Here’s a home that would have been a great find for that piece in the New York Times on how hot the Dallas Design District has become. Not only are developers building lofts and $5000 a month apartment penthouses in the Dallas Design District, they are also building homes out of warehouse space — luxury homes and studio combos where you can live, work, play, and entertain all in one giant converted warehouse space gone luxe.
Take 2278 Monitor Street. $1,950,000. Now this is what I call an urban preserve. Go there, you think you might need to pack heat before you get out of your car. Silly you, you are likely safer here than in parts of Oak Lawn or Uptown. This is one of the most amazing live-work buildings available in the Dallas Design District, featuring an extremely dramatic central atrium with calming water features and a huge skylight. Parts of the home make you feel just like you are in Park Cities or North Dallas, but with a ton more space and sizzle –10,906 square feet to be precise: 19 foot tall ceilings, oversized translucent doors, cork floors, concrete floors, a custom European closet system in the master, hidden cabinets in the bathroom, Snaidero kitchen with Viking stove-top and SubZero refrigerator-freezer, Dornbracht and Waterworks plumbing fixtures, and Miele dishwashers. Oh yes, none of this “parking austerity” business here: you get a decent two car garage with a handicap lift. The owner, who I plan to interview extensively one of these days, is an amazingly creative woman of many talents who tells me she plans to create more of these treasures. Did I mention she build it all green with 6 inch Iso board insulation, tankless water heaters and pinseld insulation on the deck. The home was first brought to my attention by Diane Williams with The Jim Lake Companies when I was toodling down there late last fall; it is now listed with Briggs Freeman Sothebys.