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For the past few years, the Turtle Creek Home Tour has pulled out all the stops for tour-goers, making this one of the most sought-after events during the spring home tour season. The cool afterparty doesn’t hurt, either. This year, the Turtle Creek Association is putting out another great event on April 9, which will include a beautiful condo inside the Park Towers owned by Mike Wilkins. Other stops includes single-family homes on Rock Creek Drive and Turtle Creek Drive, the 11th floor of 3525 Turtle Creek, and the 16th floor of The Claridge.

We caught up with Wilkins as he prepares for the home tour. We are absolutely smitten with his gorgeous Park Towers unit, and you will be, too! Want to see it in person? Tickets to the Turtle Creek Home Tour are $50 for Turtle Creek Association members and $60 for non-members. The tour will run from 1 to 5 p.m. April 9 with the afterparty reception — first-come-first-served tickets are $125 each — running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Want to see these properties for free? Stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for a ticket giveaway before the tour!

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Park Towers is one of Dallas’ original high-rises built in 1964 and located at Fairmount and the Katy Trail. It’s been no secret that I like their floor plans but hate the exterior of mismatched enclosed balcony “sheds” (that have finally been painted a uniform color). When I was looking to buy in 2012, I kept hoping the right unit would pop on the market. Today I can say, “thank God it didn’t.”

Word comes to CandysDirt.com from residents and Realtors that last Thursday, after barely finishing $3.7 million in special assessments (about $40,000 per unit) to take care of long, long, looooooong neglected infrastructure, that Park Towers now just raised their HOA dues a staggering 38 percent.

The HOA meeting was standing room only as the board approved the increase to cover a $247,000 shortfall from the $3.7 million spent on capital improvements. Many residents made the case for another special assessment to cover the shortfall and a more modest increase to the monthly dues. They were cheered by others in the meeting but the board wouldn’t budge. With resident monthly dues going up $500-ish a month, it’s not hard to understand their wrath.

This episode is yet another example of poor communication between residents and their HOA boards and management companies.  Residents were reportedly unaware of the impending increase. They were just told the budget would be discussed at the meeting and encouraged residents to attend.

As one resident put it, “Shazam!” The increase just materialized without warning. And let’s face it: the last thing a resident expects to hear after a $3.7 million special assessment is that the “party” is just getting started.

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Jon Anderson fills us in on a little bit of Dallas’ high rise history in his latest column for CandysDirt.com.

(Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a hopefully regular series from Jon Anderson, in which he dishes on the inner-workings of life in the sky. Anderson’s take on Dallas high rise living is both entertaining and educational. You can read his first installment here and his second installment here.)

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Buildings of the 1950s and 1960s

Beginning in the late 1950s, Dallas saw a decade of building for its first residential high-rises. These Modernist buildings included a quintet of buildings on Turtle Creek – 3525 Turtle Creek, Turtle Creek North, Park Towers, “21” and The Gold Crest – as well as Athena and Preston Tower on Northwest Highway. With the exception of “21” (originally built as low-income housing by HUD), these were tony pied-à-terre or the full-scale residences of those wanting as much urban high-rise living as Dallas could offer. They’re close enough for “city lights” views but far enough away to not actually be in the then lifeless downtown core.

Trivia: These buildings began life as either co-ops or rental apartments that only converted to condos after Section 234 of the Housing Act of 1961 enabled FHA (Federal Housing Administration) to insure mortgages on condos. By 1969, all states had laws governing the creation of condominiums. Puerto Rico passed the first condo law in 1958 and the first continental US building was in Salt Lake City. One side-effect of this heritage is that these buildings have master meters for utilities resulting in a single bill that’s divided between owners (and part of the monthly HOA dues). Something to factor in when evaluating HOA fees – and summer electricity bills.

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Update: Colin Larnder of LocalDwelling.com says that this unit is PENDING!

We’ve posted about this unit before, and when I went back and looked at LocalDwelling.com’s available leases, I was absolutely floored that this incredible condo inside Park Towers is still up for grabs.

This is a 1,790-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath condo that is just beautiful inside. I swear this luxury condo unit offered by one of the most fastidious D/FW leasing companies is an excellent value at $3,200 for the location and amenities alone, but you’ll love the views and the ample style, too.

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Here’s what we said about this unit in July:

This unit, which has two suites and a third  bedroom/office, has almost 1,800 square feet of space that includes tons of storage. There’s an incredible balcony, too, which you can access from the master bedroom. With this lease you get access to a fitness center, too, as well as two parking spots in the garage and an in-unit washer and dryer.

The kitchen is an absolute masterpiece of streamlined luxury and utility. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, and includes a wine refrigerator and bar. And trust me on this, with the floor-to-ceiling windows that give you an ample view of Dallas’ incredibly, sparkly skyline, you’ll have tons of guests.

So why, folks, hasn’t this amazing property leased yet??? What would get you to sign an agreement today, lovely readers?

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While I love having  backyard and not having to go down several floors to get my mail or retrieve packages, I would trade all the conveniences of a single-family home for the downtown views that this Park Towers unit offers.

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This is epic-level city living right here, folks. Samantha might just be envious of the lucky tenant that leases this gorgeous high-rise unit. Marketed by Local Dwelling’s David Ericson, this three-bedroom, two-bath condo unit will rent for $3,400 a month. It’s unit 15E, which affords incredible views of the downtown Dallas skyline.

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This unit, which has two suites and a third  bedroom/office, has almost 1,800 square feet of space that includes tons of storage. There’s an incredible balcony, too, which you can access from the master bedroom. With this lease you get access to a fitness center, too, as well as two parking spots in the garage and an in-unit washer and dryer.

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The kitchen is an absolute masterpiece of streamlined luxury and utility. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, and includes a wine refrigerator and bar. And trust me on this, with the floor-to-ceiling windows that give you an ample view of Dallas’ incredibly, sparkly skyline, you’ll have tons of guests.

Heck, I might even beg an invitation off of you!

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Or you could keep it as is, but the wallpaper would need some freshening up. Unit 11D in the Park Towers Condominiums is a time warp. Everything looks to be from the 60s, when this building was constructed.

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The owner was obviously a big fan of green, as you can see from the wallpaper in the living room that matches the swag curtains just so. Still, it doesn’t distract from what I consider to be the best selling point for this unit — the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an amazing view.

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As the listing tells us, there are no load-bearing walls in this unit, so you can completely upend this two-bedroom, two-bath condo to whatever kind of high-rise vision you have. I think this property, which is sandwiched by the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, would look amazing as a Mad Men homage with cream shag carpet, a sunken living area that is open to the kitchen and dining areas, and a large master bedroom and spa-like bath.

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With more than 2,000 square feet of space, you can definitely accomplish your dreams of living like Don Draper. Of course, for $345,000 you will have to have a remodeling budget because there is no way you can live with that cloistered kitchen or that hideous bath!

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Still, I love looking at the photos of this listing. It’s really amazing to see how much home decor has changed in 50 years. Does this unit send you back in time, too?