The Price is Right: What In The World Is a Real Estate Pricing Party?


Photo: Jenifer McNeil Baker

Photo: Jenifer McNeil Baker

You can find out on Friday over at 6820 Avalon in Dallas. 1 to 4 pm. Seriously, great idea. Invite agents over to guess the list price of this Dilbeck home. Those who guess the closest to what the agents, Nancy Guerrerio and Janelle Law, actually price the house at, win juicy gift cards. Try $200 and $100 gift cards to Nicholson Hardie — just in time for the holidays.

This is such a coolio idea from that brilliant Ms. Guerrerio I just might steal it for the is blog. Let’s have a Pricing Party!

Go ahead, play Realtor for a day. What do YOU, dear reader, think they will price this listing at? (more…)

Help This Poor Agent: Why Won’t This House on Shook Avenue Sell?

Front ViewHelp us shake it up on Shook. I cannot think of a nicer street than Shook Road, just north-ish of Gaston in White Rock. The houses on the south side of the street have what I call “Austin topography” — cool terrains that stair-step up to the house. (Cannot see it in photo.) It’s such a refreshing change from the usual prairie-flat ranch look that pervades most of Dallas area housing, I would think these houses would be flying off the shelves.

And in most cases, they are.

On this street, at 7128 Shook, is a Barnett West constructed home (2004) that simply will not sell. I have a few ideas why myself, but want to know what y’all think. The agent, Kay McFarlane with Jerry A. Allegro & Associates, has lowered the price to $895,000.

Buyers have said they don’t like the topography of the front yard, because “kids cannot play there.” Got news for you: half the time, kids don’t play in the front yard. The driveway is nice and broad for bikes, however. (more…)

Brookcove exteriorRemember the Lakewood Home Festival? One of the coolest homes on the tour belonged to Shannon Kincaid and Allen Stringer, she being the artist whose paintings have been snapped up by Oprah Winfrey, among others. Her husband, Allen, is an ObGyn at Baylor. We told you how much we loved that home back when we did this Q&A with Shannon last November.

Well, turns out their home has provided the inspiration, and really is the nucleus of, a new film that is being shot in Dallas this month and next. The film is called Occupy Texas. It was written by Gene Gallerano, a Dallas native who studied at the great Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts, and is now a New York City actor and screenwriter. I have had the pleasure of reading the script and it rocks. It’s the story of a young man, Beau Baker, with the Occupy Wall Street movement who is snapped out of his social altruism (and sleeping on the streets of NYC) to return to Dallas, Texas because his parents, both successful, hard-hitting professionals, have been killed in a car wreck. He needs to “man up” and take care of his younger sisters, but he’s a wreck himself! The film traces his evolution, inner search, and self-growth as he deals with his loss, grief and the family drama that crippled him. (Or did it?) He barely knows his little sister. The film ends with a great twist on how well prepared Beau actually is to handle it all. The movie will star Peri Gilpin, Janine Turner, and Lorelei Linklater (daughter of filmmaker Richard), among others. The film will be completed this fall and start playing at film festivals and theaters next spring/summer!

Occupy Texas will also star 7130 Brookcove! That would be the Kincaid/Stringer’ Italian villa-inspired home. (more…)

Crime Report: A Moving Target in Lake Highlands

Garage Burglar

By Dan Koller Contributor

I’m in the midst of a move, so I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to transport all of your possessions and knickknacks from one house to another. Still, I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the victim in this week’s highlighted crime.


One of These Days, Highland Park Homeowners Will Learn to Lock Their Cars

Small Car Door Key Lock

We’re not sure if Highland Park residents leave their vehicles unlocked more than people do in other places, but we do know it happens often in the town, and criminals take advantage of that fact. Just last week, burglars waltzed right into cars, trucks, and SUVs in Highland Park and helped themselves to the following items:

  • A $150 black leather bag containing legal documents was stolen from a pewter 2007 Mercedes E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue between 4:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5:50 a.m. on May 5.
  • A $300 pair of sunglasses and a pink makeup bag that contained $30 in cash were stolen from a silver 2011 Infiniti QX5 in the 4600 block of South Versailles Avenue between 8 p.m. on May 4 and 7:30 a.m. on May 5.
  • About $60 worth of CDs, $50 in cash, a $40 pair of Toms shoes, and a $30 pair of Rainbow flip-flops were stolen from a gray 2012 BMW X5 in the 4600 block of Edmondson Avenue between 9 p.m. on May 7 and 8:30 a.m. on May 8.
  • A $400 pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, a $90 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and $2 in change were stolen from a bronze 2011 Ford F150 King Ranch in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue between 8:30 p.m. on May 9 and 7:30 a.m. on May 10.

Of course, Highland Park was the not only desirable area where there were some notable burglaries last week.


Thursday $300K: This Absolute Angel of a Tudor Just Listed on Mmmm Morningside

5307 Morningside ext longThis just has to be Tudor week in my head somewhere, probably because my son and daughter-in-law are in London and Ireland visiting Downton Abbey! William Davis Realty just listed this absolute angel of an M-Streets rock Tudor that moves and grooves. I have this thing about rocks — diamonds, sapphires, even rock crystal. But this home has the hook: located on a premiere block on Morningside, you get the location gold standard down from the start. (more…)

6523 Lakewood Blvd precious doorI know, I hear you. We all wrote huge checks Tuesday, got drunk Wednesday, and just feel poor today. Even worse, I had to return stunning borrowed gems to The Diamond Doctor.

Where does our moola go? Did you notice not as many deductions this year? Feeling that ACA pain? Well, I have just the thing to charm you right back into sunshine spirits: 6523 Lakewood Boulevard.

This house is story-book cute, so much that it reminds me of a Hugh Comstock home from Carmel-By-The-Sea, where we all would like to be and could be if we hadn’t blown our wad with the Department of the Treasury. (more…)