Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that from a hilltop in Forney you could get sweeping views of the downtown Dallas skyline. But that’s why the road is called Dalview, and it’s why this High Caliber Home of the Week has a turret from which you can spy our signature skyline at night. 

“The name ‘Dalview’ came from the views of downtown Dallas, which is crazy, but it’s true,” says listing agent Don Neilson, who says the Forney estate at 103 Dalview Road is exceptionally spacious and private and offers a 32 minute commute to the urban core, making it a perfect High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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Bernadette Schaeffler designed a Czech crystal series featuring a silhouette of the Dallas Skyline.

Bernadette Schaeffler designed a Czech crystal series featuring a silhouette of the Dallas Skyline.

This will soon be on the gilded bar carts throughout the homes of Dallas socialites, as who would opt for anything other than gorgeous Czech crystal etched with the city’s trademark skyline?

And you can only get it at Bernadette Schaeffler Collection.

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Beat Condo 507 Balcony

If you want downtown views without paying an arm and a leg, head to the Cedars, y’all. The prices are affordable and the uninterrupted views of the world’s best skyline are unmatched!

And this two-bedroom, two-bath, fifth-floor condo has amazing views and edgy interiors, all for just $325,000!

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Architecture360 Tour

This year’s Architecture360 is sure to attract a wide audience this year, thanks to AIA Dallas and Dallas Center for Architecture‘s hard work. The organizations have sought out the coolest and most interesting behind-the-scenes locations for their “Place-A-Day series,” which includes a tour of a new spot inside the city with a never-before-seen perspective. (more…)

Museum-Tower1Last week, you may recall, I published architect Scott Johnson’s “open letter” in response to Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster’s blistering –searing — scorching — burning –review of Museum Tower, calling it a “mean girl” who squirted the first ketchup packet at The Nasher. And Lamster was all over Museum Tower for being so removed from the street and life of the Arts District except for, well, housing the folks who live there.

Then last Thursday, Steve Brown asked us all to take a good look at Dallas’ skyline. He asked us to imagine any buildings with reflective glass gone —  the silver glass Hyatt Reunion Hotel, the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, Dallas’ tallest skyscraper, the green rocket Fountain Place tower, the 56-story Renaissance Tower, the gold glass KPMG Center and Bryan Tower and Thanksgiving Tower on Elm Street. Let me add to this the Dallas Federal Reserve and the gold Campbell Center office towers on Central Expressway built with a microscopic coating of real gold in 1972. So reflective are they that almost every driver steering a car on North Central, myself included, has cursed their golden reflective glare from the western sun. Dallas as a city grew like an adolescent boy’s growth spurt in the 1970’s to the mid-1980’s, and mirrored glass ruled. The 72-story Bank of America Plaza (then InterFirst Plaza) opened as the tallest building in Dallas in 1985, peak of the real estate boom. My brother-in-law, Craig Evans, worked in it.

But the disagreement between Museum Tower and The Nasher has led the City of Dallas to consider restrictions on reflective glass as a building material in Dallas.

Steve Brown wisely says that makes about as much sense as outlawing corny dogs at the State Fair.

Mirrored-glass towers have been part of the Dallas skyline for more than 30 years.

The City is tossing around limited reflectivity of new buildings to just 15 percent, basically regular glass plus a bit more.

And as we said last week, it’s the architects themselves who don’t want these regulations passed. If you remove reflective glass as a building material, you leave architects with no choice but to specify dark-tinted windows (much like the cars we occasionally see) to reduce interior heat. We would have buildings of brick or stucco with few windows. Or worse:

“It would result in a whole lot of dark tinted glass buildings, which is very undesirable,” said Kirk Teske of the American Institute of Architects’ Dallas chapter. “It would make compliance with the energy codes very difficult, and it would reduce the number of our glasses significantly.”

I happen to be in the Texas Hill Country right now where the only reflectivity issue is how brilliantly the sun reflects in the western sky over the ponds. We were discussing this with some New Yorkers at lunch yesterday, as I tried to explain the Nasher and Museum Tower dilemma. New Yorkers don’t understand how a building in a major city could ever expect not to have a taller building going up splat next door to it.

My NYC friend, a brilliant publicist, said the solution was simple: Museum Tower should offer some of it’s square footage, base floors perhaps, or maybe it’s campus, to house the damaged art, those pieces damaged by the reflective glare. Parts of Museum Tower  –“It uses the word “Museum” in it’s name, right?”– could thus become an extension of the Nasher, a museum itself.

Not sure that would work, I said, since the tower is itself a work of art and consists of private homes. Would homeowners want to come home to a bunch of strangers on the ground floor of their homes tootling about? Also, this would not solve the roof issue. I went on to explain that the Nasher’s roof is a work of art itself, and the Nasher did not accept Museum Tower’s offer to re-orient the oculars.

Oh, she said. Think harder, I said.

 

TMZ is reporting that Terrell Owens took a bath on his Azure condo:

According to public documents, Owens paid $340,000 for the 2,600 square foot place back in 2006, right after he signed a $25 million contract with the Cowboys.

Owens no longer works in Dallas … and probably won’t ever work in Dallas again … so he put the place up for sale.”

I think they are wrong. Here’s the real story. Owens owns not one but TWO (2) units at The Azure, as I told you way back. He also owns a 2297 square foot townhome at the East Side Lofts on 1st Street. The smaller Azure unit on McKinnon, #307, is on the market for $279,000, price lowered from $325,000. The price per square foot is just over $300. This is a smaller, one bedroom unit at 881 square feet and while he may have paid $340,000 for that one, he bought both props in 2008. Yeah, pre-bust. But the condo he is probably most anxious to shed, and the ONE THAT IS SALES PENDING, is the big mama on the 20th floor that he had listed for $2,250,000 that is 3559 square feet with 6 garage spaces  This 3 BR, 4.5 Bath custom residence on the 20th floor comes with all those garages plus two storage spaces. There are three outdoor terraces with gas fireplaces, downtown views of the Dallas skyline, 10 ft ceilings, a loaded kitchen with built-in SubZero fridge, Miele gas cooktop and double ovens, etc. The Master suite features his-her separate bath and closets, plus a sitting area and private outdoor terrace with gas fireplace. Best of all, the place has not been lived in much. This pad has been reduced to Holy Schnickers $1,600,000, and at that price, brings the price per square foot at The Azure for this essentially Ferrari property down to $449.56. And that’s if they got asking! 

But TMZ is right about one thing: If TO paid anywhere near $2 million for unit 2008 whenever, he is most certainly taking a bath. Not a $56,000 bath but more like a tsunami –close to a million going bye-bye…

Kate and Wills are on their way to wedded bliss, but you could be married to the home of your deepest, wildest mid century modern dreams. First up: o la la location: .66 acres of lush greenery in East Dallas (120 wide by 236 deep) that backs up to a protected land site that will never be developed. So you will never have PITA neighbors back there, just rabbits and all the other critters of the field. You will also get that “estate-feel” without actually owning an estate.

Walk in and you see the master bedroom right in front, which is a little weird but then when you realize it’s to preserve a view of the lake, makes total sense. Breathtaking views of downtown Dallas skyline over White Rock Lake are out your front window. Built in 1960, designed by architect Donald Speck, the gleaming original terrazzo floors he specified remain in pristine condition. Gourmet kitchen has been updated with glass ceiling in the kitchen, bird‚Äôs eye maple cabinets, top shelf stainless appliances, composite and stainless counters, ELAN touch screen home controls, and a boatload of extensive updates. Did I tell you 5700 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths? Did I tell you how much… or perhaps I should say, how little: $1,049,000 and I hear the sellers are very motivated! Listing agent is a dynamic young agent named Subhi Gharbieh, who is working with that other young dynamo, Clay Stapp. And when I say young, Subhi is a mere 22 year old pup. But the kid’s been selling homes since he was 18.

9729 Van Dyke Road was featured in the 2001 AIA Dallas Guide to Architecture. Really, it’s an East Dallas treasure.