Highland HouseFootball, boobs and real estate!

Christopher Wynn at FD!LUXE sure has a home run with his latest apologue of what everyone in town was talking about on their summer vacation: the Crosland divorce, the temporary resignation of one of the most powerful plastic surgeons in the country, Dr. Rod Rohrich at UT Southwestern, and what will happen next.

We know one thing for sure from this article: Luke Crosland won’t be getting his hair done at the Salon Lucien, which he has a 1% interest in:

Mary is the Southern Methodist University alum who, four years ago, launched the luxurious Salon Lucien, named for her husband (he funded the finish-out and remains a 1 percent owner) and nestled into Berkshire Court, where the Crosland Group also has offices. Luke Crosland’s attorney, Stephanie Curtis, says Mary Crosland today bans her husband from getting even a quick haircut at the salon and calls the police if he comes in.

And he won’t be going to Dr. Rohrich for any more plastic surgery. Question is, who will? Wynn smartly took note of something most of us did when this story first broke: Dr. Rohrich’s salary of $1.7 million as head of the plastic surgery department at UT Southwestern.

College sports and breast augmentation are, apparently, the two things Texans value most. This notion is one of many to emerge in a Dallas society scandal that is mixing sex, sin and one very spectacular diamond. The indication of the aforementioned theory is a Texas Tribune database ranking the top salaries of state public employees. Number one is Mack Brown, the former head football coach at the University of Texas at Austin, with more than $5 million in salary. Another UT Austin coach and the head coach at Texas Tech University hold spots number two and three, respectively. Coming in at number four? A Dallas plastic surgeon, Rodney “Rod” Rohrich, who, the database indicates, earns $1.7 million yearly as the head of the plastic-surgery department at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

That news stirred more than a few ACA-scarred physicians I’ve spoken with in the last few months. Many wonder if Rohrich is still on salary now that he has temporarily resigned from his leadership position. As the article notes,  “he remains a faculty member in good standing,” while UTSW investigates ALLEGED “unprofessional conduct”.

But is he still pulling in $1.7m from the state?

What does this have to do with real estate? Everything: Luke Crosland is a leading Dallas developer, most recently in the news for the luxury high rise he wants to build in Preston Center.

I made the link to Wynn’s story as big as I could in my second graph — click now and read!

 

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Free, yes indeed. All you have to pay are the utilities. The owner of this home is seeking a Home Tender. What is that? It’s a person who lives in a home for free, maintains and loves it, and keeps it looking fresh and beautiful for the owner who may not be able to live in the home for several reasons while it is on the market. Few homeowners want to leave their home stark naked and empty while it sells, subject to the whim of crazy intruders or, even worse, a house squatter! (more…)

Chez Rhonda

We started the week with a fabulous home on one of my favorite Preston Hollow streets, Mimosa, named for the flower, but I love it for the drink. Mimosa’s been quite a street with famous Dallas names. Rhonda Aikman bought a home here in November of 2010. At the time, I teased that maybe it was a SECOND home since the Aikmans already had a grand home on Highland Drive in Highland Park. And no mention was made of any marital disharmony in a big D Magazine article published shortly thereafter. Well, we know what happened. (more…)

6229 Tulip IHOTW

Having just returned from Maine, I was OD’ing on Italianate design, as it was the preference of many a ship’s captain for his grand home. We sure have a lot of Italianate design in Dallas, too, sometimes, I think, too much (eeck!).  The style was one of the most popular Victorian-era housing styles from the mid- to late-1800s. That’s why they are all over the coastal areas of Maine. Homes in this style ranged from a modest two-story town house to those ornate sea captain and magnate mansions. They were inspired by the villas of Italy, or at least what people thought the villas looked like. At that time, few American architects traveled abroad. The style is defined by the use of single or paired decorative brackets under wide cornices.

Add a clay tile roof, and you’ve got Santa Barbara. (more…)

4907 Armstrong Parkway Erin Mathews has it listed, described as “Situated on one of Highland Parks most revered parkways, this premier 0.82 acre corner building site features an abundance of beautiful old growth trees. Truly an amazing opportunity to create your dream home.”

Yeah, we know all about the revered parkway and the amazing opportunity that was once 4307 Armstrong Parkway. A home beloved by it’s family, and a treasure for everyone who drove by. Sigh.

The only constant thing in life is change.

4307 Armstrong Parkway exterior (more…)

Preston Hollow Village

Fresh after winning Dallas City Council approval of their Cole Avenue project, Provident Realty Advisors is hyper focused now on their mixed-use, $300 million plus masterpiece at Walnut Hill Lane and Central: Preston Hollow Village. Cannot tell you how excited I am to see this development make it’s Dallas debut. It’s one of the most significant corners in the city, and one of the largest infill tracts of land in the Southwest. I recall the days when the 42 acres were covered with the Willow Creek Apartments, 1960′s era garden style townhome units that had more than their share of fires. (They did have pleasant ponds where we once freed a pet duck.) There were cute shops, too, and, ironically, a nice fireplace store. 

Willow Creek Apartments Dallas Morning News files

Willow Creek Apartments
Dallas Morning News files

Even more deja vu: the current developer was once a previous owner of the land, Provident Realty Advisors, Inc. Back then they planned a Euro-style “urban village” with 1,100 apartments, 175,000 square feet of retail space and senior housing. Down came the aging apartments, up came the recession. The acreage remained barren for five years as nothing happened on the land. (more…)

5019 Shadywood close upOnce in awhile we get a Monday Morning Millionaire that makes me think I could actually become a high class house squatter. I’d move in, bring my own maid and Turkish towels, even my own all-natural, biodegradable cleaning supplies and sunscreen.

Here’s the first place I’d squat: 5019 Shadywood Lane, listed with David Griffin, David Griffin & Company Realtors. First of all, I LOVE Shadywood Lane, always have. From the days when I used to carpool the girls over here, I would linger just a little longer on Shadywood. It’s not as boldly name recognizable a street name as DeLoache, or Strait, but it has topography, gorgeous trees, and is where the quiet wealthy live, where so very many stunningly beautiful homes and estates have been built in the last few years.

Let’s see who lives on Shadywood: (more…)