Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 27, 2015

City Council Decision Paves Way For Oak Cliff Gateway’s Transformation

oak cliff gatewayDallas’ City Council has approved a rezoning of the Oak Cliff Gateway, an 850-acre portion of North Oak Cliff.

Ten years in the making, the zoning change paves the way for transformation of the land between East Kessler Park and the Trinity River. “This is one of the most critical pieces of real estate in the city of Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said of the gateway area.

“The time is now,” said council member Scott Griggs, after noting the years of work on the project in his district. “I’m ready today to get it passed.” Griggs has been working on the plan since his district was redrawn to include the area two years ago.

The target area stretches from near Interstate 30, the Trinity River levee and Interstate 35E to Marsalis Avenue, Eighth Street and roughly Zang Boulevard and Beckley Avenue.

The plan mostly utilizes form-based zoning, which does not focus on building uses, but instead determines how buildings address the street and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Exceptions include a medical district for Methodist hospital and specifics for Beckley Avenue adjacent to the East Kessler Park neighborhood.

Goals include attracting residents, retail and offices to an area now home to aging houses and apartments, vacant lots and buildings, a scattering of businesses, two parks and streetcar service to and from downtown. The plan allows for buildings as high as 20 stories along the Trinity River corridor and 12 stories along East Jefferson.

Hewitt & Habgood Group is excited to see how our North Oak Cliff neighborhood will be transforming in the future.

You can read the document below.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 21, 2015

Oak Cliff to Get More Bike Lanes on Beckley Avenue and Zang Boulevard

bikers at calatrava bridgeYou’d be hard pressed to find an area of Dallas where people love bicycles more than our very own North Oak Cliff. So our neighborhood’s residents will be delighted to know that the agenda for last Thursday’s City Plan Commission meeting included the addition of bike lanes to Beckley Avenue between Interstate 30 and Zang Boulevard. The stretch of Zang between Beckley and the Trinity River would also get bike lanes — also known as “a cycle track” or “protected bicycle facility” — under the proposal.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 14, 2015

Hewitt & Habgood Group named in Modern Luxury Dallas Real Estate Awards

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Madeline Jobst, the Hewitt & Habgood Group, and Ralph Randall were among the honorees.

The April issue of Modern Luxury Dallas includes the magazine’s inaugural Real Estate Awards. We were honored when we received the call that Hewitt & Habgood was chosen as part of the list of honorees. The list is comprised of 76 individuals and groups. More than a quarter of them are our fellow Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents.

The magazine identifies these Realtors as “the who’s who of Dallas real estate agents — those selling everything from Kessler Park homes to Beverly Drive to Texas-sized ranch properties. Modern Luxury Dallas has narrowed down a list of the city’s most in-the-know home hunters who represent buyers and sellers alike.”

Congratulations to all the other Dave Perry-Miller honorees!

  • Mark Cain
  • Gianna Cerullo
  • Elliott & Elliott
  • Gullutto-Barnes
  • Hewitt & Habgood Group
  • Hickman+Weber
  • The House Sales Team
  • Madeline Jobst
  • Molly Malone
  • Patricia Massey
  • Christine McKenny
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Ronda Needham
  • Dave Perry-Miller
  • Julie Provenzano
  • Sharon Quist
  • Ralph Randall
  • Emily Ray-Porter
  •  Rhodes Group
  •  Ryan Streiff
Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 2, 2015

Remodeling projects which generate the best (and worst) returns for Dallas homeowners

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How much money are you going to recoup on that recent master suite addition? The 2015 Texas Remodel Valuation Report has the answer for you.

Texas Association of Realtors report analyzes the recoup costs in 2014 for more than 20 remodeling projects for six cities: Dallas, Austin, Houston, El Paso, McAllen and San Antonio. It also looks at nationwide trends.

In general, the research shows that functional projects are a much better investment than upscale remodels and additions.

So where should you decide to spend your money? The survey shows the most profitable remodeling project is boosting a home’s curb appeal.

In Dallas, roofing replacement was No. 1, recouping 114.5 percent of the total cost. Other winners in Dallas include: window replacement, siding replacement, steel entry doors, and stone veneer accents.

Sunrooms, home office remodels, and upscale garage additions came in the Dallas survey at the bottom of places to spend your money. Others in Dallas’ bottom are bathroom remodels, fiberglass entry door replacement, attic bedroom remodels, minor kitchen remodels, and upscale composite deck addition.

Take a look at how some of Hewitt & Habgood’s Current Inventory in Kessler Park & Dallas stacks up.

You can see the full report on the Texas Association of Realtors website.

Source Culture Map Dallas

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | March 17, 2015

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Honors Top Producers of an Outstanding Year

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents and staff gathered at Dallas Country Club on March 5 to honor the top producers of 2014, a record-breaking year for the firm that represents the leading brand for properties of distinction in Dallas’ established neighborhoods. The managers of five offices gave out awards to individuals, groups, and teams based on production, income, and homes sold. It was a great night, and the Hewitt & Habgood Group was honored to take home some of the top awards.

INTOWN

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Standing: Jarrad Barnes, Frances Jacobs, Joseph Gullutto, Nadine Meyer, Melanie Till, Brittani Frankowiak, Macy Riley, Henry Barber, Emily Ray-Porter, and Brandon Fleeman; Seated: Patty Brooks, Brian Bleeker, Stephene Tolocko, Melissa O’Brien, Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Jim Berrong, Jessica Hill, Eloise Eriksson Martin, James Martin, and Andy Steingasser

The InTown Office at 2828 Routh Street is managed by Becky Connatser. Its top producers were:

  1. The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group
  2. The Emily Ray-Porter Group
  3. The Gullutto-Barnes Group
  4. Brandon Fleeman
  5. Patty Brooks
  6. The Martin Group
  7. Jim Berrong
  8. The Meyer Group
  9. Brian Davis
  10. Premier Associates
  11. Brittani Frankowiak

The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group was the top group in both categories. Brandon Fleeman was the top individual per income and homes sold.

HIGHLAND PARK

Standing: Ralph Randall, Forrest Gregg, Chris Pyle, Susie Thompson, Shirley Cohn, Greg Iker, Stephen Pryor, John Weber, Chris Hickman, Sonia Villareal, Susan Schweidel, Dan Rhodes, and Thomas Rhodes; Seated: Madeline Jobst, Erin Ballard, Sharon Palmer, Kate Walters, Robb Puckett, Ashley Beane, Brady Moore, Burton Rhodes, and Christine McKenny

Standing: Ralph Randall, Forrest Gregg, Chris Pyle, Susie Thompson, Shirley Cohn, Greg Iker, Stephen Pryor, John Weber, Chris Hickman, Sonia Villareal, Susan Schweidel, Dan Rhodes, and Thomas Rhodes; Seated: Madeline Jobst, Erin Ballard, Sharon Palmer, Kate Walters, Robb Puckett, Ashley Beane, Brady Moore, Burton Rhodes, and Christine McKenny

 The Highland Park Office at 5500 Preston Road is managed by Robb Puckett. Its top producers were:

  1. The Rhodes Group
  2. The Haven Group
  3. Hickman+Weber Group
  4. Ralph Randall
  5. Brady Moore
  6. Christine McKenny
  7. Gianna Cerullo
  8. Madeline Jobst
  9. Stephen Pryor
  10. Shannon Blount

Ralph Randall was the top individual per income. Brady Moore was the top individual per homes sold. The Rhodes Group was the top group per income. The Haven Group was the top group per homes sold.

LAKEWOOD

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Meg Skinner, Nancy Johnson, Ashley Rasmussen, Lauren Moore, and Scott Jackson

The Lakewood Office at 2311 Abrams Road is managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

  1. Nancy Johnson
  2. The Jackson Team
  3. Meg Skinner
  4. Heather Guild
  5. Marissa Fontanez

Nancy Johnson was the top individual per income and homes sold. The Jackson Team was the top group in both categories. The Johnson Holmes Group was the top team in both categories.

PARK CITIES

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Standing: Sissy Pardue, Stewart Lee, Brian Smith, Curt Elliott, and Sharon Quist; Seated: Carolyn Vandagriff, Phyllis Glover, Julie Boren, Stephen Collins, Paige Elliott, and Henda Salmeron

The Park Cities Office at 6025 Luther Lane is also managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

  1. Sharon Quist
  2. Julie Provenzano
  3. Brian Smith
  4. The Phyllis Glover Team
  5. Paige and Curt Elliott
  6. Stephen Collins
  7. Julie Boren
  8. Henda Salmeron
  9. Debbie Sherrington
  10. Stewart Lee

Sharon Quist was the top individual per income. Julie Provenzano was the top individual per homes sold. The Phyllis Glover Team was the top group in both categories. Paige and Curt Elliott were the top team in both categories.

PRESTON CENTER

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Standing: Jill Rasansky, McKamy Tiner, Laura Michelle, Mark Cain, Karen Fry, Weston Pugh, and Jeff Updike; Seated: Ginger Levine, Gayl Braymer, Jennifer Miller, Diane Gruber, and Martha Tiner

The Preston Center Office at 5950 Berkshire Lane is managed by Gaynelle Henger. Its top producers were:

  1. Jennifer Miller
  2. Mark Cain
  3. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky
  4. Laura Michelle
  5. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer
  6. Karen Fry
  7. Diane Gruber
  8. Justin Easterling
  9. Martha and McKamy Tiner
  10. Updike│Pugh

Jennifer Miller was the top individual per income. Laura Michelle was the top individual per homes sold. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky were the top group in both categories. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer were the top team per income. Updike│Pugh was the top team per homes sold.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | March 10, 2015

Kessler Krawl

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This year’s Kessler Krawl is scheduled for March 28,  Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a presenting sponsor of the event, and Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is proud to be sponsoring one of the featured homes

The finest homes for sale in Kessler Park are marketed by our team, so it’s only natural that we would have a hand in the neighborhood’s signature fundraiser, the Kessler Krawl.

During the annual cocktail party, four or five neighbors open their homes and serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Oak Cliff restaurants. The ticket-purchasing “guests” are divided into groups of 30 to 50 who then move from home to home. At the end of the evening, dessert and coffee are served at a final location, giving everyone a chance to be together.

The Kessler Krawl benefits the ongoing efforts of Kessler Neighbors United to create community and to maintain the beauty and safety of our neighborhood.

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 25, 2015

7 Clever Ways to Organize your Bathroom

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Needing more space for your bathroom?  Towels, toiletries, and appliances all take up space and pose a challenge for stylish bathrooms, especially if there is no linen closet. Take a look at how some of Hewitt & Habgood’s current listings feature unique ways of bathroom storage. These tips will help you get creative with containers and unexpected uses of space.

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1215 Kings Hwy uses a side table for extra storage.

Small furniture piece.  An antique chest, garden table or freestanding piece of furniture makes a great place to neatly organize your belongings. Choose one that allows for proper ventilation. 1215 Kings Hwy uses a chic aqua side table for extra storage.

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432 Trinity River Circle open sink with room underneath.

Open or skirted sink. The area beneath an open sink is typically wasted space; make it work by adding matching containers for neatly stacked supplies. If you don’t like your belongings on display, try attaching a fabric skirt to the sink. 432 Trinity River Circle places a woven basket under an open sink.

Portable basket or tub. Try stacking tissues or towels in a pretty container.  Think large urns, planters, bins, or woven baskets work great.

Shelves.  Bathroom walls are prime real estate for storage. Install a freestanding shelf, shadow box, or medicine cabinet with doors on an empty wall, and use it to neatly keep basic bathroom gear.

1554 Oak Knoll makes the corner space useful with a side table.

1554 Oak Knoll makes the corner space useful with a side table.

Corner Spaces. Got a little space between doors and walls? Transform it with a slim table or cubbies. Add a few decorations or rolled hand towels. 1554 Oak Knoll makes used of a corner space with a side table.

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Hanging baskets hide products at 401 S. Windomere

Hanging baskets. If you have some empty space use a hanging wire vegetable basket or a magazine rack for a terrific solution for towel and extra storage. 401 S. Windomere uses hanging baskets for hidden storage.

Wine rack.  A wine rack is perfect for holding rolled-up towels, or large bottles of product. A built-in with crisscross cubbies looks especially stylish, or try a freestanding or wall-mounted model.

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 10, 2015

Oak Cliff Mardi Gras 2015

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Go Oak Cliff kicks off the annual two-day Mardi Gras celebration in Oak Cliff this weekend! The festivities begin with the Dash for the Beads 5K on Saturday morning at Kidd Springs Park, continuing with a post-race party. Next, you may choose to spend Saturday night at Kessler Theater, dancing and celebrating at the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball, which just happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. Finish off the weekend Sunday afternoon with the annual Mardi Gras Parade featuring bands, floats, and, of course, plenty of beads!

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Dash for the Beads

Hewitt & Habgood Group and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are proud to be sponsors of the sixth annual Dash for the Beads — a 5K run, walk, and costume contest — will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The race will be New Orleans style, and with over 2,600 participants signed up, the event will be bigger and better than ever.

The race will follow a certified route in North Oak Cliff, starting and ending at Kidd Springs Park and taking runners through the hills of East Kessler. The race route is said to be one of the most challenging 5K runs in all of Texas. The event is pet-friendly, so be sure to dress yourself and your pet in your best purple, green, and gold, feathers, beads, and masks for the ultimate Mardi Gras fashion.

Be sure to stay after the race for a Mardi Gras celebration with live music from Exit 380, barbecue, a beer garden by local breweries, whiskey tasting, or shop from local merchants and vendors. The party will continue to the Bishop Arts District after the race.

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Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed walker, runner, and pets, and a large shiny trophy will go to the winner of the timed 5K run! Medals will be presented to the top three males and females for their designated age groups. The Dash initiative was founded in 2009 by Oak Cliff locals Chad West and David Sassano to raise money for neighborhood schools. For more information about the race and registration, and costume ideas visit Dash for the Beads.

Danny Fulgencio, Photographer

Masquerade Ball

Saturday night is the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball, and with it landing on Valentine’s Day this year, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the special day. Come with your friends or your significant other and dance the night away. Formal, casual, or costumes are all appropriate for the occasion.

A buffet dinner by King of the Alligator Café, which is included in the ticket price, will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes Cajun and Creole favorites, such as gumbo, red beans and rice, muffulettas, and crawfish etouffee! There will also be live music by Club Wood and Icehouse! You must be 21 to attend. Cash bar. Purchase tickets here.

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Mardi Gras Parade

The Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy marching bands, festive floats, cars, and especially all the flying beads! This family-friendly parade rolls down West Davis from Montclair Avenue to Madison Avenue in Bishop Arts.

Be sure to stop by the watch parties beginning at 2 p.m. while you catch beads at the following locations: Nova, PhD, Oddfellows, Eno’s Pizza, or Local Oak. Open-container laws do apply! Methodist Dallas Medical Center has kindly agreed to open the lot at the southwest corner of Bishop and Colorado for public parking on parade day! For more information about the parade, visit Mardi Gras Oak Cliff.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 6, 2015

Top Home Design Trends for 2015

Zillow Digs has released which details of what’s in and what’s out for interior design in 2015. The annual report combines data from a survey of leading designers with an analysis of the most popular photos on the website. “Unexpected textures and an eclectic, modern vibe are about to find their way in 2015. Expect to see a more sophisticated look in 2015 that incorporates gold hardware, natural textures, and a subtle midcentury modern undertone.” Zillow Digs design expert Kerrie Kelly. We took a look at these trends to find them in some of our current listings. Take a look below.

1619 Rio Vista is great mid-century modern home with skyline views.

1619 Rio Vista is great mid-century modern home with skyline views.

Mid-Century Modern – one of the biggest up-and-coming design styles for 2015 from architecture to furniture. Experts advise integrating modern elements sparingly, because you don’t want them taking over the house. Eclectic, multi-era decor is here to stay, and matchy-matchy furniture is a thing of the past.

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The Family Room at 915 W. Colorado incorporates rich blues with rug and accent chair.

Blue – especially indigo, Greek blues, and navy shades are predicted to be the most popular accent hue, in particular because it complements warm earth tones like 2015 Pantone Color of the Year Marsala. Blue replaces brights such as coral and purple which are on their way out with 2014.

Entry at 1554 Oak Knoll.

Entry at 1554 Oak Knoll with a natural wall paper.

Wallpaper – Consider digital prints or textured wall coverings instead of a solid painted accent wall. Designers say we should expect to see a rise in available color and texture selections in home stores to accommodate the increased demand. Experts advise avoiding chevron, one of the most popular patterns of 2013 & 2014.

915 N. Madison Living Room uses wood and stone elements.

915 N. Madison Living Room uses wood and stone elements.

Industrial – Industrial is a design style that finds beauty in functional design. The look is simple and clean. Materials include raw or exposed wood elements, weathered and matte metals, dramatic statement lighting and neutral colors make this design trend work.

1212 N. Oak Cliff knows how to incorporate a cowhide rug into a chic room.

1212 N. Oak Cliff knows how to incorporate a cowhide rug into this chic space.

Cowhide – In Texas, we already like cowhides, but we’re about to see them more mainstream this year. Referred to as an “ideal accent texture” for a modern yet approachable feel. Find it in pillows, rugs, throws and artwork.

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Gold Fixtures can be found at 1744 Timbergrove Circle.

Gold Fixtures – This retro statement hardware color will make a comeback in 2015 with a new modern twist: bright gold with a sleek finish for extra shine. Mix and match metal finishes throughout your home, or go all gold.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 11, 2014

states22014 marks the best year in the U.S. economic recovery since the recession hit in 2008. For the most part, the housing market has rebounded. And many cities are reaping the benefits. The cities expected to see strong housing growth offer affordable prices and are set for fast-paced sales. Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke offered his Top 10 Cities.

“The markets on this list range from big cities with older housing stock to big and mid-size cities with substantial levels of new construction to up-and-coming markets appealing to young professionals for their job growth and high affordability,” Smoke said. “Some of the cities on the list are familiar to anyone who’s kept an eye on real estate trends, but there are a few surprises in the mix.”

 

  1. Atlanta, GA – Hit hardest by the economic downturn a few years ago, Atlanta took longer than other markets to recover from the crash, but is now showing signs of rebounding. Atlanta is still affordable, employment growth is strong, and its income is on par with the rest of the nation.  Over the next five years, the Atlanta market is expected to see 7% growth in total households,  and home sales are forecast to be up by 11% in 2015.
  2. Dallas, TX – One of the current top performers, Dallas is expected to remain one of the best markets in 2015. The city is expected to set employment records in 2014. The market is affordable, volume of homebuyers is growing, and new homes are continuing to be constructed.  Forecasted 3% growth in home prices and 7% growth in home sales in 2015.
  3. Denver, CO – Denver is on track to see the largest percentage increase in home sales—14%—of any major market. It is one of the stronger local economies since the recovery began and is now setting new records for jobs. Home prices are fully recovered, and will end 2014 with more home sales than 2013. The market’s biggest looming concern is declining affordability.
  4. Des Moines, IA – Its high affordability and high levels of home ownership among millennials set the stage for strong housing performance next year. The local economy continues to click along quite nicely, and the unemployment rate is well below the national average.
  5. Houston, TX – The energy industry that fuels the city’s economy continues to spur expansion and jobs. Texas’ most populous city is on pace to set a new employment record in 2014—and with predicted 4% employment growth in 2015. The market remains affordable, but with price increases, housing prices are becoming a challenge. Even so, the new construction sector has seen robust growth.
  6. Los Angeles, CA – With so many luxurious residences, the city ranks as one of the least affordable cities in the nation. Jobs lost during the recession are flowing back into America’s second-largest city. Forecasted growth for the metro shows that employment will get back to pre-recession numbers in 2015. Home sales in the city will grow by 6%, and home prices will likely rise by 4%.  in 2015.
  7. Minneapolis, MN – Twin Cities area continues to show low unemployment and is setting new records for jobs in 2014. The combination of the booming job market and affordable housing makes the city the second largest market for home-owning millennials. The Minneapolis area is also seeing strong growth in new construction to meet the increased demand.
  8. Phoenix, AZ – it’s one of the top five markets for new construction; the city continues to see an increase in overall population and household growth. Although the market hasn’t fully recovered from the recession, it continues to be relatively affordable and income is expected to grow at a higher pace in 2015. Household growth is expected to increase by 7% over the next five years.
  9. San Jose, CA – its location in the heart of Silicon Valley and its world-class technology companies, is setting new records for jobs. Unemployment remains low, housing prices have fully recovered, and 2014 is on pace to see more transactions than 2013. The 5-year household growth is forecasted to be 6%—double the national rate. Affordability remains a huge challenge, but income growth has been strong and home price at a moderate pace of 2%. Home sales should grow 7% in 2015.
  10. Washington, DC – the forecast for Washington DC employment and home sales are improving steadily, where other markets have out preformed DC previously. Washington DC ranks third overall in projected growth of home-owning households. Home sales should rebound next year as well—after a 2% decline in 2014, home sales are expected to surge 10% in 2015.

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