The single-most striking fact about the new townhomes going up at Swiss Ave Crossing is that they’re single-family detached homes. Yes, a detached townhome with no shared walls!

Centre Living Homes, the custom home builder behind Richardson’s CityLine, Bishop Arts, and the Cedars south of downtown, is halfway complete with the single-family home community called Swiss Ave Crossing. Located at 4100 Swiss Avenue in Old East Dallas near the Baylor Medical District and Deep Ellum, Swiss Ave Crossing by Centre Living Homes will feature 21 fully detached luxury townhomes starting at $459,000.

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Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum & Fair Park

Hey, have you heard? It’s hot outside, which leaves most of us dreaming of cooler climates like the mountains or the beach or anything near water or possibly a glacier.

Unfortunately, that’s not always on the itinerary because of work, commitments, and lack of bags of cash. The good news is, you can still get away and enjoy the cool comforts of someone else’s A/C.

Check out this handful of Airbnbs we handpicked for their unique look, location and again, the opportunity to enjoy cooler temps inside not-your-house.

Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum and Fair Park

Escape the city in a real live cabin (pictured above). Conveniently located less than a gas tank away in Urbandale in Southeast Dallas.

Why It Made The List: It’s out there, but like near here and Superhost Grady said the cabin is “Crafted from pine felled and hand-planed in Boone, N.C.” New rule: If you use the word “felled,” you’re going to make the list.

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Maestri Gallery

Eddie Maestri is one of those guys that innately knows what’s cool. I met Eddie years ago, in my former life as a photography stylist and producer. I was scouting cool houses, and of course, he lived in one. Eddie has become one of the finest architects in Dallas. He has developed Maestri Studio, a full-service, turn-key architecture and interior design studio, into one of the most cutting-edge firms in the city. They not only build you a fantastic home, but with the launch of Maestri Gallery at 401 Exposition Avenue, they can also furnish it right down to the artwork and accessories. (more…)

 

Local agent Matt Scobee left Clay Stapp + Co. after five years to start his own brokerage, Iconic Real Estate.  The new firm, which started with an initial team of five agents, is located at 3111 Canton Street on the outskirts of Deep Ellum.

“My vision is for us to be a brand conscious, tech forward, full-service boutique brokerage,” Scobee said. “We want to provide an impeccable experience that really works to nurture relationships, meet the goals of our clients, and then exceed those goals.” (more…)

 

Rehabilitation of the historic Knights of Pythias building in Deep Ellum is already underway, but developers are asking the City of Dallas to provide tax incentives to make the project more affordable. (Courtesy Photo)

For as long as I can remember, the Knights of Pythias building was a large painted gray mass of Beaux Arts architecture, hulking on the west end of Deep Ellum, boarded up and idle. When the historic rehabilitation began, it was wonderful to see the light gray paint give way to the gorgeous brick and stone underneath, unveiling the true character of this building. 
 
Of course, rehabilitation of historic structures isn’t cheap, and in the fight to maintain Dallas’ character, one of the best tools that cities have at their disposal are historic preservation tax exemptions and credits. While we bemoan the rash of teardowns and our city’s toothless measures to stay their razings, the key is making rehabilitation more economically viable than destroying the historic fabric of our city’s built environment. 
 
That’s why Preservation Dallas has put out the call to support tax exemption for the Knights of Pythias developers, Westdale Properties.
 

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Easter egg hunts Dallas

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who eat their chocolate Easter bunny ears first, and those who just don’t care. A report by WalletHub says 59 percent of Americans eat their chocolate bunny ears first, while 33 percent don’t have a preference. Four percent say they eat the tail first and another 4 percent eat the feet first. Savages. 

Whether you’re an ears gal or a tail kinda guy, the Metroplex has plenty of unique ways to host Easter egg hunts from up in the sky to down on the ground with goats. I’d leave your chocolate bunnies at home for these.

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Drew Colón and Jacob Moss are the founders of Modtown Realty, an independent brokerage located in Deep Ellum.

When Modtown Realty pulled up stakes and headed for the gritty, vibrant urban environment of Deep Ellum, we knew they were planning something big. So this month, we were happy to see the brand build more momentum with a new partnership. Modtown’s leadership, Drew Colón and Jacob Moss, have brought DMAX Properties under its wings, completing a long-term vision for both Modtown and DMAX founder Scott Arnold. 

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Modtown Realty Executive Team (Courtesy Photo)

Like two ships passing, on October 1, Modtown Realty Group and Keller Williams quietly parted ways. The separation will come as neither sudden nor surprising to anyone keeping close tabs on Modtown. The group, who had been part of Keller Williams Park Cities since 2012, recently moved its offices back to Deep Ellum. And it’s there that Drew Colon and Jacob Moss say the group feel most at home and most connected to their brand, which largely appeals to Millennials and urbanites.

“We’re coming out to this market of Deep Ellum.” Colon said. “We’ve done a good job at creating an inviting environment here. The moment you walk in the door you get that sense. We’re back and we’re excited!”

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