Turtle Creek Gardens’ peaceful pool

Homeownership is the most consistent way to build up the nest egg you’ll need in retirement. People who downsize their homes are cashing out equity built up over a lifetime (and telling the kids they’re on their own). Sure, there are many reports that claim folks who rent in some areas make out better. But they’re always predicated on the renter investing the difference between the rent and the mortgage/taxes – which almost no one does. Instead, flush renters eat out more, buy more shoes (or in my case, shirts) or wend their way around the world collecting selfies.

The increased incidence of renters is troubling in many countries. When I spoke to HGTV presenter Richard Blanco in London recently, he agreed it would have an impact on tenants later in life. While student loans are an issue here, the issue both countries shared was a desire by younger people to live a catered life (as they did with mom and dad) where they farmed out the reality of living.

For those smart enough to embrace property ownership, the down payment is often a stumbling block for younger buyers. So without living in your Star Wars-decorated childhood bedroom, how does a potential homebuyer save? Especially when Uptown digs can scrape $3 per square foot per month?

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Turtle Creek Fairmount Map 1

Typically, where there’s smoke there’s a fire.  But sometimes the wood is too wet and all you get is smoke. That describes the current situation on the west end of Turtle Creek’s Gillespie and Fairmount streets.

You may recall the hooplah last June when it was reported that the owners of the Turtle Creek Gardens condos located at 2525 Turtle Creek Boulevard had been sold to a developer.  The deal was rumored to have been with JLL and a price of $43 million.  The deal was to have closed in October and the move-outs complete by February 2017.

I’d heard back in November that the closing had been moved due to troubles securing financing.  This seemed odd since it was also rumored that development plans were within current zoning restrictions. As one source said, “If you can’t get funding for a by-rights plan, something’s got the bank spooked.”  The “spooking” they said wasn’t the buyer or the deal, but rather banks being skittish of Dallas. With all the construction cranes spread across the area, I’ll let you decide if that rings true.

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Area Downzoners Targeting

Area Downzoners Targeting

Last week, a group calling themselves “Stop the Downzone” sent out a packet of information that I was unknowingly part of.  It included a pair of articles I wrote … Teixeira Duarte’s move to build a by-right plan on their Dickason and Hood plots and the prior piece written about the downzoning campaign. I am not aligned with either side of this issue.

However …

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