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For better or worse, we all make snap judgements when we see houses.  My first thought as I looked through the pictures for this home was that there didn’t appear to be a comfortable seat in the house.  It’s as though some unseen maiden aunt had eschewed comfort for herself and guests.

My second thought was that the wood floors look spectacular.  Regardless of whether you like the pattern, you have to admit they’re really well done.

The third thought I had was how completely different this home is to its neighboring penthouse, 801 featured in Vol. 1.  While 801 may attract groovy, middle-aged buyers, the buyer of 804, located just a few feet away, would seem to be generationally different.

But would they?

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Living room in zig-zag glory

Living room in zig-zag glory

The Park Plaza is in a bit of an enclave.  It’s hollering distance from Whole Foods when you want to cook and Nonna when you don’t; PK’s for good red wine and the French Laundry when you spill it.  There’s even a Methodist Family Health Center on the corner.  If you want to scoot downtown, you’ve almost got a private Tollway entrance and exit. Even the complex’s size is personal at just 46 units.

I went to see unit 801 because of the WTF pictures.  Listed with Meredith Houston with Briggs Freeman for $2.895 million after a recent $400,000 drop, this 5,324-square-foot home offers three bedrooms and three full and one half bathroom.  It’s also got a spiffy big 300-ish square feet of patio overlooking downtown that’s A-OK to barbeque on (a rarity in a high-rise).

The home was also formerly owned by Henry S. Miller Jr. and his wife Juanita.  Showcasing the family’s increasing fortunes, this home is quite a bit larger than Miller Sr.’s South Blvd. digs.

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Mondara

The Mondara, a vision from Robert Elliott Custom Homes and Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects is coming to life on Abbott Ave. in Highland Park.

Just off the Katy Trail and inside Highland Park — perhaps the sweetest location there is — is where Robert Elliott Custom Homes is building The Mondara. The condo development, which includes 39 expertly laid out units over three stories and two phases is more than half-way sold, with 22 of the units under contract.

The two buildings, which surround a courtyard and are set back from the curb by a semi-circular driveway, continue the trend we’re seeing with the Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ most recent builds — a bright white facade punctuated by large, dark-paned windows and sharply pitched rooflines. It looks like something you’d spot in Alys Beach, all white and gleaming with the kind of presence that causes envy among competitors.

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It’s the epitome of what architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro calls “transitional” style.

“It is a youthful but restrained style of architecture. It respects the past but also says things can be different,” Stocker said. “We use traditional plaster, traditional slate, and traditional classical details around doorways, but use modern whites, simple modern forms, and the modern feel of steel windows and doors.”

It’s a style we’ve seen a lot of lately, and considering how quickly Robert Elliott Custom Homesnew build on Beverly sold, it’s a style buyers can’t get enough of, either.

“We don’t see that there has to be a hard line that separates traditional and modern architecture,” Stocker added. “Both have wonderful traits and we meld them together.”

And inside, the details continue to amaze. CandysDirt.com got an exclusive advance tour of the property while craftsmen were still fitting the space with Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ signature features. Jump to see more!

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Park Towers is one of Dallas’ original high-rises built in 1964 and located at Fairmount and the Katy Trail. It’s been no secret that I like their floor plans but hate the exterior of mismatched enclosed balcony “sheds” (that have finally been painted a uniform color). When I was looking to buy in 2012, I kept hoping the right unit would pop on the market. Today I can say, “thank God it didn’t.”

Word comes to CandysDirt.com from residents and Realtors that last Thursday, after barely finishing $3.7 million in special assessments (about $40,000 per unit) to take care of long, long, looooooong neglected infrastructure, that Park Towers now just raised their HOA dues a staggering 38 percent.

The HOA meeting was standing room only as the board approved the increase to cover a $247,000 shortfall from the $3.7 million spent on capital improvements. Many residents made the case for another special assessment to cover the shortfall and a more modest increase to the monthly dues. They were cheered by others in the meeting but the board wouldn’t budge. With resident monthly dues going up $500-ish a month, it’s not hard to understand their wrath.

This episode is yet another example of poor communication between residents and their HOA boards and management companies.  Residents were reportedly unaware of the impending increase. They were just told the budget would be discussed at the meeting and encouraged residents to attend.

As one resident put it, “Shazam!” The increase just materialized without warning. And let’s face it: the last thing a resident expects to hear after a $3.7 million special assessment is that the “party” is just getting started.

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The W Residences Unit 2001 Living

Highrise living — and we’re talking living at the tippy-top, y’all — doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and leave you with that vague sinking feeling. Would you believe me if I told you that you could live on the 20th floor in the W Residences at Victory Park for less than $400K? You can, y’all! And you can get all of the eyebrow wagging cachet and amenities that come with living inside The W.

This unit, which is on the 20th floor, has amazing views and a great open floor plan through the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Plus you get a great little balcony/terrace. Of course, you get access to all of the swank amenities at the W Hotel, including 24-hour valet, private pool, room service, access to the spa, and a location you can’t beat!

The W Residences Unit 2001 Balcony

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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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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Photos: Shoot2Sell

OK, I may not understand it, but not everyone likes a loft. Some people want more walls to hang their art, more crown moulding, more niches and nooks. But don’t you want to live in one of Dallas’ coolest neighborhoods, right next to the redeveloping Dallas Farmers Market, close to the vibrant Cedars, and within walking distance of downtown and Deep Ellum? Who wouldn’t?

If this sounds like you, then you’ll adore this townhome at 912 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd. This gorgeous townhome was built in 2006 and is absolutely pristine inside. It has three stories, three bedrooms, three full and one half bath, more than 2,600 square feet, and a tremendous rooftop deck from which you can admire the fireworks in Fair Park during holidays.

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Update: Colin Larnder of LocalDwelling.com says that this unit is PENDING!

We’ve posted about this unit before, and when I went back and looked at LocalDwelling.com’s available leases, I was absolutely floored that this incredible condo inside Park Towers is still up for grabs.

This is a 1,790-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath condo that is just beautiful inside. I swear this luxury condo unit offered by one of the most fastidious D/FW leasing companies is an excellent value at $3,200 for the location and amenities alone, but you’ll love the views and the ample style, too.

Fairmount Kitchen

Here’s what we said about this unit in July:

This unit, which has two suites and a third  bedroom/office, has almost 1,800 square feet of space that includes tons of storage. There’s an incredible balcony, too, which you can access from the master bedroom. With this lease you get access to a fitness center, too, as well as two parking spots in the garage and an in-unit washer and dryer.

The kitchen is an absolute masterpiece of streamlined luxury and utility. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, and includes a wine refrigerator and bar. And trust me on this, with the floor-to-ceiling windows that give you an ample view of Dallas’ incredibly, sparkly skyline, you’ll have tons of guests.

So why, folks, hasn’t this amazing property leased yet??? What would get you to sign an agreement today, lovely readers?

Fairmount Balcony