2317 ROUTH STREET DALLAS TEXAS
This building is in the State Thomas Historic District, and while not historical on its own has been extensively renovated to reflect its siting in a Historic District. The building was taken down to only the outside studs and refitted with new electric, plumbing, roof, foundation and the like. Then a few years ago two of the front units were further remodeled to include higher ceilings, wood and stone floors, new baths and kitchens. This building also has what is probably the nicest townhome in the area, three stories, with glamourous views of downtown Dallas, elevator, limestone floors on the first floor, and separate two car attached garage. This building shares a New Orleans style pool with 2321-23 Routh. This building and 2321-23 Routh have to be what is likely the most unique apartment buildings in the City of Dallas.
2321 and 2323 ROUTH STREET DALLAS
This building has the most interesting past. Has had a number of uses over the years, but generally was best known as a grocery store on the ground floor back in early 1900’s through until around 1960. Believe it was built in the very early 1900’s perhaps in the 1890’s, but no records exist. Upstairs was a boarding house, that may have had not the best reputation. The building is unusual in construction for the State Thomas Historic District in which it sits, as it is masonry whereas other old structures there are Victorian wood. Because of its composition when the Historic District was formed, this building was specifically exempted and allowed to be used for commercial purposes including food. But its use since purchase in the 1970’s has been as residential. It would have a historical marker but for the addition of the front canopy awning with ceiling tin installed in the 1980’s. Building has been extensively remodeled with all new foundation, wiring, plumbing, baths, kitchens, etc.
The building is directly opposite the small park that Gables donated on the corner of Routh and State when they built the apartment/townhome/WholeFoods complex on the block bounded by State, Fairmount, McKinney and Routh. This was a gift to the State Thomas Historic District as half of the Gables project encompasses what is known as the State Thomas Transition Zone. That is also why there are high end townhomes directly across the street from this property and not some big apartment complex. All of this helps give State Street a distinctive city residential feel even though it is almost in the heart of downtown Dallas.
Two of the units in this building directly front on a New Orleans style pool courtyard and downstairs has double French doors made of thick Oak that open on the pool and the waterfall flowing from the spa. At night the pool area is lit with European overhead string lights. Two of the units have State Street on their side and are across from the Gables park. All of the units have high ceilings and many distinctive touches. The downstairs units have old Mexican tile floors. One unit upstairs has a glamourous new bath done in 2016 all in Carrera marble with claw foot tub (overlooks Routh Street from large second floor windows with Plantation shutters) and separate large shower. It is unfortunate for the landlord in that building but Landlord pays the water bills, as there never has been an easy way to separately meter each unit!
2512 STATE STREET DALLAS
This building is also in the State Thomas Historic District. Interesting how it came to be. First off, it is not a historically contributing structure as it was initially composed of several buildings that were put or let’s say pushed together. Then they received a Victorian façade. Then George Pelletier came along, secured permission, moved the original building across the street for eight months, dug a rather large underground garage, put the original structure back on top and added five new apartments in the rear plus a large separate two car garage for the townhome at 2317 Routh, Suite D.
The new apartments (built around 2005) have loads of character plus great privacy. They each have separate entrances, private patios, secure underground parking garage. The ceiling beams are actually the movers beams from when he moved the front structure across the street. He sold them as he was retiring. These beams have the character from having been used for over 30 years to move houses. All wood floors, not just the type with a layer of wood that you see in new apartments, but solid old hardwood. Thick mahogany front doors, dark oak kitchen cabinets, mostly black granite kitchen counters, glamourous large baths all with separate shower and tub, double door stainless steel refrigerators in the kitchen, and the list goes on. Brick patio. One unit in the kitchen has a plate display rack along with dark red brick around the stove. Several of the units have great downtown Dallas views. All and all it is not what you find in the usual Dallas apartment.
The front structure was Mr. Pelletier’s law office and is now the law office of Jay Murray, who took over the practice of Mr. Pelletier.
2508 STATE STREET DALLAS
This building was built by in the 90’s by Mr. Pelletier but has continued to be upgraded. Finest of construction including wood windows, two walls and a void between apartments for the best soundproofing, custom wood doors, custom wood cabinets, marble throughout, plantation shutters, and the list goes on. Extremely large verandas on four of the units. Great downtown view from the large two bedroom unit in the rear. Some units have very tall vaulted ceilings. Three of the one bedrooms also have a half bath. Secured underground parking garage as well as secured front entry. Great privacy. Almost all wood floors. Charming small pool in rear with fountain.
The black and white mottled marble that was used in this building has a special history having come from an old bank building built in the 1800’s on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. Mr. Pelletier bought the marble when the building was demolished in the 90’s, brought it to the site, from where it was fabricated for floors, kitchens and baths. The front door and glass surrounds are a piece of Dallas history having come off an old mansion on Turtle Creek Boulevard when it was torn down to make way for expensive town homes.
This property is also in the State Thomas Historic District, across the street from the very expensive Gables townhomes. Those townhomes are modeled after the ones on Beacon Hill in Boston with the detailed brick work. Located only one block from Whole Foods, but in a residential environment hard to find in what is really downtown Dallas.
4500 WESTWAY HIGHLAND PARK TEXAS
This property is located in Highland Park in an enviable location. It is a well recognized property with its Southern Colonial columns, having been photographed many times for books and magazines. Originally built in 1939 at which time a large article in the Dallas Morning News described it as the most expensive apartment complex ever built in Dallas. That quality is still evident with its all copper sewer pipes, plaster walls, slate roof, electrical even then in metal conduit, multiple fireplaces, Guerin hardware (worth now over $1K a door), fine doors, and solid construction. It is arguably also the finest small apartment complex in Highland Park.
Although built in another age, it has been continuously updated. Even the kitchens have been opened up in some of the units where before there was not a large eat in kitchen. All countertops are granite or the highest quality marble, all new. Bathrooms are new. Rooms are all large with almost all original wood floors. All apartments have separate washer and dryer, something not generally found in older Highland Park apartments. There are garages for each unit off the alley, and marked storage for the units in the basement. The property has been extensively landscaped to include a new pool with a fountain and bluestone decking in recent years, all designed by Robert Bellamy Designs. Most units have private patios or balconies, one even with an outdoor fireplace with a brick chimney. Despite the cost this property is well maintained, as it deserves.
4301 and 4303 LOMA ALTO HIGHLAND PARK