Lincoln

The film and TV program at Lincoln High’s Humanities and Communications Magnet has had its share of successes. Now the community can be a part of that (Photos courtesy Tony Boone).

Not long after I started writing about the ways our community can support Dallas ISD teachers and programs, a reader reached out to me to tell me about Lincoln High School.

“You should definitely look into Lincoln,” the reader insisted. “They do amazing things there.”

Lincoln High is also home to a humanities and communications magnet school, and a collegiate prep academy that offers career pathways in hospitality management and logistics, partnering with Omni Hotels, FedEx, El Centro College and the University of North Texas-Dallas.

Maybe a week after that reader reached out, someone else passed along a Facebook post about its film and TV program, and not long after that, I found myself trading emails with instructor Tony Boone, who shepherds students through the aspects of film and television production at the Dallas ISD school. (more…)

HGTV

The father-daughter team of Doug Broadbent and Paige Poupart own the building and design firm The Masters Dallas. With their new show, Renovation Gap, airing Saturday, they may just be HGTV’s newest Texas team. (Photo courtesy Paige Poupart)

Paige Poupart was already busy — between owning the building and design firm The Masters Dallas with her father, Doug Broadbent, and motherhood, her plate was pretty full. But her days just might get a little fuller now that HGTV has come calling.

Poupart and Broadbent will get a chance to make a case to HGTV viewers Saturday when the pilot for their show, Renovation Gap, airs at 1 p.m. Central.

To say she’s excited is probably an understatement. The father-daughter team working together in the contracting business attracted the home improvement channel, but Poupart says that she and her father have been doing this for years and that she learned the renovation business practically from birth.

“So my dad has been a general contractor for ’35 years,’” she said. “This is such a used phrase (usually when correcting someone who is doing something wrong on the job site) that we actually have an inside joke about it.”

“I grew up renovating our homes with him and then selling them and moving to the next one,” she explained. “Many of these were in New England and historic homes, so I’ve really grown to love the historic character and sensibilities.”

One might think that just living in a state of constant renovation would teach a child enough, but the pair began working together on the jobsites pretty early, too.

“I started working on his jobsites with him probably about around age 10, he offered to pay me to keep the job sites clean, and I was an ambitious girl so I worked after school on his jobsites until he realized I could do more than just pick up track and vacuum sawdust,” she explained.

“He started to offer me more important construction jobs and I told him I wouldn’t work by the hour any longer so he had to pay me by the job.”

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4823 Linnett Lane

Corrugated metal, Cyprus, HardiePlank and a beautiful blue door have introduced a new design aesthetic to the Bird Streets.

The Good brothers are at it again. Our Dallas version of HGTV’s  The Property Brothers has just listed their latest new contemporary construction at 4823 Linnett Lane in the Bird streets, for $699.900.

It’s the best new nest for anyone with an urban sensibility that longs to be in close proximity to the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Design District, Love Field or downtown. It’s also a stone’s throw from one of the best elementary schools in Dallas, the K.B. Polk Center for  Academically Talented and Gifted

Location, location, location.

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Waco fixer upper

The Shotgun House was renovated on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and is for rent on AirBnB for $325 a night. It was featured in season 3, episode 12 of the show. Photo: AirBnb

If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, then you know their renovated homes are all near Waco, Texas. It turns out several of the owners of these monuments to shiplap and style showing up on popular rental services AirBnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) as celebrity-designed spaces available by the night.

The cable television stars have made their name creating rustic chic homes in this town about 95 miles south of Dallas. And people from Dallas and around the country are flocking to these homes, according to The Waco Tribune. People come to Waco in part to see the Gaines’ Magnolia Market and take part in the celebrity culture.

Read the whole story on SecondShelters.com!

 

 

Real Estate Story
HGTV Ultimate House Hunt

The Mediterranean estate at 6436 Sudbury Rd. in Plano is one of three Ebby properties in the 2016 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt.

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016 is underway, and three DFW properties have made the contest for the world’s most amazing homes for sale. All three are listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors, with two in Plano and one in Prosper (Deion Sanders’ former home).

“We’re honored to have three incredible homes nominated in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt competition this year,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Our associates represent some of the area’s very best properties. These homes benefit from many marketing advantages because of our association with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International, which has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network.”

You can see all the entries and vote here.

 

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HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds with professional photographer daughter Erica Simone

A Dallas “howdy” to HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds with professional photographer daughter Erica Simone

For me, this picture summed up the party.  A gorgeous family home as backdrop for a sumptuous evening with HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds and 83 of CandysDirt.com’s best friends.  The family friendliness of this chateau-inspired home was emphasized by Leeds and her daughter, and of course builders Sam and Debbie Elchami.

Given all the recent, and seemingly returning rain, last Thursday was a blip of cooperative weather. I know everything that was supposed to be green certainly was.

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CD June 9 Invitation

As I write this, Adrian Leeds, HGTV hostess for House Hunters International is making her way to Dallas for a special evening in a special Preston Hollow property hosted by Candysdirt.com and Versailles, Inc. builders.

If HGTV and luxurious Dallas real estate are your guilty pleasures, you’ll be able to combine the two Thursday night.  Leeds has hosted 20-some House Hunters France episodes helping Americans realize their dreams of brie, Bordeaux and baguettes. During the evening Leeds will present “Living and Investing in France” which will be chockablock with information, tips and saucy stories.

The stage for this event will be Versailles, Inc.’s latest creation by master builder Sam Elchami at 9818 Hathaway in Preston Hollow. This 13,000 square foot chateau sitting on over a half-acre is a home you’ll be talking about for days.

 

Remember:  Do you have an HOA story to tell?  A little high-rise history? Realtors, want to feature a listing in need of renovation or one that’s complete with flying colors?  How about hosting a Candy’s Dirt Staff Meeting?  Shoot Jon an email.  Marriage proposals accepted (they’re legal)!  sharewithjon@candysdirt.com

CD June 9 Invitation

Haven’t gotten your invitation to our June 9 event featuring Adrian Leeds? I guess you’re not on our mailing list.  But lucky you!  We still have a few slots available for die-hard readers who we’ve missed (although it’s your own dang fault for not being on our list!).

Are you just a casual reader who has no idea what I’m talking about?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  Turn back time and catch up here and here. Want to show off?  Read this too…

Here’s the Readers’ Digest version …

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