Vendome 12 E Living

I won’t lie: We have a bit of a thing for the Vendome. This luxurious Turtle Creek condo building has some of the best views, most gracious spaces, and one of the best locations in Dallas. It’s no wonder that it’s sought after by the jet setters of North Texas. This unit, however, really gives you the best of the building and for a fabulous price. It is truly worthy of being named our High Caliber Home of the Week.

“Many top-notch architects and designers have created uber impressive residences for their ultra-wealthy clientele living in this building,” said listing agent Janelle Alcantara with David Griffin and Company.

It’s only been on the market for a few weeks, so I expect it will likely go soon. If this is the first time you’ve set eyes on Unit 12 E inside the Vendome and you’ve already fallen in love, call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to make sure this dream condo doesn’t slip through your fingers. Lisa Peters can help you put in your highest and best offer today so you can snatch up this gorgeous unit inside one of our very favorite buildings.

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You know the Vendome, the Grand Dame of Dallas high rise living? There was a time in Dallas, before The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Museum Tower and One Arts Plaza were born, when dropping this name as your address resulted in a small hush — as in oh, you live at the Vendome? It still carries a whole lot of weight, which we are sure our Jon will have an opinion or five on. I have been fortunate enough to tour several Vendome properties, and it boggles my mind to see how packed each is with haute design. I need utter only two words: “Winspear Penthouse’ : the 16,000 square foot home designed by Lynne B. Sheldon with more than 20 rooms: five baths, two half-baths, four bedroom suites, a media room, a club room, a golf room, a game room and a mosaic  pool on the 18th and 19th floor with 24 foot tall ceilings overlooking the city skyline.

When you come in off the street to The Vendome at 3505 Turtle Creek, you walk into a European-style lobby with a 24-foot ceiling, a fireplace with an antique mantel from London and a stairway that leads to a library. Each home has gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring, marble baths, frameless showers, gas kitchens, and operable windows and balconies.

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The swimming pool. Wall mosaic depicts a fave northern family vacation spot.

It was like a coming out party this afternoon over at 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd. as every high end agent in town tossed on a fur wrap and checked out the former home of Bill and Margot Winspear. Mrs. Winspear now lives in a smaller unit in the same building. You cannot blame her: this one is 14,740 whopping square feet and they were not kidding when they said 24 foot ceilings! I got lost five times and felt like I was in a Matrix-like version of the game CLUE. For some reason, I kept wandering back into the Billiards Room.  Everyone marched through, from Claire Dewar and Nancy Holloway and the whole darn team, half of Briggs-Freeman Sothebys, Erin Mathews and David Nichols (air kisses!) Dawn Rejebian, Debbie Ingram, Katye Sloan, some of US led almost by the hand by listing agent Ralph Randall lest you (ME) get lost. These photos turned out better than I expected given the gloomy day, and Ralph promises o-quality photos soon. Overheard: “At this new reduced price ($6,695,000), whoever buys it is basically pocketing $4 million.”

Porcelain fish in the waterfall poolMedia RoomPool overviewThe dining room, well one of them

Those of elephantine memories will recall my writing in 2015 about a 12,370-square-foot shell penthouse at the Vendome. Even though the Vendome was built in 2002, the home had never been finished out. The first owner had purchased three penthouses with the intention of creating a singularly spectacular home 20 stories above Turtle Creek. It never happened and was put on the market a decade later – after having paid an estimated $1.5 million in property taxes and HOA dues.

Flash forward and the combined space was purchased by an investor who has returned them to a trio of penthouses that are being finished out as you read. The framing and drywall are up and so it was time to take a peek. They’re still nothing more than large empty spaces so not a lot to see. But there are floorplans, which are immensely helpful to understand the flow of each unit.

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Jeanne Milligan will open her beautiful, eclectic Vendome unit for the 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes on April 7.

Jeanne Milligan’s love for art and travel has presented the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent with a unique problem — an abundance of wonderful art and decor for her tasteful and eclectic unit inside the luxurious Vendome on Turtle Creek. One of Milligan’s favorite destinations is Marrakesh, a spot where she often finds wonderful pieces for her home.

“Every time I return, I bring back a bit of art,” she said. And those treasures have made her beautiful high-rise a sight to be seen — one you can see for yourself, in fact, in this year’s Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes. Milligan’s exquisite decor and superb views will be one of the five fabulous stops on the tour, which benefits the Turtle Creek Association‘s mission  to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty and quality of life within the 87-acres of greenways and parkland of the Turtle Creek Corridor. 

“I have some of the most beautiful gardens and parks all around me, thanks to the Turtle Creek Association,” Milligan said. “The whole area wouldn’t be the same without it.”

Of course, Turtle Creek wouldn’t be the same without the Vendome, either. The building is known for its luxury and amenities, and fabulous views of the surrounding area. 

“Immediately, what drew me to the building was the view. I’m along the back of the building, and the view at night is a beautiful backdrop for my life,” Milligan said. “It’s completely full-service. It’s like living in a five-star hotel every day.”

Jeanne Milligan’s Vendome unit offers a look insider her travels.

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Sumptuous living room overlooking a private patio oasis

Me? I like the “high” in high-rise.  I suppose it’s my way of wearing high heels without the constant fear of toppling over. However, I realize some people would like the high-rise life and location without the high part.  Enter Vendome’s unit 1H, the only ground-floor unit in the building.

If this home looks familiar, that’s because it’s the featured image on the Turtle Creek  Tour of Homes web page. That tour features some wonderful properties and is the perfect Sunday event on April 8th. If you’re impatient like me, keep reading.

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The French-Inspired Vendome

The French-Inspired Vendome

Basking in the metaphorical Marlboro-hazed afterglow of the recent Exxxotica confab, I remembered there’s another penthouse stripped down to its skivvies and waiting to be dressed up. This time it’s the Vendome’s 12,370-square-foot penthouse 20 D/E/F being marketed by Dallas high-rise pioneer herself Judy Pittman.

No, I didn’t slip a decimal point, it is twelve-thousand, three hundred and seventy square feet. Lay those square feet out in a single line, it would be 2.34 MILES LONG. As if that weren’t enough, there are nine parking spaces (perfect for Airbnb guests). As you face Vendome, it’s basically the whole left end of the 2-story mansard roof.

And I never thought I’d type these words, but at $3.73-million, it may just be considered a bargain! That’s $301 a square foot. Figure another $200-ish a foot to outfit it into the most swish pad in Dallas. In the end, you’ve got a massive and massively personalized home that’s still kinda a bargain.

Especially when compared with some other more tumbledown 4,000-6,000 square foot “cottage” penthouses floating around Dallas you’d probably gut anyway. After all, if you’ve got this kinda change in your sofa, you’re going to want to put your imperator on the place, right? Heck, I know I do and my imperator is stamped in Glidden!

Note: I actually saw a 2-person chapel 10-feet from the master bed in one penthouse recently. This prompted me to ask what happened in that room that forgiveness was needed so quickly.

Buyers wanting a little privacy are in luck. There may be three units on the 20th floor – another owner-occupied 12-thousand footer and a third, 5,086 square foot maisonette – but with your own elevator bank, none of them will be sending pesky servants over for a cup of sugar. At least not in the normal way …

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Welcome to 3505 Turtle Creek, The Vendome, #14 A. Welcome to the private sanctuary of Dallas interior designer Bev Heil, who bought a 4780 square foot shell and customized it 100% ten years ago. Absolutely everything in the home is customized and imported, from the hinges and hardware to the rock and wood panels. We love to get all voyeuristic on interior designers, and Bev personally managed her project, creating a luxurious sky rise with panoramic views of Turtle Creek and downtown. There is a private elevator entrance to this unit and there is terrace access from nearly every room! The kitchen is loaded with name-dropping appliances like Sub-Zero, Dacor and Fisher & Paykel in both the kitchen and wet bar. Limestone and parquet floors throughout, hand carved walnut paneling (even over the tub!), his and her master baths AND closets. Think you are on the 14th floor? Think again. You could be in a cave! The Vendome is home to many an over the top penthouse or two, including the “Winspear Penthouse’ with” more than 16,000 square feet of living space. The home was four years in the making, and encompasses more than 20 rooms: five baths, two half-baths, four bedroom suites, a media room, a club room, a golf room, a game room and a pool on the 18th floor. (more…)