I’m in Park City, Utah, checking out some amazing second home bargains for SecondShelters.com and yes, testing the slopes. (Big snowfall tonight!) But if you are in Dallas this weekend, you can get out of town without ever paying the tolltag fee at DFW. Just check out the amazing Open House at 8545 Midway: a home on Midway that is really NOT on Midway. It is so beautiful I have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing about it. You know how Midway meanders down towards Lovers Lane in Bluffview and then becomes, well, Bluffview (a.k.a.the real Midway?) This Midway is a little off-shoot of Midway that becomes Capps and really should be called Little Midway Enclave. It’s a private, quiet lane and holds some amazing homes, including this one that is seriously orgasmic! If you think I’m full of it, just check out the July/August issue of Verandah Magazine where the home was featured. Quietly commanding, 8545 is more than 9000 square feet on a delicious 1.26 hilly acre lot, a modernist interpretation of a Spanish colonial home designed with meticulous, delicious attention to detail. You simply must see the kitchen with morning room and second catering kitchen. In fact, this home has inspired me to bring you a comprehensive weekly house story on CandysDirt.com that will go beyond the listing info and dirt. Whenever I find a knock-out house on the market, I’m going to spend a little more time on it, interview the designers and builders. It is my mantra that every home has a story, some just take longer to tell!

Check out 8545 Midway (that is not on Midway) this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Why not combine two birds into one feather or whatever that saying is. I saw this house Tuesday and just cannot get it out of my mind. Probably one of the most amazing conversions of a 1950’s ranch I have ever seen! It’s in Midway Hollow, good side of Lenel, and even better for you has just been reduced by ten C-notes. This dream pad is at 3942 Davila, near Midway and Northwest Highway. (Great shops at Midway Hollow and hello, Fernandos!)

It is an 1850 square foot soft-contemporary cottage redesigned and rebuilt from the studs in 2008 by Durham Builders. How do you get soft contemporary out of an orange brick 1951 cottage? You open her up. The open floor plan sports rich finishes of oak, cedar, Austin stone — I kid you not! — quartz, and mosaic tiles. Using a divider, they created a light-filled entry with two storage closets that opens to the fully-equipped stainless steel gourmet kitchen that is so clean, I don’t think the girl who lived there ever much as boiled water, with a walk-in pantry.

Let me tell you, there are about 3 of those in this neighborhood. Nice large living and dining areas with great drum chandeliers, a split bedroom plan places the guest with adjacent bath in the front of the house,  the oversized master bedroom with spa bath (and commode in a separate room, thank you Jesus) in the back. Off this is a little porch that was made into a third child’s bedroom. Off this, a library office nook.

The pergola patio is a sanctuary with views of lushly landscaped yard and new fencing. Three bedrooms, two full baths, and a laundry room, plus one car attached garage. The exterior brick was that orange color so popular in the 1950’s; what the heck do you do with it?  Durham slurried over it with mortar, resulting in a stucco-like look to the exterior walls. Inside everything is new, clean, sleek and beautiful. Clearly a house for sleek, beautiful people who look wonderful 24/7. Just like the house. Asking $349,000 and I’m telling you, February blows in here, this one blows out!