bluffview estates

The corner lot Bluffview Estates contemporary at 4401 Wildwood Rd. was taken to the studs for a whole-home re-imagination and it’s stunning.

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

This week, our houses range in price from $295K to $950K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a fabulous Bluffview Estates contemporary, pictured above, to an Uptown condo with clean lines and a friendly list price.Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Ebby Halliday Realtors to Open Prosper-Celina Office This July | CandysDirt.com

Cathie Skinner. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

Big news for the DFW real estate community: Ebby Halliday Realtors has announced plans to open a new Prosper/Celina office this July.

Scheduled to open in July 2017, the roughly 5,000-square-foot office is located at the northeast corner of Highway 289 (Preston Road) and Prosper Trail in Prosper. It will be home to about 50 residential real estate agents serving the greater Prosper/Celina area. A fast-growing suburb in Collin and Denton counties with almost 18,000 residents, Prosper is 32 miles from DFW International Airport and 35 miles from downtown Dallas.

“This state-of-the-art office will greatly enhance our ability to serve the needs of the area’s growing number of home buyers and sellers for many years to come,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as affiliated companies Texas Premier TitleHome Team Insurance, and Home Team Mortgage Company.

The location of the new office is phenomenal, says Ebby Halliday Companies Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, who was instrumental in selecting the new site and building out the new office.

“Strategically situated along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), it offers easy access to the 289 and U.S. 380 corridors, as well as the Dallas North Tollway,” he said.

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straight lane

The gracious estates along Strait Lane invite a certain mystery. Set back from the road with ample acreage, these properties are some of the most exclusive — and luxurious — in Dallas.

Today, I’d like to tell you about one that truly impresses. Calleja Way is a winding cul-de-sac with one property, at its end – 4949 Calleja Way. This uniquely private property shows only its tall and ornate gates and stone herringbone-patterned curving drive over a bridge, to those wanting a peek. Once through the gates, magnificent views emerge as the impressive front elevation of an elegant home appears, gracefully framed by a beautiful fountain and many large mature trees.

Nestled into Bachman Creek with lush landscaping, this breathtaking, yet unostentatious, home reflects a serene, enchanting aesthetic. It was designed by Larry E. Boerder Architects and built by Cy Barcus as a custom home for the present owners in 1999. Every amenity and comfort you could ever want, and newer Smart Home features, are encompassed in a highly accessible design and layout.

“People are searching for more authenticity in all things, and this house exudes fine quality throughout without being at all pretentious — it’s a house for our times,” said listing agent C C Allen with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The degree of integration and design that’s present inside the house and out — it’s absolutely flawless.”

With six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, six living areas, five dining areas, and 12,234 square feet in three stories, including the attached quarters with its own laundry, kitchen, and exterior access, there’s no shortage of space. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large or “too much” in any way. In fact, this house feels perfectly right-sized.

“The rooms are elegantly proportioned and cohesive with a seamless design plan,” Allen said. “An elevator to all three floors means all spaces in the home are easily accessible, as well.”

Seeing is believing with this Strait Lane home — let’s take a tour.

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kessler woods

The modern marvel at 808 Kessler Woods Trl. tops our open house roundup this week.

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

This week, our houses range in price from $399,900 to $1.189 million. Topping our roundup is a dramatic modern masterpiece in Kessler Woods — it’s truly stunning. We’ve also found an M-Streets English Tudor, newly constructed East Dallas townhome with rooftop deck, and more.

 

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Inwood Road Estates

In a neighborhood bustling with new construction at the $2-million range, we’ve found an impressive home that is move-in ready in the heart of Dallas, near Preston Road and Forest Lane. And this one is such a huge bargain, I feel like I have to whisper.

This beauty at 5931 Boca Raton Dr. is listed by Julie Provenzano with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for — SHHHHH — $1.25 million. That is it. The home is priced significantly lower than a recent appraisal and offers incredible value in a sought after neighborhood.

And get this: the owners have invested more than  $100,000 in outdoor living spaces, creating an ideal oasis for entertaining. The interior is a dream, with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, four living areas, two dining areas, an office, media room, and 5,108 square feet on two stories, built in 2006.

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“This gorgeous home in Inwood Road Estates has been meticulously maintained and beautifully updated throughout,” said Provenzano. “This house is situated within a stone’s throw of the top private schools in Dallas and offers the best of the area in terms of shopping and dining. It’s ideally located with easy access to major travel arteries for a quick commute anywhere in DFW.”

I can attest to that! With so much to offer, this turn-key property won’t last long! I’d love to give you a tour…

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Ebby Halliday Companies

The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in 19,718 home sales in 2016, according to MLS data. Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, represented $7.8 billion in residential real estate this past year, garnering 11.13 percent of the North Texas market. That’s 50 percent more sales volume than its nearest competitor and 70 percent more than the second-nearest competitor.

In addition to being the North Texas market leader in sales volume, the Ebby Halliday Companies led all competitors in the luxury market with an astounding 19.67 percent of all sales of over $750,000 in 2016. That’s 31 percent more than the nearest competitor.

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Ebby Halliday Collin County

Ebby Halliday, her brother and Executive Vice President Paul Hanson, Ebby’s first sales associate Mary Lou Muether, and Mary Frances Burleson, who today is President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, celebrate the opening of the Plano office in 1973. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Why should you depend on Ebby Halliday Realtors when selling your home?

Since 1945, Ebby Halliday Realtors has provided outstanding service to home buyers and sellers and the North Texas community. With 31 offices located throughout North Texas, Ebby Halliday is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and the 10th-largest nationwide by sales volume, according to REAL Trends, Inc.

In 2016, the Ebby Halliday Companies, which in addition to Ebby Halliday Realtors includes Dallas-based Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, participated in almost 20,000 property transactions with a sales volume of approximately $7.8 billion.

“Our award-winning team of more than 1,700 sales associates remains the highest-rated residential real estate sales force in Texas as a result of our commitment to client service, continuing-education programs, the real estate industry and the communities we serve,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday.

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Interior Designer Ashley Bell's Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Interior Designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Get ready to say the words, “Is it available fully furnished?”

You know what they say about the devil being in the details? Well, every detail of interior designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood home feels like a guilty pleasure. Though the house itself features meticulous updates, we guarantee you’ll be just as taken with all of the trappings as you are with the home’s beautiful bones.

One of the stars of last year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour, 6934 Meadow Lake Avenue is 2,770 square feet of serendipity.

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