Azure condos

Have you ever wished you could peek inside a luxury high rise and compare condos? What’s different? What’s the same? Why are they sometimes priced thousands of dollars apart?

Today, we’re doing just that in our Thursday Three Hundred.

The Azure is a 31-story building in a tony Uptown location, 2900 McKinnon St., with panoramic views of downtown, Uptown, and Victory Park. Built in 2005, the Azure is shiny and new, and very much in demand.

Azure condos

I’ve chosen two similar units in the Azure that are currently on the market, units 607 and 803, that are $35,000 apart in price. Both are one bedroom, 1.5 bath with terraces. Both have access to the amenities at the Azure, like:

  • A visually arresting two-story glass lobby with a water feature and large sculpture (pictured at the top of the post)
  • 24-hour security, concierge, and valet
  • Junior Olympic-sized infinity pool with hot tub, landscaping, wood deck, lounge chairs, pergolas and grill area, located on the roof of the parking garage
  • Theater/media room
  • Resident community center
  • Fitness center

Unit 607 is 881 square feet, listed by Jarrad Barnes and Joseph Gullotto at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $395,000, or $448 a square foot. This unit has mandatory monthly HOA fees of $577 a month (based on square footage), which include a private parking garage, a feature unique to the Azure.

Unit 803 is 952 square feet, listed by Emily Ray-Porter and Henry Barber at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $360,000 (reduced from $375,000), or $378 a square foot. This unit has HOA fees of $643 a month, which also include a private one-car garage.

Let’s check out both Azure condos and see what they offer!

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I mean, now that Lamar is leaving the Mavs. So far not a word on trying to get out of the $7500 a month lease on unit 2604, and I’m told they have a sealed deal through August 2012. Then owner Mack Hicks will probably lease it again or put it on the market, obviously with Allie Beth Allman and new celeb trimmings. That pad has seen a lot of action during the last few Odom-Kardashian months, everything from NBA players to a sex swing. (Great for a reality show!) By the way, did anyone see  Ebby agent Joseph Gullotto on Khloe & Lamar last night?????

Wrong!  This is what ABC says:

“Dallas Mavericks’ point guard, Jason Kidd, raised the price of his luxury Dallas condo to $1.6 million. Initially listing the three-bedroom home for $1.2 million in early October, Kidd may have been dismayed by the prolonged NBA lockout which ended Nov. 26.”
I spoke with Kidd’s listing agent, Joseph Gullotto of Dave Perry-Miller in-town, who has the listing. It has been at $1.595 in MLS all along, ever since listed on 10/18/2011. It was MISTAKENLY put in Gullotto’s website at $1.2, he told me, which he has changed. Had nothing to do with the NBA Lockout. He says.  

First Terrell Owens, now Jason Kidd. Seems like all the sports studs really love living at the Azure. But then, they leave. Jason F. Kidd just listed, on October 18, his 2607 square foot Azure condo right there on the 21st floor with Joseph Gullotto for $1,195,000.  Not  sure if it has been reduced from $1,595,000, which actually would put it under DCAD value, wowzers, but Joseph’s website says $1,195,000 and MLS says $1,595,000: I could be mistaken.  Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, two fireplaces, formals, decked out kitchen with Miele, Subzero and granite, and FOUR garage spaces in the famous Azure garage. Kidd bought the place in September of 2008 for, according to TMZ, just under $1.5… and for some reason, in their headline, they are calling the condo SICK. (Nothing sick about the Azure, maybe they mean SLICK.) I am going to pretend that is an acronym for SassyInsideCondothatKicksass. Anyhow, it’s still priced at $611 $458 a square foot at that new price, if it is new, a weeee bit higher than T.O’s pad on the 20th floor, which is now at about $450 per square foot.

Oh wait, yes, Kidd’s is on the 21st floor: pricier.

I’m checking something here: I think the theater and exercise room are community rooms, and I know the Azure has a great conference room to use for meetings. But then, wouldn’t surprise me if Kidd he DID have his own screening room. It’s unclear if this sale means Kidd is leaving the Mavs or just hunting for different digs.

Oh, expect to read more Dallas intel on TMZ. Turns out Ebby realtor Judy Steinberg has a daughter, Karly Steinberg, who graduated from Plano West High, who works for TMZ in LA and is hell bent on writing more about Dallas! The other day while we were talking about T.O., I turned her on to DCAD… so get ready.