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Editor’s Note: Because of a big, breaking story yesterday, our Wednesday WTF writer is, well, behind. Very. But she thought you’d enjoy this dip into the archives from a time when a reporter was very wrong about food.

Listen, this week’s Wednesday WTF was supposed to be about Oprah’s fancy new island but then something egregious happened that has left my normally unflappable self completely flapped.

You see, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, The Atlantic saw fit to publish a piece entitled, “What to Eat in the Texas Suburbs.” It also indicated it would be about fast food.  If you saw it, you probably (like me) thought, “Oh, good, they’re going to talk about some of the good fast-food dining in Texas suburbs, because this is the Atlantic and of course we’ll not be talking about something stupid like Taco Bell.”

I mean, sure I’ll cop to some inside-the-loop snobbery, but I do know that there is some good food to be had in the suburbs. Great food, even. I’ve eaten it. The suburbs of Texas doesn’t mean backwards yokels with outdoor plumbing — so I was just certain that I was about to settle into a piece that talked about some great mom-and-pop fast food establishments, and probably an obligatory Whataburger reference. (more…)

One of the bathrooms in 123 S. Winnetka when the Calhouns purchased it in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Joanna England: Just about every home we cover here on CandysDirt.com has a story, and just like the houses, no two are alike. What I’m particularly drawn to is a story about rebirth — about taking a neglected home and restoring it to the condition it deserves. This particular story was made even more interesting by the anecdotes offered by the Realtor, Diane Sherman, who is an expert in historic homes. She marketed this house, which was listed by the very couple who brought 123 S. Winnetka back to life.


If you read our Thursday Three Hundred yesterday, you know that love stories are our thing. Well, here’s another one, but this time it’s a two-story Foursquare in Winnetka Heights. This home was in desperate need of some love when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased 123 S. Winnetka in 1978. “This is a labor-of-love, come-a-long-way, urban-pioneer story,” says listing agent and fellow Winnetka Heights resident Diane Sherman, who has listed this fully restored beauty for $539,500. “The wallpaper was wild!”

I can see what she means. Of course, the transformation will astound you!

123 S. Winnetka had been converted to a duplex when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased the 1913-built Foursquare in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Karen Eubank: The Parks Estate is one of our all-time favorite homes. It went from the Preservation Dallas’ “Most Endangered” properties list in 2003 to being featured on The Preservation Dallas Architectural Tour in 2016. This is certainly a story that deserves being told again.


My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.

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Peter Marino

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Karen Eubank: You may think it’s easy to find beautiful multi-million dollar luxury homes to homes to write about each week, but it’s not. Some are vacant, and believe us, no one wants to see an empty luxury property. Some are grossly outdated and some are just plain ugly. When we find a house that we can fall in love with that ticks every box on our list, that makes our hearts race, then we cannot wait to share it with our readers. This gorgeous Preston Hollow French Renaissance I wrote about on Aug. 21 is one of our favorites. It a perfect example of what we like to bring you every Monday. It’s beautiful. It has a pedigree. It has a story to tell. We hope you enjoy this Peter Marino-designed beauty from our archives.


Our Monday Morning Millionaire at  8891 Jourdan Way is the most beautiful Preston Hollow French Renaissance estate you’ve ever seen. And it also has an unmatched architectural pedigree. It was designed by renowned architect Peter Marino, who brings an unprecedented level of elegance and luxury to everything he touches. (more…)