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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.

Eastline Residences
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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.

Natiivo Rainey Street
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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.


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.

Couple at Legacy West
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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.


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.

LVL 29 Plano apartment
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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.

Main Street Garden
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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.

Carlisle & Vine Uptown Dallas apartments
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The bar has been raised at Carlisle & Vine.
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Warm up to these 8 must-see art exhibitions in Dallas-Fort Worth for June


As the lazy days of summer approach, the frenetic pace of art festivals and exhibits quiets down a bit. But that doesn’t mean artists' voices are hushed; they’re coming through loud and clear.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth digs deep into post-war paintings, Dallas Center for Photography delivers a look at the compelling vision of women in photography, and several group exhibitions explore a range of media and subject matter.

Art lovers ready to welcome (or seek respite from) the warmth of June should put these eight exhibits on their must-see list.

Artist's Retrospective
Lewisville Grand Theatre, through July 8
Works by members of the Visual Art League (VAL) of Lewisville will be on display this month in the art gallery in Lewisville's Grand Theater. Each entry in the show judged by Denton-area artist Laurie Weller represents a self-retrospective of its artist. Since 1978, VAL has provided support and education for member artists, while members have judged student arts shows and taught art classes to senior citizens. Like all VAL events and programming, this exhibition is free and open to the public. And if you're a first-time visitor to this stunning theatre and arts center, you'll immediately understand why local art feels right at home here.

Madeline Donahue:"Art House"
Various Small Fires - Dallas, through July 8
Experiences of pregnancy, birth, motherhood and owning a postpartum body can be exemplars of the complexity of the mother-and-child relationship. Having experienced all of the above, Madeline Donahue explores all of them with oil paintings and colored pencil drawings on paper in this contemporary art solo show.

Robert Motherwell: "Pure Painting"
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, through September 17
Abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell explored political, philosophical, and literary themes in various art forms throughout his life (1915-1991) while communicating as a spokesman for an art movement that wasn't particularly well-understood in its early days. Motherwell was a painter of note from the post-war period, but also showed talent as a collagist, a printmaker, and a draftsman. The Modern was the site for the last retrospective of Motherwell's work during his lifetime, and the museum owns more than 50 of his works. That makes it a perfect fit as a venue for this guest-curated retrospective focusing on his paintings.

"Hold Up Half the Sky"
Dallas Center for Photography (DCP), through-July 1
This photography exhibit is part of DCP's year-long commitment to women in photography. The juried (and judged) show highlights photos that tell a story, from more than 40 female photographers. Prizes have been awarded to Emily Buckley, Pamela Chipman, and Linda Plaisted for first, second, and third place, respectively. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Leonardo Drew: Number 235T
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, June 17-June 30, 2024
Contemporary sculptor Leonardo Drew uses organic material and techniques of oxidation, burning, and decay to create works like the ones that will grace the first floor galleries at the Carter this month. The intricate, large-scale topography of Number 235T was commissioned specifically for this space, and reflects a connectedness that translates effortlessly from art to life.

Arden Bendler Browning: "Off Screen"
Galleri Urbane, June 24-August 12
Arden Bendler Browning's sense of wanderlust inspired both the subject matter and the method for creating the pieces displayed in this show. Many of the multi-media works began as sketches or watercolors made in a moving vehicle with her husband at the wheel and kids in tow in the back seat. First impressions appeared on yupo paper, which is waterproof, and were then layered with an assortment of acrylic paint, acrylic marker, spray paint, acrylic gouached, and fluid acrylic. Some were then adhered to round panels, symbolizing a portal to the place, time, and atmosphere Bendler Browning envisions. Meet the artist at the opening reception on from 5-8 pm Saturday, June 24.

10th Annual Texas Juried Exhibition
ArtSpace111, June 24-August 26
For this show, Texas artists were invited to enter their two- and three-dimensional works in pursuit of a top prize of $10,000 and a solo show. A portion of the entry fees will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and at the end of the exhibition all entries (not just those selected for the show) will be displayed online in the gallery's Texas Now Online Showcase. The exhibition is free to attend, and all art on display is available to purchase. Join the artists for an opening reception from 4-7 pm Saturday, June 24.

"Art of Paper"
Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery, June 24-August 19
This group exhibition promises "sequenced architectural wall reliefs, encaustic sculptures, biomorphic patterns, repurposed ephemera, and rhythmic compositions" demonstrating that creative options are limitless when the medium is paper. Each of the 15 contemporary artists from around the world elevates paper as art with perspectives that delight and inspire. The show is free and open to the public, with an opening reception from 4:30-7:30 pm Saturday, June 24.

Popular Disney immersive experience to host special sensory-friendly viewings in Dallas

A whole new world

The "Disney Animation: Immersive Experience" on view now at Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas, will be extra inclusive for Disney fans at special viewings this summer.

On Saturday, June 24, the venue will host three sensory-friendly viewings of the popular immersive experience. The schedule is:

  • Sunday, June 24 – 9 am
  • Saturday, July 22 – 10:15 am
  • Sunday, August 27 –10.15 am

As sensory-friendly viewings, the volume of the show will be reduced for a more comfortable viewing experience for guests with special needs.

Other accommodations include comfortable gallery lighting (and no blackouts like there are in the regular showings), reduced guest capacity, sensitivity warnings at certain potentially agitating moments in the show, and quiet areas outside of the gallery (where the show takes place) so guests can take a break if the noise is too overwhelming.

"Disney Animation: Immersive Experience" made its Dallas debut at Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas (507 S. Harwood St.) in April.

The experience brings to life Disney classics like The Lion King and Aladdin, as well as newer favorites such as Encanto, Frozen, and more. Interactive features include responsive floor projection design that "moves" with the audience, custom bracelets that light up in sync with the projections and based on the audiences’ movements, and galleries that fill with bubbles.

"Inclusion is important to us with all of our offerings, but all the more so with 'Immersive Disney Animation,' which is truly an exhibit where everyone should feel welcome," says Lighthouse Immersive producer Corey Ross in a release. "These viewings reduce the sensory output of the show to offer a relaxed environment and judgment-free zone where the wonderful worlds and characters of Disney Animation Studios can be enjoyed by all.”

Tickets for the show, including specific sensory-friendly performances (starting at $21) are available here.

Breezy cafe with bikes, wine, & coffee to open in Dallas Design District

Coffee News

A highly cosmopolitan new cafe is coming to the Dallas Design District that'll bring food, bicycles, and epic coffee together in one place. Called The Meteor, it's a concept with locations in Austin and Bentonville, and it's opening in Dallas in late summer at 1930 Hi Line Dr.

The cafe will open as a temporary pop-up in The Urby, a 27-story apartment building across from the Virgin Dallas hotel, taking a space that was originally designated to be a restaurant called Charley.

Eventually, The Meteor will relocate to its own dedicated space in a new residential building at 1950 Hi Line Dr., which is still under construction.

The Meteor was founded in 2019 by Doug Zell, co-founder of Chicago's acclaimed Intelligentsia Coffee, and Chris St. Peter, a former attorney. Their goal is to create an expansive community space combining bicycle shop - both are avid cyclists - with an all-day cafe and wine shop serving and selling natural wines.

The concept has so much going on, it's almost too big to comprehend. Basically, it has all the good things in one place, and every element is nicely orchestrated.

The wine shop, for example, features the increasingly popular category of natural, organic, biodynamic wines only, more than 500 bottles. That's good on its own. Even better, they'll sell to-go or for consumption onsite. Even better still, with no corkage fee. If you need one more better, prices start at $15 — for a bottle.

The coffee is from Intelligentsia, Zell's alma mater and one of the best-known coffee roasters in the U.S.

The food is ingredient-driven with an international flair and includes pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, all made in-house with thoughtfully sourced ingredients, plus coffee and teas, cider, and beer. Service will be casual counter-service style, with an approachable, breezy touch. (Their website/signage is similarly fun: "espresso-champagne-chain-lube.")

The hours are convenient and user friendly: Doing an "all day" menu means they'll be there long hours, starting with a full breakfast and segueing into lunch and dinner.

The bike shop will offer a limited selection of bikes and gear for sale, along with an in-house service department for maintenance and repairs. You can drop off your bike and sit down for a pizza - and not just pizza, but pizza with a sourdough crust - and a glass of wine.

"Our goal is to deliver top-notch food and of course a delicious cup of coffee, as well as being a bike-friendly destination," Zell says.

The popularity of bicycling surged during the pandemic, and there's a strong shift as people seek alternatives to a car-centric culture, even in Dallas. The Meteor is poised to ride that trend with a commitment to open three more locations in 2024, in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Tucson.

"As our culture becomes more bike-friendly, the opportunity for something like The Meteor continues to grow," Zell says. "People who ride bicycles tend to be attracted to the kind of food and beverage we're doing."

"Given the way the Design District is coming together, we felt like a place that does something culinarily interesting and also with a bicycle component was a match made in heaven," he says.