You Can’t Spell Jeff Dworkin’s Name Without “Work” — This Affordable Custom Builder Won’t Rest Until His Clients Are Happy
Jeff Dworkin started out working for a big production builder, but decided to strike out on his own to give his clients a custom home that won’t break the bank. We love what JLD Custom Homes offers clients — luxury finishes anyone can afford — and that’s why he’s a CandysDirt.com-approved builder. Dworkin, who is known to go the extra mile for his customers, told us a little more about what motivates him.
Busy day here yesterday at the ranch, as we emptied and discarded these babies for an Eternal GU 195S on demand hybrid gas fired water heater. In effect, we are going tankless. Woo hoo! These two hot water heaters are 12 years old, about the age when they start to break down. One broke on Christmas Eve, but it was no big deal because our hot water heaters sit in pans that have drains attached — water bugs notified us of the leak while we were at church. We turned off the broken unit and used the other one — the joy of being empty nesters! A few weeks ago, I heard rumblings in hot water heater II — it was loud and bouncy, as if pebbles were popping inside. Was someone having a party in there?
Monday Morning Millionaire: Want New Construction in The Park Cities? You Can Have it With Tatum Brown Custom Homes
This house, it just makes me want to say “Ahhhhhhhh!” It’s 3625 Bryn Mawr, marketed by the gorgeous and talented Kari Schlegel Kloewer of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and it was just completed by the experts at Tatum Brown Custom Homes.
If you want high-end finish-out and tons of extras, Tatum Brown is the go-to builder. In fact, this company is on our short list of Hot Builders! Continue reading
Love this house! Signs that we are having a little bubble blip here, this is a SPEC home my dear readers! Not yet even on the market, or just went on, I know they just swifter-ed the floors. If you are seeking a brand-new construction in University Park by a quality builder, look no further than 3129 Purdue. Hawkins-Welwood just finished this 5456 (I think) square foot smooth, soft traditional with a touch of contempo charm. (LOVE the light fixtures and hardware.) Beautiful tidy .22 acre lot on Purdue just east of Hillcrest, but not crammed at the Central end. You get a beautiful downstairs with living/dining split by the center foyer, family and kitchen ahead. The living room has one of those large closet office deals off it, with built-in desks and drawers, which could be a hidden office. Every house needs one of these. When I see a neat office, I see an office that is never used or the owner has just popped some speed to clean it up. Ben Coats, who is working with John Hawkins, tells me this way, the room can be a formal living room or a formal office — the real work will be done in this nook. You’ve got a great kitchen and patio with fireplace. Upstairs, a bonus or game room over the two car garage, four bedrooms including a knock out master, and very large laundry. I have asked for the recipe for these dark wood floors, just yummy. I like the spacious hall surrounding the main staircase (there are two staircases) and the hall skylights. There is a bedroom to the right of the master that could be used as an upstairs office, or to expand the master, or a nursery. I am a bit upset there is not one bedroom on the first level, as you need it whether for elderly parents or an injured child. When my son broke his leg in kindergarten, I vowed to have a downstairs bedroom and full bath in my next house as I lugged him up the stairs, cast and all. And that house, R.I.P., had steps all over the place, including a one-step down in the kitchen that was tile. That no one broke a limb or tooth on that is a miracle. But I digress: Ben assures me there is room for an elevator in this home to scoot your injured fanny upstairs, so lack of a downstairs boudoir is moot. These photos, by the way, are from a great firm called Shoot to Sell. I’ve promised Richard credit for his photos and sometimes I forget. (The guy is an effing genius!)
One of my favorite neighborhoods in Dallas, I used to live about a block from 5549 Falls from 1990 to 2000. This is a very, very smart little nook of Preston Hollow. I say little only because the lots here are hefty one-half acre lots surrounded by sprawling estates of one acre plus. Small only by comparison, and you get the same huge, chunky, leafy trees. To the east you have the Dallas North Tollroad, which should help you shave a few pennies off your property taxes. But to the west are the multi-million dollar estates of Kelcy Warren and John Eagle and countless other Dallas movers and shakers. And here’s why I LOVE this little secret: you have a half acre lot, which is plenty, but a bit cheaper than owning several Preston Hollow acres, aka the spread. What I am saying is you get an estate area address for cheap cheap cheap. Go ahead, flaunt that addy!
I am being sooo lazy this week, but I could not stay away from the keyboard when I saw this home. Oh. My. God. I honestly almost called Vicki White at Keller Williams to tell her she had a typo on the price — but no! This is the real deal: 2550 beautiful and renovated square feet for $289,900. The split-level home is located on a gorgeous, treed one-half acre in Lindenwood Park, the “L Streets”, and has been totally updated. Built in 1963, you get those lofty Cathedral-style ceilings that were a precursor today’s soaring heights in every new construction. The home has four bedrooms and three baths, and is very light and bright. Get this: master and one bedroom on the first floor! Other updates include the kitchen, HVAC, wood floors and carpet. And yes, Virginia, there is granite in the kitchen and all baths. Want a real treat? An oasis awaits right outside the back door, and you are only a short run from White Rock Lake or Casa Linda.
Hillwood’s Fred Balda: New Home Starts and Closings Are Up, Driven By a Four Letter Word: JOBS. Dallas Real Estate News
A quarterly report from Metrostudy says Dallas-Fort Worth new home construction was up 7 percent, and closings on new homes up 9 percent, in the third quarter July, August, September, compared with the second quarter. And housing starts were up 6 percent from the same period last year. Analysts now says the market is coming down off the post-home buyer tax credit bottom that occurred in the first quarter of 2011, almost like withdrawal. David Brown, director of Metrostudy’s Dallas-Fort Worth office, says he continues to hear that sales are sneaking higher than for the same months of 2010.
Here’s why Dallas September real estate sales are off to a great start: 10340 Gaywood Circle closed on September 8 to a young, dapper buyer who had actually grown up not too far from the home: Clay M. Aaron. Clay is the son of Steve and Carol Aaron, who have an exquisite home on Meadowbrook. Clay actually grew up at the corner of Park Lane and Meadowbrook, across from what is now John Eagle’s home. In fact, if you ever think you are seeing a young Liz Taylor at Preston Center or Tom Thumb Preston Royal, that’s Carol, Steve’s gorgeous mom. She’ll be getting in and out of her Rolls Royce like a ballerina. Clay is the president of Stevens Transport, the multi-million dollar trucking transport company founded by his father in 1980, Steve Aaron. His brother Todd also works in the company.