Summer is in full swing, and when you live in Dallas, that means the heat can get pretty intense. What better way to beat the heat than to cool off in a pool? Even though there are many water parks in the area to enjoy, the best thing is when you have a pool just steps from your door. When you choose the right apartment community, you can have a vacation-worthy pool to use all summer long. These are our favorite apartment communities in Dallas with sparkling pools. 

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You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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Classic Contemporary Urban Villa
Remember our mantra about buying the home of a builder or an architect, or a designer? We have a home run for you today. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4310 Abbott Avenue is one of the most cutting-edge classic contemporary urban villas we’ve ever seen. (more…)

The problem with living on the Katy Trail is that, as Jon Anderson pointed out, so many other people want to live there, too. That’s why there are so many high-rise buildings in planning phases that will line this popular city amenity. Of course, with all of those new buildings, and all of the demand, prices are going to get higher, too. So if you want to get into this area for a reasonable price, Brandon Travelstead of Dallas City Center Realtors has a great unit inside the Lofts at the Katy Trail — the only one with an attached garage — and it’s priced under a half million.

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The Katy at Victory Park facing down the opening edge of the Katy Trail

From the American Airlines Center and before even turning the corner and passing over the Tollway, the Katy Trail is lined with new apartment buildings towering over it.  From Victory Place, Camden Victory Park, The Alexan, and the latest — Magnolia Station and The Katy at Victory Park — walking at this end of the trail is something less than peaceful. Bleu Ciel will almost complete the curtain.  I’m pretty sure I can hold my breath long enough to see Little Mexico Village and the Magnolia condos fall to development to completely encase this end of the trail.

Of course these apartments have the manufactured hipster vibe residents have self-deluded themselves into thinking they possess.  Magnolia Station talks about apartments that evoke a “Modern Spirit” or “Vintage Soul” while The Katy at Victory Park harkens for residents who “live with intention,” whose “best friend” is their pet, and who want to “live inspired on the trail.”

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Katy Trail Condos | CandysDirt.com

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

Katy Trail runs through some of the nicest neighborhoods in Dallas, starting at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park and going to Mockingbird Station near Southern Methodist University. Everyone from runners to in-line skaters hit the trail every day.

When a condo along Katy Trail hits the market, you can bet that’s in the description. This is a desirable amenity that opened in 2000 and continues to be developed. When complete, the trail will be 3.5 miles long, connected to the Trinity Strand Trail, with four major entrance plazas, benches, landscaping, and drinking fountains for people and pets. 

Today, we’ve found two Katy Trail condos that are less than two miles apart in distance, but are over $250K apart in price. Let’s take a look. 

 

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4438 Abbott Avenue

Northern Heights is one of those neighborhoods you probably never knew had a name. It’s in a pretty sweet spot — adjacent to Highland Park, minutes from Uptown, and within easy walking distance of the Katy Trail and the many shops and restaurants on Knox Street. It’s also rapidly becoming known for significant modern architectural design, and this sleek contemporary townhome at 4438 Abbott Avenue is a perfect example of urban style with some impressive credentials. (more…)

 

Mondara

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Highland Park is just about the most coveted neighborhood in Dallas. Sure there are sports stars, celebrity sightings, and film shoots, but the great schools, terrific police and fire department, and gorgeous luxury properties are what really draw buyers. There has only been one thing lacking … until now — Highland Park luxury condos.  Robert Elliott Custom Homes has solved that issue with their latest development, The Mondara, on Abbott Avenue.

A few days ago the certificate of occupancy was issued and it’s now move-in ready. A good thing, too, as 29 of the 39 units, ranging in price from $800,000 to $2.2 million, are already sold. We first heralded this incredible project in February of 2015, and then we gave you a sneak peek at this stunning development in April. When we were there on Thursday getting a grand tour from listing agent Lynda Piepgras of The Associates (Elliot’s brokerage firm), the one and only Nate Berkus and crew were hard at work on a recently purchased abode. That may give you a small clue as to just how special these homes are, because you know Nate doesn’t work on just any luxury condo!

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