Andres Properties is a family-owned real estate company operated by brothers Marc and Roger Andres. We have over sixty years of combined experience owning and developing commercial properties on Henderson Avenue, Lower Greenville, the Bishop Arts District and other historic Dallas areas.
With every project we strive to honor the history, diversity and current needs of each surrounding community.
As experts in our markets, we know which businesses have the best opportunity for success in a particular location and which mix of tenants will best serve the local community in the long-term.
We are passionate about helping young businesses to take root while at the same time assisting in the revitalization of important neighborhood areas by restoring their charm and usefulness.
Please get in touch with us to discuss the perfect location for your business.
Our father, Dave Andres, was born and raised in downtown Dallas in a house next door to the family business—Andres Grocery. His father, a Russian-born immigrant, founded the business in 1906. Andres Grocery stood where the Museum Tower stands today, on the corner of Pearl Street and Woodall Rogers Freeway.
Andres Family in front of store 1927
After proudly serving as a medic during the D-Day invasion at Normandy in WWII, our father returned to Dallas to graduate from SMU and then took over the business. He ran the store until the early 1970s when he founded his first real estate investment firm.
He purchased, renovated, and managed commercial properties on McKinney Avenue, Henderson Avenue, the Bishop Arts District and Lower Greenville. He was instrumental in revitalizing each unique neighborhood. Dave Andres was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Henderson.” Our father loved to be around people and most enjoyed the relationships he formed with each and every tenant.
In the mid-80s, we joined our father at Andres Properties. Our shared vision was to provide the City of Dallas with unique, organically grown neighborhoods in the spirit of new urbanism. Our successful revitalization of the Henderson Avenue corridor is well documented. Andres Properties looks forward to revitalizing the Lower Greenville Avenue area as well as other deserving areas in the City of Dallas.
Changes through the years
Dallas Observer - By Mark Donald (2009)
The Andres brothers tell me that yes, walkability was exactly what they were going for, only they didn’t know it when they started because the term hadn’t been coined yet.
What they did know from the time they were young boys was Henderson Avenue. They drove up and down the street with their father, tagging along as he met with tenants of the income-producing property he owned. Until the 1970s, their father had run a family grocery business on the outskirts of downtown, which closed when the city condemned the property to build Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Then he plunged himself into the real estate business full-time, buying property housing mom-and-pop shops, 7-Elevens, gas stations—many along Lemmon and McKinney Avenues, Lower Greenville and Henderson.
In the mid-’80s, Marc and Roger joined their father’s business. While many of their real estate friends focused on the new, developing “primary corners" of shopping centers and leasing to national credit tenants such as the Gap, what excited them, they say, was stripping their father’s properties down to their 1920s selves and making them look new again.
“We wanted everything to remain organic. For the most part, everything would be brick and natural materials," Marc stresses. “We didn't want a Starbucks on Henderson, or a Brinker concept like Chili’s, something you could see on any corner of the city. We wanted everything on Henderson to be one-of-a-kind."
From revenue generated by selling their holdings in the Bishop Arts District, they purchased more property on Henderson and by September 2006 had gained a critical mass of land that enabled them to control development on the street. “Everything we do is intentional," Marc says. "We strategically slot the tenants, and we don’t do conflicting uses. You won’t find two yogurt shops on the same block, or two Italian restaurants. If we don’t have the right tenant, then the space will stay vacant until the right one comes along."
In the fall of 2007, Paul Stanley, a Junior at Greenhill School approached me with his vision to build a little league baseball diamond in Dallas. The game of baseball has been a huge part of Paul’s youth and has offered him life lessons only learned on the field and with a team. Paul wanted to offer children, who may never have the opportunity, the chance to learn the game of baseball and play on a real little league field.
I share Paul’s passion for baseball and helping children experience new challenges. I was thrilled to assist Paul in his quest to find a location, raise money and have his field built. The Andres family was even more enthusiastic about the project knowing that this was something our father would have loved to support. With an initial gift from the Andres Family, Paul’s vision is now a reality. The Dave Andres Ballpark sits on the campus of the JFK Learning Center on Henderson Avenue in East Dallas. With additional support of the Texas Rangers organization, DISD and many other generous contributors, the neighborhood children now have an amazing diamond to play on, spacious dugouts, an electronic scoreboard, a batting cage and covered bleachers for the crowds of parents cheering them on.
City Officials comments on the Dave Andres Ballpark and Rabbi Stern’s Eulogy for Dave Andres:
|Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert|
|Dallas Councilmember Angela Hunt|
|Rabbi Stern’s Eulogy for Dave Andres|
Some say that the game of baseball is like the game of life. We want to improve the lives of children throughout Dallas and will use this ballpark as the vehicle to initiate such change.
As Dallasite and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks would say, ‘It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame, let’s play two.’