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The Cedars is a favorite trendy neighborhood of ours, full of urban lofts, condo buildings, and townhomes in an area that is cleaning up nice, but still is a little gritty, kind of like Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It” or George Clooney in “The American.”

So yes, like both Pitt and Clooney (SWOON!), the Cedars is a fantastic neighborhood that is easy on the eyes even with a five o’clock shadow. It’s a hub of artists and venues and great local dives. It has downtown views, is close to North Oak Cliff, and next door to the Trinity River. It has mass transit and is fantastic for someone who wants to simplify, and perhaps live car free.

The Beat Unit 406 Living Dining

And this unit inside the popular Buzz Lofts is a great place to start your urban lifestyle. It has an open, convertible floorplan that is either a large one-bedroom unit or a cozy two-bedroom apartment with a spacious single bath. Unit 406 at 1111 Akard St. has a gorgeous view of downtown Dallas, too, and is listed for lease by Virginia Cook Realtor Chad Barker for $1,325 a month.

Considering the sleek, Euro-style kitchen with island, and convenient garage-door opening to the balcony, these condos often feel like they would be more at home in Denmark than in Dallas, and still, with our mild spring and fall, I would have that roll-up door open early and often to soak up the urban vibes.

The Beat Unit 406 Kitchen

The bamboo floors are a boon for anyone who wants cool, low-maintenance floors that aren’t quite as freezing cold as polished concrete but still feel a little edgy. There’s a huge utility area and closet — 12 feet of space! — which is rare for an urban loft. You have more than 980 square feet of space to move around and customize, and considering the separate bedroom accommodations, you could easily make this home a great place for hosting a few friends by using the second bedroom area as a living or dining room, and perhaps even put a large farm table next to the roll-up door, which you could open when the weather suits you for a lovely dining experience.

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Now, the only nit I’m going to pick isn’t even a big deal, because those creepy human-looking wall sconces in the master? They’ll be gone by the time you move in. So it’s a non issue! Still, are they not super weird voodoo doll looking things? I would not be able to sleep with those at my bedside!

So come for the culture, stay for the views, and viva la Cedars!

The Beat Unit 406 Downtown View

Thomas Front

You don’t have to head for the ‘burbs if you want to spread out. That’s what this gorgeous condo in State Thomas — a wonderful Uptown enclave — will make you see. It’s cozy and bright and spacious without sparing the luxury finishes you’d expect in this area.

Thomas Living

Marketed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Steven Beard, this gorgeous 2,538-square-foot condo in the Thomas Court development is just perfect for someone who wants a city lifestyle — close to arts and culture, transit and transportation — without sacrificing space and privacy. It’s listed for $589,000, a good deal for a two-bedroom, two full and two half-bath property with two living areas in one of the most highly sought after areas in Uptown.

Thomas Dining

What makes 2853 Thomas Ave. better than great is its location. Just north of Woodall Rogers Freeway and within walking distance of Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District, and don’t forget about the legendary shopping and restaurants just steps away. It’s an area that has adorable historic homes, too, including some absolutely killer Victorians and Craftsman homes that have sparked more than just a few bidding wars. Still, if it seems like apartment and condo developments are popping up overnight like mushrooms, it’s because they are. According to Steve Brown, Uptown leads the entire North Texas region in construction starts. There are 10 developments on their way to completion and 9 more planned Brown said in this brief.

Thomas Kitchen

So maybe now is a good time to get the home of your dreams, and folks, this one could be it! The kitchen in this unit is just amazing, too, with brand-new Kitchen-Aid appliances and a huge countertop that will give the lucky home chef plenty of prep space. The cabinets are understated, and the lighting is warm and homey. There’s also a built-in desk — perfect for taking notes, paying bills, or charging phones.

Thomas Master

If you’re not in love yet, check out the master suite. Besides having a fireplace (how romantic!) it has tall ceilings and huge windows that make this room feel like a retreat you’d more likely find in a luxury hotel. The master bath has a huge wet area with a shower and a tub that will comfortably fit two, if you know what I mean …

Thomas Master Bath

The community has a great pool, spa, and grill, too, so it isn’t lacking in amenities but if you could do without the maintenance of a home in the ‘burbs, this is the perfect urban property for you!

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