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Dara Allen enjoys an exemplary reputation among real estate professionals in her sixteen-year career. With a definitive “big picture” outlook on real estate, combined with her notable reputation for attention to detail, Dara’s passion and expertise in her business is evident to both buyers and sellers. A specialist in many of Austin’s most desirable areas, including Westlake, Barton Creek, Seven Oaks, Spanish Oaks, Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights. Dara exhibits an intense knowledge of housing markets, trends, marketing and advertising, schools, new construction, complex financing and interior design.  

Bringing a particular “West Coast savvy” to all of her real estate practices, Dara previously excelled in the high profile markets of Los Angeles’ famed “platinum triangle” which include the exclusive enclaves of Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills. Her many celebrity clients included entertainment industry elite, star athletes and Grammy Award-winning musicians 

Dara is active in the Austin community and gives her time to a variety of charitable causes, including Dell Children’s Hospital and as a co-host of Party With A Purpose, which raises funds for international surgical care in underdeveloped areas, as well as Wounded Warrior Project , The Children of Fallen Soldiers. She and her husband are also Benefactors of the Texas Ranger Foundation. 

Dara lives in Austin with her husband, actor/producer Todd Allen, and their youngest daughter, Shelby.  Older daughter, Avery Honigblum and son-in-law, Blake Honigblum live nearby in Alamo Heights.  Dara's vast knowledge of schools is accredited to family and friends from Eanes ISD, Austin ISD, Trinity Episcopal, St. Gabriel's, St. Michael's Academy, Marymount, and the University of Texas. She has consistently been among the top agents in Austin.  

Dara is assisted by Victoria Davis, Realtor and Susan Stiles, Broker Associate  

Member of Elite 25 (Top 1% of industry).  

Austin Business Journal, Top 15.  

Platinum Top 50  

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, CLHMS  

Austin Luxury Network, charter member  

Licensed Realtor in Texas, 2000  

Licensed Realtor in California, 2000  

University of Incarnate Word, BA / BBA  

Specializes in new construction and custom homes  

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Within twenty-four hours of telling Dara Allen that I wanted to sell my home, she had an outstanding photographer shooting beautiful images of my home and completed the listing the following day. She showed my home before it went on MLS, and I had a full price offer right away. Simultaneously, Dara was acting as my buyer agent, which was en equally smooth and expedited experience. She knew how important it was for our family to be situated in our new home before the children's first day at their new school, and she worked very hard to make that happen.I cannot sing Dara's praises loudly enough.  Her knowledge of the Austin real estate market, school districts, and real estate law combined with her warm, shining personality make her the best of the best in the real estate profession.  I would recommend Dara Allen to anyone and everyone!

Meredith Pardue, Meredith Pardue Studio

In seeking a realtor to work alongside me to sell my luxury homes it was important to me to find someone who embodied the words integrity, professionalism, hard work and initiative. I took some time and interviewed many Realtors but finally decided to work with Dara Allen and I have not been disappointed.. Dara and I have worked on  a number of multi-million dollar Spec and Custom Homes and I am always impressed by her upbeat demeanor, professionalism and attention to detail. Dara never spares any expense in preparing websites, brochures, images of the home, staging the home with furniture if needed and I rely heavily on her opinion of market forces and sales history. I feel that Dara represents herself, and thereby my company in the highest degree and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone wishing to sell or buy a home. I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Dara and have her be part of my team.

Paul Streeter, Owner of Camelot Custom Homes Inc.

Dara Allen is AWESOME. In my 30 years of real estate buying and selling, I have never met anyone as capable and effective as Dara. She is a wonderful and engaging person. She has my unqualified endorsement

Stephen P. Magee, Bayless/Enstar, Prof. of Finance and Economics

Choosing to work with Dara to sell our home and find us a new home was definitely the right decision because the results were amazing.  Dara sold our house within the price range we wanted and helped us find the perfect new home for us in spite of the fact that homes in the price range that we were looking to buy, were receiving multiple full price offers within days of being on the market.  Dara quickly got the process going to make sure that our home was ready to go on the market to ensure that we would receive top dollar.  This included sending out people to help reduce some of the clutter that had accumulated over the past sixteen years and to make some repairs to reduce the “lived in look” after raising three boys in our home.  One thing that we liked best about working with Dara was she never pushed us to reduce the price of our house just to get it sold.  The pricing discussions and decisions were always based on the facts about what was happening in the market.  When it became apparent to Dara that the timing may not be right for us to sell our home for top dollar, she suggested that we take our house off the market and wait for things to level off.  We followed Dara’s advice and then she contacted us as soon as she thought it was time to put our house back on the market.  The second time around on the market, our house sold very quickly for the price we wanted.  We would recommend Dara to anyone who wants to work with someone who is incredibly professional, one of the hardest working people we have ever met and will produce the results you want.  Dara answered every text, email, or phone call literally within minutes of receiving it.  Even if Dara was busy and could not answer the question, she would acknowledge receipt of message and let us know when she could respond.  When we were in throws of simultaneously negotiating the sale of our house and buying our new home, Dara worked with late into the night and into the very early morning to make certain both deals were successful.

Reni Sakos Home Buyer and Seller


Dara Allen , Broker Associate, Elite 25

Gottesman Residential Real Estate