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If you've driven along US-75 by SMU and Mockingbird Station lately, you may have noticed the new 28-story high-rise being completed near The Beeman Hotel.

The impressive residential tower is called Eastline Residences, and it boasts 330 units ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom penthouses, all topped with an incredible rooftop pool. Even better, move-in starts in February of this year.

Want a preview of what living there would be like? Of course you do.

The floorplans
Everyone can find their ideal square footage match, with monthly rents starting at around $1,600. All units feature spacious kitchen and living areas plus built-in mudrooms and large walk-in closets with Elfa storage systems. Balconies appear in most layouts, so you can take your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine out into the fresh air.

The finishes
Expect floor-to-ceiling windows (we're talking nine- and 10-feet-high) outfitted with solar shades, along with wood-style flooring, keyless entry, quartz countertops and backsplashes, modern appliances, Nest thermostats, and full-size washers and dryers in all units.

The larger one-to-three-bedroom homes also sport under-cabinet wine refrigerators — something you won't find in most other apartment buildings.

The amenities
Soak up the sun and views of downtown Dallas, SMU, Forth Worth, and beyond at the expansive rooftop pool. Stretch out on the tanning ledges, kick back in the cabanas, and wile away and afternoon or evening at the sky lounge.

Entertain al fresco on the eighth-floor amenity deck that comes complete with an outdoor bar, grills, and fire pits. Work up a sweat within the sunlit fitness center with Wellbeats virtual fitness and indoor yoga room or take your wellness practices outside at the outdoor yoga deck.

The everyday helpers
Enjoy peace of mind with 24-hour concierge, safe deliveries courtesy of a Luxer package system, and extra storage space to accommodate all of your possessions. There's 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and popular shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation is just steps away.

The location
Eastline Residences is the residential anchor of the Eastline district, also home to The Beeman Hotel, modern office towers, and local fitness options. Bordered by North Central Expressway, Mockingbird Lane, Greenville Avenue, and SMU Boulevard, Eastline is positioned adjacent to Highland Park and close to Greenville Avenue and University Crossing Trail.

To learn more about Eastline Residences or to schedule a tour, call 214-446-7140 or visit the website.

The rooftop pool will be one seriously impressive space.

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The rooftop pool will be one seriously impressive space.
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A closer look at Natiivo Austin, powered by Airbnb, coming to Rainey Street

Airbnb FYI

If you've thought about dipping your toe into the home-sharing business but feel overwhelmed by all the minutiae you'd have to manage, here's a new concept to consider.

Airbnb has partnered with Natiivo Austin, a 33-story tower on Rainey Street that will offer 249 fully furnished units, all the perks of a hotel, and the chance for you to purchase a condo and rent it out.

It works like this: Natiivo is permitted as a hotel (meaning it can't be your permanent residence), with studios and one- and two-bedroom units in 16 floorplans that can be rented through the Airbnb platform.

As of now, purchase prices range between $500,000 to $1.2 million, but just think of the revenue stream you could be enjoying once it opens in fall 2021.

Guests who rent your new space get access to an outdoor terrace on the 10th floor and a rooftop deck with swimming pool, fireplace and lounge area, shaded cabanas, and a clubhouse.

There's also a fitness center featuring a yoga studio, Peloton bike studio, and state-of-the-art equipment, plus bike storage.

Located on the southern end of the Rainey Street Historic District, Natiivo Austin is steps away from the city's most talked-about restaurants and lively nightlife, as well as tranquil Lady Bird Lake and the ever-active Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail.

A coffee bar in the lobby serving local brew and co-working spaces help keep business travelers chugging along, while an onsite dog run and lobby dog-washing station mean guests can bring their four-legged friends along for the trip.

Keyless entry, valet parking, and 24-hour concierge service round it all out, along with the convenience of Airbnb Experiences, the brand's experiential offering site.

The "hyperlocal" design with "Austin culture in every unit" is from architecture firm STG Design and New York-based INC Architecture and Design.

The Rainey Street high-rise broke ground in August and is slated to open in 2021. In addition to Austin, Natiivo is also opening a similar concept in Miami and plans to eventually expand nationwide.

Natiivo is slated to open fall 2021.

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Natiivo is slated to open fall 2021.
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Luxe new Legacy West apartments are surrounded by everything you could want

Location, location, location

Chances are you've heard of Legacy West, the slick mixed-use development that opened in Plano two years ago and has quickly become the place to be. From its food hall to its exclusive boutiques, there's no shortage of fun things to do in this area — something you'd experience every day if you lived at LVL 29.

These apartments, townhomes, and penthouses span 29 stories and include more than 20 unique floorplans, but the best part is this: they're part of the second phase of Legacy West. When LVL 29 opens later this fall, you can be right in the middle of it all. Here's a look at what would be right at your doorstep.

Dynamic dining
Legacy West is home to several unique restaurants, ensuring your palate will never be bored. The first Barnes & Noble Kitchen in the Southwest is here, combining best-sellers with top dishes and even beer and wine. If top-flight coffee is more your thing, spend an hour at Starbucks Reserve and savor handcrafted beverages that you can't get at typical stores.

Dallas favorites Mesero, True Food Kitchen, Fogo de Chao, and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse are joined by North Texas newcomers Earls Kitchen + Bar, North Italia, Shake Shack, and Taverna, with sweet cupcake shop Sprinkles and Amorino Gelato always ready for dessert. Raise a toast at Kai or Haywire, or feel like you're escaping the everyday at Tommy Bahama and Toulouse.

And you can't forget about Legacy Hall, the artisanal food experience that's plating the best quality favorites and spans lobster rolls to Philly cheesesteaks to homemade ginger beer floats.

Superb shopping
Home decor giant Frontgate was so impressed with Legacy West's location that it claimed a spot for its new flagship store, while popular brands Madewell, Warby Parker, Fabletics, and West Elm each opened up a brick-and-mortar outpost. And let's not forget tempting shopping at Bonobos, Lululemon, Coach, Filson, Pockets, Sephora, and Tumi. In the market for a new car? Tesla's got you covered with one of the few showrooms in all of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Close to adventure
Since LVL 29 and Legacy West are located right off the Dallas North Tollway, it's a breeze to head north or south and explore what else is nearby. In Frisco, tour the 91-acre campus known as The Star, which not only serves as the Dallas Cowboy's world headquarters but also houses more than 20 restaurants and seven boutiques. Enjoy the scenery at Lake Lewisville to the west, or venture south to Addison, Uptown, and downtown Dallas.

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LVL 29 is slated to open in fall 2019. Visit its website to explore living options and take a virtual tour, or call 469-392-4601 for more information.

Imagine having Legacy West as your backyard.

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Imagine having Legacy West as your backyard.
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All the cool perks that come with living in this new Plano high-rise

Life Elevated

Thought you'd never see the day when Plano is full of high-rises, high-end boutiques, and big-name restaurants? That day is here, and if you're looking to put down roots in this growing city then LVL 29 might be your ideal new home.

The 29-story residential building is part of the second phase of Legacy West, meaning it's in the ever-growing area surrounded by retail and hot spots. From apartments to townhomes to penthouses, there's an option for every lifestyle.

Read on to see why LVL 29 is unlike any other living option in Plano.

So many choices
Within those 29 stories are 328 units and 29 possible floorplans, ranging from 681 to 3,588 square feet. That encompasses one- to four-bedroom layouts, each with its own private balcony surrounded by glass guardrails. Double-stud walls between the homes mean you won't ever be bothered by your neighbors' choice of music (or when they choose to play it).

Sleek interior design
Raise your hand if you're a fan of stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, backlit vanity mirrors, designer faucets, massive closets, and premium 42-inch cabinetry. You're in luck if so, and select units also come equipped with kitchen islands, freestanding tubs, fireplaces, and full-size washers and dryers.

Perks of privacy and tech
If you opt for a townhome, expect direct access to your two-story unit, plus your own private parking. Some homes come with pool deck access, while others have balconies so tricked out they have outdoor fireplaces for you and your guests to exclusively enjoy. Smart home technology is an available option with all units, and you can use it not only for security and to interact with Alexa but also to see if anyone is currently using the machine you want in the fitness center or if you have a package to be picked up. Need recommendations, directions, or have a question? Concierge service is available 24/7.

Pets welcome
Not only is your four-legged friend encouraged to move right in, but they even get a few fabulous amenities themselves. An air-conditioned pet center with washing stations is conveniently located on the ground floor, so you can give a quick rinse after frolicking in the semi-private dog park.

Cool community
Speaking of the fully equipped fitness center (with its own spin room, no less), it's only one of LVL 29's many awesome amenities. There's also a 100-foot resort-style swimming pool with a tanning deck and in-water lounge seating, two outdoor kitchens with grilling and eating areas, private resident lounge, a business lounge with three private conference rooms, a poker and sports lounge, and a bicycle storage and repair station. It's all yours, and it's all waiting.

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LVL 29 is slated to open in summer 2019 and is now leasing. Visit its website to explore living options and take a virtual tour, or call 469-392-4601 to make an appointment.

The 100-foot resort-style swimming pool is a major draw.

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The 100-foot resort-style swimming pool is a major draw.
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See how much downtown Dallas has changed over the last 100 years

Then and Now

The new year tends to bring on feelings of nostalgia, along with the urge to look back at what once was and compare to what exists now. Like a good before-and-after picture parade, it's fun and a little bit humbling to see how places have grown over the years, especially a bustling metropolis such as Dallas.

Settled by John Neeley Bryant in 1841 and formally incorporated as a city in 1856, Dallas has seen its share of change over the decades. Many of the landmark buildings in downtown Dallas have undergone similar journeys, with some seeing drastic reinvention and others sprucing up to recapture the glory of days gone by.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. has provided a wealth of historic images that show just how much downtown has grown recently. From vintage shots of the Dallas Farmers Market in the 1940s to a glimpse at our cityscape before Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District, take a trip down memory lane by exploring the photo gallery above.

Curious to see these sights in person? Stop in at any of downtown Dallas' hundreds of restaurants, shops, parks, or entertainment venues, or turn up for one (or several) of the dozens of festivals and community events held there each year. Check in with the DDI website to stay up to date with the most current information and event listings.

Main Street Garden is today the site of many festivals and events, such as al fresco movie nights.

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Main Street Garden is today the site of many festivals and events, such as al fresco movie nights.
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New Uptown high-rise is first in Dallas to make apartment living easier with Amazon

Alexa, I'm Home

A new apartment community opening soon in Uptown knows what keeps us running day to day: Amazon. Carlisle & Vine, located at — you guessed it — the intersection of Carlisle and Vine streets near the Katy Trail, has teamed up with Amazon to make living there even better and easier.

It's the first multifamily community in Dallas to offer all these amenities, and the result is a smart home that's truly impressive. At Carlisle & Vine, everything is #easierwithamazon.

Here are five things to know about these new residences, which are slated to open in October:

1. Amazon benefits
Move into Carlisle & Vine and they'll include some pretty sweet deals: one year of Amazon Prime with the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon, plus the convenience of Whole Foods delivery through Prime Now, Amazon's one- and two-hour delivery service. You'll also get to take advantage of the Hub by Amazon, which allows for 24/7 package pickup right in the building (and the Hub lets you know when those packages have arrived).

2. "Alexa, turn on the lights"
Carlisle & Vine is rocking the latest and greatest in electronics. Enjoy things like keyless Bluetooth entry, LED lighting, and smart thermostats, plus Leviton Smart Switches in all living areas and Sonos speakers in select units. Residents also receive an Amazon Echo to help control their smart home simply by using their voice. Not sure how to set all that up? You can schedule a free one-on-one lesson with the community's Amazon smart home expert, who will explain and install key components so that you can truly live smart and easy.

3. Must-have materials
The 150 condo-style units boast some great design features, from 10-foot-high ceilings to composite wood flooring. All homes come with stainless steel GE Profile series appliances (including washers and dryers), plus granite countertops, Kohler sink fixtures and hardware, contemporary wood cabinetry, and under-cabinet lighting. You'll find backlit mirrors in the bathrooms, and some units even include custom elfa closets, dry bars and wine coolers, and entryway storage organizers.

4. All the best amenities
Of course Carlisle & Vine has a pool and fitness center, but neither would be described as standard. The sparkling, sixth-floor pool has an integrated wet deck and is surrounded by a fire pit and a variety of lounge and grill areas. The club room is on the same level, and offers fantastic views of both Uptown and downtown, along with elegant furnishings, TVs, and a bar for entertaining. A bocce ball court and more shaded seating can be found on the ground level. The ultra-modern fitness center makes working out smarter with the latest in high-tech, connectable fitness equipment. Simply use the Alexan Life skill for Amazon Alexa through your Amazon Echo to reserve amenity spaces or put in maintenance requests.

5. Even pups get pampered
Show Scruffy some love with the onsite pet park, which also has a lounge and bath spa to make keeping fluffy paws clean even easier.

Units are leasing now in anticipation of an October opening. Call 844-425-1840 or visit the Carlisle & Vine website to learn more and make an appointment to tour.

The bar has been raised at Carlisle & Vine.

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The bar has been raised at Carlisle & Vine.
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Marathon and holiday trains make this a festive roundup of Dallas news

City News Roundup

This roundup of news around Dallas includes info about a festive new program by DART, an appointment at a local radio station, the re-naming of a city park, and an update on the annual marathon which is this weekend.

Here's. what's happening in Dallas this week:

Marathon weekend
The annual marathon is this weekend, specifically on Sunday December 11 with races on Saturday leading up to the bigger event on Sunday. One thing hard to find on their website is the route, but Dallas Police Department tweeted a map showing the loop it'll make: downtown, Uptown, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and back to City Hall. It starts at 8:30 am, so basically: avoid that entire area all morning.

The marathon is held rain or shine, and there is definitely rain forecast for this weekend; in fact a couple of Xmasy events around DFW have been postponed, including Merry Market at CityLine in Richardson and Santa Days at the Plaza at Preston Center. But marathons are all about endurance, so this thing will go on through heavy rain, thunder, lightning, high winds, and temperature extremes.

Hi Hiawatha
The City of Dallas has renamed Cummings Recreation Center in Oak Cliff in honor of Hiawatha Williams, founder of the Dallas-based Williams Chicken restaurant chain. The park is at 2976 Cummings St., mere blocks from where the first Williams Chicken opened at Ledbetter and Sunnyvale streets 35 years ago. It'll now be called Hiawatha Williams Recreation Center.

HR at WRR
Kurt Rongey has been appointed Assistant Program Director of WRR 101.1 FM, the classical music station previously run by the city of Dallas, now under the management of KERA. Rongey previously worked at WRR for 17 years as Operations Manager for 10 years, and hosted the Going Home Show. Rongey will help lead the classical music station’s conversion to an all-classical, noncommercial format and transition the management from the city of Dallas to KERA.

Festive DART
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has debuted its first annual holiday train and buses. There's just a single Holiday Train, wrapped with snowmen and hundreds of twinkling holiday lights to create cheer. The holiday train will travel throughout the entire DART Service Area, making regularly scheduled stops at each station along the route each evening, as follows:

  • December 5-11: Orange Line
  • December 12-18: Red Line
  • December 19-25: Green Line
  • December 26-January 1: Blue Line

DART's Holiday buses will travel on various bus routes throughout the DART Service Area through the end of the year.

DART will also host two Holiday Station events featuring radio, live music, a visit from Santa Claus, and promotional giveaways, as follows:

  • Saturday, December 10, 12-2 pm, Cockrell Hill Transfer Location, 4430 West Jefferson Blvd.,
  • Tuesday, December 13, 12-4 pm, Akard Station, 1401 Pacific Ave.

Anyone looking to ride the DART Holiday Train and Bus can use DART's “Festive Vehicle” tracker on the DART Trip Planner at DART.org.

Where to shop in Dallas right now: 8 hot stores for gifts and more in December

Where to shop

Move over, Santa, we've got shopping to do. Dallas-area shoppers are big spenders at the holidays, and local stores are ready to deliver the goods. This month's Where to Shop column has holiday pop-ups, new stores, and more to make your gifting season merry and bright. Whether you're checking your list twice or treating yourself, here are eight great shops and events to check out in December.

African American Museum Christmas Marketplace
The African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park is hosting a unique "shop local" event celebrating Black artists and businesses. Visit the holiday pop-up from 11 am-3 pm Saturday, December 10 to shop for handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and more. Admission is free, and the event will also include performances by North Texas musicians, book signings by local authors, community discussions, art workshops, films, and guided tours.

Galleria Dallas permanent jewelry pop-ups
Nothing says forever like jewelry, and if you (or a gift recipient) are ready to embrace the permanent jewelry trend, pop-ups at Galleria Dallas will help seal that commitment. On December 10, 17, and 18 from 12-7 pm, Pretty Little Links will be at Tommy Bahama. On December 17 and 31 from 11 am-3 pm, Wisely Welded will be at FleaStyle.

Heyday
Gift yourself a holiday glow at Heyday, a one-stop skincare shop offering personalized facial services and products. Its first-in-Texas location opened at 3010 N. Henderson Ave., Ste. 105 on December 8. An introductory price is being offered for first-time facials, and memberships are available with monthly facials and enhancements such as Gua Sha, Microdermabrasion, LED Light Therapy, Professional Peels, Microcurrent, and Hydration Infusion.

Milton & King
Australian wall coverings manufacturer Milton & King has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar and U.S. flagship showroom in the Dallas Design District, at 900 Dragon St. The store will also serve as the printshop to fulfill all orders domestically. You may have seen their high-end prints on the cover of Elle Decor or Better Homes & Gardens or in pictures of Jonathan Scott and Zooey Dechanel's home.

Shinola Detroit
The Detroit-born brand known for leather goods, watches, jewelry, and more is hosting a personalization event at its NorthPark Center store, 12-4 pm Saturday, December 10. Texas artist Andrew Manning will offer custom, hand-painted personalization and Maddy’s Kocktails will pour custom sips. Customers will be able to get watch boxes and small leather items decorated, and there will be additional opportunities for monogramming and engraving.

Teressa Foglia
Celebrity hatmaker Teressa Foglia has opened her first-ever brick-and-mortar pop-up storefront at Highland Park Village just in time for both the holidays and rodeo season. During the special six week pop-up, November 21-January 5, attendees can expect on-site custom hat making by Foglia and her team, along with an exclusive collection just for Dallas. Find it at 43 Highland Park Village.

Unbranded
After a multi-year hiatus, the Unbranded pop-up store has reopened for the season in downtown's historic Dallas Power & Light Building. This is the place for holiday gift shopping with Dallas brands including Ora et Labora (OETL Co.), Good Cycle Dallas, Good Things Vintage, P.B.N World, Crescente Patricio, and East on Rodeo. Hours are 11 am-8 pm Wednesday-Saturday, and 12-8 pm Sunday at 1511 Main St.

West Elm
The newest DFW location of the modern home decor and design services retailer is now open in Southlake Park Village. Located at 1001 E. Southlake Blvd., the 11,500-square-foot store offers furniture and home accessories for the living room, bedroom, bathroom, home office, outdoor, and more. Hours ours are 10 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-pm Sunday.


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Hatmaker Teressa Foglia has a brick-and-mortar pop-up at Highland Park Village.

New law on 'big cats' will ban cruel possession of tigers in Texas and U.S.

Animal News

Animal advocates in Dallas, Texas, and across the U.S. are celebrating the December 6 passage by the US Senate of a major law that will intervene on behalf of "big cats."

Called the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263/S. 1210), the bill, which was sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Richard Burr (R-NC), aims to end abusive practices associated with keeping big cats in captivity.

The Senate's passage follows the approval by the House of Representatives in July. All it needs now is a sign-off by President Joe Biden, who's expected to give the thumbs-up.

First introduced in 2012, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would:

  • prohibit individuals from possessing lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrids
  • prohibit public petting, playing with, feeding, and photo ops with cubs

It will apply only to big cats kept as pets. Sanctuaries, universities, and zoos would be exempt. Current big cat owners would be grandfathered in but would be required to register their animals.

As a release from the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute notes, photo ops with cubs create a breeding cycle that results in a surplus of tigers who get dumped once they are no longer cute, manageable cubs. Cub-petting facilities have also been known to kill tigers once they get too big.

Thousands of big cats are thought to be in private hands, posing a threat not only to the public but also to first responders and animal control officers, who put their lives at risk when responding to animals that have escaped or attacked. The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been endorsed by a large number of law enforcement organizations and officers.

Texas has had multiple potentially dangerous incidents with big cats, including a baby tiger cub that was being kept illegally in the Dallas home of a mediocre rapper named Trapboy Freddy in 2022, and a pet tiger that got loose in Houston in 2021.

Brittany Peet, a lawyer for the PETA Foundation whose lawsuits against big cat abusers like Tiger King villains Tim Stark and Jeff Lowe helped pave the way for this legislation, says it's impossible to know exactly how many big cats are being held in Texas.

"Texas has some laws regulating ownership of wild animals, but enforcement is left to each individual county, making it impossible to get an accurate count," Peet says.

"But the other part of the law that bans public contact will have a huge impact on the population of captive big cats," she says. "If cub-petting facilities are no longer allowed, then there's no incentive to keep breeding cubs."