We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Texas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

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2500 Humble Ave, Midland, TX currently listed for $410,000 – Photo Credit, Zillow

Former first lady Laura Bush’s childhood home at 2500 Humble Drive in Midland was just listed for $410,000 by Caroline Earles of Trudy Thomason Realty, boasting original design attributes from when Bush lived there from 1961 to 1963.

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It is almost impossible to describe what it feels like to actually visit Walnut Place, the former Crespi Estate, as it was christened by owners Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks. But we were fortunate indeed to tour the 35,275 square foot (67,689 including terraces) estate for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The most expensive home in Dallas is now on the market with both Allie Beth Allman and David Nichols of the brokerage bearing Allie Beth’s name. The home had previously been marketed by Doug Newby, who’s methodology had been to keep it highly exclusive and restrictive — few Dallas area agents were actually ever inside the home. That could be because Doug thought the buyer would come from outside of Dallas. He did have the estate plastered on every private jet publication out there. Until now, it has not been in the MLS.

Last Thursday, the extraordinary Preston Hollow estate was opened to the agents of Allie Beth Allman to tour for the very first time. Everyone was absolutely breathless. The drive-up as you turn into the graceful private gates at 10000 Hollow Way is more like driving through the French countryside to a fabulous chateaux deep in the heart of the forest. You are on 25.25 acres but you are seconds from the Dallas North Tollway entrance and about a seven minute drive to downtown Dallas with minimum traffic. Office in Preston Center and you could even walk –it’s 4 miles! Midland — well, just another 5 hours west!

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The drive splits, forking to the right and left. The two circles culminate in the entrance to the crushed limestone auto courtyard. It is here the original Crespi Estate, designed by Maurice Fatio, was situated on the rambling acreage for the best possible siting: the drive pulls you into another world of pastoral escape, all of which is viewable from the estate. The estate overlooks a forest of trees and a creek which runs through the property. There are meadows and trails, a year-round pond, a helipad with a lighted landing pad that is covered with grass when not in use to maintain the natural aesthetic. There are two courtyards lined with 16 magnolia trees each, a greenhouse, formal rose garden, lighted tennis court, and a 1500 foot deep well was drilled on the property and that water is then purified to water the estate grounds.

You enter the estate though an ornamental steel front door. You will enter into the original Crespi estate that was built in 1938. The addition, completed by John Sebastian, flows completely seamlessly from the original mansion to the new. I’m told the Hicks did not just add more limestone to their exterior renovation, they went to the actual quarry in Indiana that had supplied the original limestone back in the 1930’s. They re-opened it and excavated stone from the same terra for the absolute utmost chance of a perfect match. Stones, as you know, can be like fabrics and no two are ever 100% alike. A Corian technique of light sandblasting was used to match the new Indiana limestone to the old original, perhaps remove the “newness”.

The home is amazingly balanced and perfectly symmetrical. It begins with the marble floored gallery hall running the girth of the main house. (more…)

Kathryn Roan's post busting the Top 10 Realtor Myths was the most-read article on CandysDirt.com. True or False: All Realtors post in bikinis for their billboard ads?

Kathryn Roan’s post busting the Top 10 Realtor Myths was the most-read article on CandysDirt.com. True or False: All Realtors post in bikinis for their billboard ads?

… and had everything to do with busting the myths surrounding Realtors.

It was Kathryn Donovan Roan’s post on the top 10 Realtor myths that was commented on and shared the most, generating 51,267 pageviews. In the post, Roan de-bunked some of the more insidious and commonplace assumptions about Realtors, including how they make commission, how they are licensed, and much more.

“I am amazed how many times ‘Top 10 Myths’ was shared, even on other blogs and Facebook groups,” Roan said. “It just goes to show you how prevalent these misconceptions are, no matter the market. I hope, also, that it helps people understand how hard the business really is – how risky, and with no guarantees.”

It’s true! Even with how much home prices are on the rise and how high demand is in Dallas and beyond, nothing is ever certain in real estate. It takes someone who is methodical, consistent, and very savvy to make real money in this industry.

Our other hot posts for 2014 were:

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What didn’t we love about 2006 Brazos, Sean Payton’s beautiful and opulent Vaquero mansion that hit the market in January of 2014. This incredible home really has it all, from a disco with a lighted dancefloor that you wouldn’t believe, a luxurious garage, and a master suite you’d never have to leave.

Five bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, an epic pool and patio with a luxurious loggia — you won’t miss a thing with this home. It was listed for almost $3.5 million in January.

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Texas-born pitcher John Lackey is looking to sell his Fort Worth mansion in Monsterrat, according to Hardball Talk and my baseball-obsessed husband. Lackey, who played one season with UT-Arlington back in 1999, went on to play for the Anaheim Angels (where he helped the franchise win the World Series in 2002), the Boston Red Sox (where he clinched the World Series in 2013), and is now playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

While he often spent his off-seasons in Fort Worth, it looks like he’s selling this mansion, which was built in 2005 and has some truly amazing finish-out. So much attention to detail in this home, with stained glass ceiling accents in the foyer, gorgeous stone floors, fantastic media room and loggia, and a cabana that is the perfect spot for watching baseball. This estate at 9517 Bella Terra Drive is marketed by Williams Trew Realtor Kendall Kostohryz for $2.9 million.

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We love dirt here at candysDirt.com and SecondShelters, and we know real estate rules supreme. But sometimes, sometimes you have to grab a few baubles and rocks to enhance a listing.

Nothing enhances your home like a few emeralds dripping from your ears or neckline. No need for any exclusions, those go with you when you move! Want to move your buyer’s eyes from your slightly over-loaded closet? Flash a fab yellow diamond cocktail ring as your direct them to the very well organized cedar closet — thank God you cleared that puppy last spring!

My personal favorite place in Dallas to shop for glittery rocks of all sizes and colors is The Diamond Doctor on Preston Road in Preston Center. In fact, my dear husband and son just bought me an eternity band for my last birthday.

Eternity my arse, I told him, this puppy is good for five years then an upgrade!

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Candy told you last week that this incredible Highland Park home on Normandy owned by none other than former Dallas Cowboy star quarterback Troy Aikman was listed with Allie Beth Allman for $5.3 million. Well, they’ve bumped that price up a bit to perhaps narrow the field of bidders, and now you can own this gorgeous Tatum Brown Custom Home on one of Highland Park’s most sought-after streets for $5.95 million.

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