Crestfield Place debuts tomorrow evening, as we have told you, beginning at 4:30 p.m. over at 2204 Moser in the East Village. This is Cobalt Homes’ second foray into high end, dense living townhomes in urban infill. I caught up with the architect, Josh Nimmo, because I am giddy with delight over the project and the fact that you can now buy a beautiful, designer-label townhome in Dallas for under $600,000.

Let me put it to you this way: Josh Nimmo is the kind of architect who does multi-million dollars homes, like the one right next to me. While with famed architect Lionel Morrison FAIA, he worked on the W Dallas Residences, One Arts Plaza Residences, that famous Northaven Residence, and LEED Gold Certified International Business Park Phase 15.

That’s why I see Crestfield Place as so much more than another great East Village option: it is proof that developers can churn out a middle-cost project of great design without breaking the bank! 

CD: Josh, what was the single most gutsy move attached to this project?

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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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We were planning a big shindig to-do, a CandysDirt.com style celebration over at Camdale Court by Cobalt Homes — you recall the very first disruptor town homes in North Texas with, among other innovative items, Dumb Waiters?

Camdale Court is a modern, 12-unit town home community in the heart of East Village offering three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom units ranging from 2,096 to 2,380 air-conditioned square feet. All homes have full-sized two-car garages and rooftop decks. And when I say rooftop deck, I don’t mean a little flat piece of roof shingles square. These are Ipe wood decks that are huge, span the entire roof top offering unheard of views of the city with a veritable 360 degree panorama. They are even removable for remodeling or mechanical repair.

Custom designed by TKTR Architects, materials and fixtures selected by interior designer Roz Murphy, living areas will happen on the third floor and rooftop decks connected through an outdoor staircase.

And so, the party. Yes. Postponed again, but this time not due to the weather.

There were too many sales!

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