Robert Rowling Lists Pristine Omni Penthouse in Fort Worth for $7.9 Million

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How would you like to own a billionaire’s penthouse in the sky with the best views in North Texas?

The founder of Dallas-based TRT Holdings (Omni Hotels, Gold Gym International) has placed his pristine Fort Worth condo at the tip top of the Omni Residences on the market again.

Robert Rowling, a Dallas billionaire whose primary residence is a $12 million house on Beverly Drive in Highland Park, has listed an amazing penthouse property with Allison Hayden and Margo Bentsen of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Hayden and Bentson were the sales team that marketed and sold out the Omni Residences in Fort Worth when they were agents with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.1301 Throckmorton #3301-21

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The penthouse, designed and decked out by Dallas-based designer Adrienne Faulkner, is 10,000 square feet with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, five living areas, two dining areas and even a four-car garage. There are five balconies. The unit is on the tip top of the Omni Residences with unparalleled 360 degree views of downtown Fort Worth. It also has a private elevator entrance straight into the unit so you never have to see neighbors. The Omni offers a stunning outdoor pool, exercise facility, and direct access to Bob’s Steak House.

Rowling’s wife is from Fort Worth, but sources say he never spent more than a week in the property, which was mostly used to house friends or business associates.

Rowling has four hotels under construction in the Dallas area, including an Omni in Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile.

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Architectural photography from Austin, TX.

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The Corpus Christi native got his start in the oil business with Tana Oil and Gas, which was partly owned by his father. In 1989, Texaco acquired Tana for $476 million, which seeded TRT Holdings. According to Forbes, Rowling has an estimated net worth of $6.5 billion.

Tarrant County will sure reap the benefits of the sale: the penthouse was valued at $3.1 million. But the price has come down somewhat: last year, Rowlings listed it for $9 million.

“This is a very unique property in that it takes up the whole entire floor of the building,” Allison Hayden told the Dallas Business Journal.

Hayden also says there is no comparison in Fort Worth, and maybe even Dallas. Unless you are talking the $25 million penthouse at Museum Tower.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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