uptownWhen Leah Nolan told us she and her husband were listing their Uptown condo, she was a little wistful.

And that’s understandable. Her cozy one-bedroom, one-bath home, 3311 Blackburn St. #215, is a perfect spot for someone looking to enjoy some of the best Dallas has to offer, with an affordable price point that gives them entry into what can be a pretty spendy housing market.

“We walk or Uber to the grocery store, for haircuts, and to bars and restaurants,” she said. “It’s just minutes from the highways, we have great neighbors, a pool, and it’s steps away from the Katy Trail and West Village, for the same price that we were paying for rent.” (more…)

3920 Travis a

Architect-designed homes make for stylish living, and our Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This updated contemporary two-story condo was designed by renowned Dallas architect Lionel Morrison, inspired by the work of German-American modern architect Mies van der Rohe.

Located at 3920 Travis St. Apt. 16, this Uptown condo is awash with natural light, designed to feel spacious and bright with big windows, doors, and skylights. It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 1,262 square feet, built in 1985. The tony location is just blocks from the West Village, Katy Trail, and Cole Park.

It was listed June 17 by Faisal Halum with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $375,000. Monthly HOA fees are $320 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, gas, management fees, sprinkler system, trash, and water/sewer.

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placemaking

Food Fridays at Sunset Market, Albuquerque, NM. Photo: Project for Public Spaces

One of the country’s top experts on placemaking is visiting town to speak at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event.

Fred Kent, the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and is one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth, and the future of the city.

If you’re wondering, “what exactly is placemaking?,” here’s a good working definition from his organization:

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.

Kent will speak on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave.

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Cole Exterior 2

Built in 1961, Cole House at 3321 Cole Avenue is a full-on, midcentury swankfest.  From the second you walk in the door you’re convinced all that’s missing is Dick Van Dyke falling over an ottoman. I decided to walk down to Sunday’s open house when I read “studs” in the agent’s description. That is, in 2011, this unit was taken to the studs and renovated top-to-bottom.

You can hardly beat the location, being on the quiet block of Cole between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St. You’re in the thick of the Uptown/West Village scene without a lot of the weekend boozy hijinks found on more active streets. And the closeness to the Katy Trail and Central Expressway is a help for flicking about the city on foot or tire.

So anyway, you walk in from the street and follow an open air, landscaped inner courtyard path to the unit.  These few steps allow you to decompress from whatever else is afoot in your life. It’s a wonderful transition to another world.

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Deborah Berke

Cummins Indy office building in downtown Indianapolis, a 10-story, cantilevered, steel-and-glass creation designed by Deborah Berke Partners. Photo: Deborah Berke Partners

This July, the prestigious Yale School of Architecture will get its first woman dean, Deborah Berke, FAIA, the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners in New York City. Berke is currently a professor of architectural design at Yale, where she has been an adjunct professor since 1987.



Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke, FAIA

This Wednesday, April 13, Berke is speaking as part of the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s spring lecture series at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave. Check in and a reception start at 6:15 p.m.

Deborah Berke Partners is an architecture and design firm that has completed projects around the world. The firm’s work ranges in size from master plans for universities, large-scale civic buildings, ground-up boutique hotels, and private residences. A highlight of Berke’s residential work is the East End Compound project, which includes a renovated 1970’s house by East End modernist Norman Jaffe.

Berke has been published in every major design publication, including Dwell, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Interior Design Best of Hospitality, Departures, Wallpaper, and Monocle. The firm’s many awards include nine AIA Design Awards, Architizer A+ Award, Conde Nast Readers’ Choice, Architectural Digest 100, and the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Regardless of scale, Deborah Berke Partners creates buildings that are elegant, authentic, inventive, and modern.

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Wallflower art installation by Randy Brown Architects. Photo: Bryce Bridges

Wallflower art installation by Randy Brown Architects. Photo: Bryce Bridges

Architect Randy Brown, FAIA, is kicking off the 2015-16 lecture season for the Dallas Architecture Forum.

“Since the Dallas Architecture Forum has members and guests who are not only architects and related professionals, but also the general public, I will overview some of the major projects my firm has done and how they impact and influence the everyday lives of those who live and work in them,” Brown said. “Some of the things I will talk about are how my work is influenced by geography and climate where the projects are located. I will discuss the importance of sustainable design and how I use natural materials in my projects.”

He will be presenting his projects in the larger context of architecture, design, and the environment.

Brown, founder of Omaha-based Randy Brown Architects, will be speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village. There is a complimentary reception at 6:15 p.m.

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Uptown townhomeToday’s Thursday Three Hundred sits in the heart of Uptown, within eyesight of Cole Park and walking distance to West Village just three blocks away.

The Uptown townhome at 4110 McKinney Ave. No. 4 feels fresh and polished. It is listed by David Maez at Vivo Realty for $369,900, with voluntary HOA fees of only $200 per quarter. That seems like an excellent deal for such a killer location and a property that’s only ten years old. Uptown townhomeThis townhome is 2,175 square feet on four stories, including a large game room on the fourth story. The floorplan is open and includes two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one powder room, and a two-car garage.

You’ll find lots of sweet amenities in this place, from granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen to handscraped hardwood floods in the living room and kitchen. The palette and decor is pretty neutral, so it will be easy for new owners to add their own touches.

Let’s check out this newly listed property and see what it’s got to offer buyers.

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All photos courtesy Russell Ross

All photos courtesy Russell Ross

When Russell Ross took on his first interior design job, his bosses only let him make 50 percent of the design decisions and the pay was zero, but he was hooked.

Turns out it was an addition to his family’s home in Oklahoma and his parents were in charge, so getting about half his design ideas implemented was pretty great for a pre-teen.

“I’ve always had interest in design since I helped my dad build an addition on to our house,” Ross said. “I was only 10 or 11, but was fascinated by building, designing, and selecting finishes. I remember a couple of evenings sitting down with my mom and dad looking at drapery fabrics, light fixtures, wallpapers, wood stain colors, and carpet samples and my dad asked me my opinion.”

Russell Ross

Fast-forward to 2015 and you’ll find Ross bringing his calm presence and analytical mind to interior design projects all over Texas and around the United States. His West Village firm, Russell Ross Design, rebranded last year from the name Intuitive Design, and he is tackling design projects that include the revitalization of two 1980’s homes, designing a fitness center with an affluent retired football player in Southlake, and working on a new construction house in Vaquero Club in Westlake, with elements like a floating walnut staircase, a powder room with a lighted floor, and dramatic two-story fireplace.

“I think we are known best for being able to listen to each individual client, and marry their tastes and needs with our creativity and unique style, to give them the homes of their dreams,” he said. “Our intent is to create one-of-a-kind looks for each client.” Jump to read all about his designs and see pics!

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