Sleek and Modern, This Metropolitan Unit Will Make a Family Want to Move to Downtown Dallas

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1200 Main #409 Building

Built in 1974, it was once home to federal offices of the region’s health, education, and welfare departments. But now 1200 Main is the “Metropolitan,” one of the swankiest commercial-to-residential conversions in downtown Dallas.

I had a hard time imagining what this building would be like as a condo tower when Rockwood Realty purchased the building in 2005 and hired Corgan & Associates to transform it. I mean, it’s brown. Brown is not sexy at all.

And yet, it is a fabulous building today, and this unit is definitely worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with tons of style and great paint makes wonderful use of the floorplan. And as this unit shows, this is a great building for a family. Trust me, when you see inside, you’ll want to make sure you’ve called Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so you can sail through closing. Jump for more photos of this great building.

1200 Main #409 Entry and Closet

1200 Main #409 Office Area

1200 Main #409 Kitchen

1200 Main #409 Kitchen 2

1200 Main #409 Kitchen to Living

1200 Main #409 Living Dining

1200 Main #409 Living to Kitchen

1200 Main #409 Living Dining2

1200 Main #409 Living

This is a wonderful location for families, thanks to the adjacent Belo Garden. Of course, you have to walk around the wall constructed between the building and the park, but it’s a great spot to walk your dog or let your kids burn off some energy before dinner. The building also has a lovely pool and amenity deck, a fitness center, a clubroom, and a concierge.

1200 Main #409 Outside

1200 Main #409 Belo Garden

Unit 409 is a two-bedroom, two-bath floor plan with 1,448 square feet marketed by Shelle Craig, who’s with the incomparable Becky Frey, for $320,000. While the kitchen looks great and the bathrooms are lovely, there’s plenty of room for you to put your own stamp on it.

My first instinct is to find out what’s under the carpet. If it’s concrete that isn’t worth polishing, consider putting down some of that amazing tile that looks indistinguishable from hardwoods. That would definitely up the sexy factor. Otherwise you’re going to love the gallery hanging system (I have one and it is the best!), the stainless steel kitchen, the convenient office area off of the entry, and the huge windows in both bedrooms.

1200 Main #409 Master Bed

1200 Main #409 Master Bath

1200 Main #409 Kids Bed


As it turns out, a brown building can be transformed into a sexy high-rise. Who would have thought?

1200 Main #409 Pool

1200 Main #409 Pool2

1200 Main #409 Pool3



Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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