Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 20, 2017

Trinity Groves Adding Towers to Revitalization Efforts

trinityWhile the majority of the revitalization plans for the West Dallas area known as Trinity Groves has included restaurants, the neighborhood is about to grow in a different way. Four years ago, many wondered if residents would be willing to drive to West Dallas for a new type of dining experience. It’s since been proven many will flock to the area for the right restaurants.

Now, with the success of many restaurants, developers wonder if those willing to dine in the area would rather live in Trinity Groves, stay in hotels here or even work in an office within the neighborhood. These curiosities will all be answered with the new project coming to Singleton Boulevard near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The goal of the new space is to create a live-work-lay environment with a mixed-use project covering about 100 acres of space. It will be easily accessible to the downtown area, while providing an alternative place to live, work and play.

Until recently, the Trinity Groves area was overlooked by developers. The news of a new tower project comes as a bit of a surprise, but with the success of restaurants here developers are finally taking notice.

An 11-Year-Long Overnight Success

As with most overnight successes, this one took many years. The first land deal for the partners on the project actually closed in April of 2005. Butch McGregor, Phil Romano and Stuart Fitts started buying small commercial properties and older homes found on West Commerce and Singleton Street many years ago.

Many doubted their big plans for high-rises and new retail in Trinity Groves would ever come to fruition. However, it’s all becoming a reality as developer Columbus Reality will be creating a 349-unit apartment and retail building across the street from the very popular Trinity Groves restaurant park.

The first apartments are expected to be ready in early 2017 and they have already started to lease off the website.

More Than Just Apartments

While the apartment building is a large part of the redevelopment of the area, there’s an 11-story hotel and an office tower in the works, as well. The hotel will take over the site of an old concrete plant, while an old parking lot will become a new office tower.

There’s no guarantee the hotel or office tower will move forward. Developers are waiting to see what the market here wants, but they have stated the feedback has been positive. They believe building a new site in Trinity Groves will appeal to millennials due to the environment and proximity to downtown.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 16, 2017

Three West Dallas Restaurants Making a Splash

Even with a saturated Mexican food market, Julian and Beto Rodarte recently opened a new hot spot called Beto & Son. Another restaurant making a splash in West Dallas, Trompo, was recently recognized by Bon Appetit. If that wasn’t enough, the beloved Oak Cliff Italian joint called Lucia also announced the late-night pop-ups are coming back.

Beto & Son

beto-sonAfter graduating from the Culinary Institute of American in New York, Julian Rodarte and his father opened the restaurant Beto & Son. With top restaurant backers, such as Phil Romano (responsible for starting Fuddreucker’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill), the father/son duo plans to create the next popular chain restaurant.

Beto & Son provides a menu full of surprises, such as Mexican poutine, masa fries, noodle bowls and so much more. While it’s a Mexican restaurant in a crowded Dallas market, it’s not like any other Mexican restaurant in the area. Not only will the menu set them apart, but they will also make their own tortillas and get their bread from a panaderia found just a couple blocks away.

Trompo 42

A small taqueria opened in April in West Dallas is making a huge splash. Bon Appetit recently names Trompo to their list of the 50 best new restaurants in the country. It’s the only restaurants in all of North Texas to make it on the list.

trombo-42While the location is very unassuming and easy to miss, this street taco shop is family-owned and offers Monterrey-style street tacos. The signature offering is the Trompo, which is a pork taco marinated with paprika.

The success has driven this taco shop to actually consider opening a second location. They plan to renovate a former home found on West Eighth Street in the Bishop Arts District. This new location will be named Trompo 42 and will serve beer and wine. The location will also have a patio and should be open very soon.

Once the new location opens, the original Singleton location will change the hours to just 11am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.

Lucia

A final bit of restaurant news coming from a hot little place in Oak Cliff called Lucia, is all about the best bowls of ramen coming back. Chef Justin Holt recently announced he will begin to serve up the ramen bowls at late-night pop-us again. It’s expected these pop-ups will once again be very popular and the lines will form quickly. You will need cash and the bowls of ramen will be $10 while bowls of curry will be $5.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 10, 2017

Bishops Arts Expanding With 3 Luxury Projects

bishopartssign_Three luxury townhome projects are currently underway in the Bishop Arts District area.

Bishop Arts Melba Townhomes

Found adjacent to a massive development of apartments and shops from the Nazerian family, this project included demolishing homes on Melba at Bishop. The Bishop Arts Melba Townhomes will provide two-story homes with private garages and roof decks. The home will be about 2,250 square feet in size and they are expected to start at around $450K.

melba-bishopThese spacious townhomes provide three bedrooms with two-and-one-half bathrooms. Each home has a two-car garage, stainless steel appliances, a fire place in both the master bedroom and the living room and a rooftop patio. Some units include an optional outdoor kitchen.

Green space is found outside of each unit, while an energy-efficient Climate Control System is found inside each unit. The rooftop decks cover around 400 to 500 square feet, providing the perfect area for entertaining. Each unit also feature eight-foot tall windows and multiple balconies.

Larkspur’s Elsbeth Townhomes

Found at the corner of Elsbeth and Neely, the groundwork for these walk-up townhomes has already begun. They are expected to provide a design embracing the history and character of the Bishop Arts District with black windows and red brick patterns.

These townhomes are expected in the Fall of 2017 with 16 total units. The interior will include plenty of living space with quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, oak wood floors and plenty of natural light. Large rooftop terraces will be a part of every unit with beautiful views of the natural terrain. Four of the units will also provide incredible views of downtown Dallas.

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Tenth and Adams Modern Townhomes

10th-and-adamsAnother project is underway after the demolishing of an office building on the corner of Tenth and Adams. This project will provide 17 total homes all standing three stories tall with about 2,300 square feet of living space and rooftop patios.

The homes will also provide two-car garages, a study on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the third floor and the dining and living areas on the second floor. They are expected to start around $440K when they hit the market.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 4, 2017

Deep Ellum Booming With Four New Restaurants Announced

deep-ellumAs Deep Ellum continues to become the Restaurant Row of Dallas, it continues to attract attention. Four new restaurants/bars have been announced for the area with restoration projects planned for each. The vintage buildings these restaurants will take over are found on Malcolm X Boulevard between Main and Elm streets.

The Table – 2826 Elm Street

This will be a spin-off of a Flower Mount restaurant. The building The Table will take over used to be occupied by a number of bars with the numbers “2826” in their name, such as Club 2826 and 2826 Arnetic.

The Table will provide a rustic setting with refined American cuisine. It will also provide many pre-Prohibition cocktails, along with other craft cocktails from the bar.

Baker and Company – 2820 Elm Street

This new bar and restaurant will take over the space where Viper Lounge and Swallow Lounge used to be. It will be a small plate restaurant featuring jazz music and a 1920’s theme. Baker and Company will open in February of 2017.

Hide Bar – 2816 Elm Street

hide-barHide Bar will go into a historic space that used to be called Ravach Arts. It will provide a unique type of place with cutting-edge offerings. Clean cocktails, centrifuges, vaporizers and plenty of other unique offerings are in store at Hide Bar. They will also serve sandwiches, salads and small plates.

Harlowe MXM – 2823 Main Street

A newer concept coming from the Bread Winners folks will take over the old Catalina Cycle spot. This bar/restaurant will include a rooftop, two patios and more. The atmosphere will be unique and a big brunch is expected here.

All of these restaurants will provide a newly renovated space in older buildings. Westdale Properties has invested millions to restore these buildings and make them suitable for the new restaurants/bars to take over. The remodel also includes a corridor into the 2618 Elm Street space to connect Elm and Main Streets.

Deep Ellum received $1.6 million in TIF funding from the city to add to the restaurants growth. Along with these four new spots, residents can expect upgrades to utilities, public space, pedestrian access and beautification throughout the neighborhood in 2017.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 30, 2016

A Closer Look at Bryan Place: Downtown Dallas’ Hidden Gem

bryan-place-dallasFinding a hidden gem in Dallas used to be much easier. However, the very hot real estate market has made it quite difficult to spot the hidden gems throughout the city. Some of these hidden gems provide both an excellent deal on a condo or home, along with a very desirable area to live.

While it may be difficult to spot some of the hidden gems in the Dallas area, one you may not be aware of is called Bryan Place. This small community is found near the Arts District and just to the north of the Deep Ellum area. It’s known as a stylish neighborhood in the Downtown Dallas area with plenty to offer residents.

Trendy and Urban

At first glance, Bryan Place may look like just another trendy and urban place to live. It’s close to the Arts District and Deep Ellum, which means it often gets lumped into this category due to neighboring area. However, Bryan Place is far quainter and much like a suburban community. It’s laid-back, very walkable and surprising to many looking for a new home within this specific area.

Many of the homes for sale in Bryan Place are charming garden homes, while the neighborhood also consists of townhomes. If you don’t want to deal with outdoor maintenance, such as mowing the lawn or tending to the garden, a townhome may fit perfectly. Even the garden homes found within Bryan Place provide smaller yards, which keeps the maintenance at a minimum.

Real Estate in Bryan Place

bryan-placeMost of the properties range from about $350K to about $550K with some townhomes available for rent throughout the neighborhood. Larger properties come in at a higher price with many loft style homes and townhomes available for sale. While it’s possible to get a two bedroom or even a three bedroom townhome or condo for under $400K, most listed this low are 1 bedroom units. The 2 and 3 bedroom options tend to come in between $400K and $550K.

Overall, Bryan Place provides excellent housing options for those looking to live near the Arts District and Deep Ellum. If you prefer a low maintenance home, the selection of townhomes will provides plenty to choose from, as well.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 15, 2016

Why is Downtown Dallas the Best for Dining Options?

downtown-dallas-diningDallas has been known as a top destination for foodies for many years. It’s one of the top cities in the entire country when it comes to the most restaurants per capita. While there’s no shortage of place to dine, the absolute best Dallas dining options are still found downtown.

Adventurous Eating

From the many fine dining restaurants to more adventurous choices, such as CBD Provisions, there’s always something new to try downtown. CBD Provisions was actually named to the list of best new restaurants in 2013 by Texas Monthly. It’s found in The Joule Hotel and provides some of the most interesting dishes and cocktails you’ll find downtown.

Browder Street Plaza

Another one of the many reasons Downtown Dallas provides a great place to dine is Browder Street Plaza. This is a food truck park with all kinds of local favorites showing up during the week for lunch. Some of the trucks frequenting this park include Crazy Fish, The Butcher’s Son, Mr. Snowie and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.

Neighborhood Night

Dining at Cafe Izmir on Wednesdays will put you in the mix of what is known as neighborhood night. Enjoy half priced wines, along with $4 tapas during this special night of dining. Whether you choose the saffron chicken kabobs or the beef piroshky rolls, you’re sure to enjoy your meal.

Home Cooking and Great Pizza

dallas-pizzaOf course, you can also find plenty of great options for home cooking and pizza in Downtown Dallas. A great dining destination isn’t complete without a place like Ellen’s Southern Kitchen for breakfast all day and incredible home cooking.

Tutta’s provides one of the best choices for pizza. You can enjoy building your pizza however you want with any combination of toppings here.

Happy Hour’s Galore

Plenty of restaurants and bars in the downtown area provide incredible happy hour special, too. The Dallas Fish Market is one of the best with $5 glasses of wine and a free sushi roll with every drink from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Another good choice is Frankie’s, which is known as one of the best sports bars in the city. With $4 Moscow Mules and 20 Texas craft beers on tap, you won’t want to miss their happy hour.

If you need even more reasons to enjoy dining in Downtown Dallas, here are a few more:

  • Dallas Farmers Market
  • Rex’s Seafood
  • Scardello
  • The Woolworth
  • And So Much More!

It’s pretty easy to find reasons why Downtown Dallas is one of the best places to dine in the area. Choose just about any restaurants and you’re sure to be impressed.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 12, 2016

Dallas Arts District Getting New 40-Story Tower

dallas-arts-districtThe Dallas Arts District has seen plenty of development over the past few years and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. A new report from the Dallas Morning News shows the largest project yet may be coming to the district very soon. Permits have officially been filed for a 40-story residential tower, which will be one of the tallest buildings in Downtown Dallas, if approved.

Plans show the tower being located at Olive and Flora streets next to the Museum Tower and just a block from Klyde Warren Park. This high-rise has actually been in the works for over a year now.

ZOM Holdings, the developer, recently applied for the building permits which show a total of 416 units going into the apartment tower. The tower will also include space for restaurants and retail. Building permits came in with a value of $132 million.

The project will include more than just the one tower with 416 units. It will also include a low-rise building on Flora Street with 52 artist’s lofts. The site of the construction will cover one acre between the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Graham Greene, who is also a partner of the project and a Dallas architect, believes construction will take about 18 to 24 months. The apartment tower was actually designed by Add Inc., a Boston-based architect. Balfour Beatty Construction will be the general contractor, as well.

Even though the permit applications were just submitted in early October, the new high-rise is expected to begin construction sooner rather than later.

40-story-towerThe tower is expected to be the tallest of many new high-rise buildings coming to central Dallas. A 32-story tower is being building in the Park District area to the north of Klyde Warren Park. Along with this project, four other high-rise apartment buildings are under construction in the Victory Park area.

This new 40-story project is expected to appeal to many potential tenants. It will be located just blocks from Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Museum of Art and many other attractions. Not only will the commute be short for those working in the downtown area, but it will also be very close to some of the best restaurants, shopping and amenities in Dallas.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 7, 2016

Top Condo Buildings Found Throughout Dallas

top-dallas-condosDallas condo living is quite different from single-family home living. The location is usually closer to downtown as the suburbs don’t contain the same density of condo buildings.

While the lifestyle is certainly different, finding the right condo building is much like finding the right neighborhood. The search may seem a bit overwhelming, but with the right agent and a good list of the top Dallas condo buildings, you’ll be off to a great start.

Ritz Carlton Residences

It’s hard to create a list of the top condos in Dallas without including Ritz Carlton. As one of the most luxurious places to live, the Uptown location provides an incredible location. Residents enjoy walking to some of the finest restaurants and bars in the area, along with the American Airlines Center, Victory Park and so much more.

This building doesn’t come cheap, however. Luxury comes with a higher price, but for those looking for incredible amenities, plenty of square footage and one of the top Dallas locations; the Ritz Carlton Residences cannot be beat.

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Another fine building with plenty of luxuries within, One Arts Plaza provides a location in the center of the Dallas Arts District. It’s a beautiful building with incredible views and only the finest modern fixtures throughout. Amenities found here include concierge services, valet parking, a roof-top swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and more.

Azure Condos

A newer choice with a sleek and classy design, Azure Condos provides a great place to call home. Found in the Uptown area, the building has been called home by many local celebrities. It’s located near top restaurants and bars, along with many of the best attractions. The building provides one bedroom units with about 950 square feet, along with larger luxurious units with two or three bedrooms and closer to 4,000 square feet of living space.

Museum Tower Condos

Another great choice found on North Olive Street close to Klyde Warren Park is the Museum Tower Condos. This 42-story tall building provides a great choice for those working in the Downtown Dallas area. The units start around $1 million and go up to more than $2 million with both two and three bedroom options.

Other top condo buildings in Dallas to consider include:

  • Soco Urban Lofts
  • Vendome in Turtle Creek
  • Shelton Condos
  • W Residences
  • Terrace Condos

This list will give you a good place to start on your search for the right Dallas condo to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 23, 2016

Amazing Scenery & Challenging Golf Found at Stevens Park Golf Course

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A golf course capable of taking your breath away, Stevens Park Golf Course provides one of the most scenic rounds of golf in the Dallas area. Not only will golfers be able to enjoy the incredible natural setting, but also a majestic view of the Dallas skyline.

The Golf Course

Colligan Golf Design took on the project to redesign the course back in 2011. They turned it into one of the premier public golf destinations found in North Texas. Mature oak trees and elevation changes greet golfers of all skill levels.

Whether you’re headed to Stevens Park for a relaxing round of golf or you’ll be participating in a tournament, you’re sure to enjoy the trip around this beautiful course. The course has become a very popular choice for tournaments, corporate outings and charity events. With the ability to cater to all skill levels, along with the expertise of a professional staff, Stevens Park Golf Course provides the perfect choice for your next event.

The Facilities

You may come for the golf course, but while you’re at Stevens Park, make sure to enjoy the many other facilities and amenities. The Pro Shop is fully stocked with top brands, such as Adidas, PING, Under Armour, Titleist, Nike and more. You will also be able to reserve tee times, rent golf clubs and get all of your questions answered within the Pro Shop.

golf-course-22-holeAlong with the Pro Shop, Stevens Park offers an incredible short-game practice area with two practice greens, a unique sand bunker and more. If you need to iron out some of the issues in your chipping, pitching or putting, this is the perfect place to do it.

When your round is over, you can even enjoy a beverage or a meal at the Veranda & Grill. The covered patio provides beautiful views of the course and the service will allow you to kick back and relax.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

The Stevens Park Golf Course provides an incredible benefit for those living in the Kessler Park and Stevens Park neighborhoods. With such a beautiful choice for golfers of all skill levels, those choosing to live within this area will gain many benefits as golfers and simply as residents. Not only will you be able to hit the links without leaving your neighborhood, but you’ll also enjoy some of the most amazing views of the course and surrounding area.

If you haven’t experienced a round of golf at Stevens Park Golf Course in Dallas, it should be high on your list. With amazing views, plenty of challenge and world class facilities, this public course provides an oasis for Dallas golfers.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 18, 2016

Downtown Dallas Revived by Arts, People and Parks

downtown-dallasThrough the 1980s, many referred to Downtown Dallas as Stonehenge. It wasn’t a vibrant area many wanted to call home or enjoy on the weekend. Instead, it was full of failure and concrete pillars from the once planned, 50-story office towers.

The 1980s saw downtown clear out as offices became unoccupied and the Stonehenge name became a bad joke. However, this period of economic uncertainty and concrete pillars didn’t last forever.

Today, the downtown area of Dallas is quite different. What used to be referred to as Stonehenge is now home to an 18-story Hall Arts office tower. It was the first new office project created in the central business district of Dallas in many years.

New Arts District Arrives

Along with the growth of the business district, a new Arts District was also born. New museums and performance halls helped to bring back the beauty and appeal of Downtown Dallas. Some of the most popular arts attractions include:

  • Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • Winspear Opera House
  • Wyly Theatre
  • Perot Museum
  • One Arts Plaza
  • Dallas City Performance Hall
  • And so much more!

The Parks Bring Recreation and Beauty

klyde-warren-parkWhile the Dallas Arts District helped revive downtown, the many parks also played a huge role. Klyde Warren Park created a more than 5-acre park making downtown more walkable. The park added a wonderful place for residents to enjoy activities, music performances and so much more. It also helped to create a real estate boom when it opened in 2012.

Another park playing a very important part in reviving downtown is Sammons Park. Acting as an extension of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the park provides a lively place for families, students and individuals to enjoy concerts, events and plenty of fun. The outdoor veranda seating found in front of the Winspear Opera House, along with the sprawling lawns make Sammons Park an ideal destination for performances, picnics and many outdoor activities.

Living in Downtown Dallas

Maybe the most influential part of the Downtown Dallas turnaround was the residential spaces created throughout. Developers turned many empty and rundown spaces into apartments and condos fitting the landscape. While a large portion of the redevelopment has been seen with larger buildings, many smaller projects have also provided unique living space.

The incredible combination of arts, parks and people have brought Downtown Dallas back to where it belongs. It’s now a bustling business center full of attractions and incredible residential space.

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