Listing Agent Courtney Parker with Coldwell Banker nailed it when she said the owners of 1605 N. Waterview Drive in Richardson “spared no expense without compromising the Midcentury Modern-style.”

Let’s start with the Roman brick exterior that’s the perfect shade of sandy beige and really lets that era-appropriate turquoise door pop. Landscaping and mulch were recently added and who even cares? We love this house. Look at that little hip roof. Too cute, but wait, there’s more …

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If you like the charm of a historical cottage with all the updates and want one that’s so picture perfect you almost can’t stand it, go check out this home in downtown McKinney (AKA The Mecca of suburban downtowns).

It’s so cute and walkable and we’ve written about it before so we won’t bore you with a regurge. It’s lovely, though, and perfect and let’s have dinner and shop and coffee and pie. Those are all things you can do. And get your picture taken and your hair did.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig in on this house. It’s so pretty.

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Eva Peron

(Photo courtesy Lyric Stage)

Whether you’re only familiar with the Madonna-starred movie version, or you’ve actually caught the bonafide Broadway production, pretty much anyone is familiar with the iconic scene where Eva Perón, wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, takes to the balcony to belt out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

It’s one of the more enduring, memorable numbers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, although some would argue that “On this Night of a Thousand Stars” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” are also indelible.

If you haven’t managed to catch the entire production ever, or if you’d just like to see it again, you have an excellent opportunity September 20 through 22 at Dallas’ Majestic Theatre as Lyric Stage opens its 2019-2020 season — The Wonder Women of Season 27.

The season kicks off by telling the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, from her childhood in the provincial town of Junín to her courtship and marriage to the man who would become the most powerful person in the country and her life as his wife.

But all this Evita talk got us thinking — where can you find a good balcony to reinact your own Eva Perón moment? We found 10 in varying price points around Dallas, perfect for belting out “The truth is I neeeeeeeeeeeever left you …” (more…)

The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky

The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky. And that appears to be a big selling point as the building is now more than 85 percent sold.

Walking into the lobby of this fabulous residential building is reminiscent of entering a five-star hotel. The design and architectural features are unparalleled and the service immediately makes residents feel they “have arrived.” Attentive valets and concierges greet guests and make them feel like the most important people in Dallas.

The lobby boasts a jaw-dropping, custom-made crystal chandelier imported from Italy, and the flower arrangements are warm and engaging.

“There will probably never be another building like this in Dallas,” said Residences at the Stoneleigh developer Mehrdad Moayedi. “The amenities, location, and opportunity to build your own custom home in the sky will likely never be duplicated. We are very proud of this building.”

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Oak Cliff

Currently in the middle of a complete remodel and upgrade, South Oak Cliff High defied expectations this year and actually increased enrollment (photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

Just a few scant years ago, saying you were buying a house in Oak Cliff would elicit what some called the “Oak Cliff Oh,” as if moving to the area required a thoughtful, tactful response. But times have changed.

And perhaps one of the biggest success stories in Oak Cliff is the public school choices available there. For instance, take South Oak Cliff High. Almost two years ago, the community banded together to demand that the school building reflect the school’s successes. Now, as the students reported in August to temporary quarters at Village Fair School, the 70-year-old building they fought for is now being renovated and improved.

But even more important is its increased popularity. Dallas ISD reported last week that the school’s fall enrollment jumped from 1,096 last school year to 1,322 — a 200-student increase. It’s also significantly higher than the district’s projected enrollment of 963 students. (more…)

It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

Featuring three bedrooms and one and one-half bathrooms, this one-story home has “no known structural or other major issues,” according to broker Calvin Graham with Graham-Rutledge.

“If true investor projects are harder to come by, do not blink before you run the numbers on this one,” Graham added.

The traditional home, built in 1960, needs some cosmetic updates but otherwise is ready for a quick flip. Fingers crossed that you still have those home improvement shows you DVR’d on Labor Day weekend. (more…)

Ash CreekJeremiah Hobbs with United Realty shared his latest Ash Creek Estates listing recently, and we immediately asked for more details. The 14-year-old Modern has been on the market a little more than a week, and between the gorgeous lot, the beautiful home, and the Casa Linda amenities, it’s a home that is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s rare, Hobbs said, that a home such as 562 Ash Creek Drive comes available in the area, which is adjacent to Casa Linda. And this home has so much going for it, with enough unique features that someone is going to want to snap up in a hurry.

For instance, he said, “the unique design.”

“It includes a 30-foot-long koi pond that flows through the house,” he said. “Large glass windows provide an abundance of natural light and tranquil views.” (more…)

Hands down, Lionel Morrison is one of the most talented architects not just in North Texas, but in the world. Every day I get to admire his work as I pass one of his masterpieces at 6645 Northaven Road.

Come to think of it, having great architecture in our midst is like making art galleries out of our neighborhoods. We drive, we walk (when it’s not so dang hot), we bicycle, and we Uber/Lyft down the streets. It makes the hours of our lives a little better to have beautifully designed buildings around us, like art.

It’s even better when you can (somewhat) affordably call one of those houses home.

Art House was designed by Morrison and is one of the most highly respected small-scale condos in town. Units seldom come to market.

In fact, Morrison lives there, right across from this very unit that just hit MLS: 3740 Holland Avenue, Unit 3B.

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