Two Centrum Tower Condos, with exceptionally designed interiors, but price points that are miles apart. Yes, this week’s Splurge vs. Steal makes it tough to choose. Be sure to tell us which one is more you, the Light and Airy Splurge or the Warm and Inviting Steal? Both offer similar floorplans and square-footage but have price points that are miles apart.

Splurge: Light-Filled Beauty With Sleek Modern Touches For $699K

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Teixeira Duarte, founded in 1921, is a Portugal-based conglomerate with significant operations in real estate and construction. Revenues in 2015 were €1.49 billion, down 13 percent from 2014’s €1.71 billion.

The company operates in 17 countries, but their main real estate spheres are in Portugal and Brazil, with a smattering in Africa.  The company intends to construct a residential tower at Dickason and Hood Streets. Award winning, Dallas-based architect Javier Espinoza will design the building currently named Turtle Creek Haus. “Residential tower” could mean rental or condominium, depending on which plan moves forward.

Last night at the Reverchon Park Recreation Center, about 30 local residents met with representatives of Teixeira Duarte and Masterplan, as well as architect Javier Espinoza.  It was the second meeting with the community.

I was unimpressed.

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Bubbles, Margaritas and Beautiful Views

Bubbles, Margaritas and Beautiful Views

Ya know, I probably could have thought a bit more about the potential logistics of having a Cinco de Mayo event on top of a large Mexican restaurant. To say that parking was an event in itself, even with a garage and valet parking, would be an understatement.

That said, 66 brave souls charged the gauntlet and were treated to two wonderful homes that prove my contention that the higher the home, the closer to paradise.  It was a Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty double play with unit 1208 hosted by Pam Brannon and unit 1304 (wo)manned by Gayle Schneider.

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Curb Appeal Issues Impact Development Attractiveness

Curb appeal issues at the Sorano on Rawlins may impact the development’s marketability, says Jon Anderson.

The Sorano, inconveniently built in 2008 on the eve of the real estate bubble, is located at 4111 Rawlins St. in Oaklawn. Looking like it’s been hosed-down in orange buttercream, it’s curb appeal hampers what would have been an appealing development.

Coming online as the recession was gaining steam wasn’t the best of christenings. Originally intended as an owner-occupied development of 17 townhomes, developer Sterling Knight failed to capture buyers’ attention for many reasons. In a recession I saw the prices as being very high for the area (overbuilt?), the interiors tended towards overly Mediterranean with builders’ grade finishes … and well … the buttercream.  Back in the day the buttercream kept me from even walking into an open house.

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