Fame Slept Here: Condo Once Owned by the Late Margaret Hunt Hill Up For Foreclosure at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Update, 9:17 p.m. Bruce Tomaso at the Dallas Morning News was kind enough to give us a link, and now we hear from the folks at 3525 that Mrs. Hunt actually owned three units in this building  on the 13th floor, but only two (the B/C units) are listed for foreclosure. Mrs. Hunt, says Lee T. Wilkirson, owned B/C and also D, but D was sold as a separate unit:

 Her estate marketed the triple unit for sale, but was unsuccessful. It was eventually sold as two separate apartments, a B/C-unit combination and a D-unit.

Checking DCAD, I see the D unit is 2,085 square feet. B/C is 3207. When Mrs. Hunt had all three, that was one large condo. 

Yes, THEE Margaret Hunt Hill who gave us the beautiful bridge across the Trinity. The foreclosure, which comes on the market later this month, is a Freddie Mac foreclosure, unit  13 B/C,  once owned by the late Margaret Hunt Hill, who sold it in 2004.  3525 of course is the building originally designed by the famous architect Howard Meyer in 1957. It is listed as an historical site by The National Register of Historic Places and the United States Department of Interior. This building has always, always been known as “The Grand Dame of Turtle Creek”. It was built in 1957, and it appears HOAs are about 76 cents per square foot, including utilities, centralized heat and air, at the building’s mercy when it comes on. Price range: $160,000-$900,000. Other notable tenants included Greer Garson Fogelson, Patsy Lacy Griffith (before she moved into the Mansion Residences), Dottie and Bob Goddard, Pat Patterson, Sarah Norton, Nancy and Captain A.W. Chandler, Colonel James P. Caston, some Meyersons, and Dr. Sam Hamra’s mother. Also known as The Temple, 3525 was the first high-rise built on Turtle Creek. And in the 1950s and 1960s, everyone who was anyone lived here and wanted to live here. Those Howard Meyer designed and significant poured-concrete grids turn off some Realtors, as do the low ceilings. Is this the building that got its start as low-income housing? 13 B/C was listed at $589,000 initially, then lowered to $499,000 as last listed price. It has 3433 square feet, includes  two garage spaces, family room, study, two beds, two baths, utility room as well as spectacular views of Downtown Dallas as you only get from Turtle Creek condos. There is a dramatic marble & mirrored entry, kitchen with marble countertops & cherry cabinets, updated baths with Toile wallpaper, ceiling speakers, walk-in closets, 24-hour manned & secure entrance. Really, a stunning unit that is going to make someone a stunning bargain.

 

 

 

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  • Don't forget Mr. Sausage…

    Jimmy Dean, country singer, actor, and founder of Jimmy Dean Food Company, known best for “Big Bad John,” also lived at 3525…The grand piano in the building's lobby was gifted by him when he moved out

  • Don't forget Mr. Sausage…

    Jimmy Dean, country singer, actor, and founder of Jimmy Dean Food Company, known best for “Big Bad John,” also lived at 3525…The grand piano in the building's lobby was gifted by him when he moved out

  • I heard that the piano in the lobby was a gift from Senator John Tower. He was living there at the time he was killed in a plane crash in 1991. The building that began as low income housing was 3883 Turtle Creek, AKA 21 Turtle Creek, when it was built in 1963. Even though it has ungone exterior renovation lately, it's still a pig…just with lipstick

  • I heard that the piano in the lobby was a gift from Senator John Tower. He was living there at the time he was killed in a plane crash in 1991. The building that began as low income housing was 3883 Turtle Creek, AKA 21 Turtle Creek, when it was built in 1963. Even though it has ungone exterior renovation lately, it's still a pig…just with lipstick

  • I love it when the history of a building is told….if walls could talk!

  • I love it when the history of a building is told….if walls could talk!

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  • 3525 Turtle Creek has always been a luxury tower. Although it is older and shows some age, the construction and design are still superior to most of the new buildings going up today. I expect 3525 will still be going strong long after its shoddy but pricy neighbors are pulled down.

  • 3525 Turtle Creek has always been a luxury tower. Although it is older and shows some age, the construction and design are still superior to most of the new buildings going up today. I expect 3525 will still be going strong long after its shoddy but pricy neighbors are pulled down.

  • Billy Zane also lived there in the late 1990's and had a secret romance with William Shatner during the Scopes Monkey Trials.

  • Billy Zane also lived there in the late 1990's and had a secret romance with William Shatner during the Scopes Monkey Trials.

  • Icky.  It looks like an East Berlin tenement.

  • Icky.  It looks like an East Berlin tenement.

  • I don't like the grids either. That combined with the low ceilings makes me feel like I'm in a prison. The construction may be sound, but I wouldn't want to live here.

  • I don't like the grids either. That combined with the low ceilings makes me feel like I'm in a prison. The construction may be sound, but I wouldn't want to live here.

  • We both stand corrected…Was told by a tenant that lives in 3525 the piano belonged to Lily Pon, a famous opera singer…Was left upon her death in Dallas

  • We both stand corrected…Was told by a tenant that lives in 3525 the piano belonged to Lily Pon, a famous opera singer…Was left upon her death in Dallas

  • @ Michael – 3883 Turtle Creek wasn’t built as low income housing, it was built as government employee housing when several federal buildings opened in Dallas in the 1960’s. But you probably don’t want to be bothered with facts, right?!

    • Why would you say I don't want to be bothered by facts? Sounds like you have a chip the size of 3883 on your shoulder

  • @ Michael – 3883 Turtle Creek wasn’t built as low income housing, it was built as government employee housing when several federal buildings opened in Dallas in the 1960’s. But you probably don’t want to be bothered with facts, right?!

    • Why would you say I don't want to be bothered by facts? Sounds like you have a chip the size of 3883 on your shoulder

  • Oh thanks, DGirl, I actually love facts and was not sure of this, that is why I posed it as a question. (?) There are so many properties and facts swirling in my head, I depend on my readers to keep me straight! xo

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    Oh thanks, DGirl, I actually love facts and was not sure of this, that is why I posed it as a question. (?) There are so many properties and facts swirling in my head, I depend on my readers to keep me straight! xo

  • @Michael: Didn't Senator Tower have a friend (read: mistress) in that building?

  • @Michael: Didn't Senator Tower have a friend (read: mistress) in that building?

  • Actually, 21 Turtle Creek (3883 Turtle Creek Blvd) was home to the 21 Club in the 60's–the place to be in those days. There are so many rumors about 21–most are far from the truth. 21 was actually one of the earliest multi-use buildings in Dallas. There were retail business in the building as well as the night club. Yes, the building has fallen prey to "thrifty" homeowners since the early 80's; however, new life is coming to this highrise as current homeowners are spending large amounts of money to bring the building back from "the dead". 3525 is a beautiful building–and is undoubtedly a more prestigious locale on Turtle Creek. 3883 is becoming a great place to live in the heart of the city.

  • Actually, 21 Turtle Creek (3883 Turtle Creek Blvd) was home to the 21 Club in the 60's–the place to be in those days. There are so many rumors about 21–most are far from the truth. 21 was actually one of the earliest multi-use buildings in Dallas. There were retail business in the building as well as the night club. Yes, the building has fallen prey to "thrifty" homeowners since the early 80's; however, new life is coming to this highrise as current homeowners are spending large amounts of money to bring the building back from "the dead". 3525 is a beautiful building–and is undoubtedly a more prestigious locale on Turtle Creek. 3883 is becoming a great place to live in the heart of the city.