Finding a home with a central location that also feels like a private sanctuary is no easy feat, but this beautiful brick home near the high-end NorthPark Center has cracked the code. Nestled on a tree-lined street, it is just minutes from movie theaters, designer shopping, and luxurious dining, yet makes you feel as if you’re in a world of your own. It was custom designed and built with unparalleled quality and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. The picture of Southern Charm, this gracious abode is a University Park gem.

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Park Cities

Design trends come and go, but the timeless architecture at this newly listed Park Cities home will never go out of style. Approaching the stately manor, it feels like you’ve entered the poshest part of Paris thanks to a cast-stone façade, circular stone walkway, and an enchanting fountain that may allure you to throw a penny in over your back every now and again. Don’t be surprised if the impressive exterior causes rubbernecking along Caruth Boulevard, one of the most desirable streets in Dallas. Oui oui, this custom home has attention-grabbing curb appeal and the interiors are equally captivating.

Step into the bright foyer with grand detailing and let a wave of calm wash over you. A sumptuous neutral color palette puts you at ease and huge windows always show a hint of greenery outside, creating a feeling like you’re in a sacred oasis.

After a long day, sink into plush furnishings in the living room or library with a good book, or head to the home theater if you’re in the mood to unwind with a favorite movie. (more…)

hip pocketDo you follow CandysDirt on Instagram? It’s another great way to get in touch with us, to see what we’re featuring on the site, and to show us what you’re up to — which is exactly what Kate Walters with Allie Beth Allman & Associates did last week when she pitched us this gorgeous Lakewood hip pocket.

What’s a hip pocket listing? It’s a home that’s for sale, but isn’t listed in the MLS, nor will you find it online on the likes of Zillow, Redfin, etc. Sellers sometimes go this route to protect their privacy, or to test the waters of the market, or even just in the hopes of generating more interest in the home in a market that might be getting a bit saturated.

But Walters is planning on someone falling in love with this home — so she’s even arranged for a champagne sip-and-see on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

But just in case drinking champagne on a Tuesday afternoon isn’t in the cards for you, we got Walters to share a bit about her hip pocket, including photos and a video. Want to see? Let’s jump. (more…)

983 Sylvania Front

983 Sylvania was taken to the studs and rebuilt into an LEED Gold masterpiece by D’J Perkison. But how do you find the right buyer for such a unique home? All photos by MetroplexHD.com

There are a few Dallas homes that are so unique that they earn a permanent spot in the bit of our brains exclusively wired for real estate. For me, this Eastwood midcentury modern that was completely re-imagined by architect D’J Perkison is one of those homes. You probably had the distinct pleasure of touring this East Dallas marvel at 983 Sylvania during this year’s White Rock Home Tour and thought, “What a wonderful way to breathe new life into an outdated home!”

And that’s just the reaction Perkison, founder of Studio Perk, was hoping for. When she bought this home with her husband and set upon remodeling it, the goal was to use only the most sustainable materials possible. The results were stunning, of course.

983 Sylvania Living

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This is a rare offering in one of the city’s most beautiful gated townhouse communities on Turtle Creek — Places de Voseges. 3901 Turtle Creek Blvd, #12 offers three bedrooms, four full and one half baths, three living areas, an elevator, private pool and gardens in 6034 square feet. Located on one of the largest lots in the green gated enclave, this magnificent newer construction home offers a fabulous master suite with separate his and hers bathrooms and huge closets. Not just any closets: these are elegant dressing rooms a la Walnut Place. (more…)

6918 Patricia Avenue

6918 Patricia Ave. (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

My first house, which became my home, is on the market today. It’s a hip pocket the amazing Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors is handling for me.

I can’t go into detail about how kind Britt Lopez is – I will save that for my book – but know that she is not only a smart, clever Realtor with a sharp mind, but she is a gracious person whose true colors shine ever so brightly.

Britt Lopez

Britt Lopez

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Originally built in 1938, this Hollywood Heights jewel underwent renovations from 2007 – 2012 which included all new electrical, recessed lighting, hidden speakers in every room, fabulous insulation, a 2012 roof and gutters, a 3-ton Amana furnace and air conditioner (2010), a Rinnai gas tankless water heater (2007), and a Rain Bird programmable sprinkler system (2011). This was no DIY or Home Depot reno.

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Sure, Zillow and Trulia are popular portals for consumers to shop for homes, and there are a lot of fantastic luxury properties marketed as hip pockets, but does that spell the end for MLS systems everywhere?

Sure, Zillow and Trulia are popular portals for consumers to shop for homes, and there are a lot of fantastic luxury properties marketed as hip pockets on select sites, but does that spell the end for MLS systems everywhere?

Inman contributor Creed Smith wrote a column published on the real estate news site suggesting that the system real estate agents use to access listing information, the Multiple Listing Service, was on the way out. It ignited a heated debate among Inman staffers and commenters, earning a reply from Inman managing editor Matt Carter. 

If the real estate industry were invented today, there would be no NAR (National Association of Realtors) or MLS (multiple listing service), and perhaps no franchises — there might not even be real estate brokers.

The MLS was built for three reasons:

  1. To place all information on homes for sale and sold homes into a central location for brokers.
  2. To create a percentage of sale price payment agreement between brokers.
  3.  To elevate NAR and the MLS companies to almost godlike status with monopoly power.

The marketplace now demands a system built on their desires, not those of NAR. How would you build a system for selling and buying homes based on market desires with today’s technology and market dynamics? You would offer an open-source international database (website … portal).

You can read Smith’s full-length piece on his Demon of Marketing website, but we wanted to get the perspective of local brokers and Realtors on the cutting edge of real estate here in North Texas as to whether we should be writing a eulogy for the MLS system.

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3516 Beverly Front

This week’s Unlisted Home of the Week from The Unlisted is a home on a street that needs no introduction: Highland Park’s Beverly Drive.

But you won’t find this hot, hot home on MLS because the owners would prefer this beauty to be marketed on the down low, out of the big open marketplace full of looky-loos. Perhaps the owners are exceedingly private, or perhaps they’d rather test the waters among a more exclusive clientele. Here on CandysDirt, though, we can offer you an exclusive peek inside this incredible hip pocket UNlisted listing.

Jump to see inside this luxurious property!

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