Why did Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh buy a 4,257 square foot unity at the Ritz Residences I? Maybe for his beautiful former model wife? She knows you can never be too thin, too rich or have too many homes. This sky-castle is a traditional contrast to what the couple has in Miami — an ultramodern compound in South Beach and then a Pacific Palisades party palace.
By the way, Bosh is all of 29 years old.
And he’s FROM Dallas! Bosh starred at Lincoln High School in Dallas and later attended Georgia Tech before being selected fourth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. An eight-time All-Star, Bosh joined the Miami Heat in 2010. He has won back-to-back championships playing alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Then too, his wife, Adrienne Williams, may have some Dallas connections, I hear. Williams had some scuttlebutt about a year ago when rapper Lil Wayne blasted her publicly, in front of an audience, saying he’d had sexual relations with her before Williams married her Miami Heat power forward in 2011.
So big deal, right? She wasn’t married then. And the rapper was ticked off that he’d been kicked out of a game. Blabbermouth. Anyhoo, the couple now have two children, seem happy.
So let’s take a look at what they bought for their Dallas pad: Van Zweden’s three bedroom floorplan with two and a half baths, sound familiar? Unit 1102 has the usual floor-to-ceiling glass, three stone fireplaces — my my they will be warm over there this week — with hardwood and marble flooring. There is a study, media room and a master suite with a palatial spa bath. Then there is the open kitchen, den and living room area overlooking beautiful Dallas skyline.
This much-photographed unit was once owned by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap Van Zweden AND violinist Michael Guttman.
Sources tell me the two are very good friends, and often make real estate investments together. Which is interesting, but not a totally unique concept: families and friends often purchase homes together, particularly second vacation homes. It’s a great way to spread out costs and split equity.
Jaap, who is married to Aaltje, has four children. They also have a family home in Amsterdam. He and Guttman purchased unit #1102 in 2008. Dallas interior designer extraordinaire Sherry Hayslip designed it to perfection. She also, of course, designed the Ritz itself from the very start. Dallas real estate attorney Jerry Prager also had his name on the ownership rolls for this unit at one time.
Chris and Adrienne bought #1102 October 1, 2013. But here is the most interesting part: they paid $3 million for it. Why is that so interesting? Because the unit was listed at $2.9. Yes, I know the original listing price was a hefty $3.2, but it dropped to $2.9. Maybe they bought the furnishings?
Course my sources tell me Dallas condos are hotter than the Miami Heat these days… which means we are smokin’.