If you have been east of Central on Knox-Henderson lately, you might just think you are in the wrong city.

I took a quick spin last week Friday shortly before five and oh. my. God: street after street of brand new, sleek-smooth two and three story condo/townhomes, young people out walking dogs on leashes, hopping onto bikes, scooters, motorcycles. It was like Generation Z suddenly moved out of mom and dad’s and exploded into Dallas.

Plus I had been at the hairdresser’s on Blackburn, at Salon Lure, and realized I was so close I could have walked.

Thus is born a new neighborhood in Dallas, East Village, the spillover of West Village across Central. (And some experts say highways irreparably divide.) Development not only hopped the concrete fence, but it also created an almost exclusive enclave of residential steps away from a 1.1-mile street with pockets of successful restaurants, bars, and shops. This is Henderson Avenue, where developer Mark Masinter, the man who talked Steve Jobs into retail Apple stores, is creating a Dallas version of Abbot Kinney in Venice, Calif., or Elizabeth Street in Manhattan’s Soho district; 23rd Avenue in Portland, Ore.  As Masinter told the Dallas Morning News: “I’m trying to do something tasteful and lasting — as it gets older, it looks better,” he said.

We now have to dig back in our brains to still see the old single family, 19th and 20th-century house memories of how this area once looked.

In the midst of a sea of new construction so fresh, you can still smell the hay in the concrete, is a five unit number that looks more like the Architectural Digest home of an art collector.

“We are building the nicest townhomes in East Dallas. It’s good for the neighborhood to have these higher quality products within it,” says Cobalt Home’s Managing Principal Greg McGowan. “There is a real renaissance happening in the area, as we build a symbiotic relationship with the expanding businesses.”

Crestfield Place is the second phase of CoastOak Group’s Cobalt Homes.

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east villageIt may be two days after Thanksgiving, but we’re betting that with the holiday entertaining season upon us, you might just be on the lookout for a home with great space for that, such as our Saturday Six Hundred in the East Village.

Listed by Brandon Travelstead and the Travelstead Property Group with Dallas City Center Realtors, this modern attached home at 4634 Coles Manor Lane built by Conrad Homes gives plenty of space — 2,650 square feet of total living space — for entertaining.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home has an open floor plan downstairs that provides plenty of room for a buyers imagination to take over when it comes to furniture layout — and also gives wide open space for entertaining. Tall ceilings, lots of windows, and white oak hardwood floors provide make the space feel even larger, too. (more…)

For the longest time, the neighborhoods surrounding CityPlace were all one- and two-story bungalows and cottages, some of which had been rental properties for so long that the neglect from absentee landlords became irreversible. And as the demand for modern, urban living has increased along the US 75 corridor, this neighborhood — now dubbed East Village — has experienced a significant architectural renaissance with modern townhomes going up at a record pace. 

One such example is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This fabulous East Village townhome marketed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Don Neilson gives you a fabulous and bright two-story floor plan with sleek and chic modern industrial finishes that are a boon for frequent entertainers, empty nesters, and those who crave privacy.

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Splurge vs Steal: Two New Construction Contemporary Condos in East Village | CandysDirt.com

East Village is a loosely defined geographical area on the opposite side of Central Expressway as West Village. It is fast developing and full of surprises. 

Today’s Splurge vs Steal takes us to East Village and two brand new condos that are move-in ready with sleek design and contemporary elements. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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SamsCityplace

Despite the decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeals, it won’t slow construction of the Sam’s Club at Cityplace.

A new decision on the proposed Sam’s Club at Cityplace is giving the East Village Association reason to celebrate. Robert Wilonsky has the news on the Fifth District Court of Appeals’ memorandum, ordering the case back to trial court. It’s a blow to city staff, which argued that the neighborhood association has no standing to sue.

According to Justice David Schenk’s opinion, Wilonsky says, “the court disagrees with the city’s assertion that the East Village Association — which was formed in opposition to the Sam’s Club — doesn’t even have standing to bring this suit in the first place. If nothing else, says the justice, at least one of its members lives close enough to the property to justify the lawsuit even without the association’s help.”

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Highland HouseUpdate 9:40 a.m. Here is what Allyn says the residents were asked over the phone. Do you think it was misleading?

The Trammell Crow Company is planning to build a new development between Haskell Avenue and Carroll Avenue on the east side of Central Expressway anchored by a one-of-a-kind Sam’s Club and featuring three restaurants and a new fuel station. This will create some much-needed excitement for a high-traffic, visible area that has been underutilized for years.

Based on this information, and what you have heard about the plan for the development at Haskell and Central, do you support or oppose the plan?

Eat your Wheaties, Thursday is a big day at Dallas City Hall. The wonderful Highland House development Luke Crosland is trying to develop in Preston Center will be debated, and Laura Miller plans to show up and give ’em hell. Why she is so against this development baffles me. I think it’s a huge plus for Preston Center and the City of Dallas. Does Laura fear that she and Steve might face more leasing competition for their condo at the Athena?

The City Plan Commission will also debate whether to revisit last year’s zoning decision that gave us the current Sam’s Club CBRE Trammell Crow Co. has on tap for the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Carroll Avenue. I drove the ‘hood last evening, noted the flurry of new development, the apartments, the homes that still need to go bye-bye, and a few women pushing baby carriages. Seems like gentrification is trying it’s best to peep up in those parts. I just think it’s a dumb use of land, though I’m sure the big box will prove profitable to CBRE Trammell Crow. That Sam’s Club will go up a whole lot faster than some multi-family mixed with retail, which I would personally like to see there. (more…)

Proposed sams Meeting in Uptown EastA CandysDirt reader attended tonight’s meeting to try and stop development of a Sam’s Club on that 17 acres of land near Cityplace — once owned by ACS — where we learned this week that Trammell Crow Companies wants to built another Sam’s Club warehouse store.  District 2 was out in full force with about 100 people, I’m told, most members of homeowners associations and crimewatch groups who were approached by Trammell Crow initially about this project last year. My source says there were people behind him, even going down the stairs. (more…)

Whoa, hold the presses. I was given some incorrect information earlier today and really need to clarify. Prudential’s Turtle Creek office has indeed moved, but it was no way a sneaky deal. Turns out the shopping center at 2 Turtle Creek Village recently went into foreclosure, giving the office a chance to break free from a lease that had been signed during the boom. It was a move that had been under consideration for over two years. The office had a meeting one month ago to discuss where they wanted to move, and everyone provided input on the ideal place. Prudential Texas Properties has 8 offices around the Metroplex, and most of the agents decided to office at the Greenville Ave. office in the interim. (Some agents are officing from home.)

“We even provided the moving boxes to the agents,” says my source, “we didn’t have to get out because of the foreclosure, but we had the opportunity to get out of a pricey lease that was signed at height of the market.”

Well, that’s better. But the security guard was very dramatic about the move last week — “they snuck out of here middle of night” he told me, and offered no information on the new Greenville office at 3404 Greenville. Guess we’ll have to get him to start reading this blog.