Author Archives: Candy Evans
Still Buzz-Worthy After All These Years: 6645 Northaven, Most Talked-About Home in Dallas, is Back on the Market
I know everyone is focusing on 6645 Northaven, home to some of my neighbors and really one of the most significant mid century modern homes in Dallas, or the southwest for that matter. The house re-entered the market on May 23. But you need to know the history behind this white, light-filled wonder. The owners are an Amy and Darren Kozelsky, he being a Christian country music singer and she being an heiress, philanthropist and mom extraordinaire. The home went on the market in early 2011 for $11.5 million, listed with Lynette Scruggs of Dave Perry-Miller. The home was built on two acres in my lovely little enclave of Hillcrest Estates starting in about 2007, completed in 2009. The land had been owned by Beck and Peach Weathers, he of Mt. Everest mountain-climbing fame. We had some great parties in that home. 6645 was also owned by a family named Taylor before the Kozelsky’s purchased the property.
I have known Laurie Mah forever, and now I will get to see way more of her! Laurie has left the Greenville Ave. office of ReMax and joined the Ben Jones Group at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. I can hardly wait to give her a glass of wine and get her going on homes in Ennis and Corsicana… just getting my fingertips warmed up!
Remember last year when everyone was b**tching about spraying for West Nile? We were called “Ground Zero” in the West Nile Virus battle by the Washington Post. The county, bloggers, journalists and politicians were torn and divided over what to do: nuke the area with planes spraying pesticide to kill the buggers, or let nature take it’s course. (They sprayed.) Turns out, twenty people died, the latest victim just a month ago, and more than 200 were hospitalized with West Nile last summer. That finally made the “natural” phobics shut up about how the spraying was akin to Agent Orange
A few months ago, my son bought a home in the Peninsula area of San Francisco, home of the priciest real estate in the country. I assumed they were getting a shack, but paying for a mansion. The equivalent of our M Streets homes or 1950′s mid century moderns go for $800,000 plus on the Peninsula. He bought in Redwood City, just a few blocks from Palo Alto. That geography saved him a bundle: you cannot get much under $1,000,000 in Palo Alto, and a million there is the price of a starter home.
We may have breakfast bars in the master, but long ago, before there was air conditioning in the south, people of means did not have kitchens in the main house. I learned this years ago while purchasing a home in San Antonio. Up north, in my freezing native Illinois prairie lands, we wanted those kitchens in the house to help retain heat from the fireplaces. Hell, had I been around in those days I would have been the best damn cook ever — I’d have cooked anything just to stay warm and by the stove 24/7. Which leads me to my genetical theory of why women tend to like cooking, but I digress. Down in the south, you sure didn’t want the heat of the kitchen come summer, no sir. Also, kitchens were always catching fire. So keeping the kitchen in the back and separate made damn sure the main house didn’t fry.
Real Estate Rant & Rave: Can Everyone Please Make their Street Address Numbers CLEAR AND VISIBLE??? Thank You!
I have a pet peeve: I hate it when I cannot find addresses, be it on commercial buildings or residential homes. One of the first things you do when you market your home for sale is make sure people can damn well FIND it! That means clear numbers somewhere where they can be seen, not covered by bushes, plants or flowers. Street addresses should be clearly painted on curbs. In the Park Cities and similarly compact communities, cars and trucks usually line the curb so it is nearly impossible to find a home address. You need numbers on the door or brick or somewhere, large numbers that can be seen from 50 plus feet away. And you need them on the curb.
Robbie Briggs, whose firms Briggs Freeman Sothebys, is marketing Museum Tower, is also disappointed that the Nasher has turned down Museum Tower’s offer to completely redo the Nasher roof and move on so he can move some properties. MT’s offer is one he called “generous”.
This Gentlemen’s Ranch With Storm Shelter Will Let Dad Be a Total Jack Ass for Father’s Day… Go For It!
First of all, Dad, take a peak at these vitals: 3986-16-8000. No, that is not some super huge bust size –it’s the square footage on this amazing country estate in Sunnyvale that comes on 16 acres with a stocked pond, rolling terrain, and asses in the backyard.
Yesterday we reported that Trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, which owns Museum Tower, were told by their experts there is only one solution to the building’s glare problem: re-orienting the light receptors on the Nasher roof by removing and replacing the existing. The receptors, called oculi, would be redesigned and aimed away from the 42-story condominium across the street. You wouldn’t know the physical difference unless you were hovering over the roof with a tape measure.
Comes word a few minutes ago that the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, which owns Museum Tower, has found and presented a solution the the reflective glare issue that has been a subject of a sometimes contentious debate now for more than a year.