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Remember our first Staff Meeting? Well, it’s a “thing” now. This quarter, on June 17th, we’re toodling over to Victory Plaza to celebrate this high-rise stunner at the W before it finds a new owner. Want to attend? Email jo@candysdirt.com.

At the W, the Skyline is your Oyster

At the W, the Skyline is your Oyster

This home is made stunning not only because of the home, but the homeowner’s stunning offer to “repurchase the home in six-months should the new owner be unhappy” (minus some rent, natch). Now that’s confidence you don’t often see in real estate! But seeing this home, I can understand why.

Unit 2508 is a luxurious 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home sprawling over 2,570 square feet including nearly 400 square feet of terrace. The home is being sold by its first owner for $1.25-million. The seller has nothing but wonderful things to say about the home and the W Residences, “If you live at the W, you’ll never want to live anywhere else.” So wonderful has the W experience been that he’s upsizing his family to a 3-bedroom unit just an elevator ride away.

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Omni FW Penthouse TerraceWe’ve always adored the Omni Residences at 1301 Throckmorton in downtown Fort Worth, and now that Facebook is considering a large data center in North Fort Worth, perhaps the company’s executives should consider a modest crash pad inside one of the most luxurious high-rise buildings the town can call its own.

Lucky for them, they can put a bid on this beautiful penthouse unit offered by Williams Trew Realtor Maggie Moore. It boasts stunning views and top-of-the line finishes throughout. Jump to see more!

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This woman could be the reason why some HOAs are dysfunctional.

HOA Boards are better than anything playing at the Winspear. What should be the stuff of banality and tedium are often filled with grade-school antics. Since posting the sharewithjon@candysdirt.com email address, a few readers have supplied their own stories to add to my own. Here’s a sample…

Imaginary Degrees and Intimidation
One reader spoke of a “fancy” building where in order to get her way, one resident pretended to be a lawyer in order to intimidate and bully fellow neighbors. Turns out there was a code violation (because codes change over time) that the HOA board (rightly) wanted to bring it up to code. This faux lawyer was part of a cadre of pitch-fork wielding villagers telling the HOA that the item was grandfathered in – this even after the City of Dallas inspectors cited the complex for the code violation. “The legal advice she gave when demanding her way was incorrect and caused turmoil and mass hysteria, thus stopping the board from getting things done.” Several HOA board members resigned because of the “hateful, personal attacks at Board meetings and via phone calls and emails” instigated by this woman and her bamboozled followers.

Later, when a neighborhood-changing issue was raised, this same self-accredited “lawyer” sharpened her pitchfork and became one of the most vocal critics. Resurrecting her battle tactics, she again sent out “crazy, long winded emails … to cause worry and fear among the residents.”

While one person can certainly cause a ruckus, this HOA apparently had a history of refusing to keep the building up to snuff with shabby lobbies and hallways with old/smelly carpeting. This writer also spoke of years of mismanaging funds. Some of this can be explained by complacent owners and a history of closed-door HOA board meetings (in complete violation of Texas law). Complacency and exclusion are a recipe for disaster – like leaving a 15-year-old in a mall with a credit card.

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Second Living Area or Dining

Some condos are just easy to love, and this beauty inside the “mid-rise jewel of Dallas,” as listing agent Marlis Rossetta calls the Drexel Highlander at 4240 Prescott, is the epitome of style and convenience.

“Considered one of the most prestigious addresses in the Oak Lawn area, this location offers a peaceful neighborhood adjacent to Highland Park. Within walking distance, residents enjoy easy access to the tranquil setting of Turtle Creek, The Shops of Highland Park and popular dining destinations such as Al Biernat’s and Eddie V’s,” Rossetta said. “I like to say, ‘The Highlander is better than lock and leave – Just leave. Everything is taken care of foryou!’ ”

And with a beautiful, classy, easy-to-love unit like 6F inside the Drexel Highlander, don’t you deserve a mortgage professional that will take care of you? No one likes surprises at closing, so go ahead and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so that you’ll have the condo of your dreams with financing that works. A high-caliber home like this beautiful condo deserves an equally high-caliber loan from Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans.

Jump to find out more about this phenomenal property from David Griffin Realtor Marlis Rossetta.

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Athena unit 1416 Views

It was chilly and foggy when the photographer took these photos, but on clear days you get a great view of downtown from this building.

How much is a view of downtown Dallas worth to you? I mean, when you’re shopping for a high-rise unit, you’re going to have limited outdoor space. That’s a given. So the views have to really be fantastic. So really, how much is a view of the skyline, one of the most distinctive in the United States, worth to you?

Is it worth $1 million? $700,000?

What if I told you that you could have a luxurious condo with fantastic amenities and downtown Dallas views for less than $350,000? You can with this beautiful unit inside the Athena, owned by none other than Mary Jane Young.

We enjoy incredible downtown views from every room,” Young said. “These views are normally only found in properties double the price point.”

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