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Finegold Alexander Architects turned this 18th-century church into a 30-unit condo development that marries the modern and the historic (photo courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects).

It all started in a Facebook group: Someone asked about the status of the now-dormant Oak Cliff United Methodist Church in a group devoted to Dallas history.

“Anybody know what’s going on with this place?” the group member asked. “I’ve been driving by it daily on the way to my school and just watching it deteriorate daily. So sad. They can’t tear it down, thankfully.”

Several people commented on deterioration, including one person who shared photos of broken windows and an interior that is exposed to the elements. Another noted that it appeared as if the building was in the process of being boarded up. (more…)

GreenvilleIf you’ve gone to the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue at least once, you know that parking can be a bit at a premium — so for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we were on the hunt for a great pad within walking distance to the parade.

And we found it. No need to move your car if you live in this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, ground-level condo in the gated University Crossroads — it’s literally at the corner of Greenville Avenue and East Mockingbird Lane, and a quick walk up to the end of the parade route at SMU Boulevard and Greenville.

It’s also quite close, of course, to a lot of shopping and restaurants, too. (more…)

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Boundaries of PD-15

Forget the plan the Preston Center Task Force is cooking up.  Last night it was disclosed that owners of the Diplomat and Royal Orleans condominiums have voted unanimously to accept an offer to sell their complexes to a developer. The identity of the buyer and the development plans are unknown (by me).

Update: Wednesday afternoon, PHSNA sent a note to members saying they’d received denials from both complexes that a sale was imminent. Stay tuned.

Depending on the development details, I for one, welcome the move to bring new blood and new building to the area. Here’s hoping for an architecturally interesting building that’s not a typical Mediterranean riff with terra cotta colored stucco and a splash of stone – that, I will fight.

Apartments or condos?  It’s 2016, so of course it will start out as apartments.  But it’s up to neighbors to ensure quality construction so that the eventual condo conversion can be done with a quality product.

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Claridge Terrace

We tend to obsess over condos here from time to time, searching through listings and Pinterest. (By the way, did you know you can pin photos from CandysDirt.com just by hovering over them and clicking the “Pin It” button? Well, you can.) Sometimes we find one that is so money and it doesn’t even know it.

Claridge Living

That’s pretty much this third-floor condo in The Claridge. Not only does it have excellent park views, but it also has an amazing updated kitchen, a huge walk-in shower in the master bath as well as a walk-in closet fit for a fasionista. Sure, it’s not on a lofty floor, but from that terrace I wouldn’t care.

Claridge Dining

This condo has two bedrooms, three baths, and more than 2,500 square feet all in one of the best areas in Uptown. Marketed by high-rise expert Sue Krider of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, it’s priced at $599,000.

Claridge Kitchen

What makes this condo worth all that cash? Well, you have direct access to the Katy Trail, you’re within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and nightlife our city has to offer, and you’re a stone’s throw from Arlington Hall at Lee Park, a Dallas landmark if there ever was one.

Claridge Master Bath

This building also has some very swanky public spaces, too. And I love the plethora of built-ins in this unit. I mean, who wouldn’t want a huge wall of bookshelves? I know I do!

Have you spotted a condo that’s absolutely to die for? Send us a link at jo@candysdirt.com.