As more people move across the nation for jobs and opportunities, so do more people become what’s termed “holiday orphans.” These folks are often left to their own devices for Thanksgiving, with family either too far away to travel to on short notice, their children at their ex-spouse’s home, or their jobs far too demanding to take a full Thanksgiving vacation. While not ideal, these situations have snowballed into the trend of “Friendsgiving,” which is when a group of holiday orphans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in lieu of a family gathering. 

If you’re like me and you love to host gatherings but you’re not exactly eager to rehash the same discussions with your crusty, distant relatives, then you’ll find the idea of Friendsgiving rather appealing. And this new listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell is the perfect modern townhome to host an elegant gathering of fellow holiday orphans (without the chainsaw-like snoring in the background of your least-favorite uncle). Plus, it’s so close to the Katy Trail, which will come in handy when it’s time to walk off all of that pie.

This stellar modern townhome at 4206 Buena Vista is yet another High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And if you can’t get this beauty under contract by Thursday, there’s always Christmas feasting in the future, so call Lisa Peters now to make sure you can move in and host the next big holiday gathering in that gorgeous, light-filled dining room.

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Oak Cliff is just lousy with beautiful historic homes, but it can be somewhat of a crapshoot buying a flip that is older than a certain age. And some neighborhoods have a diverse array of homes from different periods, none quite so striking as the Dells District. This neighborhood, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, features brick and stone cottages from the ’20s and ’30s originally developed by a Mr. Irwin — hence the name of one of the major streets, Irwindell. More houses were built after World War II in the ranch vernacular.

The Dells District is also home to this adorable, exceptionally renovated listing from Phillip Murrell of Compass, which is also our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

“One sure-fire way to recognize a solid remodel is when the builder thoughtfully reconfigures and modernizes a historic home, but restores as much of the distinct, original features as possible,” Murrell said. “The next lucky owner will enjoy a ‘like-new’ home without sacrificing the soul and story that makes it extraordinary.” 

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Now, don’t get me wrong — I do love the charming painted wood siding, columns, and porches of the beautiful historic homes of Winnetka Heights — but when you see as much real estate as I do, you know that judging one of these homes by curb appeal alone is like ordering a steak from the picture of the cow it came from.

And again — don’t get me wrong — I love steak. But not all Winnetka Heights homes have beautiful interiors and great finish-out, just like not every good-looking cow is going to turn into a great steak. That’s one of the main reasons why this gorgeously renovated Winnetka Heights Historic District home is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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Yet another high-profile agent has decided to leave a local brokerage for Compass Real Estate. In early June, Phillip Murrell made what he said was the extremely difficult decision to leave Dave Perry-Miller after more than three years. He cited Compass’s technology and innovative marketing as deciding actors.

“I wasn’t looking for a change at all,” Murrell said. “It was one of the hardest decisions professionally that I have made. Lee Thomas and the people over at Dave Perry-Miller are some of the best people in the world.”

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Bud Oglesby-Designed Condo In Oak Lawn Features Timeless Design | CandysDirt.com

Calling all architecture and design lovers: We’ve found a Bud Oglesby condo that’s the perfect dwelling for the Dallas urbanite. It just hit the market and offers are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, so you have to act fast to snag this gem.  

Nestled in the Mansion neighborhood of Oak Lawn and only blocks from the Katy Trail, 2711 Hood St., Apt A is true to its original design with stained concrete flooring and open rafter ceilings. The original blue General Electric Wonder Kitchen (which includes stove, oven, sink, and stainless steel counters) has been preserved and offers an authentic and fun focal point for the space. 

“I think there’s an intangible element to this home that’s hard to put into words — it has history and soul,” said listing agent Phillip Murrell with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — Park Cities. “Oglesby was ahead of his time and created an efficient, open space without any fuss, just great design.” 

This home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and 705 square feet on one story, built in 1969. Let’s take a look before it’s off the market. 

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You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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In the parlance of those of us in Dallas who have been huddled indoors avoiding the cold and wet winter, “Where’s the patio?”

I’ll tell you where it is —our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s an incredible townhome listed by Dave Perry-Miller agents Phillip Murrell and Stewart Lee in one of the hottest parts of Oak Lawn. 

“In addition to almost 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the townhome includes a yard with access to the first floor, a large balcony adjacent to the living room, and a roof-top deck with stellar views of downtown,” Murrell said. “This is the perfect townhome for those who want to enjoy the excellent weather we’ve been having in Dallas.”

Just make sure you take your allergy medicine and you’re ready to pour some mimosas and soak up the sun and skyline!

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NAR’s recent generational survey uncovered some really interesting trends. For starters, more and more Millennials are eschewing urban life and heading for the burbs, where they can afford to buy a house. Though Millennials contributed the largest share of home buyers in 2017 at 36 percent, a shortage of single-family construction has kept aspiring homebuyers from making the move. Additionally, larger numbers of households are living a multi-generational lifestyle, with more younger Baby Boomers buying homes to house their adult children and their own parents. Even Gen X households are buying homes with the intent of having their parents under the same roof. 

Now that many Millennials have started to pay down their staggering student debt, more of them are starting families. According to NAR’s report, the share of Millennials with at least one child continues to grow. But for many Millennial households in America, their desire to become homeowners combined with slow wage growth and high housing costs have pushed many out of larger cities and toward the suburbs. In fact, 52 percent of Millennial homebuyers bought larger and more affordable properties in suburban locations. 

In fact, Thrillist just published a piece that speaks to this trend: “State of the Suburbs: Dallas.” Forced to look in every nook and cranny for a home they can afford, Millennials are now turning their eyes toward the close-in suburbs that might not get as much attention as the master-planned communities in Collin County, such as Duncanville, DeSoto, Garland, and Grand Prairie.  

Of course, a lot of these trends speak to life in Dallas, which has a very upwardly mobile workforce and a lot of Millennials. However, are we seeing a run on suburban living? We asked some of our most-trusted Realtors to find out. 

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