura Beth and Sam play in the restoration processes are embedded in each one’s DNA. While Laura Beth is the creative half of the team, Sam is the analytical number cruncher.

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In the ongoing transformation that is Lowest Greenville’s residential Renaissance, there are lots of builders out there trying to leave a mark on the East Dallas area. However, not everyone is as careful when it comes to construction and value. Thankfully, we know that Jim Womble at Savannah Custom Builders is there to make sure that his homes meet the highest standards, whether single-family or multi-family construction. With 11 years in the business, he’s an established brand with a fantastic reputation with his clients.

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Womble and his company, Savannah Custom Builders, in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Womble as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Savannah Custom Builders, keep reading!

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Nancy Highers has done it again! The Highers Group Realty agent just listed another Lake Highlands home and it’s a beauty. The 1960s ranch shines with a whole new look. This includes a bright white exterior, wood accents, and inviting curb appeal surrounded by mature trees. But what’s inside has us excited.

Elegant Upgrades Galore

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Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like firing up the grill and splashing around in the pool! So this week, we are putting the spotlight on three Dallas Open Houses, each with luxurious interiors and backyards that are perfect for summer entertaining.

Park Lane Perfection

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Historic Apartment Building
832 Blaylock Drive
Circa 1917

Lake Cliff may have the most colorful history of any neighborhood in Oak Cliff. It was once part of the original township of Oak Cliff that Dallas annexed in 1901, and it has been the gateway to Oak Cliff since the 19th century.

Named after the small freshwater lake created by the exclusive Llewellyn Country Club in 1890, Lake Cliff was part of businessman T.L. Marsalis’ vision to transform Old Oak Cliff into the most affluent suburb of Dallas. In 1889, he built his private grand mansion at Colorado Boulevard and Marsalis Avenue, and a string of affluent buyers began building the following year.

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dellsWhen this 1946 Minimal Traditional in the Dells District hit our desks Monday, we knew we had to share it before it disappeared.

After all, the Dells is one of the hidden gems of an increasingly gentrifying Oak Cliff, with hills and long, winding streets, and even a creek running through it, the neighborhood is a little slice of green, dotted with adorable cottages and homes that have been well-maintained and often still in possession of their post-war sensibilities, yet updated for the needs of 2019.

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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Lots of folks are dying to buy or sell a home. They may be eager, desperate, impatient, or anxious. However, they’re not literally dying.

Except when they are.

Yes, it has happened that a buyer or seller dies while they have a property under contract. They could die the day after the contract is signed or as they are walking into the title company on closing day. Both of those scenarios have occurred in offices where I’ve worked and it’s awful for everyone.

But what happens to the deal?

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candidates

Whether it’s city or school board candidates, politics play a big part in the health of Dallas — and therefore the health of the real estate market.

After the May 4 election, there were six races (five city and one Dallas ISD school board race) where none of the candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, kicking off an extended election season that will culminate with a runoff election on June 8.

One such race was in District 14 race, where David Blewett blew past incumbent Philip Kingston in early voting and ended up with 47.63 percent of the vote to Kingston’s 40.38 percent by the end of the night.

We solicited questions from readers and voters to craft a comprehensive questionnaire for each individual race. Both Kingston and Blewett have answered our questionnaire, and some of their responses follow. Their full responses are at the end of this story. (more…)