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The architect-designed contemporary townhome at 3715 Colvin Ct. in Oak Lawn is one of five featured open houses this week.

If the first days of summer have you reveling in real estate, then don’t miss these five Dallas open houses this weekend. We’ve got an insider’s look at some seriously hot DFW properties as part of our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, we’re looking at homes that range from $479K to $1.095M, including an architect-designed new Oak Lawn townhome, a historic Munger Place Colonial, and a newer Tudor with almost 5,000 square feet, located right next to Lakewood Country Club in East Dallas. All five are fabulous.



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The home at 10119 Lanshire Dr. is one of five we’re featuring this week in our open-house roundup.

Every week, we’re featuring five fantastic open houses in Dallas (and suburbs from time to time) here at CandysDirt.

This week, we’ve picked properties that range in price from $375,000 to $875,000. You’ll find everything from a contemporary townhome in Uptown with a rooftop deck and city views, to a Far North Dallas Midcentury sitting on a secluded creek lot. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!



Rogers & @kaitlinechu

I remember Rogers Healy in 2007. Boy, do I remember him. I had just started my brainchild blog, “Dallas Dirt”, over at D Magazine. Most of the agents in town were not super excited, mostly because they had no idea how technology was about to shift the real estate industry. But I did.  I had seen the writing on the wall and knew that as print media rode off into the sunset, it would take old real estate print ads with it. Adios.

Was talking to a friend tonight who has a contract on his home. He is looking for another. Is he sitting with a pile of magazines or newspapers looking at the listings? Hell no, he is on the internet surfing for his next home. And that’s where he will start to find it.

In 2007, I remember that many agents not only had no idea what a blog was, they couldn’t even pronounce the word, so they called it a “blob”! (more…)

3116 Beverly Drive extOh my, look what I found. 3116 Beverly Drive, as in the most desirable street in all of Highland Park. On a corner lot, to boot. More than a quarter of an acre with a back yard, a pool, and a 6136 square foot home that was custom built to a discriminating woman’s specifications. The house was custom designed by Peggy Pollock, and Dallas starchitect Will Snyder with Boerder-Snyder was the architect. The home was built by Pat McKinley of Epix Properties.

This was also the home of a woman with a heart bigger than the state of Texas: the late, great Nancy Underwood. Though she was the second owner of this home, built in 1998, Nancy personalized it beautifully to her specifications. She entertained many guests elegantly in the three first-level entertainment areas. She used a sitting room off her master bedroom as a reading and meditation room, which also has a balcony with streaming sunlight. There are four bedrooms total, all with ensuite baths, four full baths and one powder. The master features an enormous spa bathroom gleaming with marble and two of everything — two commodes, two showers, two vanities. There is ONE soaking tub but TWO oversized walk-in closets. The upstairs foyer is large enough to become a sitting area. Throughout the entire home is a tasteful French subtlety with a lick of French design. And it begins right at the arched, delicately scroll iron-milled front door.3116 Beverly Drive foyer (more…)

All photos: Urban Scene

All photos: Urban Scene

Landon Burke is a Dallas realtor and an idea man. With a long interest in the arts and a parallel-universe-kind-of-dream of owning an art gallery, Burke dreamed up a novel concept that lives at the intersection of real estate and fine art, Urban Scene: Architecture, Art & Culture.

Urban Scene supports and bolsters local artists by displaying their original work in open-house showings, coupled with drinks, food, and foot traffic. It’s a win-win kind of situation that benefits everyone, Burke says.

“In my career, I’ve done open houses and they’ve been unsuccessful, in my opinion,” said Burke, a realtor with Rogers Healy & Associates. “We have hundreds of people at these [Urban Scene] events and when you get that many people in room, everybody is a great mood, sipping on local craft beer and enjoying the evening.”

Realtor and Urban Scene founder Landon Burke with event coordinator Laura Reeder at the first event

Burke has been a realtor for nine years and events in late 2014 inspired him to begin this nonprofit endeavor.

“I got my first luxury listing in Dallas November 2014 in Vickery Place, beautiful house at 5206 Miller,” he said. “It reminded me of an art gallery and I’ve always wanted to do that myself.”

More than 200 people turned out to that inaugural pop-up event in the custom home by architect Frank Posada. Artists included Andrea HolmesBee Street Studio, Jason Stallings, Lab Art, Maxx Henry-Frazer, Payne Wingate, Peter Lynch, Snipe Art, and Toni Martin. Braindead Brewing provided craft beer and Poof & Pantry provided small bites.

A second Urban Scene event in January brought out over 500 people to an open house at a Bella Vita Custom Homes build at 5424 Willis Ave. where Burke partnered with the DMA Junior Associates.

The two popular events under his belt, Burke is planning the third open house at a $1.5 million listing by Bella Vita Custom Homes at 5707 Charlestown Dr. in Preston Hollow (with so many people attending, Urban Scene had to move out of the M Streets because crowds were causing traffic jams). The Feb. 24 event will go from 6-9 p.m. with art from Martin Lawrence Gallery. Jump to read more!


Calling all reality show producers: do I have a script for you! Take a  20,000 square foot Texas mansion built by an oil tycoon and his wife – I mean, ex-wife. OK, make that 19,337 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, two half baths including one with a musical flushing toilet, two infinity pools, 6 living rooms, Moroccan media room, a guest house with three bedrooms, a caretakers home, Longhorn, cattle and horses and a barn (with full bar) to house them. There are even deer jumping (and getting stuck on) the fence plus rabbits, coyotes, snakes, critters, three mules, a horse, donkey, catfish and brim because the home is on the shores of Lake Grapevine. In fact, there are more than 450 feet of waterfront views of the lake from a 75 foot bluff, which is not only high for, but extremely rare in, Texas.

Now guess who’s living there: four forty-something, beautiful divorcees. Rent-free. While the house is on the market.

Call me a voyeur, but I always love to know the story behind every house I visit. Jacque Evans (no relation, unfortunately, she’s¬† adorable) built this as her dream home with her husband of 20 some years. No expense was spared in the building or design, and Jacque picked out every stitch of fabric, every stick of furniture, and imprinted her touch on every inch. (My favorite – her bedroom, and the black toile guest house bedroom.) The home took three years to build. After her divorce, she was awarded the home. She found herself opening up to other women in her situation. When she found out some of them had no place to live, she said, why don‚Äôt you come over and live with me ‚Äì I certainly have plenty of room.

(Note: Divorcee Diva Inn is full.)

“What is the point of having things – a big home, two swimming pools – if you can’t share it with people.

Good question: we should ask Lee Bailey!

While it’s on the market with dynamo agent Rogers Healy, Jacque shares her home: Living in the guest house is a divorcee with one daughter. Three other women ‚Ä쬆 all gorgeous, Jacque looks about 35 ‚Äì are in two of the six bedrooms. At 19,000 square feet, they are almost a football field away from Jacque’¬Ä¬ôs bedroom and spa bath. Another lives in the caretakers’ home.

‚ÄúWe are a total support system for each other — we pray, share food, clothes, try on clothes, and have fun all the time,‚Äù says Jacque. ‚ÄúWe try to laugh every day and are actually having a blast!‚Äù

But there is stress: a few weeks ago, the Divas were out (in boots and heels) in Jaque’s pasture trying to help a deer who had jumped over and gotten stuck on a fence. Deer, they learned, are pretty heavy. Jacque managed to get the poor dear unstuck and off the fence, and he ran off into the woods.

The estate is protected by an electronic gated fence, located within a gated community in Flower Mound, north-west of Dallas, close to D/FW airport. In fact, sitting on Jacque’s patio, you would never think you are anywhere near Dallas until you see a 747 taking off in the distance. Full water views right from the foyer.

“I grew up in Lakeland, Florida, “says Jacque. “When we found this property, it reminded me of that. So rare to have a home on the water just minutes from downtown Dallas.

The home sits on 10.4 acres, and because of the cattle and horse, the new owner will get a Texas agricultural exemption on 9.4 acres. The features and extras in this home run so way over, you have to see to believe: venetian plaster everywhere, stained glass windows, custom tile, the truly Moroccan media room where Jacque hangs with her new beau, a friend from college, a huge bricked-in wine cellar, geo-thermal heating, smart house wiring, two Aga stoves, a walk-in food vault (refrigerator and freezer), exercise rooms, and quality everywhere from the walnut floors to the groin vault ceilings to my favorite: a secret office off a hidden stairway located behind a bookshelf in the study. Also, a billiard room with shoe-shine chairs, and a game room.

The Bachelor my fanny: this home would be the perfect setting for Divorce Divas. Because the guys would have to be pretty darn special to drag me out of this castle, deer or no dear!

This does not look like Texas!

Hidden staircase behind the bookshelf!

The Mistress Bedroom — we don’t need a Master!