Category: Real Estate

What to Expect from HOAs


Love them or hate them, homeowners associations are a fact of life in many communities. Understanding their roles and expectations can go a long way toward improving a neighborhood’s quality of life.

According to realtor Martha Miller, prospective buyers who are considering moving to a neighborhood with an HOA should research the specific requirements of the association before making a decision.

“They should ask questions like ‘what do they do?’ and ‘how much do you pay?’,” Miller said.

Preston Hollow has three namesake HOAs (East, North and South), as well as at least a half a dozen more that stake some claim to the area. The single-family neighborhoods in Highland Park and University Park do not have homeowners’ associations. However, practically every condominium development in the Park Cities area has its own association, no matter how small. Nearby neighborhoods like Lane Park, Caruth Hills, and Windsor Park also boast their own HOAs.

According to Juli Black, VP of marketing and communications for the Preston Hollow East Home Owners Association, her organization’s primary goals are to provide enhanced security and foster a greater sense of community.

“We are here to be a voice for them with anything they need,” Black said.

LandPatterns Crafts Inner Peace Outdoors

(Photo: Marc Funderburk)

LandPatterns has been creating outdoor architectural landscaping designs since 2000. Under Marc Funderburk’s leadership, the Oak Cliff team takes on 20 to 30 projects a year. The company’s philosophy marries luxury with an appreciation of nature, and focuses not only on the enhancement of property value, but also on the well-being of the client.

What one thing should people be aware of before they begin a landscaping project?

MF: One thing clients never seem to appreciate is that plants are growing, living dynamic organisms. Landscapes need to be changed every seven to 10 years, because the plants will outgrow the environment. So everything needs to be designed with that in mind.

Your environment needs to be able to thrive. Exotic flowers don’t do well in Dallas. Perennials like butterfly bush, lantana bush, and coronation gold yarrow do well. They attract hummingbirds and different birds and butterflies. We’ll use those quite a bit.

How do you create a space that will psychologically benefit your client? 

Developers Build New Knox Skyline

Armstrong at Knox, managed by Sarofim Realty, started accepting tenant applications in March. (Photo: Imani Lytle)

The face of the Knox Street neighborhood continues to evolve as developers map out an ever-expanding slate of construction plans. By next summer, nearly 50 stories of apartments will grace the neighborhood’s skyline. These buildings are expected to attract over 600 families eager to enjoy the bustling scene and the approximately 300,000 square feet of new retail outlets that will be ready to serve them.

Need help navigating? Here are three project updates worth knowing.

Armstrong at Knox
Residents recently began moving in to the six-story retail and residential community between Cole Avenue and Travis Street, where the long-awaited Trader Joe’s opened for business on March 25. Stationery and gift retailer Paper Source opened its doors and kitchen supply store Sur La Table relocated to the area in March.

According to Sarofim Realty Senior Acquisitions Associate Richard Yeh, the rest of the retail outlets should open by the beginning of June. These include Black Optical, Little Katana, and Stag.

As a side note, Sarofim Realty also acquired a nearby property at the corner of Knox and Travis that housed the 22-year-old Chili’s restaurant, which closed in January. Many have speculated that the property will be redeveloped into another mixed-use retail and residential building. According to Yeh, Sarofim is not ready to elaborate on their plans at this time.

Artist Sells Two-For-One HP Property

The AIA award-winning pool house was designed in 2005 by Gary Cunningham. The house earned Pamela Hill Wilson an International Lighting Award from the International Association of Lighting Designers. (Photo Courtesy: Dave Perry-Miller and Associates)

While the pool house has been named the number one party house in the world by, Dana Nearburg’s property, listed at $14.9 million, was great for raising a young family.

Dana and her former husband, Charles, built the main house at 3908 Euclid Ave. with architect Joe McCall and Oglesby-Green in 1991. At the time, their children were 4 and 8 years old.

“We would get in the kitchen and hold hands and go exploring,” Dana recalled.

The house and pool/second house, built in 2005 and designed by Gary Cunningham, sit on two 70- by 225-square-foot lots.

Swanky Senior Living Coming to Sherry Lane

A rendering of the new HarborChase of the Park Cities.

Silverstone Healthcare Company broke ground on HarborChase of the Park Cities yesterday. The new assisted living and memory care facility, located at 5917 Sherry Lane, is slated to open in the fall of 2017.

The new center looks to be pretty luxurious. According to a press release, there are plans to have a grand lobby with double-sided fireplace and piano, a spa, salon, and wellness center, as well as a private wine room and bistro/coffee bar. There will also be, ahem, a cocktail lounge and billiards room.

Want your friends to come visit? HarborChase will have valet.

Harbor Retirement Associates will be operating the complex. Applications for the 105 assisted living and 29 memory care units will be accepted starting this fall.

Barriers Don’t Bother Longtime Developer

Dallas developer Kennis Ketchum was given the top honor for 2015 by the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. (Courtesy Photo)

The glass ceiling has never shattered Kennis Ketchum’s career aspirations.

For the past 15 years, the Preston Hollow resident has been president of Dallas-based Portfolio Development, a firm that primarily builds apartment complexes, either for a fee or through a joint venture.

Although Ketchum has found success in a realm typically dominated by men, she still doesn’t see many female colleagues, who could bring valuable multitasking or critical-thinking skills.

“I think women are particularly well-suited to be developers,” Ketchum said. “Women don’t get to see other women be developers, and so they don’t think it’s a possibility. I think that will change.”

Here Are Colors to Consider in 2016

Rose Quartz can accent a room in many different ways. (Courtesy Photos)

I like to think that Pickard Design Studio is always ahead of the curve when designing our projects and setting design trends before they hit the masses.

I have been writing about and using Rose Quartz and Serenity in my projects for over a year now — from cabinet hardware to lamps, table bases to fabrics, and wall coverings to furniture, these colors are everywhere in both design and fashion. Did you know engagement rings are even now made in Rose Quartz?

So it makes sense that Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colors of 2016. If you’re familiar with Pantone’s previous colors of the year, you’ll know that this is the first time they have announced two colors. Let’s take a look at why these colors are deserving of the title in 2016.

A Life of Executive Privilege

The exterior design marks a striking resemblence to the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (Courtesy Photo)

While several candidates are racing to the White House in Washington, D.C., this year, the “Dallas White House” went on the market for $15 million in November.

Hidden behind 8-foot walls in Preston Hollow, the home at 10777 Strait Lane sits on 3.3 acres of manicured grounds.

The exterior may imitate the presidential home, but the interior isn’t quite all-American. The interior of the 16,041-square-foot mansion exudes the French style that would make one reminisce to the days of intellectual salons and opulent soirees.

Modern Mile Showcases Homes for a Cause

Meadowdale House (Courtesy Photo)

A new home tour made its debut on Preston Hollow’s doorstep on Oct. 3. Modern Mile Dallas hosted its inaugural event by featuring six homes in a compact area bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane.

With the consultation of local architects, the group was able to whittle down a potential 40 sites to a select six.

Rather than having attendees hop in their car to jump from home to home, Modern Mile Dallas selected homes within walking distance of each other, thus the name.