I have been holding this “baby” for you for this very day, to celebrate the birth of Catherine Middleton and Prince William’s baby! Let’s say you want unabashed luxury in a high rise condo, but you do not want to plunk down the bucks to buy just yet. $15,000 a month and you can live like Larry Ellison in your own skyhouse island on McKinney, never lift a fingernail. This royal baby is listed with Arthur Greenstein and Zach Mrusak at Uptown Locators.
Let’s say you need a home with an exquisite kitchen, a show kitchen that would tickle the cooking fancy of a Dean Fearing or Kent Rathburn. This is a home for someone who wants all that plus a large at-home office, entertaining space, media room, huge double masters and more walk in closets than Mickey Munir’s $12 million plus Strait Lane listing. This is 4448 square feet at The La Tour Condominiums. Three bedrooms, three and one half baths, and a three story penthouse loaded. The woman’s closet in this place had me drooling: felt-lined jewelry drawers, enough glass-front shoe cabinets for Imelda Marcos, enough closet space for Columba Bush and Michele Obama’s wardrobes combined. The similarities may be because Mickey had something to do with the interiors of this puppy at the tip top of 3030 McKinney.
LaTour was built by a Canadian developer in 1981, moving to it’s own development beat when everyone in Dallas was building condos along Turtle Creek Boulevard. It’s the only condo in Dallas with a secured access tennis court, pool and dog park. In true Canadian style, some of the balconies are air conditioned in summer, and offer “snow steps” to keep the snow out of your condo come winter! (You never know!) LaTour recently wrapped a multi-million dollar lobby/common area renovation by Neal Stewart and Associates.
I don’t think you can ever get Dallas views like this (from every single room) downtown. You have to go Uptown to see downtown! This penthouse started as a walk-up unit but then expanded and grew with a custom Sharif-Munir renovation. Sharif- Munir, a CandysDirt approved Dallas home builder, is also one of the two contractors finishing out the Stoneleigh condominiums. This unit married two units on top of each other, 2202 and 2302. The result nets two kitchens and two master suites with jacuzzi tubs, but the kitchen on floor 22 is more of a catering kitchen. There are limestone floors, electric blinds & drapes, touch button lighting system, two air conditioned balconies, and a kitchen that I would not call simply a Chef’s kitchen. It’s a Top Chef’s kitchen delight. There are two wet bars, a water filtration system, instant hot water to every faucet, sound-proofing in all common walls & even the HVAC closets, so you won’t have to hear your neighbors bicker or even the help scurry. Let the mercury hit 110, you will have an eternal chill pill with a Unico high efficiency 5-zone chilled water system, plus UV air purifiers, CAT-6 wiring, thermal barrier on top floor, and this I really like: private entry from upstairs to the first floor guest suite.
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Now you might not be a fan of that sculptured carpet. Let me tell you, it does scream 1980’s but I have to fess up: I had sculptured carpet in our home on Park Lane. True confessions here. And I paid a fortune for it. I even had a foyer rug to match! My kids still give me grief about the floral vine that wound it’s way up the stairs, but tell me now they actually loved it: it was like a roadmap up the stairs when they were out partying and
imbibing doing things I didn’t know they were doing.
My kids? They were perfect!
Grasscloth wallpaper is back, wallpaper itself is back, I have a feeling that sculpted carpet will be making quite the comeback, too, with Baby Boomers. No one needs a road map in the house and up the stairs more than we do!