Wade Parker
If you have always wanted to see an estate built without regard to budget, I mean truly no expense spared, oh boy we have one for you: 3509 Euclid, listed with Vicki White of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
And with $22 million poured into it, this mansion is now the biggest bargain in Texas with its new, “sell me, sell me!” listing price.
Consider: more than 18,000 square feet. Underground parking for at least 10 (which makes valet car retrieval very easy in case of a storm). Seven to nine bedrooms, a master suite that is larger than most homes at 2638 square feet, putting green, golf simulator, outdoor kitchen, the most perfect pool environment, and the most sought after location in Highland Park.

There is even a remote back entry gate (with separate remote exit gate) leading to a large motor court that could double as a sports court: summer camp right in your backyard.

Beautifully positioned on close to an acre in the most prestigious corner of Highland Park, the owners of this meticulously crafted estate commissioned three of the most esteemed professionals in Texas to make it a home nirvana: Architect Robbie Fusch (need we say more?), master builder John Sebastian, and our very own landscape guru Harold Leidner created a landscape plan that rivals the most beautiful resort landscaping you have ever seen.
Who was the owner? Wade Neal Barker, a Mesquite bariatric surgeon who pleaded guilty to his role in a $200 million health care fraud deal involving the now defunct Forest Park Medical Center on North Central just north of Forest Lane, of which he was a co-founder.



Candy Evans and Vicki White of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s talk about 3509 Euclid at a CandysDirt.com staff party held Nov. 8.

What did you miss at last night’s CandysDirt staff party at 3509 Euclid? Only an amazing house, listed by Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.

Lucky for you, we have a sit-down interview, where Candy Evans and Vicki White talk about this epic Highland Park estate built to entertain. Designed by Robbie Fusch, built by John Sebastian of Sebastian Construction Group, with landscape designed by Harold Leidner, 3509 Euclid offers all of the bells and whistles you expect in a luxury estate today. Made with the best of everything, this home features spaces that are both grand and intimate with a living area that opens completely to the backyard, which is perfectly suited for year-round entertaining.

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First Internationally Certified Passive House in Texas to Hit Market Monday | CandysDirt.com

Dallas gets some big bragging rights today as the first internationally certified Passive House in Texas goes on the market. If you don’t know what that is, listen up and prepare to be impressed with this tale of two men’s vision to bring a new building standard to the state. 

The Northwest Dallas house at 3846 Lively Cir. is 3,230 square feet on two stories. For the past several weeks, the air conditioning as been at 71 degrees and the heat at 69. Lights were burning bright, appliances were buzzing, and people were walking in and out as the property was prepared for sale. 

During all this activity, the house’s electricity usage has averaged $1 a day, about 90 percent less energy than a comparable structure built using standard techniques, says builder Connor Fagin, who with his father Kyle Fagin, owns Fagin Partners

“The Passive House originated in Germany and results in ultra-low energy usage,” said Connor. “We’ve got 14-inch thick [exterior] walls, an 18-inch thick roof, and even when we have a sharp temperature change outside, it takes about 24 hours for the heating or cooling system to have to turn on inside.” 

Built as a spec home, this Passive House uses leading-edge materials and “green” technology to create a comfortable, beautiful dwelling.

“This is a high-quality, well-made house — but it’s just a house if you don’t know anything more than that,” said listing agent Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “But then you find out it’s the best of the best in Texas, something one-of-a kind, and it [creates] a whole different level of appreciation.” 


What a way to end the summer. I have known Vicki for a long time, as long as I have been blogging about Dallas real estate. I have even gotten to know her sister — both are darling gals — and turns out, Dallas born and raised Vicki is great friends with some of my good friends from my “mommy” years.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will soon be sending out a press release that says Vicki has joined as a Senior Vice President, a “top producing real estate agent who brings 20 years of home renovation experience and an esteemed residential sales career to Dallas’ luxury brokerage.”

A passion for real estate and dedication to service combined with years of experience and high levels of expertise make Vicki a tremendous asset for clients throughout East Dallas, University Park, Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Uptown, North Dallas, and the surrounding areas of Plano, Frisco and Allen.

Her long list of clients is attributed to her ability to help buyers and sellers envision the potential of every property – from first-time homes to multi-million dollar estates. This added value results in successful sales at the maximum price and in the fewest possible days.

Since her first year of business as a multi-million dollar producer, Vicki has continued to stay at the top of her profession as an expert in luxury real estate. She has been consistently recognized as one of Dallas’ Best Realtors by D Magazine since 2012 and has received the Five Star Award from Texas Monthly Magazine since 2013. Vicki was also named one of Lakewood Advocate’s Top 25 Agents in production in both 2015 and 2016 as well as the Lake Highlands Advocate in 2015.

As you know, we don’t put much weight to many of those magazine “top agent” deals. But everything in this release is the gospel truth and more. She’s a great agent because she works hard, she cares, and she knows how to market a house.

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open houses dallas

The historic two-story Prairie home stunner 4834 Worth St. is simply stunning, and it’s one of our five featured open houses.

We hope you’ve kept your weekend plans flexible, because you’re going to want to drop everything and run to these five open houses.

Every Thursday, the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column brings you and insider’s take on real estate and the open houses you just can’t miss. This week, our houses range in price from $449K to $799K. You’ll find a gorgeous Midcentury-style home with cathedral ceilings in the North Dallas Hughes Lane area, a jaw-dropping restoration of a 1913 Prairie in Munger Place, and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these homes before they go off the market!



dallas open houses

The contemporary beauty at 4428 Greenbrier Ct. is one of our five featured Dallas open houses this week.

Ready for your insider’s look at the best open houses for this weekend? Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, our homes range in price from $429,000 to $1.695 million, and wow! Some great properties this week. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


6317 Bryan a

The master bedroom at the historic Old East Dallas Tudor at 6317 Bryan Pkwy. is a thing of beauty, and it’s in one of our five featured open houses this week.

If you’re trying to come up with a way to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom (or mom stand-in), consider taking her to some of fabulous Dallas open houses in this week’s CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

Every Thursday, we pick five open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss. This week, our houses range in price from $399,500 to $635K. You’ll find a range of properties, from an Old East Dallas historic Tudor with fabulous spaces, to an updated transitional ranch-style home in Midway Hills. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


Dallas open houses

The house at 8550 Eustis Ave. in Forest Hills Estates is one of the four featured this week in our open house roundup.

If you’re looking for romance before Valentine’s Day, skip the drama and love these listings! We’ve found four open houses you should definitely make a date to visit this weekend. They range in price from $240K to $935K, in neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Preston Royal. Enjoy!