Meridian Square is a new luxury condo development off Addison Circle with high-end finishes and a killer location just off the Dallas North Tollway. 

The development itself has come to being in stages and they now offer or will offer an expansive communal courtyard with green spaces and brick-paved streets, a resort-style swimming pool, gardens, a sundeck, and a children’s playground. All of the shops, restaurants, and entertainment of Addison Circle are walking distance of Meridian Square. 

For today’s Splurge vs Steal, we look at two units at Meridian Square. Which one is your jam? 

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Addison Circle Park is always packed before Kaboom Town! starts. (Photo: Addison Magazine)

Tomorrow is Addison’s 30th annual fireworks extravaganza, Kaboom Town. It’s a night during which the Dallas North Tollway is involuntarily shut down due to rubberneckers and horrible drivers who lacked the forethought to find a place to stay near the event. It doesn’t help that most people are working today and that the event starts right before rush hour at 4 p.m.

If you’re in love with this tradition but are sick and tired of all of the traffic, perhaps it’s time to consider a condo or townhome close to Addison Circle. We’ve picked out five great options that give you plenty of space and amenities, plus easy access to Addison Circle, the site of this and every year’s Kaboom Town. Jump to see them all!

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The iconic roundabout namesake of Addison Circle. The story of its design, below…

By Amanda Popken
Special Contributor

For a whirlwind four days, hundreds of the world’s top urban planners, engineers, developers, and real estate professionals descended on Dallas to share best practices, data, and ideas about making our cities great. Attendees of the Congress for the New Ubanism‘s #CNU23 tend to seem a bit crazy for walkable neighborhoods, but in truth they respect a healthy balance of all densities and development types. Problem is, there’s far more demand for walkable places than there are walkable places. Especially in D-FW, where 68 percent of residents would like to live in a walkable neighborhood at some point in their lives, but only 4 percent of the real estate in Dallas is in a walkable environment and only 1.5 percent of D-FW is walkable.

This year’s most inspiring conversations included a call to action to build equitable and sustainable places, to be the innovators and thought leaders who will invent the “Just City.” A conversation about “Public Spaces People Love” highlighted Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community program in partnership with Project for Public Spaces to support the development of places people love in SWA destination cities.

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Evan Beattie

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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Addison is one of my favorite suburbs in DFW, with special events and festivals scheduled 29 weekends of the year, more than 170 restaurants, and 118 acres of parks. There’s always something fun to do there, from happy hours and festivals to Shakespeare in the Park and WaterTower Theatre. It’s also only 14 miles from Downtown Dallas on the Dallas North Tollway, so getting anywhere in between is a cinch.

The city of Addison is small, with only 4.35 square miles of land and 15,830 residents, but they’ve got plenty of inspiring residential real estate. This is particularly true around the Addison Circle area, a modern, urban neighborhood with brick-paved, tree-lined streets, public art, and some stellar townhomes, apartments, and condos.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us there to an Addison townhome at 15737 Seabolt Pl. Unit 30 is a two bedroom, 2.5 bath listed by Pamela Lewis at Ebby Halliday for $269,000 (just reduced $5,000). It has 1,922 square feet on three stories on an interior lot with impressive appointments and details; this townhome is newly listed and move-in ready. Jump to read all about it!

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As I told you, Dallas homes are selling like hotcakes. What is it about this market, and when did this start? Had lunch with Carol Blair up in Addison Circle today — stay tuned for the neat stuff she and her office are doing — and we were scratching our heads: just when did this market get so hot? Was it January? Interest rates didn’t change — been low, still low. Inventory is down. Banks still morons about lending. Maybe it’s that old truth: when there is less of anything, it seems more people want it!

Then Jan Baldwin emails me to tell me she read my post, and get this: she listed this home,  11440 St. Michaels Drive, at 8 a.m. Here, I’ll let her tell the story:

I sent out a buzz to my office @ 8 am, showing @ 10, offer by 2, under contract by 6 pm….so maybe just a tad of poetic license, but went under contract 10 days before it was to in MLS for more than list price! Never even had to photograph it!!!!!

Carol said things are also busy busy in Addison. So there you have it — hot market, hip pocket sales, homes selling in 24 hours or less, certainly going under contract that way.

This keeps up, experts tell us we will start to see more appreciation… and appreciation!