From Preston Hollow to Highland Park, Uptown to Lakewood, Kessler Park stretching all the way to Lake Highlands and North Dallas south of LBJ: there is a Dave Perry-Miller home in your future this weekend. Maybe even by Easter!

If you’ve been thinking about moving, or even if you just like to get inspiration from looking, there’s no better time to see what’s out there than at the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Spring Home Tour this Sunday, April 7 from 12 to 5 p.m. Visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com for a complete list of homes available to tour.

In case you haven’t heard, the Dallas real estate market is back, blooming as big as our azaleas and gardenias. And with more inventory, there is so much to choose from. In fact, there may not have been a more perfect time to buy and sell a home than right now. And this weekend’s selections are loaded with exactly what buyers want: clean, contemporary lines, generous use of fine and rare woods and stone, kitchens that are more than functional, sweeping open floor plans, and master bath retreats that you will never want to leave… check out the oversized showers, the vessel tubs.

Whether you want a gardener’s dream green back-yard, an acre plus, a zero lot line, sparkling pool, flickering fireplace, even craggy hills, the Dave Perry-Miller Spring Home Tour has a home for you.

My favorite: the indoor/outdoor family room with sweeping, folding glass doors. Here they are: (more…)

Not that many years ago, stone mosaic tile was out of reach for all but the most hefty-budgeted of renovations.  I remember seeking a few small scraps of flair for shampoo niches only to be easily contemplating over $100 per square foot. My, how things have changed.  I think the proliferation of the water laser for cutting large quantities of stone has really helped bring a new price point to mosaics, particularly stone. Two Dallas showrooms worth a look that sell direct to consumers are Floor and Décor and The Tile Shop – and we’re going to do just that.

I’m going to get into trouble almost immediately and make a broad statement. While both offer a very large selection of patterns to choose from, I’d say The Tile Store has more swirly, girly, deco-type options. Floor and Décor has more geometric designs that appeal to my boyishness. As I said, very broad statements that alert you to my bias towards boxy, straight lines being more masculine and circular lines with softer-colored materials being more feminine. Barf on me all you like in the comments. Bucking my own buckets, I personally like stronger lines but softer colors – go figure.

If you’re visiting their showrooms southwest of LBJ and I-35E, you can hit both as they’re within blocks.

(more…)

Mansion ParkTwo blocks from Turtle Creek, Katy Trail, and the Uptown shopping and dining, when we saw that this sleek, sexy, and elegant Mansion Park townhome in our Instagram feed this week, we knew we had to share.

And lo and behold, we’ve shared before. Last year, Candy fell hard for this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, three-story home, with good reason. Secluded behind a treeline, wall, and a gate, 3625 Brown Street is both private and right in the middle of everything.

(more…)

Dean Anderson with Delta Realty Inc. has listed 776 Eldorado Avenue, Clearwater, Florida for $3,690,000.

This stateside beach just beat out Hawaii as the best beach in the USA and it’s probably in the last place you would expect. Clearwater Beach is a known tourist spot and most recently ranks highest among TripAdvisor travelers in both quantity and quality of reviews over a 12-month period.

(more…)

sub-zero

CandysDirt.com and Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove will host a panel discussion on innovation and disruption in the home building industry on March 26.

We talk a lot about disruption and innovation here at CandysDirt.com, largely in the realm of the real estate business. But we also know that the same dynamic takes place in the building and design world as well. Who are the disruptors and innovators in the building world? How do you build change into your business plan? What has changed in the past five years when it comes to energy efficiency and even what customers desire?

We’ll delve into all that and more in a forward-looking panel with some phenomenal builder experts on March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The folks at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove partnered with CandysDirt to talk about innovation, as well as how their showroom can be an asset for builders, realtors, and designers who want to train staff about the latest appliances, or help clients visualize what their dream kitchen looks like.

(more…)

I don’t know why, but these pea-green bathrooms straight from the 1950’s fascinate me. Our very first home in Dallas (on Ainsworth, northwest Dallas) has this same green tile mudded in. I love that the owners of this house took that green to the max, painting the cabinets an even darker shade of green with the closet door to match. Oh yes, the walls: green too!

So here you have it, a St. Paddy’s Day green loo, all for you!

This home is somewhat of a deal, too, especially if you love Midcentury Modern…

Wait, no that is not the home. But that is what it COULD be with a little effort. (more…)

Britannia GroupWhen two Brits get together — each with impressive track records in the real estate market — you can rest assured that their combined market knowledge is a powerful force.

That is very much the case now that Mark Godson and Catherine Thorpe-Lambert have joined forces with Compass Real Estate to form The Britannia Group, combining their decades of experience with what they felt was Compass’ unparalleled Realtor support system.

“We each bring different things, different strengths, and together we are an encyclopedia of knowledge,” Godson said. “I know Dallas and I know the Park Cities  customers like the palm of my hand.”

“I’m up in Argyle, which is semi-rural, and I think people tend to move out here for a little bit more land, a little bit more space, and obviously it’s completely different from the high rises and the close quarters in Highland Park,” said Thorpe-Lambert. “But it’s a really exciting time in Argyle because, in addition to our famous estate and horse properties, we now do have several new subdivisions being developed.”

Together, The Britannia Group is focusing attention on what they call the “Town and Country” properties — properties in uptown, downtown, Turtle Creek and Park Cities, but also those estates and horse properties in Argyle and semi-rural Denton County.

In addition to a network that stretches from the U.K. to Palm Springs, the two agents cumulatively have years of design and remodeling experience as well, which means they can help sellers with every aspect of selling a home, including staging and marketing.

Originally from London, Godson is licensed in both California and in Dallas, where he’s had seven years and 26 years of experience, respectively. He’s worked with some of the top brokerage firms in Dallas, and has sold some of the best, and priciest,  dirt in the Park Cities: two mansions on Rheims Place, including the Worthington Estate, and one on University Boulevard he sold to a prominent Dallas family the first day he listed it. He has sold several homes in Greenway Parks, Uptown, Preston Hollow and even downtown Dallas.

He’s lived in the U.S. for almost 30 years, primarily in Palm Springs and Newport Beach, California, and in Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Chelsea School of Art, is a Grade II UK-approved remodeler in England, and the recipient of several awards, including a Restoration Award.

“My background is in interior design and restoration and that’s what got me to the U.S. many, many years ago,” Godson said. “I was brought in to consult on an estate in Highland Park.”

“I’ve done some amazing houses in the Park Cities — taken older homes and painstakingly and lovingly restored them. A lot of them are still standing, which is kind of cool that what we did probably kept them from being bulldozed down. Homes are the historical footprints of a society.”

Godson said that the duo’s background in restoration has been most attractive to sellers, too.

“I think also my knowledge of restoration and reviving older homes makes me a more in-demand agent. We’ve got a fantastic 1930s Spanish house coming up sometime this year which is incredible, by the way — that’s been restored to the max,” he says. ”I think that’s why owners choose to use us, because they know that we understand restoration. I think that gives them a better feel, our knowing what goes into restoring a home both from a pricing perspective as well as purchase. Because in England we don’t tear down houses, we restore them.”

That mutual love of restoration and real estate actually brought the two agents together in the first place.

“So my background is in restoration, and I used to buy a house, redo it, and then sell it. And that’s how we met — I built a house, and Catherine bought it,” he added.

Thorpe-Lambert has three decades of experience buying, selling, and renovating homes in Park Cities, Lakewood, Argyle, Bartonville, and even along the coast of Maine.  She decided to become a Realtor, and then partner with Godson.

Born in England, she was trained as a podiatrist, graduating from the University of Huddersfield, School of Podiatry. The U.S. has been home for almost 30 years now, and Thorpe-Lambert currently lives in Argyle with her family.

A lifetime equestrian who rides through Grand Prix Dressage, she is also well versed in what horse owners (or potential horse owners) are looking for when they desire equestrian-friendly properties.

“Well that’s primarily why I moved out there, because I’ve been around horses my entire life, and have ridden for years and years,” Thorpe-Lambert told us. “For a while, I owned my own boarding, training, and dressage facility.  And I did training as well. And with its sandy loam soil, Argyle was the perfect place to call home for my family and my horses.”

Sandy loam soil? Godson and Thorpe-Lambert know their inventory from the dirt up, quite literally. Both believe potential clients will see the combined British force as an asset when it comes to buying and selling homes.

“We have a great history together, we work well together, we bring a lot of knowledge to the table,” Godson said. “That’s why we’re the Britannia Group.”

Each partner has worked with numerous brokerages over the years, so why choose Compass for their new partnership? (more…)

wolf creekNeighbors call Wolf Creek “peaceful,” “dog-friendly,” “family-friendly,” and “clean.” And you probably haven’t heard much about it — yet.

There is apparently something percolating over in Wolf Creek, because the Midcentury Cottage that Realtor Nyalls Carlton with eXp Realty showed us is the second home we’ve come across in the past month or so that just immediately grabbed our attention.

Not only is it a bright, light, modern home perfect for a family, but it’s also priced at a new buyer-friendly price that’s far below the Dallas median home sales price of $280,000 in October.

And you can tell this home is special from the moment you drive up to the curb — just look at that adorable turquoise door, and the covered porch that’s just begging for a few hanging flower baskets and a couple of cute chairs. (more…)