December 11, 2014

  • Ebby Halliday Office Gets Chic New Digs

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has gotten an “extreme makeover” of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has found a new home. After 38 years in the 4,100-square-foot office where it previously set up shop, the firm is expanding to a new chic space at 8333 Douglas Ave., across from the Park Cities Hilton and neighboring The Shelton high-rise.

    Ground broke on the 10,000-square-foot project in August, and the new space opened its doors in early October, thanks to the completion of the initial phase. Architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, is the engineer on the project. The new space will be in a more prominent location than the previous office. Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Dec. 11, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 9, 2014

  • Contractor is a Woman Among Men

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    In Sandy Tabacinic’s line of work, it’s not an insult to say that a kitchen can use a woman’s touch.

    As a female residential contractor in a business dominated by men, Tabacinic said that sometimes, home construction projects deserve the attention of the person who spends the most time there.

    And in many cases, those people are females.

    “Being a woman that runs a home can give you some insight that maybe a man doesn’t have,” Tabacinic said. “I understand the functioning of a house, and I try to take that into consideration.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 9, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 19, 2014

  • PHC Invests in San Antonio Golf Resort

    Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson

    Preston Hollow Capital recently completed a $48.9 million financing for the Cibolo Canyons Special Improvement District, a 2,100-acre, mixed-use development near San Antonio.

    The bond funding transaction will reimburse the infrastructure costs for developer Forestar Group Inc. PHC was launched earlier this year by Jim Thompson, a Preston Hollow resident who previously was a longtime executive with Orix USA.

    Cibolo Canyons includes the Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, as well as two TPC golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 2:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Is It Easy Being ‘Green’ With Real Estate?

    The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will hold a symposium about investing in green real estate on Thursday at the Collins Executive Education Center at SMU.

    The topics will include return on investment for real-estate companies and consumers when it comes to issues of sustainability, and whether “green” real estate is a profitable long-term option.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 11:35 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • Developer to Speak at CREW Luncheon

    Lucy Billingsley

    Lucy Billingsley

    The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will hold its November luncheon on Wednesday, featuring a keynote address from area developer Lucy Billingsley.

    The Billingsley Company is developing Cypress Waters, a 1,000-acre project mixing residential, retail and office uses near North Lake in northwest Dallas. She started the company in 1978, and has also developed the International Business Park and the Arts Plaza campus.

    The luncheon, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Park City Club. Cost is $55 for pre-registered guests and $65 for walk-ins. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 18, 2014 | 6:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 15, 2014

  • House Damaged by Friday Night Fire

    A house on Royalton Lane in Preston Hollow was badly damaged by a fire on Friday night. Apparently the three-alarm blaze occurred during a party at the house, although nobody was injured. The Dallas Morning News has some details and photos.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 15, 2014 | 12:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 21, 2014

  • TWU Honors Hawkins For Leadership

    Ralph Hawkins

    Ralph Hawkins

    Preston Hollow resident Ralph Hawkins will be the guest of honor on Tuesday, when Texas Woman’s University announces him as the recipient of the 13th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award.

    Hawkins was chairman of HKS Inc. for 12 years and is the chairman-elect for the Dallas Regional Chamber. He has been a strong proponent of education among his philanthropic activities, especially for healthcare and architecture students.

    Hawkins will join a list of award recipients that includes Lindalyn Bennett Adams, Joel Allison, Mary Brinegar, Charles and Susan Cooper, Caroline Rose Hunt, Kathleen Mason, Patricia and Curtis Meadows, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, T. Boone Pickens, Myrna D. Schlegel and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, and Gretchen and Sonny Williams.

    The invitation-only reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alex Camp House at the Dallas Arboretum.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 21, 2014 | 4:51 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 18, 2014

  • Wondering What Happened to Anthony Kim?

    Anthony Kim

    Anthony Kim

    There’s a fascinating story posted by Sports Illustrated this week on Anthony Kim, the former Preston Hollow resident and PGA Tour golfer who seemed almost to vanish from the limelight at the peak of his career.

    Part of the dilemma could be an eight-figure insurance policy — stemming from a 2012 injury — that Kim, 29, can only cash if he never plays professionally again. Like I said, a terrific story about a fascinating guy.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 18, 2014 | 11:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 10, 2014

  • Transwestern Abandons Apartment Plans

    Real-estate development firm Transwestern has abandoned its plans to build a luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road.

    The company had been under contract to purchase about three acres at the site and build a six-story multifamily complex to replace an aging collection of condos and townhomes.

    The decision marks another victory for a group of influential local homeowners, including former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, who peppered Transwestern with concerns about the proposed height and density of the project on a congested street.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 2:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 30, 2014

  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn

        Crosland Group's Highland House project is now being proposed at 22 stories instead of the original 29.

    This rendering shows how Preston Center might have looked with Highland House. Now, it won’t.

    Remember Highland House? Chances are if you live around Preston Center, you do. It was the proposed 23-story apartment building proposed by the Crosland Group that was scaled back a couple of times in response to opposition from community members over its height and density.

    That same opposition led to the Dallas Plan Commission tabling the necessary rezoning case this spring to pave the way for a land-use study for the Preston Center area. Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details on the latest development in this ongoing saga.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 11:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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