Archive for May, 2012

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Adds Three Crow Family Homes to Landmark List

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 5:15 am

Taylor Armstrong, Harlan Crow, Lucy and Henry Billingsley and Pierce Allman (Photo: Jake Dean)

The Crow Family has deep roots in Dallas and the Park Cities, so I’m not necessarily surprised that three of the family’s Park Cities abodes were dedicated as landmarks by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society this month.

Henry and Lucy Crow Billingsley’s 6701 Turtle Creek Boulevard abode was designated a landmark due to its architectural significance. The home, which is one of the state’s best examples of a 1920s French Norman manor, was designed by Herbert M. Greene LaRoche & Dahl for banker Everette Owens and his wife, Cecille, in University Park’s Volk Estates development.

The home of Margaret Crow, widow of Trammel Crow, was deemed historical as well. The house, which is located at 4500 Preston Road in Highland Park, is the site of one of the first residences in the area. The C.D. Hill-designed home was completed in 1912 for Edgar Flippen. Just a couple of years prior, Hill designed the Mt. Vernon mansion at 4800 Preston. He also designed the Beaux-Arts Dallas City Hall at Harwood and Main, First Presbyterian Church, and Oak Lawn Methodist Church.

And showing that historic homes don’t have to be outdated, Harlan Crow’s home at 4700 Preston Road received landmark designation for renovation excellence. The house, originally built for Hugh Prather in 1917, is one of several fine homes in Highland Park designed by Anton F. Korn Jr.


— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at CandysDirt.com

Mayor Rawlings touts improvements in downtown Dallas – Dallas Business Journal

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 5:15 am

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says that interest is rolling back into downtown Dallas.

Rawlings shared his perspective on the state of downtown during the Downtown Dallas Inc. membership luncheon Thursday that drew about 950 people.

He emphasized efforts to make downtown a center for people to live, work and play, and said the success of South Dallas is linked to downtown because downtown can draw more people south.

Read more at Mayor Rawlings touts improvements in downtown Dallas – Dallas Business Journal.

Dallas is the worst city for cycling in U.S. The Parks Foundation is trying to raise $100,000 to help fix that. | City Hall Blog

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 5:15 am

Dallas is The Absolute Worst City In All Of the United State of America for Bicycling.

Samuel Stiles, director of development for the Dallas Parks Foundation says that an anonymous donor is offering $100,000 to get Dallas’ bike lanes off the ground. But the Parks Foundation only gets that money if it can raise its own $100,000.

Dallas is the worst city for cycling in U.S. The Parks Foundation is trying to raise $100,000 to help fix that. | City Hall Blog.

DFW’s rapid population growth puts it atop nation’s metros – Dallas Business Journal

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 5:15 am

According to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area gains another person every four minutes and 10 seconds. That makes DFW the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation, according to On Numbers.

Read more at DFW’s rapid population growth puts it atop nation’s metros – Dallas Business Journal.

DFW Schools Recognized in Newsweek, Washington Post Rankings

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am

This is great news for North Texas. Dozens of high schools in the greater Dallas market have been recognized in recent rankings released by Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post

Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” list recognized 27 DFW high schools among the nation’s top 1,000, and the The Washington Post included 42 DFW high schools in its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

Two Dallas Independent School District high schools led the way in both lists.The DISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted and the School for Science and Engineering made the Top 10 in each list. Both schools are at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Why Stage a House? Because it Gets Them Sold (Quickly!)

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am

We had a Tuesday Two Hundred last week that was super cute and move-in ready. The Lakeland Hills midcentury-modern home at 8829 Hackney was priced right and perfectly staged by Karen Eubank.

Now, a lot of the mid-mods that hit the market as of late have sold at a crazy-fast pace. But this one was only on the market for TWO WHOLE DAYS before getting snatched up, says listing agent Kerry Paradise Slaughter. And get this, there were multiple offers!

This sale is pretty telling. One, the market for mid-mods is VERY brisk, so prepare for multiple bids. Two, homes in Lake Highlands are going to hold their value well. And most importantly, hiring an experienced stager will get your home sold! (more…)

In Case You’d Rather Leave the Cooking to Someone Else, Meet Home Chef Jedediah Strong Smith

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am

Go ahead, take that kitchen for a test drive! Meet Jedediah Strong Smith of 33Northtx.com and his darling yoga instructing wife, Jessica Jane Smith. Oh yes, you can call him Jed for short. Formerly of Bozeman, Montana, where he created delectable meals of health and fabu taste for the Bozeman jet set — we are talking folks in Spanish Peaks, Yellowstone Club — Jed and Jess are now in Dallas and ready to cook for you in your home.

“From the Feathered Pipe Ranch on the Continental Divide, to movie studios throughout Los Angeles Basin, I regard what we eat not as fuel to get through the day but as a metaphor for who we are. As an apex species we have the highest influence upon what happens to this planet day to day. With that power it is our responsibility to produce and harvest everything we consume in an ethical responsible way. This has been severely fractured in a relatively short amount of time with the systemic industrialization of our food supply. I cook to repair our relationship with the natural world using the food we consume. Refining whole food down to its best representation of itself is my daily mission and I would love to do that for you.”

We sampled Jed’s natural food world this Memorial Day weekend, fused with the fantastic essential oils of Michele Bardwell, my Flower Road friend extraordinaire. Heaven, pure heaven. If you need someone to cook a dinner for you in your home, put Jed and Jess (and Michelle!) on speed dial and get them into your kitchen: 406.600.8583.

— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at CandysDirt.com

In Case You Like to Cook in That Gourmet Kitchen, Maybe Even Turn on that Wolf Stove: Katie Workman’s Mom 100

Posted by    |    May 29th, 2012 at 5:15 am

DeeDee Leahy, Katie Workman, Cynthia Smoot, CandysDirt

 

Meet Katie Workman. She was in town last week promoting her fun and wonderfully informative new cookbook, “MOM 100″, which I totally wish had existed when my kids were growing up. Selena would have had a field day! We have these homes, we have these kitchens, and so I say get people in here to cook and enjoy! Hence a gathering of fun ladies last week chez CandysDirt with Katie in the kitchen and a great lunch of wraps from Mom 100 courtesy of Central Market. YUM!   (more…)

Newly Updated Fort Worth Bike Lane / Bike Route Map » Fort Worthology

Posted by    |    May 29th, 2012 at 5:15 am

From: Fort Worthology

Thanks to the City of Fort Worth for passing this along – it’s a fully up-to-date map of central city Fort Worth bike infrastructure, as of this moment. Solid blue lines are on-street bike lanes, solid red lines are shared lane routes, solid green lines are off-street trails, and dashed lines are planned installations of their respective types. (Plus the solid black lines downtown, which are the Houston & Throckmorton shared bus/bike lanes.)

This really shows how far Fort Worth has come in a very short time, as the majority of these routes have been added quite recently

Fort Worthology » Newly Updated Fort Worth Bike Lane / Bike Route Map.

ULI’s Tom Murphy Talks About Real Estate Leadership, Public-Private Partnerships, the Millennials

Posted by    |    May 28th, 2012 at 5:15 am