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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.

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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?

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4501 Cole Map

We just can’t build apartments fast enough in Dallas, it seems. Apparently Sarofim Realty Partners and Lincoln Property Company agree, as new plans reported by Steve Brown of the DMN include 165 luxury rental units for the mixed-use development at 4501 Cole.

Greater density in the area has left residents craving a real grocery store, and rumors swirled about Trader Joe’s moving in months ago before being confirmed in Brown’s story. The site, at Cole and Armstrong, has had plenty buzz as developers seek to turn Knox Street into the city’s premiere walkable shopping district.

And with these apartments added in the mix, and with rental demand projected to remain strong, we think this Womack + Hampton Architects development would be a tremendous asset to the area, which has several multi-family developments nearby, but none with a mix of ground-floor retail such as this.

Here’s a bit from Brown’s story:

“The Lincoln Knox apartments are a natural extension of this upscale, walk-able neighborhood and will offer outstanding amenities,” [contractor] Hill & Wilkinson’s Jay Graham said in a statement.

It does make me wonder what could be next for Knox. Of course, the area has been a magnet for high-end retail and exceptional boutiques such as Forty Five Ten, Design Within Reach, and Urban Flower/Grange Hall. It’s a short walk to the Katy Trail. Tons of trendy restaurants can be found nearby, too. But what about the landmarks? Could longtime businesses such as Wild About Harry’s and Highland Park Soda Fountain (nee Pharmacy) be pushed out as more dense developments go vertical?

What do you think?

4501 Cole Map

We just can’t build apartments fast enough in Dallas, it seems. Apparently Sarofim Realty Partners and Lincoln Property Company agree, as new plans reported by Steve Brown of the DMN include 165 luxury rental units for the mixed-use development at 4501 Cole.

Greater density in the area has left residents craving a real grocery store, and rumors swirled about Trader Joe’s moving in months ago before being confirmed in Brown’s story. The site, at Cole and Armstrong, has had plenty buzz as developers seek to turn Knox Street into the city’s premiere walkable shopping district.

And with these apartments added in the mix, and with rental demand projected to remain strong, we think this Womack + Hampton Architects development would be a tremendous asset to the area, which has several multi-family developments nearby, but none with a mix of ground-floor retail such as this.

Here’s a bit from Brown’s story:

“The Lincoln Knox apartments are a natural extension of this upscale, walk-able neighborhood and will offer outstanding amenities,” [contractor] Hill & Wilkinson’s Jay Graham said in a statement.

It does make me wonder what could be next for Knox. Of course, the area has been a magnet for high-end retail and exceptional boutiques such as Forty Five Ten, Design Within Reach, and Urban Flower/Grange Hall. It’s a short walk to the Katy Trail. Tons of trendy restaurants can be found nearby, too. But what about the landmarks? Could longtime businesses such as Wild About Harry’s and Highland Park Soda Fountain (nee Pharmacy) be pushed out as more dense developments go vertical?

What do you think?

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One of the not-to-be-missed sales of the year! If you’re a fan of Jan Showers’ understated glamour, then you’ll want to head down to her Dallas Design District showroom at 1308 Slocum St. for her first-ever showroom sale.

You’ll find many pieces of Showers’ legendary collection for 30 to 60 percent off retail. Honestly, these prices are steals considering the epic quality and luxurious design for which Showers has been praised and hailed.

Her collection of table and floor lamps are just swoon-worthy, no? And I have never seen a collection of upholstered seating that would light a fire under me. Seriously, just some really gorgeous decor!

Everything is worth falling for, which is your luck considering that this incredible sale runs until Valentine’s Day. Find out more about the talented Jan Showers and her inimitable style on her website and in her showroom.

JSA Showroom Sale Feb2014

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One of the not-to-be-missed sales of the year! If you’re a fan of Jan Showers’ understated glamour, then you’ll want to head down to her Dallas Design District showroom at 1308 Slocum St. for her first-ever showroom sale.

You’ll find many pieces of Showers’ legendary collection for 30 to 60 percent off retail. Honestly, these prices are steals considering the epic quality and luxurious design for which Showers has been praised and hailed.

Her collection of table and floor lamps are just swoon-worthy, no? And I have never seen a collection of upholstered seating that would light a fire under me. Seriously, just some really gorgeous decor!

Everything is worth falling for, which is your luck considering that this incredible sale runs until Valentine’s Day. Find out more about the talented Jan Showers and her inimitable style on her website and in her showroom.

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Statler.rendering jpgI had to stop myself from making yet another one of the 20,000 editing mistakes one (I) makes when blogging 3000 to 5000 words per day. I almost typed “Has in Store for the Stoneleigh” instead of Statler, as in Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. He owns the Creeks of Preston Hollow, too. Mehrdad just has too many darned developments, I cannot keep them straight!

Robert Wilonsky, lucky dude, got hold of documents and renderings he says are “floating” around Dallas City Hall, giving us a closer look at what this amazing and deep-pocketed developer has in store for the historic hotel site that is more in need of a makeover than Mariah Carey.

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I recall Mehrdad telling me he had visions of a hotel-condo combo, maybe a live-music venue in the old ballroom, a fun grocery (please, someone, Oakville Grocery or Draegers of Menlo Park, but I do love Dean & Deluca) a movie theater and more. In the comments, Wilonsky said some of the other names mentioned in the proposal were super high end, like Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs, and Givenchy. High rollers, those guys, but if you bring in Armani, I’m all over the place!

Of course, we hold our (last year’s) Armani britches. This building has had previous owners and big plans before, but none that have come to fruition. There are several hoops to jump through with this William Tabler-designed building down at City Hall — including parking and other abatement concerns — and how much Mehrdad wants and gets from the TIF, or Tax Increment Financing. TIF’s started in California, but did you know that state no longer uses them because of a couple lawsuits?

Anyhow, Mehrdad wants to turn the 19-story mid century modern mecca into a “hub for downtown Dallas”, says Wilonsky.

Last week the city’s Urban Design Peer Review Panel met to review a handful of big-deal projects, among them the Statler. It’s important to note: The 38-page presentation, which filled with glorious renderings by Merriman Associates, is far from final. It’s more or less a dream journal of all the things Centurion American would like to see at the Statler — and the next-door former central library — that will need eventually the city’s OK, especially when Moayedi applies for Downtown Connection TIF District dollars in coming months.

The plans: 250,000 square feet of retail up and down Commerce Street, some in a new parking structure, some in new buildings. Sweet Jesus, someone is actually thinking of parking space. The “potential retailers” mentioned include Dean & Deluca, Apple, Nike, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, H&M.

Dean & Deluca, or another grocery store, would take up the first floor of the old library — some 19,000 square feet, give or take. Plans call for a 13,600-square foot “game area” above that, on the mezzanine. The second floor of the library would become a six-screen movie theater, with auditoriums ranging from 4,550 to 1,550 square feet, with a ticket-concession counter-bar area taking up another 1,800 square feet.

The Statler itself would have some ground-floor retail, which would be accompanied by a 5,812-square foot spa and a 14,440-square foot nightclub-slash-restaurant. Plans also call for the ground-floor spaces to interact with the sidewalks and street; at least one cafe would have a lovely view of Main Street Garden. The second floor would be given over to four meeting rooms, the catering kitchen and a 14,000-square foot ballroom.

Then the remaining 17 floors would be hotel rooms and apartments, which we need more of, underground parking and a parking garage type building.

Moayedi says the project is “90 percent likely to happen,” with an April 25 closing date penciled in for the Statler. He says financing is in place, and that city staff has been “working amazingly with us” to get this completed. He says that it should take another six months to remediate the Statler, with a year-end groundbreaking … fingers crossed.

Indeed!

6934 San Mateo Front

I can understand the limited appeal of chickens for some people. Most think they belong on farms, or on their dinner plates. Not many people think of chickens as backyard pets. Well, except for me. I have three of them and I honestly can’t imagine not having a coop in my backyard. Which is why I was so excited to get this listing from stager Karen Eubank.

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“I love walking into homes like this, such character and a seller with great taste,” Karen tells us of 6934 San Mateo, on MLS for $325,000. “It just needed a few pieces of large furniture removed, some rearranging,  a few pieces of art moved and two mirrors repositioned and I knew it would be a very hot property.”

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It’s represented by Britt Lopez, who has had some fabulous Hollywood Heights listings that we’ve easily fallen for. This one is so gorgeous, too, but when Karen sent me the listing she told me there was a really cute chicken coop on the property. Color me puzzled when I didn’t see it in the listing photos from Shoot2Sell. Honestly, I want to know if there’s a cute coop on the property, that way I can be prepared to negotiate that sucker into the contract, because, c’mon! CHICKEN COOPS ARE AWESOME!

Karen reminded me that not everyone feels that way. OK, true, not everyone loves having a few yardbirds in the backyard, or having fresh eggs in their omelets. Pity for them. Me? I wanted to see this coop! Britt, brilliant woman that she is, obliged and sent me a few photos of this lovely poultry palace.

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“The backyard is a super party yard and of course everyone today wants their own fresh eggs so you can have a readymade and CUTE chicken coop,” Karen said. “I knew this place was going to blow off the market once the photos hit MLS.”

My birds and I would love this coop. And apparently, a chicken coop isn’t such a huge turnoff, because Karen sent me this listing less than a week ago and this adorable 1931 Tudor with more than 1,600 square feet is already under contract. Seriously, it’s a win for chicken people everywhere. And Karen says that the proof is in the pudding that staging works — just a few days on market and this home received several offers above asking.

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There are some details that won’t wash for everyone, including the tile and sink in the second bathroom, as well as the funky backsplash and island in the kitchen. This two-bedroom, two-bath home has a hidden bonus that everyone will love, though — a Murphy bed in the sunroom! Karen says that the seller installed that, and it was a huge hit with buyers who toured this cool place.

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“It’s a perfect example of that Hollywood Heights eclectic, cool vibe. People move into this neighborhood for exactly what this home offers,” Karen said. “It’s not cookie cutter, it has the great built ins and arches, cool tile work and of course the Murphy bed and the chicken coop!”

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Kings Road Demolition

You remember the huge DHA project that is scheduled for the former site of the housing authority’s Kings Road project. A rezoning proposal that increased the scale, reduced parking and could perhaps exacerbate security issues on the property, had rubbed some neighbors the wrong way.

Mike Harper, who runs the RezoningDHA.com website, is hoping that the community will turn out for the Feb. 6 hearing at Dallas City Hall. It starts at 1:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for nearby residents to be heard on the density and location of the site.

“At the current time, we are still trying to engage in a ‘Good Neighbor Agreement’ that would address some of the management/security issues that are not specifically related to the zoning variance request,” Harper said via email. “At the same time, we are still trying to work with DHA on moving the placement of where some of the buildings are on the property and still asking for some reduction in the number of units, however we do not have a response on this yet.”

DHA chief MaryAnn Russ  has said “we believe that our customers and clients – low income families, seniors and individuals with disabilities – need and deserve to live in good neighborhoods just as higher income people do.”

True, but what about a compromise? And although Russ may be right, that still doesn’t change the fact that reports of criminal activity were frequent. According to Harper, Councilmember Adam Medrano has promised nearby homeowners that he’ll keep the dialogue open between the DHA and property owners.

Here’s hoping they can all meet in the middle for the good of the neighborhood.