Neal Stewarts LRHello beautiful Turtle Creek condo that has been on the market since last July. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s got the most gorgeous condo of them all? I’d put my money on Neal Stewart any day! The veteran Dallas designer and former showroom owner just rocks and divides his time between Dallas and Honolulu with a condo he owns there with his partner, Allen Carrell. This is his private pad at the Vendome. Now here’s one of the the biggest secrets in the RE biz: ALWAYS buy, if you can, the personal house or condo of an architect, designer or high end custom home builder, like the one’s on Candy’s Approved Builder list. Why? These people love homes and they LOAD THEM UP!

Stewart moved into the Vendom in 2004, shortly after it was built, like the third one in. His units — there have been several — have served almost as “models” in the building. Neal buys, fixes the design, someone looks at it to get ideas and ends up buying it, which is I’m sure what they hope helps this time.

Case in point: 3505 Turtle Creek #16E, listed with Judy Pittman. Stewart told D Home Magazine’s Peggy Levinson he furnished the place with “client leftovers”, like an extra panel here, a console a client didn’t want there. It’s a handsome, rich environment, unlke many of the almost stark modern rooms I have seen him create. There is rich, dark colors on the walls which surprisingly makes the space seem larger. There are more than 2100 square feet, 11 foot ceilings, gas fireplace, designer kitchen extraordinaire, hardwoods and all the many amenities of the Vendome: elegant foyer, concierge & doorman, fitness facility, pool, dog park, and even three guest suites should your guests need them. This unit, 16E, has two bedrooms, three and a half baths, and great views of the city skyline overlooking Lee Park. Asking $795,000. For a designer’s dream.Neal Stewarts LR Neil Stewart LR 2 Neal Stewart FR Neal Stewart kitchen Neal Stewart bedroom neal Stewart bath

Neal Stewarts LRHello beautiful Turtle Creek condo that has been on the market since last July. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s got the most gorgeous condo of them all? I’d put my money on Neal Stewart any day! The veteran Dallas designer and former showroom owner just rocks and divides his time between Dallas and Honolulu with a condo he owns there with his partner, Allen Carrell. This is his private pad at the Vendome. Now here’s one of the the biggest secrets in the RE biz: ALWAYS buy, if you can, the personal house or condo of an architect, designer or high end custom home builder, like the one’s on Candy’s Approved Builder list. Why? These people love homes and they LOAD THEM UP!

Stewart moved into the Vendom in 2004, shortly after it was built, like the third one in. His units — there have been several — have served almost as “models” in the building. Neal buys, fixes the design, someone looks at it to get ideas and ends up buying it, which is I’m sure what they hope helps this time.

Case in point: 3505 Turtle Creek #16E, listed with Judy Pittman. Stewart told D Home Magazine’s Peggy Levinson he furnished the place with “client leftovers”, like an extra panel here, a console a client didn’t want there. It’s a handsome, rich environment, unlke many of the almost stark modern rooms I have seen him create. There is rich, dark colors on the walls which surprisingly makes the space seem larger. There are more than 2100 square feet, 11 foot ceilings, gas fireplace, designer kitchen extraordinaire, hardwoods and all the many amenities of the Vendome: elegant foyer, concierge & doorman, fitness facility, pool, dog park, and even three guest suites should your guests need them. This unit, 16E, has two bedrooms, three and a half baths, and great views of the city skyline overlooking Lee Park. Asking $795,000. For a designer’s dream.Neal Stewarts LR Neil Stewart LR 2 Neal Stewart FR Neal Stewart kitchen Neal Stewart bedroom neal Stewart bath

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

Give Elliott Perry, president of Hudson Construction, a call. Anytime. If he doesn’t get back to you within five minutes, he’s either on a plane or something is seriously wrong. “We’re not only client-focused—we’re client-obsessive. This business isn’t rocket science. It’s customer service and hard work.”

According to the CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, attention to detail is key. So is hiring the very best talent for each project, from architect to designer to project manager.  “New construction is a team approach. You have to take every piece and figure out how to make it all work together.”

Twin brother Alex, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman, plays an integral role.  The pair have a special alliance, offering up a unique blend of insight and experience.

“We’re two young hungry guys — one specializing in building and construction; the other, laser-focused on managing people and servicing clients,” says Alex.  “We both live and breathe real estate.”

They credit their strong work ethic to a lifetime talking business at family dinners. (Dad, David Perry, was a top producer in Los Angeles; the pair also have two older brothers.)

“With four boys, you had to fight to get a word in edgewise. While you’re competitive growing up, as you get older, they become assets,” says Elliott.

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As Dallas becomes more dense, high-rises should become the choice for more residents. The problem is that Dallas isn’t really building for-sale condo high-rises outside the ultra-luxury market. As noted in part one, there are currently just 133 high-rise condos on the market by my count – that’s it from $159,000 to $9.2 million. That’s not a lot of inventory.

The Stoneleigh, Ritz Residences, and Museum Tower may be where the money is, but it’s not where normal people are. As I’ve noted before, Dallas hasn’t built a big, mid-range high-rise in 20 years and it’s not because there isn’t a market. It’s because there is no financing.

And that’s different. When The Renaissance was built in 1998, it wasn’t luxury. Similarly, when 3883 Turtle Creek went up in 1963, it was planned as HUD housing. Preston Tower’s 362 units have always been affordable. All of those projects knew that cost containment came at scale. In addition to Preston Tower’s density, Renaissance has 603 units while 3883 Turtle Creek has 373. The closest in recent memory was the 75 units in The Cedars’ Beat lofts in 2007 – a relatively small project in a then transitional part of town.

I covered those condo buildings in that most-reasonable strata of high-rise living. Units ranged in price from the $150,000s to $700,000. In that range, you were almost certainly in the sub-2,000-square-foot range (perfectly fine for nearly everyone).

From here on out, it’s bonbons and champagne as we look at what you get when the sky’s the limit.

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Susan Newell Custom Homes delivers dramatic modern and contemporary designs in some of our favorite neighborhoods.

Susan Newell Custom Homes has been bringing iconic luxury to Dallas’ best neighborhoods for 28 years. Considering her incredible taste and impeccable work, we hope to see Newell doing business for at least 28 more years. Her style adds the kind of character to North Texas’ stable of luxury homes that we’re constantly amazed and entranced by. 

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Susan Newell Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Susan Newell Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

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Kyle Lyon of Keller Williams Urban sent us a fabulous tip about this two-bedroom condo at The Centrum, one of Dallas’ most unique and exclusive residential high-rises. This two-bedroom, two-bath unit at 3111 Wellborn #1202, which has 2,084 square feet, is listed for $750,000. And according to the team at Keller Williams Urban who offered this helpful comparison of surrounding high-rises, The Centrum Tower and Residences in Oak Lawn is a great deal. (more…)

From Staff Reports

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

CandysDirt.com will have an exclusive Q&A with one of the homeowners on this incredible tour, as well as a ticket giveaway. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out!

The highly anticipated 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes hosted by the Turtle Creek Association showcases lifestyles, amenities and luxury enhancements. The tour is the primary fundraiser for this non-profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to preserving the 87-acres of greenways and parklands throughout the Turtle Creek Corridor. The tour provides the rare opportunity to visit some of Dallas’ most prestigious tailored homes designed by prominent designers.


This year’s featured homes are:  

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