This condo at 2900 Mckinnon Street #2900 – on the 29th floor of the Azure – has breathtaking views of Downtown Dallas and the entire Dallas skyline. Listed for $3,150,000. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realt
High-rise living is not a new concept, yet more and more Dallasites, both home grown and transplants, are opting for breathtaking tree-top neighborhoods where the size of the view is more important than the size of the yard. Last year the comfort, amenities and convenience of downtown living added up to a 67 percent increase in sales volume (condominiums in Area 17 and listed in MLS) over the same period in 2012.
Many of these new urban dwellers are drawn to the wraparound views, the convenience of walking to work, the proximity to arts, dining and entertainment. Others want the flexibility of a lock-and-leave lifestyle and luxury amenities that range from pools and fitness centers to spa services and fabulous event planning.
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Darcie Bundy and Ken Cohen planned on downsizing from their large Bluffview estate once their daughter left for college. But 16-year-old Devon had another idea. “She told us not to wait. She wanted to experience the fun of urban living in her home town,” said Bundy. “As soon as she made that comment, we started looking for a vertical home.”
Eight years later the couple is still happily ensconced in their 4,800 square foot home at The Vendome. We purposely chose a home on the third floor with balconies all around so that we could overlook the treetops and Turtle Creek,” said Bundy. “Going vertical stretched my day horizontally, meaning I now have much more time to do the things I want to do,” she said. “And my husband says he feels like he got a promotion because there are no more big seasonal bills for yard work and pool maintenance.”
For Dr. Lanette Rees, moving to a glamorous vertical home was something she dreamed about as a child growing up on a red dirt road in rural small-town Texas. So after spending 24 exciting years raising her children in Highland Park, she decided that her cherished home was best suited to a new family—one with small children to enjoy the large backyard and five bedrooms. She began launching a new chapter, soaring high above the city at her Claridge on Turtle Creek address.
Now, when she looks out across her balcony view she is transported to a very peaceful place. “When I’m in that space, watching the twinkling lights from the city all around, the cars whizzing by on Lemmon and the neighborhoods busy with people doing what they do, it gives me the same sense of peace I have when I am at a beach during winter, watching the ocean, safe from all the power in the sea, but still a part of its energy,” she said.
Beauty, comfort and easy of living are among the many driving factors behind the rising interest in Dallas luxury high-rise neighborhoods, but as in all home buying decisions, location, location, location is a key element.
That convenience factor was important to Susan and Keller Smith who have enjoyed living at the Azure since 2008. The building sits at a prime Uptown location near incredible museums, fabulous dining and easy access to all of North Texas’ unique neighborhoods. “I can get on the Tollway and be at Preston Royal in seven minutes, or I can head over the new bridge and be in Bishop Arts in about 10,” said Susan Smith, who has inspired several friends from their former Preston Hollow neighborhood to venture into urban living. “At first our friends were curious about where we live. Now, four families from our Hockaday days have moved here, too.”
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homes, ranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.