The Dallas Condominium Market Continues to Surge

By: Richard Soto

Someone forgot to tell Dallas that the real estate market has cooled off.

This booming, major metropolitan area has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the condominium sector thanks, in part, to its four-star restaurants, unsurpassed cultural activities, world-class shopping, a flourishing financial and business district and a spectacular skyline, all of which have attracted young professionals and baby boomers looking for a simplified, exciting lifestyle.

Old industrial sights and abandoned neighborhoods have given way to condo living at its finest throughout Dallas. Much of the growth has been attributed to Dallas' efficient, light rail system, which allows professionals to ditch the car in favor of more resourceful means of transportation. What could be better than residing in a high-rise, luxury condominium, just steps from all of the excitement and opportunities of the city? Well, how about a panoramic, city view. Or a putting green. Or a rooftop, saltwater swimming pool. Or a full-service spa. Yep, this is what condo living in Dallas is all about.

Whether you enjoy Uptown's trendy, urban district with chic restaurants and high-profile developments, or the art galleries, retail shopping and efficient transportation of the Downtown area, luxury condominiums are catering to young, urban professionals and empty nesters searching for their slice of the condominium pie. And condominium developers are not shy when it comes to catering to their residents. Twelve foot ceilings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and stainless steel appliances are the norm. It's those other resort-style amenities, like private movie theaters, state-of-the-art fitness centers and acclaimed gourmet restaurants that developers are bringing to the table in hopes of standing apart from the crowd.

And a crowd it is. From Victory Park, to the Arts District, to Turtle Creek, Oak Lawn and Highland Park, condominiums are abundant and thriving. The Residences at Hotel Palomar, for example, located in the upscale, Park Cities community, is a luxury condo and loft community out to impress. This condominium community, aptly named by its developers as an 'urban resort,' features over 70 condos on 5.3 acres of land. A full-service spa, gourmet restaurants, boutiques, courtyard villas and the four-star, Hotel Palomar are just a few of the reasons why prices can range anywhere from $300,000 to $2.3 million.

Victory Park is home to the W Dallas Victory Residences, a new condominium high rise which offers stunning, modern architecture with world-class interior designs, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terraces with awe-inspiring views. With prices ranging anywhere from $400,000 to $7 million, it's no wonder that top-notch amenities, such as residential concierge service, a 24-hour valet service, an infinity pool and a full-service spa, are found here.

Just some of the other Dallas condo gems to be had include: Azure, which is built upon 15 acres and features 10, open floor plans with a luxurious, European design; Mercer Square, which is located just minutes from Downtown and boasts modern architecture and magnificent, Dallas views; and the Sorrento, which is located in North Dallas and features resort-style amenities and up to 2,890 square feet of living space.

According to Downtown Dallas, the number of new residences built within one mile of Dallas' central business district area has increased five-fold over the last ten years. And based on the cranes hanging out all over Dallas, it looks like the boom is here to stay.

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