Prairie-Style

Photography: Shoot2Sell

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

Prior to the 2016 holidays, I had the opportunity to visit the 1974 Mitchell House at 2717 Conflans Road in Irving. I owe Allie Beth Allman listing agent, Richard Waite a huge apology for my glacial progress as the holidays and life got in the way. As fate would have it, a substantial price drop ($895,000 to $749,000) gives me a second wind to write about this iconic Prairie-style home.

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1608 Dowling Drive Irv extONLY $1,050,000 to live in the former, totally fabulously renovated Cottonwood Valley home of one of the most cherished starting quarterbacks in America, Tony Romo and his beautiful wife, Candice! This home will be gone by Friday.

1608 Dowling Drive, Irving.

You get a private, gated community, a beefed up security system, Candice’s deftly creative hand at interior design, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort a short jog or golf cart ride away (there is a tunnel under MacArthur). The Four Seasons is always alive with activity, be it fireworks on the fourth of July, carnivals, bands, the family pool with white sand beach, sports plus fabulous food and restaurants.

Lots of local celebs live in the area. Across MacArthur is the exclusive Enclave, surrounded by the world-famous TPC at the Four Seasons. This is where DeMarcus Ware and Derrick Holland call home. Cottonwood Valley also has its own golf course for residents, and the Four Seasons manages both so if you are a member at the Four Seasons, you can play both courses.

I mean, this house ought to be as easy to sell as a slice of mom’s apple pie!

Know that this was definitely a bachelor pad house before Tony married Candice Crawford back in 2011. She had told me they were moving into the Cottonwood Valley home, but that she would be doing some re-decorating.

And boy oh boy, did she!Dowling Drive overview (more…)

Las Colinas Horses

Will the horses of Las Colinas keep charging without the Cowboys there?

Poor, Beth Van Duyne! First the Byron Nelson announced that it will be relocating, and now the Cowboys are pulling up stakes from their Valley Ranch training facility and heading for Frisco. The Irving mayor must be having fits!

Of course, what we want to know is how all those luxury homes and condos, and all that great shopping will fare without America’s Team, which happens to be the most valuable in the NFL.

But, what about the Irving Entertainment Complex that was recently given the green light by the Irving City Council? Well, that project doesn’t exactly have a clean slate, given its history of lawsuits and he-said/she-said documents alleging all sorts of claims. So, what’s the outlook for Irving and Las Colinas?

We chatted with Brandon Calhoun, a star agent and real go-getter with Coldwell Banker DFW’s Irving/Las Colinas office. For all the turbulence in the area, Calhoun says that with all of the new units poised for sale, and with many great attractions in the area, the area will likely only feel a blip on its collective radar. Besides that, it’s not like Valley Ranch is going to disappear, either.

“I don’t see it having a big affect on the market. I still think there’s going to be a lot of attraction to the area, to Las Colinas,” Calhoun said. He’s confident that people will still be drawn to the area’s excellent value and great location, with demand for luxury homes and condos continuing to remain brisk

“There’s a fair amount of luxury inventory — especially with the new Highland homes on Riverside in Las Colinas,” Calhoun said. Existing home inventory is low, with few people moving from the area, so Calhoun feels that with brisk traffic, more people are moving to Las Colinas than are leaving.

With the Byron Nelson and the Cowboys leaving, “it’ll slow down a little bit … but there’s still a fair amount of traffic,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun sounds pretty confident. What do you think?