We are so excited to be the first in town to show you The McKenzie, StreetLights Residential’s newest and most glam property offering in Dallas.

Last video, we told you about all the “common space” amenities in this building — trust me, none of them are common — from the multiple, beautifully decked-out salons and parlors to the commercially perfect kitchen where you can cater an entire dinner party and keep the mess out of your house.

This time, we take you inside several units. Get ready to be wowed by the amenities behind your door: the truly gourmet kitchens, the high end name-brand appliances, the storage, the finish outs, the closets, the bathrooms, the SHUBS (shower/tub combo’s, may be the first in Dallas). 

Because we know that when you make that big switch to renting, your main concern is what lies inside that front door to your home. The folks at StreetLights went overboard on the details for these interior spaces: they even put in dining room wainscoting and, in some units, built-in buffet bars. Clearly these are homes for downsizers who will occasionally want to pull out all the china, crystal, and flatware to entertain just as they did in their previous home. 

The nice thing about The McKenzie? You have your choice of dining rooms and kitchens to choose from. And if you really want to cook up a storm, you can maybe even use BOTH… 

Again, seeing is believing. We want to show you the interiors, mouldings, laundry rooms, Wolf Ranges, wine fridges, closet space, “shubs” (those sexy shower/tub combos) and all..

I’m going to be honest here: Dallas isn’t exactly winning in the luxury lease market. We have a few, a handful, of higher-end lease apartments that, no matter how sparkly the quartzite is in the kitchen, still scream “apartment living.”

Things like small closets, boring ceilings, metal return ducts, miniature laundry facilities (with a shelf above the washer and dryer, so you can see all your crud every time you do laundry which, dear planners, is every single dang day), and mediocre bathrooms that provide water and flush, but are oh so basic.

Enter the McKenzie: The McKenzie was designed with the belief that if you build with continuity and future development in mind, quality follows. Rooted in the mindset of a master craftsman, StreetLights’ highly skilled team paid careful attention to detail from exterior architecture to interiors, providing top-tier design elements, amenities and services. The McKenzie provides a sophisticated sense of place offering smart design, unique apartment home features and amenities that enhance residents’ lives. Let me tease with a few: private living room with full catering kitchen; pet park and spa; third floor Founder’s Room, like a Concierge room and floor in addition to the robust first floor common areas, secret garden oasis where you can plant should you desire to garden, and on-site bike storage with a repair and bike wash station.

And that is the truth. The apartments have rich moldings, coffered cove ceilings, Wolf red-knobbed ranges, stainless steel higher end appliances, bars and wine coolers in every unit, Kohler nozzle spray faucets, deep stainless steel sinks, soft-closing custom cabinets and drawers, SHUBS: huge tiled showers that include the bathtubs, sort of like a wet room… very impressive, huge master closets with built in drawers (no kidding!) adjustable shelves and great light. 

The McKenzie is having an open house tonight, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at 3140 Harvard Avenue so you can check out all the amenities for yourself… stay tuned, you will be seeing and hearing way more about The McKenzie here very soon. In fact, I just may move there…

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Kyle Crews (Urban Team/McKenzie), Meredith Leyendecker (Talley Dunn), Talley Dunn, Anne Crews (Kyle’s wife), Katy Tomaszczuk (McKenzie), Tammy Gribble (Urban Team/McKenzie), Sanders Avrea (Urban Team/McKenzie) and Trini Martinez (Talley Dunn)

If we have not told you before, we are telling you now: we are living differently in Dallas.

Baby boomers are leaving their large homes, shedding the most square footage consumption in the history of the world. No other generation has lived in such grand homes as have the Boomers. And when it comes time to exit those grand homes for downsized living, many living “the transition” are not sure that they want to buy a condo. They love the concept of less maintenance, smaller living spaces, and reduced clutter, but fear they may miss a home.

Enter the McKenzie, a new truly luxury apartment complex by StreetLights Residential that will be the first truly luxury high rise apartment in North Texas. 

“You won’t feel like you’re in an apartment,” says Kyle Crews, whose Allie Beth Allman Urban team is marketing the 183 unit building on Harvard, across the street from Allie Beth Allman’s world headquarters, just steps from the Katy Trail.  “The finish out is going to have a huge custom feel, and this is a perfect option for homeowners who are not yet completely sold on high rise living.”

The building will be complete this summer, but leases have already been signed, including one for a penthouse apartment.

The McKenzie’s neighbors — Javier’s, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates threw a Cinquo de Mayo celebration for their new neighbor last Saturday at Talley Dunn Gallery. Javier’s provided food and margaritas. The event was also a chance to view the work of two giant artists at the gallery, Joseph Glasco and Helen Altman. Jump for more event photos and take in the amazing art…

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