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…)

PeninsulaEven if you’re relatively new to Dallas, you’re probably aware of White Rock Lake and the amenities that edge the popular body of water. But you may not have heard of the historic enclave called the Peninsula — and why living there can feel like you’re vacationing in place.

Local lore says that the community was established in 1927 as a place for people who lived in worked in Dallas to vacation and spend the weekend in charming lake cottages. It’s still a popular spot — as you can tell by the stories we’ve written about the 280-home neighborhood over the years.

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HistoricNot every historic home in Dallas meets the wrecking ball — some are lovingly cared for, carefully updated, and enjoying third, fourth, and even fifth lives as new generations of Dallasites back up the moving truck and begin their lives there.

This week, we’d like to show you three open houses, all homes that are at least 75 years old or more, all updated and move in ready for their next family.

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. Which one will you choose? (more…)

pitchesAs we’ve mentioned before, every week we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts, including our weekly roundup of open houses.

You can tag us on Instagram, or even better, you can join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.  It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers. Not a Realtor? It’s a great place to get a first glimpse at some of the most recent listings all over North Texas, too.

Take, for instance, this week’s properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have four incredible properties this week — consider it our usual three and a bonus house, if you will.

Want to see who made a successful pitch? (more…)

We told you how the whip-smart folks over at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates — Ryan Streif, Holly Aldredge, Betsy Sears, Betsy Sorenson, Jamie Kohlman and the whole gang, came up with the idea of investing in a Virtual Reality program to help market Bentley Place, that very cool upscale townhome community on Inwood Road just south of Lovers Lane where we partied a few months ago with an actual Bentley from Park Place. The team knew that only a few units would be complete, and it would be difficult to show potential buyers what the finished product would look like — the common areas, the gardens, the back driveway.

“What’s there now is dirt, but when you look into the goggles you see what it is going to be,” says Jamie Kohlman. “That’s why we decided to invest in a virtual reality presentation.”

Well last week, as happens so often, I got an email from a local TV news station with a question about real estate.

“Have you ever done a story about virtual reality and real estate?” (more…)

Buckner TerraceThis week’s Thursday Three Hundred in Buckner Terrace is a testament to the power of a good Realtor (or two) — it totally escaped our attention when it was with a discount broker a few months ago, and is now on the market with Lauri Ann Hanson and Aimee Schreiner of Dwell Partners with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, who immediately reached out to us to pitch this great listing.

“We want to get it all the attention it deserves!” Schreiner told us.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home sits on a corner lot at 3209 Sharpview Lane, which means, of course, plenty of trees and lots of backyard space.

Inside, an open floor plan makes for a great entertaining layout, with the heart of the plan at the kitchen, where an oversized quartz island overlooks the dining room and two spacious living rooms. (more…)

Clifford Hutsell, beloved regional architect, is known for his Lakewood and Highland Park houses. After a visit to Beverly Hills in 1929, he so fell in love with Spanish Colonial revival architecture, he brought it back with him, designing a series of homes with his own exuberant and eccentric take on the style.

One of Hutsell’s Lakewood creations hit the market two days ago and we’re thrilled to feature it in our  CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s take on the hot properties you can see that weekend. 

This week, our houses range in price from $299K to $1,199,500. Which one is your favorite? 

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IHOTW Oaklawn Townhome

Just look at that custom cathedral entry door! It gives you a small hint at what’s to come in this gorgeous Oak Lawn luxury townhouse. Once inside, prepare to go on a veritable global vacation. The seller has created thematic living spaces that take you from a Nantucket seaside cottage to a Moroccan rooftop resort.

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