When I think about contemporary architecture, I gravitate to dramatic lines and angles, creative use of light, and bright accent colors. So when I saw this brand new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ralf Baumann, I had to share it with you because it not only has a wonderful contemporary feel, but the use of light and the wide-open spaces in this immense Oak Lawn new build will definitely leave and impression.

The home is located right in the thick of Oak Lawn, and sports incredible floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating staircase that definitely brings the “WOW” factor. With 22-foot ceilings, drama is a priority, not an afterthought. 

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Shelly Brown-Qualls with Ebby Halliday has listed 3750 Colvin Court for $619,000.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in Oak Lawn, it’s time to add these open houses to your calendar. Two are this weekend, one is early next week, and all are great finds! Which was is your favorite, the sleek new build, the cutie craftsman, or the creative condo?

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oak lawnYou may take a look, on paper, at the square footage of this Oak Lawn condo on Cedar Springs Road and think it sounds diminutive. But one look at the smart design and you’ll see that smaller footprint doesn’t have to mean shoebox living.

The one-bedroom, one bath contemporary unit found in the Tribeca Condos at 4414 Cedar Springs Road may say 720 square feet. But with its 19-foot ceilings, windows, smart finish choices, and wood floors, it feels much, much larger.

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Kyle Lyon of Keller Williams Urban sent us a fabulous tip about this two-bedroom condo at The Centrum, one of Dallas’ most unique and exclusive residential high-rises. This two-bedroom, two-bath unit at 3111 Wellborn #1202, which has 2,084 square feet, is listed for $750,000. And according to the team at Keller Williams Urban who offered this helpful comparison of surrounding high-rises, The Centrum Tower and Residences in Oak Lawn is a great deal. (more…)

mansion park

The choice to move to Oak Lawn is one often based on location. People who enjoy this neighborhood with Turtle Creek, hoards of excellent dining and shopping options, and plenty of nightlife, aren’t planning to spend oodles of time inside their digs. Life in Oak Lawn is to be lived in the neighborhood itself, right? 

That’s why we find this adorable Bud Oglesby-designed, Midcentury Modern condo listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson so appealing. As our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, we see the inherent value in such a superb location — Mansion Park. Plus, its modest floor plan is so incredibly functional that you won’t miss all the excess space you left behind.

“This is the ultimate ‘tiny home’ on steroids,” Neilson said of his listing at 2727 Hood Street, Unit No. 110. “Today’s sophisticated urban buyers want convenience, style, and simplicity. They want to live in a nice neighborhood and they want a home that is affordable, so they spend their free time on living a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

We couldn’t agree more! 

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This week we take you to Oak Lawn for three fabulous Open Houses you can’t afford to miss! Make the rounds in any one of our picks and you’ll be inspired like never before. These homes are dripping with designer details and ample space to entertain. One was once the home of a presidential portrait painter. Another, the brainchild of architect Cliff Welch. And of course, we threw in a townhome in the heart of all the action for good measure.

Picture-Perfect Townhome In Heart Of Oak Lawn

Open House: Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2 to 4 p.m.

This picture-perfect three-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom townhome is light and bright with no HOA! Impeccable renovations include hand-scraped hardwoods, updated quartz kitchen, plus a stunning master bath with frameless glass shower and claw foot tub. An attached garage, surround sound, and outdoor space for entertaining round out the offering. Plus, you can walk to Starbucks, Kroger, Eatzi’s, Katy Trail and so much more.

Cat McCarthy Pedigo with All Homes Texas has listed 3931 N. Hall Street for $589,000.

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Mansion ParkTwo blocks from Turtle Creek, Katy Trail, and the Uptown shopping and dining, when we saw that this sleek, sexy, and elegant Mansion Park townhome in our Instagram feed this week, we knew we had to share.

And lo and behold, we’ve shared before. Last year, Candy fell hard for this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, three-story home, with good reason. Secluded behind a treeline, wall, and a gate, 3625 Brown Street is both private and right in the middle of everything.

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Avanti: 4122 Avondale

[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

I recently suggested that builders lay off the endless blocks of cookie-cutter townhouses with their all-too-familiar floor plans. I see them as an inefficient use of space that invariably cost homebuyers more for the same amount of usable space. They’re the real estate equivalent of the adage, “an elephant is a mouse designed by a committee.”  The answer is single-story “flats” condos.

However, for all their efficient use of space, high-rises often come with HOA dues that put them (monetarily and philosophically) out of reach of most — not to mention some folks being height averse. Enter the low-rise flat. In the early 20th century, many cities built a network of duplex flats, some even triplex flats. In Dallas, these buildings can be seen in many older neighborhoods in East Dallas, Oak Lawn, and Oak Cliff. They offered a way for an owner to have a rental property to ease mortgage payments.

Pre-Recession, Dallas was building a few low-rise flats condo buildings with all the joy of single-story living and reasonable HOAs. Some baulk at any HOA dues, but things like uniform exterior maintenance and landscaping matter – and it’s better to have something in the bank when problems arise versus hastily passing the hat.

Anyway, let’s peek at three low-rise flats in Oak Lawn built pre-Recession.

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