The Azure, at 2900 McKinnon in Uptown, is a luxury condo building with serious amenities — but you don’t need a multi million-dollar unit to enjoy them.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of shaking off the world by valeting your car at your swank high-rise building, taking the elevator up, and eating up the city views as you unwind with a glass of vino. If it sounds luxurious, it is. But it’s not outside the realm of reality.

Take the Azure, for instance. Completed in 2005, this high-end high-rise in Uptown has some of the best amenities, with a glorious pool deck that offers incredible views of Uptown, a fitness center where any personal trainer would love to help you sweat it out, plus a valet and concierge. 

The lobby of The Azure sets the tone for this building — sexy and luxurious.

But you don’t have to pay upwards of  a million to feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury at the Azure. In fact, Allie Beth Urban’s Ani Nosnik has a beautiful one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit on the market that costs less than many homes in the M Streets, gives you more security and amenities, and puts you close enough to downtown that you could very well ditch the car when the weather is irresistible (like today).

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3756 Armstrong Avenue

3756 Armstrong Avenue

We all know that anything under $1 million is flying off the MLS faster than a Cabbage Patch Kid in the 1980s. In the $1 million-plus market, homes are still flying off the shelves like Cabbage Patch Kids … in 2016.

Sure they’re still selling, but no one is getting trampled. This sentiment was echoed recently at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s conference by journalists nationwide.

To me this means that if you’ve got the means to buy in the luxury market, there are some bargains to bag. Here are two.

3756 Armstrong Avenue

I toured this home recently with listing agent Ben Jones from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. This is a large home with a long and swanky past.  Designed and built in 1954 by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’ most influential 20th century architects, this home is just cool … and a bit frightening.

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Windrose Tower at Legacy West is currently open for pre-sales, but the sales center is slated to open just next month.

No one could be more excited about the new Windrose Tower at Legacy West than us here at CandysDirt.com.

Pre-sales have already launched for the luxurious 24-story high-rise, and the all-new sales center for the ground-breaking building — the only luxury condo development built north of LBJ since the Bonaventure — slated to open next month. The building will offer 85 to 95 condos ranging from 1,300 to 11,000 square feet with sleek, unparalleled finish-out.

The pre-sale campaign has been expertly spearheaded by Al Coker and Fernando Gonzalez of Al Coker & Associates. The marketing and brokerage firm is thrilled to show off vignettes of the property, so that prospective buyers can really picture themselves in the spaces. And the center is conveniently located, too, just across from the future site of Windrose Tower at Headquarters and the Tollway, 7800 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 156.

The estimated completion date for the residences will be in the fourth quarter of 2018, but if you want to see the units before they’re built, make sure you’re the first person in the door of the sales center. Stay tuned right here to CandysDirt.com for more on Windrose Tower and the incredible, game-changing Legacy West development.

 

Bleu Ciel 1 SM

In April 2015, just a few months after I started this gig, I noticed that Bleu Ciel’s prices had jumped. Well, it’s done happened again! Today saw a further 2 to 4.5 percent increase on top of the 15-ish percent they’d jumped since pricing was announced.

For the “teaser” units on the MLS that translates to …

Unit 1701 is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom whopper with 5,835 square feet. Before yesterday, it was $4.723 million; now it’s $4.951 million. A jump of $228,000. From a square foot perspective, what was $809 is now $848 per square foot, or a bump of $39.07 a square foot.

Unit 2803 is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath unit with a sizeable 2,973 square feet. It’s jumped from $3,163,000 to $3,218,000 — a shade less than a 3 percent bump — a new $18.49 per square foot. However, by cost-per-square-foot, it’s the priciest of this group at $1,082 per square foot.

Unit 2606 is also a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home crammed into a more modest 2,231 square feet. It’s hardly worth mentioning its measly 2 percent rise from $2,064,000 to $2,099,000 — a mere $35,000. Almost tip money in this realm.

Unit 1804 is a three-bedroom, three-bath unit with a “my size” 1,903 square feet of space. What was $1,292,000 grew $59,000 to $1,351,000, or 4.5 percent.

Unit 2505 is a 1,537-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath “shoebox” that added $54,000 and is now listed at $1,252,000.

If you’re on a financial diet, there’s still unit 702. It’s a bit closer to the ground (well, 18 stories closer) than unit 2505, but the floorplan is nearly identical (just 10 square feet smaller). Literally across the floorplan “hallway” it’s a steal at $906,000 or one-third ($346,000) less. That $346,000 is all view, baby.

For all the doom and gloom some feel is skittering towards the Dallas real estate market, the Ciel is sure Bleu down on Harwood. Looks like Harwood has a winner as Dallas continues to concentrate sprawl upwards.

Remember: Do you have an HOA story to tell? A little high-rise history? Realtors, want to feature a listing in need of renovation or one that’s complete with flying colors? How about hosting a Candy’s Dirt Staff Meeting? Shoot Jon an email. Marriage proposals accepted (they’re legal)! sharewithjon@candysdirt.com

The Abandoned Vida

The Abandoned Vida

In December, I spent a month writing about Hawaii real estate. Several of the articles showcased new and planned high-rises in the Kaka’ako area of Honolulu that were almost exclusively targeting foreign investment and wealthy local buyers wanting to trade their nest for a high-rise perch. You may also recall that many of these buildings were selling out in days.

The big Kahuna in the area is Howard Hughes’ 10-plus-year development called Ward Village covering 60 acres. They are not alone. One high-rise that hadn’t broken ground is called Vida … well, “was” would be the more accurate term as of last Friday. Developers cancelled the project after “only” selling approximately 40 percent of the 262 units (priced from $1 million) despite being on sale for 18 months. In Hawaii real estate if you’re scrabbling for sales after 18 months, something’s wrong.

In Dallas, a 40 percent pre-sale before the first shovel of dirt was moved would be occasion to rejoice, but markets are different.

Vida's High-End Finishes

Vida’s High-End Finishes

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Museum Tower New Neighbor

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Well, that didn’t take long. We know downtown dirt is getting pricier by the minute. So the news last week that the Dallas Symphony Foundation is selling a side-lot on Pearl and Woodall Rodgers to Lincoln Property for $7.2 million wasn’t too surprising. The smidge-over-half-acre lot had been a grassy area for about 20 years, at times punctuated by sculpture.

Lincoln Property plans to erect a 23-story tower on the site with 250,000 square feet of office space and ground floor restaurants.

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