midland open houses

The custom kitchen at 5017 Mira Vista Cir. is sure to be one of its selling features.

This weekend in Midland, three open houses have caught our attention. These upscale properties offer amenities like soaring ceilings, open floorplans, dog runs, beautiful landscaping, and outdoor living areas with their own kitchens and guest casitas.

Jump to read about these three homes and get the details for the open houses.


Odessa luxury homes

Odessa houses in the half-million-dollar range offer a range of high-end amenities, from new Venetian plaster walls to acreage with horse stalls. We’ve picked out four listings to give you an idea of what $500K buys in Odessa now.


1710 Community Ln A

The real estate market in Midland is hot, and the houses in the half-million range offer a lot of diversity in their styles and amenities. You’ll find everything from acreage and space for horses to thousands of square feet of living space. Here are five houses on the market now that will show you what’s available in the $500K range.


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Live on hole No. 8 of the Green Tree Country Club golf course with the house at 4814 Rustic Tr. This 4-3 was built in 1991 and has 3,980 square feet, with a separate entrance to the office/studio/game room area and an in-law suite. It is listed for $539,000.

The house has high ceilings with lots of natural light throughout its space, including two living rooms and three dining areas. There are hardwood floors, a three-car garage, and two fireplaces. The master suite is its own separate space with a huge ensuite bathroom with jetted tub and walk-through shower.


Inwood HOTW Overdowns

Do not miss this house, especially if you are looking for a lock and leave, get-out-of-Dodge- type place that is effortless to maintain, in a secure, friendly neighborhood, and will turn you on every time you walk in the front door. Welcome to 5706 Overdowns, the Ugly Ducky who became a swan with the help of architect extraordinaire Jay Peskuski and Dallas designer David Cadwallader. Oh yes, the very clever real estate agent helped a whole lot, too: Kelly Logsdon Rush at Ebby.

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5706 Overdowns was gutted, oh was she gutted, every bit of 4192 square feet re-designed, re-worked until perfect.

Once upon a time this was an unfortunate home neighbors shunned. More than one contractor suggested a total tear down. Built in 1980, I have no idea what they were smoking at the time this was created but then, Timothy Leary was still alive. Turn on, tune in, drop out! The home was clad in sallow beige brick and scarred wood siding, with one single dippy window in the front of the house that looked as if it was a San Quentin hangover. There was a chain link fence, multiple floor surfaces and a “sunken” living room (dear God, why did people make those? Sunken living room = sink hole), wood laminate counters (well, they were the cat’s meow in 1980) and my favorite: a Home Depot grade garden room with perpetually foggy glass windows. Oh, and then the enclosed swimming pool that brought back memories of being at the (sing it!) YMCA!5706 Overdowns ext before 5706 Overdowns LR before 5706 Overdowns kitchen before 5706 Overdowns pool before 5706 Overdowns master before

Months ago, a brilliant real estate investor with vision got hold of this house and said, ” I Have a Dream.” He must have been wearing Google Glasses. Whatever, we hope he keeps on wearing them! 5706 Overdowns is not just a new woman, she is re-engineered, she is ROBOCOP!

With fresh brick and solid wood, new doors, windows and glass, and completely new construction, this home has transformed into a soft contemporary marvel. The front entrance is defined by a custom wood grid screen that matches the coffee-chocolate dark wood kitchen cabinets. The giant living/great/dining room (almost 30 by 24) opens with natural European-style oiled hardwoods, lights, soaring ceilings and a marble-wrapped fireplace. Off this room are spiral stairs to a 16 by 12 loft with balcony, perfect for an office or secondary living area. The stunning kitchen with mammoth white Cesearstone island/breakfast bar commands the room. Stainless appliances and deep sink, Viking, and imported fixtures complete the sleekness.

Then there is the pool: four glass panel sheaths slide open to a sparkling blue indoor pool with waterfall, deck and “outdoor” shower. The pool is perfect, not Olympic,  and could easily be kept warm year-round for therapeutic dips. Moisture in this room will help shield you from the flu, but the house bears no scent of chlorine.

3816 Turtle CreekHere’s my plan: take a cue from Braden Powers’ (original owner), now Lee Bailey’s 8,430-square-foot, two-story mansion, with a party/spa master bathroom the size of DFW and salt-water pool in the living room, at 3816 Turtle Creek: give the spa a dual purpose as a media room. Can you imagine watching Downton Abbey while soaking in an 80 degree pool with a nice bottle of Veuve? Give the servants the night off!

Down a simple hallway are two bedrooms with en suite baths and built-ins, a large laundry with sink and room for a secondary or wine fridge, closets, and the master bath.

Now we are talking: 24 by 13 feet, his and her’s baths (one has a soaking tub and sauna) huge closet and the best part of the house: the exterior back deck overlooking a thickly wooded creek.

It’s as if there is no one around you, but you are very much in the heart of Preston Hollow. Overdown is off Preston Road, in between Royal Lane and Walnut Hill, and there is a traffic light at the intersection to make left-hand turns less treacherous. The Dallas North Tollway entrance is about three minutes away around the corner.

Truly a lock and leave home for people who want to be close in, but still desire privacy. And that pool will be a cinch to keep clean — no leaves, no freeze.

The good folks at Inwood Mortgage will have no problem finding a mortgage to float you all you want for 15 years or 30. Asking $899,900. Go ahead. Take the plunge!

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Now that summer is in full swing and the Texas heat has arrived, we hope everyone with a swimming pool is able to enjoy a few moments of cooling refreshment and relaxation in and around the water. For those that are just wishing for a pool or considering adding one to their property, we’ve asked renowned landscape architect Harold Leidner to show us a few of his top pool designs and some of the most popular pool features that he is incorporating for his clients.

Fountains and Water Features

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Including fountains and water features in a pool design helps to add elements of visual interest, create an ambiance of soothing background noise to drown out neighbors or nearby traffic, and can provide a cooling factor to the air around the pool. There are many different kinds of water features such as waterfalls, bubbler jets, canon jets, laminar jets, sprays, weirs, sheer descents, rain curtains, and spillways — all of which can enhance any
pool with the many shapes and sounds of water.

Fire Features

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Fire is one of the most dramatic and impactful elements you can add to any pool, which will certainly crank up the “wow” factor. Not only will it create a striking, visual contrast to the water, but will help extend the outdoor season into the fall and winter and is certain to always draw a crowd when entertaining.

Technology, Automation, and Energy Efficiency

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Along with home automation, the technological capabilities of controlling, monitoring and maintaining a swimming pool have also become much easier as they can now be managed with a smartphone or tablet. With apps on your iPhone and iPad, you can easily control and turn on all aspects of your pool (spa, lights, fountains, etc.) on demand and from anywhere. Energy efficiency has also come to the forefront for swimming pools and equipment. With the advancements of LED pool lighting, variable speed pumps, and more efficient heaters, the power demands to run a pool are greatly reduced and can help impact that monthly electrical bill. The color capabilities of LED lighting can also allow you to tailor the color of the pool to any mood or for any party setting.

Infinity and Negative Edge Pools

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One of the more dramatic and most-requested features is an infinity or negative edge pool. These pools eliminate the traditional coping and bring water right to the edge. They are typically associated with a sloping property or dramatic views, but can be used in many different aspects to create a spectacular detail around the pool. Zero edge or gutter pools are also another similarly styled edge effect that can create an unique presentation for the typical pool surround.


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One of the most popular ways to elevate the look and feel of a pool is by incorporating a tile finish. With thousands of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, a tile finish (specifically in a smaller scale tile (3/4”-1” square) can add an exquisite level of visual detail. The touch and feel of a glass tile is also much easier on the skin and adds an extra level of sensory feel when in the water. From solid mixes, to colorful blends and even mosaic patterns, an all-tile pool is sure to turn an average pool into a showstopper.

Fun Factor and Entertainment

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The swimming pool is an obvious attraction and gathering place for friends and family, and there are many additional opportunities to add some outdoor amenities that may help keep the kids and family together and enrich the outdoor experience. In the audio/video realm, there are floating speakers and even underwater speakers to keep the music flowing along with projection screens to let you host your own dive-in movie. Additionally, there are many other recreational elements that can be included such as volleyball nets, basketball goals, slides, swings, swim jets, and even climbing walls.

Ready to start designing the pool of your dreams? Contact the talented staff at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to guide you through the process and ensure a fabulous pool you’ll love that will add value to your home.

Now this one ought to make your heart quiver! Empty nester or young singles who do not want to mess with nosy neighbors right over-the-wall or those pesky Home Owners Associations meetings will find this home as close as you get to true single family living in the heart of Oak Lawn. And even better: there is a private swimming pool! And a patio! You get 2407 square feet of formals, three bedrooms, three and one half baths, all on one floor. (Wait, maybe I should stop right here — this may be the perfect downsizer for US!)

The yard is lush with that heated swimming pool, bluestone patios, and an exterior dining area with a fireplace and chandelier. Inside,  soaring ceilings, hardwood and slate floors, plantation shutters, three fireplaces, integrated sound speakers, great lighting for art. Take a look at the kitchen that rivals any Preston Hollow or Frisco McManse: Carrera marble, and stainless steel appliances. I cannot believe this: downstairs master bedroom even  has a sitting area, marble bathroom, and French doors that open to the pool area. I could care less about the vine-draped custom entry gate, but I do love all that covered and off-street parking for several cars, though I think here everyone will be walking and toning their tushies: just minutes from some of Dallas’ best dining and shopping, the Katy Trail, Highland Park Village, and Turtle Creek. The address again? 4126 Gilbert. Amazing.



Just confirmed with Allie Beth Allman that she is indeed listing the beautiful White Rock Lake mansion of John and Teresa Amend. Not in MLS but listed for $29,500,000. (What did I guessstimate? $28,000,000? Not bad!) That does not include the furnishings but does include all ten acres, the guest house and bowling alley, which are both incredible, the home and the swimming pool, which was the very first in Dallas. Stay tuned for photos. Now the fun is figuring where John and Teresa will move, and whose home they will buy. Don’t you just LOVE real estate?

This home on Livingston near Highland Park Village was first listed for $2.6, then lowered to $2.495. Now it’s leased. All is well and good, in fact, more than good. We have a happy landlord and a happy tenant who plans to put a swimming pool in the backyard.

That’s right, she’s leasing a $2.5 million dollar home that needs a pool, so she’s just putting one in herself. I mean, we are 70 days into triple digits!

The times, they are a changing!

The pool will be off this covered patio & outdoor kitchen.