Bleu Ciel

So we were at Bleu Ciel, and I was holding my breath over one this staged corner unit. You know how you do when you see a property that makes your spine tingle: you start the process. Will my furniture fit in here? What will I keep? What will I shed?

I asked Allison Hayden, my genius agent friend who is now selling BC, who staged it?

“Global Views,” she said without skipping a beat. “And you know they have a sale every year, in fact I think one is coming up!”

The sale IS coming up, in fact it is tomorrow, November 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. At 7301 Ambassador Row just off West Mockingbird.

But I was fascinated by this company. And when I learned that Frederick Rayner and David Gebhart, co-owners and co-founders, are good friend of our own Eric Prokesh, I was hooked.

But first, the sale: tons of high quality, beautifully designed chairs, sofas, love-seats, tables, commodes, stone-topped sofa tables, accent pieces, lamps and vases. Vases by Barbara Berry! Lamps I swore were Murano!

Global Views is a Dallas-based company with a vision — to produce a unique collection of home accessories and accent pieces that have never been seen before. The amount of stuff they produce and distribute from their headquarters just west of I-35 is mind-boggling. The founding members drew upon long-time careers in retail buying and product development to create a line of home accents that are elegant, refined, and reasonably priced. The company attracts buyers from more than 10,000 retailers, quaint specialty shops to mega multi-store chains. Global Views is also a trusted resource for the hospitality industry, which turns rooms over every three to five years.

We plan to do more on Global Views in the near future. But if you are looking for anything to spruce up your home, office, or even holiday gifts, head over there for this great sale starting tomorrow morning at nine am! The sale continues Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pn, then Friday from 9:00 am until noon. Oh, it’s called the “Garage Sale”, if you ask. Jump for a teaser of inventory: (more…)

Can you believe that July Fourth is tomorrow? It feels like summer is just racing by us, and Dallas is kicking the holiday weekend off with tonight’s Red, White, and Boom on the Bridge festivities on the Ron Kirk Bridge (Continental Ave. for those of us who aren’t recent transplants). The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which will be easily visible from this 23rd-floor perch at Bleu Ciel.

“This Bleu Ceil New Modern in the sky captures the best, most sensational views of the downtown Dallas Skyline,” says Matthew Edwards of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. He’s the listing agent for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. With all of the stellar amenities of this building, it’s definitely the place to be for fireworks this Fourth of July, with short breaks on the resort-style pool deck!

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This is how to live in style. Bleu Ciel teamed up with Cantoni, Susan Smith Designs, LBH Interiors, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as the designers to bring their unique style to life in their Sky Homes. The new 33-story luxury skyrise at the northwest corner of Wolf and McKinnon streets partnered with several high-caliber firms to design model residential homes that reflect the building’s sleek style. Two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes start at 1,639 square feet and go all the way up to 15,000 square feet. In the glistening tower’s condominiums, residents have an expansive covered terrace that provides views of the Dallas skyline, Calatrava bridge, and endless Texas skies.

Cantoni

Cantoni, a Dallas-based, Italian-inspired modern furniture retailer and design studio, offers personalized design services and a curated selection of high-quality furnishings, art, accessories, lighting, custom cabinetry, and closet systems. For their respective model home, Cantoni designers opted for low profile furniture that doesn’t compete with the home’s stunning views and soft textures to add warmth to the space.

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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.

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Natalie Westbrook says that she can’t sit still for long. Whenever boredom creeps in, she has to create something. These days she is staying busy with her most ambitious creation, The Westbrook Real Estate Group, which started last September.

“It’s scary jumping out into the water, but if you don’t jump, you’ll never learn to swim,” Westbrook said.

So far, things seem to be progressing swimmingly. Westbrook currently has listings in University Park and Oak Lawn as well as a high-profile, $7 million home on 4606 Chapel Hill Road overlooking White Rock Lake. In fact, you can tour this incredible house on Wednesday, March 28, with both Westbrook and our own Candy Evans — RSVP here. And Westbrook’s also working on other projects near Frisco that she hopes to announce soon.

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The Katy at Victory Park facing down the opening edge of the Katy Trail

From the American Airlines Center and before even turning the corner and passing over the Tollway, the Katy Trail is lined with new apartment buildings towering over it.  From Victory Place, Camden Victory Park, The Alexan, and the latest — Magnolia Station and The Katy at Victory Park — walking at this end of the trail is something less than peaceful. Bleu Ciel will almost complete the curtain.  I’m pretty sure I can hold my breath long enough to see Little Mexico Village and the Magnolia condos fall to development to completely encase this end of the trail.

Of course these apartments have the manufactured hipster vibe residents have self-deluded themselves into thinking they possess.  Magnolia Station talks about apartments that evoke a “Modern Spirit” or “Vintage Soul” while The Katy at Victory Park harkens for residents who “live with intention,” whose “best friend” is their pet, and who want to “live inspired on the trail.”

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Limited Edition Top 1

In response to a question at last night’s meeting for the Hood and Dickason high-rise (Turtle Creek Haus), Masterplan representative Karl Crawley lobbed out that The Limited Edition at 2505 Turtle Creek was being redesigned. I was there to catch that ball.

Turns out he’s correct.  Just as Turtle Creek Gardens agrees to a $43 million sale to JLL, its neighbor is having a rethink.  I’ve hinted for months that Dallas is over-saturated with luxury high-rises. What’s built is half empty. Bleu Ciel has started building out the pool deck on level 7, because 6 levels are now complete of the 33 story building. If it appeared that construction was “down under”, it was: they were working on the private garages within the underground, 5 level parking garage, which are exclusive to Bleu Ciel and the Azure.

Note: previously we reported that construction had stopped on the project, which was incorrect. It was not, however, visible.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s quietly stopped marketing the Limited Edition in February. It’s been reported that while owners Great Gulf are still very committed to Dallas, they’re reevaluating their concept.

This review obviously has everything to do with pricing.  In my opinion, this ultimately translates into smaller units with less swanky interiors that may, in the long run, be better for the area and the Dallas marketplace. Expect a relaunch in the autumn, perhaps in conjunction with more details on the rental building planned across the street that’s yet to be enrobed in even a construction fence.

I wonder if Limited Edition’s falter gave Bleu Ciel sales a boost or if the Stoneleigh and Museum Tower benefitted? Hmmm…

As always, stay tuned.

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In April 2015, just a few months after I started this gig, I noticed that Bleu Ciel’s prices had jumped. Well, it’s done happened again! Today saw a further 2 to 4.5 percent increase on top of the 15-ish percent they’d jumped since pricing was announced.

For the “teaser” units on the MLS that translates to …

Unit 1701 is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom whopper with 5,835 square feet. Before yesterday, it was $4.723 million; now it’s $4.951 million. A jump of $228,000. From a square foot perspective, what was $809 is now $848 per square foot, or a bump of $39.07 a square foot.

Unit 2803 is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath unit with a sizeable 2,973 square feet. It’s jumped from $3,163,000 to $3,218,000 — a shade less than a 3 percent bump — a new $18.49 per square foot. However, by cost-per-square-foot, it’s the priciest of this group at $1,082 per square foot.

Unit 2606 is also a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home crammed into a more modest 2,231 square feet. It’s hardly worth mentioning its measly 2 percent rise from $2,064,000 to $2,099,000 — a mere $35,000. Almost tip money in this realm.

Unit 1804 is a three-bedroom, three-bath unit with a “my size” 1,903 square feet of space. What was $1,292,000 grew $59,000 to $1,351,000, or 4.5 percent.

Unit 2505 is a 1,537-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath “shoebox” that added $54,000 and is now listed at $1,252,000.

If you’re on a financial diet, there’s still unit 702. It’s a bit closer to the ground (well, 18 stories closer) than unit 2505, but the floorplan is nearly identical (just 10 square feet smaller). Literally across the floorplan “hallway” it’s a steal at $906,000 or one-third ($346,000) less. That $346,000 is all view, baby.

For all the doom and gloom some feel is skittering towards the Dallas real estate market, the Ciel is sure Bleu down on Harwood. Looks like Harwood has a winner as Dallas continues to concentrate sprawl upwards.

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)! sharewithjon@candysdirt.com