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…)

Victory ParkWhen Ashton Theiss tagged us on Instagram this week to show us her new listing — a loft-style townhome in Victory Park — we may have asked for more deets tout de suite. Because this currently-a-hip-pocket home is what happens when Industrial Chic and Modern design styles fall in love and have a loft baby.

Basically, 2935 Magnolia Hill Court is three stories of Dallas views and luxury living, all contained in 4,800 square feet of living space, and a 2,000 square foot private rooftop that overlooks downtown Dallas and Victory Park.

And if you have Mavs and Stars season tickets, this is the home for you — it’s a block and a half from the American Airlines Center. Like running? It has Katy Trail access. Like to golf? There’s a putting green in the private backyard. 

And we don’t know if it’s registered to you yet, but we haven’t even gotten to the inside of the house. 

“This property is truly one-of-a-kind,” Theiss said of the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home.

To really do it justice, you have to look at what each floor offers. though. 

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Many folks think condos and townhomes are like po-tay-toe and po-tah-toe. They’re pretty much the same. When actually, they’re more like potato and tomato.

Just because the property sits on the ground and looks like an attached house, doesn’t make it a townhouse. And a condominium doesn’t always look like an apartment. There are condos that look like townhomes and vice versa. The appearance or physical description is not a true verification of the type of property. 

Townhouses and condominiums have subtle but distinct differences. The defining characteristic of a property type lies in the ownership, rather than the design. What you own, what you are responsible for maintaining, and what spaces you must share differentiates condos from townhomes.

Both types of properties are attached to another residence and are part of a larger property with shared or community spaces. They both have homeowners associations with dues assessed to owners. While there is a legal definition for each, allow me to add the stipulation that these characteristics are “typical and usual.” There are always a few communities that like to create their own unique ownership rules, restrictions, and covenants.

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LakewoodKendra Benningfield was admittedly very new to homebuying when she saw her Lakewood townhouse for the first time — but she knew that it had good bones if the right person got ahold of it.

And she knew she was that right person.

“I originally found my place while living in Uptown and realizing I wanted to be in an actual neighborhood/community,” Benningfield recalled. “I was very green when it came to home buying so I just started looking on Trulia.”

“After a few hours of scrolling the map around to see what would pop up, I happened across this amazingly well built Charlestonian townhouse smack dab in the middle of Lakewood.”

But it wasn’t completely love at first sight. However, Benningfield knew she could put her stamp on the interior of the home.

“It was very closed-in when I purchased, but I knew the bones were there,” she said. (more…)

Remember this name: Cobalt Homes. A Dallas-based urban builder disrupting the urban town home concept with not just aesthetics and quality construction, but an unheard of thoughtfulness — like a sixth sense — to provide buyers comfort and true home livability.

We all love stories about guys who started famous companies at home. In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in Packard’s Palo Alto garage, now the birthplace of Silicon Valley. In 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple Computers, they hand built 50 computers in 30 days from a garage in Cupertino, California. 

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were graduate students and started what’s now known as Google from Susan Wojcicki’s garage in September 1998. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 as an online bookstore, completely run out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington.

In North Texas, Canadian-born Larry Lacerte started Lacerte Software Corp. in his home in 1978, the first desktop application for general ledger and tax preparation. He sold the business to Intuit Inc. in 1998 for $400 million in cash, with a $200 million takeaway. 

And there’s the CoastOak Group: Gregory McGowan, Joshua Nichols, and Don Carroll. An unusual union of developers, the trio came from private equity backgrounds, Wall Street ones at that: Josh and Don worked for Goldman Sachs. Greg worked for Rockpoint Group and Westbrook Partners.

And like the entrepreneurs mentioned above, when they started their company in 2008, they worked on tables and computers out of an empty home next door to Greg’s residence for three months. They didn’t even have heat for three days.

But these are private equity guys who know how to rough it. They had all worked together at Trammell Crow in the mid 1990s — all except for Joshua, who was still doing championship wrestling in high school, and on his way to Princeton. Even their current office — it has heat — is nestled among the top-tier real estate guys and gals nesting at Harlan Crow’s Old Parkland.

Real estate is their product, but it’s a way different mousetrap. (more…)

Let’s see. Should we start with the spot-on design, the great technology, the stellar amenities, or the unbelievable views? Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is an absolute real estate unicorn. This four-level, energy efficient, luxury townhome at 1910 Wickmere Mews offers all of those high-end finishes you’ve come to expect as well as a host of fantastic surprises. Spoiler: it shares amenities with the Belmont Hotel. Lounge by the pool or catch one of the outstanding live music shows all for a criminally low HOA fee of $81 per month. I know, right?

Sundrenched with views to die for, the 2,250-square-foot unit comprises two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Listed by Alex Prins of Coldwell Banker, this gem is going for $649,000. Now, usually I find myself rather unmoved by 3D tours, but this one rates as an exception. Join us after the jump for it and lots, lots more.

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4625 Cole building Ext

Townhomes are growing more and more popular in Dallas, as more larger, older homes are scraped and subdivided into blocks of three-story townhomes.

This community, located just off of Knox and Cole, features a contemporary facade and really beautiful interiors. And at $415,000, this lovely townhome is perfect for those who want a walkable, urban location with access to great shopping and restaurants with a reasonable price tag.

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3308 Throckmorton Front

There’s a lot to love about townhomes, especially when they’re in a prime location like Cedar Springs. You get your own garage space, perfect for storing your car and bike and maybe even a scooter, as well as plenty of outdoor living areas. But there’s a sticking point for me that has long been a turnoff to townhomes and condos: homeowners associations.

After reading Jon Anderson’s many columns on the issues, I’ve decided that HOAs just aren’t for me. Unfortunately, that means most townhomes and condos are also not for me. However, there is one great property that is in a fantastic location — right near Cedar Springs and Douglas Avenue — that is completely HOA free and ready for your personal touches!

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