Two Centrum Tower Condos, with exceptionally designed interiors, but price points that are miles apart. Yes, this week’s Splurge vs. Steal makes it tough to choose. Be sure to tell us which one is more you, the Light and Airy Splurge or the Warm and Inviting Steal? Both offer similar floorplans and square-footage but have price points that are miles apart.

Splurge: Light-Filled Beauty With Sleek Modern Touches For $699K

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Few neighborhoods offer the walkability, nightlife, and career opportunities quite like Uptown Dallas. This week we present three of the area’s hottest open houses you can’t afford to miss!

The Hall Street Stunner

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uptownWhen Leah Nolan told us she and her husband were listing their Uptown condo, she was a little wistful.

And that’s understandable. Her cozy one-bedroom, one-bath home, 3311 Blackburn St. #215, is a perfect spot for someone looking to enjoy some of the best Dallas has to offer, with an affordable price point that gives them entry into what can be a pretty spendy housing market.

“We walk or Uber to the grocery store, for haircuts, and to bars and restaurants,” she said. “It’s just minutes from the highways, we have great neighbors, a pool, and it’s steps away from the Katy Trail and West Village, for the same price that we were paying for rent.” (more…)

Splurge vs Steal: Two New Construction Contemporary Condos in East Village | CandysDirt.com

East Village is a loosely defined geographical area on the opposite side of Central Expressway as West Village. It is fast developing and full of surprises. 

Today’s Splurge vs Steal takes us to East Village and two brand new condos that are move-in ready with sleek design and contemporary elements. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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There are a lot of great condos in the East Lovers Lane area, many of which are within walking distance to the Lovers Lane DART station, making for a quick commute downtown if that’s where you’re headed. However, a lot of these condos are fantastic income-producing properties thanks to their proximity to Southern Methodist University. Buy a condo for your student’s stint at SMU, and thanks to the healthy real estate market, you can either lease it once they graduate or sell for a healthy profit.

This particular building, The Tuscany at 5904 Sandhurst, is so well cared for and has tons of great amenities, including a courtyard swimming pool, fountains, and fabulous landscaping. Scoring a unit here is a challenge, as they tend to go quickly. And considering how well-maintained our High Caliber Home of the Week is, we’re not surprised at all to see that it’s already under option contract. Heck, if we were in the market, we would have contacted Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get in an offer fast! 

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The Centrum hit the auction skids during the Recession

That’s right, thank them.  Buy them some chocolates and champagne … maybe a spa day. Why?

Because without the over-rotation on apartments that’s happening during this building cycle, your condo would be worth less.  Now, this doesn’t hold in the over-saturated, million-dollar end — in fact that part of the market has so much product, the Limited Edition was cancelled from a lack of interest and the Stoneleigh and Museum Tower are still far from full.  But in the price points most of us play in? Definitely.

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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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It was the Warr of the roses. And it will never be the same inside the sleek circa 1980 high rise at 3831 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Thursday night five great homes at The Warrington were opened to CandysDirt.com readers and friends for an evening of exploring and dreaming.  In case you missed our coverage, check out each of the units here, here, here and here.  You may have counted only four write-ups?  Well, our fifth entry was the last-minute but terrific add-on of unit 22C that had only just hit the MLS days before.  You’ll be reading about that home as soon as the pictures are back from the Fotomat.

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby educator Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby agent & Champions prof Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)

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