08/04/15 7:43am

Allen townhomeIf you want to live in the heart of Allen in a place zoned for highly rated schools and close to all sorts of fun, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is the right property for you.

The Allen townhome at 1927 Monterrey St. is a 2-2.5 with 1,779 square feet on two stories in the Villas Of Cottonwood Creek. Built in 2006, this townhome has access to a community swimming pool and bike-jogging path, included in the reasonable HOA fees, which ring in at $583 per quarter (about $194 per month).

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This is the visitor center at Allen Park. To the right is the skate park. Photo: Leah Shafer

The visitor center at Allen Station Park. To the right is the concrete skate park in the Edge @ Allen Station. Photo: Leah Shafer

The townhome located near Stacy Road and North Central Expressway, less than a mile from Allen Premium Outlets and The Villages at Allen, where you can shop your heart out everyplace from Banana Republic and Babies R Us to Whole Foods and HomeGoods.

It’s a five-minute drive from the huge Allen Station Park, with baseball and softball fields, playground, trails, and washer courts. At the south end of the park is the Edge @ Allen Station Park, featuring a 37,915-square-foot concrete skate park, two roller hockey rinks, BMX track, and visitor center. There’s also a state-of-the-art wakeboard park nearby.

This property is zoned for the highly rated Allen ISD. Boon Elementary School earns a 10 out of 10 score at GreatSchools.org; Ereckson Middle School earns a “10;” and Lowery Freshman Center earns an “8” (Allen High School is not rated by the GreatSchools website, but U.S. News & World Report gives it a silver medal ranking).

This townhome won’t break the bank, listed by David Maez with Vivo Realty Group for $229,900.

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08/03/15 6:40pm
More families are choosing to live in Uptown and Downtown Dallas, and neighborhood organizations hope to connect parents with one another. (Photo: Justin Terveen)

More families are choosing to live in Uptown and Downtown Dallas, and neighborhood organizations hope to connect parents with one another. (Photo: Justin Terveen)

Mondays are hard, y’all, especially if you’re a parent. You get two days of no alarm clocks and late night shenanigans and then you have the blaring wake-up call that is a cranky kid who can’t decide if he wants Snoopy or Star Wars underwear and has a mental breakdown over what cereal to have for breakfast on Monday morning. And people wonder why I’m ambivalent about three-day weekends …

By the time 5 o’clock hits, most parents are hitting the liquor cabinet. *hiccup*

So isn’t it thoughtful that Uptown Dallas, Inc., along with other nearby neighborhood organizations, wants to get a bunch of urban-dwelling families together for a bit of commiseration over cocktails. It’s just one of the ways that the neighborhood organizations hope to foster a more tight-knit community of families in hopes to end the misconception that urban areas can’t be family friendly.

But why bother with families at all?  Uptown Dallas Inc. is working toward increasing diversity in the area.

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08/03/15 3:49pm

Architecture on Tap

The Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsors a lively series, Architecture on Tap, which is having its final event this week.

How big is your digital footprint?” will explore four perspectives on the use of technology and social media within the practice of architecture.

The three panelists will be Bob Borson, AIA, of Malone Maxwell Borson ArchitectsRick del Monte, FAIA, of Beck Group; and Eddie Fortuna, AIA, of Omniplan.

Discussion topics include:

  • What effect does the use of social media have on the studio environment?
  • How has the increased ease to connect with content from across the world affect the way we view the built environment?
  • ​At what point is our use of digital interaction within the work place too much?

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08/03/15 2:46pm

Turtle Creek dallasTurtle Creek is a tony neighborhood in Dallas, with lovely parks, historically significant architecture, and the largest collection of residential highrises in the city.

Addresses in Turtle Creek are typically associated with big bucks—according to city-data.com, the average estimated value of detached houses in 2010 was $791,697 (compare that to a city-wide average of $236,454). But there are deals to be had if you’re willing to live in a smaller highrise unit.

Today, we’re looking at a condo in the Renaissance On Turtle Creek, 3225 Turtle Creek Blvd. #1533B, a 1-1 with 831 square feet. It is situated along the eponymous Turtle Creek and offers a sophisticated residence and private suite floor with keycard access for under $200K.

Turtle Creek dallasThe Renaissance condos were built in 1998 and this unit has monthly HOA fees of $449. That includes an underground parking space, access to a health and fitness center, dry sauna, swimming pool and sundeck, Jacuzzi, business center, a 24-hour doorman, complimentary valet parking, and concierge services.

This condo is newly listed by Joe Kobell at Ebby Halliday Realtors for $198,500.

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08/03/15 1:10pm
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The “Love Room” at the M Mansion

Big opportunity this weekend to show off your Dallas Real Estate. Dirt, bricks and sticks, I mean. On August 7 Exxxotica Expo will take over the Dallas Convention Center. It’s a conference that is, well, all about sex: kind of like one of my husband’s Ob/Gyn conventions, only more fun, less “clinical”. This is the “Largest Adult Event in the USA Dedicated to Love & Sex. Taking place over three days, this event was created for adults who are looking for something Sexy, something Fun, and something Different.”  A bunch of “adult toys” will be on display, not sure about demos. Favorite porn stars will be in town for you to snap a picture with. There will be a smattering of sexpert speakers. On Friday my friend and fellow writer Jenny Block will lead a seminar titled “O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.”

She won’t be talking about House Porn!

The conference is quite controversial. The Dallas Women’s Foundation sent a letter to Mayor Mike Rawlings protesting Exxxotica Expo, saying they are “deeply troubled” that the sex conference will be using our convention center. (And bathrooms?) Local journalists have had their say, the pros (ladies, give me a break & the shallowness of WASP clothing) and cons (where are the boundaries? An interesting way to look at all this open sex thrust upon us — says Rudy Bush:

The boundaries between our private behavior and our public behavior isn’t some phony construct of a prudish society. It’s the inheritance of generations of understanding of how we should behave toward one another in public ways that are civil, respectful and decent. Dragging this show into the convention center downtown might be advertised as sexy fun and different. It’s probably closer to sad and weird.)

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08/03/15 12:52pm

HH Aerial Preston Center

I read Candy’s post on low income housing…and I penned the following note.  In her openness to explore differing opinions, Candy suggested it would make a good counter-balance post. And she reminded me that the Dallas Morning News had an editorial Sunday about how southern Dallas housing is booming–

Two of the city’s three hottest residential real estate markets are south of the Trinity River, a trend that real estate experts say bodes well for efforts to stabilize and revitalize southern Dallas neighborhoods. In the first six months of this year, home prices in the Oak Cliff sector soared 30 percent from 2014 levels. Prices in the southern Dallas sector — roughly between Loop 12 and Interstate 20 — increased a hefty 21 percent.

Only one sector north of the Trinity saw similar increases: North Dallas climbed 22 percent.

The southern sector, of course, is where more affordable Dallas housing has been located. But yeah — 

As values increase, “there is an incentive to own property,” says Ted Wilson, principal at Dallas-based Residential Strategies, a real estate research and consulting firm. “To see values go up, there is good for the city and those communities.”

But not so good for poor people.

Candy,

Liberal that I am, I have to say Schutze, reading through his smart-assery, is correct.

Busing poor kids into wealthier areas doesn’t have the impact of changing a child’s ultimate trajectory because the remaining 16-hours of their day are spent in less-than-ideal and potentially unsafe conditions.  There are numerous studies that show that placing entire families in modestly wealthier areas pays off.  It’s most critical for the youngest children because the same studies show that while a change at any age helps, the effect is diminished as children age. This isn’t surprising as very young children learn a variety of things, both positive and negative, that they carry for the rest of their lives. (more…)

08/03/15 12:43pm

ErinBrideghollow extThis happened last week or maybe while I was in Maine. Surely you know we have another wonderful golfer in town besides that adorable Jordan Spieth, right? His name is Hunter Mahan and he lives in the chi chi gated Creeks of Preston Hollow at 10719 Bridge Hollow Court. I toured his magnificent 16,000 plus square foot home and guest house last May. This is the house with the grill room — brilliant concept!

At that time, he had it listed with his builder’s agent, Cameron Holland, of Howell Holland Company, for $9,500,000. His builder was none other than Mark Molthan, who is also building Tony Romo’s house in Glen Abbey. The Mahan’s listing probably expired in May of 2015. (I cannot believe it has already been one year!) On July 27, Hunter listed it with Erin Mathews at Allie Beth Allman & Associates for slightly less: $8,495,000.

Maybe I should say considerably less?

You probably know the story: the golfer fell in love with former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Kandi Mahan of Odessa, Texas, married her and the two hired Mark Molthan to build their dream home in the toney Creeks of Preston Hollow on a $1.7 million lot. It is oh so wonderful!

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One thing I do want to tell you: the interiors, which are fantastic, are by Debra Owens. She’s the brains behind the golf-simulator room, the indoor basketball court, and the 12-car underground garage with a full mural of the Augusta National clubhouse on the wall as you drive in. That’s the golf club where the famous Masters tournament is played. (more…)