Typically we don’t start a CandysDirt Thursday 300 post talking about a home’s garage, but while the exterior of this soft contemporary at 2418 Valley Forge in Richardson’s Cottonwood Creek Estates caught our eye, the garage got us excited. Hint: I think a Formula 1 fan of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas silver and green could love living here.

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Highland Park Spanish Revival

This historic Highland Park Spanish Revival could have been bulldozed. Thankfully, a smart builder saved it.

Several of the homes on Fairway Avenue have met unjust fates, and that’s a shame. Preservation is never out of the question. It simply takes a builder that has insight, integrity, and inspiration.

Fortunately, for this Highland Park Spanish Revival, at 4538 Fairway Avenue, that builder was Josh Zielke, owner of Josh Zielke Homes. Zielke also builds new homes, but he is known for spotting great old houses and saving them.
Highland Park Spanish Revival

Let’s step you back in time a bit. Frank Witchell built this house. Witchell was a partner with Otto Lang. Their firm, Lang and Witchell, was a leader in construction in Dallas during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Partnership offers big savings for buyers, sellers, and agents

Now that Ebby Halliday Companies is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, it was just a matter of time before it would connect with a cousin company and give agents, buyers, and sellers a deep discount at Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony.

Anyone who buys or sells a home through Ebby Halliday is now eligible for major discounts at the massive NFM along the southern border of State Highway 121, officials announced recently. Those savings include: (more…)

Italian Renaissance Villa

There is nothing grander or more romantic than a classic Italian Renaissance villa. You can try and argue with me, but you won’t change my mind. Ever.

You see, I had the great good fortune years ago to spend time in Tuscany at Villa Vignamaggio. Director Kenneth Branagh chose it as the location for his British/American romantic film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Being an American married to a Brit at the time, well, it was kismet. So, my heart will always have a soft spot for classic Italian Renaissance villas. And this one is much ado about everything!
Italian Renaissance Villa

A Home-Run Team

That is primarily due to the talents of two people. The first is builder, Tony Visconti, owner and president of Bella Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder. If anyone understands how to build a grand home, it’s Visconti, because luxury homebuilding is in his blood. As a third-generation home builder, he’s the go-to guy for quality construction, attention to detail, and architectural authenticity.

That’s where architect Lloyd Lumpkins comes in. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in North America with a greater understanding of the importance of architectural authenticity. It’s easy to see when you pair Visconti and Lumpkin, you get a home run every single time. Such is the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire sitting on an acre in Preston Hollow.

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update

The living room after updates to the fireplace and a fresh coat of paint.

Almost daily, there is an article on how updates and staging are necessities when marketing your home. So why aren’t sellers doing just that?

Maybe they don’t know the right updates to make, or what provides the best returns on investment. They may not have the right resources or contacts. There’s always the belief it’s going to be a lengthy process. The result is what I call seller paralysis, the inability to take the right steps to make more money.

Ebby Halliday listing agent Melinda Miles knows what the market demands. As a Realtor with a background in interior design, she understands what updates a home needs to resonate with today’s buyers.

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Hot homes that is! What were you thinking? For this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we found two hot properties in the Medical District that are ripe for the picking and perfectly priced under $699,900. Only question is, which will you choose?

Splurge: Magnificent Modern Feels Like a Tropical Oasis For $699K

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Browne + DouglasWhen the dynamic duo of Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas joined forces as Browne + Douglas Group last year, it was expected that the two — long known for being top-producing Ebby Halliday agents — would do big things from their home base at the company’s state-of-the-art offices in Allen.

Between the two, they have 25 years of combined experience in a busy North Texas real estate market. But recently, they added two more agents — Leah Graybeal Ashley and Howard R. Roth.

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Those of elephantine memories will recall my writing in 2015 about a 12,370-square-foot shell penthouse at the Vendome. Even though the Vendome was built in 2002, the home had never been finished out. The first owner had purchased three penthouses with the intention of creating a singularly spectacular home 20 stories above Turtle Creek. It never happened and was put on the market a decade later – after having paid an estimated $1.5 million in property taxes and HOA dues.

Flash forward and the combined space was purchased by an investor who has returned them to a trio of penthouses that are being finished out as you read. The framing and drywall are up and so it was time to take a peek. They’re still nothing more than large empty spaces so not a lot to see. But there are floorplans, which are immensely helpful to understand the flow of each unit.

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