The tight-knit Glencoe Park neighborhood offers well-priced homes surrounding its namesake park. And the area’s proximity to Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway doesn’t hurt either. The park itself offers basketball and tennis courts, plus softball, and fantastic trails, making it great for families who want easy access to outdoor fun.

So this week put the spotlight on two Glencoe Park offerings. Each offers unique perks and open, airy floor plans but have price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Splurge closer to the park or the Steal closer to Mockingbird Station?

Splurge: Newer Construction Beauty Just Steps From The Park For $675K

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We got a tip this morning that The Foundry at Mockingbird Station, a reportedly fabulous high end co-working space, has locked out all its tenants. Apparently everyone showed up for work today and couldn’t even get onto the floor. Sad news because co-working spaces are one of the fastest-growing segments of commercial real estate. Just read that WeWork will soon occupy the most square footage of private office space in Manhattan!

According to reviews on yelp, the space was formerly known as The Creative Consortium. But troubles may have been brewing since last June.

photos courtesy of yelp

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Mockingbird Station developer Ken Hughes has died. Hughes was instrumental in the birth of this mixed-use development that still remains a standard-bearer in Dallas. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

Mockingbird Station developer Ken Hughes has died. Hughes was instrumental in the birth of this mixed-use development that still remains a standard-bearer in Dallas. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

We were saddened to hear that the developer of the transit-oriented development by which North Texas judges all other rail-adjacent construction, Mockingbird Station, has passed.

Ken Hughes was the brains behind the mixed-use project that was anchored to the DART Rail station on Mockingbird Lane near US 75. It was a revolutionary concept when built in 2001, and still remains the standard-bearer for much of Dallas’ urban mixed use projects.

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6102 Penrose Front

Looking for an adorable home that’s close to a fantastic area, has access to mass transit, is updated inside, feels large but not too big, and feeds into award-winning schools? Then you’ll love this Austin stone cottage in Wilshire Heights.

This is one of my favorite East Dallas nabes sheerly for the location: bordered by Mockingbird Lane to the north, Skillman Street to the west, Abrams road to the east, and McCommas to the south, this neighborhood has access to great amenities with fantastic architecture and is close to tons of retail, including the Lakewood Whole Foods. It feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School — all sought after, high-achieving, Dallas ISD campuses.

And 6102 Penrose, marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Erika Warfield, is nothing to sniff at!

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4242 Camden Front

Today we have a very cute Tuesday Two Hundred for you. We’re here in the Dallas Arts District today for the New Cities Summit, and we’ve got urban-oriented living on the brain. This home, which is inside the Montebello Park area of East Dallas is a wonderful family neighborhood that feeds into acclaimed Stonewall Jackson Elementary and is close to a wonderful mass transit center at Mockingbird Station. It’s also close to the shops and restaurants on Greenville Avenue, and would make a great first-time home for newlyweds. In total, it’s a great property for anyone who wants the single-family home lifestyle but doesn’t want to be car dependent.

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5915 Anita Front

Stonewall Terrace is a fantastic neighborhood. The homes are adorable, there are restaurants and shops everywhere, there are tons of pedestrians and cyclists, nearby mass transit, and there’s easy access to North Central Expressway. But what really makes Stonewall Terrace a fantastic family neighborhood is its namesake elementary campus, Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

5915 Anita LivingThis neighborhood has pulled the school up by its bootstraps thanks to a super supportive early childhood PTA that has kept the trains running on time. That’s one of the reasons that this neighborhood, which is near the exceptionally popular M Streets, has skyrocketed as of late. But if you think you can’t find a deal in Stonewall Terrace, think again.

5915 Anita Dining

This adorable cottage at 5915 Anita St. is listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Patricia McCrite for $379,500. With almost 2,000 square feet, you’d be surprised at the size of this home from the curb. It is so adorable, isn’t it? But it’s truly spacious and still private feeling, thanks to the updates this home has received.

5915 Anita Kitchen

With beautiful built-ins and a lovely formal living and dining area, you could hold intimate get-togethers in this home. The kitchen is a bit modest, but there’s still room for a breakfast nook, so it’s not too terribly small. If you’re ambitious, you could expand the kitchen into the formal dining room and open the entire area up.

5915 Anita Master Bed 5915 Anita Master Bath

There’s a den, and the master suite features a living area, too. With three bedrooms and two baths, there’s plenty of room for a family. And with the hardwood floors, tons of great built-ins, this home will have room to grow.

5915 Anita Den

The backyard features a huge deck and separate fenced-in area, perfect for a family with a couple of pooches. What do you think of this home?

5915 Anita Deck 5915 Anita  Backyard

McCommas Front

The M Streets is such a fabulous neighborhood. It has an urban feel and a great elementary school in Stonewall Jackson and feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s close to great restaurants and entertainment on Greenville Avenue, super close to mass transit at Mockingbird Station, and it’s not far from SMU and the Park Cities.

McCommas Living

And one of the best reasons you’ll love the M Streets is the great assemblage of renovated cottages. This is definitely one of them, at 5311 McCommas. This adorable two-bedroom, one-bath home has 1,288 square feet and is — get this — only $324,900. That’s right! You can buy a home in the M Streets for less than $325K!

McCommas Den

Marketed by Frada Sandler of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this cute little house is updated, but has tons of potential, too. Frada says this home could easily add another 122 square feet to become your half bath or laundry room. There’s also a detached two-car garage in the backyard.

McCommas Dining McCommas Kitchen

You’ll just adore the kitchen, which has an attached dining room with a bay window and cozy window seat. The kitchen has great cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, too. Yes, there’s only one bathroom, but that’s pretty common for homes built in the 1930s, of which you’ll find tons in this neighborhood.

McCommas Bedroom McCommas Nursery McCommas Bath

What you won’t find is a home with these touches in this price range. This is an absolute deal, folks!

What do you think?

McCommas Backyard

That would be Ken Hughes, who just lost 29 unsold condos in the ArtHouse section of So7, the residential, office and retail development next to Trinity Park on Fort Worth’s near west side. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports the units were sold to an Arlington-based real estate investment group called PassGoLtd., after the property had been posted for foreclosure.

PassGo is an entity organized by Gary Walker, president of Walker Property Advisors and SCM Real Estate Services in Arlington. He says it was not a distress situation, rather one of Hughe’s investors just decided to pull the financing plug. So7 No. 2 Ltd. defaulted on a $9.7 million note with Southwest Bank. On Oct. 20, Ken Hughes, president of Hughes Development, signed a deed in lieu of foreclosure, but the record wasn’t filed with Tarrant County until Dec. 1, which was the day Southwest Bank transferred the property to Walker’s group. The Tarrant Appraisal District values the 29 So7 condos at $5.1 million.

ArtHouse consists of three contemporary-style buildings with 65 loft-style condos. Thirty-six condos in ArtHouse have been sold, and as for price points, they were selling $300,000 for 1,500 to 1,700 square feet.

The same developers faced losing the front section of So7 to foreclosure a year ago, but were able to refinance with lender CapitalSource Bank in Washington, D.C. That section includes four buildings on 6.5 acres with two condos, an office building with street-level retail space, and space for shops and restaurants like Chuy’s restaurant, the latest tenant in the development. So7 began in 2000 with the construction of high-end Mediterranean-style town houses on the back portion of the 25-acre property. It has a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the Stayton at Museum Way senior living center is under construction.

Sounds like this was an investor’s finances going south, because this area has a ton of potential. Here’s what guest blogger and Texas Wesleyan law student John J. Stathas, who lives in the area, says about it:

“Slowing sipping on an ice cold bottle of Shiner the warm gentle October sun bakes down on my skin with that all important Vitamin D.¬† The soft twang of an acoustic guitar slices through the ambient chatter.¬† The smell of red meat on a grill tickling my nose.¬† If you ever find yourself in such a scenario then you‚Äôre likely over here in my town, Cowtown.

I can’t say exactly where I am though.  Not because I’m sworn to secrecy or anything, but because I could be at any number of locations nestled along the Western edge of Fort Worth in the new exciting community known as West 7th.

It’s no secret these days that Texas has become the fastest growing state in the country.  And no city has benefited more from this population boom than Fort Worth.  From 2000 to 2006, Fort Worth saw its population increase by 20%.  This trend has not tapered off either.  Some estimate the current population to almost double in the next 20 years.

We all know that our state’s economy is the major driving force behind the overall explosion, but why has Fort Worth seen such a tremendous benefit?  In this writer’s modest opinion it’s simple.  Fort Worth provides a new and attractive alternative to other cities around the state.

More and more these days people (especially us young ones) are looking for that perfect blend of urban and modern.  The Urban Village is making a comeback all across the country and Fort Worth is right in stride with the trend.  Fort Worth has several areas where this cultural change is happening, but none as rapid as West 7th.

Simply put, it’s the place to be.  Old staples like Chimy’s Cerveceria and Fred’s continue to attract, while new spots like Tim Love’s Burger Shack (known affectionately as “Love Shack”) seem to be popping up almost daily, providing new places to discover.   I hesitate to begin enumerating all the local establishments because there are just too many.  Each bar or restaurant has it’s own unique vibe, yet the patrons seem to all be from the same crowd.  Just young-hearted people all searching for their daily peace of mind.  And in West 7th they easily find it.

From burgers and beer to high end dining, West 7th has it all.  A place where you can live, eat, play, and walk to it all.  And no, that’s not a typo, I said walk.  Believe it or not, Texans are quickly discovering the simple joys of walking places.  This is perhaps the greatest achievement of the Urban Village movement, although personally I still like the endless amount of bars and restaurants a little more.

So the next time you feel like enjoying a cheeseburger on a patio, margaritas in the moonlight, or just a simple stroll through a bustling neighbor, take a look at West 7th out here in Fort Worth and I think you‚Äôll be pleasantly surprised.” – John J. Stathas