State ThomasPerched right at the edge of Uptown and State Thomas, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath brownstone townhome on North Hall Street is close to plenty of fun, but also gated and safe. 

It’s also a healthy 1,909 square feet of living space, making it a pretty spacious option for anyone looking for the zero maintenance of a townhome but the roominess of a detached home.

And, according to Realtor Kelly Gurnee with Clay Stapp + Co., it’s turnkey — you can back that moving truck up, unload and arrange the furniture, and be ready to go, with no honey-dos to wade through before it’s yours.

One of the biggest selling features is the massive rooftop deck with downtown views and plenty of room for conversational seating, dining, and even that grill.  (more…)

Zheger Cuesta with Vibrant Real Estate has listed 3208 Cole Avenue Apt. 2304 for $320,000.

These Uptown open houses are too good to miss! From a top-floor condo to a glass gem to a historic Queen Anne, there is something for everyone with our top three picks. Make a day of it and hit all three this Sunday, and then tell us which one is your favorite.

Cole Avenue Condo

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The August Oak Lawn Committee was thick with high-rise proposals. In Part 1 we saw an update on StreetLights Residential’s proposal for Oak Lawn and Lemmon Avenues plus a new office building and retail restaurant village for the Quadrangle.  Let’s now focus on 2500 Cedar Springs Road, a full block you may know as housing a Briggs Freeman office and Kung Fu Saloon.

It’s a four-acre site that gives developer, Ryan Companies, the space to do something pretty great. For us pedestrians it’s the 55 percent lot coverage to cheer for. They’ve created a winding pathway through the three-tower project along streetscapes lined with shops restaurants. Definitely more enticing than the existing buildings that almost tumble into Cedar Springs Road like so many bar patrons at closing time.

The project has been a long time coming, with Ryan working side by side with architects GFF to make this all happen. And GFF is no innocent bystander here. The back corner of the development is, and will remain, their home.

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After a couple of months where a single project was proposed to the Oak Lawn Committee, last night saw scads of new high-rises within blocks of each other in Uptown. The fifth high-rise postponed their presentation, but we’ll see it soon enough (and perhaps a sixth). The four shown comprise two separate projects abutting each other – two office buildings, one apartment building and another hotel (I now count five hotels in various stages of development). We also saw the return of a shortened Oak Lawn and Lemmon Avenue project by StreetLights Residential.

A full night indeed made fuller by an appearance of new council member David Blewett. Amidst the usual political “supporting constituents” patter came a series of double-takes delivered by way of audience questions.

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While I’m not an Oak Lawn Committee member and can’t speak, I am certainly free to roll my eyes. Last month, a proposed apartment building on the former Old Warsaw restaurant site showed up at OLC seeking support for an “adjustment” to their alley buffer requirement of 10 feet. They didn’t get it and so they returned last night with more paper shuffling – literal paper shuffling.

The answer to their quest is painfully simple. Design a building that fits within the parameters of your zoning or file a zoning case. This mealy approach of hitting up the Board of Adjustments to backdoor your way out of a full zoning case is a “poor door” to city planning. Kairoi Residential seemingly didn’t want the closer scrutiny of the OLC on their entire project. I say that because more than one question about the overall project was brushed off with “we’ll meet the PD-193 requirements” – never exceed.

And so it went, everything was the bare minimum. As I pointed out last time, certainly the design is bare minimum.

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Our Steal: Lauri Ann Hanson and Aimee Schreiner of Dwell Partners have listed 2200 Victory Avenue Apt 1902 for $849,000.

Uptown Dallas has never looked so good! Our latest Splurge vs. Steal takes you inside two of the best condos Dallas has to offer, each with sky high views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Blue Ciel splurge or the Victory Park steal?

Splurge: Exquisite 18thFloor Blue Ciel Corner Condo For $3.495M

Our Splurge: Andrew Danna has listed 3130 N. Harwood Street Apt. 1801 for $3.495 million.

Modern Elegance

When you are looking for modern elegance and views, with all the bells and whistles, you go to Blue Ciel. And this week, we put the spotlight on one of its gems – an 18th floor corner unit affording some of the best views of downtown Dallas. Just ask listing agent Andrew Danna.

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Across Cedar Springs Road from the Ritz-Carlton and the McKinney & Olive buildings sits a half-acre, triangular parcel anchored by Pizza Hut and Comet Cleaners in a shopworn building. Last night, the Oak Lawn Committee saw renderings for an 18-story “lifestyle” hotel crowned by a restaurant, pool, and check-in desk.  Yes, the check-in desk will be in the top floor offering a cool experience I’ve seen in Mandarin Oriental hotels in New York City and Las Vegas (since renamed).

The unnamed hotel brand at 2025 Cedar Springs Road will house guests in 230 rooms and suites with a minimum of meeting rooms. This is important because the tiny lot would make large spaces less practical not only due to space, but the ability to supply parking for large meetings and events. As it is, parking needs for the small plot, will be housed in three and a half underground levels. Large meeting or banquet functions would require a much deeper parking hole.

Today, the site is easy to identify in the middle of a rapidly rising Uptown. The 2011 Cedar Springs condos appear to be directly behind the building, but in reality, the proposed building does a good job of folding away from their windows – something the condo owners should appreciate.

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Uptown

What do you do when every lot around you is redeveloped? In a single-family neighborhood, you hold out for last, assuming your lot gets more valuable with each sale and rebuild. However, when you’re in a commercial area, waiting too long often has a price, not a reward.

As you can see highlighted above, one lot is surrounded by the Gables Uptown Trail apartment building. You know that Gables tried desperately to acquire that Uptown parcel well before it came online in 2011.

Today, a new Marriott is under construction by Alamo Manhattan. When it was first announced, there was a lone holdout on the corner of their half-block parcel. It was an old house-turned-art gallery. Ultimately Alamo Manhattan persuaded the owners that selling was better than being an orphan on a tiny, un-developable lot.

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