Gary "Corky" Cunningham, is one of the most talented architects in Dallas. This modern, three-story townhome is one of Corky's prize — and more affordable — projects from the early 1990s, when the Travis Street boom was just happening. The developer was Diane Cheatham, now world-famous for her declaration that the McMansion is dead. She cut her teeth developing in the Knox-Travis area. In fact, want to see a 20-year-old Cheatham home? Come to this neighborhood.
The townhome at 4401 Travis Street is loaded with 2010-era upgrades and haute design finishes. Its walkability score should be 100, since nearly everything is nearby — including the shops and restaurants of Knox Street, and of course the Katy Trail. Once inside, the home feels more like an urban man-cave. Drop anything on the polished concrete floors, and it comes right up. (Or breaks; in which case, you just toss it.)
There are also polished museum-like walls with the correct lighting to hang that burgeoning art collection you are picking up at all those art receptions you attend. (You go for the art, right?) The kitchen is remodeled enough so that lady friends can come cook you a nice Chicken Cordon Bleu on stainless appliances, serve it on the granite counters, clean up, and hide all the utensils in the new maple cabinets like a good woman. (That is a joke only the mother of a 26-year-old bachelor can enjoy, then I slap him.)
But I do see a bachelor in this pad, which feels more like a loft, and the 9.5-foot beamed ceilings make it seem a lot larger than1,681 square feet. You get two bedrooms, formals, utility room, soaring Pellawood windows, a wood-burning fireplace with gas starter, upgraded carpets, two-and-a-half baths remodeled (full baths off each bedroom), decorative lighting, balcony with landscape screen, and two-car attached garage to house the car you will never need because you'll be walking everywhere. You get all this with a super-motivated seller who now has this place in the heart of Knox-Henderson priced at $335,000 with $1,200 annual HOA dues. A hundred bucks a month — not too shabby.
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