blue house

The Blue House has begun its trek seven blocks away to a new lot, after years of neglect and a couple of years of hard work by preservationists (Photos courtesy Preservation Dallas).

It took a bit, but the Blue House is almost completely safe now.

Almost, because windy weather has held up the removal process, so it sits on two lots — its original on Griffin, and the new lot at Beaumont and Browder.

It may take a while for the entire house to make the trek over to the new location, Dallas developer Mark Martinek told me last week.

We’re still moving it,” he said. “It’s kind of half on the original location, half on the new location.” (more…)

The Iconic Meadows Building

What do new owners GlenStar have planned for the iconic Meadows Building?

The past year has been full of firsts for me at 1500 Marilla. First there was the Planning Commission (who, as unpaid appointees, I wonder how the commissioners live) and then a full council session. Today I was last-minuted into attending a meeting of the Dallas Landmark Commission. Each new experience in the Dallas City Council chambers has had its own frustrations … and free wifi.

Today’s agenda tipped the scales at 420 pages … yes, 420 pages. If I was ever going to start a 4:20 habit, wading through this agenda might’ve been a catalyst.

Anyway, the lion’s share of the agenda is for small, relatively piddly things … lots and lots of piddly things. Paint colors on historic structures, window restoration techniques, fence construction, brick repair, landscaping … every piddly decision an owner needs approved because they own a protected structure. Adding to the agenda’s bulk were pictures, paint chips and drawings for every morsel of work needing approval. Don’t get me wrong, these are all fine and right things someone has to do, but to someone not part of it all, piddly.

Luckily for us all, those types of decisions and deliberations are/were done in a work session before the Landmark Commission hit the horseshoe … otherwise we’d all need a 4:20 the size of a Sequoia tree.

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"Island Living" with the City as your Oyster

“Island Living” with the City as your Oyster

Jim Croce sang that “the south side of Chicago is the baddest part of town.” And now, thanks to years of work, Dallas’ South Side district, otherwise known as The Cedars, is the baddest part of Dallas. CandysDirt.com is bringing you the exclusive pre-listing peep at the most unique space in the neighborhood.

Unlike the cardboard streetscape of West Village, The Cedars retains many original structures, dominated by the South Side on Lamar warehouse condo conversion. This gives the area a rough-and-tumble, more organically grown vibe. Sure there are new buildings like The Beat, the first high-rise south of Interstate 30 in memory, but it’s not all there is.

The area was full of warehouses and light industrial along with some ’60s and ’70s satellite corporate offices. The Beat is even across from an aging IBM outpost. Given the unkemptness of the building, one supposes it houses the remaining OS/2 Warp tech support team (brownie points if you get THAT reference! Cheaters gonna cheat.).

The Beat also borders light rail, making commuting to the city core and beyond a breeze. A few second walk to Lamar Street opens up many hip dining and “joint” options (Cedars Social, Poor David’s). For those uncomfortable with hip … well, there’s always “corporate hip” Gilley’s.

Note: Before imbibing in the area, line up a nearby Cowboy Cab or designated driver. There’s a big ol’ calaboose anchoring the area.

NYLO Rooftop Pool for Lounge Chair Lovelies

NYLO Rooftop Pool for Lounge Chair Lovelies

There’s even a neighboring corporate-hip hotel called NYLO (New York London, I believe). Of course, corporate hip is never really hip (there’s a Plano outpost for gosh sakes), but it’s often nice. How corporate? These acronym lovers have a credo summarized by DELIVER – D is for Design, E is for Entertain … (barf). But in addition to the accommodations, hotel bar and restaurant proximity, it’s the rooftop pool that’s the true amenity for The Beat. You see, the tragically hip are often young lovelies who parade around in skimpy swimming costumes. Beer and a well-placed telescope fulfill some Beat owners’ needs on a summer’s afternoon.

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Beat Unit 505 Living

I’m going to predict 2015 as the year of the condo. You can quote me on this. I think that, with so many cool projects — both mixed use and residential only — planned and coming on line next year, you’ll see a much more robust condo market. That’s good for Dallas, a city that is known for its sprawl, as we try to concentrate more of our homeowners in dense, urban areas. Now if we could just get our sidewalks figured out …

But, one of the neatest buildings in the urban core is one that is accessible both by location and price. That’s the Beat Condos in the Cedars. It’s a gorgeous building just south of downtown at 1001 Belleview Street. Not only does this building have tons of great amenities, including a saltwater pool, a spa, and a huge deck where you can hang out, enjoy the view, and just relax, but it is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas. There will be an Alamo Drafthouse Theater moving in just down the street next year, and there’s more where that came from, too.

And Unit 505? Well, let’s just say that it lives up to the “high-caliber” moniker. It’s a unit that you’ll fall in love with, and when you fall in love, you don’t want any trouble at closing. That’s where Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans comes in. Lisa, who is an experienced mortgage professional, can make sure that you get through pre-approval and closing without a single stumble. See what Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans can do for you today.

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1001 Belleview A

Photos: MetroplexHD

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a hip downtown loft, 1001 Belleview Street #401. This condo is located in the Beat Lofts, a 10-story, 75-unit building in the heart of the revitalized South Side neighborhood, also known as the Cedars.

This corner unit is a 2-1.5 and 1,336 square feet, listed for $299,999 by Natalie Newberry at Clay Stapp + Co. I love the marriage of urban and midcentury styles in this loft. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Buzz Unit 409 Buzz Lofts

Is the Cedars — a neighborhood of once-industrial properties just south of downtown — the next big thing in Dallas?

If you’re to answer that question with the number of new and upcoming projects in the neighborhood, which include a new Alamo Drafthouse and a redeveloped Plaza Hotel using TIF funds, as well as the number of businesses attracted to the area, then yes, it’s the “next big thing.” But for those who live in any of the myriad cool loft developments in the area, it’s always been a great place to be.

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2401 S. Ervay Rooftop

Here’s a fun property in a neighborhood that is growing like unchecked bamboo! The Cedars, one of the last still-wild urban neighborhoods in Dallas has so many cool condo and loft properties, including this amazing penthouse unit in the Coombs Creek Condos building.

What’s even better is that this unit will be within walking distance to the new Alamo Drafthouse slated for the corner of Cadiz and South Lamar — caddy-corner to Gilley’s Dallas — come 2015. This is going to be such a boon for the neighborhood, bringing in daily foot-traffic and enhancing the cultural quotient of the area. Plus, they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cellphones in the theater, so they obviously get my business! There’s one in Richardson, but if you’re south of 635 and want to spare yourself the hike, well, this one will be opening next year!

Cedars Alamo Drafthouse Rendering

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The Beat Condos Ext

The Cedars is a favorite trendy neighborhood of ours, full of urban lofts, condo buildings, and townhomes in an area that is cleaning up nice, but still is a little gritty, kind of like Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It” or George Clooney in “The American.”

So yes, like both Pitt and Clooney (SWOON!), the Cedars is a fantastic neighborhood that is easy on the eyes even with a five o’clock shadow. It’s a hub of artists and venues and great local dives. It has downtown views, is close to North Oak Cliff, and next door to the Trinity River. It has mass transit and is fantastic for someone who wants to simplify, and perhaps live car free.

The Beat Unit 406 Living Dining

And this unit inside the popular Buzz Lofts is a great place to start your urban lifestyle. It has an open, convertible floorplan that is either a large one-bedroom unit or a cozy two-bedroom apartment with a spacious single bath. Unit 406 at 1111 Akard St. has a gorgeous view of downtown Dallas, too, and is listed for lease by Virginia Cook Realtor Chad Barker for $1,325 a month.

Considering the sleek, Euro-style kitchen with island, and convenient garage-door opening to the balcony, these condos often feel like they would be more at home in Denmark than in Dallas, and still, with our mild spring and fall, I would have that roll-up door open early and often to soak up the urban vibes.

The Beat Unit 406 Kitchen

The bamboo floors are a boon for anyone who wants cool, low-maintenance floors that aren’t quite as freezing cold as polished concrete but still feel a little edgy. There’s a huge utility area and closet — 12 feet of space! — which is rare for an urban loft. You have more than 980 square feet of space to move around and customize, and considering the separate bedroom accommodations, you could easily make this home a great place for hosting a few friends by using the second bedroom area as a living or dining room, and perhaps even put a large farm table next to the roll-up door, which you could open when the weather suits you for a lovely dining experience.

The Beat Unit 406 Second Bed or Living THe Beat Unit 406 Master Partition The Beat Unit 406 Master Creepy Sconces The Beat Unit 406 Bath

Now, the only nit I’m going to pick isn’t even a big deal, because those creepy human-looking wall sconces in the master? They’ll be gone by the time you move in. So it’s a non issue! Still, are they not super weird voodoo doll looking things? I would not be able to sleep with those at my bedside!

So come for the culture, stay for the views, and viva la Cedars!

The Beat Unit 406 Downtown View