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It’s My Mansion: Sure, The Market is Moving Fast, But Can Optimistic Listing Prices Get Out of Hand?
I really do like this little house in the San Juan Heights area of Casa View Haven. It’s a three bedroom, two bath post-war traditional in an up-and-coming area of East Dallas. There’s a lot of community involvement, and lots of young families moving in. This is a great house for a middle-class couple with two young kids to make their own.
Local real estate mogul, major Republican donor and Dallas philanthropist Vance C. Miller died early Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack at the age of 79. I had just seen his lovely wife, Tincy, at a luncheon Thursday at the 11th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award where I was the guest of Kyle Crews and the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton.
I love quirky houses! If a home has character, a neat feature, or some really defining characteristic, I love it!
While it’s no Bio-Dome, this concrete-shell house has two bedrooms, two baths, and 2,100 square feet. You’ll love the secluded location, but you’ll have to learn to live with few windows in this home. I love the upstairs loft, though.
Saturday Six Hundred You’d Better See Today, Because This Greenland Hills Tudor is Totally Modern Milly!
Realtors ask me to come see their homes HOURLY. Darling Maria Centeno with Virginia Cook has been trying to get me over to 5515 Morningside Drive now for ages. And you know what? When Maria talks, I listen and will forever more. This home would have been worth a drive in from — Timbuktu! I don’t know when I’ve seen such an amazing combination of historic Tudor charm on the outside with a totally modern Milly home on the inside! Not to mention you are on a fabulous block in the M Streets, hello, coveted Greenland Hills. The home has been restored and rebuilt with great attention to detail, almost as if the exterior were the shell and the inside is all just brand spanking new.
What are those things on the shelves behind Jennie Ling and Virginia Cook? Any agent under age 35 may NOT know what they are. Old MLS Books! Yes, boys and girls, back in the days of ice cube trays, garages you had to open yourself, and pay phones, these books were how you looked up homes for sale in the MLS. Cumbersome, you bet, but they were updated weekly. Anyone want to complain about computers again? I was at Metrotex Association of Realtors today, talking to the most energetic group of young real estate leaders in town: the MetroTex Young Professionals. God is was great to talk with them… no one asked me what blogging is, instead, we compared platforms (WordPress versus Blogger versus Blog.com) talked shadow inventory — unlike some young cub reporters, I know what it is — the rise in Dallas rentals, and the future of the market. After the talk, Joe Mazza showed me the Metrotex Library: Jennie Ling, who was number one in real estate sales probably longer than any human being has been, brought these books in along with some other relics of old real estate — lockboxes — to show the young ones what life was like back then. In just a few years, maybe they’ll add a new bookshelf of more things to keep for posterity: magazines!
Inside the Ladies Lounge Room at the DCC: Why Our Dallas Real Estate Market is Looking As Great As These Virginia Cook Agents!
Note to self: never wear white or Pucci when you are standing next to four gorgeous women, three of whom are Virginia Cook agents! I believe the prerequisite for being a Virginia Cook agent is to be shapely, blonde and beautiful. Or a curvy, gorgeous brunette like Jolene Crawford, who kept us blonde babes at bay! One of my favorite peeps in the whole wide world is Diane Duvall-Rogers who gathered us at the Dallas Country Club, newly nipped and tucked with a $60 million facelift, this week for lunch in the newly-finished Ladies Lounge! And take a look at those chairs!
Speaking of mayors, former mayor Woodall Rodgers’ home at 5750 Swiss Ave is on the market, and this place has some serious history. It’s in need of some restoration, but with a little TLC, you can own a piece of Dallas history for under a million bucks. Continue reading
I will just lay it right out: David Griffin and Keith Cox are two of my most favorite people in the world. David and I go way back to when he was marketing the W Residences — God, that makes me feel old! (But David looks so young!) He has always, always been bullish on downtown Dallas real estate and property Continue reading
Fun morning last Thursday with members of the TIER networking group of darling Dallas realtors! They are Laura Saunders with Allie Beth, Karen Wyatt with Keller Williams Elite, Kamella Hollis with Allie Beth, Tiffany Strickland with Legacy Texas Title, Carrie Hill and Amy Timmerman from Nathan Grace, Lindsay Craig from Virginia Cook, Elisabeth Davis and Kay Wood from Briggs Freeman. This networking group was conceived four years ago just as the market started to crater, now there are 14 in the group that started when two colleagues, Amy Timmerman and Tiffany Strictland, went to lunch and decided they needed a forum to exchange and share ideas. Networking with other agents is a top priority, they tell me, especially in a market like our’s where inventory is shrinking. That’s right– the biggest complaint I heard from these agents, selling anywhere from $200k to one million dollar homes, was that Dallas is suffering from a lack of real estate inventory. Other shared nuggets:
Who needs Palm Springs? Besides, it’s almost as hot here, right about now. This nee 1963 mid-century modern sweetheart is sleek, snazzy and will actually save on your water bills and landscape frustration. (This coming from someone with crispy critter plants!) Built into an Oak Cliff hillside at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the home is designed with drought tolerant landscaping so you can thumb your nose at the water bill and stop doing novenas for rain. Architectural design by David Braden, you get vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, brick fireplace, clerestory windows, walls of glass & all the original built-ins with wood panels. A covered dining terrace just off the main living areas is surrounded by a custom horizontal cedar slat fence. Four bedrooms, two updated baths, and just over 2000 square feet of home. I’ll be honest: I’m not fond of the laminate in the kitchen, probably because it is just what my mother had in the ’60′s. TMI, TMI. But I LOVE the bathrooms with preserved original tiles. Let me tell you, tile back then was mudded in and lasts. This house also has so much built-in storage, that’s the secret to keeping it so neat and tidy! 2816 Ilahe is listed by mid-century modern specialist Ed Murchison with Virginia Cook Realtors. And not kidding: the asking price is REALLY $209,000.