Will West Dallas Apartment Projects Bring Critical Mass to an Underserved Area?

The apartments at Sylvan|Thirty are some of the 1,300 projected units that will be built in West Dallas.

The apartments at Sylvan|Thirty are some of the 1,300 projected units that will be built in West Dallas.

Steve Brown’s dissection of the new apartment projects in West Dallas says that this area with incredible views of downtown and the Calatrava bridge will become the next big industrial-to-residential transition in Dallas. But what impact will these 1,300 brand new apartments have on the existing infrastructure? And will this redevelopment become a model for other areas?


10245 Strait Lane extYou know you do it — take a stroll down Strait Lane from time to time to check out some of the most glorious mansions in Dallas owned by some of our most famous peeps. Strait Lane is Mansion Row, and home to Ross Perot, Dirk Nowitzki, Phil Romano and Brint Ryan. Well, first home at least. Home builder extraordinaire Sharif & Munir has a lovely “little pad” on Strait for your buying pleasure that will only set you back $12 million —well, just $11,750,000.Strait Lane Living Strait Lane Kitchen Strait Lane Master Bath Strait Lane Bar Strait Lane Wine Cellar Strait Lane Living 2

Faye Briggs, take note: if a home was born for entertaining, this home is it. You get almost 20,000 square feet in three stories on a one acre lot loaded with mature trees — Sharif & Munir goes to great pains to save and preserve trees when they build. trees. This home has a full basement loaded (to put it mildly) with a with a theater, fitness room, wet bar, wine cellar, den and exits to a sunken courtyard with a covered sitting area and a water feature that flows from the pool and spa above. Including the sunken cover verandas and garages, there’s a whopping 19,184 square feet under one roof. Every room is loaded with detailed hyper-vigilant quality from the construction to the trim, paint, wall finishes, flooring and granites which are some of the most rare in the world. The kitchen granite may be one of a kind in the U.S!

10245 Strait Lane is definitely one of the largest homes in Dallas au currant, and ready for a major league star… who will feel right at home with all the other stars of Strait Lane.

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In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve picked out a few of the most incredible kitchens and dining rooms Dallas has to offer as sites for our dream turkey dinner. They are truly a feast for the eyes! Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

9008 Briarwood Lane: This house has a stunning dining and kitchen combo, both with beautiful blue hues on both the dining room wallpaper and the kitchen cabinets. Also amazing are the chandelier and fireplace in the dining room. Surreal!

Platinum Series Kitchens by Mark Molthan: All of these kitchens are perfect for preparing your elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, but this one, with the bright lime bar and gorgeous cabinets, is incredible!

9784 Audubon Place: With an amazing wood ceiling and gorgeous cabinetry, I would be hard pressed to actually leave the kitchen at this home! It’s also open to the dining room, which will make serving a gigantic turkey that much easier!

4346 Park Lane: Christine McKenny with Dave Perry-Miller gets some of the most amazing listings, and this house is no joke. The kitchen has a not-too-often seen feature — curved cabinetry  — that looks so elegant.

Tatum Brown’s Crestbrook Residence: This kitchen is just so sleek and perfect, and there’s a TV just above the fireplace, so you can watch the game while you do prep work (just watch your fingers with that knife, please!).

Phil Romano’s Strait Lane Estate: There’s no outdoing this kitchen and dining room, which makes entertaining feel more like eating at a restaurant. The stainless steel buffet and counter-height tables make serving a snap!

Phil Romano on Strait Lane, St. John’s Drive in the honeypot of Highland Park, and a 16,000 plus square foot rock castle on Briarwood in Bluffview. Can it get any better? Thanks to LeeAnne Locken and Allyson Aynesworth, I brought a little House Porn to Luxury Dallas TV and loved every minute of it. Frankly, I could do this on a weekly basis because Dallas has so many wonderful homes to showcase, they all belong on TV. Grab a glass of wine, check it out and let us know what you think. Oh yes, that’s a closet:

Actress Hilary Swank hosted the best ticket in town Saturday night, a Super Bowl XLV dinner party at 10660 Strait Lane, the home of Lillie and Phil Romano. The entire event, and let me tell you it was 700 people strong,  benefited The Giving Back Fund.

Why am I writing about this social event? Ah, so glad you asked. It happened to take place at one of Dallas’ most talked about homes on the market, the Phil and Lillie Romano estate that has been on the market now for, oh, four years. This is the home that caused a huge fight between me and Mama, ’till we kissed and made up. P.S. Mama told me Phil was none too happy with her little write up.

Now Phil Romano is totally my kind of man because he, too , believes in having many homes. Almost a year ago, he bought 4838 Shadywood, a lovely hilltop Bluffview home on one acre that was restored by Downing Thomas and George Lewis in 1993. The 4769 square foot home has three bedrooms — two masters, actually — three full baths and two half baths. There is an infinity edge pool, landscaping by Robert (not Ralph) Bellamy and a 1080 square foot guest house. Full disclosure: my daughter spent many a fun time playing in that house as a child. The former owner was none other than dynamic Briggs Freeman Realtor LeeLee Gioia.

The home was last listed at $2,595,000 and DCAD has it valued at $1.8, so my guess is it sold somewhere in the middle. Most beautiful property on a street that reminds one more of Greenwich, Ct. than Dallas. Kay Bailey Hutchison is just around the corner. Anyhow, not sure exactly why Phil and Lillie bought Shadywood while they already have Strait, except that I totally get it. What is my mantra? Repeat after me: One can never have too many homes! Phil did buy and redo 4645 Meadowood in 2007 — Erin Mathews and David Nichols got that moved lickety-split. The Romanos dig real estate. Strait is on the market for $12,500,00.¬† First listed with Doris Jacobs in 2007 for $17,500,000 — hey, it was that kind of market then, can we even remember those days? Now listed with Claire Dewar of Briggs Freeman/ Sothebys for $12,500,000, Strait is a 4.697 acre estate with gorgeous views of the grounds, private lake with fountains, waterfalls and a creek side setting. Really much more like a resort, Strait is 14,680 square feet with eight bedrooms, 8.4 baths (guess that means four half-baths, I cannot recall from when I was in the home, but it is a lot of Charmin) and get this: 9 living areas. Also wine room, media room, tennis court, and I would not be surprised if Phil had a putting green or three. Media tonight was banished to the garage — don’t get me wrong, gorgeous garage and they had a heater and Mojitos — so I am relying on “memory” here. But this is a house born to party, party built right into her DNA, so she was in her full prime. And how smart is Claire Dewar to bring in the glitterati of Hollywood while in town for XLV? You know one of those celebs might just snap up chez Romano Strait, pack it up and take that house back to LA on someone’s G 5. I know what they were saying: in LA, baby, this house would be well over $30 million.

Over on FrontBurner, My Sweet Charity‘s Jeanne Prejean has a great photo of Phil, Hilary and Lillie. Why is Hilary wearing a tee shirt and jeans? Jeanne reports the airlines must have lost Hilary’s luggage and party frock. Did what any gal does in such a situation — happened to me at The Greenbrier this summer, in fact — go shopping. But despite her need to do laundry, don’t think Hilary flopped in any one of those 8 bedrooms. No sir, she’s staying down at the Crescent Rosewood Hotel along with Jesse Metcalfe — remember that¬† hot young gardener on Desperate Housewives who got it on with Gabby, aka Eva Longoria? I’m told Jesse Williams (he plays Dr. Avery on Greys Anatomy)
Michael Clark Duncan, Brian Baumgartner, Tony Romo and Miles Austin are also staying at the Cresent. By the way, Rosewood just opened Rosewood San Miguel De Allende. And guess what’s next? Give up? Second homes by Rosewood in San Miguel De Allende.

Don’t touch that dial!