Mansion Residences 7W living room with downtown views and herringbone floors

How would your holiday season improve if you could score chef-created turkey and dressing without lifting a finger?

For the past five months, I’ve lived in a spare hotel next to the Dallas County Appraisal District offices during which I “celebrated” July 4, Labor Day, Halloween, and now Thanksgiving. While I have a kitchen in my 300 square feet, it’s hardly a “cook’s dream,” nor is there room service and only weekly cleaning. It’s a sacrifice I was willing to make to secure my Penthouse Plunge project. But I will be quite relieved to move into my half of the Penthouse on December 3.

All this got me thinking of the best way to spend a holiday rife with huge cooking expectations. The answer was to outsource it. Fire-up the room service menu and order in. In Dallas’ tony hotel/condo projects, I daresay you could send recipes and be rewarded with all your favorites, complete with place settings, without ever having to run a dishwasher. I mean the fridge would still be full – you don’t want to pay hotel booze prices – but that’s a small detail in the grand scheme.

In this crème de la turkey category there are the Ritz Residences and The Mansion on Turtle Creek Residences. Units in both will cost you a bundle of cabbage but at least they’ll also cook it and deliver it.


If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.


Prepare to have your breath taken away. With every last detail designed and renovated by Mexico native and Dallas-based notable interior designer Gonzalo Bueno, this sleek Uptown condo is the ultimate in luxe and dreamy. From finish-out to furnishings, nothing has been overlooked.  And it can all be yours for a cool $8,000 a month.

We covered a very similar condo just a few weeks ago. That space was nice. This one is extraordinary.  Join us after the jump 2,387 square feet of exquisite design. And hey, if you want to make it yours on a more permanent basis, 1999 McKinney Avenue #404 is listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Missy Woehr for $997,000.


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A 2,000-square-foot terrace on a 20th floor corner penthouse in Uptown. Did you have any other questions? I know I sure don’t.  But just in case you need more convincing…


3380 blackburn living

I have long wanted to start a series on the private homes of Dallas real estate agents. Let’s consider this the first post! This is the private home of Briggs Freeman’s Missy Woehr, a dear friend. When she’s not selling sleek condos at Museum Tower, this is where Missy lives with her husband, Gus, also a licensed agent. I think Missy has probably sold every unit at the Cascada.

This is an elegant three bedroom, three and two half bath townhouse built in 2003. With 4166 square feet, this 3-story home is spacious, secure and has a study that could be a fourth bedroom in case you have a houseful.  The floor plan is one of the best I’ve seen, and there is an elevator BUT! There is also a guest room on the first floor. I remember Missy telling me about this last January when my mother-in-law was visiting, my husband was recuperating from a knee replacement, and I needed a first floor guest room. 3380 Blackburn is a home that has been upgraded and planned to the T with top grade materials, comfort and ease of living in mind. (more…)

Missy Final Sitting

Missy Woehr is just about as Dallas as Dallas gets. But would you believe that this dynamic agent not only hails from Tulsa, but made her way to Dallas to see a golf tournament?

Woehr has made a name for herself as someone with a wealth of information about Uptown, and is a key member of the Allie Beth Urban team, which is a sales powerhouse in Dallas’ core markets. And boy, does she have some great stories to share!

She’s smart, gorgeous, and definitely a go-getter! Find out more about Missy Woehr with her exclusive Candy’s Dirt Q&A! Where are you from?

Missy Woehr: Tulsa OK. I’ve been in Dallas since 1994. I came for The Byron Nelson with some friends and ended up staying.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Woehr: My husband Gus had a very successful career in Real Estate Development, Land Sales and Investing. Between him and I my friends, they convinced me to get my license. I worked in Telecom for about 8 years. I loved it, but the industry was merging and changing quite bit. My last day of Telecom was when I closed my on first Real Estate transaction of $2.5M. From then on, I’ve never looked back.

CD:Besides being a sales powerhouse, I’ve been told that if I have a question about the Dallas market, you’re the person to ask. How do you keep track of so much information?

Woehr: To stay current in the market, I read a lot of business and community-related articles, including blog sites (Candy’s Dirt (Editor’s note: Awww! We’re blushing!)), and I network with other Brokers/Agents, Title Companies, Developers, Property Managers, and Volunteer Organizations. I enjoy learning about what’s on the forefront of our City, and the ways in which it our landscape is continually changing and improving. I’m currently serving on the Board of Uptown Dallas, Inc. and this provides constant exposure to any new improvements, projects and expansions occurring in the Urban areas of Dallas. I’m also working to establish a Residents Council within the Uptown PID to bring HOAs, neighbors, businesses, and Police/Fire Departments together within an open venue to share information.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Woehr: We live at the edge of Uptown and Turtle Creek on The Katy Trail

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

WoehrI’m an Audi girl. I own an S5 convertible and an A8 sedan… Quattro baby!

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Woehr: The Urban neighborhoods of Uptown and Turtle Creek. We are huge walkers with our Scottish Terrier, Jaeger, so it fits our lifestyle perfectly. We are literally steps from The Katy Trail, West Village, Turtle Creek, Lee Park, Knox/Henderson, the McKinney Ave. Trolley, Kalita Humphries Theater, the Arts District, AAC, Klyde Warren Deck Park some of the best restaurants, retail, galleries and world class architecture in Dallas … I can keep going. We enjoy the lock-and-leave lifestyle, privacy and security all in the heart of the most developed and vibrant neighborhoods in Dallas.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Woehr: One of my most rewarding transactions was a veteran who was facing foreclosure and I was able to bring a cash Buyer. My client was more concerned about protecting the Seller’s credit than beating him up over every last penny. He had just come off a very tough year, so this allowed him to avoid a short sale or foreclosure, and move forward with his credit intact. It was a win-win for everyone.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

Woehr: I had a crazy situation with a large Magnolia tree. My Buyer had a home under contract and during the inspection we were standing in the front yard talking about landscaping and what he wanted to change. He mentioned that he wanted to have this giant Magnolia removed once we were closed. There just happened to be a tree company working in the next door neighbor’s yard and we walked over and asked if they could give us an estimate to remove and haul off the tree. We thanked him and my client said, “I’m closing in about 2 weeks, so once I own the home, I’ll be in touch so we can get started.”

You can’t make this stuff up… I get a frantic call from the listing agent the next day stating, “What have you and your client done?”

The GIGANTIC, MATURE Magnolia tree that is in the middle of the front yard of a home we haven’t closed on has been cut down and they are running it thru a wood chipper!! Of course I’m in total and utter shock! Who cuts down a tree without a formal deposit, written quote, no contact information or business card? The gentleman just taped an invoice to the front door and completed the destruction of this huge tree. Needless to say, we had a few tense weeks prior to closing.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Woehr: It was a home that was not in MLS. I showed it on a Tuesday morning and had a full-price, cash offer within 4 hours. It closed 10 days later.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Woehr: I had a great year last year and I’m on track to have my best ever in 2013. Our team, Allie Beth Urban, closed over $50M.

CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?

Woehr: Do your job with integrity, remove the emotions and egos from the situation and remember relationships and reputation are more important than any sale. Many agents call me for information and advice and I know that comes back full circle when I’m sitting on the other side of the table, plus I enjoy helping. My business is 70% referral in the same boutique complexes like Cascada at Turtle Creek, and I also have the pleasure of working with the Allie Beth Urban Team on projects such as The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

The golden rule applies… treat others the way you want to be treated. These are my neighbors, friends and peers and I have to look them in the eye every day as I drive into my garage, step on an elevator, or show a new prospective client. If I wasn’t making the attempt to practice what I preach, I think I would have been out of the business a long time ago. Nothing goes perfectly every time, but people remember how they were treated, good and bad.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Woehr: I LOVE what I do, but I might want to represent clients in different market… maybe something with a beach or mountain view.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Woehr: We owned multiple condos, homes, lots and timeshares over the years in the Vail Valley, Colorado. We sold our most recent home there last Spring, so we now enjoy traveling to many places we didn’t have the time or opportunity to get to before. We will semi-retire there when the time is right, so maybe a 2nd Real Estate license in Colorado will be in order at some point?

Missy Woehr with Allie Beth Urban was one of a handful of people stuck on Friday night on the Stratosphere at the Texas State Fair… 210 feet high up in the air! I would have died and had to commence Lamaze breathing techniques for 2.5 hours, the length of time Missy withstood the elements with Carol Stradtman from Hexter Fair Title.

Update: Happy to report she is down… and safe as of 11:54 pm Friday night. Each stranded rider was brought down individually by (she said, hot) Dallas Fire rescue teams, one by one. The Stratosphere broke down because of an apparent power outage.

“So glad I had taken a jacket,” says Missy, teeth still chattering when she got down. “Some people were up in shorts and flip-flops.”

Missy says she wishes someone would have flown by with glass of chardonnay… are you listening Spirit Airlines? Or that she and Carol could have, at least, had downtown views. But hey, who’s complaining? They are more than grateful to be home, warm, and feet touching Dallas dirt!

The beautiful Missy Woehr, who is truly as beautiful on the inside as she is the outside, and a hot-shot agent to boot, has moved her Allie Beth Allman chair cushion over to join Kyle Crews and the rest of the Allie Beth Urban gang at the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. Next week I hope to show you an amazing unit there, a two-bedroom turned into a two bedroom with studio, all sleek contemporary by designer Abbe Fenimore, that you will need smelling salts for. Truly. And isn’t Abbe adorable?

Whom, you may ask, did Missy replace. Well, you can never replace Josh Ellis, but after seven years on the Uptown development working with The Ritz, Crescent, Traditions Management and Allie Beth Allman, Josh is now Sales & Marketing Director for Long Cove Development, Inc.,  a new Don McNamara (CityPlace) development at Cedar Creek Lake.

Yep, another gorgeous high-end development over at Cedar Creek, Long Cove Development has already churned dirt on phase one of Long Cove, a new luxury residential second home community on the best part of Cedar Creek Lake, which is only about 75 minutes southeast of Dallas. Not to fear: the SecondShelters crew will be kicking tires soon. Proximity, hence the appeal for a vacation home, as I may have mentioned.

Long-Cove is situated on the south side of the lake, on more than 900 acres. Final build-out will include 300 homes, while the initial phase includes 33 lakefront properties. Residents can choose among pre-designed homes, or customize their own. Lots range up to 2.5 acres per lot.

The site will have an amphitheater, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a pool, among other amenities, catering towards affluent Dallas families with school-age kids. A complete second home community.

Like most second home hot spots, Don McNamara, owner and developer for Long Cove, has owned a family home on Cedar Creek Lake for nearly 20 years and just loves the area.

Abbe Fenimore