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Demolition on the former Dallas ISD headquarters on Ross Avenue began last week, making way for luxury apartment units (Photo courtesy Kim Whitaker)

Demolition began last week on Dallas ISD’s former headquarters on Ross Avenue, and while part of the historic art deco design will be saved, you won’t be seeing any affordable housing coming from the 365-unit development that will replace it.

“Set to begin construction this summer, the four-acre luxury development known as ‘The Academic’ will include approximately 365 rental units ranging from 500 to 1,150 square feet, a six-level parking garage and a courtyard at the center of the complex,” developer Leon Capital Group said in a press release announcing the project. (more…)

Dallas is experiencing phenomenal inner city growth. Neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, the Trinity River Corridor, Deep Ellum, Ross Avenue, and the Design District are seeing urban infill like never before, showing up in all scales and types.

inner city growth

Robert Meckfessel, FAIA

These changes are remaking the city and opening up new opportunities for residents and businesses alike. But when we look at housing, retail, restaurants, office, and streetscapes, what are the traits that make for good infill and connectivity for these areas?

These are the questions posed for the next Dallas Architecture Forum event, a panel presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas called Remaking the City.

The event will be moderated by Robert McFessel, FAIA, President of DSGN Associates and past president of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, and AIA Dallas.

McFessel currently serves on the boards of LaReunion TX, The Trinity Trust, Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo U.S., Greater Dallas Planning Council, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Panelists include:

  • Edwin Cabannis: Owner of the Kessler Theater
  • Katherine Seale: Chair of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and Past Director of Preservation Dallas
  • Evan Sheets: Senior Urban Designer at Dallas City Design Studio
  • Dan Shipley, FAIA: Founder and Principal at Shipley Architects

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5702 Hudson Front

I was chatting with Carrie Hill, one half of the dynamic auburn-locked duo of Olson & Hill Real Estate, and she told me she had a fabulous condo in a super hot area that was just on the market. I said “Bring it on!” of course, looking forward to mixing up our Tuesday Two Hundred feature with a condo property.

That was last Thursday, May 29. Yesterday, it was under option contract.

I asked Hill about it, and whether or not she would mind me featuring a property of hers that was already spoken for. ” Sure you can go ahead with it!” she replied. “That’s the way they all are now!”

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The Ross Avenue area is on its way up, at least that’s what all of the developers investing in mid-rises and empty lots think about the long stretch that takes folks out of downtown and into East Dallas.

It wasn’t too long ago that the stretch of Ross that borders North Central Expressway and the Dallas Arts District was temporarily transformed with pop-up parks, shops, and even a dumpster pool as part of the 72-hour Ross Avenue Better Block challenge.

If you’re looking to move into a place that’s within walking distance of award-winning architecture, cultural amenities, excellent restaurants, all with easy access to anywhere else in Dallas, don’t pass up 4413 Roseland.

This home is on trend. The lower floor is wide open, and upstairs you have warm wood floors and tons of light. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,300 square feet all for $274,500.

Where are you going to see the value in this house? In the kitchen, of course. Check out that slick countertop on the island! Perfect for entertaining. In fact, all it needs is a few elegant trays of hors d’oeuvres and a few bottles of bubbly on ice and you’ve got a party! There’s plenty of cabinet space, too!

There are huge windows everywhere throughout this home, including the master bedroom, which is significantly larger than the other two bedrooms. The master bath has two cube-shaped vessel sinks, and there’s probably a commode and a shower or tub in there, but you can’t see that from the angle in the listing.

For a townhouse, this home has a gigantic backyard with an incredibly tall privacy fence, making this place an awesome buy for someone accustomed to apartment living but tired of taking fido down two flights of stairs to go to the bathroom (and you won’t have to face the poo police either).

So, what do you think? Is this a great buy in a great location or what?