Few neighborhoods offer the walkability, nightlife, and career opportunities quite like Uptown Dallas. This week we present three of the area’s hottest open houses you can’t afford to miss!

The Hall Street Stunner

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Low maintenance and luxurious don’t always go hand in hand, but at this stunning State Thomas flat, they complement each other flawlessly. No stairs means no worries and ample convenience. As soon as you enter the light-filled condo through the private elevator, you’ll feel at home and oh-so-chic in the timeless interiors. Waiting for you with gorgeous crown mouldings, high ceilings, and open spaces, this divine abode is the ideal city residence.

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State ThomasPerched right at the edge of Uptown and State Thomas, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath brownstone townhome on North Hall Street is close to plenty of fun, but also gated and safe. 

It’s also a healthy 1,909 square feet of living space, making it a pretty spacious option for anyone looking for the zero maintenance of a townhome but the roominess of a detached home.

And, according to Realtor Kelly Gurnee with Clay Stapp + Co., it’s turnkey — you can back that moving truck up, unload and arrange the furniture, and be ready to go, with no honey-dos to wade through before it’s yours.

One of the biggest selling features is the massive rooftop deck with downtown views and plenty of room for conversational seating, dining, and even that grill.  (more…)

On the outskirts of the State-Thomas neighborhood in Dallas’ Uptown area is Griggs Park — an outstanding urban green space with pretty much the best views of the Dallas skyline from the north. And just north of Griggs Park is the 588 Lofts building. For those who want the Uptown lifestyle but want some distance from the deep bass of the popular entertainment district’s nightlife, you really can’t do much better than this building. 

But not all units at the 588 Lofts building are alike, and not all of them are budget-friendly. Luckily, Dallas City Center Realtor Michael McQuay has a listing that is both move-in ready and affordable. Making it this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week was practically a no-brainer.

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Uptown

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If you love the walkability of the Uptown area, but don’t want to be in the thick of the hustle and bustle, this State Thomas townhome might just do the trick.

Located at 2912 Thomas Ave. and listed by Paige and Curt Elliott with Dave Perry-Miller – Park Cities, this three-story townhome has a generous 3,086 square feet of living space.

“It is walkable to McKinney Avenue and super close to the Nodding Donkey and State+Allen, but it’s located on a private drive off of Thomas,” explained Paige. “It has a huge amount of space, plus walkability, and we have a very motivated seller.”

The home is also an easy walk to Griggs Park, and is a quick drive to downtown on either surface streets or the highway.

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2707 State Street, home of Patricia and Curtis Meadows

I’m about to give you the dirt on this State Thomas treasure. You’ll be waiting to hear how it was built around the turn of the century, updated in the mid fifties and then eighties, right? The State Thomas neighborhood contains the largest collection of Victorian-era homes remaining in Dallas. Known as Freedman’s Town, it was created immediately after Emancipation (as in the Civil War) as a separate settlement adjacent to the town of Dallas — adjacent, but not in it. By the close of Reconstruction in 1874, Freedman’s Town was incorporated into Dallas, bustling with about 500 citizens.

The area is rich with history in a town where you really have to turn up stones to find it. In 1986, State Thomas was established as a Special Purpose District, making it an urban peripheral of downtown Dallas. It was christened Uptown. The area would soon become one of the most bustling urban success stories in the country, loaded with downsizing baby boomers and energetic millennials coming in as fast as they could.

In 1986, not one of their peers was nearby. In fact, they were still opening garage doors in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and North Dallas. But State Thomas was exactly where Curtis and Patricia Meadows wanted to settle for their retirement. (more…)

Splurge vs. Steal: Two State & Allen Townhomes | CandysDirt.com

Our “splurge” at 2719 State St. offers a rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

One of the popular neighborhoods in Uptown is State Thomas, a Dallas Landmark District with a rich history. It began as the first steetcar suburb, later becoming a thriving African American community. But time was not kind to State Thomas and by the 1980s, decaying infrastructure, suburban flight, and lack of investment had taken their toll. 

Through the work of local property owners and the city, State Thomas saw redevelopment begin in the late 1980s. Today, the area thrives with nightlife, restaurants, recreation, and entertainment. Townhomes, apartments, and the largest collection of Victorian-era houses remaining in Dallas create a plethora of living options, none of them inexpensive: this neighborhood is hot and people pay a premium to live here. 

For today’s Splurge vs. Steal, pick your favorite State Thomas townhome from the two we’ve found. They’re both excellent examples of what’s available right now in the neighborhood, both with a brownstone feel. Leave us a comment with your pick! 

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2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows

History lovers! Don’t miss this unforgettable tour and reception honoring members of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Uptown neighbors, and special friends. ‘Old World Charm in Historic State-Thomas,’ hosted by Tom Armstrong, Kyle Crews, Mary Alice Garrison, and Jack Gosnell promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring some unforgettable homes.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in state Thomas neighborhood to see several incredible homes,” said Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Kyle Crews. The tour includes turn of the 20th Century gems at 2707 Hibernia Street, 2315 Routh Street, and 2309 Boll Street. It kicks off at 2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows. Meadows, who is considered to be a ‘neighborhood pioneer,’ will deliver some brief remarks on the “Birth of Uptown.” You won’t want to miss it! (more…)