Dream big with an upscale four-bedroom beauty in Highland Park.

Dream big with an upscale four-bedroom beauty in Highland Park.

It’s on the market for $1.5 million, but it could be yours for a rental price of $9,500 per month.

The traditional brick estate at 4409 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, was built in 2007 and remains in stellar condition. The first floor has two living areas, a private study, and a kitchen office on hardwood floors.

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Last night. Council Member Jennifer Gates held the second public meeting about what to do with the dilapidated Preston Center parking garage. Since the first meeting back in September, consultants from Houston-based Walker Consultants have been busy scoping out concepts based on the Preston Road Area Plan (a bright spot in a dismal plan).  The plan outlined a completely underground parking garage with 1,600 parking spaces (double today’s garage) and a public park on top at ground level.  Think Klyde Warren but instead of Woodall Rodgers underneath, it would be a garage.  You may also recall that the surrounding landowners unanimously poo-poo that plan (put a pin in that).

The parking lot itself is 3.15 acres – 137,332 square feet – and 800 parking spaces on two above-ground levels. This … space … in the middle of an area zoned for high density. Understand just how rare that is. Klyde Warren had to cover a highway to get its space and here we are with a molding parking garage that could be so very much more. Like I said, very, very, rare.

Now, burying so much parking isn’t on the same planet as “cheap,” but it’s the right thing to do. It’s worth saving up for. It’s worth sacrificing for.

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This week’s Friday Five Hundred is all about location, location, location! We found an adorable 1950s ranch just minutes from the Plaza at Preston Center on beautiful 6110 Del Norte Lane listed at $599,000. Although it’s at the top of our threshold for homes ranging from $500,000 to $599,000, we think it’s worth a look.

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By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

I’ve read with interest the fitful start to developing a plan for increasing the density surrounding Northwest Highway and Preston Road. I’ve seen the map identifying the seven zones (fiefdoms) with a personal stake in any change.

What I don’t see is a zone “zero” that controls traffic and parking that sits above the fray of the other zones.

Think about it. Of the seven zones in the current map, all but Zone One are likely to be opposed to development. Those remaining six zones, all residential, are probably not opposed to development per se, they’re against the traffic and parking mess it will create. And the added wrinkle of unvarnished self-interest of those whose backyard views will change.

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