Our Splurge: Sylvia Scott has listed 3401 Lee Parkway Apt 803 for $665,000.

Dallas real estate may be cooling down, but these high-rise condos are hot, hot, hot! For this week’s Splurge vs. Steal we take you downtown to the best that money can buy … on a budget. Which would you choose The Mayfair splurge or The Metropolitan steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Splurge: High-Rise With Views Of Lee Park And Turtle Creek For $665K

This condo caught our eye, not only for the price but for the virtual staging. As it turns out, listing agent Sylvia Scott of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty showcased those images for good reason.

“I used the virtual images provided by a company who works exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty and available only to Briggs Freeman locally, to show buyers how a little paint and different furnishings can completely transform the look of the unit, which had been more traditionally furnished by the previous tenant,” Sylvia explains. “I specifically had a client who could not figure out what to do with the alcove in the living room and I was able to show her these photos to give her an idea of what to do with that space. Providing tools like this can help buyers see the potential in an otherwise great opportunity!”

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the metropolitan

Our Thursday Three Hundred has million-dollar downtown views, for well under $400K.

Located in the Metropolitan at 1200 Main St., Apt. 1109 is in the heart of the Main Street District of downtown Dallas. It offers true urban living, with restaurants, performance halls, museums, and the iconic Neiman Marcus store all steps from the front door.

This condo has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,379 square feet on one story. Let’s take a look.

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1200 Main #409 Building

Built in 1974, it was once home to federal offices of the region’s health, education, and welfare departments. But now 1200 Main is the “Metropolitan,” one of the swankiest commercial-to-residential conversions in downtown Dallas.

I had a hard time imagining what this building would be like as a condo tower when Rockwood Realty purchased the building in 2005 and hired Corgan & Associates to transform it. I mean, it’s brown. Brown is not sexy at all.

And yet, it is a fabulous building today, and this unit is definitely worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with tons of style and great paint makes wonderful use of the floorplan. And as this unit shows, this is a great building for a family. Trust me, when you see inside, you’ll want to make sure you’ve called Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so you can sail through closing. Jump for more photos of this great building.

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