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Back in the early 2000s, the M Streets were an up-and-coming part of Dallas. You could build a house and get in on the ground floor of what is now one of the hottest areas of the city. 

One of the new “it” neighborhoods is in Northwest Dallas near Walnut Hill and Midway, Midway Hollow. The location is convenient to the city’s best private schools and neighborhoods with easy access to highways, making it a snap to get around. 

I’ve totally fallen for a brand new custom house there with one of the best finish-outs I’ve seen, at 9941 Coppedge Ln. Designed and built by 3939 Urban Homes, this transitional home is stunning, the work of owners Eldad Block and Vanessa Gavalya. This local duo totally “gets” the modern buyer and their aesthetic reflects that. 

“Eldad Block, whose family owns Big D Lumber in Richardson, knows how to build — they have seen thousands of homes built, and what’s behind the walls truly matters for him,” Gavalya said. “The entire house is wrapped in 7/16-inch OSB with one-inch radiant/water resistant foam, as well as a Tyvek house wrap over the house sheathing for extra protection.”

This home has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, study, game room, media room, and 4,975 square feet on two stories. There’s an open house on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1-3 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 


The Amber

Today, I’d love to tell you about one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in a long time — there’s not another place like this in North Texas. So unique is this property, it even has a name. The Amber is an expansive, pastoral property nestled in the quiet community of Little Elm. Little Elm is only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and ten minutes from nearby shopping and dining, but has the coziness of country living on 10 gorgeous acres. And if you haven’t been up there in awhile, well, things are hopping!

Located at 751 Amber Ln., this is sophisticated contemporary transitional living with everything a buyer could want, right on the northern shores of Lewisville Lake. Locals here have access to all the fishing, boating, and fun they could ask for!

The Amber was designed by noted Dallas architecture firm Bernbaum Magadini in 2006, and holds a reputation for award-winning horses, in addition to the breathtaking tranquility of the curated grounds. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 6,232 square feet on two stories. The home is divided into special privacy wings that lend itself to so much versatility of living. Clearly, you can see the spacial use genius of Bernbaum Magadini in every inch. This property is going to knock your socks off — it’s listed by Evan Stewart and Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert + Stewart Group with Ebby Halliday Realtors, who were kind enough to give me a full tour and let me chase the hens! Jump to watch the video we made and see all the amazing photos of The Amber.


dallas mid century modern homesIf you’ve got a hankering for a taste of Midcentury style, our Thursday Three Hundred promises total satisfaction.

Located in the Lake and Garden District’s University Manor neighborhood at 7139 Edgerton Dr., this quintessential 1950’s gem is a 3-2 with 1,502 square feet, built in 1954. It’s a time capsule of atomic era flat planes and glass walls; open, bright rooms; and manicured outdoor living spaces that makes it hard to decide which is better, indoors or out.

It was listed yesterday by Erin Birdsong with Redfin for $364,900. (There’s a broker open house today from 4-6 p.m., and a public open house Saturday, April 9, from noon to 2 p.m.)


Mickey Munir

All photos: Dan Piassick

When Mickey Munir built the luxury home at 14929 Havenshire Pl. in Addison 17 years ago, it was intended to be a model home to showcase his capabilities as a custom builder and architect. He is the founder and CEO of Sharif Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes and many of the houses in this neighborhood were built by him.

Every aspect of the home is grand, and in its two years as a model, Munir estimates he sold ten to 15 build-to-suits after clients saw it. But at the end of that time, Munir and his wife Michele decided to call it home, and have been here ever since.

They’ve been happily splitting their time between this house and one on Lake Texoma. But their kids are grown and this house rarely gets visitors (unlike the Lake Texoma house), so it’s time to sell.

Mickey Munir

The entryway foyer and grand staircase

This is a 7,400-square-foot luxury home in the exclusive Bellbrook Estates, sitting on half an acre with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There’s also a 12-person formal dining area, dramatic entry foyer with grand staircase, geothermal heating and cooling, gourmet indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, 40-foot lap pool with a sunken conversation pool at one end, a private master courtyard with spa and fireplace, and so much more.

“It’s loaded with so many features, every trick in the book you could put in it in 1998, and it has all been updated to current standards,” Munir said. “It’s got a lot of great technology, like an AMX home automation system, Lutron lighting system, an eight-seat theater with a new projector, screen, and speakers.”

The home belongs entirely to Michele, a point he wanted to emphasize: “We’ve lived through four recessions. This protects her in case the sky falls on me.”

The house is contemporary with a blend of neoclassical and Biedermeier architectural styles, built for company.

“It’s designed for adults with grown children, an entertaining house,” he said. “This house was out-of-the-box in 1998—everybody wanted a French or Mediterranean house—and this was purposeful. Nancy Dubick of Dallas Design Groups, Interiors personally did the interior work in collaboration with us.”

This home is listed for $2.45 million by Grady Yates with Sharif & Munir Ventures, Inc.


Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!

We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!


Photo: Capital Distributing

Photo: Capital Distributing

When it comes to outside dining, there’s nothing quite as clever as an outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, and you live in the South — where the sun shines most days — an outside kitchen is worth the investment.

“Almost without exception, every custom home or remodel we work on today, the owner or builder either includes or plans for a future outdoor kitchen; at a minimum, [he plans for] a nice outdoor living space,” says Mike Davis, President of Capital Distributing.

In agreement with Davis, here are a few things to consider before building an outdoor living space:


7929 Green Valley Front

We drove out to Sachse last night to barbecue and watch fireworks with my cousin and his family. It was so delightful to get away from the city for the evening and enjoy a little small town patriotism. The weather was perfect to pull up a chair in their front yard and watch the fireworks after filling our bellies.

7929 Green Valley Living

The only way it would have been the quintessential July Fourth experience (to me, at least) was if we had watched the fireworks while bobbing in the pool, with an outdoor kitchen close at hand to refresh our drinks. Really, so many homes have great outdoor spaces that when it comes to celebrating, you never need to go inside save for a trip to the lavatory.

7929 Green Valley Dining

That’s what makes this North Richland Hills home so great. It’s out of the way but not too far in the fabulous Forrest Glen West subdivision, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and more than 3,200 square feet. Outside you’ll find a three-car garage, a saltwater pool, and a great pergola and outdoor kitchen for hosting your Fourth of July bash!

7929 Green valley Family

This great traditional at 7929 Green Valley Drive is listed for a recently reduced $394,000 (down from $400,000) by Marcy Barkenmeyer of Keller Williams Realty. Built in 2004, the interiors are pristine and ready for a family to make it their own!

7929 Green Valley Kitchen

The kitchen is great for entertaining with double ovens and a breakfast bar. And the family room is spacious and looks out to the huge backyard. You have formals and a study in this home, with a main-floor master suite and plenty of room for kids to stake their claim. Speaking of kids, the schools in North Richland Hills are excellent.

7929 Green Valley Master


7929 Green Valley Master Bath

But really, let’s talk about all the entertaining you’ll do in this huge, lovely backyard. There’s plenty of lawn for ladder toss, playing catch, or throwing a football around. There’s a lovely little saltwater pool and a huge patio, as well as a good-sized loggia and a pergola that covers your outdoor kitchen where you can grill burgers and dogs until dark!

7929 Green Valley Patio 7929 Green Valley Pool 7929 Green Valley Pergola

Wouldn’t you love to watch the fireworks from here?

A patio-loving  reader writes:

Hey Candy, I was curious if you could recommend a reputable company that specializes in building outdoor kitchens, stonework, etc. I am wanting pergola and an outdoor kitchen, with fire pit. I know you have so much involvement with real estate, I figured you may know a really good company for me! I learned the hard way several years ago during a disastrous bathroom remodel…from that moment on, I only deal with companies that someone highly recommends, with a great reputation. Thanks!

First of all, you have hit upon one of the very reasons why I created this blog: to celebrate and collect great vendors! ONLY really great vendors! All our advertisers are here by invitation only. A blog is kind of like your home; we invite in who we want! Like a small boutique, I have known these advertisers personally for years, and trust them enough to send them to our best friend, YOU! Outdoor kitchens and living areas are one of the hottest homeowner must-haves right now, both in new building and remodeling. With a mild Dallas winter like we’ve had, we can enjoy them year round plus they lower power bills in summer by taking cooking (and the mess) outdoors. Adding an outdoor kitchen/living space will most likely garner a positive return on your home, right agents?Grilled foods are healthier, but forget the food, if you have a spa, you’ll love having a warming drawer for keeping towels nice and toasty for those chilly eve dips! That warming drawer in your outdoor kitchen also comes in handy for holiday gatherings when everything in your inside kitchen is at capacity, and Kegorators can tap beer, or, simply serve as additional refrigeration when needed if no keg on tap! I think an outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles is a very smart move for your home!

Are buyers craving outside rooms decked out to the 9th degree? Does it really help add value to the home? And who might you recommend to get the job done? Inquiring real estate junkies want to know!  P.S. I’m putting a warming drawer in my bathroom…