Get Ready For Fall in This Gorgeous Preston Royal Mediterranean

6009 Royalcrest Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

The time of roasting marshmallows is almost upon us. We got a little sampling of fire pit weather this weekend, and it really made it hit home that fall is almost here. Heck, pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves, and the Arboretum is about to open their annual autumn showcase with pumpkins galore, so it’s time to think about bundling up, boots, and making s’mores!

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the wonderful outdoor entertaining area at 6009 Royal Crest Dr. This home has one fireplace inside, one outside on the loggia, and a fire pit, too! There’s no shortage of places to get cozy in this home, which has four bedrooms, five full and one half bath, and 6,146 square feet. It’s listed with Dave Perry-Miller agent Karen Fry for $2.2 million.

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Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

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“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

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“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!

Les Owens

Interestingly enough, it’s not only move-in-ready homes that are flying off the market at unprecedented prices, but builders are hitting even more hurdles in this insanely hot North Texas market.

We asked Les Owens of LRO Residential, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, just what are buyers looking for, and what should they look out for? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles buyers who want to build will find is the place all home start: dirt.

“We are finding dirt at reasonable levels off the open market, but we are seeing all types of buyers — investors, end users, Realtors, first-time would-be builders — all competing for lots, and most are not experienced enough to know what they are doing and have driven land to all-time highs in most markets,” Owens said. “Not much room to keep going up, what goes up will come down, usually faster than it went up, so land speculators beware.”

Owens, whose homes have classic lines and multi-purpose rooms with some truly stunning kitchens, is noticing an uptick in empty nesters building their post-kids dream homes.

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“This is great for my business as lots of empty nesters are coming into the custom home market, and that is the group my homes fit perfect for,” Owens said. “We have had great luck with downsizing clients from a 6,000- to 9,000-square-foot home to a new, more energy efficient, trendy, lock-and-leave type home, and they love it. I have tons of experience working with this demographic and my style really fits well with this group.”

Owens says that some other higher end clients want custom homes that are timeless, though “clean lines are still a bit hit whether in a more traditional home” or a more modern one.

5518Southwestern-HighRes-20-2916144371-O

“Contemporary is, of course, cool, but some people are already turning from it,” Owens added. “We are seeing clients who liked the idea, but have gone away from it.”

And clients are asking for more earth-friendly and energy efficient choices, which Owens recommends as long as they make financial sense.

“Most of our clients are self-made, and they understand the value of money,” Owens said. “Paying for outrageous green features just to say they have it is not what got them where they are. They want Green features, but only ones that make good sense from a pay-back perspective and/or they can see an immediate benefit for use in their daily lives.”

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Still, Owens is focused on providing the highest quality of materials and workmanship that his brand is known for, as well as the innovation that homebuyers expect. To see more of Owens’ work, stay tuned to CandysDirt.com!

8483629Of course, these living arrangements won’t work if you’ve got restraining orders, but for most divorcees with children, perhaps? I wonder if the former spouses could tolerate the high probability of running into your ex on an almost daily basis that living in a duplex with them would mean.

This house designed by an Edmonton custom builder and his ex wife is, however, the perfect solution for all the shuttling to and fro from one house to the next, thanks to the specially designed “transporter” hallway. The hallway links the childrens’ bedrooms to both homes, allowing for them to stay in their own personal space without merging the living spaces of the divorced couple.

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Find out more about their unique home in this Edmonton Journal story, which basically shows us how Monica McGrath and Kent Kirkland are living that Canadian billboard we saw last year. Perhaps Deion Sanders and Pilar should bite the bullet and build a duplex? No?

Do you think you or a friend would be able to live side-by-side with an ex husband or ex wife?

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve picked out a few of the most incredible kitchens and dining rooms Dallas has to offer as sites for our dream turkey dinner. They are truly a feast for the eyes! Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

9008 Briarwood Lane: This house has a stunning dining and kitchen combo, both with beautiful blue hues on both the dining room wallpaper and the kitchen cabinets. Also amazing are the chandelier and fireplace in the dining room. Surreal!

Platinum Series Kitchens by Mark Molthan: All of these kitchens are perfect for preparing your elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, but this one, with the bright lime bar and gorgeous cabinets, is incredible!

9784 Audubon Place: With an amazing wood ceiling and gorgeous cabinetry, I would be hard pressed to actually leave the kitchen at this home! It’s also open to the dining room, which will make serving a gigantic turkey that much easier!

4346 Park Lane: Christine McKenny with Dave Perry-Miller gets some of the most amazing listings, and this house is no joke. The kitchen has a not-too-often seen feature — curved cabinetry  — that looks so elegant.

Tatum Brown’s Crestbrook Residence: This kitchen is just so sleek and perfect, and there’s a TV just above the fireplace, so you can watch the game while you do prep work (just watch your fingers with that knife, please!).

Phil Romano’s Strait Lane Estate: There’s no outdoing this kitchen and dining room, which makes entertaining feel more like eating at a restaurant. The stainless steel buffet and counter-height tables make serving a snap!

Solutions 4 Living is planning to build six modern custom homes on Oates Road in East Dallas.

Sometimes, overly modern homes can look a bit like spaceships that land in the middle of otherwise suburban areas. It’s best, I think, if you want to build a modern home to do so amidst other modern homes.

These kind of clusters are becoming more and more popular. Take Urban Reserve for example. This Mathews-Nichols Group development hugs White Rock Creek and offers homes in a broad price range — from the high $300Ks to upwards of $1 million — in a very natural setting.

Solutions 4 Living, a Houston-based builder of sustainable homes, is doing something very similar, if not on a much, much smaller scale.

The development, which will include six modern, sustainable homes, will occupy what was formerly two lots on Oates Road. Lots will range from 14,000 to 20,000 square feet, while the homes will be in the 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot range. The homes are being marketed in the $400,000 to $500,000 range, and the developer is looking to break ground on lot No. 6,  a spec home, this fall.

“The original expectation was to give buyers three home plans to choose from,” said Dara Childs of Solutions 4 Living, “however, as a custom home builder and designer, if a client were to request a new design, we would certainly strive to accomodate them and we are close to putting Lot No. 1 under contract in this manner.”

Subdividing lots, especially when they are that sizable, is nothing new. Personally, I think six lots is kind of a tight fit. I’d feel more comfortable with my neighbors if it were, perhaps, four lots. That’s enough distance without giving up too much in the way of profit.

Burke Lowe, who has partnered with Childs on the project, says the lots vary in depth from 200 to 295 feet. All of them, he added, will back up to a creek.

“We feel that the area is ready for development,” Childs said. “In the words of Robert Frost, the lots are ‘lovely, dark and deep.’ We think the lots will sell themselves.”

I do, however, like the idea of creating a niche of green custom homes in an area that is heavily treed and is right next to a creek. The only thing than concerns me a little is this post on the Solutions 4 Living blog extolling the virtues of composting toilets.

Bleurg.