When it comes to festive landscape displays, there’s one landscape designer in Dallas that does it up better than anyone: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. So when we heard that Leidner’s skillful arrangement was in the running for HGTV’s Ultimate Outdoor Awards in the “Curb Appeal” category, we were intrigued but not surprised.

Though Leidner’s work is sought after in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, you’ll also be seeking him on the competition’s web page. Find out how to see more photos of this lavish European-style estate’s gardens, and the competition, after the jump:

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popularDuring the holidays, we’ve been sharing our best stories of 2018. But as Director of Audience Engagement, I was curious — what stories were the most popular this year?  We took a look at the most popular stories based on comments and social media likes and shares. Have a favorite of your own? Share it in the comments!

January: The Lakewood Porch Pirate Nabbed

While we started covering this story during the holiday season in 2017 (in fact, we were the first news organization to bring you the story of the Lakewood Porch Pirate and the box of poop she stole), that coverage continued into 2018, when Kelli Russell was arrested. (more…)

University Park Contemporary

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to have an HGTV-worthy home? Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a University Park contemporary at 3528 Marquette Street that captivated not only HGTV but also D Magazine. And now it can be yours!

I can say from my 20-plus years as a photography stylist and location scout many moons ago, HGTV  (and indeed any commercial photography client looking for a luxury home) has requirements that are set in stone. The perfect home for a photo shoot must be stylish, of course. It also needs to have light (photographers love natural light), and it has to be easy to move around in to capture different angles as well as to sustain a production crew, make-up artists, and stylists for the duration of the shoot.

This University Park contemporary has all that and more. With 6,833 square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder baths there is plenty of room to create the perfect shot whether it’s for HGTV or Neiman Marcus.

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Real EstateThe North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will examine the economy and new urbanism, a certain shiplap-happy couple will be returning to the airwaves, and we take a look at Texas housing sales, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

NORTH DALLAS CHAMBER HOSTS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Former Dallas chief of economic development Raquel Favela will be among the speakers at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s annual real estate and economic outlook event to be held Nov. 28 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. (more…)


Sometimes total luck is involved when searching for our Inwood House of the Week. When this 1953 Preston Royal Midcentury Modern popped up on Realtor.com, practically in Candy’s backyard, I had one of those OMG moments. I just knew there was a big story behind this home, and I was right.

This Preston Royal Midcentury Modern at 11339 Royalshire Dr. was your simple one-story Leave It to Beaver home when Leslie Ezelle decided to put her HGTV Design Star All Star touch to it. Ezelle is a Dallas treasure. She is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a rock star interior designer, owner of Leslie Christine Designs, and she competed on season six of HGTV’s Design Stars. She was such a fan favorite that HGTV invited her back to be on the  HGTV Design Star All Star competition, and of course, she became the first All Star winner.

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brexit

Regardless of whom you read, Brexit it having a negative impact on central London housing. An Oct. 17 European Union summit was presaged by European Council president Donald Tusk saying yesterday there is “no grounds for optimism” given the state of negotiations. Coupled with fresh inflation data, the pound was down again. Since the Brexit vote, the pound has almost exclusively traded +/-$1.30 where as it typically had ranged in the $1.50-$1.60 range previously.

Adding to the stress, in early October, two more large financial institutions announced plans to shift some London operations to Paris with whispers of more to follow. Financial services is one of the largest employers in London as well as one of the highest paid. Removing significant quantities of high-earners will cause a glut in some price bands as relocated staff sell up for Gay Purr-ee.

During my London holiday, I was able to meet with a host of HGTV’s House Hunters International, Richard Blanco. A Spanish national growing up in the UK, Blanco schooled in theater and dance – a story common to many real estate professionals whose early interests gave way to a profession in property. So far Blanco has chalked up over 30 House Hunters International episodes including being the only presenter to work in multiple countries (eagle eyes have seen him in Spanish episodes). He’s currently a spokesperson for the UK’s National Landlords Association and is a regular commentator on various television shows – in fact, Blanco had popped into the BBC earlier in the day. For those wanting a regular dose of the London property market, Blanco produces a monthly podcast Inside Property.  In his spare time, Blanco flips homes he buys at auction.

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5840 Belmont Avenue is currently listed by Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $549,900.

According to Lee Arenberg, “Renovating a home is like building a character. You start with the foundation, work with the lines, then there’s the costume fitting. It’s the same with remodeling and staging.”

In his downtime from acting in mega-hits like Pirates of the Caribbean, Seinfeld, and Once Upon a Time, Arenberg parlays his movie dollars into selling imported rugs from Morocco and remodeling homes in top markets with his designer wife Katie, who was in Dallas in the early 2000s when the pair met. “She opened my eyes to the Dallas market,” he says.

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HGTV

Local military veterans Andy and Ashley Williams helmed HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth — but did their show return this year? (Photo courtesy HGTV)

This time last year, and it looked like Texas would be plenty represented on HGTV — but with the end of Fixer Upper last season, the number of Texas-based shows on the network dropped to exactly none.

Last season, we saw (in addition to Fixer Upper) the debut of Flip or Flop Fort Worth. Also, the sister network DIY Network offered Texas Flip N’ Move(more…)