You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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Wednesday WTFWhen you work in the world of media for any length of time at all, you will get PR pitches. Some of them are perfect pitches inviting you to check out some product or service that is completely related to what you write about.

But sometimes, they are not. Sometimes, they are about busting cheaters when you write about education policy for a living. Sometimes they are about heroin abuse treatment centers (maybe they do read the Wednesday WTF). Sometimes, they tell you hilarious things about the city you live in. (more…)

In the parlance of those of us in Dallas who have been huddled indoors avoiding the cold and wet winter, “Where’s the patio?”

I’ll tell you where it is —our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s an incredible townhome listed by Dave Perry-Miller agents Phillip Murrell and Stewart Lee in one of the hottest parts of Oak Lawn. 

“In addition to almost 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the townhome includes a yard with access to the first floor, a large balcony adjacent to the living room, and a roof-top deck with stellar views of downtown,” Murrell said. “This is the perfect townhome for those who want to enjoy the excellent weather we’ve been having in Dallas.”

Just make sure you take your allergy medicine and you’re ready to pour some mimosas and soak up the sun and skyline!

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With Dallas’ booming job market, more and more Millennials are moving to the area, and they have a very specific list of wants. According to this article by Inman, Millennials are turning the market on its head with a very picky list of asks, preferring to rent until they find that Goldilocks home that is just right. Millennials want a top-notch location with access to entertainment and amenities, smart home tech and automation, a smaller footprint, open floor plans, and home office spaces. 

And wouldn’t you know, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s own Phillip Murrell just listed a tastefully bold townhome that would make any Millennial jump for joy. It’s an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Know a Millennial on the hunt for the perfect property in Uptown? Don’t wait! Call Lisa Peters today to get pre-qualified so you can put in your highest and best offer on this tastefully bold townhome on Hall St.

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I suspect leasing is more important than looking.

Searching for an apartment has always annoyed me.  And having lived in more than a few apartments, that’s a lot of annoyance. Suffice it to say the stereotypes are true and you all know it.  In recent years, apartment building has been gangbusters in Dallas. Everyone wonders if there’s a bubble coming in the high rents asked by these newer buildings.  I’d call it more effervescence than the giddiness of popping bubble wrap.

I’m not going to try and navigate your individual peccadillos, but there are some things to understand and tricks to use in scoring the best rent wherever you look.

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The problem with living on the Katy Trail is that, as Jon Anderson pointed out, so many other people want to live there, too. That’s why there are so many high-rise buildings in planning phases that will line this popular city amenity. Of course, with all of those new buildings, and all of the demand, prices are going to get higher, too. So if you want to get into this area for a reasonable price, Brandon Travelstead of Dallas City Center Realtors has a great unit inside the Lofts at the Katy Trail — the only one with an attached garage — and it’s priced under a half million.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Uptown Townhomes Walking Distance to West Village

Over 19,000 people live in the Uptown area, an upscale neighborhood adjacent to downtown Dallas. It offers a huge array or entertainment, food, and outdoorsy options, from eclectic restaurants and high-end boutiques to the Katy Trail and high-rise living. 

Uptown’s West Village is a vibrant walkable shopping and dining district. In today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at two Uptown townhomes within walking distance of this popular destination. They’ve each got some great amenities and both offer a stellar location. Which one would you choose? 

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two State & Allen Townhomes | CandysDirt.com

Our “splurge” at 2719 State St. offers a rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

One of the popular neighborhoods in Uptown is State Thomas, a Dallas Landmark District with a rich history. It began as the first steetcar suburb, later becoming a thriving African American community. But time was not kind to State Thomas and by the 1980s, decaying infrastructure, suburban flight, and lack of investment had taken their toll. 

Through the work of local property owners and the city, State Thomas saw redevelopment begin in the late 1980s. Today, the area thrives with nightlife, restaurants, recreation, and entertainment. Townhomes, apartments, and the largest collection of Victorian-era houses remaining in Dallas create a plethora of living options, none of them inexpensive: this neighborhood is hot and people pay a premium to live here. 

For today’s Splurge vs. Steal, pick your favorite State Thomas townhome from the two we’ve found. They’re both excellent examples of what’s available right now in the neighborhood, both with a brownstone feel. Leave us a comment with your pick! 

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