“Backwards” Skyline Views from The Beat Lofts

Gosh, how time flies.  It seems like only eight years weeks ago that we began this journey highlighting Dallas’ high-rise options for winged home buyers.  Now I guess it’s back to grazing through Wednesday broker open houses, snacking on steam-table tacos like Costco on a Saturday for us all. And while I am dubious this will be any readers inaugural entry to this series, I’m including the links nonetheless.

Oh so long ago, this all started with two columns discussing the merits of buildings that include utilities in their HOA dues (here, here) many of which are lower-priced buildings. A House Porn duo of Dallas’ most expensive high-rises (here, here) came next before continuing into what passes for a high-rise mid-market (here, here). These final two columns (last week) focus on the budgetary opening salvo of high-rises … well, what passes for budget friendly (ain’t very budget-y).

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View From Park Plaza Penthouse

Welcome to Part Seven of CandysDirt.com’s Dallas High-Rise Buyer’s Guide.  We’ve covered a lot of turf so far. Thirty-Three high-rises in fact. We began with two columns discussing the merits of buildings that include utilities in their HOA dues (here, here). We moved on to the house porn of Dallas’ most expensive high-rises (here, here) before continuing again to what passes for a high-rise mid-market (here, here).  These final two columns will focus on the gateway drugs of high-rise living … those most affordable for those with less stratospheric budgets.  It’s worth noting that many of the high-rises that include utilities in their HOA dues also fall within this more budget-friendly category. If you’re in this group (with me), it may be worth a peek back at those columns as you shop around.

The most glaring thing about this grouping is that fact that Dallas hasn’t built a new non-millionaire high-rise since 2002’s Travis at Knox and 2007’s Beat Lofts.  It’s equally been a decade since The Metropolitan was converted to mid-budget condos (covered in next week’s final installment).

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The Best Centrum Terrace I’ve Ever Stood On

I feel a little like Star Wars … Chapter Six: The Attack of the 1980s.  Yes, there have been five other installments in this series (and two to go).  The first two detailed the condos that include utilities in their HOA dues and those buildings north of Northwest Highway (here, here). Then it was upward to Dallas’ most expensive projects (here, here). This installment is the final of two on the mid-market offers. Next we’ll talk about what constitutes the lowest price tier of high-rises (warning, it’s still not that low).

I call this The Attack of The 1980s because all of this column’s buildings were built from 1981 to 1984.  Dallas has had definite growth spurts in residential high-rise construction.  The early 1980s, before the banking implosion was one of those times. Once that happened, Realtors couldn’t give a condo away in this town.  It was the ultra-swanky Mansion Residences, build in 1994, that reawakened Dallas to the high-rise.

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The spacious lobby of the Claridge

Welcome to installment No. 5 in my Dallas High-Rise Buyer’s Guide series.  If you’re just joining, chapters one and two highlighted buildings that include utilities in their HOA dues (and the outlying Bonaventure and Grand Treviso).  Chapters three and four focused on the high-roller buildings at the tippy-top of the price spectrum.  This chapter begins … begins … to get us into the less nose-bleed priced buildings.

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Billiards at The House, where classical and contemporary mix

Billiards at The House, where classical and contemporary mix

Well kids, we’ve reached the halfway point in our series. The first two covered buildings where utilities are included in their HOA dues as well as the outlying Bonaventure and Grand Treviso (here and here). The next pair, including this one, detail Dallas’ high-rise, high-roller buildings (here and literally right here).  Next week we’ll hit the first of two columns covering the mid-tier before rounding up with a final two detailing the starter- to mid-range offers.

That’s one thing worth noting: Dallas never really did the whole “high-rise as low-income public housing” thing that was prevalent in so many cities in the 1960s and 1970s. These often brutalist structures negatively shaped people’s opinions of high-rise living.  Entering Chicago from the south one was met by a row of high-rise dominos called the Robert Taylor Homes that devolved into crime-ridden, poorly maintained properties whose demolition began in 1998 after just 36 years of ugliness, neglect, and resident misery. Then there was the infamous Cabrini Green complex. Interestingly, both failed complexes were built during Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration and torn town during Mayor Richard J. Daley’s … his son.

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The Stoneleigh's Movie Theater

The Stoneleigh’s Movie Theater

There are a lot of variables to consider when purchasing a high-rise condo.  I’m creating a bit of a buyer’s guide to help you compare and contrast the various buildings in Dallas. Parts One and Two covered those high-rises where all utilities are included with their monthly HOA dues … and the waaay north Bonaventure and Grand Treviso — in Irving for gosh sakes — Irving.

The following two columns will cover Dallas’ most expensive buildings.  These buildings are the household names of unaffordable, aspirational living that a mountain of winning scratch-off tickets wouldn’t get you into.

Throughout this series, I’m pointing out things about high-rises that most haven’t considered.

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Amenity Deck at Turtle Creek's Vendome

Amenity Deck at Turtle Creek’s Vendome

Welcome to our second installment of the Dallas High-Rise Buyer’s Guide as I break-down some of the costs associated with Dallas’ high-rises.  The first installment featured Turtle Creek’s first high-rises where utilities and their costs are contained within their HOA dues.  For this installment, I’m moving north of Northwest Highway to detail the Athena, Preston Tower, Grand Treviso, and The Bonaventure. I know you’re thinking that Grand Treviso is in Irving, not Dallas.  Well, out there on its own, if not me, who?

But before we head north, there’s one more Turtle Creek high-rise that also includes utilities in their HOA dues. Built in 2000, it’s decades newer than its sister-utilities buildings. I’m talking about the Vendome.  Surprised?  Me, too. But last week’s posting was already really long, so here we are.

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Gold Crest Original - Small

When buying into a high-rise for the first time, there are things you don’t necessarily think about as ground dwellers. Sure there’s the same ol’ “location, location, location” hoo-ha, but for example, while neighborhood matters, actual neighbors matter in a high-rise … what’s the vibe of a building? That’s an individual choice that I can’t help you with.

But there are directions I can point you in to get you started in evaluating your first high-rise.

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