JP and Associates

JP Piccinini launched his firm with only two associates out of his Frisco home in November 2011. 

I remember the first time I met J.P. Piccinini at his office in Plano. He was hosting a Realtor event, a ribbon cutting, with special guest Fredrick Eklund, the Swedish-born New York City real estate broker, Bravo TV reality star of Million Dollar Listing former IT entrepreneur in his native Sweden, and non-fiction writer. He told me to go get a photo with Fredrick, make myself at home. I did. I knew, and I think I wrote at the time:

If this real estate name is not on the tip of your tongue yet, it may well be very soon: JP and Associates REALTORS is one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in Dallas Fort Worth, and on its way to becoming the Southwest Airlines of real estate brokerages.

Now he is buying one of the largest brokerages in Austin with $400 million in sales and more than 200 licensed agents and brokers across the state. I was right. The growth of JP and Associates has been phenomenal. The company has grown over 700 percent in the last three years, stretching out from that one Plano office where Eklund demo’ed a kick for me, to 10 or more offices in the DFW area, plus Austin, NYC, and Houston.

And now the sky is truly the limit. Prior to the acquisition of Private Label Realty, JPAR was forecasting $1.6 to $1.7 billion in sales volume for 2017, or 60 percent growth. JPAR was featured in the Dallas Business Journal‘s 2017’s Top 20 Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages and ranked No. 586 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Throw in those 200-plus licensed agents and brokers in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio — sizzling markets all — and JPAR is poised for even more growth.

I profiled JP a couple of years ago, and his humble background made me love him even more.

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Ritz-Carlton

The views are spectacular from the balcony of unit 1504 in tower II of the Ritz-Carlton.

I’ve found a real gem in Uptown, a 15th-story condo at The Tower Residences at Ritz-Carlton. It offers incredible views, a gorgeous contemporary interior, and access to the world-class, five-star hotel amenities and concierge services offered at the Ritz-Carlton.

Unit 1504 at 2555 N. Pearl St. is one of only two properties on the market for under a million dollars in either Ritz-Carlton tower, and the only one bedroom at this price point. That’s notable because the penthouse in this second tower just sold for one of the highest prices ever paid for a high-rise residential unit in Dallas. Additionally, the unit overlooks the landmark Crescent property and the upcoming Crescent Park, a $65- million renovation that will feature an expanded shopping and dining arcade across the street. This is the place to live!

I love how walkable this area is: a block to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District; great restaurants
and entertainment on every corner; the American Airlines Center down the street. Because this condo is on the
15th floor, street noise isn’t an issue. Plus, the balcony is not west-facing, so it stays cooler in the unit than
those that face the blazing Texas sun in the afternoon.

This property is listed by Jennifer Cloud Esq with Private Label Realty, who worked closely with the owner to update the space. For example, the once-purple walls are now a nice, neutral tone and contemporary lighting
that takes it up a notch was added in the dining and master areas. It stays the perfect temperature with a Nest thermostat.

They hired Staged by Stapp to ready the unit for sale, and almost everything you see is available for purchase with the condo, which has one bedroom, one full bathroom, one half bath, and 1,375 square feet, with access to the awesome balcony from both the living room and master. I’d love to give you a tour.

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College Front

I may not live in the suburbs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. In fact, I do love a good small town feel, like the one you get with McKinney’s W.A. Rhea historic district. Tidy sidewalks, lots of picket fences, and a great area to teach your child how to ride a bike.

If this small town America feel sounds like a jackpot to you, then you’ll love this 1940 prairie-style home. At 310 N. College Street is a completely updated four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, 2,100-square-foot historic gem that will make your heart skip a beat. It’s listed by Private Label Realty for $274,000.

College Living Dining

From the refinished floors to the new lighting fixtures, everything in this home has received a good going-over. The huge front porch remains, which is an absolute bonus considering that it’s a great place to meet and greet your new neighbors, which I am sure will be just as thrilled to meet you. I mean, how could you not?

College Sunroom

Inside you’ll find fresh paint and built-ins that will make you wonder why you ever considered buying a homogenous tract home in some HOA out yonder, where you’ll probably be greeted by bobcats and coyotes. I’m just sayin’. The painted brick fireplace is beautiful, but the real scene-stealer is that cool staircase. I love that it doesn’t obstruct your view of the rest of the first floor. Genius!

College Kitchen

In most rehabbed kitchens you might find builder-grade cabinets and blah, blah, blah … yeah, I’m already bored by that, too. Which is why I’m so glad that they kept the original cabinets in this adorable cottage. Remember: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With a fresh coat of white paint, some lovely slate tile, granite counters and stainless fixtures and appliances, it looks so much more at home in this historic property.

College Master Bed

I love the sunroom, too, which gives you a great place to hang out when it’s too hot in the summer and too chilly in the winter. It also gives you a great view of the excellent deck and huge backyard — another bonus of buying an older home.

College Master Bath

The master bedroom is 14×14 — a good size for this age of home — and features wainscoting and built-ins, as well as cool vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. In the master bath you’ll find a gorgeous claw-foot tub and even more wainscoting, as well as a separate shower and two separate vanities. I love the configuration of this bathroom as it is very versatile.

College Deck

And that brings us to the gorgeous backyard, where there is an ample deck and plenty of room for you to garden to your heart’s content, living your own Mayberry dream. Seriously, how could you not love this house?