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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Dallas, With an Eye on the Future

October 28th, 2013 | by The Update

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As seen in the Wall Street Journal:

Our son Ben spent eight years in China running a Xiamen leather goods factory for a Texas company. He returned to Dallas last year, and is currently pursuing his MBA at SMU. It’s a delight to have Ben, his wife, Jenny, and their children Micah and Zoe in town.

One of the true joys of being a grandparent is having the opportunity to experience things through the fresh perspective and innocent eyes of precious children. I know my hometown like the back of my hand – maybe better. And while Dallas has always been a premiere place to work, live and grow up, the city that all three of our grandchildren can experience today is far different than it was when I was their age. In some respects, I’m re-discovering my hometown through their eyes.

The Arts District’s magnificent performance halls; science and nature adventures within the Perot Museum; the wide-open spaces of Klyde Warren Park and other downtown green spaces; and the Bush Presidential Center, a stone’s throw away, all provide fresh new cultural, educational and entertainment platforms of enrichment that didn’t exist a few years ago.

While these are all awesome places and present opportunities now, real estate isn’t about what happens today, it’s about what happens tomorrow. With that in mind, you can see where things are headed in and around downtown. Obsolete office space transforming into residential spaces; plus interesting retail development and office relocation all happening to accommodate a new generation of young people coming home or into the area for the first time. Significant numbers of them are relocating close to the stages, museums, parks and other spaces I mentioned with the goal of working, living and playing downtown.

Dallas is growing and changing almost daily it seems. It’s exhilarating and promises sensational new options for future generations. If you haven’t been downtown lately, I invite you to see what all the excitement is about. In the meantime, our grandchildren are having a wonderful time exploring now, and looking forward to what’s coming next.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in more than 650 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.


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