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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Cedar Springs Front

Sometimes I wish I was living in a townhome. They are great if you want more space but not so much maintenance. Some are semi-detached, some are fully detached, but the big upside to them is that you get the convenience of condo living without neighbors above and below, plus many townhomes come with tidy yards and balconies that make outdoor parties a breeze.

Cedar Springs Living

This townhome at 4830 Cedar Springs is just perfect for someone wanting to take a step up from a condo but not ready for the work of a fully detached single-family home. With two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and plenty of living space downstairs, this three-story townhome will give you room to spread out!

Cedar Springs Kitchen

It’s available for $1,900 a month — a good price considering its prime location and 1,500-plus square feet. It’s located in the heart of the buzzing Oak Lawn area, which has tons of great restaurants and shopping within walking distance. And since pets are allowed, you can put one foot in front of the other with fido and do some people watching, too!

Cedar Springs Master

If you’re not keen on walking everywhere, there’s a two-car garage with this property. Other amenities include hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups, stainless steel appliances, and huge closets.

Find out more about leasing this property from Jason Lucas at Local Dwelling.

Cedar Springs Bath

Cedar Springs Front

Sometimes I wish I was living in a townhome. They are great if you want more space but not so much maintenance. Some are semi-detached, some are fully detached, but the big upside to them is that you get the convenience of condo living without neighbors above and below, plus many townhomes come with tidy yards and balconies that make outdoor parties a breeze.

Cedar Springs Living

This townhome at 4830 Cedar Springs is just perfect for someone wanting to take a step up from a condo but not ready for the work of a fully detached single-family home. With two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and plenty of living space downstairs, this three-story townhome will give you room to spread out!

Cedar Springs Kitchen

It’s available for $1,900 a month — a good price considering its prime location and 1,500-plus square feet. It’s located in the heart of the buzzing Oak Lawn area, which has tons of great restaurants and shopping within walking distance. And since pets are allowed, you can put one foot in front of the other with fido and do some people watching, too!

Cedar Springs Master

If you’re not keen on walking everywhere, there’s a two-car garage with this property. Other amenities include hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups, stainless steel appliances, and huge closets.

Find out more about leasing this property from Jason Lucas at Local Dwelling.

Cedar Springs Bath

Lexington park

I always dreamed of moving into downtown Dallas, but there just doesn’t seem to be much in the way of family-friendly properties with the amenities I want in the price point our family can appreciate. Still, I love the idea of urban living, being close to shops and restaurants, and having quick access to mass transit.

Normally you won’t find things like this if you have an address in the suburbs, so color me surprised when we stumbled across the townhomes of Lexington Park at Rice Field.

Priced in the $200,000 range, these townhomes have excellent finish-out and tons of great features. There are five different floorplans available ranging from 2,126 to 2,351 square feet, including both 3/2/2 and 3/3/2 units.

I love the master bath in the model unit, which you can see in the very neat video above. Seriously, the Branch Team did an excellent job marketing this new development!

What do you think?