19-Kokanee_08-great-roomImagine a place where you can mingle with Olympians and extreme athletes, be surrounded by panoramic views, fish off your sailboat in the summer, throw on your skis in the winter, and warm yourself by the fire at night – all without ever leaving the mountain or the comforts of home. Of course we find this in Crested Butte, a hop jump and skip away from Big D. Designed by architect Daniel J. Murphy, this exceptional ski-in/ski-out offering, is a true legacy estate, located just 24 miles south of Aspen. A scenic car drive through the exquisite Maroon Bells will have you at Aspen in a few hours, or in the summer make the 12-mile hike right from your property, via the postal route.  (more…)

Once CandysDirt.com is up and running, we plan a regular sweet treat/tweet for you every Friday: sneak peaks at the best open houses in town. Check out some of the best House Candy in town:

Open 3 to 5 pm this Sunday: 4686 Meadowood, listed by Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sothebys. If you don’t know this street, you do not know where class really lives in Dallas. Beverly Drive is, well, ok. Park Lane has it’s hills and valleys. But Meadowbrook is where you really want to be once you’ve made it. We almost bought a home on this street eons ago when it was actually affordable. That puppy is now long gone and a 14,000 mansion in it’s place. Speaking of, 4686 Meadowood screams — no, whispers, Old Preston Hollow. Old World European charm is everyone plus land, 1.55 acres. Wonderful design lets you feast your eyes on the backyard once you open the front doors, lading you to the backyard, pool & private pond beyond. The environment  combines to create a breathtaking blend of architecture & nature. Inside, exquiaite French finish out such as antique marble fireplaces, custom ceilings, grand master suite, and lots of space for living & entertaining. You can cancel any trips to France — besides, dollar’s not doing so well — get French country gardens right here without subjecting yourself to an 8 hour flight. You’ve got over 11,000 square feet built in 1985, all the needed rooms — seven bedrooms, 8 and a half baths, four car garage, listed for $3,700,000 which is honestly a very good deal.

Open 2 to 4 pm same day, 6505 Waggoner, listed by , , ,

Designed by Robbie Fusch and built in 2000 by Epic Homes, this comfortable residence has nearly 6,400 square feet of living space and features 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 1 half-bath, formals, a large family room that opens to the gourmet kitchen and cheerful breakfast room, a private study, media/game room and a 3-car attached garage. Classic, workable floor-plan: arched, solid, thick wood door opens to the tiled foyer with formals on either side. The family room with a fireplace opens to the breakfast room and well-appointed kitchen with antiqued cabinetry, granite countertops, tumbled mosaic backsplash, a large center island with a vegetable sink and high-end stainless-steel appliances, including a 6-burner Viking range, additional wall oven and Bosch dishwasher. A butler’s pantry and walk-in wet bar also serves this area. Study and comfortable master suite with a sumptuous bath and a walk-in closet on first level.
Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, each with its own bath and walk-in closet, and the media/game room. Enhancing the interior are my to-die-for wide-plank hand-scraped hardwood floors, deep crown moldings, rich granite and unique marble, plantation shutters, custom textures and faux finishes and exquisite fixtures. 149 deep by 113 wide lot framed by mature trees, Britton and Associates grounds with perennial gardens, two stone-lined ponds with a waterfall, stone walkways and an outdoor living patio with beamed arbor, fireplace and built-in grill. Priced extremely well at $1,349,000 — couldn’t replace it at that price.

$1.9 list in option

Isn’t it funny how you hear nothing but doom & gloom out of the mainstream media? Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know properties in the Loop are really doing OK, but sometimes even my natural optimism is drowned by the national media. So I approached one of my trusty sources yesterday and said, you can go off the record and I won’t quote you if you tell me the truth. Scout’s honor. Here’s what he said:

“I need a second shelter like a need a colonoscopy. Kidding, things are great.  Still living off my last big check and will be for the foreseeable future. Sellers still have their head up their butts on all product lines across the board.  Buyers still think anyone that has a sign up is pre-pre foreclosure.  I was even asked a few weeks ago to ‘market this property like normal market conditions’, though they were on a bank watchlist and 3 months past due.”

There you have it. Then I hit the high ground where everything’s coming up roses, particularly in the high end. I’m talking below $500,000, if it’s a really great house. Becky Frey (who tells me she’s had her best year ever, and I have proof she is not blowing smoke) put a Disney Streets property on just this past weekend and got six offers in 36 hours. They accepted one that was even OVER asking. (Just writing that gave me deja vue. Chilling!) She’s got a house down the street from me under option — gorgeous home, listed in January. The good stuff, good location, priced right, is going out the door. Doris sold Scott Ginsburg’s temporary digs at 4610 Isabella, Claire Dewar listing agent, this home priced at $4,900,000 even though our city appraisers have it at $3,810,000. (Scott bought it to live in when his 4707 Park Lane manse burned, but of course then he and Gina fell in love with 3500 Beverly.) Doris Jacobs also sold her 45th home on Beverly Drive, 3611 Beverly, which is now closed, asking $4,925,000 down from an initial $5,895,000. In fact, Doris tells me three people wanted it once she lowered the price. Doris says she is starting to worry about lack of inventory in her neck of the woods, at the high end in prime location. I feel like serving this right up to Bob Shiller on a silver — no, plastic — tray.

$4,925,000 list sold three in wings