Imagine enjoying gorgeous weather like this in the backyard oasis at 4021 Travis Street, a two-bedroom 2,271-square-foot contemporary townhome designed by AIA award-winning architect Frank Welch. This 1971-built townhome is nestled in the heart of uptown near the Katy Trail and the West Village in the Schoellkopf Suburban Heights.

As stunning as the backyard garden with dipping pool and waterfall is to look at, the interiors are “luxuriously zen,” as listing agent Carmen DiPenti of Compass RE Texas calls it. You’ll find tranquility throughout the home — the open dining room overlooks an interior courtyard with koi pond, while the living room looks out onto the lushly-landscaped backyard.

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Our Steal: Wayne Garcia with Dave Perry-Miller InTown has listed 6664 Santa Anita Drive for $429,000.

With over $100,000 between them, these two offerings in Ridgewood Park are looking better by the minute. There’s no denying the historic charm both provide, plus each is filled with designer touches that surprise and delight! Only question is which would you choose, the Renovated Ranch Splurge or the Brick Beauty Steal? Tell us which one and why.

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It’s large and gorgeous and tucked away in the exclusive Regents Park neighborhood, but more importantly, it’s got closet space for days. This four-bedroom contemporary home at 2908 Hood St., Dallas, is just the ’hood you’ve been looking for.

It’s large and gorgeous and tucked away in the exclusive Regents Park neighborhood, but more importantly, it’s got closet space for days.

This four-bedroom contemporary home at 2908 Hood St. is just the ’hood you’ve been looking for.

Real talk: It looks like a wealthy person’s vacation rental, what with the rooftop terrace and close proximity to the Katy Trail, Reverchon Park, Turtle Creek, and Blackburn Lake. But while it’s pristine and has those vacation-y aspects, such a fireplace on the veranda, it’s not too challenging to daydream about living here full time.

“Regents Park is a little boutique of seven homes,” explained Broker Kimberly Ashmore of Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. “It was built specifically for the developer. The home is very unique. It’s on multiple levels, with private balconies on every level. It’s elegant but liveable.”

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Just one car on Fitzhugh?

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed The Terminal condos had hit MLS in pre-sale mode. What’s The Terminal?  It’s a new 19-unit condo building bound by Fitzhugh, Buena Vista Street, and the Katy Trail scheduled for completion in 2021. You may recall seeing it mentioned as one of the cases vetted by the Oak Lawn Committee last November (when it had 25 units).  Well, the renderings are final, the floor plans set and the prices (gasp!) have been announced.

As a quick review, the name is derived from the fact the Katy Trail was originally a train line. The architecture hat-tips that history with large, arched glass openings on the first and second floors. Those floors will be amenity space and public space for eateries abutting the Katy Trail. Along Buena Vista, one of the arches is a public walkway connecting to the trail. Along the far end is a pocket park. Keen eyes will note the power lines – we’ll talk about them later.

Of the 19 units, seven have been listed on MLS – typical ploy in new developments when you want scarcity to drive interest. Unit sizes range from 2,471 square feet (two-bed/two-and-a-half-bath) to the full-floor penthouse shell at 6,577 square feet with another 2,901 square feet of terrace. Prices for the seven MLS listings are from the oddly specific $2,527,445 to $6.65 million. Because of the differing sizes of the units, they’re actually trading in a very tight band of price per square foot of between $1,011 to $1,096.54 – for a mid-rise barely above a busy road with power lines so close you might almost be able to touch them. That’s some mighty high-cotton.

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Custom Contemporary

If you’ve driven down Abbot Avenue, you’ve passed by this cool custom contemporary. You may not have noticed it, however, because it’s nestled discreetly behind a sleek white stucco wall in a gorgeous leafy setting.

Although the location is extremely private, you can pop out the backdoor to the Katy Trail, saunter over to Javier’s to have dinner, or walk down to Glencoe Park for a game of tennis. This cool custom contemporary offers what we all want — that perfect combination of location and privacy.

Custom Contemporary

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Mansion ParkTwo blocks from Turtle Creek, Katy Trail, and the Uptown shopping and dining, when we saw that this sleek, sexy, and elegant Mansion Park townhome in our Instagram feed this week, we knew we had to share.

And lo and behold, we’ve shared before. Last year, Candy fell hard for this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, three-story home, with good reason. Secluded behind a treeline, wall, and a gate, 3625 Brown Street is both private and right in the middle of everything.

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bachelorRobert Belcher was a bachelor when he snagged his light, airy, and well-appointed Travis Street condo a few years back — but things have changed, and now he’s parting with it because something even bigger happened: He fell in love with Rebecca.

Robert and Rebecca met on New Year’s Eve and fell in love, and now his Uptown condo is listed (photo courtesy Robert Belcher).

“It’s just time switch things up,” he said. “I have a wonderful girl down in Austin that I’m very in love with.”

Although the two have mutual friends, it was a New Year’s Eve meeting in Tulum, Mexico, that initially connected them.

“Yeah we’ve just really hit it off,” Belcher said. “Everything’s sweeter with a little risk, so I guess I’ll just take one and move down to Austin.”

But that’s not to say that he’s not going to miss his condo, nestled at the back of a small development but within walking distance to all kinds of uptown amenities.

“I’ll tell you I’m a little bittersweet about it — I’ve lived here in Dallas for 13 years,” he said. “I was born and raised in Fort Worth, so I’m a DFW kid, with the exception of about six or seven years when I was away for college and in Colorado right after.”

The location of this 2,248 square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo was one of the big selling points for Belcher, but the floorplan was an even bigger one.

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uptownWhen Leah Nolan told us she and her husband were listing their Uptown condo, she was a little wistful.

And that’s understandable. Her cozy one-bedroom, one-bath home, 3311 Blackburn St. #215, is a perfect spot for someone looking to enjoy some of the best Dallas has to offer, with an affordable price point that gives them entry into what can be a pretty spendy housing market.

“We walk or Uber to the grocery store, for haircuts, and to bars and restaurants,” she said. “It’s just minutes from the highways, we have great neighbors, a pool, and it’s steps away from the Katy Trail and West Village, for the same price that we were paying for rent.” (more…)