We were planning a big shindig to-do, a CandysDirt.com style celebration over at Camdale Court by Cobalt Homes — you recall the very first disruptor town homes in North Texas with, among other innovative items, Dumb Waiters?

Camdale Court is a modern, 12-unit town home community in the heart of East Village offering three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom units ranging from 2,096 to 2,380 air-conditioned square feet. All homes have full-sized two-car garages and rooftop decks. And when I say rooftop deck, I don’t mean a little flat piece of roof shingles square. These are Ipe wood decks that are huge, span the entire roof top offering unheard of views of the city with a veritable 360 degree panorama. They are even removable for remodeling or mechanical repair.

Custom designed by TKTR Architects, materials and fixtures selected by interior designer Roz Murphy, living areas will happen on the third floor and rooftop decks connected through an outdoor staircase.

And so, the party. Yes. Postponed again, but this time not due to the weather.

There were too many sales!

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CityMAP main graphic 1

If you missed part one, click here.  Overall, the documents and scenarios CityMAP put together are logical and straight-forward.  Most call for the submersion of key highways surrounding Dallas’ core aiding in traffic flow and neighborhood revitalization.

One calls for the rerouting of I-30 to the distant south and one calls for the removal of a portion of I-45 and US-75.  I’m all for the submersion and covering of these highways.  I’m faaaaaar from convinced on these other two.

Are you HIGH?

What happens to 45/75 traffic when it's partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.

What happens to 45/75 traffic when it’s partially removed. Everything scatters before returning to the highway.

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Photo courtesy Patrick McDonnell/Downtown Dallas Inc.

Photo courtesy Patrick McDonnell/Downtown Dallas Inc.

If the last year is any indication, 2015 is shaping up to be another banner year for real estate development in Downtown Dallas.

This is according to downtown advocates, urban planners, and real estate and development experts, who gathered Friday to talk about city living in downtown at a panel, sponsored by the Dallas Business Journal.

Moderated by John Crawford, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc., an advocacy group for Downtown Dallas, the panel shared candid insights into past successes, lessons learned, and where the area is headed in the future.

“There’s a pretty distinct spirit and energy in Downtown Dallas and we’ve reached a point of permanency, as far as what downtown has become,” said Crawford. “Residentially, we continue to be about 94 percent occupancy in all the buildings that have been converted and the new construction and depending on who you talk to, we have between 6,000 and 8,000 units under construction from 2015 to 2017. There’s an urban lifestyle that is continuing to catch on down here.”

Panelists included Theresa O’Donnell, Chief Planning Officer for the city of Dallas; Yogi Patil, an Associate at HKS Architects Inc.; Steve Shepherd of the Downtown Residents Council; and Michael Tregoning, President of Headington Company. Jump to read more!

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Photo courtesy of Steve Rainwater via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Steve Rainwater via Creative Commons

When I learned to drive in the 90s, my dad had two big rules: Don’t run out of gas and don’t drive anywhere near Downtown Dallas, particularly at night.

We were suburban dwellers, used to wide streets, manicured lawns, and regularly scheduled trash pickups. Much of Downtown Dallas was gritty and graffitied, all business by day, and practically vacant at night, except for the club scene in Deep Ellum and restaurants in the West End Historic District.

It’s not just downtown that was affected—for decades, people have been moving to the suburbs in Dallas and across the country. For example, nationally, the suburbs grew at an annual average rate of 1.38 percent, compared to 0.42 percent for primary cities between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data and research by population analysts.

But that trend appears to be reversing in the past four years. Since 2010, primary cities with populations of 100,000 or more outgrew suburbs each year, according to research by William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution.

Dallas is part of that trend. Certainly, many our suburbs like Frisco are seeing unprecedented growth. But our urban core—the 15 districts that make up Downtown Dallas—has seen a radical transformation as people and businesses move back downtown. 

Case in point: in 2000, the Central Business District population, one of those 15 districts, was just 14,654. It is predicted to grow to 33,139 residents in 2015, and 59,337 in 2030.  

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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

Terrace Rooftop Pool

If downtown Plano isn’t hot enough for you (is everything happening in Plano, or what???), perhaps this hip condo in Victory Park will whet your appetite for urban living. Located in the Terrace at 2323 N. Houston St., this two bedroom, two bath condo has tons of light, living space, and views that can’t be beat!

This unit, No. 604 to be exact, is available via LocalDwelling.com’s Jason Lucas for $1,900 a month. The minimum lease period is 12 months, which will give you plenty of time to figure out if high-rise living is for you.

Terrace 604 Kitchen

Victory Park is a great neighborhood for the stylish 20- and 30-somethings of Dallas who are looking for low-maintenance living in the heart of Dallas’ happening areas. Not only are you a stone’s throw from Uptown, you’re also right next to tons of entertainment including American Airlines Center, the West End, and great restaurants inside Victory Park.

Need to get somewhere? Ditch your car and buy a bike or get an annual DART pass, because you will be so close to everything it’ll be a hassle to park the Benz!

The Terrace Fitness Center

Along with fabulous decor and gorgeous hardwood floors, you also get in-unit washer/dryer hookups, a refrigerator, upgraded fixtures, access to the fitness center, and a rooftop terrace and pool! Love that!

What do you think?

Terrace Rooftop Pool

If downtown Plano isn’t hot enough for you (is everything happening in Plano, or what???), perhaps this hip condo in Victory Park will whet your appetite for urban living. Located in the Terrace at 2323 N. Houston St., this two bedroom, two bath condo has tons of light, living space, and views that can’t be beat!

This unit, No. 604 to be exact, is available via LocalDwelling.com’s Jason Lucas for $1,900 a month. The minimum lease period is 12 months, which will give you plenty of time to figure out if high-rise living is for you.

Terrace 604 Kitchen

Victory Park is a great neighborhood for the stylish 20- and 30-somethings of Dallas who are looking for low-maintenance living in the heart of Dallas’ happening areas. Not only are you a stone’s throw from Uptown, you’re also right next to tons of entertainment including American Airlines Center, the West End, and great restaurants inside Victory Park.

Need to get somewhere? Ditch your car and buy a bike or get an annual DART pass, because you will be so close to everything it’ll be a hassle to park the Benz!

The Terrace Fitness Center

Along with fabulous decor and gorgeous hardwood floors, you also get in-unit washer/dryer hookups, a refrigerator, upgraded fixtures, access to the fitness center, and a rooftop terrace and pool! Love that!

What do you think?