Emily Wisdom Featured Realtor

The entrepreneurial spirit is an indomitable one, driving some Realtors into the business and forcing them out of their comfort zone and toward success. It can be hard to come by, but when you see it, it is instantly recognizable.

And boy, does Keller Williams Elite Realtor Elizabeth Wisdom have it. After a stint as a petroleum landman and as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Wisdom is following her destiny in the Dallas real estate marking, hoping that her hard work and negotiating skills will carve out a niche in the industry.

And to keep her busy (ha!) she’s also launching a children’s clothing company with a friend. It’s that drive and sense of purpose that has earned her a spot as this week’s featured Realtor sponsored by Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to find out more about Wisdom and how this gal went from cheering on America’s Team to slinging Dallas dirt!

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8931 Stanwood Front

8931 Stanwood (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

Maryam and Jacob Salassi have such a fantastic little home in Casa Linda Forest. Their adorable abode, the perfect home for the two creative Millennials and their sweet little girl — Maryam is a blogger, photographer, and owner of Pouf: A Blowout Salon, Jacob is a software engineer and cyclist, and Margaux, 3, is just awesome — was just featured on Our Style Stories. Their house, a three-bedroom, two-bath post-war traditional, is just pinch-your-cheeks cute!

And after just three days on the market, it is now under contract!

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2001 N. Buckner Front

Everyone in East Dallas knows about the “Underground House.” But maybe it’s time to re-brand this White Rock Lake-area landmark? That’s what Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White thinks. Now priced at $870,000 (down from $1 million), this Frank L. Moreland-designed earth-sheltered home at 2001 (as in 2001: A Space Odyssey) N. Buckner is an absolute steal!

This home is a fantastic “green” home, and thanks to the before-its-time design and solar panel array on the roof, it only costs an average of $200 a month to power this 23-year-old, 4,561-square-foot home. Not only that, it would cost almost twice its listing price to build a home of this caliber today.

2001 N. Buckner Living

So, what’s turning people off?

“Several people have been tempted, however at the original price buyers did not want to take on updating the bathrooms. The bedrooms are small, but almost none of the interior walls are load bearing so the house could be easily reconfigured,” Vicki said. “It is built sort of like a circus tent, load bearing around the perimeter of the house and two center concrete supports.  The living room is almost 2,000 square feet, so many possibilities.”

If this wasn’t out of my price range, I would totally jump at the chance to buy this home. It just makes financial sense, as Vicki explained: “With this reduction, a buyer could spend $100,000 in updates and still not be at our original price. I really feel this would have sold if it had updated baths and perhaps some reconfiguration of  bedrooms.  Kitchen has already been done and is lovely.”

2001 N. Buckner Kitchen

Vicki is right — there is so much potential in this home. I really, really love it, especially the almost 2 acre lot. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a sort of earthship thing going on here? Add on a cool greenhouse, maybe a water collection system, a chicken coop, and see how close you can get to self-sufficiency right in the heart of East Dallas!

2001 N. Buckner Roof

“This house is great for someone wanting ultimate privacy and seclusion, or a ‘prepper’ that feels there could be a time he needs to hunker down in a safe place, or a totally ‘green’ type person that would never use a plastic grocery sack, or someone paranoid of tornados, etc.,” Vicki said. “It is so very peaceful on the side of the house that is open and looks out at heavy wooded area, the banks of a creek.”

I’m sure this fantastic landmark will find the perfect buyer soon!

2001 Buckner

2001 N. Buckner Front

Everyone in East Dallas knows about the “Underground House.” But maybe it’s time to re-brand this White Rock Lake-area landmark? That’s what Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White thinks. Now priced at $870,000 (down from $1 million), this Frank L. Moreland-designed earth-sheltered home at 2001 (as in 2001: A Space Odyssey) N. Buckner is an absolute steal!

This home is a fantastic “green” home, and thanks to the before-its-time design and solar panel array on the roof, it only costs an average of $200 a month to power this 23-year-old, 4,561-square-foot home. Not only that, it would cost almost twice its listing price to build a home of this caliber today.

2001 N. Buckner Living

So, what’s turning people off?

“Several people have been tempted, however at the original price buyers did not want to take on updating the bathrooms. The bedrooms are small, but almost none of the interior walls are load bearing so the house could be easily reconfigured,” Vicki said. “It is built sort of like a circus tent, load bearing around the perimeter of the house and two center concrete supports.  The living room is almost 2,000 square feet, so many possibilities.”

If this wasn’t out of my price range, I would totally jump at the chance to buy this home. It just makes financial sense, as Vicki explained: “With this reduction, a buyer could spend $100,000 in updates and still not be at our original price. I really feel this would have sold if it had updated baths and perhaps some reconfiguration of  bedrooms.  Kitchen has already been done and is lovely.”

2001 N. Buckner Kitchen

Vicki is right — there is so much potential in this home. I really, really love it, especially the almost 2 acre lot. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a sort of earthship thing going on here? Add on a cool greenhouse, maybe a water collection system, a chicken coop, and see how close you can get to self-sufficiency right in the heart of East Dallas!

2001 N. Buckner Roof

“This house is great for someone wanting ultimate privacy and seclusion, or a ‘prepper’ that feels there could be a time he needs to hunker down in a safe place, or a totally ‘green’ type person that would never use a plastic grocery sack, or someone paranoid of tornados, etc.,” Vicki said. “It is so very peaceful on the side of the house that is open and looks out at heavy wooded area, the banks of a creek.”

I’m sure this fantastic landmark will find the perfect buyer soon!

2001 Buckner

5543_Edlen_VickiWhite.1-1I don’t know about you, but last week’s cold weather and L-Tryptophan surge has made me quite lazy. I needed a triple Expresso to get going today, and when I got word of this new Old Preston Hollow manse about to go live on the market, I got it.

First of all, LOCATION! 5543 Edlen is in the honeypot, as we call it, that super elite parcel of woods, trees and creeks where the likes of Kelcy Warren, Mark Cuban and Trevor Pearlman have squatted. Oh yes, the $135 million Crespi estate of Thomas O. Hicks is up the street. This is the part of town where folks buy up a two million dollar estate and level it for a new one without blinking an eye.

This pup is 9,000 square feet of well-designed living with no less than five living areas, and 2000 square feet of covered exteriors — so your outdoor living area is basically bigger than most houses. I LOVE the myriad of bathrooms — including three powder rooms. (Dallas is finally catching up to LA in the sense of two bathrooms for every bedrooms, or a bath for every member of the household, including the pets!) Priced at $3,650,000, which is BELOW DCAD value. (Wow!) Here’s another WOW: When it hits MLS tomorrow, this estate will be listed by Vicki White of Keller Williams Elite, that KW office in Preston Center located right next to Sevys, which has undergone a dramatic change — more on that later!

The home is an embodiment of perfection. Built in 2005, it is a mere 9 years old. You need this for the holidays: knocked out huge master closets, his and her’s, with 16 separate hanging spaces in her huge dressing room/closet. His has custom mahogany cabinets with 15 custom tie drawers and shoe shelving for 70 pairs of shoes! That’s a lot of ties and shoes, even for a guy! Each of the five fireplaces are custom-made and unique. Almost everything in this home was custom-made, from the gas front porch lamps to the door hardware.

This is also the best house for entertaining ever. Two of the downstairs living rooms open to the fabulous back-yard “living room.” The game room upstairs has French doors that open to another huge outdoor living area, overlooking the back yard which is truly a resort. It was designed by landscape genius Harold Leidner, need I say more? The pool has 12 water features which are stunning at night when they are spraying over each other. Of course, with the hefty .62 acreage, there is a lot of grassy yard on both sides of the pool. While the home may be located on the “smaller lots” end of Edlen, .62 is really quite enough for the pool paradise and plenty of yard for dogs and kids.

Actually, this block is one of the best-kept secrets of living in the estate area: your lot is huge but doesn’t cost you the arm, leg and first-born child to pay the taxes on those behemoth lots one block away. But you are still nestled in the best part of the Hollow.

Work from home? There is a great home office with custom shelving and computer station. From the desk, you gaze out over the front courtyard and grounds from beautiful arched French doors — what better inspiration as you increase your portfolio’s value? Visitors are greeted by stunning arched iron front doors open to a grand 25 by 19 foot foyer with 25′ ceilings and iron and crystal light fixture, and every deb’s dream of a curved stairway. (There is an additional stairway in the rear of the house.) The kitchen has 21′ ceilings with a overlook landing. I really do not know how anyone survives the holidays without these: two dishwashers, Sub Zero fridge and freezer, and huge commercial Viking stove surrounding an 8×5 foot center island with separate sink.

In all there are five oversized bedrooms with large closets and each has a private bath. And yes, as I said, three powder baths. A builder put much thoughtful planning and poured some serious cash into this estate. I say, grab it while it’s hot… before it even hits the market!

 

 

Looking for a rental and don’t want to waste your time? Skip Craigslist and check out local brokers.

If you want to rent a single-family home, sometimes the best way to find one is to drive around in the neighborhood you want to move to and look for a “For Lease” sign with a hand-written telephone number.

Sure, it’s time consuming and uses a ton of gas, but it’s better than combing through the crappy pictures on Craigslist, right? But what if you’re looking to rent in an area where “For Lease” signs are shunned. What if you don’t have time to tote a kid around while you drive up and down blocks looking for your next lease? What if you’re looking in a very specific area for very specific reasons, such as a school district? Where can you look?

I took my hypothetical family and their school-age child and decided to find them the perfect rental in Highland Park ISD using nothing other than my MacBook and coffee.

My first stop was Craigslist. That didn’t last too long. No matter what kind of search terms you plug in, you could end up looking at rentals in Allen or Southlake, which are both good communities, but alas, they are not in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone.

Next, I decided to try Zillow. Yes, it’s a national website, but the mapping feature makes it easy to find a home inside Highland Park or University Park. It doesn’t allow you to search for homes in specific school districts, which would be much more helpful. But, with the map feature, you get to see where the rentals are in relation to one another, which does help to identify more desirable areas.

After that, I decided to try some local brokerages. First stop was Clay Stapp & Co. I love the clean design of the site, and while you can narrow your search by Zip Code, you still can’t search by school district, which would be much easier for our hypothetical home renters.

Next I tried Keller Williams Elite and Allie Beth Allman & Associates. These two brokerages specialize in the Park Cities, so I was kind of surprised that they both use the same MLS info you can get from NTREIS rather than something a bit more custom. However, you can search for homes inside the Highland Park ISD attendance area, which is an excellent feature! No time wasted whatsoever!

Still, I wanted to see if I could push the envelope. Not only did I want our hypothetical family to live inside Highland Park ISD, I wanted them to live inside the Bradfield Elementary attendance zone. Lucky for them, the Ebby Halliday site lets you search not only by school district, but by school, too.

It was on their site that I found 3414 Asbury. It’s a two-story duplex with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a great backyard. It’s practically new on the inside and rents, appliances included, for $2,900 a month, which, considering the cost of private schools, is a great price. I hope our family likes it!