Splurge vs. Steal: Choose Between Two University Park Condos On Emerson Avenue

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Our Splurge: Tessa Mosteller with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4201 Emerson Avenue for $789,000.

For some, living in the Park Cities is something to aspire to, and we are centering on two of its gems. Enter University Park, a quintessential American neighborhood that makes us feel right home. With lush parks, sports fields, upscale shops, and exemplary Highland Park ISD schools that rank among the best in the country, this is where it’s at in Dallas! However, many buyers find themselves in a state of sticker shock when searching for their University Park home.

Fret no more! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal will put you at ease. Today, we zero in on two exceptional University Park condos, each on Emerson Avenue, and offering gorgeous interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose?

Splurge: Single Floor Condo With Space To Entertain For $789K

So you think you need a million bucks to live large in UP? Think again. This three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom townhome comes with over 2,800 square feet of living and entertaining with a prime University Park address.

Listing agent Tessa Mosteller with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty tells us, “This is a gem! It’s not easy to find a condo all on one floor in HPISD. So spacious and walls of windows on both sides of the unit give the perfect light, and it will be the best in show for your prospective buyers.”

Desirable Single-Floor Layout

First and foremost, the rare, single-floor condo offers a split floor plan. One in which you walk inside to find a quaint entry that leads upstairs to a charming den and family room. It does not bother us in the slightest, and it won’t bug you either, that is, unless you hate stairs.

The den/study features built-in bookcases and a sitting area, but can also be ideal for a number of activities – think reading room, craft corner, homework area, knitting nook. You get the idea. A towering archway and gorgeous hardwood floors lead to a stunning open-concept family room.

Open-Concept Living

Here, tall ceilings, lovely crown mouldings, and lots of windows streaming an abundance of natural light invite us to stay a while. Open to the kitchen and dining, its spacious footprint affords an open airy feel that so many buyers desire in a single family home. So much so, we almost forget the listing is a condo! Our eye is too busy being drawn to that elegant fireplace and those floor-to-ceiling built-ins. Let’s carry on.

Next stop, the gourmet kitchen. It comes chock full of upgrades, with a sleek, stainless steel, French door fridge — built-in, mind you — met by granite counters, a center breakfast bar island, and crisp white cabinetry. We love the way the dining area is styled, don’t you? So. Much. Yes.

A Master To Remember

Lastly, it’s the generous master suite that we can’t stop dreaming of.

With ample space to lounge, a charming office nook, and a soothing color palette, it’s move-in ready for those who need some serious R&R. And the en suite master bath?

It is tiled in what appears to be travertine or a nice look alike, with deep soaking tub, separate glass shower, two vanities, and a walk-in closet.

A private terrace and two-car-garage round out this extraordinary offering.

Luxury Living For Less

Yes, you can have it all for $789,000 without the hassle of maintaining a lawn. In return, you’ll be living in a lovingly maintained University Park home, just minutes from HPISD schools, and all the Lovers Lane shopping your heart desires. Sign. Us. Up.

Tessa Mosteller with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4201 Emerson Avenue for $789,000.

Steal: End Unit Condo With Wet Bar And Private Patio For $389,750

Now if your heart isn’t set on three bedrooms, why not go for our steal at half the price! This two-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom beauty affords the same University Park lifestyle, with excellent finishes and a manageable 1,316 square feet.


Efficient Open Floor Plan

According to the listing, it’s a “Desirable end unit condo with open living space, hardwood floors, plenty of storage, and custom built-ins.” And bonus, French doors flank the feature wall in the living room, complete with wood burning fireplace sheathed in oyster slate.

Galley Kitchen, Wet Bar Dining

Now off to the heart of the home, the kitchen. The Emerson Avenue condo’s efficient galley kitchen comes with basic white appliances, but is outfitted with a cute breakfast nook.

For larger gatherings, a spacious dining area with wet bar is adorned with glass display shelves and an exotic marble top – perfect for hosting at the holidays!

A Tranquil Master

Lucky for you, the master bedroom is a light and airy retreat. In fact, both the master and second bedroom upstairs include large walk-in closets and richly appointed en suite baths.

Outdoor Entertaining

The one feature that takes this listing over the top is the private patio with room for a table and chairs. Sit beneath the shade of mature trees and revel in owning this steal of a deal in University Park!

In addition, low HOA fees means low-maintenance living. The HOA covers the roof, exterior brick, and siding. Did we mention assigned covered parking? Not bad for an empty nester or someone just starting out!

Jolene Ducommun with United Real Estate has listed 4516 Emerson Avenue Apartment D for $389,750.


Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a freelance copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a real estate writer and communications specialist, Amy's marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com

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