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

7 Clever Ways to Organize your Bathroom

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806 Knott Place master bath

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.
Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 14, 2014

5th Annual Blues, Bandits & BBQ Festival

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The 5th annual Blues, Bandits, & BBQ is back and tastier than ever! Enjoy barbecue, beers, a little folklore, 5k run, and live music right in the heart of historic Oak Cliff!The event starts Friday, November 14 at Kidd Springs Park. Saturday, November 15 will be a full day of entertainment, including kicking things off with The Stache Dash 5k at 9 a.m., a great entertainment line-up, and booths from Oak Cliff’s best artisans to help you get a jump start on that holiday shopping!

The tasting begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy some of the finest barbecue in Texas from 33 teams who are all competing for your vote in the People’s Choice category!  Wristbands to taste the barbecue and vote in the people’s choice contest cost $20, but the event is free.

Blues, Bandits, & BBQ is a rain or shine event. No outside alcohol allowed on site. Camping chairs are allowed. Kids and friendly dogs on short leashes are welcome!

For more information please visit http://www.gooakcliff.org/

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 7, 2014

2014 Home Chemical Collection Day

The 2014 Home Chemical Collection Day is set for this Saturday, November 8 from 9 am – 3 pm at Southwest Mall along the southbound frontage road of US-67. Rain or shine, bring your chemical cleaners and home products, paint, craft supplies, automotive and oil fluids, lawn and pool chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, aerosol sprays, and batteries. The event is available for residents of Dallas, Addison, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, University Park, and unincorporated areas of Dallas County. Remember to bring your driver’s license and a current water/utility bill as proof of residency.

For more information please call the City of Dallas Waste Diversion 214-670-4475, or Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center 214-553-1765, or visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/plandev/hhw_intro.php

In addition to household chemicals waste disposal, Oak Cliff offers electronic waste disposal services every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 5 pm. This service is provided to all Dallas residents at no charge to prevent TV’s and computers from going to landfills and illegal dump sites. For more information and other recycling options please call (214) 670-1927 or visit www.texastakeback.com for more information.

Chemical Drop Off

Southwest Center Mall

3662 W. Camp Wisdom

Dallas, TX 75237

 

 Electronic Waste Drop Off

4610 S. Westmoreland Rd

Dallas, TX 75237chemical waste

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | October 2, 2014

Kessler Pumpkin Patch & Street Fair

pumpkin patchGet your fall pumpkins and enjoy a day of fall festivities! Back for the 12th year, the Kessler Pumpkin Patch & Art Fair will feature live music by Floramay Holliday, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, fall portraits, craft vendors, the famous Kessler School cakewalk, yummy eats & more!

Date: October 04, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 4 PM

Location: Kessler Park United Methodist Church  lawn at 1215 Turner Ave.

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The Kessler School is a neighborhood private elementary school, with grades pre-K through 6th. Visit The Kessler School online at thekesslerschool.com.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 19, 2014

2014 Old Oak Cliff Home Tour

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has revealed the 10 houses that will comprise the organization’s 40th annual Fall Home Tour. The event scheduled for October 18 and 19 from noon until 6 pm. The Home Tour will include properties in eight Oak Cliff neighborhoods, including two being represented for the first time: Sunset Hill and Brettonwoods. Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group will represent one of the East Kessler Park homes with the gorgeous mid-century modern residence at 1065 Kessler Parkway.

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The rest of the homes for the 2014 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour include:

3246 Ravina

3246 S. Ravinia Drive, Kiestwood neighborhood, 1961

922 Edgefield

922 N. Edgefield Ave., Kings Highway, 1944

122 S Waverly

122 S. Waverly Drive, Sunset Hill, 1935

2637 Gladiolus Lane

2637 Gladiolus Drive, Brettonwoods, 1953

2315 Fouts

2315 Fouts Lane, West Kessler, 1950

3936 Lost Creek Dr

3936 Lost Creek Drive, Oak Park Estates, 1972

1606 Oak Knoll

1606 Oak Knoll St., East Kessler Park, 1950

434 Greenbriar

434 W. Greenbriar, East Kessler Park, 2012

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714 S. Manus Drive, Wynnewood North, 1959

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 12, 2014

Hewitt & Habgood on Tuttle Talk Radio Show

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Listen in to radio station 660 AM this Sunday, September 14 at 4 pm as Kathy and Steve chat with host Andy Tuttle about important issues and current trends affecting the Intown real estate market and what they predict for the future. The Intown markets are red hot right now and Kathy and Steve discuss some of the issues impacting this market and the benefits of living in their distinctive urban neighborhood.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 10, 2014

Two Lake Cliff Park Events: Rock the Cliff 5k & Lake Cliff Centennial Celebration

Come out and Rock the Cliff – Presented by The Advocate

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Get ready to rock and roll dressed in your best 80s, 90s & today’s costumes at this Saturday’s Rock The Cliff 5K! On Saturday, September 13th at 8 am, Rock the Cliff will take over Lake Cliff Park with a jammin’ 5K and 1 mile fun run that runs through the beautiful and historic park.

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The race theme is focused on the growing Dallas music scene, which will be well represented by talented DJs that will play popular music from the decades for the runners as they pass. The race is organized by Bison Giving Back, a non-profit founded by Sunset High School alumni and proceeds will go towards scholarships for Oak Cliff high school students. 5K race awards will be given out to top 10 overall male/female finishers. After the race you can relax and join the headliner DJ.  Sign up today at http://rockthecliff.com/

100 – A Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration

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Lake Cliff Park is turning 100 years old, and is planning a Centennial birthday bash to celebrate! On Saturday, Sept 20 from 5-9 pm the park will take you back in time to its rich beginnings. Lake Cliff is a widely-used park that surrounds a 3-acre lake with a walking trail, fountains, playground, and rose garden.

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Lake Cliff Park was originally built as a private Dallas area amusement park with rides, a casino, swimming, and boating on the lake. The park has been a fixture for Oak Cliff residents for many years. “A lot of people have been coming here forever, and when we realized 2014 marked 100 years, we thought we should do something,” said Barbara Barbee, an organizer of the event.

The event is free to all and the celebration will feature a barber shop quartet and four-piece band, an outdoor showing of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” historical exhibit, a period dress competition, food trucks, crafts, and more. Learn more at http://.ooccl.org

 

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