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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Open house alert: This charmer will be open 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll love living in picturesque Old Lake Highlands in this updated mid-century home, just steps from the Dixon Branch Greenbelt Park and White Rock Lake. This three-bedroom at 9515 Peninsula Drive, which is listed for $330,000, comes to us from “Getting the Dirt” Facebook group member Catherine Blevens.

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What’re you over-paying for a 1,000-square-foot apartment on the east side of Turtle Creek? Cross the creek and see this 1,025-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom, sixth-floor condo at 3701 Turtle Creek.  It’s a block off Blackburn … you know the street that runs through West Village … and the street that takes you two blocks to Turtle Creek Village with Paul Martin’s and Tom Thumb.

Unit 6C is listed with Grant Vancleve with Briggs Freeman for just $179,900. Let’s add in a mortgage of $680, HOA dues of $616, and taxes of approximately $300 per month.  That’s $1,596 per month and it includes utilities.  That same apartment plus utilities in Uptown is running how much?  Yeah, I thought so.

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You almost have a drawbridge across the moat of Turtle Creek on one side. On the other is the woodsy-ness of the Katy Trail. And yet, you’re a five-minute walk to The Mansion, ten from Uptown eateries. As I said, an island.  Roughly a decade ago when II first moved to Dallas, I recall walking along Cedar Springs and wondering about the homes I saw behind their bamboo screen.  In my pre-real estate salad days, that meant blindly walking around to the private road and looking.

Speaking of salad, not many of us have the salad required to own a home in this hidden precinct of 14 homes. Listed by owner’s relative Susan Marcus of Briggs Freeman, 2814 Park Bridge Court will set you back $2.75 million for all of its 4,300 square feet.  At three stories with three bedrooms complimented by three full and one half bathrooms, the spaces are large.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day.  A Goldilocks trio of quite different units in the same stack at the Stoneleigh.  You’ll recall, the Stoneleigh began life as a DIY building of unfinished shells. Some buyers gravitated to the complete freedom of designing their own interior without the added strife of actually designing a full home from the foundation to the roof.  Turns out that a lot of folks just aren’t interested in doing that, so the Stoneleigh announced last year that they would be finishing out some of the remaining shells to give move-in buyers something to buy.

Now, if you’re not skint of a $3.6 million budget to buy Rick Carlisle’s unit, move along, nothing for you to see here. If you’re a couple of mil short, read on …

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A 2,000-square-foot terrace on a 20th floor corner penthouse in Uptown. Did you have any other questions? I know I sure don’t.  But just in case you need more convincing…

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4105 Rowan Drive in the evening

4105 Rowan Drive was made for this homesite (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

Did you ever see the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn, and Jane Fonda?  I remember being extremely bored by the movie (I was way too young back then), but I remember the scenes where the characters would sit at their house and enjoy the view of the lake.  Peaceful, tranquil, serene views, to say the least.  I remember thinking that one day I wanted to live on a lake after seeing that movie.

If you like to see a view from your home, I have the perfect home for you — 4105 Rowan Drive is a home that makes you want to grab your hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy your surroundings.

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Museum Tower Party

Museum Tower Party Line Real Estate at the Penthouse!

As we told you a few weeks ago, Museum Tower has now sold more than HALF of the luxury high end condo units available, and by the time you read this the number could be 55 percent or even 60. The sales team has pushed, but most buyers are just in love with the building so much that they want even bigger homes, or they want friends to buy next door. Buyers have included VIPs to multiple home owners to  sprinkling of Millennials who think Museum Tower is the best possible place to live not just in Dallas, but anywhere.

And of course, the 10,000-square-foot penthouse is available on the tip top floor marketed for about $21 million. Pricey, yes, but you have a raw shell to do whatever you want in, including rooftop space for a patio, pool, even a heli-pad. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s your chance to take a look at the Museum Tower penthouse, with our latest Party Line Real Estate show. This time, we talked not just to the agents and buyers, but press — Jeff Crilley came — and urban living experts like Kourtny Garrett, President of Downtown Dallas Inc., who tells us about the growing urban culture in Dallas — cycling, trails, parks, downtown recreation and even kids:

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