Every time I see an incredible condo swathed in white carpet and upholstery, I always think about how I could never live there because folks, I am accident prone and I love red wine. When I bought my first nice piece of furniture (an antique cane-back chair with gorgeous blue and white damask upholstery) I was so afraid to sit in it because I couldn’t bear the thought of staining it. It has since been reupholstered with a lovely cocoa nubby linen, with a liberal coat of Scotchgard.
But what I wouldn’t give to live in our lease of the week, a divine penthouse in Highland Park’s Crestmark condos. Unit 112 is simply ethereal, and the views are unmatched! You can lease it for a tidy $6,000 a month through Allie Beth Allman herself.
When I arrived at the Boy Scout Hill town hall meeting, there was a line forming out the door from a table handing out green lapel ribbons and thumbs up/down signs for attendees. According to a volunteer named Susan at the table, the ribbons showed support for an unsullied Boy Scout Hill, while the signs were for attendees to use to quietly indicate whether they liked or disliked what presenters Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf had to say. I have covered town hall meetings before, so I know they can get out of hand quite quickly, but this level of preparedness left me hopeful.
As it turns out, I drove by Boy Scout Hill almost every single day and I didn’t even know it. Hailed as “virgin Blackland Prairie” and as a habitat for wildlife surrounding White Rock Lake, this hill is at the southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner Boulevard, just before the overpass to Old Lake Highlands and Peavy Road.
But after plans came to light that nearby residents and developers Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf wanted to build a restaurant and parking lot on Boy Scout Hill, nearby residents objected in the way they usually do — signs were printed and placed in front yards all over neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, protests and pickets were organized, and a website was constructed.
According to Vishaan Chakrabarti’s essay in last Sunday’s Dallas Morning News Points section, America has an addiction to suburbs that isn’t sustainable, and as more young people move back into the urban core, the federal government will need to de-emphasize its policies that have propagated suburban sprawl:
For all of the attention showered on hipster enclaves like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Portland, Ore., America is only in the beginning stages of a historic urban reordering. After over a half-century of depopulation, cities have been filling up — and not just with young millennials, but with families and even with older workers and retirees.
This reordering, should it continue, will have dramatic consequences for our politics and society — but only if the federal government undertakes its own historic reordering and shifts its priorities away from promoting the suburbs.
Interesting thoughts. A lot of the “reordering” Chakrabarti describes is illustrated well by Dallas’ booming inside-the-loop neighborhoods, places where you can buy a home inside the city limits and have only a 20 minute commute to downtown. But these are places where you can still enjoy things like a lawn, great neighbors, and some room to breathe. It’s a contrast to Chakrabarti’s vision of city life, which is dense, mass-transit-infused, and walkable.
But make no mistake, these areas are still very much Dallas, and there are some benefits to living inside LBJ despite the suburban feel that crosses into anathema for those new urbanists. Take University Terrace, for example.
It’s spring! Break out the tasty cocktails!
Capital Distributing invites you to “Step into Spring” next Tuesday, April 29, for its SubZero/Wolf happy hour. The fun and flavors let loose at 4 p.m. at the Stemmons Freeway showroom, where they’ll have delicious drinks and appetizers, as well as a demonstration of some of their amazing kitchen appliances.
Check out some hot steam ovens from Wolf and some of the incredibly cool SubZero freezers and fridges from which Sous Chef Rebecca Osborn will craft tasty treats for those who attend.
Space for this event is limited, so be sure to RSVP by April 27 (that’s Sunday) to reserve your spot. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
I know it’s a hot market and several properties are gone before they even hit MLS, and those that do get listed often are under contract within days or weeks. There are bidding wars, back-up bids, and tons of competition. Truly, you have to have a stiff upper lip and be prepared for heartbreak. But what you don’t ever, ever do is what this San Diego woman did when she lost the bidding war for her Carmel Valley dream home.
If you’re looking for high-end residential leasing in the Park Cities, just go ahead and dial up the Dave Perry-Miller offices, because it seems like they have curbed the market! Seriously, just about every single lease I’ve found in Highland Park and University Park is listed with a Dave Perry-Miller associate. (more…)
You guys, it’s getting super hard to find a Tuesday $200K these days. I’m having to search high and low, and I remember the good old days about 13 months ago where I had my pick of listings, just a bunch of cute houses staring at me adoringly as I cruised MLS. Today, well, to find a good home in this price range you have to have your ear to the ground.