Tell Us Your Real Estate Story: Plano Empty Nesters’ Journey to Bleu Ciel

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They say the beauty of life rests in the journey — and for Tony and Sue Sanders, the next step quickly became the best chapter. Hailing from Plano, the Sanders found themselves in unchartered waters as empty nesters when their daughter Katie graduated from high school. Tony and Sue were ready for a lifestyle change and their search brought them to Bleu Ciel’s front steps.

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Their search began casually with no exact vision of what this “lifestyle change” looked like. Tony and Sue began perusing potential residences spanning from Dallas to Fort Worth. A year into their search, it came to a serendipitous halt. With help from their daughter, the couple had discovered their oasis resting in the very heart of Dallas — Bleu Ciel, 3130 N. Harwood Street.

For the Sanders, Bleu Ciel represented a luxury living experience at the intersection of urban and elegance. Tony loved the cascading floor-to-ceiling windows with north-facing views, allowing them a breathtaking view of Dallas and stunning sunsets. Sue was enchanted by the gardens and artistry of the finishes, each detail seemingly handpicked to suit their taste.

What Tony and Sue cherish most about this new lifestyle is the walkability and access. Bleu Ciel stands majestically in the epicenter of uptown Dallas, with the sought-after Harwood District as its front yard. The two can saunter into Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar on a Saturday afternoon, indulging in delicious cuisine and craft cocktails from its coveted garden patio. Tony loves the instant access to Mavericks and Stars games at American Airlines Center, just a stone’s throw away from their residence. Sue’s favorite is to take a stroll down Katy Trail or to Klyde Warren Park on a lazy Sunday.

Tony remembers moving to Plano back in 1980 at a time when the sprawling cornfields seemed endless, separated only by a two-lane highway. He’s seen the Metroplex transform over the years and, with the discovery of Bleu Ciel, he and his wife Sue are now able to live quietly in the very pulse of the city.

“We were the first of our friends to make this move, and they thought we were nuts,” quips Tony. “I considered us pioneers.”

The Sanders instantly fell in love with the sights, the sounds, and the amenities Bleu Ciel and its surrounding area have to offer. But above all, they fell in love with the lifestyle.

Ready to see what Bleu Ciel is all about? Tickets for our April 3 CandysDirt Lunch and Learn SOLD OUT within an hour, but we’re excited to offer a pair of tickets to two lucky readers!

To enter to win our drawing for one of two pairs of tickets to the Lunch and Learn: The Urbanized Uptown, comment below by telling us what you think about Uptown living at the Bleu Ciel.

Only entries with valid email addresses will be considered. Comments must be left by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1, to be considered. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing and notified via email.

You can also experience Bleu Ciel luxury skyrise living during its Open House on Sunday, March 31 from 1 – 4 p.m. Visit for more information.



Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of, where she focuses on sponsored content, estate sales, and suburbs. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after running digital content and social media at SUCCESS magazine. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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