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#1 Brian Luenser

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:26 AM

This weekend was the 9th anniversary of the Fort Worth Tornado. Though certainly devastating in both lives lost and property damage, it did start a new resurgence in Downtown Fort Worth. The Tower. An amazing success story. With the exception of a few penthouses that were unfinished, the entire 292 condo's sold out immediately. (Like in 2 months.) The building was finished out in a timely fashion and was as nice as advertised. For me personally, it has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I love Downtown. I love The Tower. I love the people that live in the Tower. (All but that one guy, and you know who you are...) <img src="style_emoticons/default/newlaugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":laugh:" border="0" alt="newlaugh.gif" />

I have been a Director in the Condo Assoc. since the developer turned the building over to residents in 2005. (Was elected and re-elected) Has been very satisfying.

A story in the Business section of Today's Star Telegram tells the story pretty well. Our values remained high even in a deep recession. We have had 2 foreclosures. Out of 292 units. Even though coast to coast condo's have been hit very hard by the recession. Show me ANY other new neighborhood of 300 homes that has had less than 3 foreclosures in the last 4 years! (keep looking.)

Congratulations Fort Worth.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:07 PM

I took this picture of The Tower Saturday evening walking to Neil P to meet "Lobster" to go to the Museum place.
I see my first Tower Condo on 30 on the west side. (Before I did that "Mov'n on up, to the East Side" thing) when I moved up to 34 on the East side.
I love the East side but I surely miss the West side. If I find a 30 carrot diamond in the field I would try to buy my first unit back and have both. I did own both for 5 months. Was sweet. I did not put my old unit up for sale for 3 months after I moved out of it. Just didn't want to sell it. Then my lake house on Eagle Mountain lake had its contract fall through, and I then owned 3 homes and didn't like that a bit. Out went my place on 30.




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Posted 02 April 2009 - 08:03 PM

Pre-dawn shot in my living room. Camera was 7 feet up on my tripod. (Necessary to see much of downtown if you are back from the windows as I am higher than most of the buildings.) No color to the sky, but that gives me an excuse to post another one when the sky is pretty. This is the Century II club spot. (I never could get that smell of martini's out of the rugs.)

12' ceilings. 12' windows. (12' custom curtains. Ouch)



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Posted 02 April 2009 - 08:20 PM

You have one great view. I can still recall being at the Century Two Club and standing at the windows looking out over the city.
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:18 PM

As my new camera is still in the shop getting fixed I thought I would post a few old pictures never before viewed in TV Land. (My lack of posts was starting to cause irreversible Lack of Image Posting Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or LOIPTSS)

This is the first picture I ever took from the Tower. (Was my first time in The Tower.) I was in the Model condo on June 12th, 2004 on the 23rd floor. My wife said she would never live that high up. (Of course we wound up buying a place on 34) She was pretty creeped out by the heights as the only units high up with windows were the models so there was a 100mph breeze trying to blow us into the parking lot as we made our way from the elevator to the model home.

First pic from tower. (From toy camera)


This is the model that we fell in love with in the sales trailer. Turned out to be remarkably accurate in its rendition.


View from the park.


View from the Library. (can't take this shot anymore with the Carnegie now.)

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 07:43 PM

I have a 5 year old cat living with my wife and me. Let's call her Grace. (Her real name.) Because I thought she was bored living inside, I bought her this outdoor contraption called Kittywalk. It is a play area for cats that want to be outside but can't go outside. This things folds up quickly and fits in its little briefcase. A nifty means of getting your cat safely outside. Even on your 34th floor balcony. I bought this contraption at Marshall Grain on Lancaster near downtown. ($250)

BTW I found this cat as a 4 week old toothless kitten hugging a curb in heavy traffic on Forest Park Blvd. I was going to find her a home. Of course I did. Here.

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Here is a shot of my cat inside her new play area. She can, and does, climb up to the third story and sleep.


And here is a shot I took of her from my other balcony when I forget to close her cage. I don't think think she can get her fat belly through the balusters of my guard rails. But I won't test my theory.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:47 PM

sweet pic. It needs a humorous caption. LOL
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 06:34 AM

QUOTE (FortWorthLowrider @ Oct 19 2009, 12:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
sweet pic. It needs a humorous caption. LOL



How about, "Were you supposed to close the door on this thing ?"
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:14 PM

I bought a new condo in the Tower on Friday. It is on 21 looking South and Southeast. Stand by for lots of pics looking South. (When the skies are blue and the winds subside) In the mean time I took these two shots this evening.





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Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:55 PM

Wow, congrats, you are going to own the whole Tower soon. smile.gif

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:11 PM

QUOTE (Keller Pirate @ Mar 21 2010, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, congrats, you are going to own the whole Tower soon. smile.gif



Thank you KP

Here are a couple more from later last night. (Lights off in my condo) The clouds make it look like a huge eve on the building.








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Posted 27 March 2010 - 03:02 PM

Awwhh, very cool Brian!! I love looking at your photos......gosh, and I'd love to live downtown (Omni)....maybe one day that might happen.

Until then, I'll live vicariously through your photos!

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 05:53 PM

Now you have a summer and winter residence ...and you don't even need a Winnebago.

How did that unit wind up with 5 big windows in a row? ...must be an A unit, hands down my favorite layout here.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (David Love @ Mar 28 2010, 06:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Now you have a summer and winter residence ...and you don't even need a Winnebago.

How did that unit wind up with 5 big windows in a row?


It is an A-1. My favorite floor-plan! It is a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. With a huge living room with that rack of windows. Next time I see you in an elevator I will push you in for a look.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:08 PM

Out with my camera on Monday, a really nice cloud day.


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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:13 PM

Question for architects & developer types:

The Tower parking garage has offices on the 6th floor, deeded parking on floors 5, 4 and part of 3, public / reserved parking on most of 3 and all of 2, Fat Daddy's and a drive through bank on 1.

The Tower parking garage elevators stop on floors 1 through 6 as well as the first underground level "BL" or Banking Level and the "SB" sub basement is two floors under ground, BL and SB both are connected to tunnels that connect the Tower High Rise to lower levels of the parking garage.

The fire escape doors in the parking garage are all locked from the inside on all floors except 1, from what I understand that's so that in the event of a fire those on 6 could not accidentally open a floor other than 1 and walk back into a fire.

For those that would like to take the fire well stairs, assuming they had a key to let themselves out on the floor they park, is there a fire or building code regulation / law that would prevent them from doing that?

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:40 PM

An hour ago, I had a post on the Local Weather thread concerning my condo in The Tower.

The local TV stations, primarily Channel 8 I think, showed a weather photo of mine. (like the 10th time this year)

In fact, what the heck, here is the link. (Like 30 seconds of video)



Punch-line. A guy was looking for a condo with a great view in Downtown Fort Worth. (He works Downtown, I will not name where I guess) He called his Realtor and told him to find me to see if I would sell my condo. After watching Monday Night Football (Saints) I got an e-mail that I had a Facebook message. (I check my Facebook account about once a month because I hate it) It was the Realtor. It was a pathetic random message (As young people have mostly lost any meaningful communication skills beyond Twitter) It simply stated, "U want a pic of your condo?" I am guessing he meant to say, "Do you have a picture of your condo?" As I was curious as to who he was, I just said, "yes please." The next morning I woke up to 6 messages from this guy. He was the Realtor. He stated he had a guy that wants a condo with a great view of Downtown. He currently lives in Southlake but will sell his house. He will pay cash and close in 4 days. (As there are are few condo checklists the closing got pushed back to this Friday, October 1.

Now here is the twist. I am selling my condo on 21, not the condo I am sitting in on 34 that I took the weather photo from. My Condo on 21 has as good or better view as my condo on 34. (you are looking at the city, not over it) Personally, I like the view on 34 more because you cannot see Dallas from the unit on 21. Or the Trinity. Or the Courthouse or Sundance Square. I like those things. Plus I like being further from the streets. (I hate rude, loud, motorcyclists)

We have recently considered moving into the unit on 21 just because it is really fun. (more windows in a row) Had not intended at all to sell the unit. But for a certain $ figure, the game changes. Huge profit, immediate close without any mortgage company involvement. (I paid cash, he pays cash) Just could not turn it down. In this economy. And I never did get a condo in Dallas even though I was VERY close for several weeks. Still think I will end up with a Dallas condo. Downtown, downtown where it is cheap cheap and I love the views.

I also thought The Condo Assoc. in The Tower was going to grant a Super-bowl exception to the no renting your unit for less than 1 year and I was going to rent one or both of my condos. They just decided there would be no exceptions to the rules. (I don't disagree with the decision as it would wreck our building in just a few days.) But I am a little disappointed I can't make some extra cash. But one more reason to sell my extra unit. Also, I never listed it for sale but did agree to give the Realtor 3% to bring my this cash buyer wanting immediate possession.

So I have mixed feelings. I love the condo I am selling very much. It has been very fun since I bought it in March. But I am not so rich that I can turn away a good year's wages for holding (and loving) this condo for 6 months. Just a gift, all of it really. Between HOA dues, property taxes, utilities, lost interest etc... it cost me quite a bit to sit on it. I just did not want to let it go. I realize now that without a huge profit I would not have sold it. The only really bad part of this deal is that the IRS is going to get 35% of my profits. (As I did not hold it one year for long term Cap gains.) Oh well. Easy come, easy go.

On Wednesday night after I had an executed contract in my hands I went down and took a few pictures. (after the rain stopped)
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

Brian,

Sounds like a good deal if you can turn a profit on it. Rats to having to pay the 35% to the man. Stay in your 34th floor unit, we need the picks to brighten our day.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 01:41 AM

The only really bad part of this deal is that the IRS is going to get 35% of my profits.


Well, look at it this way, unless something is done to stop it from going into effect, had you waited until January 1st to sell it, you would have had 39.6 percent confiscated instead of the 35 percent. So whoever you ultimately end up spending and/or investing the 4.6 percent difference with (and the employees who work for them) should be glad that you did so before it was too late and the money was flushed down the bottomless sinkhole which is Washington.

You see, people like you have to be punished. Some people don't even have a house or a condo - and here you have two. And you actually have the nerve to want to take advantage of that situation and make money off it. You ought to consider yourself lucky that they didn't just seize the condo from you and give it to a homeless person and, while they are at it, punch you in the face just because. That would help spread the wealth around - and give you a fat lip and a black eye as retribution for having made something of yourself and being successful.
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:41 PM

Gee Dismuke, how do you really feel? Just kidding, I feel pretty much the same way as a fellow 35 percenter. Congrats again go to Brian for his real estate acumen and being a leader helping to keep America afloat. :blink:

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:28 PM

Thanks KP. And in the interest of full disclosure it is only the second time in my life I sold a piece of real estate for more than I paid for it. The other time was my first house in Grand Prairie. (Bachelor boy student/ tire buster)

And Dismuke, you have the same sense of fairness that I do. I had to earn $1.54 for each dollar I paid for the condo. (I bought the condo with what was left after paying income tax at the top rates.) Then to tax me on the gain for selling it seems pretty stinking greedy. Then they will want to tax my estate one more time after I fall off my balcony taking shots off the Parade of Lights. (Let's assume for the tax argument that the fall of 400' was fatal.)

I am wondering if the condo market is turning North just a bit or I got lucky. I do know there will be one less vacant condo in town. (as well as one more employed person with a fat wallet in town, and that can only be so wrong.) I am thinking of going down there this evening and taking photos until my trigger finger is blistered. It was sure fun while it lasted.

I was disappointed that I couldn't get any family and friends to stay in it. It is as though they were put off by the Coleman© air bed. (I kid not, but I love an air-bed.) The only person I got to sleep in the condo was my niece and her husband coming back from a trip to San Fransisco... A district attorney and her attorney husband (and son a judge), 2 counties over) Don't think I didn't shove my crack pipe behind the refrigerator. :laugh:

And of course my wife is nervous that I think I have a magic tough with Real Estate as I am looking for my next victim... (She reminds me of that one time I had a stock go up and thought I was a warlock only to go on to lose a fortune in the 2000 tech bust)
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:55 PM

(Let's assume for the tax argument that the fall of 400' was fatal.)


...not if you landed on your wallet!

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:16 AM

Brian,

Was it John Lennon or George Harrison who yelled "I got blisters on me fingahs!!" after concluding "Helter Skelter"?

So go trigger happy in 21 and let us see your blistered finger results. :)

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:09 AM

Thanks KP. And in the interest of full disclosure it is only the second time in my life I sold a piece of real estate for more than I paid for it. The other time was my first house in Grand Prairie. (Bachelor boy student/ tire buster)

And Dismuke, you have the same sense of fairness that I do. I had to earn $1.54 for each dollar I paid for the condo. (I bought the condo with what was left after paying income tax at the top rates.) Then to tax me on the gain for selling it seems pretty stinking greedy. Then they will want to tax my estate one more time after I fall off my balcony taking shots off the Parade of Lights. (Let's assume for the tax argument that the fall of 400' was fatal.)

I am wondering if the condo market is turning North just a bit or I got lucky. I do know there will be one less vacant condo in town. (as well as one more employed person with a fat wallet in town, and that can only be so wrong.) I am thinking of going down there this evening and taking photos until my trigger finger is blistered. It was sure fun while it lasted.

I was disappointed that I couldn't get any family and friends to stay in it. It is as though they were put off by the Coleman© air bed. (I kid not, but I love an air-bed.) The only person I got to sleep in the condo was my niece and her husband coming back from a trip to San Fransisco... A district attorney and her attorney husband (and son a judge), 2 counties over) Don't think I didn't shove my crack pipe behind the refrigerator. :laugh:

And of course my wife is nervous that I think I have a magic tough with Real Estate as I am looking for my next victim... (She reminds me of that one time I had a stock go up and thought I was a warlock only to go on to lose a fortune in the 2000 tech bust)


In a bizarre coincidence, when I woke up this morning I read my new Autoweek magazine. (Sept 27 issue) There is an article about a guy that tried to commit suicide on August 31 in New York City by jumping from a 40 story skyscraper and falling 400'. He lived. He hit the back of a Dodge Charger, went through the back window (at 126 mph) and broke a leg and injured is lung. I could not believe what I was reading after my comment above. Of course I was joking as I stated, assume I would not live the 400' plunge. Too crazy. And that I said 400'! Not 360 or 410. Nuts.
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:26 AM

Follow up. Closing was Friday. I officially no longer own my new condo. (#2111) Closing went without a hitch because the gentleman that bought it is an A++. Though it was a cash deal, he had an inspector come last Sunday to inspect the unit. Per our contract I was required to fix any problems they found. They either found no problems (Not possible even on a home in great shape) or decided not to bother me with them. Example. The guy that owned the condo before me had 2 TV's mounted to 2 different walls. Took the TV's AND the mounts. (Really low-end thinking there) But the buyer nor his inspector mentioned the holes in the wall or scratches in the wood floors or anything else. Quality guy.

As I figured there was not much in the way of a cash deal and the sale would go through, I went back in the unit for some last photos. Funny, as you get older, and more financially secure, you have to sell things you like. Or love. My first junk car and house I was thrilled to sell. Selling my townhouse overlooking Eagle Mountain lake made me cry. This one was sad but like I said, for a certain amount of money I could not say no even though I surely wanted to keep it for another year or so. I am looking for another condo. I think the market has bottomed. The photos...

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:53 AM

I saw that sunrise this morning, then rolled over and went back to sleep.

...as inspections go, small holes from mounts would not hold up a sale, from my past experience anyway, they might note it. Sale stoppers are something that breaks code or would make the place uninhabitable, like no working toilets or something.

I could be wrong and rules in high-rises do seem to be a little different, I sometimes think a little more strict, as I think they should be.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:01 AM

I made reference to this in another thread a month ago. For the second time in 8 months, I received a completely unsolicited offer for my condo. The first one (see a few posts back) was for a condo I bought on 21. I liked it so much I was thinking about moving in to it. (Kind of bought it as an investment, expecting to sit on it for a few years) A guy saw my weather photo on the news, saw my name on the bottom, looked me up on Facebook and the next day, on Tuesday, gave me a contract for a cash purchase on Friday. Sha bam. Was blindsided. But made a big profit after owning for 6 months. 6 months of enjoying the place.

Now it happened again. Except this time the person wanted the condo I was (am for another week) living in. My home on 34 here at the Tower. She is a big time executive for a big company in Dallas we all know. (Senior VP) She liked the same things I did, primarily the view, the 12' foot ceilings and the few large condos on the floor. (5)

I just got a letter in the mail. Like all of us, you have that brief moment of "should I open this or throw it out." I opened it and it was this person saying she is looking for a condo in downtown Fort Worth up really high with few bedrooms and baths. I have the highest 2 bedroom condo in the Tower. I did not want to sell this place but being the capitalist that I am, realized everything is for sale. So I sent her an e-mail with a price that was too high for her. I was thinking, I did not want to sell, but what is the lowest price I would sell for. I gave her the "too high of price" and she said she wanted to come look at it. I was surprised. She fell in love instantly. Like I did in January 2006. The next day she offered me 5k less than I told her I would sell it for. I told her no. Need exactly what I said. She said, "You got it."

So in a pretty bad market, I just sold my second condo at a great profit. (at least a very good profit) She takes my home on June 1. I had to find a new home.

I love the Tower but figured things had changed since I looked last, and with an open mind started a search for a home for my wife and I. We knew we loved downtown but considered moving out as far as Montgomery Plaza. I had never been in the condos. I was very impressed. I was only interested in a condo up high with a view of downtown. (only a few of those left) in the 700k range. (they had some much nicer ones over a million) I will talk more about those condos in the Montgomery Plaza thread.

They now have some cheaper Le Bijou condos in the price range we are selling our condo for. 3200 square feet or so. Palaces to us. Very nice. Quality. But not us. We don't need that much space. And we are too spoiled to living up in the sky. My wife even has security apprehensions to living at ground level. (We watch too many "Who dunits")

The last place we considered was the toughest competition. The Omni. No secret, I love the Omni. So does my wife. We had not been in the condos for a year so we set up an appointment. They have some 2 bedroom 2 bath units at a price we are comfortable with. The best finish out. To me, the best view. Like 12% have been sold. Still. A little troubling but I like the thought of it not being crowded. I like quiet.

Of course we looked at other units in the Tower. We did not see what we were looking for. (High and nice. But not TOOO nice.)
We were at a stalemate. Then I decided to do what the woman buying my condo did. I sent letters to my 7 favorite units.
"Dear Sir, would you be interested in selling your condo. We want a condo like yours." I got back 4 "I will never sell, thanks", one "yes I would sell for a fair price", but was on 23 and turns out too low to clearly see over Tandy Centers, one I would sell for WAY too much money. (I thought he was kidding at first, but we talked on the phone and he would not sell for even 10k less). We were back to the Omni. Then 2 weeks later I got a call at work. "I am Ms. XXXX. I am the personal assistant for YYYY. He would like to sell his unit as he is never there. This guy has been the president and CEO of a "Fortune 500" company for many years. (You should be able to guess now, but I think I will not say his name.) His assistant let us in the next evening and we fell in love with it. It is an F unit on 28. (BTW, for those of you that guess who this guy is, I would rather us keep it a secret.) Any way, it was pretty expensive as it was perfect. But worth it to us. We closed on it yesterday at 3pm. We will move into it in the next few weeks. Have to be out of my current place by June 1. It is around 1600 square feet. (we have 1100 now.) So it gives us some room. Also, we love the row of windows in the living room and bedrooms. Our current unit has 2 balcony's which hide a bit of the view and take away a bit of the sense of height. (5 years ago my wife did not like high, so she took that as a bonus.)

So we are moving from 34 to 28. (A bit sad there.) but a bigger unit with a better floor plan. Of course the dues are higher by a couple hundred bucks a month. And taxes, of course. But we love it. We could have got unit the same size in the Omni for the same price. It really came down to loving being in Sundance Square. We think we would miss it too much. Plus, the people in the Omni are mostly rich. (we have some rich people at The Tower, but we also have Nurses living in a tiny condo just barely making their payments.) The Omni is grand. But they have valet parking. I am not that kind of guy. And would not really want my dues to go for such things. I saw myself as not fitting in. No use going in to something knowing you are odd guy out. Frankly, the next time we move will likely be to the Omni. Would have this time had Mr. X not agreed to sell his unit. We do love living at The Tower. (Dah, this is our 4th condo here.) We love the location, the views, the amenities, and even the history. We also have a lot of great Friends here. Of the 50 great people we have ever known, 46 live in The Tower. I think we will be very happy in our new home. Good friend and Forum member David Love is my new neighbor on 28!

Went down this morning for a few photos before Dawn. (my first photos of the place as the asked us not to take photos when we looked at the place 2 weeks ago.)

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We are going to remove that wall to the right. (Convert the place to a one bedroom unit) It will make the wrap around view really great. I am thinking we will wind up with the most expensive 1 bedroom home in the County. (Will likely cost 20k and make our home worth 20k less)
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:25 AM

Well Howdy Neighbor!

Will be a perfect view for the lake, if it ever happens, and you should be able to see the Cowboys' stadium if it's lit or at least see where it sits since it's in a slight depression.

Guess I won't be doing any more late night laundry...

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:11 PM

Congratulations, Brian. Sounds like serendipity follows you around everywhere your path takes you-nothing wrong with that. Maybe that lot you looked at on W. 7th is worth looking at now? Wish it were that easy to move real estate on Samuels Avenue. (sigh!) Wonderful view from your new digs and still more photo opportunities. Enjoy!

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:35 PM

Brian,
Congrats to you and the Mrs. I am going to miss the views to the east, but know you will not disappoint with new views and photos.
Hopefully someday, I can make my way back from Coppell to my beloved Fort Worth and be downtown. Fort Worth is such a great city.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:58 PM

Brian,
Congrats to you and the Mrs. I am going to miss the views to the east, but know you will not disappoint with new views and photos.
Hopefully someday, I can make my way back from Coppell to my beloved Fort Worth and be downtown. Fort Worth is such a great city.

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Mike


That's the great thing about living on the corners, you get East and North exposures. I kind of like Brian's a little more than mine, albeit I have more of Sundance Square down past the convention center but I get the summer sunrise bright and EARLY EVERY MORNING, which is not that bad on a day shift schedule, but still not much for sleeping in on weekends.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 09:26 AM

Congrats, Brian on your new condo. Beautiful. Seems like the market is really good up there if you folks are getting unsolicited offers. The condos in downtown Austin are doing pretty well given all the stock built in the last couple of years. I'm loving the life. But I'd kill for your killer views...

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

As discussed previously, I had a bedroom removed in my new condo. I am finally getting the wood floor in that spot. Previously we had a wood living room floor and then a carpeted section where the bedroom was. (My wife said it looked like a garage conversion) My wood floor was supposed to be in by June 1. This is what I believe. Too many people going to college, not enough learning trades. (Smart people, learning trades) If I had it to do over again I would learn a good trade. I would be wealthy. It took me many weeks to get an electrician to hang my ceiling fans, a guy to do my floors, move my cable TV etc... As I know it is supply and demand, the demand, even in a poor economy, must be high for skilled tradesman based on the pricing and wait. College is for A. People that made straight A's in High School, B. Are interested in a profession that requires a degree and C. Have enough money to put themselves through without further burden to the tax-payer. (They just put you through 13 years of schooling.)

I call this, Fat cat inspects construction. Now when I talk about the fat and lazy, I only have to look to this critter. She is kinda sweet.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:53 PM

Brian, I am a tradesman (HVAC), and I still see value in college. I'm two semesters away from an associates degree in HVAC technology. However, I started learning in the field first. College gave me a sound basis for what good things I learned in the field, and what erroneous things I learned in the field.

What is missing overall from the trades is the time honored master/apprentice system. When trades used to pay well, this system was intact and healthy. Now that many trades do not pay as well as many white collar jobs, those in the trades are often thrown to the wolves to learn their craft. I've been in that spot one too many times. Now, whenever I have opportunity, I mentor those entering my trade so they can benefit from both my wisdom and mistakes. This is how it should be, and if it were more common, you would not only not have to beg and plead to get people to work on or finish your condo, they'd do good work and make it look easy. Your flooring looks pretty good from what I can tell in your photo, but there are plenty out there who would charge you the same or more than what you may be paying above, and do lower quality work.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:18 AM

...that explains the dead spots in my floor, noticed the air cushion had vanished.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:41 AM

I have noticed an increase in condo's selling in my building. But had no verification of a pickup in sales or prices.
This article is in the Star Telegram today. Sure enough, condo sales are picking up. Great news for Downtown and surrounding areas.
Here, in The Tower, only 18 condo's are currently for sale. (out of 290) Pretty amazing. The fewest number since the building was finished in 2005.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

The article is very interesting. I never would have thought that this market would just suddenly pick up.





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