It was the Warr of the roses. And it will never be the same inside the sleek circa 1980 high rise at 3831 Turtle Creek Boulevard.
Thursday night five great homes at The Warrington were opened to CandysDirt.com readers and friends for an evening of exploring and dreaming. In case you missed our coverage, check out each of the units here, here, here and here. You may have counted only four write-ups? Well, our fifth entry was the last-minute but terrific add-on of unit 22C that had only just hit the MLS days before. You’ll be reading about that home as soon as the pictures are back from the Fotomat.
The surprise of the night was when CandysDirt.com editrix Jo England confided in me she was now considering leaving Lakewood for a high-rise. At our March event at the Claridge, Candy’s husband was glued into one of those units, wistfully wondering how much money he would save if he never had to repair a sprinkler system again. It helped that one of his medical colleague buddies (a happt building resident) spotted him in the lobby.
I wonder if the CDC knows how contagious high-rises are!
Joanna’s reasons were not atypical … tired of maintenance, unending foundation issues, and the like. In walking around the Warrington, I was able to point out other reasons. High rise Realtor extraordinaire Judy Pittman also extolled the high-rise life saying there’s no home in Park Cities or Preston Hollow that could pry her from her high-rise home.
In chatting with guests, all were in agreement that the Warrington knows how to do master bathrooms right. They’re quite large, and most have both a shower and tub along with large walk-in closets. Sometimes high-rises get dinged for smaller closets … not here.
Unlike homes where you can use the attic or garage as your junk room, storage is critical in high-rises. Aside from large master closets, Warrington homes have really good closet space.
This is likely the most photographed bathtub of the evening. Imagine being stretched out here watching the world go by on Turtle Creek with a glass of wine in your hand. Given that Turtle Creek is fairly built-up, this view is a lot less likely to change over time than some views in Uptown.
In fact, neither the downtown nor Park Cities views are likely to change much. Uptown is pretty far away and the creek offers a buffer for any taller buildings. For those who like to see how the other half live, creek-facing units also overlook the very deluxe and private Turtle Creek Drive.
As always, both Judy Pittman and I head for the tallest point in any building. My recent trip to Hong Kong saw me camped out in a bar on the 118th floor overlooking the harbor. While that’s some 70-stories taller than any residential high-rise in Dallas, the views from the 22nd floor were just dandy. Just over Pittman’s shoulder you can see the Vendome, 3525 Turtle Creek and the Gold Crest.
Each of the units offered something different. There were traditionally decorated homes alongside fresh remodels and renovation candidates. There were lower floor and near-penthouse units. Buyers couldn’t ask for more diverse choices … unless they wanted a 500 square foot studio. The Warrington ain’t got no none of that!
Being such a sweet evening all around, I’ll leave as I began … with some scrumptious strawberry cream puffs courtesy of AJ’s Bakery on Oak Lawn near Lemmon.
After the party, I moseyed over to the Rattlesnake Bar for some juicy tidbits. You’ll be reading more about that soon!
Remember: High-rises, HOAs and renovation are my beat. But I also appreciate modern and historical architecture balanced against the YIMBY movement. If you’re interested in hosting a Candysdirt.com Staff Meeting event, I’m your guy. In 2016, my writing was recognized with Bronze and Silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Have a story to tell or a marriage proposal to make? Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.