I sorted through at least a dozen homes before I landed on this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred treasure. The drive-up is so charming. But it was the first interior shot that made me say, “Oh, yes. This is a goodie.” It came as not a bit of a surprise that this 1925 Tudor was completely rebuilt from its foundation by an architect. There’s just something about the way the spaces are laid out and the use of light that made it obvious someone with know-how got their hands on this Perry Heights home.

The top-down renovation delivers a combination of contemporary appeal and historic charm with admirable deftness. With three living spaces, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms in in 2,141 square feet, 4411 N Hall Street is listed with Virginia Cook’s Nancy Martinez for $749,000. Join us after the jump for a bonus space that will not disappoint.

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Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then Realtors may be in the running for one of the holiest professions because of their squeaky clean cars.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stereotype to say Realtors have immaculate cars, but … isn’t it also sort of true? Curious, I set out to investigate this phenomenon and talked to several Realtors in DFW about the state of their vehicles.

The most passionate advocate I found was Harriet Shaw, a Realtor with Keller Williams Urban on Turtle Creek. Shaw says her tidy ways began in childhood with a mom who kept the house so clean, you could eat off the floor. But today, she keeps her Mercedes Benz, which she calls her “shiny little piece,” in showroom condition.

“I think my clothes, my shoes, my hair, my car are all an extension of my business, in the sense that if I reflect an attention to detail in every area of my life, that is someone I would want to do business with,” Shaw said. “It is congruous with everything else I do in my real estate business. I want my clients to know that I am coming in as a woman and Realtor who gives attention to every detail—the smallest little thing is important to me.”

realtors clean cars

Shaw’s car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

To keep her car in tip-top condition, Shaw carries bottled water, towels, and leather wipes in her car for daily interior wipe-downs, as well as wheel shine and Handi Wipes for exterior cleaning. She even keeps a small vacuum cleaner in the trunk for the carpets.

A little OCD? Sure, says Shaw. But it’s totally worth it.

“The busier I am, the more I clean the car—I find it wonderful to walk out to a clean car because it gives me a sense of pride,” she said.

Shaw says the very nature of real estate work makes for more dirt and grime in and on a car, from high mileage and multiple passengers to getting in and out frequently and storing things like yard signs in the interior or trunk.

“My shoes tend to track in a lot of dust and dirt, and I carry things that if I put them down, lord only knows what’s going to come off of them—and I put them in the trunk or sometimes in the front seat,” she said.

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Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then Realtors may be in the running for one of the holiest professions because of their squeaky clean cars.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stereotype to say Realtors have immaculate cars, but … isn’t it also sort of true? Curious, I set out to investigate this phenomenon and talked to several Realtors in DFW about the state of their vehicles.

The most passionate advocate I found was Harriet Shaw, a Realtor with Keller Williams Urban on Turtle Creek. Shaw says her tidy ways began in childhood with a mom who kept the house so clean, you could eat off the floor. But today, she keeps her Mercedes Benz, which she calls her “shiny little piece,” in showroom condition.

“I think my clothes, my shoes, my hair, my car are all an extension of my business, in the sense that if I reflect an attention to detail in every area of my life, that is someone I would want to do business with,” Shaw said. “It is congruous with everything else I do in my real estate business. I want my clients to know that I am coming in as a woman and Realtor who gives attention to every detail—the smallest little thing is important to me.”

Shaw's car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

Shaw’s car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

To keep her car in tip-top condition, Shaw carries bottled water, towels, and leather wipes in her car for daily interior wipe-downs, as well as wheel shine and Handi Wipes for exterior cleaning. She even keeps a small vacuum cleaner in the trunk for the carpets.

A little OCD? Sure, says Shaw. But it’s totally worth it.

“The busier I am, the more I clean the car—I find it wonderful to walk out to a clean car because it gives me a sense of pride,” she said.

Shaw says the very nature of real estate work makes for more dirt and grime in and on a car, from high mileage and multiple passengers to getting in and out frequently and storing things like yard signs in the interior or trunk.

“My shoes tend to track in a lot of dust and dirt, and I carry things that if I put them down, lord only knows what’s going to come off of them—and I put them in the trunk or sometimes in the front seat,” she said.

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3945 Amherst Front

What a beauty! This stunning home not only has great looks, but its location can’t be beat. On the corner of Tulane and Amherst sits this brand-new five-bedroom, five-bath home built by Ellen Grasso & Sons. Just from the curb you are awestruck by the combination of clean lines, geometric styling, bronze standing-seam roof, and oversized windows. No wonder it’s this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

When you’re ready to buy a home of this caliber, there’s no sense in taking any risks with financing. It’s best to call an experienced mortgage expert such as Lisa Peters, who can get you through appraisal and closing with no surprises. See the level of service Caliber Home Loans offers by contacting Lisa Peters today to finance this gorgeous custom home.

Jump to find out more about these delicious digs!

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The cool pops of color at the front entrance are hints of just h

I have a confession to make: If this house were a person, it would have to take a restraining order out on me. That’s how hard I’ve been stalking this beauty, waiting patiently for Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison to put this gorgeous midcentury modern home at 10845 Eden Roc on MLS. And now it’s here, and you, too, can bask in the fantastic original details inside this two-story home that takes full advantage of its sloping lot in Sylvania Dells, a Lake Highlands neighborhood that has tons of architecturally interesting mid-mods. It’s priced at  $475,000.

There are so many cool details to this property, many of which are original to the home. It is definitely one of those houses that will impress a midcentury modern enthusiast.

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Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!

Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!