Speaking of mayors, former mayor Woodall Rodgers’ home at 5750 Swiss Ave is on the market, and this place has some serious history. It’s in need of some restoration, but with a little TLC, you can own a piece of Dallas history for under a million bucks.

Mayor Woodall Rodgers lived here with his wife from 1938 to 1959, during which time he served as the mayor of Dallas. From 1969 to 1973, while the home was owned by Norman Cook, it served as a home for unwed mothers. Listing agent Frank Hayward of Virginia Cook said soccer hall of famer Kyle Rote Jr. (son of Kyle Rote who had a successful football career at SMU and with the NY Giants) used to hang his cleats at the corner of Swiss and Skillman.

Almost 90 years later, the landmark home is still in good and workable condition. It has beautiful hardwood floors, beveled glass sunroom windows and a large garage and carriage structure in the back. Hayward said its just needs cosmetic improvements to bring it back to its former glory.

“This house was probably a real showplace back in the day,” he said. “It’s a historic property and is poised to be a very grand home once again. It’s in good, stable condition and very true to its original structure.”

Equipped with a Riverbend Sandler pool and a putting green, Hayward said the back of the property has an intimate resort feel.

Hayward also said that there has been “quite a resurgence on Swiss Ave” and that 3 or 4 homes have sold in the last 90 days. With all of the history inside these walls, it could be worth the investment. Maybe there’s something about this place that propels people into greatness. For just $950k, YOU could be the next mayor!






Wednesday night was wild. I hosted a party at the Palomar Residences for Costa Baja, a beautiful second home community in La Paz, Mexico on Baja, 1.5 hours north of Cabo. Then I ran off to another party I was hosting, Rockitecture, supporting the Dallas Center for Architecture. DCA is one of the nation’s first centers devoted to uniting architects and promoting good design, community sustainability and other key living-environment issues for today and tomorrow. To put it bluntly: these are the peeps who create the House Porn I need and love to write about. The Dallas Center for Architecture is located at 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Open weekdays to visitors, it delivers an exciting array of architecture-rich exhibits, learning opportunities and special events.

At one of those two events — cannot recall which one — I got some scuttlebutt on Museum Tower. It was not from Steven Sandborg, who was at Rockitecture and is handling MT sales and marketing, though I snagged a date with him to get more dirt. Guess it was from someone at the Costa Baja party. Here’s what I heard: MT does not plan to market the project until it is nearly complete. Though it was premature to start building during a recession, when they did start building, they made the decision to do so because of the considerable costs savings in labor and materials. With so few builders building, you can great deals out of your subs, etc. Materials, with the exception of copper, are also cheaper right now. The developers felt the construction cost savings would be so significant it was worth building during the recession, postponing marketing and sales until we pull out of this downturn. (Soon, fingers crossed.) Of course, if anyone wants to march in and buy a whole floor of Museum Tower at asking price, I am dead sure the developers will take that deposit in a New York minute.

Which is the other rumor I am tracking down: word is that a group of foreigners have snapped up a whole floor of Museum Tower. Stay tuned as I sift through that one. I have confirmed that more buyers are putring units together for even bigger homes in the sky, which is a very good thing. So not only is MT selling, it’s attracting buyers with the big bucks!