The Azure, at 2900 McKinnon in Uptown, is a luxury condo building with serious amenities — but you don’t need a multi million-dollar unit to enjoy them.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of shaking off the world by valeting your car at your swank high-rise building, taking the elevator up, and eating up the city views as you unwind with a glass of vino. If it sounds luxurious, it is. But it’s not outside the realm of reality.

Take the Azure, for instance. Completed in 2005, this high-end high-rise in Uptown has some of the best amenities, with a glorious pool deck that offers incredible views of Uptown, a fitness center where any personal trainer would love to help you sweat it out, plus a valet and concierge. 

The lobby of The Azure sets the tone for this building — sexy and luxurious.

But you don’t have to pay upwards of  a million to feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury at the Azure. In fact, Allie Beth Urban’s Ani Nosnik has a beautiful one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit on the market that costs less than many homes in the M Streets, gives you more security and amenities, and puts you close enough to downtown that you could very well ditch the car when the weather is irresistible (like today).

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Peter Marino

Our Monday Morning Millionaire at  8891 Jourdan Way is the most beautiful Preston Hollow French Renaissance estate you’ve ever seen. And it also has an unmatched architectural pedigree. It was designed by renowned architect Peter Marino, who brings an unprecedented level of elegance and luxury to everything he touches. (more…)

Mayflower Estates

Photos: Natalia Zinser

Mayflower Estates has some of the most beautiful architect designed homes you’ll find anywhere in Dallas. It’s where you’ll find Walnut Place, the 25 acre estate now owned by Andy Beal, which is also on the market, right down the street. The 16 acre Phillips estate is here. It’s also home to former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. If you want privacy, exclusivity, and an extraordinary setting, you want Mayflower Estates.

And if you want a media room that would make George Lucas drool, read on:
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Tudor estate

You’ve probably driven by this Tudor estate every Christmas, slowed down, and gawked just like thousands of others. There have always been the most astonishing holiday displays in the front yard. If you’ve lived in Dallas very long, you’ll know it belongs to philanthropist and entrepreneur Sam Wyly. Although Wyly’s resume takes up an entire page in Wikipedia, most of us know him as the owner of the arts-and-crafts chain Michaels Stores.

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Photography: Costa Christ Media

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a perfect template for everything you need to do when you build a home today. This University Park custom transitional has all the features buyers crave, from a floor plan that flows beautifully to flawless finish out. Hats off to Mike Regan of Regan Custom Homes for this 5,483-square-foot beauty at 4117 Amherst Avenue. If you can convince the sellers to leave the furniture, you’re all set.
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Mockingbird Park

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a surprising find on many levels. This Mockingbird Park Ranch at 3915 Fairley Lane looks like a charming little cottage. It’s so much more. It’s certainly not little. It’s also not a cookie-cutter house. This ranch is full of character, light, and sits on one of the largest, unique lots in the neighborhood on a dedicated block. That’s right; there is only one house on Fairley Lane.

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Update 12:00 pm: this item has been updated to reflect today is not Father’s Day, it is next Sunday: we are getting a head start!

Our own Pierce Allman was named Father of the Year at the 42nd Anniversary Father of the Year Awards Luncheon this past week, one of three to receive the honor. The luncheon was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Wednesday, June 7. In a tradition dating back to 1976, three outstanding Dallas dads were honored, as they have been each year: John B. Poston, President, Daymark Living and Robert L. (Bob) Walker, President/CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Each year since its inception in the ’70s, the tradition of celebrating exceptional Dallas fathers accomplishments and generosity take place at this annual luncheon. The Father of the Year Awards has grown from a modest event raising a few hundred dollars to an annual celebration of fatherhood, raising over $4 million and benefiting more than 75 local charities. Recipients are selected as stellar examples of commitment to family and community. 

The Father of the Year Awards committee traditionally supports honoree’s charities. One of Pierce’s cherished charities is the S.M. Wright Foundation, with its work benefitting children through its Beds for Kids Program and the Education Center. The luncheon also benefitted LaunchAbility, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Father of the Year Scholarship Fund and the Sylvan Landau Founders Scholarship providing college funding for young adults seeking the skills they need to make a difference in their communities as they build their own future.

Celebrating with Pierce was his wife of over 50 years, Allie Beth Allman; his children, Amy Allman-Dean and Margaret Allman-Cowan; along with his youngest grandchild, Cora Elizabeth Dean. Other grandchildren sent their love and well wishes in a heartfelt video that was played at the event.

“This is truly a wonderful honor. For me, being a good father has been the most important part of my life,” said Allman. “Wherever my girls are, whatever they are doing, I want them to know “my father loves me”—it is unconditional love.”

His speech was so tender, beginning with the touching story of how he rushed Allie Beth to the hospital when she was in labor. Unfortunately, not all labors proceed without complications. For a bit, Pierce was scared to death he could lose both mother and baby. But his fear turned to sheer delight and overwhelming excitement when the physicians saved both baby and mother. (Gotta love those Ob/Gyns!) He purely described the awe and great responsibility he felt that day, something every father feels in the delivery room when handed a new bundle of love. Pierce vowed to be the best dad ever, though he was still not sure what that entailed.

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When buyers select a single-family home, one of their criteria is of course, price, but there are other measurements of a successful home.  Yes, to an extent, location is dictated by costs, but the personality of a neighborhood isn’t.

There are blocks that regularly socialize and those where anonymity is expected.  A lot of single-family buyers’ criteria revolves around children … schools, playmates, etc., but never having been in that bubble, I’ll not comment on its subtleties except to acknowledge its existence. For the vast majority of buyers in the condo world, children are either gone, not arrived, or never will.

But once you decide to live in a communal environment, where your only “fence” is your front door, “neighborhood” becomes more nuanced. Because not only is neighborhood the area surrounding the building, it’s the area inside the building.  Let’s take a look at three condos, each with around 1,150 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms … and all steps from the Katy Trail.

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