One Cedar Springs complex grows up

By Rich Lopez

In 1984, Cedar Springs saw the rise of the Parkside apartment complex amid a slew of others. The years went by and complexes faded into lesser versions of their original selves. But Parkside wasn’t going down like that, and so they did something to stop it.

“There are some rental units still in the unrenovated part,” Jeff Updike says, “but for the past two years, the complex has been turning those original units into lofts, townhomes and flats. “

The reimagined Parkside at Cedar Springs lives up to the oasis it touts itself to be. The property is four-and-a-half acres of lush green alongside the complex. Trees stand guard and can also transport, if just for a second, anyone away from the bustling traffic of Cedar Springs. The trees overlook a two-acre park complete with a creek that’s home to ducks and turtles and allows for small hikes as well as does double duty as a dog park.

The complex has added a clubhouse for residential parties. The wraparound deck is both zen and resort in its design. With a full kitchen and redesigned pool, the neighborhood at Parkside is sure to have a home-away-from-home — even if it’s only yards away.

Each renovated living space now has fireplaces, maple cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The gated complex provides covered parking and private balconies.
The only thing that might make it more homey would be your own yard — oh wait, some units even have those.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of Defining Homes Magazine October 8, 2010.