On the heels of news that Jay Torres killer may have been named comes word that an agent in the Plano Keller Williams office at 3600 Preston Road, Camelia Perez-Hernandez, has been missing for more than a week. Her sisters fear the worst: Camelia was very responsible, they say. And the young, bi-lingual agent was in the process of closing a contract. The last time her family had contact with her was on July 11.

She was also dating a 41 year old who is married, so the relationship was kept secret, her sisters said.

When they couldn’t find her on July 12, her family says they called her boyfriend, 41-year-old Luis Rodriguez. The two were having a secret relationship because he’s married. They say initially he agreed to help them search for her, but that same day disappeared.

”No one has seen him either,” (Flor, a sister) Perez said. “He has not turned on his phone. No bank activity either. He has disappeared as well.”

The FBI is assisting Richardson police in the search. Camelia was apparently very close to her family and spoke with them several times a day. They are beside themselves with pain, as I’m sure her office is. Camelia worked with veteran Keller Williams broker Mike Brodie.


richardson real estateFor families looking to live in a northern suburb, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred offers a chance to get a lot of house for under $300K with the opportunity to totally personalize the space.

The Richardson house at 5403 Kingston Dr. is 2,158 square feet with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and an open floorplan in the shared rooms. Located near Renner and Murphy roads, east of Central Expressway, this Collin County house is zoned for Plano ISD, and its elementary, Miller, earns a 10 out of 10 rating from

There’s a nice-sized backyard, and the house is just one block from the 417-acre Breckinridge Park, with trails, pavilions, picnic and playground areas, a gazebo, 12 soccer fields, two softball fields, three ponds, and tons of undeveloped green space. It’s also about a 10-minute drive from the CityLine mixed-use development.

HOA dues are a very reasonable $90 per quarter, and the house itself was listed Sunday by Kurt Buehler with Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North for $250,000 ($116 per square foot).


Plaza Retail Looking East Along State Street

Less than a decade ago, “transit-oriented development” was a buzzword you couldn’t escape. It was heralded by DART Rail boosters as a way to make mass transit and greater urban density more palatable and accessible. Since then we haven’t seen much in the way of successful transit-oriented development, as even Mockingbird Station — the project that was touted as a model for such building concepts — has had ups and downs.

But with more people moving to Dallas, and many of them coming from areas where mass transit is a way of life, not just a talking point, transit-oriented development is resurfacing, too.

In fact, a completely new development slated for a 186-acre tract adjacent to the Bush Turnpike DART Rail station and straddling Plano Road. Developer KDC has dubbed the project “CityLine” as it sits between both Richardson and Plano.

State Farm has already signed on to lease 1.5 million square feet inside its three office towers, which will total 2.3 million square feet in the project’s initial phase. There will be 92,000 square feet of retail as well as 3,925 multi-family housing units.

According to Walkable DFW’s Patrick Kennedy, the success of this development is as yet unclear, especially considering that this project “has changed hands several times already,” he said via Twitter. The big winner, according to him, will be downtown Plano.

You can read the buzzword-laden press release in full below. Do you think that this project is the kind of “new urbanism” that will make suburbs more sustainable?


Newly named “CityLine” development to feature hotel, retail, multi-family, fitness,

medical and office space 

RICHARDSON, Texas – (October 24, 2013)  – Developer KDC today announced plans for the initial phase of its transit-oriented development located on 186 acres in Richardson, Texas.  The company also announced the name of the development: CityLine. 

“The name CityLine was a natural choice as the development is on the border of two great cities: Richardson and Plano,” said KDC’s Walt Mountford.  “It’s adjacent to DART’s existing light rail station and is also surrounded by key highways and two major thoroughfares.  CityLine will be an instant city with a true urban environment.”

The $600 million, 2.3 million-square-foot initial phase of CityLine is slated for completion in early 2015.  It includes KDC’s property west of Plano Road and adjacent to the DART light rail station.  Project specifics include dense urban restaurant, retail and entertainment space; a contemporary 150-room select service hotel; 520 new urbanism multi-family residential units; an 18,000-square-foot wellness and fitness facility; a 41,000-square-foot medical office building; and a 3.5-acre park with trails, all woven within the recently announced 1.5 million square feet of office towers leased by State Farm. 

“CityLine has been a team sport, and KDC has been fortunate to work with great designers and development partners to create an outstanding place for the community,” said Steve Van Amburgh, KDC’s CEO.  “I can’t think of another development that, upon opening, will completely integrate over 1.5 million square feet of office with retail, restaurant, entertainment, multi-family, medical, fitness, and hospitality uses into an exciting experience for all who live in DFW.”

The focal point of the initial phase will be CityLine Plaza, a centrally located urban plaza designed by Office of James Burnett (OJB), the landscape architect of Dallas’ signature Klyde Warren Park.  Framing CityLine Plaza, fronting Plano Road, and located along State Street will be more than 92,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.  KDC has selected Dallas-based Retail Street Advisors to start pre-leasing and marketing.

“KDC and its design team have created a truly compelling urban environment that will attract a dynamic mix of dining and entertainment options,” said Aaron Stephenson of Retail Street Advisors.  “State Street and CityLine Plaza are oriented and scaled specifically for pedestrians to encourage sidewalk and patio activity and to promote community interaction and gathering throughout the day.”

Buildings that incorporate several uses are central to the CityLine master plan. Restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces are integrated into the base of the office towers, the multi-family residential, and the hotel, allowing CityLine Plaza and both sides of State Street to be surrounded by activity.  The master plan also focuses on creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment, while providing easy access for vehicles and ample parking in the 7,700 spaces within CityLine parking garages.

In July, KDC broke ground on the project and announced State Farm will lease 1.5 million square feet in three office towers. The Class A office buildings consist of a 13-story tower, 15-story tower and 21-story tower.  Each tower is situated on a five-level parking structure along with ground floor retail space.

KDC acquired the land for the Richardson master-planned project in December 2012.  The project, adjacent to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Bush Turnpike Station on its Red Line, will be a transit-oriented development on the east and west sides of Plano Road. The east side includes the 147.5 acres of land on the north side of Renner Road, between Plano Road and Wyndham Lane.  The west side includes 38.5 acres of land south of President George Bush Turnpike between Plano Road and the DART light rail tracks.  

At full build-out, the $1.5 billion CityLine project will contain approximately six million square feet of office space, two hotels, 3,925 multi-family residential units, 300,000 square feet of grocery, restaurant, entertainment and retail space, and three parks.

Corgan is the State Farm office architect and Omniplan is the CityLine retail architect and master planner.  Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer and OJB is the landscape architect.

403 Canyon Creek extThis is a really cute house. Three bedrooms, two baths, 2100 square feet plus. Built in 1983, it was completely renovated in 2007, yielding trowel-textured walls and hand-scraped wood floors; fine designer finishes and Prairie Creek Elementary ye haw! The owners also really went all out for space age type appliances. There is an Advantium Speedcook (makes best frittatas ever) , granite counter(s) (let’s come back to those), stainless appliances, and, in the master bath, a computerized luxury spa complete with steam, sprays, whirlpool, and even a built-in entertainment system.

Oh, it’s not just a steam shower, it is an ozone sterilization system.Space Age bath tub

Actually, it looks rather scary. According to the website, that space-ship like deal is a steam shower bath. “Ozone Sterilization Systems” are available in many of the units. The ozone sterilization can keep your Steam Shower Units, Steam Shower Baths, and Hot Tubs clean. I guess if you get in there, it will keep you germ-free, too, maybe even undo the effects of too much alcohol:

“Often bacteria, viruses, and germs breed in humid environments making Ozone Sterilization Systems a smart feature to have in your Steam Shower Units, Steam Shower Baths, and Hot Tubs.”

I’d like one all over my HOUSE! Besides sterilizing you and the unit, these things have purported extra health benefits like arthritis relief, back relief, decreased congestion (no kidding), decreased inflammation (how this happens I do not know, especially in a hot steam environ), decreased pain, improved joint flexibility (oh yeah), improved muscle tone, improved skin, improved sleep, increased blood circulation, increased mobility, muscle relaxation, overall relaxation, relieved fatigue,  and strengthened immune system.

Maybe you even get a break on Obamacare if you own one!403 Canyon Creek Drive ext 403 Canyon Creek Drive FR fireplace 403 Canyon Creek Drive kitchen 403 Canyon Creek Drive ext.jpg fireplace master 403 Canyon Creek Drive ext.jpg Bath master 1 403 Canyon Creek Drive ext.jpg guest bath 403 Canyound Drive ear yard

Other perks in this $329,000 house. What, yes, it’s $329,000 and no, I am not lying. I know, that fancy bath unit was probably half the cost of half the house. It’s really cute, and I love the exposed brick wall in the family room. You get la la la formals, three bedrooms, two baths, 2100 plus square feet on .35 of an acre. (Did I already say that? Obvi I need a session or two in this steam unit, maybe it cures Alzheimers?) The only thing that bugs me is, did someone forget to finish the kitchen? It’s like it was added as an afterthought. There is just that one counter on the wall, then there is a table at an angle in matching marble. I’ve seen more counter space in apartments. Does the table come with the house? All sorts of questions here.

But then, I sure haven’t seen an out-of-sight steam shower unit that sterilizes me in an apartment. No siree, that is one hot mess product I don’t think you’ll find, well, anywhere except, maybe, Alaska!