Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson is's condo/HOA and developer columnist, but also covers second home trends on An award-winning columnist, Jon has earned silver and bronze awards for his columns from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in both 2016, 2017 and 2018. When he isn't in Hawaii, Jon enjoys life in the sky in Dallas.

Penthouse Plunge: The Penthouse is Finally SOLD and CLOSED

By Jon Anderson / September 25, 2020 / 2 Comments

1 Kings 10:7: “And behold, the half was not told me.” * I bet you thought my last Penthouse Plunge column was the last. I had that hope, too. But just as it took me two months to close this deal when I was the buyer, it equally took two months to close as the […]

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Exclusive: Reverchon Park Ballfield Deal on Deathbed; Blewett Wants Neighborhood to Shape Future

By Jon Anderson / September 17, 2020 / 6 Comments

It’s been over eight months since Donnie Nelson’s Reverchon Park Sports and Entertainment LLC gained approval from Dallas City Council to proceed with a contract for redeveloping the 100-year-old Reverchon Park ballfield. (Confused? Here’s some background.) What I’ve since learned is that the January council vote didn’t award a contract per se. What it did […]

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Love Field Needs a Second Entrance, And Dallas Needs Better Access to City Information

By Jon Anderson / September 9, 2020 / 1 Comment

On August 20, the Parks and Recreation Board received a briefing from the Aviation Department about potential scenarios for adding a second entrance for Love Field – an idea that’s been kicking around for a few years. (Before we dive in, a reminder to paid and unpaid city staff working from home – Zoom requires […]

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Should The Oak Lawn Committee Upzone a Home That Just Won’t Sell?

By Jon Anderson / September 1, 2020 / 9 Comments

I viewed Tuesday’s September session of the Oak Lawn Committee through different eyes. See if you agree (or not). There were two cases and a fence presented. The fence was a request by Audi Dallas to change their wooden fence to a metal one that more matched the architecture of their building – no biggie […]

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Council Kicks Soccer Scheme From Under IH-345

By Jon Anderson / August 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

Back in June, Dallas City Council was poised to vote on relinquishing their rights to lands under IH-345 and Canton Avenue to allow TXDoT to sign an agreement with State Senator Royce West’s son Roddrick to create five soccer fields under the highway. You may recall that District 8 representative Tennell Atkins held-up a vote […]

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Dallas Answers Granny Flats Before Asking The Right Questions

By Jon Anderson / August 24, 2020 / 5 Comments

Back in 2018, Dallas enabled Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as Granny Flats – essentially a second unit on the same lot as a single family home (but not a duplex, heavens no, not that!). At the time, I thought it was a great step to undo 80 years where such units were banned […]

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