Unassuming entry opens to another world, trust me …

The area south of Lovers Lane and east of Greenville Avenue is on fire.  Of course anyone looking for a reasonably-priced condo already knows that. The area was built-up in the 1960s with acres of apartments, many of which over time converted to condos.  Those remaining apartments are being mowed down for new condo and townhouse developments costing a heck of a lot more than the original condos of the area.

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penthouse turtle creek condoThe prestige of a Turtle Creek address is well earned at 3225 Turtle Creek Blvd. Apt 1621. This penthouse-level two-story condo has views of Lee Park and Turtle Creek from the balcony, and it looks like a model: totally chic and perfectly staged.

This is a 1-1 with an additional half bathroom, 917 square feet, built in 1998. It has numerous recent updates and luxe amenities, from artist-designed tile on the balcony to a custom backsplash in the kitchen and a glass art deco panel in the entry the owner believes was in a 1930’s hotel owned by Trammell Crow.

This beauty, our Tuesday Two Hundred, was listed April 7 by Jack Carter with David Griffin & Company for $247,500. Monthly HOA fee are $495.

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Tabak HomeWith the large number of people moving to downtown Dallas and the boom in available housing, nearby neighborhood are influenced, as well. Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is just such an example.

The condo at 4401 Roseland Ave. Unit B, near Carroll and Ross avenues, is in the newly christened “East Village” area. It’s one of three units built together, and is three levels and open-concept, with an open terrace on the middle level. It offers two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a half bathroom, and 2,000 square feet.

Tabak Home

Downtown Dallas views from this home

The curb appeal is stylish, with a cedar veneered two-car garage door and cedar extending up the façade, onto the 250-square-foot private terrace on the second level. The modern look extends inside, too, with polished concrete floors, European lacquered cabinets in the kitchen, and a chic master bathroom with a frameless glass shower.

This home was listed Monday by Steven Rigely with Rogers Healy and Associates for $399,000, and mandatory HOA fees are $250 per month. There’s an open house this Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. If you stop by, let us know what you think!

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All photos: MetroplexHD

North Oak Lawn is a lovely neighborhood with parks and creeks, varied architecture, and a sense of community.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is in the heart of North Oak Lawn, 4424 Holland Ave. Apt. 301, near Lemmon and Wycliffe avenues. This picturesque condo offers 1,053 square feet on two stories with two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bath, two balconies, and a private patio.picturesque condoThe Holland Avenue Condominiums were built in 1983, and both the building and this unit look fresh and well-maintained. From the hardwood floors and numerous built-ins, to generous bedrooms and an updated master bathroom, this condo offers a lot of amenities for under $300K.

It was listed Friday by Blake Damron at Clay Stapp + Co. for $249,000. Mandatory monthly HOA fees ring in at a reasonable $214, and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, maintenance of common areas, management fees, trash, and water/sewer. Let’s take a look inside!

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HOA dues are a mixed bag when you consider what they include.

HOA dues are a mixed bag when you consider what they include.

Buying into a multi-tenant dwelling will likely add another wrinkle to your finances: HOA dues. Yes, there are some multi-tenant townhome developments that have no HOA dues at all. While on the surface that sounds marvy, in reality, it’s a bit flying-without-a-net for me. With no cash reserve, any shared issue or expense has to be agreed on and hastily paid for.

As far as I know, except for The Beverly, Dallas high rises base their dues on unit square footage per month. For example, a 1,000-square-foot unit in a building charging 60¢ per-square-foot, per month, would equate to $600 per month. The Beverly has a set rate for every unit, regardless of its size. Some buildings, like Park Towers, increase the rate based on unit location – the higher the floor, the higher the rate (the closer to God?).

The monthly “nut” for a single-family home will include a mortgage (or not), utilities, insurance and property taxes. It may also include gym memberships and maintenance costs for landscaping and swimming pools.

A multi-tenant home will have some of those expenses bundled into their HOA dues. The nut needed for a condo will include a mortgage (or not), HOA dues and property taxes. Condo HOA dues may also include utilities, insurance and maintenance.

Personally, I’m a big fan of life automation. What bills I have are charged to a single credit card that I pay electronically. Similarly, HOA dues rollup my individual bills for water, sewer, gas, electric, cable TV, pool maintenance, insurance, landscaping and even contribute to a reserve savings account for unexpected issues. When I think back on all the checks I used to have to write…

But not everyone thinks as I do (more’s the pity, eh?). I pointed out in a previous post that many high-rise newbies will chafe at the thought of HOA dues. I sure did.

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3225 Turtle Creek A

An address on Turtle Creek Boulevard has a certain cachet in Dallas, and often come at a hefty price tag, so an affordable listing always catches my eye.

In today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a high-rise condo at 3225 Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Renaissance on Turtle Creek. Unit 620B is priced at $259,000 with 1,154 square feet. It is a 2-2, located on the sixth floor of the south building, which has 16 floors. It is listed by Sue Krider at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

The Renaissance is located near the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek, in close proximity to Downtown Dallas, Uptown, Oak Lawn, and the Park Cities. In addition to urban lifestyle options, the condo is also steps from Lee Park and one block from the Beasley entrance to the Katy Trail. The actual Turtle Creek has green spaces, parks, and walking paths, as well.

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Imperial House Front

I’m sure you’ve all at least driven past the Imperial House Condos on Averill Way. Built in the early 1960s, it was a new paradigm in luxury living. Today, not much has changed at Imperial House. It’s still quite luxurious and the location behind the pink wall is fantastic. Of course, you won’t have to deal with any construction noise or traffic, now that Transwestern’s plan for an upscale apartment community at Preston and Northwest Highway has been shot down, so you can enjoy a little time at the courtyard pool in peace if you purchase this lovely first-floor unit.

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2401 S. Ervay Rooftop

Here’s a fun property in a neighborhood that is growing like unchecked bamboo! The Cedars, one of the last still-wild urban neighborhoods in Dallas has so many cool condo and loft properties, including this amazing penthouse unit in the Coombs Creek Condos building.

What’s even better is that this unit will be within walking distance to the new Alamo Drafthouse slated for the corner of Cadiz and South Lamar — caddy-corner to Gilley’s Dallas — come 2015. This is going to be such a boon for the neighborhood, bringing in daily foot-traffic and enhancing the cultural quotient of the area. Plus, they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cellphones in the theater, so they obviously get my business! There’s one in Richardson, but if you’re south of 635 and want to spare yourself the hike, well, this one will be opening next year!

Cedars Alamo Drafthouse Rendering

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