There are a lot of great condos in the East Lovers Lane area, many of which are within walking distance to the Lovers Lane DART station, making for a quick commute downtown if that’s where you’re headed. However, a lot of these condos are fantastic income-producing properties thanks to their proximity to Southern Methodist University. Buy a condo for your student’s stint at SMU, and thanks to the healthy real estate market, you can either lease it once they graduate or sell for a healthy profit.

This particular building, The Tuscany at 5904 Sandhurst, is so well cared for and has tons of great amenities, including a courtyard swimming pool, fountains, and fabulous landscaping. Scoring a unit here is a challenge, as they tend to go quickly. And considering how well-maintained our High Caliber Home of the Week is, we’re not surprised at all to see that it’s already under option contract. Heck, if we were in the market, we would have contacted Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get in an offer fast! 

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3416 Drexel Drive
There’s a certain expectation level when house hunting in the Park Cities. Buyers know beauty is a given, size is essential, and green features are increasingly important. This stately Highland Park new French traditional, at 3416 Drexel Drive, not only meets those expectations, it exceeds them.

The 7,256-square-foot, three-story home is within walking distance of Highland Park United Methodist Church and Southern Methodist University. The kids can bike to Armstrong Elementary School. The Dallas Country Club is five blocks away. You really cannot find a better location.

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3628 Mockingbird Lane

3628 Mockingbird Lane is ready for its close-up!

Remember the movie Father of The Bride? Whether you saw the original Spencer Tracy version or the Steve Martin remake, one thing has remained constant — the look of that iconic house. The white, two-story colonial with green shutters is the quintessential all-American family home.

So when we saw 3628 Mockingbird Lane  pop up in new listings, we did a double take, and then a little research. Sure enough, it could be the stunt double for either of the original movie locations. And oddly enough, one of those California homes, 500 N. Almansor, in Alhamba, is also for sale. In fact, it just went pending — so be glad you live in Dallas and still have a shot at owning this Mockingbird Lane colonial with star power potential. (more…)

Nathan Grace Frisco Office

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Thanks to its dedication to client services, Nathan Grace is one of the fastest-growing brokerages in DFW.

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Six years ago, Vickie Parker set her sights on changing the residential real estate landscape in North Texas.

With a professional background in hospitality and home building, Parker was an unlikely figure to blaze a trail in the industry, but she has done just that as President of Nathan Grace Real Estate.

“What I bring to the table is a different way of looking at the business,” Parker said.

Her fresh perspective has helped make Nathan Grace one of the fastest-growing brokerages in DFW. In April alone, agents representing $100 million in volume joined Nathan Grace.

“We are very quick and nimble and can open an office very quickly, and we doubled our number of agents in 2014,” Parker said. “That growth is great, but retention is more important—when people choose to join us, we take their business very seriously. Every single agent who has joined us, their business has increased.”

Nathan Grace Frico Office

The lobby of the new Frisco office of Nathan Grace Real Estate. All photos: Nathan Grace

“Our business model is the traditional brokerage turned upside down—we are service providers.” Parker said.

“The agents are small business owners and we are a business services provider—we provide what they need to be successful, from branding and consulting, to brokerage services and business planning,” Parker said. “If this were a clothing boutique, we would be their personal shoppers.”

“Boutique” is a key concept for Nathan Grace. While doing business studies before opening shop, she looked at what was missing from the residential real estate market in North Texas and found there was a lack of these kinds of brokerages.

“Boutique to us means offering high-touch and high service to clients,” she said. “The common thread is that all our people have the heart of a servant—we look for agents who love to serve others, be it their community, peers, or clients.”

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5801 Hillcrest Front

If you’re looking for high-end residential leasing in the Park Cities, just go ahead and dial up the Dave Perry-Miller offices, because it seems like they have curbed the market! Seriously, just about every single lease I’ve found in Highland Park and University Park is listed with a Dave Perry-Miller associate. (more…)

2011 Cedar Springs extI don’t know about you, but this is the first primary where I have actually enjoyed seeing campaign signs out and about. Why? Because the candidates all have such great names: forget Bob, John, Paul or Mary: we have Chart, Morgan and Court — and then my precious Leigh Bailey on the Democratic side. When I write my novel, I am going to steal all of these Republican candidates’ great names.

According to the Dallas Morning News, all three of the Republican candidates are pretty similar — conservative, favor limited government, oppose new taxes and prioritize business-friendly policies, education and infrastructure. Which all sounds good for the state of Texas, right? They are trying to distinguish themselves with their work background and experience.

Despite their conservatism, this is the best looking crop of candidates we have ever, ever had! In fact, they are all just adorable!

So who to vote for? Well, let’s take a look at where the three Republican candidates for the Texas House LIVE, maybe that will help:

Chart Westcott, the youngest of the group, is age 28, a year younger than my son. Precious! He says he lives in the M Streets in East Dallas. But according to public records, it appears he is the trustee of a penthouse at 2011 Cedar Springs, 7th floor. DCAD has it appraised at $506,810. I’m trying to get this figured out. He is also a member of the Texas Real Estate Commission, which is definitely a plus for we lovers of the dirt.2011 cedar Springs 701

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Chart Westcott

Age: 28

Home: M Streets in East Dallas (and/or something on Cedar Springs?)

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Vanderbilt University, 2007; law degree, Southern Methodist University, 2011

Occupation: Business partner at Commodore Partners, a private equity company that invests in real estate and technology

Civic involvement: Member of Texas Real Estate Commission; Texas chairman of the National Association to Protect Children; board member for Friends of Fair Park and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas; co-chair of 2013 Reagan Day Dinner for Dallas County Republican Party; chairman of Young Americans for Romney in Dallas. Also, Chart does not drink alcoholic beverages.

Amount raised: $1.1 million plus

Meyers lotMorgan Meyer and his wife, Keana, have a new home in University Park on Colgate built in 2010. (What you are seeing here is the house before they built, stay tuned.) Smart move, getting into UP for schools and buying the most home he could for his family. It’s 4409 square feet, brick, has fire sprinklers, five bedrooms, four and a half baths and no pool which is smart — the Meyers have small children. Their home is appraised at $1,738,400. I think Morgan is so handsome he should not just run for the House, he should be in the Governor’s mansion and ultimately, the White House. Have you seen his wife? We are talking knock down gorgeous and beautiful children to boot. By the way, Morgan has been endorsed by the Dallas Morning News.

Morgan Meyer headshotMorgan Meyer

Age: 39

Home: University Park

Family: Married with three children

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Methodist University, 1996; law degree, Washington and Lee University, 1999

Occupation: Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani

Civic involvement: Volunteer for 1992 Republican National Convention; former intern for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock; volunteer for South Dallas Legal Clinic and Lawyers Serving Warriors; executive committee member of Dad’s Club at Hyer Elementary

Amount raised: $312,293*

Website: morganmeyerfortexas.com

5807 Glen FallsCourt Alley probably has the most beautiful name — Court Christian. He lives in Devonshire with his wife, Mary Clare (also a beautiful name) in a 61 year old ranch home DCAD has appraised at $807,000. Glen Falls. He may have bought it as a foreclosure — now that’s a savvy financial mind. The home has 3394 square feet and four bedrooms, three and a half baths, no fire sprinklers but it does have a swimming pool. Great house, great buy, great neighborhood.

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Court Alley

Age: 34

Home: Devonshire neighborhood in North Dallas

Family: Married with a 1-year-old son

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas, 2004

Occupation: President and founder of Caruth Marketing, which sells customized promotional products and assists with branding and Web design.

Civic involvement: Founder of Brighter Dallas PAC, which promotes civic engagement among young conservatives; community block captain for Devonshire Neighborhood Association; advisory board member for America’s Future Foundation, a networking group for young conservatives and libertarians; volunteer for Serve West Dallas, a faith-based nonprofit

Amount raised: $121,943

Website: allforalley.com

Go out there and vote! I wish all three of these guys could win — they are great young men.

2011 Cedar Springs extI don’t know about you, but this is the first primary where I have actually enjoyed seeing campaign signs out and about. Why? Because the candidates all have such great names: forget Bob, John, Paul or Mary: we have Chart, Morgan and Court — and then my precious Leigh Bailey on the Democratic side. When I write my novel, I am going to steal all of these Republican candidates’ great names.

According to the Dallas Morning News, all three of the Republican candidates are pretty similar — conservative, favor limited government, oppose new taxes and prioritize business-friendly policies, education and infrastructure. Which all sounds good for the state of Texas, right? They are trying to distinguish themselves with their work background and experience.

Despite their conservatism, this is the best looking crop of candidates we have ever, ever had! In fact, they are all just adorable!

So who to vote for? Well, let’s take a look at where the three Republican candidates for the Texas House LIVE, maybe that will help:

Chart Westcott, the youngest of the group, is age 28, a year younger than my son. Precious! He says he lives in the M Streets in East Dallas. But according to public records, it appears he is the trustee of a penthouse at 2011 Cedar Springs, 7th floor. DCAD has it appraised at $506,810. I’m trying to get this figured out. He is also a member of the Texas Real Estate Commission, which is definitely a plus for we lovers of the dirt.2011 cedar Springs 701

Chart+Headshot_122713_Fnl-3

Chart Westcott

Age: 28

Home: M Streets in East Dallas (and/or something on Cedar Springs?)

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Vanderbilt University, 2007; law degree, Southern Methodist University, 2011

Occupation: Business partner at Commodore Partners, a private equity company that invests in real estate and technology

Civic involvement: Member of Texas Real Estate Commission; Texas chairman of the National Association to Protect Children; board member for Friends of Fair Park and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas; co-chair of 2013 Reagan Day Dinner for Dallas County Republican Party; chairman of Young Americans for Romney in Dallas. Also, Chart does not drink alcoholic beverages.

Amount raised: $1.1 million plus

Meyers lotMorgan Meyer and his wife, Keana, have a new home in University Park on Colgate built in 2010. (What you are seeing here is the house before they built, stay tuned.) Smart move, getting into UP for schools and buying the most home he could for his family. It’s 4409 square feet, brick, has fire sprinklers, five bedrooms, four and a half baths and no pool which is smart — the Meyers have small children. Their home is appraised at $1,738,400. I think Morgan is so handsome he should not just run for the House, he should be in the Governor’s mansion and ultimately, the White House. Have you seen his wife? We are talking knock down gorgeous and beautiful children to boot. By the way, Morgan has been endorsed by the Dallas Morning News.

Morgan Meyer headshotMorgan Meyer

Age: 39

Home: University Park

Family: Married with three children

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Methodist University, 1996; law degree, Washington and Lee University, 1999

Occupation: Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani

Civic involvement: Volunteer for 1992 Republican National Convention; former intern for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock; volunteer for South Dallas Legal Clinic and Lawyers Serving Warriors; executive committee member of Dad’s Club at Hyer Elementary

Amount raised: $312,293*

Website: morganmeyerfortexas.com

5807 Glen FallsCourt Alley probably has the most beautiful name — Court Christian. He lives in Devonshire with his wife, Mary Clare (also a beautiful name) in a 61 year old ranch home DCAD has appraised at $807,000. Glen Falls. He may have bought it as a foreclosure — now that’s a savvy financial mind. The home has 3394 square feet and four bedrooms, three and a half baths, no fire sprinklers but it does have a swimming pool. Great house, great buy, great neighborhood.

Court+Alley+headshot

Court Alley

Age: 34

Home: Devonshire neighborhood in North Dallas

Family: Married with a 1-year-old son

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas, 2004

Occupation: President and founder of Caruth Marketing, which sells customized promotional products and assists with branding and Web design.

Civic involvement: Founder of Brighter Dallas PAC, which promotes civic engagement among young conservatives; community block captain for Devonshire Neighborhood Association; advisory board member for America’s Future Foundation, a networking group for young conservatives and libertarians; volunteer for Serve West Dallas, a faith-based nonprofit

Amount raised: $121,943

Website: allforalley.com

Go out there and vote! I wish all three of these guys could win — they are great young men.

5542 Longview Front

Demand is high and prices for rentals are usually higher in the Lower Greenville area. Why? It’s practically party central! It’s where the M Streets and much of Vickery Park goes to get down. There are restaurants, entertainment, bars, and lovely homes with tree-lined streets and fabulous neighbors.

At 5542 Longview Dr., you’re within walking distance of Dallas institutions such as the Granada Theater, Gloria’s, Aw Shucks, and many more fabulous restaurants. You’re super close to Glencoe Park, too, and it’s a straight shot to North Central Expressway. This is also a sought-after area for SMU undergrad and graduate students and young professionals who are new to the region.

5542 Longview Porch

So color me surprised that you can find a 975-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath duplex in Lower Greenville for just $1,100. That’s such a steal! Duplexes are ideal properties for renters who want more privacy than an apartment but don’t want all of the responsibility of renting a single-family home.

5542 Longview Living

This duplex is adorable, too. You’ll love the front porch, a perfect spot to sip and nosh with neighbors! This is also a pet-friendly rental, so Fido and Felix will feel at home, too. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the second bedrooms is a great size for an office.

5542 Longview bedroom

You get washer and dryer connections, and this unit comes with appliances. Sound like your cup of tea? Get in touch with Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com.