By Quin Mathews
Special Contributor

Ever hear of Wandsworth Drive? How did Northaven get that canopy of Live Oaks? Read on…

This story is about tornadoes, but also about trees.  It was near ground zero that I first heard of a “cyclone,” as it was called in the Wizard of Oz, a picture book version that Mrs. Biggerstaff read our class in 1956.  We were the “Gremlins” class at the Mary Boswell School, a preschool and kindergarten in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, just across from the fire station obliterated by the recent tornado and next to Preston Royal Shopping Center.  We know what happened there.

When Mrs. Biggerstaff finished reading us the book, she announced to our delight that the Wizard would be on television that Saturday night.  It was to be its first broadcast ever.  Cyclone, tornado, whatever — it was all very exciting, and on April 2, 1957 my mother called me to our front porch.  There I saw a real one, a long, stringy thing to the south, enormous. No one told me to go inside and take cover.  We watched it and I saw hailstones for the first time. Somewhere in that storm, at least nine people died.

Today parts of North Dallas have been un-landscaped back to the past.  (more…)

Welcome home to the Regency Place Community. Listing Agent Bob Moran with Dave Perry-Miller InTown said the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house is like the Goldilocks Story – it’s not too big and not too small.

You can downsize from a big house or upsize from a condo. With the house on Highplace, it can all be yours!!! And again, this is a whole detached house with its own little lawns and no adjoining walls. Just so we’re clear, turkeys.

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Desco Fine Homes founder and president David Goettsche loves his work. For the CandysDirt.com-approved builder, homebuilding is not only a profession — it’s his passion.

“I’ve been building houses for 42 years,” Goettsche said. “It’s been a great business for me.” 

The commonality of a Desco? TLC, according to Goettsche. Peers call him a “builder’s builder” — a testament to both his unwavering commitment to quality and the value he puts on relationships. Each member of the team is hand-selected, and many have been with the company more than 20 years.

“When I find good people, I stick with them,” he said. “I’m just the conduit who puts it all together.”

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It’s every seller’s nightmare. Your home is gaining interest on MLS and it looks like you might have some solid offers coming to the table. You lay your head down thinking that the process is unfolding smoothly, only to be awoken moments later by tornado sirens. 

Jenni Stolarski

If your home is on the market and it has been damaged by a tornado or other natural disaster, what should you do? 

“There are two basic steps if your property has been impacted by the storm,” says veteran Dallas Realtor Jenni Stolarski. “First, be sure to document everything. Secondly, notify key people. After your insurance agent and your mom, your next call should be to your listing agent, even before you post it on social media.”

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Armed with scant facts and heavy hyperbole, hired hand Brett Shipp held a “press conference” next to Preston Tower Wednesday morning to bemoan the PD-15 zoning case that will finally land in the hands of the Dallas City Council (for better or worse) on September 11.

Around 50 to 60 people attended. As Robert Wilonsky dubbed them, “the party of no,” consisted of the same handful of people including Bill Kritzer, Carla Percival-Young, and Steve Dawson — all of whom you will see featured in any other press coverage. But not all were there to protest development. I stood with a dozen who supported the city’s recommendations.

Those against the restructuring of PD-15, which includes much of the neighborhoods behind the Pink Wall at Preston Road and Northwest Highway, also continued their upwards march on how opposed the area is to the city’s plan. We’ve seen 60 percent, then 70, now we’re up to 80 percent opposition. The funny thing is, their numbers aren’t swelling. With that much opposition, “the party of no” this morning would have swelled to hundreds, but it hasn’t.

And of course, this press conference was choreographed …

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You hear it a lot on design blogs: “Downsizing with style.” But what does that even look like? As more and more Baby Boomers look to shed the excess square footage for more amenities and less maintenance, you’ll be hearing it a lot more, too. But if you’re looking for a visual frame of reference, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the definition of style itself.

Located in Cityville, which is perfectly located west of the Dallas North Tollway in the Medical District, this fully detached, single-family home has plenty of space for entertaining, both indoors and out.

“The home appeals to today’s buyer because it features the open floor plan, great ceiling heights, and wood floors throughout most of the home,” said listing agent Robert Kucharski of David Griffin and Company Realtors. “It also features a turn-key lifestyle with little or no upkeep, with small fenced front yard and private side courtyard.”

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We told you all about the bargain that is 11585 East Ricks Circle a few weeks back, when it first hit MLS. The home, while mature, is in pristine condition and one of the best family home values we have seen come across the screen: mature trees on a plumb acre, security, location.

Plus the price has just been lowered to lot value plus about $100,000 for a 4,563 square foot home with updated everything, pool, and room for a future tennis court. (more…)

Merrell

Artist renderings courtesy The Texas Builders

Rachel Norris recently made a big move to the O N E Group and Compass, and she thinks she has the perfect home for a family looking to make a big move of their own — construction on Merrell Road so new you can still pick the finishes out yourself.

That’s pretty darn new.

The home is built by the team at The Texas Builders, who have been a part of the Dallas construction landscape since 2012 and have more than 10 years of experience altogether. You see their homes in the Preston Hollow area, including their latest new build at 4407 Merrell Road (you should check out their Facebook page for fun videos and photos of the house as it was going up).

The Contemporary Modern home sits in a perfect spot. How perfect? First, let’s talk about amenities. You’re close to shopping and dining at Midway and Northwest Highway (including Central Market, Fernandos, Howard Wangs, The Original Pancake House, and more). You’re close to Bachman Lake and its improved jogging/walking/biking trail (and rowing). (more…)