Comes word late last week that Jaap Van Zweden, the esteemed Dutch-born Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has listed his home at The Residences of the Ritz Carlton with Ritz Queen realtor Sharon Quist. He is asking $2.9 for the 4,258 square foot unit that is exquisitely decorated, features a wood-paneled music room (of course), and was written up in D Home Magazine a few years ago. The home has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and formals.
Now here’s something interesting: Jaap co-owns the unit with 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.
At $2.9, #1102 is now the most expensive listing in Residence I, which only has — I cannot believe this — SIX active listings as of today. You recall that Pogir sold Tim Headington’s stunner of a penthouse #2100 last March 1 for about $1040 a square foot. Moll and Charlie Anderson are busy redoing the space. Colin Lardner’s listing #1901 is in option contract, and listed at $800 ish a square foot. That unit is 2928 square feet for $2,450,000, but it’s up on the 19th floor.
By the way: there are 20 cancelled listings, and 12 expired at The Residences. Agents tell me the downtown condo market is almost as steamy as Park Cities/Preston Hollow/Lakewood… which is on fire!