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The Athena is one of those buildings with really good, quite large floorplans coupled with HOA dues that pay for everything including utilities, cable, and internet. Located in Preston Hollow, it’s perfect for those downsizers not wanting to leave the area as well as those seeking easy access to the Dallas Tollway and Central. However, being an older building, finding a renovated unit isn’t always easy.

Enter unit 1111, soon to be on the market. And if I seem to be a bit enthusiastic about this place, I come by it honestly — it’s the home I put my heart and soul into remodeling. A new job means it’s time to move on to my next renovation (in the Metroplex).

What was once a three bedroom, three bathroom unit has been reconfigured into a more spacious two bedroom and three bathroom unit. It boasts 1,899 square feet, plus it is one of the rare units with its glorious 28-foot long balcony intact.

Note: Those familiar with the Athena will know the original walls were heavily textured (crow’s foot) – this unit has smooth walls and no popcorn ceilings. The property will be listed by Robert Blackman at Solvent Realty Group.

As you can see from the picture above, there’s a lot more that’s was done during its stem-to-stern renovation. Let’s have a look …

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Regardless of the configuration, this is the gorgeous view.

Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.

The following was adapted from a series of emails about how to possibly divide a double unit in the Claridge into two units. With help from the current Realtor, could we help this prospective condo buyer out? Read and see.

Dear Jonny: I saw your column last week about Claridge unit 5D and hoped maybe you can help me.  I’m sure you’re aware of the Claridge’s double-unit 18A/B penthouse that’s been for sale since 2015. The years have seen several price reductions, knocking more than a million off its original $2.65 million. It might finally be within my grasp – kinda. Like you, I am a renovator and feel the price now takes a needed renovation into account. But here’s the thing, at 5,311 square feet, it’s too big for me. Also, the floorplan of the two combined units doesn’t work. It creates a very long space that originally had five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms – as you know, Claridge units have full his/hers master bathrooms.

The current real estate agent is Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller whom I think you know. According to Sharon, the current owner wants to sell the unit whole and not re-divide it. Here’s my dilemma and request – could you look at the floor plan and create options for dividing the unit?  I saw your reimagining of the 3525 Turtle Creek unit and the one at the Gold Crest and thought maybe if agents and buyers saw the options, it might bring another buyer and myself together on a real estate-style “blind date”.

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Do you find it difficult to imagine the ugly duckling becoming a swan before lights come on at last call? In real estate, lots of people are just like you.  Watching, watching, watching as HGTV’s parade of annoying renovators turn a curse into a blessing. But walk into the aforementioned cursed property and you’re reaching for a smelling salt boilermaker instead of seeing the possible blessing.

No more.

In 2004, the Hotel Zaza was built along with 37 condos branded as the Metropolitan Club (map).  Today it sits in the thick of Uptown with the Rattlesnake Bar within a fang’s throw (the center pin in my Uptown map).  Being a hotel, residents get all the whistles like room service, ZaSpa access and the like. There’s also Dragonfly when you need some Friday lamb lollipops washed down with a Whiskey Business or two … OK three.

There are two units on the market that offer a rare simultaneous peek at the curse and the blessing at the same time.  Units 404 and 504 are identical in size (2,145 square feet) and configuration (two bedrooms with two full and one half bath) except for a minor view uplift on the fifth floor unit.

Where they diverge is that 404 is a fairly well-demolished, aborted renovation project.

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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.

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Capital Distributing Clearance Center

Capital Distributing Clearance Center: Sub-Zero, Miele and Bosch, OH MY!

On Wednesday I wrote about how you can use the internet to find some bargains. Today we’ll go native and shop local.

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I do enjoy the vignettes on display in retailer showrooms to give me ideas, but for appliances, I’m more interested in the back room. “Open box,” “scratch and dent,” and “display model” are words that should prick up your ears. Dallas has several of these little-known appliance “speakeasys.”

Note: Be aware that most of these items will have a full new-product warranty – ask to be sure.

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CandysDirt.com supporter Capital Distributing has their main showroom on Stemmons just north of Inwood, with a backroom outlet on 183 just south of Regal Row. You can find bargains on brands like Sub-Zero, Thermador, Gaggenau, Viking, Bosch and Wolf. Pay particular attention to Sub-Zero and Wolf – they almost never go on sale. The only way to find a deal is at places like this that sell display models, returns, and discontinued models. Get on their mailing list for special sales. Due to their relationships with manufacturers, they do not publish pricing online or provide it over the phone, so you’ll just have to stop by for a peek.

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Do you want a stylish kitchen but find your budget lacking? Jon Anderson has a few tips.

Do you want a stylish kitchen but find your budget lacking? Jon Anderson has a few tips.

Has slobbering over all the house porn on CandysDirt.com gotten you fired up to redo your bathroom or kitchen? Do you swoon for Gaggenau clutching a Hotpoint purse? I know I sure do, so what’s a boy or girl to do? Read on of course, read on…

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When Dennis Hammett sold this 9th-floor Warrington condo to Douglas Bradford, it was dated and closed-off. But the views, they were spectacular. Today it is a completely different high-rise unit.

Personally, this story just amazes me. Designer Douglas Bradford bought this 9th-floor unit inside the Warrington just last year. While the interiors were dated and the rooms closed-off, Bradford saw the potential in the size of the unit and the amazing views offered by the three over-sized terraces.

And now Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett — the same Realtor who sold Bradford the unit — is listing it again. However, this is far from the same high-rise, as Bradford has taken the entire unit to the studs and made it a swanky, luxurious home that will impress.

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Bradford wanted the kitchen to be the nexus of the unit, which completely transformed the feel of the space. Out came the peninsula and cabinetry.

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This tub was replaced with a far more sophisticated version that will allow you to soak in the water and the views at once.

Jump to see the photos of this fashionable unit after its transformation!

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Oak Lawn townhome

These days, it’s pretty common to spot a great listing and watch it go under contract faster than you can say, “Jeeves, fetch me a Realtor!”

So when I spot an Oak Lawn townhome like the one at 3316 Hawthorne Ave. #3316, which has been on the market for 160 days, I have to scratch my head. It looks magazine-worthy, has over 2,000 square feet, and is located in a highly desirable neighborhood. So what gives?

This unit, in the Park Place Townhomes, is 2,025 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, three stories, a custom kitchen, plaster walls, private courtyard, hardwood floors, a private elevator, and oh, so much more. It is listed by Chris Pyle at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $394,900, or $194 per square foot.

Oak Lawn townhome

Looking at the neighborhood comparables, it’s on the high end—others sold for $131, $138, $167, and $184 per square foot. But another unit in the same Park Place Townhomes sold for a dollar more per square foot in December, and it has only 1,149 square feet.

Could it be the school district? This townhome is located in DISD, and nearby comparable properties located in Highland Park ISD sold for $197 to $254 per square foot. But the unit that sold for a dollar more per square foot is also in DISD. So the jury is out on that factor.

Mandatory monthly HOA fees of $1,117 are on the hefty side, and do not appear to include utilities, so that is a potential issue that might be dissuading buyers. But it’s not an unheard-of amount for this area.

Let’s take a look inside and you tell us your opinion on today’s Thursday Three Hundred.

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