Frequently Asked Questions

How many units are in The Metropolitan?
The Metropolitan has 281 units in one, two and three bedroom floor plans ranging from 660 sf to 2101 sf.


What year was the building built? 
The building was built between 1972 and 1974 as commercial office space to be known as Murphy Plaza.  Clients included federal, state, and municipal government offices as well as other professional offices.

In 2005, developers purchased the building to convert the space to multifamily residential with a ground level retail unit; the first residential unit was occupied in 2007. The high quality of the original commercial construction has produced a very quiet living environment.

Here’s a piece of downtown trivia. The Metropolitan sits on the site of Dallas’ famous Southland Hotel, which housed a poker and gambling hall run by Benny Binion. After the law closed his operations at the Southland, Binion took his iconic poker chips to Las Vegas and launched the legendary Horseshoe Casino. 


What’s the historic appreciation of the building?
The average annualized building wide appreciation on a price/sf basis was 8.54% from 2013-2019.

2013:  $174.94/sf average of all sales
2014:  $203.13/sf average of all sales
2015:  $219.19/sf average of all sales
2016:  $245.95/sf average of all sales
2017:  $260.51/sf average of all sales
2018:  $274.33/sf average of all sales
2019:  $286.09/sf average of all sales


Who manages the building?
Worth Ross Management Company has professionally managed the Metropolitan since December 2018.  Complete information on the management company can be found at worthross.com.

Is there 24 hour staffing?
The Metropolitan has a front desk concierge on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Maintenance and house keeping staff are on duty during the day, seven days a week.

How is the building secured?
All external building entrances are secured via key fobs and/or remote controlled garage access.  Video surveillance cameras are installed.

How are utilities handled?
Utilities are billed monthly via the COA assessment statements. Unit electricity usage is metered and charged at a preferential commercial rate.  Water, gas, trash and common area electricity are billed pro-rata, based on the square footage of the unit.
 
How close is the nearest grocery store?
The closest of the major grocery chain locations are two Tom Thumb stores. One is at The Union, 2380 N. Field St., which is 0.7 miles with the second Tom Thumb located at 2727 Live Oak, 1.2 miles away.  Whole Foods operates a store at 2510 McKinney Ave. which is 1.1 miles away. There are Kroger locations on 4241 Capitol Ave, 2 miles away, and on 4901 Maple Ave. in the Medical District, 2.9 miles away.  Royal Blue Grocery, an upscale convenience store, is at 1800 Main St., 6 blocks to the east.  A 7-11 occupies the street level retail space at the corner of Commerce and Field.

How is parking handled?
Individual assigned parking spaces are attached by property records to specific units. There is a secondary market on which parking spots can be bought, sold and rented by owners of units.  There are no assigned guest parking spots.  Guests can park using metered street parking, a public garage, or borrowing a spot from a neighbor in advance.

How do I book the guest suite?
The Met guest suite can be booked through BuildingLink, a web portal and smartphone app. The cost is $75 per night with a 3 night maximum.

Where do I walk my dog?
The most convenient spot to walk a dog is Belo Garden, the park adjacent to the building.  Main Street Garden, 7 blocks to the east, is another spot popular with pet owners.  Main Street Garden has a leash-free dog park.

How long via DART rail to the airport? 
DART Rail offers easy access to both DFW and Love Field via the Orange Line, which departs Akard Station, two blocks to the north of The Met.  The trip to DFW takes 55 minutes.  The trip to Love Field (which requires taking a shuttle bus from the Inwood/Love Field station) takes 45 minutes.

What’s the advantage of “lock-and-leave lifestyle?”
High rise living is often touted as having the benefit of being a “lock and leave lifestyle.”  Residents can lock the door to their condo and leave for an extended period of time knowing that issues facing single family home owners will be handled by the staff.  Deliveries and mail are accepted.  The lawn will not need to be mowed.  Your property is secured.  Any weather related incidents would be handled by onsite management.

Lock, leave, enjoy.

How are deliveries handled?
Deliveries - ecommerce, food orders, personal drop offs, etc. --are accepted by the front desk staff 24 hours a day.  Large deliveries which require the freight elevator – furniture, appliances, etc. – must be delivered between 8:00am and 5:00 pm weekdays and scheduled in advance through BuildingLink.

Where would my kids go to school?
The Met is in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and is zoned for the following: 

The elementary school is Ben Milam Elementary, 4200 McKinney Ave. 
The middle school is Alex W. Spence, 4001 Capitol. 
The high school is North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell. 
DISD Schools of Choice (requiring an application process) in the downtown area include

Downtown Montessori at Ida B Wells Academy (elementary), 1901 Main St;
Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts, 2501 Flora St;
City Lab High School, 912 S. Ervay; and
El Centro Middle College High School, 801 Main St 

Private or charter options include Pegasus School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, K-12, 1222 Commerce St.; Uplift Luna Preparatory – Primary, 2020 North Lamar; Uplift Luna Preparatory – Secondary 2625 Elm St.; and First Baptist Academy of Dallas, 1606 Patterson St

How do Met residents socialize?
The year 2020 has been a tough year for our social activities. The Met has a Social Committee which plans resident events throughout the year. Two major events are the Pool Party and Holiday Party. Between these we celebrate almost anything including all major national holidays, Valentines Day and New Years Eve. Events are sometimes catered and sometimes potluck. The diverse, vertical neighborhood and downtown lifestyle invigorate life at The Met..

While email is the official method of communication between residents, the HOA and management, there is an active resident-only Facebook page. Residents frequently use The Met Facebook group to set up ad hoc social events, find parking, trade goods (non-commercial), seek advice, etc.