Traders Joe is comnig to Lower Greenville

For anyone who was worried about the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grand opening down the street somehow nixing Trader Joe’s plans, stop worrying.  Trader Joe’s says it will open in the first quarter 2013.

Here’s an excerpt from my Trader Joe’s story today.

The developer of the Greenville Avenue store says it’s going to help revitalize one of Dallas’ older neighborhoods.

“Trader Joe’s is going to have a huge and positive impact on the revitalization of Lower Greenville,” said Jon Hetzel of Madison Partners. “We believe their presence in this location will benefit the whole East Dallas area.”

Madison Partners owns other buildings along Lower Greenville, and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is opening a block away later this year.

The store at 2001 Greenville Ave. will be built close to the sidewalk, and a small building on the site will be demolished to make room for parking. The property has room for additional uses, Hetzel said. “The proximity to Trader Joe’s has kindled a lot of interest from some very cool tenants.”

Madison Partners is also “actively working” on a food truck park as part of the overall project, he said.

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Dallas Stars hockey player Loui Eriksson puts house up for sale

Newly listed for 6323 Meadow Road. Built in 2007 by Geoffrey Grant, who has a smattering of fabulous homes in the area, including one (at least) in The Creeks of Preston Hollow, and one right up the street from me, this home is a stunning contemporary in a sea of Austin stone or pink-bricked McMansions. That’s Grant’s touch — a touch of Santa Barbara, clean, crisp, collected. But the beautiful interiors are what’s making my heart all aflutter.

This home has so much! Rich maple hardwood floors everywhere, not blonde maple, but luscious deep maple, which must remind the Swedish-born Eriksson and his spouse Micaela Kanold of home. It has it all including the designer light fixtures, the delicious light furnishings, the sea of glass windows, sunken living room and 12 foot ceilings everywhere, except in the living room where they are 13 feet.

There’s the Bulthaup kitchen with Blizzard quartz countertops, Viking Pro appliances, the woodwork, the wallpaper. Yes, that’s wallpaper in the dining room and even on one of the precious girls room’s ceilings. There are 7,141 square feet with six bedrooms, six and a half baths all a tribute to Ann Sacks, three living areas, media and exercise rooms, study, loggia, to-die-for fountain pool, and play yard. The master suite .

You have an outdoor living nook with fireplace, pit and grill, a mosquito misting system, thank God, since we are Ground Zero for West Nile, and built in wine coolers. Just where you need it: Miele coffee bars, wine coolers, and I bet that built-in banquette in the breakfast room just might have to stay put with the house. Personally, I’d take every piece of furniture in the place and castrate anyone who brought in red wine, male or female. I love white rooms.

Now, the location: This home is on Meadow, which used to be a busy street until they put in speed bumps. Can be a thoroughfare/cut through when Walnut Hill is nuts. But the neighbors are fabulous — Mike Modano and Rhonda Aikman are a few blocks north on Mimosa. Bet the Halloween party this year will be a blast. Now let’s talk money, DCAD has this pad down at $1.4 million and some change, and with Dave Perry-Miller agent Julie Provenzano, they are asking $2,495,000. The home is as loaded as a 9 millimeter, so I totally approve and hope they get it. After all, it’s not every day that you can buy a Star’s home in Dallas!

 

 

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Celebrating Halloween in Dallas Ft Worth

Dallas is always a city abuzz with excitement and what better time to enjoy the energy that this city has to offer than at Halloween.

Hangman’s House of Horrors.

They are doing a one night event at this Fort Worth haunted house that’s lights up and specifically for “scaredy cats,” families, and kids. That’s October 28, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Big fan of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?” Be there on October 27 to try and break the world record for most dancing zombies. Know the dance or wanna learn. You can go here to participate. Otherwise, it’s open nightly. Location off I-30, Oct. 26-Nov. 3.

Primebar’s Halloween Spectacular. Late night Uptown fun includes VIP table options, costume contests (prizes are worth up to $500), and live DJs. Primebar, Oct. 27.

Halloween at the Old Monk. The Old Monk really loves Halloween, as evidenced by the pumpkin-carving contest they’ve got going through October 31. But Oct. 27 is the day to party (though you can still carve up a gourd if you want to). The DJ starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a costume contest with serious prizes. Best individual costume gets $200 cash, scariest gets $100, crowd favorite another $100, and the best group costume gets a $150 gift card. Nearly identical parties (with exact same start times, pumpkin carving opportunities, and prizes for great costumes) can be found across 75 at Idle Rich, Renfield’s, and Black Friar. Old Monk, Oct. 27.

Ghostland Observatory. This Austin duo has the perfect name for a Halloween party, and they know it—showing up in Dallas around Fright Night and encouraging folks to attend their concert in costume. “Stranger Lover” makes for a good soundtrack to an evening full of masked identities. Palladium Ballroom, Oct. 27.

Oak Lawn Halloween Street Party. 3500 Block of Cedar Springs, Oct. 27.

Halloween British Invasion Mischief Night. What could be better than a British-themed Halloween party? Timothy Oulton supplies the Union Jack paraphernalia, attendees supply the costumes (best one wins a prize), and the lounge supplies drink specials and a DJ. Candleroom, Oct. 27.

Pumpkin Carving Contest. First-, second-, and third-place winners get $100, $50, and $25 bar tabs. Carving starts at 7 p.m., and judging starts at 10 p.m. The Libertine, Oct. 29.

The People’s Last Halloween Party. Free. The People’s Last Stand, Oct. 30.

Halloween on Halloween Party. The I Heart Cinema-sponsored fun starts at 7 p.m. with DJ Casper in the lobby, but the movie screens at 8:30 p.m. sharp. There’s also a short documentary about the making of the 1978 movie. Once you’re good and jumpy, there’s a set from Denton-based band Savage and the Big Beat. Don’t miss the costume contest, Halloween-themed drink specials, “tricks,” and all the “cinematic swag” you can stuff in your plastic jack-o’-lantern. Texas Theatre, Oct. 31.

 

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Chicago based Green Grocer plans to open on Greenville Avenue

Greenville Avenue is transforming into an epicurean shopping destination.

A Chicago grocer has picked a location on Greenville in the M Streets neighborhood to open only its second store.

With a fortuitous name of Green Grocer, the store that features organically grown and locally produced foods, has plans to open soon at 3614 Greenville Ave., according to a Facebook page.

Green is also the last name of co-founder Cassie Green.  In 2008, Green and her husband Gary Stephens opened their first store in their own neighborhood after being frustrated with shopping choices. The store is in West Town, an old Chicago neighborhood west of the loop that historically was settled by Eastern European immigrants.

The building on Greenville was formally a Canine Commissary and is in the same block with Gloria’s and one block north of the Granada Theater.

You already know that 16 blocks south on Greenville is where Trader Joe’s will open its first Dallas store early next year. And Wal-Mart is building a Neighborhood Market in the former Whole Foods and Blockbuster building a block from Trader Joe’s.

As far as Green Grocer goes, will ask the grocery entrepreneurs if they know Greenville Ave. was good enough for another organic start-up years ago. Whole Foods initial expansion outside of Austin in the 1980s was to Lower Greenville. Just saying, this could be the start of something big.

you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

 

 

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The Texas unemployment rate falls to 6.8 percent in September

The Texas unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in September from 7.1 percent as statewide employment hit a record level according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Statewide employment reached a record high of more than 11.8 million people last month and unemployment (802,052 people) was at the lowest level since March 2009, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both figures are not adjusted for seasonal variations.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is well below the national rate of 7.8 percent for September.

Texas appears to be following a national trend: In September, 41 states and Washington, D.C., posted unemployment rate decreases in September from the previous month. In addition, 35 states and Washington, D.C., added jobs last month.

If you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

 

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Dallas Arboretum extended the Chihuly’s exhibit until Dec 31!

The Dallas Arboretum has extended its exhibit of glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work through the end of the year.

The exhibit was set to close Nov. 5, but it has been so popular that the arboretum asked Chihuly to keep the glass art on display through Dec. 31. Chihuly Nights, at 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will run through Dec. 30.

you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

 

 

 

 

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US home sales dropped 1.7 percent due to low inventory

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes fell in September after hitting a two-year high in August, in part because there were fewer homes available for sale.

The National Association of Realtors said that sales dipped 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.75 million. That’s down from a rate of 4.83 million in August, which was the highest in more than two years.

Sales are still up 11 percent from a year earlier. They remain below the more than 5.5 million that economists consider consistent with a healthy market.

Still, the housing market is recovering after a six-year slump. Economists expect sales will rebound in October, noting that mortgage applications have picked up after falling in August.

Sales have improved from last year, helped by record-low mortgage rates and steady gains in home prices in most metro areas. Home prices are more stable because there are fewer foreclosures and a low supply of homes has some markets more competitive.

The inventory of homes for sale fell in September to 2.32 million. It would take 5.9 months to exhaust the supply at the current sales pace, the lowest sales-to-inventory ratio since March 2006.

Economists noted that rising prices could spur more homeowners to put their homes on the market, which could fuel more sales.

Sales rose slightly in the South last month, compared to August. They fell in all other regions. In the past year, sales have risen at a healthy pace in the Northeast, South and Midwest. They have risen only slightly in the West, where inventories are particularly tight.

The market is still being constrained by tougher lending standards. Many would-be buyers, particularly first-time buyers, are having difficulty qualifying for a mortgage or can’t afford the larger down payments that many lenders want.

A low supply of previously occupied homes has also given a boost to the new-home market.

Builders broke ground on homes and apartments at the fastest pace in more than four years last month. The jump could help boost the economy and hiring. Still, the pace of construction is roughly half of what is associated with a healthy market, and new-home sales are coming off depressed levels.

Builders are more confident because they are seeing more prospective buyers visit properties. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, released Tuesday, rose this month to the highest level in more than six years.

There are also signs that the economy is improving. Retail sales rose at a solid pace in September, reflecting growing confidence among consumers. A measure of consumer confidence released last week reached a five-year high.

A recent report from data provider CoreLogic showed that the so-called “shadow” inventory of homes fell 10 percent in July compared with a year ago. The shadow inventory consists of homes in foreclosure or with seriously delinquent mortgages.

 

If you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

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Big Tex Went up in flames at the Texas State Fair

Big Tex went up in flames this morning at the State Fair of Texas.

The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Dallas. “It’s a very sad day for all fair-goers,” fair spokeswoman said. “It’s a sad way to end the fair.” Gooding said the smoke could be seen coming from Big Tex’s neck. She suspects it may have been electrical in nature. “We did lose the clothes, his hat and head,” she said. Only the skeletal structure was left of the iconic statue that had greeted fairgoers for 60 years.

There is a fan page on facebook for our beloved Big Tex here.

If you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

 

 

 

 

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Stonewall Jackson Carnival this weekend

Stonewall Jackson Carnival Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon of good old-fashioned festival fun!

There will be rides, games, face painting, music, the always-popular cake walk, dunk tank and much more.  Come hungry and have lunch at the CarnivalCafé.  The event benefits the Stonewall Jackson Elementary PTA, helping to fund enhancements and improvements to this wonderful school in our community!

Carnival is from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

If you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

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Volunteers needed for Lakewood home tour

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA needs volunteers to help with Home Festival weekend, Nov. 9-11.

They expect 4500 visitors and need about 475 volunteers. In the past five years, thanks to volunteers, the event raised $750,000 for Woodrow and Lakewood Elementary. One 2-3 hour volunteer shift raises about $300, organizers say.

Here on the LHECPTA website, you can see a list of all volunteer opportunities. Email volunteer@lecpta.org with questions.

If you are in the market to lease or purchase, please contact Dixon Wong with JP and Associate REALTORS specializes in residential home sales, home relocation, and investment portfolios in the Uptown and Central DallasTexas real estate markets. You can reach him at 214-519-9493 or dixondfw@gmail.com. www.findyourtexashome.com

 

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