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Townhomes are growing more and more popular in Dallas, as more larger, older homes are scraped and subdivided into blocks of three-story townhomes.

This community, located just off of Knox and Cole, features a contemporary facade and really beautiful interiors. And at $415,000, this lovely townhome is perfect for those who want a walkable, urban location with access to great shopping and restaurants with a reasonable price tag.

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4438 Abbott Avenue

Northern Heights is one of those neighborhoods you probably never knew had a name. It’s in a pretty sweet spot — adjacent to Highland Park, minutes from Uptown, and within easy walking distance of the Katy Trail and the many shops and restaurants on Knox Street. It’s also rapidly becoming known for significant modern architectural design, and this sleek contemporary townhome at 4438 Abbott Avenue is a perfect example of urban style with some impressive credentials. (more…)

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Who cares about Beverly Hills, 90210? What buyers really want is Highland Park, 75205. Cathy Witte, with Allie Beth Allman & Associates, has just listed the most extraordinary home, at 3509 Gillon Avenue for $5.475 million. It has the exceptional, understated elegance you expect from America’s best zip code. (more…)

Mondara

The Mondara, a vision from Robert Elliott Custom Homes and Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects is coming to life on Abbott Ave. in Highland Park.

Just off the Katy Trail and inside Highland Park — perhaps the sweetest location there is — is where Robert Elliott Custom Homes is building The Mondara. The condo development, which includes 39 expertly laid out units over three stories and two phases is more than half-way sold, with 22 of the units under contract.

The two buildings, which surround a courtyard and are set back from the curb by a semi-circular driveway, continue the trend we’re seeing with the Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ most recent builds — a bright white facade punctuated by large, dark-paned windows and sharply pitched rooflines. It looks like something you’d spot in Alys Beach, all white and gleaming with the kind of presence that causes envy among competitors.

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It’s the epitome of what architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro calls “transitional” style.

“It is a youthful but restrained style of architecture. It respects the past but also says things can be different,” Stocker said. “We use traditional plaster, traditional slate, and traditional classical details around doorways, but use modern whites, simple modern forms, and the modern feel of steel windows and doors.”

It’s a style we’ve seen a lot of lately, and considering how quickly Robert Elliott Custom Homesnew build on Beverly sold, it’s a style buyers can’t get enough of, either.

“We don’t see that there has to be a hard line that separates traditional and modern architecture,” Stocker added. “Both have wonderful traits and we meld them together.”

And inside, the details continue to amaze. CandysDirt.com got an exclusive advance tour of the property while craftsmen were still fitting the space with Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ signature features. Jump to see more!

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5029 Pershing Front

If you are looking for a home in the $200K range, good luck. Pretty much everything that is clean inside with a few updates here and there is under contract within a few days. Of course, there are some holdouts.

Take this interesting two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in Cochran Heights at 5029 Pershing. This is the little neighborhood sandwiched between Henderson Avenue and the M Streets area, just east of Highway 75. It’s chock full of little cottages and condo developments, and is rapidly becoming a walkable neighborhood. It’s close to Knox Street, which is becoming more and more dense thanks to developers buying up blocks and putting in urban-oriented mixed-use developments.

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But this home is another animal entirely. You need only glance at the living room to see what I mean. The gilded trim and furniture inside this 996-square-foot home is more befitting Champ d’Or than a small urban cottage, but you know what? I don’t care. I LOVE IT. It is so fun, and with the chandeliers and decorative fireplace, this home shows that taste and style can transcend size. That’s actually a great description of the previous owner, too, a graphic designer who was creative and energetic. It’s just a tragedy that his life was cut short by a fierce battle with lung cancer.

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His appreciation for the finer things lives on in this fun little house. The home is a feast for the eyes, with opulent wallpaper in the dining area, quirky cabinets with a tiny sink in the kitchen, a master bedroom bedecked in gold painted moulding, a marble-lined bath, and an office that can inspire creativity in anyone with intricately inlaid and stained wood paneling reminiscent of a setting inside Downton Abbey. Truly, this home is full of light and texture.

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And outside you’ll find a perfect above-ground pool, fantastic for inviting friends over and enjoying a dip when the weather becomes unbearable. The deck is lovely, too, and thanks to the urban environment, you’ll love the background noise as a backdrop for a fantastic party. And considering the excellent condition of the property, including all of the upgrades, and of course, the beautiful person behind it, I can see why this splendid little 1940s cottage is being marketed for $269,000. What’s your favorite thing about it?

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