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Valley View Shopping Center is shaping up on paper like a Victoria’s Secret glossy ad, but one thing’s for sure: it may never again look like the Valley View Mall many of us grew up with! I will never forget the opening of Bloomingdales over there, how cool was that? Alas, now Valley View is suffering behind the road hell that is LBJ is and you almost cannot even see it anymore. But like I tell myself every time my tires touch LBJ, this too shall pass and something way better will be here. Well, after a year working closely with the City of Dallas, neighborhood stakeholders and internationally respected architects, i.e. everyone, Beck Ventures is giving us a first look at detailed plans for the transformation of Dallas Midtown. And it is, to say the least, ambitious!
No kidding, I thought this case was zipped. Or rather, zapped. Farmer’s Branch has had a long, expensive fight to keep undocumented immigrants from renting homes in the town just north of LBJ. Of course, with all the construction on LBJ, one wonders how they have any tenants at all. Four years ago Farmers Branch was sued after it passed an ordinance giving the city building inspector the power to evict any undocumented immigrant renters. And it lost that battle.
Maybe she was looking at homes up north of LBJ, but the Dallas Morning News says she was arrested in Murphy and booked into the Collin County jail, hence this oh-so-attractive photo with the towel draped around her neck, a Collin County hallmark. Update 4:45pm: Rhonda is such a beautiful woman, I could not stand that photo of her, so I have removed it. She has been released on $269 bail, a very interesting number, after her car was towed. (I hope it wasn’t the Bentley.) Rhonda last year divorced famed quarterback Troy Aikman, whose lavish Highland Park home is still on the market but has some serious buyers circling. Rhonda, who lives in Preston Hollow, was also reportedly signed on to be a part of a Bravo TV reality show called The Real Housewives of Dallas. Too bad they haven’t started shooting yet, eh? Oh and I think we should all reserve judgement ’till we hear if she maybe took an Ambien or something. There but for the grace…
Scott Beck grew up at Valley View Mall, the same mall he bought about a week ago. Well, not actually in the mall, but within two miles of it, near Beltline Road and Preston. Translation: he was a North Dallas kid. He recalls vividly going to Tilt at Valley View with his brother and playing at the arcade for hours.
Valley View Mall has apparently been purchased by the Jeff Beck family, who plans to turn the hollow, seemingly vacated, 39 year old mall into an outdoor complex called “Dallas Midtown.” According to WFAA-TV, a press conference at 10 a.m will reveal further details. This will be a $2 billion project along the lines of the hyper successful The Shops at Legacy and Bishop Arts, so reports the Dallas Morning News. The plan is to bring restaurants, retail stores, office towers, a high-rise hotel and condos, all for those who want to live in the heart of a new outdoor complex in North Dallas. It’s a great location, I mean, LBJ will be repaired one of these days, right? Just last night I was talking to a developer who tells me there will be a projected 450,000 – 500,000 vehicles per day on LBJ by 2020. It seems like there are at least that many on it right now, but personally I am finding the 114 mess at the north entrance to D/FW far worse than LBJ. Originally built in 1969, LBJ was designed to carry 180,000 vehicles per day. Right now it’s holding 270,000.
Thursday Three Hundred: Hill Haven MidMod with One Story Deed Restrictions Needs Some TLC But Heck, Who Doesn’t?
If you have an aversion to slithery creatures, might not want to move over to Harry Moss Park off Arborside Drive and Royal Lane in Lake Highlands. Homeowners there have lost dogs to nasty snake bites from Copperheads. Some are even afraid to let dogs romp in the park. In fact, there are now signs at the park along with hanging snake skins warning residents because it is apparently mating season for snakes, and I guess our recent rains have made them frisky. No way I’m going over there to take a picture of the signs! And BTW, this is why I refuse to live on a creek, no matter how picturesque.
Check it out over on SecondShelters.com
Claim to fame: here’s how great this neighborhood is. Guess who used to live here? Who, in fact, raised his kiddos here — not in this house, but on this cul de sac? Roger and Marianne Staubach, that’s who. I love this little nook just north of LBJ — yes, it’s north of the Big O and you are creeping dangerously near to the 972 world — kidding! This is a great location, because you are still close enough in to make running everywhere a snap, yet you can get some great property deals. Take this beauty. Can you tell it was built in 1977 and maybe needs a little work? (Who deosn’t?) But look what you get as far as bones: 4255 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, half a lush, leafy green acre with low maintenace — no grass in the backyard, which will keep your water bills down when this rationing deal kicks in. And you get a nice deck spa. This home is very woodsy a la late 70′s, maybe too woodsy, but decks can be replaced and then you can create the perfect environment. Vison, people, have vision: 6906 Edelweiss is priced at $499,000 for cripes sakes and the sellers are serious. As in, VERY serious! Linda Vallala with Virginia Cook.
This is one of the sweetest emails I have received in ages:
Read ALL your blogs and love them. Question: I am a widower who has fallen in love with a beautiful woman in Austin who has been single for years. I live in Park City, Utah. Both our homes are on the market so we can move in togther (shhh, don’t tell our kids) and we have decided on Dallas. Now her home has a contract on it and closes in about a month. Mine might take longer to sell. Can you tell me where we can find a great one bedroom apartment with covered, preferably underground parking (we have nice cars) in a great neighborhood for about $1000 to $1200 a month? Is this even possible in Dallas? We’d like to be in the Loop — south of LBJ. I haven’t lived in Dallas in ages and don’t know the neighborhoods anymore but feel like you and your readers can help. Ultimately we will buy a home in Dallas but must rent until my house sells. I am also building a home in College Station. Thanks!