Jordan Group 7

I can see jealousy at the Crescent Court

The most pleasantly surprising moments at last evening’s event at The Jordan apartments were not when the the wine flowed out of bottles named “Jordan,” or when we oohed and ahhed over the cove-lit ceilings in the penthouse units. No, it was when we spied residents using the outdoor barbecues.  I’ve lived in many an apartment with communal barbecues where you could get grill marks on your steak without even firing it up … just laying it on the rusty unused grates gave you all the “sear” marks you’d want.

But last night, between tours of The Jordan’s luscious units, I saw a steady stream of residents making their way to the communal barbecues to fix dinner. A little skewered shrimp here, a little salmon there, a big ‘ol steak. It sounds like a small thing, but it hints at a community that feels at home.

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LTV2

The views from LTV Tower are incredible. You can see some of Dallas’ most famous landmarks, including the Mercantile Building and I.M. Pei’s Dallas City Hall. (Photo: LTV Tower)

By Chase Heckendorn
Special Contributor

There’s a growing trend nationwide toward restoring and repurposing historic buildings — celebrating the old and introducing the new. Nowhere is this more apparent than in downtown Dallas, which is home to two exciting restorations. Properties steeped in history live on as residential high-rises, where generations to come can create their personal histories.

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downtown loft

If stellar downtown views are on your “must-have” list, then today’s Tuesday Two Hundred will exceed your expectations.

With south-facing, eight-foot windows and a rooftop pool deck, the Soco Urban Loft Condo at 1122 Jackson St. No. 904 offers splendid skyline views of downtown Dallas.

But the appeal of this condo isn’t confined to views. Think polished concrete floors, cool-burning LED lighting, a huge custom walk-in California closet with desk and safe, and lots of authentic details that remind you of the building’s 1925 construction (the building was once a railroad terminal and warehouse, completely reimagined as hip condos 11 years ago).

Unit 904 is technically a 1-1, but because it’s a loft, the 1,272 square feet flow together and feel open. It was listed June 3 by Jennifer Shindler at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $224,000, the largest and most expensive of the four units in this building currently for sale. Its price-per-square-foot is $176, which is on the low end compared to the other three, listed at $174, $184, and $209 per square foot. With such a great look and solid price, we think unit 904 won’t be on the market long.

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1505 Elm

There’s a new downtown property on the market that’s got the kind of luxury amenities you usually see on Turtle Creek, but for under $300K: a sixth-floor corner unit on Elm Street at North Akard with a stellar view, modern interior, and prime location.

The condo at 1505 Elm St. #604 is pretty much everything I imagine people desire in a downtown Dallas address: big, open floorplans; high-end appliances; awesome amenities; and easy access a DART light rail station across the street.

This 1-1.5 with a study is 1,482 square feet, listed by Gregory Iker at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $235,000.

1505 Elm Y

Dallas architect George Dahl designed 1505 Elm, which was constructed in 1957 and served as Dallas Federal Savings bank for years before being abandoned. In 2002, it was part of the first wave of residential redevelopment in downtown Dallas, bringing 68 units to the market.

They didn’t cut corners in this building: it has an incredible level of amenities, which helps explain the whopping HOA fees of $1,001 per month. But those fees earn access to a 24-hour concierge, valet parking for residents and guests, a pool, sauna, private dog run, fitness center, Moroccan-style party room with billiard table and caterer’s kitchen, three high-speed elevators, and a super cool former bank vault that is now a wine cellar with a large dining table and individual wine lockers for residents. There’s even access to downtown tunnel system through lobby.

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9729 Van Dyke Front

As an East Dallas resident, I’m fond of walking around White Rock Lake and some of the nearby neighborhoods. Most people, though, expect that a home with a lake view has to be on Lawther or in Lakewood. Not so! There are plenty of beautiful homes in Lake Highlands that have great views. Some of them are on Peavy, and others are on a street called Van Dyke, which sits perpendicular to Peavy Road, starting near Buckner Boulevard. This street has so many fabulous properties on it, but this one always caught my eye.

From the outside, this 1959 modern home looks like a glassed-in pagoda, with wooden crossbeams and smokey panes. But what will you find once you cross that bridge and enter this one-of-a-kind home? More than 5,700 square feet of colorful contemporary design that will awaken your imagination.

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