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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Ridgewood Park

On the west side of White Rock Lake is a cozy, established neighborhood called Ridgewood Park. Our Thursday Three Hundred is situated in the heart of the area, steps away from Ridgewood Park and the newly completed Katy Trail extension. It’s a short drive from White Rock Lake and all of the amenities of East Dallas.

Located near E. Lovers Lane and Abrams Road, the cottage at 6546 Axton Ln. is charmed and welcoming. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,385 square feet on one story, built in 1954.

It just went on the market a few days ago, beautifully staged and move-in ready. Let’s take a look before a buyer swoops in and makes an offer.

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3920 Travis a

Architect-designed homes make for stylish living, and our Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This updated contemporary two-story condo was designed by renowned Dallas architect Lionel Morrison, inspired by the work of German-American modern architect Mies van der Rohe.

Located at 3920 Travis St. Apt. 16, this Uptown condo is awash with natural light, designed to feel spacious and bright with big windows, doors, and skylights. It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 1,262 square feet, built in 1985. The tony location is just blocks from the West Village, Katy Trail, and Cole Park.

It was listed June 17 by Faisal Halum with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $375,000. Monthly HOA fees are $320 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, gas, management fees, sprinkler system, trash, and water/sewer.

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View across Turtle Creek

View across Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek Drive is so super-secret, DCAD doesn’t list it as a street.  Instead you’ll find it under Turtle Creek Plaza. But you know exactly where it is.  Who hasn’t walked either on the Katy Trail or along Turtle Creek across from the Warrington and seen those houses across the water?  They ain’t small so you knew something was up … but what?

You may recall Braden Power’s party pad with the foyer pool, or you may have seen outspoken Heidi Dillon guesting on the Real Housewives of Dallas or maybe you’ve eaten your fill at El Fenix and Snuffer’s, now owned by Michael Karns. Either way, they’re all habitués of Turtle Creek Drive, along with an assortment of less conspicuous socialites, doctors, and lawyers.

If you’re looking for a little hideaway in the trees bordering Turtle Creek with guard geese (geese are mean!) there are currently two options. (Actually three with the newly listed 3816 Turtle Creek Drive.)

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