4625 Cole building Ext

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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Neither Teixeira Duarte Version is Awaiting Planning Approval

Neither Teixeira Duarte Version is Awaiting Planning Approval

On July 26, Teixeira Duarte and Masterplan had what would be their final meeting with the neighborhood to negotiate a better plan for their lots on Hood and Dickason tentatively called Turtle Creek Haus.  The following week, Masterplan presented to the Oak Lawn Committee about the progress being made.  All seemed to be progressing well.

Apparently not.

In September, Teixeira Duarte filed plans with the city for a within-zoning (by-right) plan for the lots.  Because the plans have not been approved, the public can’t see what’s going to be built.  The permitting office told me it was to be an 18-story apartment tower. Another source who’s been through permitting a time or two told me that a September by-right plan still awaiting approval is a little odd.

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205 Pecan Street Town Homes – live, work and play (photos: Shoot2Sell)

You always hear the phrase “live, work, and play…” but what does that really mean when it comes to residential real estate?  For many it means a place where they can walk from their home or apartment to their place of business as well as walk to shops, restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment.  Most often this scenario takes place in a downtown location or a place of urban renewal.

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Could you get used to this view?

But what about a place where you can actually live, work and play?  Wouldn’t that be cool?  I seem to recall that in the Broadway production of Sweeny Todd that he had a residence above his sinister barber shop … but I digress.

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Video courtesy of Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Something has to be done. Uptown is beginning to feel a bit like Greenville Ave. did a few years back. Remember? The late night crime and violence, residential streets overrun with youthful overindulgence, and uninvited visitors parking in front of residences … to put it nicely.  Uptown is on the cusp of being known as similarly problematic area — unless we can do something now to curb that trajectory. As Uptown Dallas, Inc. works diligently to attract more young families, improve the schools, and focus on great parks, the late night bar scene is (literally) spilling into the streets and driving a higher police presence.

Two potential solutions have surfaced and exploration began last night at a formal community input session hosted by the City of Dallas Department of Sustainable Development and Construction:

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dfw open houses

The contemporary stunner at 6959 Dalhart Ln. in Bob-O-Link Downs is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every week, we pound the pavement to find you the best and most marvelous DFW open houses that weekend. It’s Thursday, so it’s time to show off what we’ve found.

Today in the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve got five homes that range from $230K to $1.049 million, including a a Santa Monica/Hollywood Heights Tudor with quintessential charms, a modern marvel in Uptown, and the contemporary Bob-O-Links Downs stunner, located just west of White Rock Lake (pictured above). Let us know what you think of our choices and if you know of any open houses we should feature next week.

 

 

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The parking garage at the Taylor Luxury Apartments in Uptown suffered a partial collapse at the front of the building Monday evening. (Photo by Candy Evans)

The parking garage at the Taylor Luxury Apartments in Uptown suffered a partial collapse at the front of the building Monday evening. (Photo by Candy Evans)

Update: Candy zipped over to see what she can find out, and here’s what we know so far (with pictures).

“The cable guy’s truck was smashed,” Candy related from the field. “The glass is shattered on the edge of the building, and it looks like something came down from the seventh floor.”

Firemen on the scene said it was either a lightning strike or possibly a structural issue with the concrete, Candy said, adding that the firemen also said that engineers would have to figure out which of the two caused the collapse. “There were no injuries,” she said, “but there are lots of limbs and trees down in the area from the storm, too.” (more…)

3920 Travis a

Architect-designed homes make for stylish living, and our Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This updated contemporary two-story condo was designed by renowned Dallas architect Lionel Morrison, inspired by the work of German-American modern architect Mies van der Rohe.

Located at 3920 Travis St. Apt. 16, this Uptown condo is awash with natural light, designed to feel spacious and bright with big windows, doors, and skylights. It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 1,262 square feet, built in 1985. The tony location is just blocks from the West Village, Katy Trail, and Cole Park.

It was listed June 17 by Faisal Halum with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $375,000. Monthly HOA fees are $320 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, gas, management fees, sprinkler system, trash, and water/sewer.

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Teixeira Duarte, founded in 1921, is a Portugal-based conglomerate with significant operations in real estate and construction. Revenues in 2015 were €1.49 billion, down 13 percent from 2014’s €1.71 billion.

The company operates in 17 countries, but their main real estate spheres are in Portugal and Brazil, with a smattering in Africa.  The company intends to construct a residential tower at Dickason and Hood Streets. Award winning, Dallas-based architect Javier Espinoza will design the building currently named Turtle Creek Haus. “Residential tower” could mean rental or condominium, depending on which plan moves forward.

Last night at the Reverchon Park Recreation Center, about 30 local residents met with representatives of Teixeira Duarte and Masterplan, as well as architect Javier Espinoza.  It was the second meeting with the community.

I was unimpressed.

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