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Today we treat you to not just a million dollar listing, but a true family compound located in Albany, Texas.

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And I hope we are not late to the party because the world, too, has just discovered Albany. Last week, Hughes Professor of English Willard Spiegelman at Southern Methodist University penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal that focused national attention on Albany, in particular, its Old Jail Art Center. Texas Monthly has called it the “best small-town museum in the state — maybe the nation.” Two hours west of Fort Worth, “the county seat of Shackleford County boasts a rarity: art in a former prison.” And what great art to be found in a town of about 2000: the 14,000 square foot art gallery holds about one piece of art for every citizen including pre-Columbian and Asian artifacts, and 19th and 20th century European and American Paintings and works on paper. I saw the original 1918 Modigliani oil portrait of a young girl with braids; I bought the poster to decorate my very first dorm room, it was such a beloved work. But in Albany, it’s only the beginning: (more…)

40 Braewood extYou know how we told you that Tony Romo is building a giant, and I do mean giant, home up in Glen Abbey?  Surely you are caught up on all this. That story ran last April — the home must be nearing completion.

The new Romo home is next door to Peter Shaddock, a well-known, highly respected Dallas builder and architect with excellent tastes. In fact, you could say Peter is a Home Connoisseur. We need him on this blog!

Romo’s lot, appraised at $3,272,550 just for the dirt,  had been started by an oil man who just abandoned it. Word it Peter Shaddock is such a perfectionist he spent his own money to clean up the oil baron’s lot so it would be pretty to look at before Tony even started building.

Well, how’d you like to be his neighbor AND own a dramatic, architecturally significant, award-winning house to boot? (more…)

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Letting you in on an inside secret here at CandysDirt.com. We “nickname” our weekly Monday Morning Millionaire postings the MMM.

When I created CandysDirt, I wanted to post homes on humdrum Mondays that would REALLY  wake readers up. Because, you know, it’s Monday, and you deserve to be blown away. (Come to think of it, we need a Hump Day house, too.) I’ll never forget the reader who told me that when he gets antsy at work he reads my MMM’s or wanders over to SecondShelters.com to check out vacation homes. That’s enough inspiration to make him go back to work, full force, and KILL IT so he can buy his own MMM someday.

Well, according to our analytics, 10770 Inwood Road was the most well-read MMM in 2014. Had we made Deion Sanders place a MMM, that might have beaten it. The Downton Abbey-esque estate at the corner of Inwood Road and Royal Lane in Dallas went on the market but not into MLS last spring. It officially hit MLS in October. Not only did our story on this house get thousands of hits, it had 200,000 shares on Facebook. And oh yes, it’s still available for a mere $6,399,000 reduced for quick sale from $7 million. Which was reduced from $7.7. Get it?

If you have lived in Preston Hollow or the Hockaday Royal/Inwood area for any length of time, you know this house. It is at the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Inwood Road. Kind of looks like Downton Abbey.  Built in 1991 by a physician (Ophthalmologist) and his attorney wife, the home is known for having been completed in stages because the owners said, at the time, (in a Dallas Morning News article I cannot locate) they incurred no debt in buying or building this house. Which is pretty amazing considering that most folks in 1991 wanted it all RIGHT NOW if not a second ago.
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Photos of 6820 Avalon by Shoot2Sell

Dear Santa: I have always wanted to live in a Charles Dilbeck home. Ever since I moved to Dallas and learned that Charles Dilbeck was one of the area’s most prolific architects, I have wanted to buy one of his homes. They were the first “older” homes I saw in Dallas. Well, that is, until I found Swiss Avenue. Dilbeck created romantic Tudors and French country homes sprinkled throughout the Park Cities and a few in North Dallas. His was Harry Potter style before Harry was a Potter. His homes have a signature English farmhouse feel to them, and are built rambling, as if they have been added onto. Dilbeck, for example, always said that in authentic cottages you could always find the original log cabin that the home started from. He also designed homes without hallways, so you have to go into one room to get to another, as if the house had been added on to randomly. It creates a very organic feel. And it was always such a refreshing contrast to the post World War II ranches that sprawled everywhere. Plus, I know his family.

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Last week, readers complained that I offered up a $3.9 million dollar home in Frisco.

$3.9M to live in Frisco?! No way, Candy. No way.” Said at least one reader.

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But look at what Steve Brown wrote about Frisco just last week — the poor guy can barely keep up with all that’s happening up there — Frisco Station, the Omni, the Dallas Cowboys’ new 91 acre center, and Wade Park:

Now with more than $5 billion in developments in the works, Frisco is arguably the most dynamic real estate market in Texas.

Ahead of Uptown, Plano, Richardson — Frisco has more huge developments these days than any other property market. And if only half of them get built, the one-time railroad town will be ground zero for the biggest commercial real estate boom ever in North Texas.

“Just about every tract of land from State Highway 121 to Main Street along the toll road is having plans made or is under development,” said Jim Gandy, CEO of the Frisco Economic Development Corp. “As large as these projects are, there is going to be a long line of announcements over the next couple of years.”

Did you hear him? “And if only half of them get built, the one-time railroad town will be ground zero for the biggest commercial real estate boom ever in North Texas.” — that’s pretty heavy real estate stuff. Another developer put it to me this way: for every job that Toyota brings to this region, four more jobs will be created. So yes, we tend to think that most homes over two to three million are restricted to the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Glen Abbey, Preston Trails and of course the chi chi areas of Southlake such as Vaquero. But Frisco is getting pretty darn fancy pants. (more…)

31 Stonebriar Way ext Want to come home to a total retreat? Want to hear the wind rustle in the trees rather than sirens screeching on Central? If the urban waterfall sometimes gets to be too much, take a look at what this retreat has to offer. This seasoned Tudor revival compound called Stonebriar Manor, at 31 Stonebriar Way, can give you the pleasures of living on a farm in the heart of a major metropolitan area. It has a Frisco address, yes, but is really so close and convenient to everything north of Park Cities. All you do is hop on the Dallas North Tollroad, and pray for no traffic.

Of course, once you get north, you find a wonderland of living from five rolling acres, a creek with a bridge, a barn, greenhouse, wishing well, tennis court, guest house and a pond with a beautiful spray fountain.

The main house is pretty amazing, too, with 9200 square feet of spacious rooms, heavy beams, beautifully crafted woodwork, a double Aga stove, and a complete environment that would support a multi-generational family arrangement. There are four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, a four car garage, exercise room, and a laundry room large enough to hold a pet or two, plus six fireplaces in the main house. A screened-in porch doubles as a card room. The dogs have plenty of space to frolic on five acres, but if you need to put them up, there is a dog run. Feel like raising your own exotic orchids? There is a hothouse greenhouse. Feel like letting your grown children move back home? Take your choice of an apartment with full kitchen or a two bedroom, or the two bedroom, two bath guest house with  full kitchen just across the pool.

Come to think of it, War of the Roses may never have happened if Michael Douglas or Kathleen Turner had had a guest house! (more…)

2430 Victory 3001 Living

OK, that’s not all I want for Christmas, but an impeccable 30th floor penthouse at the W Residences Tower in Victory Park is a good start. This highrise has everything you want in an urban retreat, and the decor is on point.

It’s listed with Allie Beth Allman herself for $10.95 million and honestly, I feel like this five-bedroom, seven-full-plus-three-half-bath, 11,807-square-foot pad is worth every penny. I mean, those views! Those amenities! The privacy! The style! It’s an incredible unit and it’s full of eye candy with contemporary lines and texture.

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The inside has been renovated by Crest Custom Homes!

You’ve been looking for a home that is large and well-appointed and absolutely fresh inside, this beautiful home inside McKinney’s Stonebridge Estates will do just the trick. This home is a gorgeous custom property built in 2003 and just renovated by Crest Custom Homes with a brand new heated pool and spa, fresh paint inside, a beautiful kitchen, and a lovely master bathroom.

This brick and stone home is perfect for entertaining this holiday season, too, from the dramatic two-story entrance to the formals to the  butler’s pantry, wine room, and wet bar. Not only that, but you have a two private suites downstairs, one master and another for those VIP guests you wouldn’t dare set up in a hotel!

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