It is not too late to bid on this house! EMAIL: alicia@eliteauctions.com or PHONE: (214) 326-1875!

You have heard us go on and on about former Texas Ranger Michael Young’s fantastic home at 3508 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

We had an open house event there a Saturday or two ago, and you couldn’t pull me out. 

Created by Emerson Residential in 2006, this house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, one half bath, a designer kitchen, expansive master suite, and lovely outdoor area with a covered patio and fireplace. Enough room for a small pool, and there is even a small sun room off the back yard that would be a perfect entertainment hub. I was totally blown away by the home, quality of construction, design and details. A more family-friendly home in UP I have not seen.

Now I am blown away by the fact that the house is selling tomorrow, September 1 (August is gone!) at 11:00 a.m WITHOUT RESERVE. And someone is going to get the deal of the century. I mean, the home is listed with Allie Beth Allman’s Lilly Young for just under $3.5 million. Hec, once it was listed for $3.9!

“This University Park neighborhood is just a short commute to downtown Dallas and in the attendance zone for Highland Park ISD, a major draw for many,” said Alicia Chmielewski, Elite Auctions Market Director, Southwest. “An open floorplan and luxe amenities make this home appealing for the discerning buyer.”

No kidding. The Highland Park School District is one of the most coveted in the southwest. (more…)

Michael Young was a perennial MLB All Star during his long tenure with the Texas Rangers. (Photo: Keith Allison/2009)

Did you catch the article in the Wall Street Journal this week? “Former Major League Baseball All-Star Michael Young is auctioning his 7,715-square-foot Dallas mansion without reserve next month.”

That’s the one we have been telling you about! That’s where we are having our CandysDirt.com Staff Party TOMORROW! This is a rare opportunity to buy a celebrity home at auction in coveted University Park, with top rated schools and security, on a quarter acre of land with five bedrooms and seven-and-a-half baths, hand-scraped hardwood floors, recirculating water heaters, and decorative lighting fixtures, to say the least. And it is listed for $3.5 million. Michael Young said he wanted to take a more “creative route” to sell it.

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Modern French Eclectic

Real estate doesn’t get much hotter than this modern French eclectic in University Park built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Robert Elliot Custom Homes. Ty Vaughn with The Associates Real Estate Brokerage has quietly, and privately, put 3307 Bryn Mawr on the market for $3.995 million. So, you, our dear readers, are the first to know about this stunner.

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park citiesImagine being able to host friends and family at a July fourth cookout and pool party, with a brief break for a quick walk to the popular and traditional Park Cities Fourth of July parade — because we just found the perfect house for just that very thing. (more…)

Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?

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Modern French Eclectic

“This is a happy house,” Briggs Freeman listing agent Meredith Ferrell said. “It makes you feel like you are on vacation every single day.” Ferrell has summed our Inwood Home of the Week  up beautifully. The moment I saw this University Park modern French Eclectic at 4026 McFarlin Boulevard, I could not stop smiling. It’s light, bright, and the owners have used color in the right places — and in the right proportions.

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Modern Colonial Revival

So often you find a house that’s in a perfect neighborhood, like our Inwood Home of the Week, at 3709 Hanover Street in University Park. It’s the right size, the right style, and has all the elements to suit a family. It also offers great entertaining spaces. But it needs a refresh, and you don’t have time. So, how great is this University Park modern Colonial Revival that has already been through the refresh, and is move-in ready? It’s also an absolutely perfect example of how you take a great house and make it even better. Talk about a score! (more…)