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External Features Of An Apartment That Is Worth Renting

Put any house on rent demands that the tenant is satisfied with the features of the house. In general, the tenant would do well to inspect both the external and internal features of the house. This is the only way one would be sure about the state of the house. On the other hand, making an informed decision would be practically impossible without taking this step. Suppose you are looking for north end apartments dallas to rent, the following information is for you.

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Valley View Mall Makes Way for Dallas Midtown

Participants in the groundbreaking were, from left to right: Ken Malcolmson, President and CEO North Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Jaynie Schultz, Dallas Midtown Park Foundation Advisory Member and District 11 CPC Commissioner; Adam McGough, District 10 City Council Member; Linda Koop, Texas State Representative; Tennell Atkins, District 8 City Council Representative; Scott Beck, CEO of Beck Ventures; Amy Monier, District 11 Park and Recreation Board Member.
Valley View Mall continues to be demolished in preparation for the first phase of Dallas Midtown.

The demolition of Valley View Mall continued Friday as Beck Ventures broke ground on the $4 billion mixed-use Midtown development project. At a press event, developer Scott Beck, CEO of Dallas-based Beck Ventures, detailed plans for the transformative project, which he got involved with in 2012.

“The project all started with a single vision—the desire to reinforce our northern city boundary all while creating an urban mixed-used village in the center of the population density of Dallas,” said Beck.

The development lies at the corner of Preston Road between the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. Highway 75, adjacent to Interstate 635. According to Beck, approximately one-third of the city of Dallas’ population lives within three and a half miles of the site. The location allows Dallas to compete with surrounding suburbs for companies looking to relocate, Beck said. The district will give a multibillion-dollar boost to the city’s tax-base and generate more than $70 million for TIF funds that will go toward redeveloping southern Dallas, Beck said.

The project will be anchored by a 183,000-square-foot Life Time Fitness and a Cinépolis cinema. The $500 million initial phase will also include about 500,000 square feet of office space and more than 400,000 square feet of retail, along with more than 1,000 apartments, including affordable housing, and an 18-story luxury hotel. The hotel flag remains confidential but will be announced in the coming months, Beck said.

The health and wellness facility will feature an indoor and outdoor aquatic center including a rooftop beach pool, and two large functional resistance cardio training areas with “world-class” equipment, Beck said. The Life Time-operated facility will also encompass the fitness company’s newest innovation—Life Time Living, a residential area interconnected to the facility, and 50,000 square feet of collaborative work space. It will also include a café and bistro, a spa, a Life Time Kids Academy, and Ultimate Hoops.

The 10-screen Cinépolis theater will have more than 600 seats. Viewers will be able to enjoy leather recliners, at-your-seat waiter services, a full bar, and gourmet menu.

Beck Venues is working with A.G. Spanos Corporation on the project’s 1,000 apartment units. The unidentified upscale hotel, in partnership with Hesperus Group and SB&G, will include 440 rooms and more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space. It will include multiple food and beverage outlets and a rooftop bar with a swimming pool.

Plans for Dallas Midtown also include a 20-acre park, which will be owned by the city of Dallas. The park’s vision plan was curated by MIG consultants and will be monitored by the Dallas Midtown Park Foundation.

“From Klyde Warren to Vitruvian to Arbor Hills, we all recognize the power of parks as game changes,” Dallas Midtown Park Foundation Advisory Member and District 11 CPC Commissioner Jaynie Schultz said. “The 400-plus acre development to be built here will change Dallas in ways we cannot imagine now, just as no one foresaw the full impact of the parks I mentioned a moment ago.”

Beck plans to open the initial phase of Dallas Midtown by the end of 2019.

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Five Dallas Beers to Cool You Down This Summer

From the beach-ready to the hops-to-the-face, we’ve put together a range of DFW-brewed beers that will get you through a North Texas summer.

Although summer is more of a formality than an actual seasonal shift for North Texans, the end of school and a national holiday or two offer some unique opportunities for themed beer consumption. While your options might seem simple — lagers, limes, drink, repeat — we like to think that DFW’s breweries offer a broader range of pints for the rites of the season. We’ve paired five of our favorite local beers with five of the most recognizable activities for this time of year — because there ain’t no cure like these summertime brews.

Get salty this summer.

Solidarity with the neighborhood lemonade stand: The Salty Lady (Martin House)
Summertime offers North Texas youths the chance to make a little extra fidget spinner money by setting up shop as the neighborhood lemonade stand. All it takes are a sleeve of Dixie cups and a few scoops of Country Time mix in a pitcher of water to put these elementary school entrepreneurs in business. After you’ve ponied up your 50 cents to support local business, consider grabbing a sixer of Martin House Brewing’s Salty Lady to drink in solidarity with those pint-sized startups.

The Salty Lady is a gose, which, along with the Berliner Weisse, is the most summer-friendly of sour beers. Faithful to traditional recipes, Martin House includes salt and coriander in its brew, but the final result recalls nothing so much as Vietnamese salty lemon soda. It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s sour, it’s bitter — and, at 5.2 percent alcohol by volume, it won’t slow you down if you’re called on for some lemonade stand consultation.

If you love the Salty Lady, you’ll especially love Martin House’s latest release: the Imperial Salty Lady, which it describes as the "same great beer, just amped up the ABV to 9 percent."

Rahr’s Dadgum IPA, released in April, is Rahr’s take on a West Coast IPA.

Cuss-free completion of dad jobs: Dadgum IPA (Rahr & Sons)
Father’s Day has just passed, and after receiving a new tie and 24 hours of appreciation, dads will once again be tasked with those thankless household chores. Clearing gutters, edging the yard, taming the chaos of the garage — that’s freaking hard work, man, especially if there are little kids around and Pops is doing his damnedest not to drop some profanity in the process. Give the old man in your life some extra props for carrying off his duties swear-free and pour him a Dadgum IPA from Rahr & Sons, which released this juicy new brew in April.

Rahr bills the Dadgum as its take on a West Coast IPA. This ale delivers the juicy, citrusy hop profile of that style (thanks to a combination of Eureka, Citra and Lemondrop hops) along with a respectable 6.6 percent ABV, but it drinks much more like a mellow session IPA than a Cali palate-wrecker. With the aroma of the pine with which Dad will someday build that deck, Dadgum is the best toast you can offer your favorite paterfamilias.

If you’re gonna hop in a body of water — and obviously you should — you’ll need this blonde ale brewed in Rockwall.

Hanging out in a body of water: Lakeside Cerveza (Woodcreek Brewing Co.)
While we advise against trying to tube in the Trinity, you can’t beat North Texas’ many man-made bodies of water to keep the heat at bay. Be it kiddie pool or Lake Ray Hubbard, spending hours under the beating sun calls for beers that skew light, low-alcohol and local. Rockwall’s Woodcreek Brewing Co. has crafted the Lakeside Cerveza to satisfy those requirements.

A blond ale billed as a “Mexican-style beer,” the Lakeside Cerveza manages a few curve balls for a poolside chugger. Despite being a crystal-clear pour, the Lakeside has a heftier mouthfeel than other, wispier riffs on Mexican styles. It also presents an unexpected creaminess and a malty oomph that belie its aggressively filtered appearance. Overall, it drinks more like a hearty, refreshing Kellerbier than some macro-micro compromise. Don’t forget your waterproof koozie.

Screw your summer palate and go hard with DEBC’s Dreamcrusher.

Keeping your sanity on the Fourth of July: Dreamcrusher (Deep Ellum Brewing Co.)
Given our current political climate, the temptation to skip out on the family’s Fourth of July barbecue, hole up with microwaved hot dogs and repeat viewings of Independence Day instead is strong. If that’s not an option, well, it might take some of the strong stuff to get you through any sociopolitical conversations with the fam. We suggest Deep Ellum’s Dreamcrusher.

Dreamcrusher is a double IPA brewed with a dash of rye and some patriotic-sounding hops — Liberty, Apollo, Columbus, Representational Democracy. (We might have misread that last one.) It pours waves-of-grain amber and, at 9.5 percent ABV, drinks with the power of Captain America punching a thousand Hitlers in the face. Sip or shotgun, depending on your situation, and hold out for the desirable kind of fireworks.

If a double IPA is a little too intense for you this summer, check out DEBC’s new Summer Mix Pack, a mixed 12-er filled with Dallas Blonde, Deep Ellum Lager, Neato Bandito and the new Deep Summer, an ale made with hibiscus, lemon peel and chamomile flowers that you can only snag in the pack.

Crank the AC and go hard on Tupps’ Black Ale.

Thermostat at 60 and chill: Black Ale (Tupps Brewery)
Let’s be real: If you’re even remotely close to a sane person, you’ll be spending your days in the iceberg embrace of Texas-strength air conditioning. Perhaps as you point and laugh at the poor, sweaty souls staggering outside from the comfort of your living-room igloo, you will relish the chance to drink something wildly seasonally inappropriate — something like Tupps’ Black Ale.

This sweet stout is equal parts roasty and sweet, like burnt toast soaked in the leftover milk from your Lucky Charms. It’s got a lighter body and lower ABV (just 5.4 percent) than other stouts on the local market — a summer-weight stout, if you will — so you can drink a few over the course of an afternoon-into-evening as you cuddle beneath a blanket and thank your lucky stars for the thermostat. Just don’t chill the glass. That would be overkill.

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North Texas patients blame eye drops for lost vision

DALLAS – The number of alleged victims and impacted eye centers have grown two months after the first reports of an incorrectly mixed medicine used in some cataract surgeries have left some patients without vision.

About 35 North Texans have hired attorneys, claiming they likely permanently lost eyesight due to an incorrectly mixed solution used in a routine procedure.

At the end of April, Key-Whitman Eye Center announced several patients had worse vision after receiving a common medication following their cataract surgery. The common medication was mixed at a local compounding pharmacy. Dr. Jeffery Whitman identified the pharmacy as Guardian Pharmacy Services. The surgeries happened between Jan. 31 and Feb. 21, 2017.

Guardian Pharmacy Services is in Dallas, and not affiliated with the national Guardian Pharmacy services headquartered in Atlanta.

WFAA has learned a second center, Tylock-George Eye Care in Irving, also confirms that it used the same solution in a small number of its cataract patients. One of them is Julie Shipp of Lewisville.

"I can’t drive. I can’t see at night very much, and there are no lenses that can correct me and nothing can be done," she said.

Patients reported extreme sensitivity to light, flashing and vision loss in the eyes that underwent surgery. Guardian Pharmacy Services provided the solution used in those surgeries.

"It’s two kinds of emotions. One, you’re relieved that you know what happened," said Shipp. "The other emotion is you are angry that someone injected a drug into your eye that was poison."

Shipp is one of about 35 North Texans who have hired legal representation. Attorney Andrew Sommerman represents Shipp and 19 others.

"This is an epidemic that didn’t need to happen," said Sommerman. "I believe there are over 100 folks that have been affected by this at a number of different centers."

Sommerman says he continues to get calls from other potential victims three to five times a week. Many, like Shipp, want retribution for what they’ve lost.

"I would like the Guardian pharmaceutical company put out of business for mixing this drug that changed all of our lives," said Shipp.

WFAA contacted Guardian Pharmacy Services for comment and were directed to an attorney who is representing the business. He has not yet returned our calls for comment.

Billy Dunnill, attorney for Tylock-George Eye Care sent WFAA this statement:

After becoming aware of retinal issues that did not appear to be related to surgical technique, we were greatly concerned to learn that a post-surgical antibiotic medication, formulated by a supplier, might be responsible. We are working with each of the affected patients and doing everything possible from a clinical standpoint to help them and support their recovery.

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North Texas home sales, prices broke another record in May

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North Texas home prices are still on a hot streak.

In May the price of preowned homes sold in North Texas surged another 10 percent from a year earlier.

At a median price of $255,000, area home prices have never been so high and show no signs of a cool down.

As long as demand for homes in the area remains strong, Dr. James Gaines, the chief economist with the Real Estate Center, sees not stop in the price growth.

"As long as shortage persists there’s no end," Gaines said. "Rate of change might vary, but it’ll still be significant.

"Demand continues to outpace supply."

North Texas real estate agents sold 10,939 single-family homes last month, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

May’s home sales were 15 percent higher than in the same month last year.

"The North Texas housing market continues to have a shortage of home listings, especially under $300,000," said Ted Wilson with Dallas-based housing consultant Residential Strategies Inc. ".With demand far outstripping supply of ‘starter’ and ‘first move-up’ homes, it remains commonplace to see multiple offers at or above asking price for these more affordable homes as the come to market.

"The challenge is that, with all the growth and in-migration of households stemming from our robust job growth, there simply is not enough housing stock for those households seeking lower-priced, well-located homes."

Neighborhoods that saw some of the biggest year-over-year homes sales gains in May include Duncanville (up 73 percent), Fairview (59 percent), Wylie (50 percent), Oak Cliff (46 percent) and North Dallas (38 percent).

Through the first five months of 2017, area real estate agents have sold a record 40,592 houses – up 5 percent in sales from the same period in 2016.

Another 11,311 home sales were pending but not yet closed at the end of May.

One of the biggest increases in sales so far in 2017 has been North Texas properties priced at $1 million and more. As of May 663 million dollar homes have traded – 37 percent more than in the first five months of 2016, according to the Real Estate Center.

There is finally some sign that the huge shortage of homes for sale in North Texas is easing. In May there were almost 20,000 homes listed for sale with real estate agents in the more than two dozen counties included in the survey. That’s a 10 percent gain in homes for sale from a year ago.

Even with that increase, there is still less than a 2.4-month supply of area houses in the real estate agents’ multiple listing service.

On average it took only 37 days to sell the houses that traded in May.

In 2016, North Texas real estate agents sold a record of more than 100,000 houses.

And median home sales prices in the area have shot up by more than 50 percent in the last five years – one of the biggest such gains in the country.

Paige Shipp with housing analyst Metrostudy said as long as the difference between prices of existing and new homes remains high, preowned values will continue to rise.

"We are seeing a slowdown in price appreciation for new homes, but the median is still $315,000," she said.

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Thursday storms bring heavy rain, cooler weather to North Texas

It felt a lot nicer outside Thursday after a heavy round of storms moved through North Texas.

Last month was one of the driest Mays on record, but the first day of June brought scattered thunderstorms and a hail threat. Some areas got less than an inch of rain and others got more than 2 inches, meteorologist Jesse Moore with the National Weather Service.

At DFW International Airport, only .15 inches was recorded. Dallas Love Field measured .45 inches. But a city of Dallas rain gauge at Skillman Street and Southwestern Boulevard saw 2.21 inches, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Dallas County that was allowed to expire. Some flights were delayed a few roads experienced flooding.

The rain did do a nice job of cooling things down. DFW reached a high of 87 at 1:39 p.m., but three hours later the temperature was down to 74 degrees.

"It’s June 1 at 5 in the afternoon and the temperature is 77 degrees," Moore said. "Who’s going to complain about that?"

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Identifying Dallas Cowboys’ 5 Most Improved Positional Units

As usual, it was an eventful offseason for the Dallas Cowboys. Once again they passed on signing some of the bigger names in free agency as they focused on improving their roster through the draft.

Rather than adding expensive players in free agency, the Cowboys have opted to pay their own and add cheaper free agents. Dallas was able to add a few names in the later days of free agency that helped improve depth across multiple positions.

While some positions lost numerous starters, such as safety and offensive line, the team improved in multiple spots this offseason, specifically on defense.

Here are the top five most improved positional units for the Dallas Cowboys heading into 2017.

No. 1: Defensive Line

The Cowboys lost a few veterans on their defensive line this offseason (Terrell McClain and Jack Crawford), but Dallas was able to add a lot of talent to the group via free agency and the draft. First, let’s take a look at the veterans the Cowboys added.

Stephen Paea was signed to compete with Cedric Thornton for the starting one-technique job. Paea finished 2016 with an average grade (75.7), according to Pro Football Focus. With Dallas not having a big, powerful middle linebacker to take on blocks, it makes sense that Dallas would go with Paea inside, as he provides more girth and run-stopping ability than Thornton. I predict that he will start over Thornton in Week 1.

Dallas also added former Giants’ defensive end Damontre Moore to the roster. Moore played just 104 snaps last season, but Dallas is hoping that pairing him with Rod Marinelli will be the right move to resurrect his career. Moore is just 24 and has 10 career sacks to his name, and he will be competing for a roster spot in camp.

In the draft, Dallas added three defensive linemen to compete for roles in 2017. The most notable addition is first-round pick Taco Charlton from Michigan.

Charlton will start his career at right defensive end and will likely start from Week 1 at that spot. While he doesn’t fit the traditional mold of a Marinelli right end, Charlton’s length and quickness will allow him to be productive as a rookie. He will see plenty of snaps in his first year at multiple positions, and he should be able to help against the run right away.

Dallas also selected defensive linemen Joey Ivie and Jordan Carrell in the seventh round of the draft. Each will provide quality depth as they fight for roster spots. Both are high-motor players who will make plays with athleticism and effort, and they will be competing against one another for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Ultimately, Dallas added talent and depth to its defensive line. While it won’t be the strength of the team going forward, it’s clear that Dallas wanted to address this position, and the Cowboys added lots of youth to the group. I expect the Cowboys to have an improved pass rush heading into 2017.

No. 2: Cornerback

At the end of the season, Pro Football Focus ranked the Dallas Cowboys’ secondary as the best unit in the league.

Despite their success in 2016, Dallas allowed its top two cornerbacks (as well as Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox) to walk out the door in free agency. So how can Dallas improve at a position that ranked No. 1 in the league last year? The answer is simple; turnovers.

Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne played a combined 1,509 snaps on defense last year, and together they combined for just two interceptions. While both cornerbacks played well last year, neither takes the ball away at a high rate, and that’s been true for each throughout their careers. Quarterbacks were not afraid to throw at either of them. While they were solid players, they just weren’t dynamic enough for Marinelli.

The Cowboys added four cornerbacks to the roster this season; three via the draft and one through free agency (Nolan Carroll). The goal for the Cowboys was to find cornerbacks who excel at taking the ball away and can fit better as zone corners in the Tampa-2 defense.

While Dallas added youth and playmakers to its cornerback room, that also means that the team may surrender more yardage. However, the hope is that the team found players who can create turnovers more frequently and give Dallas more flexibility in the secondary.

It may take a few weeks or months for this roster turnover to prove itself as a smart move, but by the end of the season, the cornerback unit should be much improved.

No. 3: Wide Receiver

Heading into free agency, it seemed as if the Cowboys were going to have a much different receiver corps entering 2017. Terrance Williams and Brice Butler both hit the market, and it was assumed both would find more money elsewhere.

However, Dallas was able to retain both Williams and Butler (at discounted deals), and that didn’t force its hand in the draft. Instead of reaching for a receiver due to need, the Cowboys were able to sit back and let the draft come to them.

This resulted in the team selecting not one, but two receivers in April’s draft. Dallas added a dynamic slot receiver in Ryan Switzer, as well as a big-bodied player in Noah Brown.

On top of retaining the team’s top-six receivers, the Cowboys were also able to add to the group. That alone should provide an upgrade, as Switzer and Brown will push the receivers at the bottom of the roster.

No. 4: Special Teams

To say the Cowboys’ special teams unit has been lackluster in the past five years is quite an understatement.

In the last six seasons, the Cowboys have failed to return a kickoff for a touchdown and only have one punt return touchdown. They’ve blocked just one punt and one field goal in the past six seasons. Outside of Dan Bailey, the Cowboys have had an average-at-best special teams unit.

To help improve the return game in 2017, the Cowboys added two returners this offseason, the first being Switzer in the draft. Not only will Switzer help as a receiver, but he actually may contribute even more as a returner his first few years in Dallas.

In his career at North Carolina, Switzer returned seven punts for touchdowns and averaged nearly 11 yards per return. He will likely be the team’s starting punt returner in Week 1 against the Giants.

The Cowboys also signed another returner in free agency; CFL star Quincy McDuffie. In 2016, McDuffie scored twice on kickoff returns, while averaging a career 12.6 yards per return on punt returns. He’s no lock to make the roster, but he will push Lucky Whitehead and Switzer in the return game.

Between Whitehead, Switzer and McDuffie, the Cowboys should have improved competition at both return spots, and that should produce much better play from the unit in 2017.

No. 5: Linebacker

While Dallas didn’t draft or sign one in free agency, the expectation is that its linebacker corps should be greatly improved in 2016. How can this be an improved unit without Dallas adding one player? The answer is simple; Jaylon Smith.

In 2016, the Cowboys selected Smith knowing full-well that he would likely miss the entire 2016 season and that there was a significant chance he wouldn’t play a down for the team. And while there’s still a chance that he may not, it seems like the odds of him being on the field in Week 1 against the Giants are growing daily.

Smith has been participating in the team’s OTAs, albeit one day on then another off. The goal is to keep him fresh and ready to go for the season, but by all accounts, it seems like he hasn’t been limited in practice.

Smith is still using an AFO brace to help lift his foot, but he can walk without the brace. He can lift his toes towards his shin, and his foot no longer drags.

Even if Smith returns to only 80 to 85 percent of his 2015 self, that will be an upgrade over the linebackers that were next to Sean Lee in 2016. It’s assumed that if Smith is cleared to get on the field physically, it won’t take him long to grasp the defensive playbook, as he’s one of the smarter linebackers to ever come out of the draft.

There is still a lot of unknown about Smith, but every day he progresses, it seems more likely that he will be able to contribute to the team in some capacity.

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Downtown Dallas is getting a new 45-story tower next to huge $70 million Fountain Place redo

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At the same time, another developer is breaking ground on a 45-story companion tower next door.

Atlanta-based Goddard Investment Group — which bought Fountain Place in 2014 — is building a new garage and retail building on the northeast side of the green glass tower.

The upgrades to the 31-year-old Ross Avenue skyscraper have already prompted several major tenants to sign up for longer leases in the building.

Wells Fargo Bank — which had been looking at other options in downtown and Uptown — has committed to keeping 123,650 square feet in Fountain Place for its flagship Dallas location.

Bracewell LLP, Tenet Healthcare, Hunton & Williams and investment firm Gerald L. Ray & Associates have also decided to stay in the tower.

In all, more than 500,000 square feet of extended office deals have been signed in the 1.2 million square foot building, according to property agents at Cushman & Wakefield of Texas who lease the tower.

"The renewals and new leases are an absolute validation of the vision of Goddard Investment Group and their commitment to such a significant reinvestment in an iconic Dallas property," Cushman & Wakefield’s Johnny Johnson said.

Revamping Fountain Place wasn’t something the new owners rushed into.

Designed by Harry Cobb of I.M. Pei and Partners, the building is one of Dallas’ most iconic skyscrapers and a standout on the city’s skyline.

Goddard hired New York-based James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. and Gensler to lead the team working on Fountain Place.

The current construction includes:

· Building a 10-story, 1,500-space parking garage with ground-floor retail between Fountain Place and the next-door Fairmont Hotel.

· Renovation of the tower’s lobby, including a floor-to-ceiling, glass-wall art piece designed by James Carpenter.

· A new tenant lounge constructed at the north end of the lobby.

· An 8,000-square-foot fitness center.

· A training room to accommodate up to 150 people.

The upgrades will also include renovation of the tower’s signature fountains and landscaping around the base.

The renovations will include new art glass walls in the lobby. (Goddard Investment)

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Uptown-area condo tower cruises toward summer opening

Another new Uptown Dallas tower is heading to the finish line.

The 33-story Bleu Ciel condominium tower, which is being constructed at the north end of Harwood Street, has topped out its construction.

A project of developer Harwood International, the high-rise has about 150 condo units ranging in size from from 1,373 to more than 5,800 square feet.

Units in the building start in price near $800,000.

Designed by Dallas-based HDF and Paris-architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the tower has a ground floor garden, a spa, private garages and a gourmet market.

"We will start delivering units this summer," Harwood’s Jessica Young said.

Bleu Ciel is one of three buildings the developer has under construction in its Harwood district north of downtown Dallas.

Harwood is completing a new building for watchmaker Rolex.

And the developer recently broke ground for a 22-story office tower on McKinnon St.

The Bleu Ciel tower has more than 150 condos.

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Fun Things To Do Once You Arrive At North End Dallas

If you get to the city of Dallas, you might want to go to North End Dallas in order to see many fun things that you can do. It is a place that is perfect for tourists, and there are also many locations that locals like to visit from time to time. If you are a tourist, it is likely that you have done the Dallas CityPASS which is an exciting tour that will take you to many different destinations. You can also ride the bus and do the Dallas Attraction Tours which will take you to even more locations. Here are a few things that you ought to do once you arrive if you’ve never been to North End Dallas before.

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

If you enjoy botanical gardens, you will definitely like to visit the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. You will get to see many beautiful flowers, and thus why you need to travel to Dallas during the spring time if you want to truly experience how beautiful it is. There are other things that you can see while you are there, and it is definitely one of the most relaxing places that you can go. Locals will also travel here because it is right next to a large body of water, and also a garden that is designed for children that they can also appreciate.

The Sixth Floor Museum

This is a Museum that will teach you all about John F. Kennedy, and an assortment of other things. It is a very organized tour, and not too long, making it perfect for people that would like to do more than one or two tours during the day. You should block off at least two hours, and if you are only there on the weekend, this is one place that you definitely need to go. It is a location that will give you a lot of information about Dallas and its history.

This quick overview of what you can do when you get to North End Dallas will make it worth your while to visit this beautiful location. It is a place that is designed to accommodate people that are interested in learning about the city, but also having a good time. You can also visit other destinations including the George W. Bush Museum, and you can also take Segway tours if you prefer doing that. There are so many things that you can do, plus you can see the beautiful skyscrapers that have been seen in many movies and TV shows. Book your trip today and find out why so many people love the city of Dallas.

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Over 50,000 New Apartments Under Way in Dallas–Fort Worth’s Hot Housing Market

The Dallas–Fort Worth multifamily market was already one of the nation’s hottest in the beginning of 2017, and it remains so. Currently, the market has 50,588 apartments under construction (second only to New York City), with 30,000 or more expected to be complete by the end of the year, according to the Dallas Morning News:

"Seems like forever I’ve been quoting folks that the pace of apartment building in North Texas is sure to slow soon," wrote Steve Brown, the paper’s real estate editor. "I wouldn’t count on that."

Thirty percent of the units under construction are in the north end of the market, in Frisco-Proper, Allen/McKinney, and Richardson, while 11% are in the market’s city center. Many of the new buildings are mixed-use, New Urbanist, luxury communities, built to appeal to the city’s influx of young professionals.

Right now, the two largest projects by square footage under construction in D-FW are some of these New Urban-style ones, and are both in Frisco (Wade Park and Frisco Station). Other notable multi-family projects include various towers in central Dallas, and mid-rise lofts in Fort Worth. The 3rd largest construction project right now is the Toyota Corporate Campus, in Plano, and while it is strictly commercial/office, it too provides a window into the nature of D-FW’s apartment growth.

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