There are some amazing homes with incredible views in Heath, folks! The annual Heath Holiday Tour of Homes, which benefits the 2013 senior class at Rockwall Heath High School, lets you check out some amazing homes in this spectacular small town.
Neighborhood Bugs: Are Some Dallas ‘Hoods More “Buggy” Than Others: Skeeters & Such — A Guide to the Buggiest ‘Hoods in Dallas
We all know Dallas is buggy. Let’s face it, you move to a warmer climate, you get bugs. When I grew up in Chicago we had millipedes and spiders in summer months, but not even an amoeba survived the tundra months of winter. I will not step foot in Main until July 1 because of the black flies. They are VICIOUS!! And I think the mosquitoes on the east coast are the worst, confirmed by this Off Insect Repellent study. After leaving Vail I checked for ticks as I always do when out in the western woods. In Johnson City, I know that scorpions are waiting to get me inside my boots and shoes so we shake ‘em before we put them on.
Mid century modern lovers, get your engines rolling! Consider 9039 Devonshire an early Christmas gift. You won’t find more pure MC than this in a 50 year old, one-owner home that is like a time machine back to 1951. Look at those built in benches, sloped ceilings, reams of walnut. Same owner all these years, this is the first time the home has been made available. Lovingly maintained with kid gloves and much love, but I hear agents are using the T word in whispers, since it is located on a prime creek-edged Devonshire acre with views of a lake. You get the necessary goods: four bedrooms, three baths in 2500 plus square feet. Asking $1,450,000 with Claire Dewar at Briggs Freeman Sothebys.
Good morning! You may have heard that the Cowboys trounced the Redskins yesterday!You may also have heard that ranches are coming back in style. Yes, after all those years of mega-storied McMansion utility hogs, guess what more people are craving: a one story ranch! And 5337 Southern is a stunning ranch that was TOTALLY taken down to the studs and updated by mega builder Nickey Oates. Basically, you have a new home with a pool so gorgeous it’s won an award. There’s a kitchen that will compete with (and rule over) any brand new sassy McMansion kitchen. Case in point: an Advantium oven. Where do I begin? Traditional, but not overtly so. Perfect size at 3509 square feet: three bedrooms, four and a half baths, formals, den, library, verandah and that stunner of a pool. Inside there are vaulted ceilings, gorgeous hardwoods — pecan in the master and adjoining library — central vac, plantation shutters, fire sprinkers, limestone and marble baths, recirculating tankless water heaters, and 18 SEER HVAC. Listed with Christopher McGuire over at Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International for $1,185,000.
This home at 5317 Emerson is just north of Greenway Parks, east of Inwood, and so adorable I want to stuff it in my pocket and take it home. Built in 1949, super updated from the floors to the energy efficient windows in each room: updated kitchen, updated guest bath. (They wisely kept the original pink tile in the main bath.) Two bedrooms, two baths, two living areas in a perfect 1706 square feet. I feel like I’m over-using the word new, but new slate front porch, new back porch. New siding & brick. New recessed lighting. New garage doors & more! I think it’s as cute as a button for $399,00… that’s right, just under $400,000! Listed with Susan Thomas at Allie Beth Allman. Read more on Friday Four Hundred: Greenway Crest Has My Seal of Approval, Dallas Real Estate News…
When the mercury pushes 100 degrees, life is just cooler on a ranch.
Which is where we are going over on SecondShelters…
Well, almost. Bluegreen Communities, a developer of premier, master-planned residential home communities, has launched a new program that pays real estate agents big buckeroos for referrals. Through the Realtor¬Æ Referral program, participating real estate agents who refer buyers to a Bluegreen Communities property earn a full six percent of the resulting sale.
Most of the time, the six percent commission is split between the buyer’s and seller’s agent. In this case, of course, Bluegreen is the “seller” so they are playing nice and giving it all to the agent.
We’ve talked about Val Kilmer’s Pecos River Ranch, the unbelievable beauty of the property about 22 miles east of Santa Fe, most recently listed for $18.5 million but originally on the market in 2009 for $33 million. Talk about lowering the price! The ranch is so very special because it has roughly six miles of a popular trout-fishing river running through, glorious wildlife, a four-bedroom, four-bath log-built house as well as several guest and staff houses. There are 10 natural springs, world-class fishing and more than 50 miles of hiking and biking on a beautiful trail system on 6,000 acres. The 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom main home has 11,573 square feet. There’s also an equestrian complex. The Wall Street Journal reports its under contract. There was speculation Kilmer would split some of the 6,000 acres for a quick sale but the agent tells me no,¬† the entire property is under contract. Also says: “still working out the particulars and able to take alternative offers.” Hear that? May not be too late! Now that’s a good, cautious agent because as anyone in this market knows, it ain’t over till everyone’s closed.
The New York Times ran this wonderful interview with former First Lady Laura Bush on April 1, I hope the link to the slide show works — never know with the pay walls these days. In the interview, she says she didn’t know she was stressed until they moved back home,¬† Barney and Miss Beazely had a harder time adjusting and miss the large White House staff, she has found how incompetent she is around the house after 14 years of not cooking (which would be, to me, the best part about being First Lady), she and President Bush have a secret door from their bedroom to the girl’s part of their home in anticipation of grandkids, she loves Hilary Clinton & walking canes by Roosevelt Wilkerson, the Crawford ranch was green before its time, and she loves to clean. I recall Mrs. Bush saying, years ago, that she Cloroxed her kitchen counters and cleaned cabinets regularly, that she loved to keep a clean, organized home. But the best part of the interview, for me, was learning that her most cherished rug was one she bought from ARZU. I had the pleasure of interviewing the woman who started ARZU about a year ago when she was in Dallas.