HightlandParkHS Jamie Ford

By now, you are probably aware of the contretemps that occurred when author Jamie Ford spoke at an assembly for freshman and sophomores at Highland Park High School as part of  the school’s annual LitFest. It’s been making the rounds on Facebook, CandysDirt.com, and the Dallas Morning News covered the story almost minutes after Ford posted remarks about his impressions of that assembly.

But just in case you don’t, the Cliff’s Notes version is this: Ford (whose book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” which depicts life in internment camps during World War II, should be required reading for everyone) spoke to the underclassmen that day, and then was also scheduled to speak at an evening event and to conduct a writing workshop with students the next day.

From what I have ascertained by talking to several students, he began the discussion by taking a selfie of himself from the stage.

Everything after that, however, is a matter of perspective. First, we have Ford’s words, where he talks about how things were apparently going OK at first. Students even clapped and cheered as he shared stories. (more…)

Timeless Tudor on Beverly Drive - 4416 Beverly

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a timeless Tudor on Beverly Drive that has been completely updated by one of our CandysDirt.com Hot Builders, Tatum Brown Custom Homes, and is right up there on our top 10 wish list of places we’d like to live. There are dozens of reasons we’d love to live here, but we’ll give you four of them.


Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and "Caution" tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and “Caution” tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

This homeowner at Emerson and Westchester near Highland Park High School opted for some truly scary Halloween decorations this year, which actually caused some serious questions from neighbors wondering whether the stucco-clad townhome was really under quarantine.

Since then, in order to re-assure neighbors, a “Happy Halloween” sign has been hung from the balcony. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a home with Halloween decorations that are of questionable taste …


Pat and Todd Dilbeck 1 (1)Todd Macintire is in town, visiting his favorite person in the world, his grandmother Pat Dilbeck, with him here inside one of the “four sisters” on Shenandoah at Douglas. Todd, who grew up in Dallas and graduated from Highland Park High School, lives in Brooklyn now where he owns a retouching business, 4cimaging.com. He is 36 and single (pay attention girls!) and Todd moved to the City in 1996 to attend the Pratt Institute. Surprise, surprise he LOVES architecture, photographing homes and is looking for an old building to purchase in Brooklyn right now.

What are some of his memories of life with his famous architect grandfather?

“I recall we would go out to eat and my grandfather would draw with us, and tell us stories. Then we’d be running around, and my grandmother would be telling us to sit down, and he’d say no, let them be. Let them have fun. My grandfather was one of the most easy going people in the world.”

We learned some fun Dilbeck lore through the current owners of Dilbeck homes attending SMU’s “The Houses of Charles Dilbeck” Wednesday night. The course, taught by Dr. Jann Mackey, is part of SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education Program.

Dilbeck loved to hang doors upside down.

Pat Dilbeck & Candy (2)Why did he do that, I asked his grandson?

“Oh, for fun. He just liked to shock people.”

Did you know that Charles Dilbeck and Henry Ford were going to, at one time,  partner on developing homes? Every home they built would come with a Ford in the garage.

“And if only he had met Walt Disney, wow,” says his widow, Pat.

And in some of his homes, Dilbeck left the upstairs, particularly the master bedrooms, fairly stark and unadorned without the elaborate, intricate finish-outs he used downstairs. Like those dining room ceilings (heart beating very fast here)!

“I think the idea was to spend the money downstairs, because people never went upstairs except to sleep,” says Pat. “But I told him, your clients have money, make the upstairs and the master bedrooms a little fancier!”Pat and Todd Dilbeck 1 (1)

Emerson Front

Highland Park ISD is growing at a breakneck pace, with people building and moving inside the acclaimed school district’s boundaries in droves. Of course, if you want to rent for just a few years to put your kids in one of the best public school districts in the nation, well, here’s a great opportunity for you.

Located at 4301 Emerson is this adorable duplex listed by LocalDwelling.com’s Alma Alden. With two bedrooms, two full baths, and 1,500 square feet, this unit is a deal at just 1,900 a month.

Emerson Living

The location is great if you don’t want to drive all over creation to run your errands, too. Just a couple of blocks south of Lovers Lane and the Miracle Mile, a block away from Highland Park High School, and just a few blocks west of Preston Road puts this great rental in, as Candy says, the honeypot of University Park. You’re also super close to Snider Plaza’s great restaurants and shops, too.

Emerson Breakfast Emerson Kitchen

There are tons of built-ins and very pretty hardwood floors, but the kitchen is dated with plain cabinets and boring counters. Still, at that price point, you’re just looking for great schools and a place to lay your head. There are pretty new appliances and washer/dryer hookups, too. You also get large closets and carpeted bedrooms as well as a covered parking spot. If that sounds like just the thing, get in touch with the Dallas-Fort Worth Property Management experts at LocalDwelling.com

Emerson Master Bedroom Emerson Bath