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Carl and Chris Anderson, Larkspur Capital Property Brothers

When Dallas Millennials are looking for their next move AFTER life in Uptown, usually their first post-college pad, they are increasingly looking toward the thriving corridor of Knox-Henderson east of North Central Expressway.

The Cancun lifestyle is great, but gets old come 25. And there is activewear everywhere now on East Henderson.

This stretch of Fitzhugh between Central and Ross is where Carl and Chris Anderson of Larkspur Capital Partners are seeking city approval to re-zone for a first of it’s kind condo flats project they believe will fit the bill perfectly for young buyers. The project is at 5209 Capitol Avenue, directly behind the Capitol Pub on Henderson. The name: Capitol Flats.

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“People like and want Uptown dynamics right out of the Big 12 schools, then they mature and tire of that scene. They want an older or quieter neighborhood, which is why they are drawn to Knox-Henderson across Central,” says Carl. “There are lots of town homes and apartments, and the area is just a little more mature.” (more…)

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One of our five featured open houses this week is this contemporary new build in Knox Henderson at 2835 Lee St.

Take a peek behind the curtain with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we give you the insider’s pick of  five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss!

This week, our five houses range in price from $519K to $769K, and cover a broad array of styles. Think historic M-Streets Tudor, Knox-Henderson new-build contemporary, a truly lovely Greenway Park Traditional reduced $106K from its original list price, and more.

Mark your calendars to revel in this real estate.

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With the announcement of more frequent stops and later hours on the Downtown/OakCliff streetcar, once the extension is complete this summer, some Uptown residents are setting their sites even higher up the road.

Austin Rucker, Michael Motorcycle and Siobhan Winfrey want to see more trolley action, extending the McKinney Avenue Trolley to run around its original track up and around Cole Avenue.

Knox Henderson, they say, is getting more crowded by the second minute with even more density coming down the pike — like a 22 story apartment building. The area will soon be loaded with cars clamoring for non-existent parking spaces, crowding streets, and ultimately reaching a breaking point. As part of the Dallas “Complete Streets” Initiative, Dallas’s Team Better Block was challenged with demonstrating how to re-engineer a three block stretch of Knox Street from the Katy Trail to McKinney Avenue to be safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians back in 2012.

The area of Knox Street is a classic historic main street in Old North Dallas with early 1900’s era buildings built to the sidewalks and four lane auto dominated streets. Early renderings (see A to C) of the street focused on maintaining the auto-centric nature of the area while including shared bicycle markings and a single bike lane placed in the blind spot of vehicles parked on the South side of the street.

Why not extend the trolley along its original course, making it a trail of Dallas history?

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Photo: Mike Redeker

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The home at 5728 Swiss Ave. is one of five featured this week in our roundup of Dallas open houses.

There are some lovely homes just entering the Dallas real estate market, and we’ve found five stand-outs for our weekly round up of open houses. They range from a stately Swiss Avenue home and a remodeled Knox-Henderson condo, to a Caruth Hills traditional cottage in HPISD. They range in price from $335K to $917,500.

We hope you enjoy!

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The home at 6272 Mercedes Ave. is one of five we're featuring this week in our round-up of open houses.

The home at 6272 Mercedes Ave. is one of five we’re featuring this week in our roundup of open houses.

This is one of the last weekends before the holiday madness begins, so take advantage of the gorgeous days and visit some of Dallas’ open houses.

In this week’s roundup, we’re visiting neighborhoods from the M Streets and Knox-Henderson, to Swiss Avenue and Lakewood. The prices range from $420,000 to $2.295 million. We hope you make time to visit some of these open houses or others you discover—by our count, there are 193 in Dallas alone. Leave us a comment with your thoughts, or if you know of any you think we should mention next week.

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Southern Land Company is planning a 18-story high-rise for 14055 Oliver at North Central Expressway.

Southern Land Company is breaking into the Dallas residential market with a 270-unit high-rise building planned for Oliver St. the Knox District near Highland Park. The Nashville-based developer has four other residential projects in suburbs surrounding the city, including multifamily projects in Plano, Allen, Keller, and McKinney. Southern Land plans to turn dirt for the 18-story building in the first quarter of 2016. Floor plans and rents haven’t been finalized yet, according to the company’s PR team.

“This project is going to bring something new and unique to the Knox Street neighborhood, which is the most vibrant retail and restaurant district in Dallas,” Todd Marchesani, acquisitions manager for Southern Land, said in a press release. “The demand for urban living within walking distance to lifestyle amenities has continued to increase. This property provides the ideal location with its proximity to offices, shops and restaurants in Downtown Dallas, Uptown, Highland Park and Preston Center. Crafting communities where lifestyle thrives is our ultimate objective.”

Our own Amanda Popken has confirmed, time and again, what Marchesani claims. While “68 percent of residents would like to live in a walkable neighborhood at some point in their lives,” Popken said, “only 4 percent of the real estate in Dallas is in a walkable environment, and only 1.5 percent of D-FW is walkable.”

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An artist rendering of a dining room/kitchen area in a townhome at The Villas at Garrett Avenue, a new David Weekley development located in Knox-Henderson. All renderings: David Weekley Homes

One of Dallas’ hottest neighborhoods is getting a new, upscale townhome development.

Houston-based David Weekley Homes is building The Villas at Garrett Avenue in Knox-Henderson, with 22 townhomes at built-out and three available floorplans. The first closing slated for August and prices will start at $399,000.

Knox-Henderson is a highly desirable part in Dallas, and for good reason. Situated on both sides of Central Expressway and only a few miles from downtown, getting where you want to go is a snap. The neighborhood has great walkability, with boutique shopping, home furnishing stores, loads of restaurants (including Kent Rathbun’s always amazing Abacus), relaxed bars, and other retail. Knox-Henderson is located right next to Highland Park and a short distance from Mockingbird Station, Northpark Mall, and White Rock Lake.

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Evan Beattie

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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