Source DCAD (with author's highlights)

Source DCAD (with author’s highlights)

Way back, a rather large mansion occupied the northwest corner of Cedar Springs and … well … Cedar Springs (or Turtle Creek depending on your map). It’s sorta across the street from The Renaissance condos.  For as long as I’ve been coming to Dallas (the mid-1980s) it’s always been an empty lot.  Apparently that’s about to change.


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Facebook photo Kendra Hatcher

Update 4:44 pm: we have reached Michael Shaun Jackson and will be speaking with him directly. He tells me he IS a current resident at Gables Park 17, but plans to move out at month’s end.

Michael Shaun Jackson, a former resident of the Gables Park 17, says security is lax at the building where Dr. Kendra Hatcher was murdered Wednesday. Hatcher, a dentist with an office in Colleyville, lived in the luxury apartment building across from the Perot Museum of Nature & Science where units run from $2,000 a month and up.


Posted by Michael Shaun Jackson on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jackson’s apartment was burglarized on July 13 of this year. Since then there have been two more burglaries in the 17-story apartment high-rise at 1700 Cedar Springs, one on Aug. 3 and another on Aug. 16. In addition to these three burglaries, another 20 incidents occurred at the location between July 13, 2014 and today, including one assault and the murder of Dr. Hatcher.

Dallas police identified Dr. Hatcher as the victim on Thursday and released photos and a description of the “vehicle of interest” in the slaying from footage that appears to have come from security cameras in the building. (more…)

3308 Throckmorton Front

There’s a lot to love about townhomes, especially when they’re in a prime location like Cedar Springs. You get your own garage space, perfect for storing your car and bike and maybe even a scooter, as well as plenty of outdoor living areas. But there’s a sticking point for me that has long been a turnoff to townhomes and condos: homeowners associations.

After reading Jon Anderson’s many columns on the issues, I’ve decided that HOAs just aren’t for me. Unfortunately, that means most townhomes and condos are also not for me. However, there is one great property that is in a fantastic location — right near Cedar Springs and Douglas Avenue — that is completely HOA free and ready for your personal touches!


3314 Douglas VOak Lawn is a vibrant Dallas neighborhood, the epicenter of DFW’s gay and lesbian culture, and often affectionately called the “gayborhood.” The heart of the area is Cedar Springs Road, between Oak Lawn Avenue and Wycliff, where tons of businesses, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs show their pride with rainbow flags and cater to the LGBTQ community.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is walking distance to this fun area on Cedar Springs, an Oak Lawn condo at 3314 Douglas Ave. in the Benson Place Condos. Unit 204D has two balconies that feel like they’re in the treetops, and a completely renovated interior that was made for entertaining.Oak Lawn CondoThis condo is stylish, from the hardwood floors and graphic wallpaper to granite countertops and a frameless walk-in glass shower in the master bathroom. It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half bath, and 1,350 square feet on two stories.

Monthly HOA fees ring in at a reasonable $215 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and trash. It is newly listed by Kyle Bradshaw with Clay Stapp + Co. for $215,000.


Vallera Building

Living inside 635 makes perfect sense for the under 40 set, especially considering how kid-friendly many neighborhoods are becoming as homebuyers are choosing to live closer to work, shopping, and amenities. For a low-maintenance lifestyle that allows you to lock and leave while not skirting amenities, this great unit inside the Vallera Condominiums is the perfect choice.

Holland Avenue Living

With two bedrooms, two baths, and more than 1,300 square feet, this condo is great for a young couple, or even a young family who wants to be close to arts and culture inside one of Dallas’ most walkable neighborhoods. Unit 107 at 3818 Holland Avenue is marketed by Hailey Hunt-Wagstaff of Dave Perry-Miller InTown for a reduced $274,900. thats a fabulous price considering the location and upgrades inside this unit. HOA dues are a reasonable $255, too.

Holland Avenue Entry

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in this unit is the hardwood floors, which span all the way to the French doors to the balcony. The dark-hued wood really makes the moulding and lovely neutral paint pop. The unit is fantastically open — great for having friends over — and features a gorgeous kitchen with beautiful honey-colored cabinets, granite counters, tumbled stone backsplash, and plenty of lighting. Of course, you’ll find stainless steel appliances, including a wine cooler.

Holland Avenue Kitchen

The master suite is a great size, and has a perfect tone of grey on the walls, which is just a shade off from the carpet. I am not a lover of carpet in most cases, but in condos, I change my tune. Considering the fact that you’re not constantly tramping in and out, carpet inside a condo is a great idea to make the space feel more cozy and personal. And if you’re not a fan of what’s already there, it’s pretty inexpensive to replace.

Holland Avenue Master

The master bath is really lovely and just drenched in stone. It’s a five-piece affair with a generous-sized shower, a soaking tub, and a very nice vanity. The plain, frameless mirror is a bit boring, but if you’ve staked out Pintrest as much as I have, then surely you know that it’s a snap to add a frame around it.

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I think what surprises me the most about this unit is the value. With a location like this and upgrades that many first-time homebuyers are looking for, this unit is a great place for someone looking to simplify inside the loop.

Holland Avenue Balcony

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I didn’t realize that planting trees adds so much value to homes and neighborhoods until my hero, Jenni Stolarski, told me. I was interviewing her for a story regarding her reTree Oak Cliff project. As it turns out, Stolarski isn’t the only Realtor committed to a Johnny Appleseed-like tree-planting project. In fact, Twigg Realty broker Travis Horton not only plants trees for free, but his family grows them, too.

Horton, whose family owns an East Texas tree farm (pictured above), is a certified Citizen Forester who plants trees free of charge all across Dallas. The Park Cities-based Realtor says that trees offer a lot more to homeowners and neighborhoods than beauty.

Studies show that not only do trees boost home values approximately 10 percent and help decrease environmental toxins and carbon dioxide, but they also foster a “sense of place,” decrease crime, and provide a buffer to noise and traffic.

Imagine if you could get all of these great benefits for nothing at all … Well, you can! Just contact Travis, and he can help you get a free tree in your yard. He’s offering several different varieties of hardy oak trees, including live oak, Shummard oak, cherry bark oak, Southern red oak, and burr oak.

Why oaks? “They are the longest lasting, hardiest, strongest, and largest trees that can thrive in our climate zone in Texas,” Travis said.

Want your free tree this fall? Contact Travis today!




DHA Property MapThere used to be a time when I decried “NIMBYism.” It seemed shallow for some people to object to city developments that would be good for several people just because it would impact a nearby homeowner.

That was before I bought my first home. Now, I’ll admit to having a few NIMBY moments of my own. Why? Because I bought a house, signed a mortgage, and even though I’m not trying to flip it or make money off of it, it’s still an investment I want to keep healthy. That means looking out for my home and my neighborhood.

I no longer see NIMBY as a pejorative. Instead, I see objecting as an step toward compromise and education, and I think that’s what the folks objecting to the expanded Dallas Housing Authority development in Oak Lawn are doing. They’re voicing opposition, and thereby taking a step toward compromise and education.

That’s the vibe I get from Alan Shaffer, a Clay Stapp & Co. agent who specializes in the area. In fact, Shaffer used to live directly across the street from the former DHA development that was razed to make room for the new one.

“I used to live directly across from this project years ago at Kings Quarters and saw first hand how run down the community was, the level of crime in the area (including a number of break ins at our gated community), drug busts nearby and even drug dealers living in our community,” Shaffer said in a letter to the zoning board. “I think enlarging this community and making it even more dense would be detrimental to the surrounding neighborhoods.”

I asked Shaffer what he thought of a smaller development in the area, one that better fit the scale of the site and neighborhood. Specifically, what kind of development would Shaffer welcome on the site? I was surprised by his response.

“I would like to see it more mixed with some units at market rates and some subsidized. I think then the community would have a better chance of being a good neighbor and would help keep out some of the bad element that can come with these projects,” Shaffer said. “It’s been public housing for years and I know we need it but I’d hate to see them make it so dense and reduce the parking. I don’t think that’s the right recipe for a good neighbor.”

It’s a sensitive subject, one that has commenters on blogs lobbing accusations of racism and classism at one another, but Shaffer poses a nuanced solution that DHA should try to adopt — a more integrated model that puts market-rate apartments next to subsidized housing.

Another issue is maintenance and upkeep, which nearby residents have brought up again and again as not just lax, but negligent. If the city wants to build a housing development that will become a part of the neighborhood, than it needs to adhere to the standards of the neighborhood, says Mike Harper, who, along with many other concerned neighbors, has launched a website.

“When I spoke to the management on the property about my concerns, there was little to no assurance of anything being done as she went on about how she had bigger issues to deal with,” Harper said in an email. “So I personally think that DHA needs to prove themselves to the community with their existing property before they add over 400 more units across the street.”

That doesn’t sound terribly unreasonable, to me. In fact, I think a “good neighbor” agreement, as the Rezoning DHA website puts it, is a great social contract between the new development and surrounding community.

On the flipside (and there is always a flipside), everyone needs to realize that while the 410 proposed units for the site would make this project the most dense public housing development in Dallas, it still doesn’t even come close to evening out the disparity of public housing developments in northern Dallas versus those located in the southern sector.

In the Uptown area, this one project is only one of two DHA projects in one of the most dense areas of the city, with the glut falling to East Dallas, West Dallas, South Dallas, Oak Cliff, and Southeast Dallas. So while it would stand to reason to add more low-income housing to the Uptown/Oak Lawn/Cedar Springs area, they shouldn’t all be in one place, and they shouldn’t eschew the parking and maintenance standards the rest of the area holds.

Attempts to contact Dallas Housing Authority director Mary Ann Russ for this story were not returned.

cedar springs 10 exterior

We featured the sister unit — 4830 Cedar Springs No. 39 — last week, but we were happily surprised to find that this complex has a second townhome for lease! It’s unit No. 10, and this gorgeous luxury abode has tons of upgrades and will only set you back $100 more per month!

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Leasing now for $2,000 a month, this lovely brick townhome right in the middle of Oak Lawn’s culture hub is just perfect for a young single or couple looking to have immediate access to one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Dallas. Walkable and accessible, Oak Lawn is full of fabulous shopping and restaurants, and it’s close enough to work to bike or take mass transit.

Cedar Springs 10 Kitchen

This three-story townhome comes in at 1,606 square feet — about 100 more square feet than its neighbor for lease — and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a large patio for outdoor entertaining.

The kitchen features fresh tile and granite counters, as well as high-end stainless appliances. There’s tons of prep space, too, thanks to the counter-height island that buffers the kitchen from the living area.

Cedar Springs 10 bath

Sound like just the right townhome for you? Contact Jason Lucas at Local Dwelling.