duplexIf one of your goals for 2019 is to become a real estate investor, you could probably not do much better than the charming duplex nestled between Highland Park and Oak Lawn — and since it’s well under $1 million and already leased, it’s probably one of the easier ways to enter the market.

Located at 3921 Hawthorne Ave., this upstairs/downstairs duplex was built in 1931 — meaning it has loads of character and charm. It’s also been well-maintained and has had many upgrades and updates throughout the property.

Each unit has two bedrooms and two full baths. Gleaming hardwoods throughout both units also make the homes feel light and bright, and attention has been paid to the finishes as well — this is no ordinary rental property. (more…)

Oak LawnEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, we’re taking a look at the condos and townhomes in the Oak Lawn area.

This week, our homes range in price from $215,000 to $645,000. Which ones will you visit?

COZY NEST ON NEWTON

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.
While this condo at 4106 Newton Ave., comes in at about 771 square feet, its layout and 10-foot ceilings make it seem much larger than it actually is. (more…)

Rarely do you find enclaves in Dallas that are seeded with one particular architect like Oak Lawn is with Bud Oglesby designs. The modernist architect was quite prolific in the area, with many of his angular, eye-catching townhomes and condos located in the Mansion Park area and nearby. We always love seeing how homeowners have updated this well-known architect’s work, while still retaining the form and function that make Bud Oglesby homes so recognizable. 

This particular two-bedroom condo is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans for that reason and more. Not only is it a sizable example of a unit in this Hood Street complex, but it’s sleek and serene with plenty of its original 1969 charm.

“The current owner performed a tasteful update in 2015 making a harmonious connection of some of the 1969 elements — floating staircase and GE Wonder Kitchen — with modern creature comforts like new lighting, custom cabinetry, and appliances,” says Compass Dallas listing agent Brad Jeffreys.

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Granite returned to the Oak Lawn Committee as part of a three-building agenda. While Granite’s Cedar Maple project was last on the agenda, its size pushes it to the front of my line. After last month’s OLC meeting, the developer was given eight things to work on, and they did.

The biggest was a reduction in height from 425 to 399 feet, which eliminated two office floors and also cut parking by 111 spaces. Part of the reduction was based on Granite’s own internal research into parking patterns within its multimillion square feet of office properties. Their research shows a continual decline in parking usage — some from Uber and Lyft, some from walking and cycling, and some just from people not being in the office as much. If you work from home two days per week, that’s two days a parking space will be empty. Flow that through hundreds of workers and two lost floors, and the result is fewer spaces.

They also supplied support letters, a more fleshed-out landscape plan, and answers about parking on its adjacent streets.  Kinda nuts and bolts, the fun and confusion came in from the traffic study.

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Texas is known for its barbecue, but you don’t have to hit up a restaurant to enjoy the state’s favorite cuisine. Pick the right apartment, and you’ll be able to do your own grilling when the weather is warm. These are our favorite Dallas apartments with upscale barbecue grills so you can impress guests and perfect your ribs recipe.

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“A lot of sleek, modern design can look a bit sterile,” Steve Atkinson said. But this Oak Lawn townhome maintains a warm, accessible feel even with its clean lines and open floor plan. Located at 4001 Bowser Ave. Apt. C, this three-story, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has a great vibe to go with the stunning modern design. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and for good reason — it offers gorgeous and easy-to-love spaces in a key location and at a price you can’t refuse!

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You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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Homage to The Melrose (“oops” on all those cars in the rendering … foreshadowing?)

Last night’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting was a little more precise with their Robert’s Rules than prior meetings.  Given the past few tense months (here, here), I’m not surprised that precision is being used to combat disruption. However, while not disruptive, one member seemed hell-bent on chucking the evening’s projects through the chute by calling for a vote on both projects presented with his first breath.  Presenting projects and gaining support from the OLC isn’t a race nor a duty to be dispatched.

The first project is so far known as 2929 Oak Lawn Avenue, but Dallas folks will know it as the awful Office Depot next to the historic Melrose Hotel. The hotel, originally known as the Melrose Court Apartment and Hotel was built in 1924 and granted Dallas Landmark status in 1983.  Prior to the hotel, the corner was the homestead of the Mellersh farm.

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