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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Dallas Midcentury

Our spring days are warming up in North Texas, the perfect time to dream of lazy days lounging in the sunshine.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a gem in Northwest Dallas, a retro updated ranch at 3251 Royal Ln., just east of Webb Chapel Lane in the Webster Grove neighborhood. With its carefully curated midcentury look and bright blue swimming pool in back, it’s got the feel of a Palm Springs oasis. The house is newly listed by Brandon Stewart at David Griffin & Company for $272,900.

Built in 1959, this Dallas midcentury draws inspiration from the contemporary developments built by Joseph Eichler in California in the 1950s. At 2,249 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s a reasonable space that feels imminently livable and totally welcoming. The open floorplan, neutral colors, contemporary furniture, and fabulous light make it a calming space, as well.

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As we wrote about last year, the intersection of Preston and Northwest Highway is one of the highest-profile in all of North Dallas (and probably one of the highest-valued, too).

It’s not just the current real estate prices of Preston Hollow that give this area its prestige—the intersection has a fascinating history.

The northeast quadrant has a wavy, pink brick wall, and to live “behind the pink wall” was an address with serious social cachet in midcentury Dallas (legend has it Ebby Halliday herself coined the phrase).

The pink wall was built in 1954 by developer Hal Anderson in front of his first apartments; he later built the high-rise Athena and Preston Tower apartments next door. Parts of the wall might be a bit faded now, but to live here in the 1950s or 1960s was to have arrived. (You’ll likely get raised eyebrows if you talk about the real estate “behind the pink wall” to a young person, but older folks will remember the phrase well.)

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us one block north to 6126 Averill Way #208W, located in the Imperial House Condominiums, built around the same time, 1964, by Sid and Ada Lynn, with George Dahl as architect. These charming French-style condos have a fanciful, throwback feel, with a grand, circular staircase, domed ceiling, and retro metalwork in the entryway. Can’t you picture Betty Draper from Mad Men gliding down the stairs in kitten heels on her way to cocktail hour?

6126 Averill

Unit 208W is located on the second floor (there is an elevator in the building, as well as those stairs), a two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo with a roomy 2,134 square feet. It is newly listed by Peter Livingston at Realty One Group Partners for $239,000, or $112 a square foot.

Unit 208W has plenty to offer a buyer, but parts of it are a bit dated need freshening. A similar size, but renovated, unit in Imperial House sold last November for $345,000, or $139 a square foot. If that sale tells you anything, it’s that you could make the upgrades on this unit and see a return on your investment. Jump to read more and see photos!

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Y’all already know that I love Craftsman homes, I am a sucker for Oak Cliff, and I am very, very lazy.

That’s why I am seriously in LOVE with 907 N. Winnetka. First, it’s in Kings Highway Conservation District, which is an amazing neighborhood! Second, this listing may say it was built in 1918, but on the inside, it’s all brand-spanking new. Third, you can get top-of-the-line interiors, an amazing front porch and a gorgeous backyard for only … $304,000! No joke, guys! All that stainless steel and marble, brand new hardwoods and tile, all in one of the best investment markets in Dallas for just $304,000.

Seriously, this home is such a beauty. The current owners took this house down to the studs and restored it, and my oh my, did they do a great job!  I love how they opened up the dining and living areas, but still kept some sense of separation with the half walls. And check out the built-ins! That sideboard with the marble and glass cabinets is such a wonderful touch to the dining room.

The kitchen, well, that’s what’s going to sell this house in my opinion. The marble counters and eat-in island are just perfect for entertaining, and if you’ve ever been to a function in North Oak Cliff, you’d know that this neighborhood of young families, established couples, and professionals LOVES to party. Add to that the high-end stainless appliances and you’ll be wanting for nothing. Plus, it’s super bright and airy!

With just over 1,900 square feet in this three-bedroom, two-bath home, you can bet that the bedrooms are sizable. That’s true for the master suite, which has these gorgeous corner windows.

Now, the master bath is a work of art, I think. It’s not often that you can put in a corner shower without it looking a bit haphazard, but pairing it with a claw-foot tub and even more marble in the double vanity, well, that’s a stroke of genius. The sliding doors to the closet are a seamless addition as well, making this bathroom look tailor-made.

The backyard is pretty stellar, too. Check out that patio! I can just imagine the great cocktail parties the new owner will throw back here! Just hang some cool lights from the pergola and voila! Instant entertainment space!

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Update: This home has been on the market 8 days, re-priced, received 4 good offers, 3 above list price…  

I love this house! It reminds me of the Oak Street area of Chicago’s Gold Coast as you meander toward Rush, or the elegant brownstones of NYC and San Francisco. But this home is right here in Dallas, snuggled in State Thomas, and simply fabulous. Built in 2007 — no wait, this home was built in 2007? I thought it was vintage. Wow, fooled me. It’s a custom Victorian in theState Thomas historic district. It is simply wonderful for living, entertaining, or for luxury residence & office use — live “above the store”. The home has it all figured out: dual zoned for residential or commercial HVAC. There are security gates. The kitchen is commercial grade with marble counters and island. It’s always Five O Clock somewhere, upstairs or down: wet bars on 2 levels. Decks and porches abound, plus guests will love a private bath in every bedroom plus a guest bath on each floor. (Buy extra Charmin,) The quality on this home is so exceptional it is, like a beautifully preserved woman, very difficult to acertain its age. GREAT price: $879,000 and listed with The Harvard Companies, by Chuck Fleischer, Managing partner at Harvard Companies, Inc.

Someone ought to send this post to Occupy Wall Street: this home is proof you can live like a billionaire without spending $5 million on a house! Last week I wrote about that glorious, one-bedroom Tree House in Highland Park that darling David Nichols has listed for $5,750,000. Just. Love. It. But, it’s a wee bit pricey for some of us. Welcome to a version of that home for one-tenth the price. This tri-level treehouse at 1623 Nob Hill in Kessler Park offers privacy and relaxation on a gorgeous wooded lot with topography. There is a wrap-around “trex” deck (with a life span of 30 years) and stone patios for amazing entertainment space. Kitchen is decked out with requisite granite counters, breakfast bar. The water heater is tankless. The master is decked to the nines with acres of Ann Sacks tile, double sinks, marble counters, seamless glass shower with 2 huge heads, and a see-through fireplace. And everywhere you look, there is amazing architecture and windows windows windows.

The house was built in 1987, not all that old. Unlike it’s $5 million Highland Park counterpart, it has four bedrooms (versus one) and 3 baths. Square footage is 2384 on a fifth of an acre in Kessler Woods. You’ll get surround sound speakers in the lower living room, backyard speakers, electric gate from alley to access the garage, custom exterior lighting, and in-ground hot tub.

Guess how much you’ll pay for this Tree House? $485,000. I kid you not. Darling agent named Robin Sweet who, with that name, seems to be right at home here on Candy’s Dirt, has it listed.

Go ahead, put your feet up, Robin, but will you consider guest-posting?

$5,750,000.

$485,000.