707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour is a not-to-be-missed event this year. The tour offers a look inside some incredible midcentury modern and modern homes, including one worth the trip out to Garland to see! (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

There’s a reason why the White Rock Home Tour is one of the most well-attended tours in all of Dallas — the focus on the East Dallas location and showing off the area’s stout inventory of modern properties is a magic formula. There’s no other tour like it, and its success hinges on the well-organized volunteers who make sure that every tour-goer has a great experience. 

We know that we say that we don’t play favorites with home tours, but this is definitely one of our very favorite ones! And this year, well, the Hexter Elementary PTA has outdone itself. Not only do you get an inside peek at some of the coolest houses in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, but you also get a chance to wander through one of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in all of North Texas. Grab your Tom Collins set, because this time capsule in Garland is worth the price of admission. Don’t have tickets yet? You can still purchase tickets to this year’s White Rock Home Tour, slated for April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m., for $15 each. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour.

Or, you could be one of the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway and see these incredible homes FOR FREE! White Rock Home Tour organizers have given us four pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s event, so your chances of winning just got a lot better.

Want to win? Find out how to enter after the jump!

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This came across my desk today from whom, I don’t know. All I know is, it sounds kine of strange. It sounds like Preston Tower, one of two condominium towers in the sizzling hot ‘hood at Northwest Highway and Preston, aka “Behind the Pink Wall”, wants to shift costs away from the HOA and onto the individual condo owners. Why would they be doing this?

Preston Tower has had a number of lawsuits over the past few years, some of which they have lost. Perhaps this is an effort to shift costs and responsibilities back to the individual condo owners, says our Jon Anderson.

But can they do this?

And what does this do to property values? If you were a buyer, would you buy in a building where your HOA had almost zero responsibilities? Let’s talk about this…

 

It’s a busy economic news week, with new and pending home sales reports released, as well as the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation — personal consumption and expenditures. Last week ended on a moderately positive note, but many feel that rate hikes are are coming this year, says our most-trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (aka BobMortgage) the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk.

Should you lock or float? Don’t panic — with more than 20 years helping buyers find the perfect loan for their home purchase, BobMortgage reads the tea leaves of today’s market better than anyone else. For his expert take, watch The Mortgage Report after the jump!

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Blah-blah-bland architecture and luxe prices.

Reasonably-priced new construction is fast becoming one of those stories parents tell wide-eyed offspring about the good old days. We all know that new apartment construction within a reasonable commute to a job center has been almost all-luxury. In fact, since construction restarted post-Recession, RealPage estimates that 75 to 80 percent of all apartment construction has been luxury. Adding to the problem, existing apartment buildings have been snapped up, resuscitated, and flipped to higher-rent brackets.

It’s often simple to blame greedy developers because … well … duh … but that’s as simplistic as it is simple. What isn’t simplistic is the effect this lack of market-rate affordable housing has on home buying.

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This midcentury modern is so fabulous that White Rock Home Tour organizers want you to drive to Garland to see it. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so fabulous that we’re sure that once people get a gander at this stellar midcentury modern and the other five epic tour homes, they’re going to want to score tickets lickety split! And here’s the best news, tickets just went on sale for the April 21-22 home tour!

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Modern Luxury DALLAS Magazine tells me they are gearing up for their annual Real Estate Awards to run in their beautiful April issue. How exciting!

Rather than ask for popularity votes for the “best,” MLD focuses on specific categories of real estate achievement. Let’s face it, every real estate agent I know is the best, to all of us at CandysDirt.com, to everyone at Modern Luxury DALLAS, and especially to their clients. We have talked about having “best campaigns” here at CandysDirt.com, but we always conclude that (a) they are never truly accurate and (b) we celebrate real estate agents every day for their listings, sales, talents, and progress.

While we have a good idea of who, what and where is killing it in real estate in this region, we really want to hear from YOU,  the movers and shakers IN the business. You have until February 1 to give your input.

Please take a moment.  There are only FIVE questions.  You do not have to complete all five, but let us know your thoughts as we help craft Modern Luxury’s Real Estate Awards presented by Yours Truly. Know an agent, broker, or neighborhood that deserves praise? Sing it loud after the jump!

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There are a lot of great condos in the East Lovers Lane area, many of which are within walking distance to the Lovers Lane DART station, making for a quick commute downtown if that’s where you’re headed. However, a lot of these condos are fantastic income-producing properties thanks to their proximity to Southern Methodist University. Buy a condo for your student’s stint at SMU, and thanks to the healthy real estate market, you can either lease it once they graduate or sell for a healthy profit.

This particular building, The Tuscany at 5904 Sandhurst, is so well cared for and has tons of great amenities, including a courtyard swimming pool, fountains, and fabulous landscaping. Scoring a unit here is a challenge, as they tend to go quickly. And considering how well-maintained our High Caliber Home of the Week is, we’re not surprised at all to see that it’s already under option contract. Heck, if we were in the market, we would have contacted Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get in an offer fast! 

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