Ya know, I probably could have thought a bit more about the potential logistics of having a Cinco de Mayo event on top of a large Mexican restaurant. To say that parking was an event in itself, even with a garage and valet parking, would be an understatement.
That said, 66 brave souls charged the gauntlet and were treated to two wonderful homes that prove my contention that the higher the home, the closer to paradise. It was a Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty double play with unit 1208 hosted by Pam Brannon and unit 1304 (wo)manned by Gayle Schneider.
Let’s start with a little dish. As I wrote in my first column, the views from the bathroom in unit 1208 are mesmerizing. So mesmerizing in fact, I was told one quite tall potential buyer was seen trying out the bathtub at one point in the evening. No pictures have surfaced (how can that be?) but sometimes you just gotta be there!
Of course the star of the show was the weather. As much as everyone drank in the interiors, the party was on the various patios and terraces of the units. So many newer buildings have poky balconies with space for one lonely Dollar Store chair and the remnants of a dead basil plant. Not here!
I’m sure both agents were tired of hearing, “How much for just the patio?”
At the Centrum, the bare minimum of outdoor space is about 25 feet by 8 feet. Even our resident editor and confessed “granola girl” Joanna England was taken in with the outdoor space offered by the Centrum. “If only they’d let me raise chickens,” she lamented.
If I had a dollar for every picture taken in this terrace corner, I’d be a cash buyer for both homes! Pretty in pink Candy is seen here flanked by former D Magazine staffer David Mason and Tax Doctor Rob Wheelock.
Also in attendance was David Boxer from Cantoni. The owners of unit 1304 love Cantoni’s modern furniture, so this was definitely customer appreciation! I spoke with Boxer, who’s responsible for selecting items for the company, and he commented, “I recognize a lot of things from my travels. It’s always a treat to see them living and breathing in a client’s home.”
As a modernist myself, I believe urban surroundings offer a great backdrop for a modern interior. Although there are exceptions.
While chips and salsa were served in the kitchen, there was a little salsa served to our photographer!
As a kitchen and view fan, I’ll leave you with the best combination in the Centrum. Every kitchen faces the great outdoors of Dallas. How can you not cook great meals with that as your canvas?
Thank all of you who braved the crowds at Mattito’s. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 9th when HGTV presenter Adrian Leeds is jetting over from Paris to talk about French real estate with plenty of French (house) porn.
Remember: Do you have an HOA story to tell? A little high-rise history? Realtors, want to feature a listing in need of renovation or one that’s complete with flying colors? How about hosting a Candy’s Dirt Staff Meeting? Shoot Jon an email. Marriage proposals accepted (they’re legal)! firstname.lastname@example.org