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

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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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!



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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!


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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!


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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!


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Paths and nooks in Deborah Ballard’s garden give it a feel that is very similar to the Arboretum. Several sculptures by Ballard are interspersed throughout. (Photo: Jo England)


When Deborah Ballard moved into her Casa Linda Estates home 30 years ago, the backyard was a blank canvas with a few bushes here and there and some large, mature trees that dotted the lawn. It was perfect for Ballard, a nationally known sculptor and instructor at SMU, who has since transformed her private oasis into a lush garden that is home to some of her favorite works.

“Every time I’d have a little bit of extra money I’d buy one of those $2.99 plants and shrubs,” Ballard said. Those little investments have made for a big payoff, as the artist has created a memorable garden she enjoys year-round. Her outdoor space is just one of nine you can tour this Sunday, May 17, during the 14th annual White Rock East Garden Tour & Artisan fair. The tour also includes a stop at the Promise of Peace community garden and an art fair and plant sale at Casa Linda Park.

Realtor Vicki White has sponsored this garden tour from the beginning, she says, because she’s passionate about the lake and the gardens that make up the Lake and Garden District.

“I was born and raised right here in this East Dallas neighborhood,” White said. “The people are so genuine and friendly; no Zip code snobs here. We all truly enjoy going on the area home tours and garden tours because, let’s face it, this area is just different. So many trees and mature landscape, and sometimes it’s a little quirky.”

Quirky is good, of course, and Ballard says, most people will notice the sculptures first at her home on Selva Street in Casa Linda Estates, as the abstracted human forms dot the landscape. Some are hidden and made to look like rocks, while some are more obvious. There are several in the front yard, which have prompted people to stop and actually knock on her door to ask if they can tour her garden.

“We do get a lot of people who stop, and that’s why we put the bushes up,” Ballard says of the hedges that line the curb of her home. “It gives people a sign that this is private property.”

So if you’ve driven by Ballard’s home several times and have always wanted to see the gardens but you weren’t so brazen to knock, here’s your chance. Jump for more photos of this lovely sculpture garden, as well as more information on how to purchase your tickets the May 17 garden tour.


8538 San Pedro Front Angle

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Drive by this gorgeous modern farmhouse in Forest Hills and try not to fall in love. Chances are, the house is going to win and you’ll fall head over heels for this beauty, which has clean modern lines throughout and stunning custom interiors.

This is, truly, one of those homes where you think “Why on earth would anyone want to sell this beauty?”

The truth of the matter is that the homeowners are selling their dream home kicking and screaming. Their loss could be your gain, and what an amazing gain it could be.