Highland Park Contemporary

Photos: Jason Anderson

It’s impossible to drive down Armstrong Parkway and overlook this Highland Park contemporary. This street is one of the best known in the city, and it’s full of beautiful homes, but 3710 Armstrong Avenue is different. It’s a dramatic departure from the typical house you’ll find on this street, and it has certainly captivated me since the day architect Dan Shipley finished it in 2000.


Preston Hollow Estate

Photos: Jason Anderson with JA2Photography

This Preston Hollow estate looks exactly like what I imagine Prince William and Kate would choose if they moved to Dallas. It has all the beauty and elegance of a modern-day castle while remaining family friendly.

That’s a hard combination to get right, but builder Joe Kain always gets it right. Kain was brought on board to renovate, update and enlarge 5424 Edlen Drive several years ago. He’s known for his state-of-the-art design and execution, so I’m not surprised that it turned out to be exquisite. If you’ll remember he built 40 Braewood Place, a completely different kind of knock-your-socks- off home.

The estate was originally built in 1992 and had an entirely different look. In 2007 Kain took it from a Texas farmhouse to the present day modern castle. The foundation was in great shape, so he took the center down to the studs keeping 3,000 square feet and added another 6,104, which means there are now 9,104 square feet to love. So, it essentially became a brand new custom home.



Let’s get this out of the way first: this luxury lease is already spoken for. We figured, though, there’s always room for eye candy, and at $10,000 per month, 3141 Southwestern is the creme de la creme of lease properties.

We spoke to Realtor Susan Baldwin who shared that the lucky soon-to-be occupants are a local family who has always loved this gorgeous French Provincial. After selling their home, the clan chose this looker as their interim residence while planning their next move. We are green with envy!

And speaking of green (like what we did there?), check out that walk-up. Set back from the street on top of a lush slope, the house commands some serious attention – and admiration.

“It really does have such a stately presence,” Baldwin said. “It’s got that ‘You have arrived!’ look that executives are searching for.”

Stately, it is. And utterly lovely.


3141 Southestern

3141 Southestern

Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.

And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.

Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.



New American Classic IHOTW

We know what you’re thinking. This stately, clean lined, New American Classic home at 3824 Newman Blvd. looks like a Highland Park house — but it’s in Frisco. It’s not what you expect, is it? So what is happening in Frisco? A lot.


4500 Bluffview Blvd IHOTW

The saying around Dallas is that when you move to Bluffview, you move to your forever home. Don Henley, founding member of the Eagles, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, former senator of Texas, have certainly found forever homes in the neighborhood, so you’ll be in great company if you’re lucky enough to nab 4500 Bluffview Boulevard. Listed by Susan Baldwin and Ginger Nobles with The Nobles Baldwin Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $2.649 million, it went into MLS Tuesday, so we suggest you move fast. (more…)

black-suits-bicycle-streetstyle_lgThis is taking green buying to the next step pretty drastically: a “growing number of Realtors are using bicycles to show clients potential places…”

I don’t know about this. I love spin class, and now, with the new Northaven Trail, you will definitely see this butt here out on a bike more often. I just think, in Dallas, house hunting on a bike is risky business what with our faster than the speed-of-light nukes disguised as SUVs. And, aside from Ginger Nobles and Susan Baldwin who were on a bike, a tandem mind you, before it became de rigeur,  I honestly just cannot see our top producing divas of real estate biking it with clients, can you? I am sure she can do it since, as a little girl, she rode ponies on one leg, but do we really expect Ebby to ditch her Caddie?DaveEbbyBentley5280-560x400

How soon before Doris Jacobs gives up her Mercedes, Ellen Terry parts with her Jag, Dave Perry-Miller loses his new Mercedes with Tucker’s spot in the passenger seat? And will international diva Marilyn Hoffman ditch her chauffeured limo all for the sake of Mamasita Earth on two wheels?

But then, maybe they should try it. Ginger and Susan have been selling millions in real estate in tandem on a tandem for years that is, until they got all eco on us and went for the green tandem motorcycle perfectly color coordinated, of course!Susan Baldwin - Ginger Nobles - Motorcycle!


Good news from the National Association of Realtors — home sales across the country spiked up in August. Of course, they should: August is always the busiest real estate month of the year, when families want to buy homes and get settled before the school year. Dallas residential sales were up by a whopping 29.1%, among the highest of the national metro areas. That and our smidgen of an increase in prices —  point 3 percent —  was enough to earn kudos from BusinessInsider, who anoints us as one of the top ten U.S. cities where sales are bouncing back.

Looking at NTREIS, I compared August 2010 sales to this year. In 2010, there were 846 homes sold in Dallas, Park Cities, Mesquite, and Richardson at a median price of  $222,449, or 96.01% of listing price, averaging 79 days on the market.

This year there were 1,114 sales, median price of $212,444 or 95.73% of the list price, 85 days on the market.

Talking to Mark Cain, Ginger Nobles, Susan Baldwin, Becky Frey, Brad Holden, Bud Bush and a host of other Dallas realtors this week I asked them if they tought that the rest of the year would go as well as August. In a word, you bet. As Mark said: “I think September, October, November and even December are going to be a friggen’ bonanza!”

Why, I asked?

Because the banks have unleashed the jumbo loans, which is like Rolaids relief to the higher-end market over $417,000, home prices are low, sellers are reasonable, interest rates are low, and inventory is down. It’s like all the stars are aligning.