The street-level experience provided by the Novel Bishop Arts building is unlike anything else that developers are creating, with fancy brick patterns and quirky-yet-functional bike racks.

With all the new development around the Bishop Arts District, there’s some steep competition coming online in the apartment market.

From the get-go, Crescent Communities has worked hard to set themselves apart. I remember sitting in Rob Shearer’s living room probably two years ago with a handful of other neighborhood residents, to meet with Michael Blackwell, Managing Director at Crescent Communities, and discuss their proposed project.

Unlike some developers in the North Oak Cliff area, Crescent Communities came out of the gate with more community support than expected. They brought in longtime Oak Cliff resident Andrew Howard of Team Better Block to consult on design and look into creative tenanting, then he built them the coolest Christmas Tree you’ve ever seen in a real estate development.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-inspired Christmas tree at Novel Bishop Arts. (Installation and photo by Andrew Howard)

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Texas is known for its barbecue, but you don’t have to hit up a restaurant to enjoy the state’s favorite cuisine. Pick the right apartment, and you’ll be able to do your own grilling when the weather is warm. These are our favorite Dallas apartments with upscale barbecue grills so you can impress guests and perfect your ribs recipe.

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Kyle Crews (Urban Team/McKenzie), Meredith Leyendecker (Talley Dunn), Talley Dunn, Anne Crews (Kyle’s wife), Katy Tomaszczuk (McKenzie), Tammy Gribble (Urban Team/McKenzie), Sanders Avrea (Urban Team/McKenzie) and Trini Martinez (Talley Dunn)

If we have not told you before, we are telling you now: we are living differently in Dallas.

Baby boomers are leaving their large homes, shedding the most square footage consumption in the history of the world. No other generation has lived in such grand homes as have the Boomers. And when it comes time to exit those grand homes for downsized living, many living “the transition” are not sure that they want to buy a condo. They love the concept of less maintenance, smaller living spaces, and reduced clutter, but fear they may miss a home.

Enter the McKenzie, a new truly luxury apartment complex by StreetLights Residential that will be the first truly luxury high rise apartment in North Texas. 

“You won’t feel like you’re in an apartment,” says Kyle Crews, whose Allie Beth Allman Urban team is marketing the 183 unit building on Harvard, across the street from Allie Beth Allman’s world headquarters, just steps from the Katy Trail.  “The finish out is going to have a huge custom feel, and this is a perfect option for homeowners who are not yet completely sold on high rise living.”

The building will be complete this summer, but leases have already been signed, including one for a penthouse apartment.

The McKenzie’s neighbors — Javier’s, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates threw a Cinquo de Mayo celebration for their new neighbor last Saturday at Talley Dunn Gallery. Javier’s provided food and margaritas. The event was also a chance to view the work of two giant artists at the gallery, Joseph Glasco and Helen Altman. Jump for more event photos and take in the amazing art…

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Blah-blah-bland architecture and luxe prices.

Reasonably-priced new construction is fast becoming one of those stories parents tell wide-eyed offspring about the good old days. We all know that new apartment construction within a reasonable commute to a job center has been almost all-luxury. In fact, since construction restarted post-Recession, RealPage estimates that 75 to 80 percent of all apartment construction has been luxury. Adding to the problem, existing apartment buildings have been snapped up, resuscitated, and flipped to higher-rent brackets.

It’s often simple to blame greedy developers because … well … duh … but that’s as simplistic as it is simple. What isn’t simplistic is the effect this lack of market-rate affordable housing has on home buying.

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When you live in the heart of a thriving city like Dallas, your apartment building can be one of the best places to relax and unwind. Choose to live in a high-rise building with a stunning rooftop deck and your apartment will be the hottest address in town. Watch the excitement of the city unfold — and take in gorgeous skyline views — from the comfort of your own home.

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Jordan Exterior

Update: The date of our CandysDirt.com Staff Meeting has been changed to June 30 because we didn’t want to compete with D Magazine’s annual Best Realtor bash, which takes place tonight. See you on the 30th of June; your invitation is in the mail!

Believe it or not, sometimes Candysdirt.com leaves its mansion-filled, penthouse-scented world of million-dollar down-payments.  I recently visited the open-since-March The Jordan high-rise apartments in Uptown.  On June 30, The Jordan and CandysDirt.com will co-host a Staff Meeting Open House to showcase a new standard in high-rise apartment living.

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Photo courtesy Wood Partners

Another residential development is underway near West Dallas’ super hot Trinity Groves neighborhood with the construction of Alta Yorktown by Wood Partners LLC.

The development will include 226 luxury apartments in three, four-story buildings on six acres. The property, located at 660 Yorktown St., is just one mile west of downtown Dallas, and sits near the Trinity Groves restaurant, retail, and entertainment area.

Rents at Alta Yorktown will average just over $1,300 a month for apartment homes that average 827 square feet (available as studio, one, two, and three bedrooms). Leasing will begin toward the end of 2015, and construction is slated for completion toward the middle of 2016.

Interior finishes in the apartments will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, Shaker wood cabinets, upgraded fixtures, and wireless technology packages. Community amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool and courtyard, grilling stations, and fire pits. The property will also have a small amount of retail space.

Alta Yorktown is just one of multiple new developments in and around Trinity Groves, where Wood Partners has a big stake in the neighborhood. It sits next to the Sylvan Thirty mixed-use project, in where Wood Partners built the 200 apartments, and the Alta West Commerce apartments, which will have 252 units. Jump to read more!

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A welding torch caused a fire at the Lofts at Sylvan|Thirty, causing fire, water, and smoke damage at an unoccupied portion of the development.

A welding torch caused a fire at the Lofts at Sylvan|Thirty, causing fire, water, and smoke damage at an unoccupied portion of the development.

Cooper Smith Koch, a spokesman for Sylvan|Thirty, said that the small fire in the unoccupied portion of the loft development within the mixed-use development at Sylvan and Fort Worth avenues was extinguished, causing some fire, smoke, and water damage to the still under-construction building. According to DallasNews.com, it was a four-alarm blaze at the $50 million development in West Dallas.

“Fire was extinguished within about half an hour. No one was injured. No residents, who live on the far north end of the lofts, were affected,” he said via Facebook. “Cox Farms Market remained open and construction continued on the other areas.”

This is the second time a fire has damaged a building at Sylvan|Thirty, with the first gutting a retail area slated to house a yoga studio and restaurant.