By Lance Murray

Dallas Business Journal

Best Real Estate Deals 2014 cover

Some awards programs have gained prestige through many years of honoring the best in their industries.

There’s the Oscars, the Grammys, the Pulitzers, and for real estate deals in Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2013.

For the 22nd year, we will honor the biggest deals in real estate in multiple categories. We received scores of nominations that were judged on their size and importance to the DFW market. The winners will be honored at a banquet April 29 at the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave.

Urban Office Deal

Frost Tower by Harwood International

KPMG Lease at Hall Arts

Parkland Hall

The Richards Group’s new 250,000-square-foot HQ office tower

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By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

Global real estate developer and investor Harwood International plans to break ground on Frost Tower, a 22-story build-to-suit office project in Uptown Dallas. The naming tenant, Frost Bank, is Texas’ premier banking, investments and insurance company, with more than $21 billion in assets.

The Class AA high-rise will feature approximately 167,251 square feet of office space, including two penthouses with private balconies and more than 9,000 square feet of mixed retail and landscaped Japanese-inspired garden along the lower level.

Frost Tower will be the seventh phase within the district of Harwood, a $3 billion master-planned community that encompasses more than 17 city blocks in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The mixed-use development currently showcases more than 1 million square feet of Class AA office, residential, retail and restaurant space, with approximately 5,000 parking garage spaces as well as 6.5 acres of landscaped gardens, elaborate green roofs and public green spaces.

Frost Bank, a long-term tenant of the district, will expand its footprint and take over approximately 57,000 square feet of space in the new building. According to the developer, six typical floors of office are currently available for lease, as well as two penthouse floors consisting of 9,466 square feet on level 22 and 11,301 square feet on level 21, each with a private terrace. Each floor is 13,119 square feet and allows every tenant elevator visibility and high-rise views of the Dallas skyline.

Up to now, Harwood International has completed six phases of the 17-phase Harwood District – including the Rolex, a local landmark and Uptown’s first office building; 2728, a 10-story, 178,384-square-foot office building that houses the Marie Gabrielle Garden, an award-winning, 1.5 acre European-style rooftop pocket park with benches, a reflection pond and several small private gardens; 2828, a 20-story, Class AA office building that contains 220,661 square feet of space; Saint Ann Court, a 26-story building offering 314,361 rentable square feet; Azure, a 31-story condominium residence tower featuring 156 apartment homes; and several parks and gardens. At full build-out, Harwood District is expected to include more than 7 million square feet of condominium, office and retail space.

Harwood International is a global real estate developer and value-add investor with offices and projects in select niche markets in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Sunnyvale’s Gold Coast, Geneva, London’s West End, Paris and Zurich’s Golden Triangle.

Dallas-based investment firm Blackhill Partners LLC plans to move its corporate offices off McKinney Avenue in Uptown to the Rolex Building.

The company has signed a lease 4,667 square feet within the Harwood District office tower on North Harwood Street, which brings the Rolex Building to 98 percent leased.

The location was selected because of its location to the investment banking and restructuring businesses, said Jeff Jones, managing director of Blackhill Partners.

Nick Lee of NAI Robert Lynn, along with Jones, represented the tenant in the deal. Jihane Boury represented the landlord, Harwood International.

Blackhill Partners has advised on more than $40 billion of mergers, acquisitions, financings, and restructuring in businesses from telecommunications to energy to industrial industry.

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The New York Times

BOSTON “Samurai! Armor From the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.” More than 140 objects, including armored horses carrying combat-ready samurai in full regalia, reveal the culture of these Japanese warriors, who date to the 12th century. April 14 to Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts.

It’s springtime, which means that we’ve got a few months of patio drinking and dining under splendiferous sunshine and casual breezes before the mosquitos arrive — at which time we will be forced to fight small children for shaded tables.

With that in mind, as part of our Best of Everything series, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best patios in Dallas. These are the places we are most drawn to when it’s 80 degrees outside, with nary a cloud in the sky. In fact, in a few cases, the quality of the patio is enough to beckon us even if the food and interior do not.

Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar
Quite possibly the prettiest outdoor space of any restaurant in Dallas, the garden patio at Saint Ann is sophisticated yet unpretentious. That doesn’t mean you should come in flip-flops and board shorts; there’s definitely a style to sitting and drinking all afternoon here. Enjoy the great views of Uptown and soak in the classiness.

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