Front ViewHelp us shake it up on Shook. I cannot think of a nicer street than Shook Road, just north-ish of Gaston in White Rock. The houses on the south side of the street have what I call “Austin topography” — cool terrains that stair-step up to the house. (Cannot see it in photo.) It’s such a refreshing change from the usual prairie-flat ranch look that pervades most of Dallas area housing, I would think these houses would be flying off the shelves.

And in most cases, they are.

On this street, at 7128 Shook, is a Barnett West constructed home (2004) that simply will not sell. I have a few ideas why myself, but want to know what y’all think. The agent, Kay McFarlane with Jerry A. Allegro & Associates, has lowered the price to $895,000.

Buyers have said they don’t like the topography of the front yard, because “kids cannot play there.” Got news for you: half the time, kids don’t play in the front yard. The driveway is nice and broad for bikes, however. (more…)

Mt Vernon classicWow, big day for Lakewood real estate news. First broker peak at the Stanley Marcus house, and word that Allie Beth Allman has dramatically lowered the asking price of Mt. Vernon. It is now a cool $19 million. That’s a whopping ten million less than the estate’s original asking price of $29 million. No, wait. In April 2010, Mt. Vernon had an asking of $32, 500,000. So that is a $13,500,000 drop! What with Troy’s home on Highland sold, which was NOT in MLS, Mt. Vernon is now one of the highest priced listings in MLS. Only higher: 4939 Manson Court off Strait Lane at $29,995,000 and Dans Bois Crete over on Inwood at $19,500,000. The Crespi Estate, owned by Tom and Cinda Hicks, is still the highest priced home by a longshot in Dallas at $135 million, but it is NOT in MLS. Doug Newby has been marketing the Crespi estate bigtime to folks with private jets. Mt Vernon long shot

4009 West Lawther is a landmark Dallas estate on ten acres overlooking White Rock Lake. The main home has 10,511 square feet that were totally renovated and expanded in 2002. There are elevator accesses on all three floors, five bedrooms (the master is 20 by 20 feet), 9 and a half baths, myriad living areas, a 2,400 square foot basement with wine cellar and storage, a two-story guest house, heated pool, pool house, four-lane bowling center, a 16 car concours auto facility aka a very fancy garage, lighted tennis courts, putting green, gazebo, outdoor grill and kitchen area with two fireplaces and pizza oven.

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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!







This is a practically brand new Lakewood Heights home that has just gone on the market. If you like new Craftsman construction, and I do, you will LOVE this. I am also obsessed with the rock that was chosen for interior accents and exteriors. Love the wood floors, too. The 3700 plus square foot home was built three years ago by a local investment group who then leased it for three years. Look what all you get at this price PLUS new construction: five bedrooms, three and a half baths, covered old-style front porch screaming for a swing, The open entry leads to a formal dining room and private study with double doors. Down the entry hall is the island kitchen with granite counters and top shelf stainless appliance package, walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry. The Big O — that’s oversized breakfast room, slate tile flooring, den with that yummy stone fireplace. Nice wet bar between den and study. Front and/or rear staircase up to a spacious master bedroom on the second level with nice master bathroom, separate tub and shower, and two large walk in closets. Jack and Jill bath in between two of the secondary bedrooms, bedrooms four and five have access to the hall bath. There is also a play area with balcony, stairs down to the back yard. Also an attached, two car, side entry garage is at rear of home and great outdoor fireplace. Was asking $565,000, just reduced and ready for battle: the home will be open this Sunday, February 5, one to three pm BEFORE the game!