Archive for June, 2012

This Bedroom Exists

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

A friend of mine is in the middle of an extensive renovation on a cool house in Kessler Park. He has already accomplished so much in bringing the home up to today’s design standards BUT has not yet tackled the downstairs bedroom. 

Until he does, he gets to sleep under this. What you can’t see is the names and birthdates of all the previous owner’s children and grandchildren in each star. Is my head in the gutter or is this concept of bed as “workbench” one of the creepier things you’ve seen in real estate?

On the Street Where You Live: Hopefully, Drexel — How Important is A Street Name?

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

I have always wanted to live on Drexel Drive. Something about that name sounds so classy, elegant. That may be why I am in love with this nicely-priced home — for the Park Cities -about a block south of Mockingbird on what I call the “affordable” Drexel: $1.725. About a block south of Mockingbird, walk to S.M.U. We have friends who live in the multi-million dollar Drexel, the curvy part to the west that mimics St. Johns. I think if you live ANYWHERE on Drexel the name of the street just rings out and rolls right off your lips (which are perfectly painted, Juvadermed): “My address is 3203 DREXEL.

Do you say “Drexel” or “Drexel Drive”?

This baby doll is 4925 square feet built in 2000, so pretty new. You get four bedrooms, four and a half baths, two dining and three living areas — that would be living room, study and family room.

There is also a wonderful loaded patio and pool, which I feel like jumping into right about now. The lot is your typical Park Cities sized piece of heaven, and I love the master with a separate sitting room (could be an office or exercise room) and huge, delicious master bath with oodles of closet space.

My daughter looked at a house built in the 1950′s and asked me if we had any clothes when I was a child — she cannot fathom how people lived with such small little closets!

This home has well-thought out closets and everything. Even a street with a perfect name!

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

Friday Five Hundred: This Perry Heights Three Bedroom Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

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

I was just cruising MLS, minding my own business, and BAM … I ran into 4303 Rawlins, a listing from the adorable Jory Walker of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors, and my search was over. I had to show you, dear readers, just how gorgeous this home is.

I’ve told you how I feel about Tudors. Folks, this is the Anti-Tudor. This is the Tudor to end all Tudors. This Tudor will knock your socks off, sweep you off your feet, and light a fire in your escrow account.

First, let’s just point out that in Perry Heights, this home has all the location it’s ever going to need. Just beyond the living room’s Rookwood fireplace is Uptown. You’re practically right next door to all the culture, nightlife, and shopping of Oak Lawn, too. Heck, you’re within walking distance of Highland Park!

Second, it’s completely remodeled. You don’t have to do a thing to it, and you don’t have to wait for someone to move out, either. You close in a couple of weeks, you move in THAT VERY DAY.

Now, not many homes look great when empty. They tend to look lonely and sad. This house, however, seems to glow. Every room is unencumbered with possessions — no couches or art that you might dislike and be unable to look past — just yards and yards of gorgeous, dark hardwoods traced with bright white trim and capped with immaculate wainscoting.

I feel like I’m writing “Fifty Shades of Grey Interior Enamel!”

Seriously, though, the kitchen, with that cool textured backsplash and gorgeous cabinets, has plenty of room. And you get to pick your fridge, too!

Now, upstairs, the master bedroom has this great little nook where I imagine I’d put my reading chair and ottoman. You know, the comfy one that usually has five or six blankets draped over its back.

Of course, I could always read my book in that AMAZING CLAW FOOT TUB! Man, I love a good freestanding tub, and this one does not disappoint! It even has a hand-shower!

Now, my husband is a shower guy, so he’d love this double shower system. Me? I think it looks a little complicated for my tastes.

Let’s say I want a good view with my book and my coffee (or wine!). I can head down to my cushy daybed in the amazing sunroom, which has the most beautiful arched windows and slate floor!

From there I’d have a great view of the backyard, which is … well, it’s empty. But it doesn’t have to be that way for long. Included in the price of the home is the owner’s custom pool build, so you will have a place to cool of next summer, at least.

Let’s talk numbers: With 4303 Rawlings you get 2,703 square feet of a fully renovated, top-shelf 1925 Tudor with three bedrooms and three baths and ample living space all for $599,000.

Where do I sign?

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

Thursday Three Hundred: No Walls Can Hold This Mid-Mod’s Kitchen In

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

Just from looking at the front of 10323 Sherbrook, you wouldn’t say, “Well there’s a remodeled Midcentury Modern!” But once you step inside this Walnut Hill Manor home built in 1955, that’s exactly what you’ll be thinking.

It’s the clerestory windows that are a dead giveaway. That and the sunroom and rear patio.

Otherwise, well, there aren’t too many Mid-Mod touches left. That’s not to say the home isn’t unique. I mean, check out the kitchen. You know, the one with NO WALLS! That’s right! There are no backsplashes! No upper cabinets! It’s just counters!

You know what would be fun? Filming your own cooking show here! There’s got to be a food blogger out there who really needs a space like this! It would be PERFECT!

Now, the rest of the home is pretty much standard, save for the green Daltile bathroom that has been preserved.

I guess what I’m saying is that one of you Midcentury Modern-ophiles needs to snap this baby up and make it Mad Men worthy! And at $399,000, it’s totally doable!

In fact, take out all of the furniture and it’s pretty much a blank slate! You could totally have fun in here!

Want to see all 2,197 square feet of this three bedroom, two bath home? The open house is Sunday, July 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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

That’s Nice: Big Rich Texas Lawsuit Between Pam Martin-Duarte and Dena Miller is, Apparently, Over

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

There’s only one, well maybe two, reasons I’m writing this. Dena Miller has a real estate connection: she’s married to Vaughn Miller, grandson of real estate developer Henry S. Miller who used to own Highland Park Village ’till he sold it to Ray Washburne. Vaughn is in the real estate biz. Pam Martin-Duarte sued Sena Miller over — what was it? A cyber defamation campaign somehow related to the reality show Big, Rich Texas. Allen Peppard has the latest: on Wednesday morning, Duarte’s attorney, Larry Friedman, and Miller’s counsel, D’Lesli M. Davis with Fulbright & Jaworski, dismissed most of the claims. The two women have not exactly kissed and made up, but have agreed to meet and resolve their disputes.

I wonder what those attorneys put in the celeb’s Wheaties? Might want to call them in to help settle property disputes, and keep everyone out of court.

Speaking of Big, Rich Texas, did you know that when it comes to houses, we are not? No sir, that distinction belongs to — Utah. Yes, for all those polygamous couples and Mormons who have more kids than rabbits. Nothing wrong with that — it fills the big homes up.

On Numbers looked at two measures in the biggest home analysis. First was the highest percentage of homes with nine or more rooms, and second was homes with five or more bedrooms.

We finished 45th nationally in the number of homes with nine or more rooms and 47th in the homes with five or bedrooms. See, Provo, Utah beat us with 30 percent of the homes having nine or more rooms, more than a quarter having five or more bedrooms. Only 11.49 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth have nine or more rooms (hello, birth control!) while only 3.9 percent have  five or more bedrooms. So maybe Big, Rich Texas might move to Provo and be called Fertile Myrtle Utah — especially if Romney wins the White House.

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

It’s For The Burbs: Thinking of Moving Out of The City? Crunch Your Commute Time With Trulia’s App

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

Want to see how long it would take you to get downtown from that home you’ve been eyeing? Trulia has an app for that.

Perhaps you’ve heard that D Magazine has released a new list that ranks North Texas suburbs, with Parker and Highland Village besting both Highland Park and University Park for the top two spots?

That’s all well and good, but let’s say you take this information, sell your Lake Highlands home for top dollar, and move out to Parker or Highland Village — what’s that commute going to be like?

Just ask Trulia, which just released a new app that can tell you how long you’ll be trapped on North Central Expressway or Interstate 35 should you choose to head for the ‘burbs.

Here’s the bummer, for those folks who were thinking about high tailing it to Parker or Highland Village — your commute doesn’t compute. Trulia’s heat map doesn’t measure commutes that would take longer than an hour.

To me, that’s kind of crazy, because I know there are folks out there who buy beautiful homes in areas such as Emerald Sound in Oak Point who still commute.

What do you think? Should Trulia add more time to their commute maps? Do they look accurate as far as how long it takes to get downtown from where you live?

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