Mickey Munir

All photos: Dan Piassick

When Mickey Munir built the luxury home at 14929 Havenshire Pl. in Addison 17 years ago, it was intended to be a model home to showcase his capabilities as a custom builder and architect. He is the founder and CEO of Sharif Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes and many of the houses in this neighborhood were built by him.

Every aspect of the home is grand, and in its two years as a model, Munir estimates he sold ten to 15 build-to-suits after clients saw it. But at the end of that time, Munir and his wife Michele decided to call it home, and have been here ever since.

They’ve been happily splitting their time between this house and one on Lake Texoma. But their kids are grown and this house rarely gets visitors (unlike the Lake Texoma house), so it’s time to sell.

Mickey Munir

The entryway foyer and grand staircase

This is a 7,400-square-foot luxury home in the exclusive Bellbrook Estates, sitting on half an acre with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There’s also a 12-person formal dining area, dramatic entry foyer with grand staircase, geothermal heating and cooling, gourmet indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, 40-foot lap pool with a sunken conversation pool at one end, a private master courtyard with spa and fireplace, and so much more.

“It’s loaded with so many features, every trick in the book you could put in it in 1998, and it has all been updated to current standards,” Munir said. “It’s got a lot of great technology, like an AMX home automation system, Lutron lighting system, an eight-seat theater with a new projector, screen, and speakers.”

The home belongs entirely to Michele, a point he wanted to emphasize: “We’ve lived through four recessions. This protects her in case the sky falls on me.”

The house is contemporary with a blend of neoclassical and Biedermeier architectural styles, built for company.

“It’s designed for adults with grown children, an entertaining house,” he said. “This house was out-of-the-box in 1998—everybody wanted a French or Mediterranean house—and this was purposeful. Nancy Dubick of Dallas Design Groups, Interiors personally did the interior work in collaboration with us.”

This home is listed for $2.45 million by Grady Yates with Sharif & Munir Ventures, Inc.

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Azure condos

Have you ever wished you could peek inside a luxury high rise and compare condos? What’s different? What’s the same? Why are they sometimes priced thousands of dollars apart?

Today, we’re doing just that in our Thursday Three Hundred.

The Azure is a 31-story building in a tony Uptown location, 2900 McKinnon St., with panoramic views of downtown, Uptown, and Victory Park. Built in 2005, the Azure is shiny and new, and very much in demand.

Azure condos

I’ve chosen two similar units in the Azure that are currently on the market, units 607 and 803, that are $35,000 apart in price. Both are one bedroom, 1.5 bath with terraces. Both have access to the amenities at the Azure, like:

  • A visually arresting two-story glass lobby with a water feature and large sculpture (pictured at the top of the post)
  • 24-hour security, concierge, and valet
  • Junior Olympic-sized infinity pool with hot tub, landscaping, wood deck, lounge chairs, pergolas and grill area, located on the roof of the parking garage
  • Theater/media room
  • Resident community center
  • Fitness center

Unit 607 is 881 square feet, listed by Jarrad Barnes and Joseph Gullotto at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $395,000, or $448 a square foot. This unit has mandatory monthly HOA fees of $577 a month (based on square footage), which include a private parking garage, a feature unique to the Azure.

Unit 803 is 952 square feet, listed by Emily Ray-Porter and Henry Barber at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $360,000 (reduced from $375,000), or $378 a square foot. This unit has HOA fees of $643 a month, which also include a private one-car garage.

Let’s check out both Azure condos and see what they offer!

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Miele OvensCapital Distributing is North Texas’ first choice for all of the high-end appliance brands you can imagine, but if you’ve ever wanted a try-before-you-buy experience, then head to tomorrow’s Miele lunch and learn.

The event, hosted by Capital Distributing, combines delicious bites with hands-on demonstrations of Miele’s top-of-the-line appliances. There are four spots open for tomorrow’s event, which starts promptly at noon at the Capital Distributing showroom at 2910 N. Stemmons Freeway.

You can reserve your spot by emailing jennifer@capitaldistributing.com.

Here’s why Dallas September real estate sales are off to a great start: 10340 Gaywood Circle closed on September 8 to a young, dapper buyer who had actually grown up not too far from the home: Clay M. Aaron. Clay is the son of Steve and Carol Aaron, who have an exquisite home on Meadowbrook. Clay actually grew up at the corner of Park Lane and Meadowbrook, across from what is now John Eagle’s home. In fact, if you ever think you are seeing a young Liz Taylor at Preston Center or Tom Thumb Preston Royal, that’s Carol, Steve’s gorgeous mom. She’ll be getting in and out of her Rolls Royce like a ballerina. Clay is the president of Stevens Transport, the multi-million dollar trucking transport company founded by his father in 1980, Steve Aaron. His brother Todd also works in the company.

You may recall, on the corner of Meaders and Gaywood about three years ago, a contemporary mid-century home built in 1957 on one acre: smack in the best part of  Mayflower Estates. It was owned by Jack and Rose Ann Glascock. Weird: according to DCAD they owned the lot since 1900 — really? She sold to Jason Hopcus in April of 2007 for $1,590,000 —  remember when lots on Preston Hollow were $1.5?  And then the house was history. I remember going to the materials sale before the tear down, kind of like the last supper before an execution. In came the crack architecture design team of Boerder-Snyder; De Marco Development is the builder.

The home is beyond exquisite, and so very Beverly Hills. Double doors open to a grand foyer and a gallery that extends almost the length of the home. Eighteenth-century Palladian Doric tapered columns separate the foyer from the living room, and you can see the lush exteriors and pool from everywhere. The chef’s double island kitchen features Miele appliances, Sub-Zeros, a Wolf range and a dream finish-out. The master suite, to-die-for: honed ivory mantel fireplace and an incredible master bath and GIANT walk-through shower; a study/library with a fireplace; and a spacious guest suite. Upstairs are bedroom suites, a central gathering area, an exercise room and a flex space. There is a basement with large entertainment area, refrigerated wine cellar and a tiered media room. The house has a PhD in “smart home electronics” and the latest in energy efficiency.

The dynamic builder, a father-son duo, totally OCD, such is the attention to detail, finished it just as the economy went to you-know-what in late 2008. At first it was listed with precious Becky Allison of Ellen terry, who must have had me over there a million times, for $7,500,000. Dave Perry-Miller just got the listing July 15 and all of a sudden the Rolls Royce’s and Maserati’s started appearing in the driveway — actually clogging it, and that is a big driveway! (I heard neighbors happily complain of too many $300K plus cars on the street.) Low and behold, Clay swooped it up — 24/7 team Dave and Mark Cain — closing September 9. Price is undisclosed but if you buy me enough wine, I just might know. The house was reduced to $6,495,000 which is more than a full million reduction on the original asking price, plus carry since 2009.

Someone got the deal of the century.

prior to tear down!

Before I leave the Big Apple I must treat you to a little House Porn. This unit is small by Texas standards at 629 square feet, but perfect if NYC is your second home. You just don’t need a Sam’s closet in Manhattan; Duane Reade is a block away, they are open 24/7 and even have food.¬†

Here’s what you get: Phillipe Johnson-Alan Ritchie architects; smooth natural hardwood floors, Bulthaup kitchens with integrated appliances all in a smooth white enamel finish that cleans like a dream. Fisher & Paykel dishdrawer is great. I mean, I wouldn’t want to do a holiday dinner in this kitchen, but I did a couple nights of chili¬†and it was a dream. A hall closet is loaded with a Miele (be still, my heart, I love Miele) stack washer and dryer, which is worth more than gold in this town. Brokers tell me that if you¬†want¬†an in-house washer and dryer in Manhattan, the lease is at least $3500 a month.¬†¬†¬†Negatives: the elevators open right into the units, which is actually way cool for schlepping your luggage in if you travel like me and bring half the house. But it is a little noisy at night since you hear your neighbors going up and down. I think the problem could be solved by creating an artificial door with sound-proofing. The closets are small, but that’s what you get in NYC. No microwave— easily fixed — and no garbage disposal, but I’ve been living with that for years at the beach house. I do like the garbage chute in the kitchen, and you simply take recycles to the basement.

And let me tell you, no developer will do this again: when #5 was built in 2006/2007, every master bath got that Tota Neorest I am trying to fit into my suitcase. The master bath has heated stone floors and great floor-to-ceiling glass subway tiles.

I like the small lobby, who wants to pay for common space?, and after 11:00 p.m. you get a virtual doorman, which may be why the monthly dues are only $503.  The $649,000 price is reduced. When this building was born the real estate world was a vastly different animal, and the agent, Elena Sarkissian, tells me initial pricing was $1414 psf, now down to $1000.

The Neorest is practically free!

Best thing: location. Located between Madison and Fifth, I have walked the four blocks east to Times Square countless times and it is a piece of cake. SoHo is a quick subway ride and Grand Central is so close I can see it while I’m writing. I’ll take more photos after I pack up.

Mid-town, Neorest, Bulthaup: I’m in love. Anyone want to share a one bedroom in Manhattan?