Amazing houses in Dallas – particularly in Old Preston Hollow – are common, even expected. Amazing houses in Preston Hollow that are available for immediate occupancy as a renter are almost unheard of. A classic Georgian estate featuring six bedrooms and seven and one-half bathrooms is available now and “perfect in every way,” according to Susan Matusewicz with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

Amazing houses in Dallas – particularly in Old Preston Hollow – are common, even expected. Amazing houses in Preston Hollow that are available for immediate occupancy as a renter are almost unheard of.

A classic Georgian estate featuring six bedrooms and seven and one-half bathrooms is available now and “perfect in every way,” according to Susan Matusewicz with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

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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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Almost two weeks have passed since tornadoes struck Dallas, displacing thousands of residents, students and businesses. As usual, Dallas is resilient and those who did not suffer property damage have rushed to the aid of those impacted.

Almost two weeks have passed since tornadoes struck Dallas, displacing thousands of residents, students, and businesses. As usual, Dallas is resilient and those who did not suffer property damage have rushed to the aid of those impacted.

As residents of Preston Hollow and Northwest Dallas scramble to find temporary housing, affordable rentals including this one on Allegheny Drive may fit the bill. Near Royal Lane and Interstate 35 East, this three-bedroom home with 1,884 square feet rents for $1,800 per month. (more…)

By James Bell, Esquire
Special Contributor

The recent tornadoes In Dallas caused an unprecedented swath of destruction in the Preston Hollow area. The EF-3 tornado completely demolished some homes and damaged others, as well as several structures. As an attorney who represents folks whose homes and property are devastated by perils such as these windstorms, when I first learn about these catastrophes, my thoughts naturally turn to the legal rights of the affected property owners. I hope their insurance companies will step up and do the right thing for their policyholders who have been faithfully paying their insurance premiums, praying they never need to file a claim, but believing that, if they should, they will be taken care of by their providers.

Sadly, we know that is not always the case. However, there are some things you can and should do when a disaster strikes your property.

I don’t think we can ever remind people enough about some of the essential steps to take for a proper recovery on an insurance claim, particularly a multimillion-dollar home: (more…)

Elegance never goes out of style, but it’s always nice to give a home a modern refresh. This Mediterranean masterpiece in Preston Hollow was just updated by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Hudson Construction Group and awaits you with fresh finishes, gracious open rooms, and luxurious amenities you never knew you needed. Soon, you won’t be able to live without things like the master suite’s private coffee bar, which can transport you to Tanzania or Brazil every morning with just one sip. Fully remodeled and move-in ready, this listing is already the center of attention on the market. 

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North Dallas Tornado

Tyler Seguin’s property on Camilla Lane before the North Dallas tornado.

We all know by now that the North Dallas tornado has devastated Preston Hollow. And a lot of you know Dallas Star’s center Tyler Seguin’s mansion on Camellia Drive was struck. What you may not know is that it was beautifully staged by Lisa Stapp, the owner of Staged by Stapp. Along with Seguin’s home, about $55,000 worth of Stapp’s inventory of furniture and accessories were destroyed.

While it may pale in comparison to losing a house worth a couple of million, the livelihoods of those that serve in the real estate community have also been severely affected by the North Dallas tornado.

North Dallas Tornado

The home is completely destroyed after the North Dallas Tornado struck.

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Preston Hollow Village

With so many homeowners displaced by the EF-3 North Dallas tornado, rentals in the Preston Hollow area are leasing up. The tornadoes that devastated the northern stretch of our city Sunday night — the National Weather Service has confirmed a total of 11 in North Texas — will set a new record as the costliest tornado outbreak in Texas history according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The organization has conservatively set the tab at $2 billion in losses for about 1000 homes and businesses.

At least 65,000 customers lost power and Oncor, along with out-of-town help, is still repairing the grid. According to Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Gates, only 900 are now without power, which is amazing considering the scope of the damage to the densely populated area the storms struck.

Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas tells me 30,000 total auto and homeowner claims have been filed for this event. The expense, too, comes with the scope of commercial claims: warehouses, shopping malls, restaurants, and an entire Home Depot. That Home Depot at Forest and US 75 alone will be several million dollars for both structure and inventory, he says.

At this point, storm victims are assessing damage, filing claims, and working to find rental homes while their own homes are repaired or demolished. All of this is going to make life very different in North Texas over the next year. 

Spike in Rental Properties

“We have about five families from the same two Preston Hollow streets — Pemberton and Orchid — leasing at the McKenzie,” says Sanders Avrea, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “All of our larger three-bedroom floor plans have been leased and our remaining two bedrooms are going quickly. We do still have three of the six penthouse plans still available.”

Stop what you’re doing. We have the scoop on a George Dahl masterpiece in Preston Hollow! The Imperial House epitomizes Hollywood Regency design at its best, with rare and elegant offerings that don’t sit on the market long. This property has panache, attracting past residents ranging from Elvis to Frank Sinatra to a current WFAA-TV anchor! And now, you too, could be among the select few to own a slice of Imperial House history.

Ged Dipprey and Emily Ray-Porter with Dave Perry-Miller InTown just listed a lovingly restored first-floor condo you have to see to believe.

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