I would rarely say this about a property: please don’t buy it. Begging you! I mean, I fall in love with real estate all the time. I drool over doors, landscaping, corinth columns (remind me of my very first boyfriend’s house) marble hearths, coffee colored hardwoods, wide-planked oak and bamboo, farmhouse sinks in kitchens, heated master bath floors, onyx and white Carerra and jacuzzi spas and tubs ALL THE TIME. I have been in every expensive house in Dallas, from the Hicks residence to Mt. Vernon, Lisa Blue’s masterpiece on DeLoache. Hunter Mahan’s to Lee Trevino’s to Plano to Frisco to Southlake, to Vaquero and I absolutely love Fort Worth dirt! Alice Walton’s! I’ve seen them all from $60,000 (tried to Master-Charge it) to $100 million. And do you know what house caught my heart, made me want to DUMP my current home faster than a hot potato loaded with sour cream and bacon? What home made me want to not just freaking CHEAT on my house in a New York minute but totally abandon it, forget it, ride off into the sunset across the border (maybe safer to hide out in Carmel) with it and just say adios amigo?

The Residences at the Ritz Carlton. Residence 602.

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Continental Viaduct Bridge

The Continental Viaduct was just reopened as a park. The opening coincides with the New Cities Summit, which is hosted inside Dallas’ Arts District from June 17-19.

The Continental Bridge was once the easiest way to get from downtown Dallas to West Dallas if you didn’t want to cross at Fort Worth Avenue/Beckley. But when the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge opened, the Continental Viaduct was all but obsolete. So what do you do with aging infrastructure and a growing urban population that wants more open space? You make it a park.

That’s what’s interesting about this conversion, which just opened ahead of the New Cities Summit, an urban-oriented conference that will host panels discussing some very heady issues that cities are facing in the 21st century. I’m pretty sure that it is no coincidence that the new bridge/park opened last weekend, and that the summit will kick off tomorrow with an opening keynote address from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. The event is hosted in our spectacular Arts District, too, and I am sure that attendees will enjoy our many beautiful examples of cutting edge architecture.


Peak Townhomes

It was the best of times …

No, really, it was. Especially considering that we have two Tuesday $200Ks to share with you, and they are in the same development. Yes, they may be almost the exact same townhome layout-wise, but they could not be more different.

We’re talking about 2200 and 2204 N. Peak Street. Both townhomes are under the divine auspices of Ebby agent Alicia Butler and feature three floors, two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two garage spots, and an address that puts the potential owner right in an accessible neighborhood near parks, restaurants, mass transit, and just across North Central from Uptown.

2200 N. Peak Main Floor

2200 N. Peak is an end unit with 1,922 square feet and an upstairs balcony that is great for entertaining. It has neutral paint, traditional finishes, and feels pretty tame and — dare I say, generic? It definitely appeals to a broad range of buyers with popular furniture choices and very low-key decor.

2200 N. Peak Kitchen

The master is pretty typical, with double sinks and a shower/tub combo. I do like the vanity, though, and that there is a door between the commode and tub and the rest of the bathroom.

2200 N. Peak Master

2204 N. Peak is the exact opposite. Yes, it has the same stained concrete and knotty pine floors as its neighbors, but every single surface in the main floor has been painted a green so vibrant that I am not sure if we’re in a home or a very elaborate CGI soundstage. Perhaps that was the seller’s intent? It would definitely make for some interesting home movies.

2204 N. Peak Main Floor


In the kitchen, the range has been upgraded from your standard builder-issue stuff, but the dishwasher and refrigerator stick out. I am glad that the sellers used white cabinets, though. Any more color or patterns and you’d get vertigo.

2204 N. Peak Kitchen


And if slate blue is more your color, you’ll love the master bedroom, which has the same paint treatment. Instead of a balcony, 2204 N. Peak has a downstairs deck area, too. There’s also an additional half bath.

2204 N. Peak Master

So, which will you choose? The larger, more sedate end unit, or the bright paint and upgrades of the center unit? If it helps you decide, 2200 N. Peak is on the market for $276,000, while 2204 N. Peak is priced at $260,000.

Can’t decide? Check them out in person tomorrow between 10 a.m. and noon during an MLS tour.