Old MidlandSometimes, it’s a gamble to look at an older home — has it been well-maintained, will updating it negate the savings? With the midcentury ranch we found in Old Midland this week, the updates and selling points make this circa 1960 construction an appealing choice for families.

“This home will not last long!” said listing agent Lory Cherry of Century 21 The Edge, Permian Basin. (more…)


This three-bedroom, two-bath home in Andrews is perfect for a family.

Finding a three-bedroom, two-bath rental that doesn’t break the bank is hard – which is why we went a little further afield this week, to Andrews.

Andrews, which is in the center of the Permian Basin, has been called the Oilfield Capitol of Texas. With a little more than 13,000 people living there, the town boasts that it is 100 percent debt free – as is Andrews County.

Andrews ISD boasts an enviable four-year graduation rate of 96 percent (the state average is 89 percent) and an average of one teacher for every 14.2 students. The district has a Texas Education Agency accountability rating of “Met Standard.” (more…)

4412 LakesideWe thought you might want to see what a pedigreed home in Old Highland Park, in Dallas, did to their backyard. They turned it into a baseball field. Now mind you, they only had .60 of an acre, but check out this story on CandysDirt.com Dallas, our regular Monday Morning Millionaire, and see how you can have a pro baseball field in your back yard with just $2 million worth of bells and whistles. Scratch that: $2 million worth of electronics. After all, it’s only money, honey!

4412 Lakeside baseball bocce

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Cowtown has new braggin’ rights: the U.S. Census Bureau says they were the fastest-growing big city in the nation between 2000-2013. Fort Worth population saw a 42.34 percent increase in that time. Dallas lagged far behind, coming in at 24th.

The 2010 Census count for Fort Worth put the number of residents at 741,206. Compare this to a population of 534,694 just a decade earlier.

Fort Worth is the 17th-largest city in the country, and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

I know lots of people who would be thrilled about Dean & DeLuca moving into Highland Park Village as Tom Thumb plans to move out on Nov. 30, as Maria Halkias reported on the Dallas Morning News business blog. They would certainly be a better fit for the neighborhood, which has homes with an incredibly high values and density.

However, now that the owners of Highland Park Village have said that plans for a hotel in the posh shopping center have been scrapped, we have to wonder what will occupy the 18,500-square-foot space, which is too small for a traditional grocer, but too big for a high-fashion retailer.

What would you like to see in that spot?

Farm Evolution
If you know me, you are probably not going to believe that deep down, I dream about having a farm or a ranch in the country. I love designer clothes (I do!), Prosecco and Jimmy Choos, but I also love rolling fields, hay, horses and the pitch black sky at night when the only light comes from stars because street lights are hundreds of miles away. I think the perfect life would be to have a condo in Dallas and a ranch about two hours away, any direction. Green acres is the place where you can skip the blow dry at Hair Bar and leave your makeup back in Dallas. We’ve got some land down in the Hill Country on a condo-type ranch where they do all the work, kind of like an HOA. But there is that part of me that would like to get my fingernails dirty and dig in to a fixer-upper: sure wouldn’t need Total Body if I was hauling up cedarboard to build a fence. Talk about muscles! My Aunt Stella had the most muscular arms ever. She told me it was from milking cows. She had grown up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois.

Anyhow, our Kathryn Roan is back at it over on SecondShelters: the reason she’s been gone? She got “the itch”:

There is a saying in the country: “Nothing is more attractive than your neighbor’s property.” The grass is always greener on their side of the fence, and you just want your horses to be eating it. There is a constant, persistent desire for a “bigger place” that just never, ever goes away. Another guaranteed factor after purchasing a farm is What’s One More? Syndrome. Absent of the built-in governor of a monthly board check, you buy a farm and start adding to your collection of misfits, er, future Olympic contenders like you’re auditioning for Hoarders: Buried Alive. Any common sense you formerly possessed, backed up by a monthly bill from your barn owner, pretty much just evaporates the moment you sign next to that little sticker that says “Buyer.”

Gross' first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

Gross’ first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. was featured in AIA Dallas 2012 Tour of Homes. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

David Gross, President of David Gross Fine Homes, got his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, going into rundown neighborhoods with his father and grandfather and seeing a need for restoration. This led to him to becoming interested in historic preservation in Philadelphia at a young age.

Upon moving to Colorado years later, he pursued his passion for construction by working for a general contractor, then venturing out on his own as a builder. From there, the sky has been the limit for David Gross and his eponymous brand of luxury custom homes, which has earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.

10510 Berry Knoll Front

Y’all know how much I love interesting homes. They are like candy! I just can’t get enough of their amazing layouts and architecture, and homes like this one in Crest Meadow Estates have interesting rooms after every turn, it seems!

Not only that, but this neighborhood has an amazing location — on the end of a cul-de-sac just a short jog from Hillcrest Road — you get the best of both worlds with this home when it comes to both low-traffic and easy access.