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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Let’s pause and enjoy our halfway point — this fifth installment of the Southern Dallas Buyer’s Guide marks the end of the DART Blue Line.  For those just joining us, you can get going here.

A lot of folks tell me that while they enjoy watching all those renovation shows in HGTV, the thought of picking up a hammer gives ‘em the willies.  Since Halloween is fast approaching, I decided to comfort those move-in folks by moving just south of I-20 and into the jagged borderland of Dallas and Lancaster. You’re still a close to the UNT DART Blue Line Station making public transit an option.

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If you’re looking for an East Dallas home, but have sticker shock from Lakewood listings, cast your gaze toward our Thursday Three Hundred.

The Claremont Park cutie at 2525 Fenestra Dr. has 2,153 square feet, hardwood floors in all living areas, smart landscaping, and a friendly asking price. It’s just five minutes from the north shores of White Rock Lake and a few blocks from the 8-acre Lakeland Hills Park, with its own skate park.

This is a one-story house with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bath, built in 1962. Let’s take a look.

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Congratulations are in order for René Barrera, the new sales manager at the Lakewood/Lake Highlands Ebby office. Not only is he an East Dallas resident himself, but he’s also a natural leader, according to Mary Frances Burleson.

“René brings extensive industry knowledge, as well as a strong desire to assist our Lakewood/Lake Highlands agents in taking their careers to the next level,” Burleson says. “A recipient of the MetroTex Association of Realtors Lois Hair Bernays Salesperson of the Year Award and Ebby Halliday’s Service to the Industry Award, René offers extensive real estate expertise and a long history of service to our industry and the East Dallas community.”

Barrera is an Aggie, too, which is what won me over, obviously! And he’s a family man, too.

“I would not be myself without mentioning my beautiful wife Julie, and two great kids Bianca and Isaac, who just started at Mata Montessori, one of the best DISD schools of choice around,” Barrera said. “We are blessed to have such great options in schools in our community.”

Barrera also runs marathons and races in triathlons, so you’ve probably passed him on the trails around White Rock Lake, but we wanted to dig a little deeper and ask him some real, hot-button questions, like what his favorite East Dallas restaurant is. You’ll be shocked by the answer!

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Superbowl Collage

Did you see the eye-catching 30-second spot from Ebby Halliday Realtors before Super Bowl 50 yesterday? We did, and we were so impressed with the message and execution from the North Texas brokerage that is growing like gangbusters, now the 10th largest residential real estate brokerage in the nation.

“Let’s face it, buying or selling a home can be scary,” said Ebby vice president and marketing director Randall Graham. “Our new campaign places the agent at the center and makes it abundantly clear that now, more than ever, when approaching one of life’s largest financial transactions it’s wise for buyers and sellers to choose a guide they can truly trust.”

Jump to get an exclusive online first look at the ad!
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Jump for a slideshow of our very favorite Ebby Halliday photos:

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

So, Ebby Halliday Realtor Cathy Browne sent me some information about this super cute Allen home last week before it hit MLS, and I was so excited. This home is just adorable, and at a great price for a family who wants to take advantage of the more-for-less home market in the Collin County suburbs.

Today Cathy says that this beautiful house at 2017 Midhurst was under contract in just TWO DAYS. Two days is pretty incredible but it is mostly due to “current low inventory, and lack of homes with pools in Allen at this time,” Browne said. “I really think that contributed, plus it was in pristine condition, and well-maintained and upgraded by my sellers.”

See what this home has going for it after the jump!

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