Rita Santamaria, Then and Now

In 1983, Rita Santamaria had the idea to start a real estate school.

In 1984, Champions School of Real Estate opened its doors for the first time. With one campus, one curriculum and a series of textbooks all written and taught by Rita Santamaria.

Thirty-five years later, Champions School of Real Estate is the largest real estate school in the nation.

In the nation.

Since that time hundreds of thousands have come through the school. Last year alone, over 30,000 passed through. Some students have gone on to have tremendous success.

And that’s what Successful Tendencies of Real Estate Champions is about.

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Malone Cliff

No really, this is the view from this gorgeous Malone Cliff View home.

The thing about a Greico Modern Home is that you would be pleased as punch to live in one because they’re unique, they’re gorgeous, and they’re built to last. But this Greico home on Malone Cliff View punctuates that good feeling with a view that you’ll never tire of seeing.

Arguably one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets when it comes to neighborhoods, Malone Cliff homes are generally perched at the optimal spots for stunning views of the Dallas skyline, and this home at 1905 Malone Cliff View is no exception.

If you think the view from the pool at the Belmont Hotel was great, try the view from above the Belmont. (more…)

Highland Park French streets

This is the elegant French estate you always wanted. Welcome to 4304 Belclaire Avenue, the classic and timeless estate located on one of the most prestigious French streets in Highland Park. The realtor team, TJ Frank and Greyson Johns of Rogers Healy and Associates, just listed this 7,398-square-foot beauty for $5.985 million.

The talented team of builder Christine Goff and architect Will Snyder, who’ve teamed up before for a palatial Versailles Avenue estate we wrote about a few years ago, created this exquisite 2009-built home in Highland Park. Native limestone wraps the exterior with large windows and well-manicured landscaping. Inside you will find an ideal floor plan with five bedrooms, five baths, one powder bath, and an elevator.

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College living isn't what it used to be!

The Skyrock Condos are only two blocks from the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth.

Close your eyes and think about where you lived in college. Did you enjoy the dorm experience?  How about an off-campus apartment up multiple flights of stairs?  Maybe you lived in a house during your college experience?

I started college living in a dorm room that might have been a 10-foot-by-10-foot square.  It was cozy, to say the least. (Especially with my potluck roommate’s 15 bottles of Chaps cologne … beats me why.)

I finished my four-plus years of higher learning by cramming five guys into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house, which was a total blast.  I think I paid $350 per month in rent.  I’d do all of it all over in a heartbeat, too!

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Rogers Healy has another great luxury listing for us at 3837 Villanova in University Park that’s walking distance to Preston Center and in the center of all that’s Park Cities. This updated transitional-style home is a roomy 4,214 square-feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and one half-bath. It sits on an oversized 75 x 150-foot lot, which is nearly a lot and a half with 494-square-foot living quarters above the detached garage — all for $1.9 million.

For a home with a traditional floor plan, the open formal living room and dining room that flow into the family room and kitchen feel modern with an abundance of natural light. French doors in the formal living room lead to a cozy little enclosed porch on the side of the house, perfect for a quiet moment in the morning or an evening cocktail from the dry bar just adjacent.

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Woodrow

All three of our homes in this week’s roundup of open houses are in the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern, including 5939 Velasco Ave., listed by Briana Hill with Rogers Healy and Associates.

It’s not uncommon to hear that house hunters in Dallas are looking for homes in the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern — it’s known for its academics, it’s fine arts programs, and its athletics, as well as its strong alumni and parent presence.

Suffice to say, if you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because there are tons of reasons it’s one of the most sought-after public high schools.

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, our homes all have one Dallas ISD feeder pattern in common — the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern. 

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Ivy Kessie with Rogers Healy and Associates has listed 5717 Penrose Avenue for $595,000.

Want the feel of a luxury home but at an entry-level price? This luxe Lower Greenville gem is just what the doctor ordered, literally. A little birdie told us it’s being sold by a wonderful physician, who loved raising his daughter here. We can see why. The three-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom home is zoned for top rated Mockingbird Elementary, previously Stonewall Jackson. Even better? It’s updated for modern luxury living, indoors and out.

Over $70K In Upgrades

According to listing agent Ivy Kessie with Rogers Healy and Associates, “The owners spent over $70,000 on the home since they purchased it four years ago, including brand new HVAC, roof, siding, garage doors, and more.”

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The sprawling 35,000-square-foot estate at 5101 Kensington Court in Flower Mound, which is listed by Rogers Healy for $9,900,000 is truly a Player’s Paradise. Driving up to the heavily-treed estate, you’ll find two private ornate iron gates to the property, one that leads to the main home with a rock pond water feature and one to the basketball court and sports entertainment complex.

Yes, this Flower Mound manse has a sports entertainment complex. But first, the amazing house.

This French provincial style estate has ornate touches throughout the seven-bedroom home, like the decorative tile inlay as you walk in, the quadruple tray ceiling in the master bedroom and the custom painted mural on the living room ceiling.

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