Blind 6

(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a hopefully regular series from Jon Anderson, in which he dishes on the inner-workings of life in the sky. Anderson’s take on Dallas high rise living is both entertaining and educational. You can read his first installment here.)

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Driving up and down our High and increasingly Toll “ways” one can’t help but be proud of the number of housing units built for deaf and blind people. This has picked up considerably since the recession and something we can be proud of.

Or course I’m kidding about the deaf and blind, but how else can you explain the huge numbers of apartment blocks and condominiums lining our dirty and unendingly noisy six-lane thoroughfares? Otherwise, I’d be forced to think developers actually believe people with functioning ears and eyes would not only want to live facing a high-speed motorway but use a balcony overlooking it all.

Here’s just a sample…

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2205 Canton 129 Front

 

I have always loved these townhomes, which were among the first to go up in the Farmers Market area before the residential building boom this neighborhood has recently experienced. They are the first homes you can spot if you take Canton downtown on your morning commute, and they’re just past Bark Park Central, another favorite Farmers Market/Deep Ellum spot.

These townhomes go on the market so rarely, and they are often in excellent condition. Unit 129 at 2205 Canton is no exception. This gorgeous two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome is warm and open, with faux finishes and cabinetry that evokes sunny Italian villas, with views of the Farmers Market and downtown. It’s marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtors Rick Robles and Amy Galley for $389,000.

2205 Canton 129 Living 2205 Canton 129 dining 2205 Canton 129 kitchen

With almost 2,200 square feet, not including the rooftop deck that faces downtown with phenomenal nighttime views, this home is a fantastic spot for urban-inclined folks who want to downsize and take advantage of the incredible culture growing in this area.

Something to think about: If Mayor Rawlings and the folks behind “A New Dallas” are successful, the value of these townhomes are going to go up like crazy. Why? Because Interstate 345, the crumbling interchange for I-30, US 75, and Woodall Rogers, will be demolished under the plan, resulting in more street-level traffic and more density in the area. This overpass is practically right next door.

But if you want real selling points, this development has everything, including three pools, a basketball court, a gym, and a media room, so you’ll want for nothing. HOA fees are $123 a month, not bad considering the amenities and location. This development was built in 2001, too, so it benefits from being already established. 2205 Canton 129 master loft 2205 Canton 129 Master loft to stairs 2205 Canton 129 Master bath

I love the master suite, and the great curtain the owners have installed to help screen some of the light that pours in through the two-story windows. It’s a loft-style layout, which means you’ve got plenty of space, but thanks to the curtain, you’ve got privacy, too.

The master bath is a five-piece number with dual vanities and plush accommodations, including a jetted tub. I usually like more understated bathrooms, but there’s something about the romance of the paint and tile that just hooks me and doesn’t let me go.

Of course, what’s not to love about the rooftop deck. Both open and intimate, this space was meant for a nightcap with your spouse or lover, just admiring the views of downtown. Nothing could be more perfect, right?

2205 Canton 129 rooftop deck 2205 Canton 129 rooftop view

Uptown Cleanup4.13 (12).jpgcrewLast Saturday, about this time, several Dallas Realtors and the Uptown Residents Council were springing from their beds because they had a busy, busy Saturday morning ahead of them, cleaning. Not just house cleaning, mind you, but dirty, gritty, wear your rubber gloves Uptown street cleaning. In conjunction with the annual “Celebrate Uptown” events of April 24th, 25 & 26th, and Earth Day, Council folks rolled out of bed, rolled up their sleeves and donned rubber gloves to pick up every piece of you-know-what (um, that too, literally) in between Woodall Rogers and 75, the Katy Trail and Cedar Springs focusing on Cityplace west, near the trolley turntable.

You won’t believe what they found: a soaking wet mattress in a field behind some apartments — we are donning mental earmuffs at the thought of what happened on that thing. Uptown Cleanup4.13 (10).jpgdog poo & bed Uptown Cleanup dead squirrel Uptown Cleanup4.13 (18).jpg treasuresA huge custom-made patio cushion that flew off a patio at The Mondrian — that thing could have been a scud missile!. Hair extension. Bottles including one Dom Perignon, all empty of course, a tossed “vote for Dan Branch” lip gloss — since when did he hand out lip gloss and why didn’t I get one? There were hair extensions, a dead squirrel, several pairs of black panties, a brassiere, one Gucci shoe, toilet lid, wires, keys, Vicky Nyquil, money, packs of cigarettes, cigars and what I was told was a doobie, better known as a reefer. That is, marijuana. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one! (And this one was sooo small…)

Picker-uppers said there were way too many beer bottle caps and cigarette butts, shame on you, Dallas, but funny no one found any gross condoms. Guess Dallas really is in the Bible Belt!

There were bagfuls of trash, enought to fill a couple pick up trucks, and the biggest bag of all was filled by Gus Woeher who seamlessly picked up more dog poo than he ever cares to see in his life again. PooPrints, we need you in Uptown!

Uptown Cleanup Dan BranchCelebrate Uptown is a dining, shopping, and concert program that showcases restaurants, retail, and an outdoor concert to bring fun and awareness to Uptown Dallas. The clean up was a project of the Uptown Residents Council, organized by board member Missy Woehr of Allie Beth Urban Team and sales guru at The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Some lucky picker uppers turned their trash into treasure: prizes–  Spa gift certificates to The Ritz-Carlton, Rangers tickets, and a dinner certificate at Fearings were awarded. Doesn’t that make you want to pick up a little trash?Uptown Cleanup4.13 (22).jpggift certif

 

Uptown Cleanup4.13 (12).jpgcrewLast Saturday, about this time, several Dallas Realtors and the Uptown Residents Council were springing from their beds because they had a busy, busy Saturday morning ahead of them, cleaning. Not just house cleaning, mind you, but dirty, gritty, wear your rubber gloves Uptown street cleaning. In conjunction with the annual “Celebrate Uptown” events of April 24th, 25 & 26th, and Earth Day, Council folks rolled out of bed, rolled up their sleeves and donned rubber gloves to pick up every piece of you-know-what (um, that too, literally) in between Woodall Rogers and 75, the Katy Trail and Cedar Springs focusing on Cityplace west, near the trolley turntable.

You won’t believe what they found: a soaking wet mattress in a field behind some apartments — we are donning mental earmuffs at the thought of what happened on that thing. Uptown Cleanup4.13 (10).jpgdog poo & bed Uptown Cleanup dead squirrel Uptown Cleanup4.13 (18).jpg treasuresA huge custom-made patio cushion that flew off a patio at The Mondrian — that thing could have been a scud missile!. Hair extension. Bottles including one Dom Perignon, all empty of course, a tossed “vote for Dan Branch” lip gloss — since when did he hand out lip gloss and why didn’t I get one? There were hair extensions, a dead squirrel, several pairs of black panties, a brassiere, one Gucci shoe, toilet lid, wires, keys, Vicky Nyquil, money, packs of cigarettes, cigars and what I was told was a doobie, better known as a reefer. That is, marijuana. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one! (And this one was sooo small…)

Picker-uppers said there were way too many beer bottle caps and cigarette butts, shame on you, Dallas, but funny no one found any gross condoms. Guess Dallas really is in the Bible Belt!

There were bagfuls of trash, enought to fill a couple pick up trucks, and the biggest bag of all was filled by Gus Woeher who seamlessly picked up more dog poo than he ever cares to see in his life again. PooPrints, we need you in Uptown!

Uptown Cleanup Dan BranchCelebrate Uptown is a dining, shopping, and concert program that showcases restaurants, retail, and an outdoor concert to bring fun and awareness to Uptown Dallas. The clean up was a project of the Uptown Residents Council, organized by board member Missy Woehr of Allie Beth Urban Team and sales guru at The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Some lucky picker uppers turned their trash into treasure: prizes–  Spa gift certificates to The Ritz-Carlton, Rangers tickets, and a dinner certificate at Fearings were awarded. Doesn’t that make you want to pick up a little trash?Uptown Cleanup4.13 (22).jpggift certif