Joe Big Pic

It may have been back in July, July 28 in fact, but we are still feeling the fun from the shindig Joe Atkins and his Bishop Arts team threw on a hot Thursday night to showcase his second and newest real estate office in the Metroplex: 419 West Eighth Street, right near Davis. He transformed a Bishop Arts house into a great real estate office space, and any Realtor who wasn’t basking in the mountain air was at the party.

419 W 8th

What a transformation!

Joe’s first office is the only residential real estate shop in downtown Dallas at 2201 Main Street, #840.

Not only was Joe showing off spacious new digs complete with meeting rooms and a full kitchen, he showed off his growing team of agents, some seasoned and some fresh from Champions School of Real Estate. One of the newest: former Coldwell Banker agent Tommy Wooten, who has won so many Metrotex awards he is going to need a Montanan Big Sky to store them. Jump for a whole bunch of crazy pics and fun people. Oh yes, this is not Joe’s last office. He has big plans for Tommy and we cannot wait for the next party:

Tommy Wooten



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The jewel of the block at 4715 Swiss Ave. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Each weekend, there are dozens of open houses around Dallas—figuring out the best ones can take hours. That’s where the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column comes in! We do the work for you and every Thursday, pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from from $299K to $1.635 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


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The Buckner Terrace home at 5838 Dr. is one of five featured this week in our open house roundup.

Every week, we’re featuring fantastic open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) here at CandysDirt.

This week, we’ve picked properties five that range in price from $325,880 to $899K. You’ll find everything from a colorful Buckner Terrace ranch that marries modern touches with vintage charm, to a four-story Oak Lawn condo with a rooftop deck. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


joe atkinsJoe Atkins is one of my favorite Realtors and Brokers in town. He’s a millennial with a capital M, a self-starter and one of the best marketers around. We cannot even write about most of his homes, they don’t last on the market that long!
Anyhow, I may be spilling the beans, but Joe is opening his SECOND real estate office and this one is in Bishop Arts.  It’s going to be the first real estate office in Bishop Arts and one of the few in North Oak Cliff. It’s going to be at 8th and Bishop, across the street from the famous Lucia. The space is under construction and won’t be open for biz until January — then PARTEE!

Ryan Hopson is Joe’s top Oak Cliff agent, who is such a community-minded guy he serves as Treasurer for the Bishop Arts Neighborhood Association (BANA). He also lives just a few blocks away from the new office. Ryan was apparently very helpful in securing the new space. With Ryan and Joe’s growing cadre of agents, Joe Atkins Realty is destined to help shape the future of Bishop Arts and North Oak Cliff.


Long Cove water view of LCI really like real estate agent/broker Joe Atkins. He’s a bright, hard-working guy who leaves no stone unturned for clients and always thinks creatively when it comes to problem solving. Yep, he’s one of my faves. While helping clients this spring try to buy a $359,000 town home in Uptown, broker Joe Atkins said, hey guys, let’s think out of the box here: We’ve got two other serious cash offers — is there anything else you can bring to the table?

There was: a vacation home, a lake home a few hours away in Texas. So to counter the two cash offers, everyone at full asking price, this, mind you for a town home in Uptown, Joe’s buyers offered full price with a one month a year stay in that lake home for absolutely free for as long as they owned it, I guess. This was back in the heated frenzy that was the June real estate market.

Did it work? No. The sellers took the cash offer. I think they were nuts, because they could have had a whole month’s access to a second home! Which they could have traded at and had, essentially, three homes at their disposal.

But Joe says he is definitely going to try that tactic again. It just might work! Welcome to the future of real estate. (And check out Dan McNamara’s Long Cove!)

By Karen Eubank

Trader Joes is moving to Big D, opening at the old Arcadia Theater in the fall,  and we couldn’t be happier. So happy, in fact, that we’re house hunting for their management! We’ve found the perfect place so close our TJ pals can bike to work! (They can fire up the Prius in July/August!) Joe Atkins has this custom two-story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath stunner listed at the QUIET end of (5934) Belmont for only $614,900! Built in 2003, it has hardwood floors, a game room, and something every Trader Joe’s type needs if he’s going to have one — a saltwater pool! There’s also  a dog run and a closet the size of my Hollywood Heights dining room!

The home is spacious and the kitchen flows beautifully into the back yard, as if the two were integrated. Perfect house for entertaining! Pop open some of that TJ Shiraz at $2.99 a bottle or my fave $5 buck Spiral Wines Cab Sauvignon and enjoy a glass while relaxing in the pool’s hot tub! You’ll stock the stainless fridge with sunflower seed butter (yum), two buck chuck, frozen mac and cheese and of course, Soy Creamery cherry chocolate chip ice cream. Then stuff those gorgeous ebony cabinets full of triple ginger snaps, flattened bananas and dark chocolate covered pretzels. See, we TJ Groupies know what to buy even though the  place is not yet built out. (My grocery list has been ready for months.) But I digress. The master bedroom is huge, and overlooks the back yard. The master bathroom is even bigger and I’ve already mentioned the “live in” closet.

This is a serious contender for anyone who wants to be close to — say, WALKABLE — to Greenville Avenue. But not THAT close. It’s ten minutes from White Rock Lake in one direction, ten from town in the other. This stretch of Belmont is a true family affair with kids, joggers and dog walkers. So if you’re working for Trader Joes, or just a Trader Joe’s devotee, call Joe and sneak a peek at 5934 Belmont!