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By Jenny Block
Guest Columnist

I know some people are upset about Exxxotica coming to town. But I’m excited. Sure these things are a little wild and a little naughty, and some of it won’t be my cup of tea I’m sure. But most of it will be fun seminars with porn stars talking about their lives (and maybe houses!) and people checking out the on-site dungeon, plus plenty of mixing and mingling and – with any luck – laughing too.

That’s what everyone seems to be missing in this conversation – sex should be fun. I mean it. Responsible and FUN. We’ve so lost track of that, and it’s time we got right back to it. So, in honor of Exxxotica and CandysDirt.com, and bringing the fun back to sex, I’ve created this list of five sexy things to look for in your next real estate purchase: (more…)

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The “Love Room” at the M Mansion

Big opportunity this weekend to show off your Dallas Real Estate. Dirt, bricks and sticks, I mean. On August 7 Exxxotica Expo will take over the Dallas Convention Center. It’s a conference that is, well, all about sex: kind of like one of my husband’s Ob/Gyn conventions, only more fun, less “clinical”. This is the “Largest Adult Event in the USA Dedicated to Love & Sex. Taking place over three days, this event was created for adults who are looking for something Sexy, something Fun, and something Different.”  A bunch of “adult toys” will be on display, not sure about demos. Favorite porn stars will be in town for you to snap a picture with. There will be a smattering of sexpert speakers. On Friday my friend and fellow writer Jenny Block will lead a seminar titled “O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.”

She won’t be talking about House Porn!

The conference is quite controversial. The Dallas Women’s Foundation sent a letter to Mayor Mike Rawlings protesting Exxxotica Expo, saying they are “deeply troubled” that the sex conference will be using our convention center. (And bathrooms?) Local journalists have had their say, the pros (ladies, give me a break & the shallowness of WASP clothing) and cons (where are the boundaries? An interesting way to look at all this open sex thrust upon us — says Rudy Bush:

The boundaries between our private behavior and our public behavior isn’t some phony construct of a prudish society. It’s the inheritance of generations of understanding of how we should behave toward one another in public ways that are civil, respectful and decent. Dragging this show into the convention center downtown might be advertised as sexy fun and different. It’s probably closer to sad and weird.)

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You can get a bird's-eye view of the posh homes in Dallas' 75220 Zip Code, AKA Preston Hollow, and find out who lives there, too.

You can get a bird’s-eye view of the posh homes in Dallas’ 75220 Zip Code, AKA Preston Hollow, and find out who lives there, too.

Can I say that I was a little disappointed that Dallas’s wealthiest neighborhoods — Highland Park and Preston Hollow — ranked only 164th and 444th, respectively, in Forbes’ survey of the richest Zip codes in America?  Preston Hollow didn’t even break into the top 5 priciest Zip Codes in Texas, for crying out loud.

Preston Hollow's 75220  didn't even rank in Texas' top 5 priciest Zip Codes.

Preston Hollow’s 75220 didn’t even rank in Texas’ top 5 priciest Zip Codes.

 

Of course, that tiny sliver of overpriced dirt called “Manhattan” ranked first.

Whatevs.

Still, the dirt in Preston Hollow houses some of the most amazing homes on U.S. soil. And now you can gawk at all the pretty mansions in 75220 and find out how their owners made them dollars, all from the comfort of your favorite device, thanks to MansionMap.

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Realestalker mceWestlake-CA-12.10-040You remember Mama, right? Here I am with her in L.A. a few years ago. Mama is the pen name of Mark David, who pioneered the concept of blogging about real estate, his (her’s) having a distinctive voice and opinion as he chronicles the ever-amazing homes of the rich, famous, and celebs. I loved Mark’s work from the start, in fact, I could call him my mentor! He totally inspired me to start chronicling real estate on a local level, first at DallasDirt then here at CandysDirt.com. As America’s upper tier grew and their bank accounts fattened, it was Mark who kept a sharp eye on how they spent (over-spent) their money on housing with a definite opinion about tastes. (more…)

White Rock home tour 2013Double your pleasure and House Porn fun this weekend. Are you a mod or confirmed traditionalist? Maybe both? My kind of person, and the reason why we all need multiple homes! In any case, this is the season for home tours and this weekend packs in two!

Today kicks off the two-day, all-modern White Rock Home Tour. It starts with an an architect meet-and-greet at Design Within Reach on Friday, April 19 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Mingle with modern architects and munch appetizers, sup drinks.

The actual tour is on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Five homes are on display. Tickets are $15 through April 21 and can be purchased at White Rock Coffee, Green Spot, Select Tom Thumb stores, or Hypnotic Donuts, or $20 at the door of any tour home during event hours. Proceeds from the tour benefit Blue Ribbon School Hexter Elementary.

I’m very excited this year, because my daughter is moving to Lakewood!

And of course, Jo has been telling you about the 12th annual Turtle Creek Home Tour featuring the best of Dallas high-rise living from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. What does Judy Pittman say?

“Turtle Creek is our Dallas equivalent of Fifth Avenue.”

Five gorgeous homes are on the tour, including some amazing sky palaces at the Azure and the Ritz. The Turtle Creek Home Tour tour benefits the Turtle Creek Association (TCA), and tickets are $60.00 for non-TCA members and $50.00 for TCA members.

Next, I need to check in with Jo about our ticket give-away…

Secret HouseAs Betty Davis once said, fasten your seatbelts kids. We’ve got scoop and more scoop, celebrity homes, and of course, the best new listings in Dallas coming your way… so go mail off those taxes and get ready for the Best. Dallas House Porn. Ever.

Secret HouseAs Betty Davis once said, fasten your seatbelts kids. We’ve got scoop and more scoop, celebrity homes, and of course, the best new listings in Dallas coming your way… so go mail off those taxes and get ready for the Best. Dallas House Porn. Ever.

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I WISH I could call it “re-construction”, as I almost did, and I wish I could report that it was just me getting my boob job to start out 2013 on a higher level.