Capping off our Four R’s series is this endcap double-unit penthouse at the Claridge. For those just tuning in, four Claridge units, each featured in a previous posting, will play host to the anniversary Staff Meeting event for Candysdirt.com on March 22nd.
Unit 18CF is marketed by Judy Pittman, this 4,810 square foot, two bedroom, 3.5 bath is on the market for $2.7 million. Frankly, about all I’d need to move-in and die happy would be fresh undies and a toothbrush.
The views? Take your pick. You have 180 degrees to choose from. About the only thing not visible is the Turtle Creek and Lemmon Avenue intersection to the north. Fireworks? You’ll see them all framed in every room of the home. Need a little extra cash? Surely some radio or TV station would pay for live weather and traffic updates visible from this home.
Enter through a pair of frosted glass doors to a generous corridor. Take a left and you’re off to the bed and laundry rooms. Hang a right and hang on to your hat.
Passing a half bath you find yourself at a midway point. Have a seat, enjoy the view and decide what you want to do next. Your indecision may linger as words fail from the end-to-end floor to ceiling views. Feeling peckish? Head left to the dining room and kitchen. Want to get comfortable? A right turn takes you into a most wonderful family room. Or just stay where you are, afraid to end the moment.
The family room is sumptuous not stiff. The beams and moulding hint at an older home’s classical formality without the heaviness that would make it out of place 18-stories off the ground. It’s a canvas as much for art as conversation. I think once I got over my wonderment, it would be a great place for a book on a stormy day.
The seating arrangements suit many moods. Close to the window to be mesmerized. Facing the fireplace to feel ensconced. Against the wall and enjoy both (decision made for me).
Remember at the semi-circular sofa I said you could take a left and see the dining room and kitchen? The dining room was worth waiting for. Sitting at the head of this table is extra special with a hunger-sating view of the city skyline. Clearly this is a room for hosting any gathering of friends and family. Currently setup for eight, it would have no problem accommodating twice that number.
Off the dining room, is a kitchen with one of everything and two of some things. Tons of counter space and cabinetry. I’m especially jealous for the in-counter Wolf grill (seen in another unit). Wolf ovens and cooktops along with lots and lots of Sub Zero.
In addition to the expected refrigeration, there are two 30” wide Sub Zero wine chillers each capable of storing 147 bottles of your finest vintages. I’d be surprised if I’ve drank 296 bottles of wine in my whole life (ok, maybe not).
Of course after even fantasizing about that much wine, I’d need some sleep. The master bedroom does not disappoint. It’s large, but not an echo chamber. With the electric curtains, it’s a blissful way to fall asleep with the city of Dallas. I’d put them on timers so at 3am they silently whisk closed so the morning sun left me alone. Sleeping on “cloud 9” indeed.
It’s “ladies first” for this half of the master bathroom suite. Lots of lighting and light colored millwork give this the tired phrase “spa-like bathroom” new meaning. In this penthouse, “her” doesn’t have to schlep over to the “his” side to take a shower. The closet in the distance is plenty big, trust me. This “her” has it all!
“His” bath is a little darker with rich millwork contrasting with the limestone floors. I’d have to plunder a Walgreens to utilize all that storage. The jumbo shower is perfect for a “his” needs or a “his and her” rendezvous.
Even the “lesser” baths got the royal treatment with this onyx topped vanity lit from below to give the room a unique glow (and nightlight).
Finally, it’s obvious this home is decked out to the teeth. What’s not obvious is that it’s almost brand new. The owners live out of state and rarely visit this home which translates into virtually no “wear and tear.” It’s a showpiece as much as it is showroom new.
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