modern TudorHow do you make a classic 1926 home suitable for a 2018 lifestyle? This modern Tudor at 3824 Shenandoah Street in Highland Park is the answer. I’ve seen a lot of updated and remodeled vintage homes that bear no characteristics of their heritage. Fortunately, this is not the case for our Monday Morning Millionaire. (more…)

Greek Revival
If you have been in Dallas for a while, you know this Greek Revival mansion, and you certainly know the name, Rita Crocker Clements. Newcomers might need a small history lesson, so let’s begin. Rita was a smart, strong, savvy, sophisticated woman that never forgot her ranching family roots. She was an active volunteer not only in politics but also in her community. To say she was a mover and a shaker is to put it mildly. (more…)

Italian Renaissance Revival

When you feature luxurious multi-million-dollar homes each week over the course of several years, once in a while, they come back on the market. Rarely, but it happens, and this is one such instance. This Italian Renaissance Revival has only had three owners, and it’s a perfect home in a perfect location.

The one-of-a-kind property at 3821 Beverly Dr. was listed only a few days ago by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Caroline Summers for $10.95 million, and it’s worth every penny. 

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Striking Brookshire Park Contemporary Soars in Our Dallas Open Houses Roundup | CandysDirt.com

It’s time for our weekly Dallas open house roundup and we’ve found three you shouldn’t miss! 

Every Thursday, we scour the listings to create this CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post. This week, our houses range in price from $398K to $729K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Ralph Randall

I have known Ralph Randall ever since the early ’90s. We were sitting in folding lawn chairs in a front lawn in the 4000 block of Purdue, with friends, who had one of those jump-houses on the lawn for their daughter’s birthday party. Ralph Randall came by to “sit” for a spell, and I met him for the very first time. Our friends were leasing a house from Helena Underwood Sparling, Ralph’s very first broker. He was probably the funniest man I had ever met, and I was cracking up in between rescuing little ones flying around in the jumpy house. Good Lord, I thought, how nice he is to sit here with us boring parents and these bouncing off-the-wall children and be so calm, so funny, so gracious, so knowledgeable about the market. (It was a lousy market, we were all depressed about it, our friends were wealth managers so you can imagine the prodding. And prodding.) Ralph lived just next door or around the corner with his grandmother and made that kind of impression on you that you would indeed, most indeed, call upon him the next time the world perked up and one started buying real estate again and the entire experience would be flawless.

In fact, call him I did, about fifteen years after that.

Last Sunday, October 20th, Ralph Randall celebrated the close of his 30th year in Dallas residential real estate. He feted clients, friends and colleagues of three decades with fantastic nibbles, libations, accolades and yes, a toast!  The party was absolutely lovely, with Ralph holding court at Parigi’s where he dines daily, according to rumor.

“You know, my kitchen is slip-covered,” he quipped as he thanked the restaurant’s owner, Janice Provost.

Ralph and Larry and JoyceIMG_6375 Ralph, Lyn and JohnGuests included Joyce and Larry Lacerte, Lyn and John Muse, Helena Underwood Sparling (his first broker) and Ebby Halliday herself!  Real estate associates and friends from all three decades of his career and even his collegiate life joined in the celebration.  

“The list of friends and clients, past and present is simply overwhelming!” exclaimed Randall, who was scripting the speech carefully right up to the delivery.

Ralph and VirginiaIMG_6368 Ebby & Ralph IMG_1729The perfect Bachelor, the perfect gentleman, every lady was given a long stemmed rose, her choice of color, to take home! Ralph still carries the distinction of having sold the most expensive lot in Highland Park, the Preston Road acreage he sold to Lyn and John Muse in the year 2000, and of course, the most expensive sale in Dallas, the near 9 acre Preston Hollow estate of Joyce and Larry Lacerte he sold for them in 2009, purchased by Energy Transfers billionaire Kelsey Warren.

PS: Ralph also has a razor-sharp memory. It was he who reminded me not only of the decade, but the very block in which we first met!

 

 

 

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