How Was Uptown Made? Patrick Kennedy’s Story Will Make You Think

Uptown Then and Now

For the longest time, the story of how Uptown came to be successful centered around greedy developers wanting to build towers and condos for only those who could afford it. But Patrick Kennedy of “Car Free in Big D” paints a much more nuanced picture of how Dallas’ most walkable neighborhood came about.

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Photos: Shoot2Sell

OK, I may not understand it, but not everyone likes a loft. Some people want more walls to hang their art, more crown moulding, more niches and nooks. But don’t you want to live in one of Dallas’ coolest neighborhoods, right next to the redeveloping Dallas Farmers Market, close to the vibrant Cedars, and within walking distance of downtown and Deep Ellum? Who wouldn’t?

If this sounds like you, then you’ll adore this townhome at 912 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd. This gorgeous townhome was built in 2006 and is absolutely pristine inside. It has three stories, three bedrooms, three full and one half bath, more than 2,600 square feet, and a tremendous rooftop deck from which you can admire the fireworks in Fair Park during holidays.


Tuesday Two Hundred: Huge Historic Loft in The Fun and Funky Cedars District

2401 S Ervay

There is so much going for this incredible loft. Inside Coombs Bridge Condos at 2401 S. Ervay, it has a laundry list of likable qualities that I’ll just go ahead and tick off for you, dear readers.

1) Excellent location in a historic building just south of Downtown Dallas in the Cedars District. This area has a super-fun and funky vibe thanks to the unique restaurants, artists, and close proximity to some of Dallas’ biggest music venues. It’s also home to a gigantic derby hat on a coat stand, which is visible from the Interstate.

2401 Ervay Living 2

2) This loft is HUGE. Just gigantic. Unit 103 clocks in at 2,624 square feet, which is more than ample for a loft. Not only that, but it has two bedrooms and two full baths. You won’t usually find a loft property that has more than one bath or bedroom. But much unlike many a loft, this property has an entire second living/studio space with access to the outdoors. It’s the perfect solution for an artist who’s been looking for a live/work space but doesn’t want to live in a heavily commercial area. It’s also a great location to throw a few parties every now and again, if you know what I mean …

2401 S. Ervay Studio:Second Living

3) While there are exposed brick walls separating the living area and bedroom, the main bedroom is gigantic and takes full advantage of those huge industrial windows to let tons of light in. Considering size, and location, the finishes in this unit make it a total value at $299,000.

2401 Ervay Living

4) The concrete floors are warmed up with some well-placed hardwoods, which are featured prominently in the dining area. Also, THIS LOFT HAS A DINING AREA. So cool! Also, this place would be a fantastic spot for an art collection. The current owner looks to be a musician or a producer, or perhaps even a DJ. You can tell because this place showcases collections perfectly without feeling imposing.

2401 Ervay Kitchen

5) There is a full kitchen, including an eat-in area, full of cabinets and stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances. This is a great spot for someone to indulge their epicurean tendencies without having to sacrifice everything else that makes this loft gritty and cool.

2401 Ervay Bedroom 2401 Ervay Bath

6) This unit shares a rooftop deck, which has views of the downtown skyline. how romantic is that? And really, I can’t imagine anything I’d want in a loft that this unit doesn’t have. It’s the total package!

Seriously, what a great loft! Makes me want to head for the Cedars right now!