Stephen Jones (far right) introduces his father and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who announced a first-of-its-kind luxury high-rise project that would combine the team’s brand with a luxury residential concept. From left to right, Robert Shaw, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Jones, and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Twelve Cowboys Way is no joke, but legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Staubach did admit he had pulled an April Fools prank already Monday morning — on his unsuspecting wife.

“I was getting ready to come here today, and I woke up my wife and said, ‘Honey, honey! There’s a bunch of squirrels in the house,’” Staubach said with a fair amount of glee. “She woke up yelling, ‘What? What!’ — so I got my joke in already.”

And while they may have chuckled when asked if they worried an announcement as big as a new residential high-rise concept co-branded with a sports team might be treated with a little skepticism because of the timing — the middle of April Fools Day — Robert Shaw and Roger Staubach are serious about the project.



It was probably the most beautiful memorial service most of us will ever attend, and it was totally befitting Ebby Halliday Acers, the Duchess of Dallas Real Estate as her pastor, Dr. Jim Denison, called her. The sanctuary at Park Cities Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon was loaded, as was the balcony, and I’m told it holds 3000. The church hall, which holds another 1000, was set up for the overflow.

The afternoon service was laced with beautiful music, beginning with a performance by the Happy Hill Farm Academy choir, Happy Hill being one of the many charities Ebby supported.

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, remembered Ebby first. Mary Frances started with the company as a temporary secretary, who Ebby asked to stay on permanently. Back then she said she made about $2.50 an hour — “Ebby was my graduate school,” she said. (more…)

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Another residential development is underway near West Dallas’ super hot Trinity Groves neighborhood with the construction of Alta Yorktown by Wood Partners LLC.

The development will include 226 luxury apartments in three, four-story buildings on six acres. The property, located at 660 Yorktown St., is just one mile west of downtown Dallas, and sits near the Trinity Groves restaurant, retail, and entertainment area.

Rents at Alta Yorktown will average just over $1,300 a month for apartment homes that average 827 square feet (available as studio, one, two, and three bedrooms). Leasing will begin toward the end of 2015, and construction is slated for completion toward the middle of 2016.

Interior finishes in the apartments will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, Shaker wood cabinets, upgraded fixtures, and wireless technology packages. Community amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool and courtyard, grilling stations, and fire pits. The property will also have a small amount of retail space.

Alta Yorktown is just one of multiple new developments in and around Trinity Groves, where Wood Partners has a big stake in the neighborhood. It sits next to the Sylvan Thirty mixed-use project, in where Wood Partners built the 200 apartments, and the Alta West Commerce apartments, which will have 252 units. Jump to read more!


The apartments at Sylvan|Thirty are some of the 1,300 projected units that will be built in West Dallas.

The apartments at Sylvan|Thirty are some of the 1,300 projected units that will be built in West Dallas.

Steve Brown’s dissection of the new apartment projects in West Dallas says that this area with incredible views of downtown and the Calatrava bridge will become the next big industrial-to-residential transition in Dallas. But what impact will these 1,300 brand new apartments have on the existing infrastructure? And will this redevelopment become a model for other areas?


MuseumTower-rendering-2.350w_263hWe might want to offer him some natural-based products by The Good Home Company!

Seriously, this is so refreshing to hear. According to the Dallas Morning News, who is still hot on the trail, Mayor Mike ordered a shake-up of the four City Council members who serve on the pension board’s trustee panel of 12. He says Scott Griggs can stay. Scott had my reaction to the legal bullying tactics of the lawyers hired to handle whatever it is they are handling. But the Mayor wants to bring in three fresh voices: my new city councilman, Lee Kleinman, plus newbie Phillip Kingston, and Rawling’s ally Tennell Atkins.

Dallas-Mayor-Mike-Rawlings-251x300All great guys, and this is super news, but what about Jennifer Gates? I was just thinking yesterday, right here down the block from Lee, wonder what some of our newer city council members think about the events of late? What would Jennifer Staubach Gates, do, and this is totally one of my wilder and crazier thoughts, but wouldn’t her dad, Roger Staubach, add a nice touch to any new PR campaign or panel of reason? Few can bring people together like Roger Staubach.

Of course Lee is amazing. True doer. Right after he was elected our streets were re-paved.

Here’s a link to the story, if you subscribe. If not, here’s the gist:

In an interview Monday, the mayor said that Museum Tower, which the pension fund owns, was not the focus of his decision. He said that because Dallas taxpayers are ultimately on the hook for any shortfalls of the more than $3 billion fund, he wanted to make sure the board is making good investment decisions.

“I’ve been on investment committees, and I think the best investment committees are those that believe in healthy debate about strategies and tactics, not that are always in lock step,” Rawlings said. “The team that I’m nominating will ensure that there’s going to be fresh debate, and that our public safety professionals are taken care of, because the right questions are going to be asked.”

But I still want to know: did the Nasher folks produce any fake commentary?


The First Lady of Dallas Real Estate, Ebby Halliday, turned 100 this year on March 9 and the whole city celebrated! Ebby’s birthday week was jam packed with luncheons and parties and celebrations, all totally appropriate for the most beloved woman in Dallas! The best was the gala celebration at the Meyerson Symphony Center for 1000 guests with the magic that only Todd Fiscus can create. From the patron party at the home of Jeff Rich and Jan Miller to the gala itself, complete with cotton candy, popcorn and bubble gum martinis, it was truly a memorable night.  The theme was a circus because Ebby, of course, once rode ponies bareback in her native Kansas. She also sold Wolverine Salve. (I have a jar she gave me; it’s framed!) The moving circus cake by Frosted Art was a masterpiece!

On February 23, Ebby birthday week kicked off with a fund-raiser at the Hilton Anatole. Ebby dressed in her signature St. John couture, an elegant black gown, and was escorted into the ballroom on the arm of Roger Staubach.

Talk about the men at that event: it was an Ebby Centennial All Male Revue — Ross Perot, Jim Keyes, Denny Carreker, Rep. Pete Sessions, Kern Wildenthal, Scott Murray and Ken Cooper in sparkling black top hats. They sang a rendition of “Hello, Ebby,” sneaking peaks at cheat sheets. Most were on hand for the Meyerson bash.

Even the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders did a routine, and Ebby gasped when the line did unison splits.

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said he had honored many people during his four years in office, “but I saved the best for last.”

Then Roger Staubach toasted Ebby: “We love ya. We trust ya. And we thank you for your example.”

Tony Orlando sang “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Old Oak Tree,” which was the favorite dance tune of Ebby and her late husband, Maurice Acers.

Even Warren Buffett, Ebby’s “boyfriend” made an appearance on the ballroom’s big screen, strumming his ukulele and singing “Happy Birthday” as 500 of Ebby’s generous friends settled into their seats. I don’t think the city of Dallas has ever partied as hard!


Claim to fame: here’s how great this neighborhood is. Guess who used to live here? Who, in fact, raised his kiddos here — not in this house, but on this cul de sac? Roger and Marianne Staubach, that’s who.  I love this little nook just north of LBJ — yes, it’s north of the Big O and you are creeping dangerously near to the 972 world — kidding! This is a great location, because you are still close enough in to make running everywhere a snap, yet you can get some great property deals. Take this beauty. Can you tell it was built in 1977 and maybe needs a little work? (Who deosn’t?) But look what you get as far as bones: 4255 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, half a lush, leafy green acre with low maintenace — no grass in the backyard, which will keep your water bills down when this rationing deal kicks in. And you get a nice deck spa. This home is very woodsy a la late 70’s, maybe too woodsy, but decks can be replaced and then you can create the perfect environment. Vison, people, have vision: 6906 Edelweiss is priced at $499,000 for cripes sakes and the sellers are serious. As in, VERY serious! Linda Vallala with Virginia Cook.