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…)

BluffviewIt’s not hard to get excited about Bluffview — with its close proximity to great shopping and dining, and its pretty, tree-lined streets. And if that wasn’t enough, the neighborhood is close to great schools, from KB Polk Elementary and Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy to Lamplighter and St. Monica’s.

Our Thursday Three Hundred this week comes courtesy a pitch on our Facebook group “Getting the Dirt.” Catherine Blevens with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International pitched us this three-bedroom, two-bath home at 8515 Glencrest Lane built in 1949 and priced right at $365,000. And it’s been on the market for less than a day.

While it may be a cozy 1,287 square feet, this Bluffview beauty has gotten updates and has a floor plan that makes wise use of every single square inch of space. And you can tell you’re getting something pretty special when even the view from the curb screams, “I’m cute and you need to come in and look around.”

“This home has it all — with great curb appeal, a functional floor-plan, and a convenient location,” Blevens told us. (more…)

Oak LawnEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, we’re taking a look at the condos and townhomes in the Oak Lawn area.

This week, our homes range in price from $215,000 to $645,000. Which ones will you visit?

COZY NEST ON NEWTON

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.
While this condo at 4106 Newton Ave., comes in at about 771 square feet, its layout and 10-foot ceilings make it seem much larger than it actually is. (more…)

 
I hear this refrain over and over again from my peers looking to downsize out of larger homes: there is nothing available to downsize into.
 
Well, drop what you are doing on Wednesday evening and come check out Bentley Place, an eight-villa luxury environment featuring the best floor plans I have seen in decades, in a super wonderful part of town: Greenway Parks. The architect behind the concept is the brilliant Alan Ross, principal of Waal architecture.
I’m talking walkable to that Tom Thumb/Simon David store on Inwood, Inwood National Bank, and Trader Joe’s at Lover’s and Inwood. The theater is near, and you are about a 10 minute Uber ride at most from Love Field. 
 
You want the master down? Done! You want an elevator to drag luggage and holiday decor out? Bingo. You want multiple living spaces so you can still entertain like a pro? Got ’em. And who wants to give up outdoor entertaining when you give up your big backyard? 
 
Bentley Place offers four floor plans with extensive customization possibilities, including that downstairs master. The gourmet kitchen opens sesame and is visible to the living and dining area, adjacent to a large outdoor living space perfect for al fresco dining — something buyers want in their home. And the appliances are a chef’s dream. There are even bars in these models, because guess what, I like beer, girls like beer, boys like beer.

(Sorry, got carried away there…)

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Splurge vs Steal: Two Houses in Wynnewood North | CandysDirt.com

The Wynnewood North neighborhood in Oak Cliff is a gem with so much to offer buyers, including convenient access to downtown Dallas. 

With around 350 houses, the community is north of the Wynnewood Village Shopping Center and used to be farmland until 1913 ,when all 820 acres were purchased for future development.

Today, it is a thriving, family-friendly area with lot of trees, hills, and a scenic look. This week’s Splurge vs Steal looks at two houses in Wynnewood North. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Private? Off MLS listings?

Tee hee we spill the beans…

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $459,900 to $730,ooo.  Take a look! 

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