John Goff

Really great interview of John Goff by Candace Carlisle of the DBJ here — she grabbed a drink at the Ritz (Ritzy!) with Crescent chairman and CEO after touring that stunning new 20-story,  530,000-square-foot office and retail tower going up across the street from the Ritz at McKinney and Olive. Goff says it’s “very “sexy,” and will bring a whole new level of office product to Uptown. The only thing I wished she would have asked him, is how he felt about losing his mentor, Richard Rainwater. Otherwise, she poked a lot and got some great news, including a question about the Eagle Mountain lake property where the auction was recently called off.

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A custom-built compound on an 8,600 acre lake, with pool, tennis and sport court, kids pavilion and putting green where one of the most significant decisions in financial history went down. This is definitely the deal of a lifetime for anyone who wants an extraordinary lake home retreat in North Texas, or even a primary home that happens to be on a beautiful lake with a two story boat dock and oh yes, two boats.

Fort Worth billionaire John Goff, a self-made man, founder and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings, and his wife Cami, are selling their 8,000 square foot plus compound on Eagle Mountain Lake, about 15 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. The sale will be made by auction October 8 without reserve. That means no minimum, though one will probably be established by the bidders. Not only are the Goffs selling the compound they re-shaped from an existing home on Eagle Mountain Lake, they are selling every piece of furniture, plate, bedsheet, even the fluffy white towels monogrammed with the compound’s Jack Sprague-designed logo, Mariposa del Lago.IMG_9488

“We are even selling the margarita machine,” jokes Cami Goff, “and selling the mix that comes with it!”

The winning bidder can grab their toothbrush and move right in!

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Albert Nobbs is the tale of a woman posing as a man in 19th-century Ireland, and it is an amazing, incredible story of humanity: how cruel we can be, how we will do anything including totally losing our sense of self in order to survive. Last night we were treated to a private premiere of the movie in Fort Worth thanks to power couple Cami and John Goff. John is chairman and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Equities, which owns the Residences at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas, one of my favorite Dallas high rises.

In October of 2010, Glenn Close, the star of the movie, was in town with Dallas-born film producer Bonnie Curtis (Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Minority Report) seeking financing for an indie film they were planning called Albert Nobbs. Those meetings took place at the spectacular home of John and Teresa Amend, who own Mt. Vernon on White Rock Lake, now listed with Allie Beth Allman for $29.5 million. John and his wonderful sons are in commercial real estate. Another power real estate couple drove over from Fort Worth that night, John and Cami Goff, and stepped up to the plate to be the main financiers for Nobbs.

Last night, we learned that Goff does movie financing the “Fort Worth” way: he asked Glenn’s husband, David Shaw, who happens to be my husband’s cousin, to match the funds he put into the flick. Guess they call that having some skin in the game! The Goffs also visited the movie set while in production in Ireland. So, as a thank you to North Texas and well, yes, Fort Worth, the producers brought the finished project back to Fort Worth  for last night’s first, invitation-only, red-carpet screening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It was star central with Glenn, Bonnie Curtis, and director Rodrigo Garcia, and some cast members as well as the glitterai of DFW including the Amend family, Dave Perry-Miller, Gene and Jerry Jones, David and Anne Sutherland, Blake and Brooke Hortenstine, Dean Fearing, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Porter Farrell, partner in Presido Pictures.

The movie opens Jan. 27 at three theatres here in North Texas, including the Angelika in Dallas. Glenn and Bonnie hope that North Texas shows Hollywood how much we love movies by supporting it — trust me, this is not a movie you want to see, you MUST see it. I do not want to give away the story, but in a way, there is a real estate theme trickling below the surface. The main character, Albert Nobbs, dreams of buying a certain piece of real estate as his (her?) ticket out of poverty.

“The agent,” he (she) says, ” assured me it will increase in value.”

Yes, even in 19th century Ireland!

 

 

 

Beverly Pitchford is this week’s Hot Property — Beverly is an agent with Briggs-Freeman who keeps Real Estate all in the family: she’s married to Joseph F. Pitchford, senior vice president Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC, besides being beautiful, fun, & very sharp knows her right of way…

CD: So Beverly, your name sounds kind of familiar — aren’t you related to some handsome big real estate player over at Crescent? 

BP: You could say we are related — married ten years now!

CD: Awesome! So real estate is like all in the family!

BP:   Yes, and my mother was a residential agent when I was growing up in Chicago. I helped her update her 3-ring notebook of listings. I cannot even imagine transacting real estate that way today.

CD: Fellow Chicago girl! So do you and Joseph talk shop at home?

BP: Occasionally, but we prefer not to.

CD: Any ground rules?

BP: Yes… to speak only in generalities about sensitive business.  

CD: So when did you sign on at Briggs Freeman and why?

BP:  In March of this year, because Briggs-Freeman has a phenomenal marketing department and because of Robbie Briggs’ stellar reputation.

CD: How did you get started in Real Estate?

BP:  I first obtained my license when I began working as a right-of-way agent doing eminent domain work, but then I wanted to move into residential sales because of my love for homes.

CD: Whoa, hold on, what the hec is that?

BP: Right-of-way agents make offers to property owners to purchase a portion of their land, or maybe their entire property, to be used for public use and necessity. The government tries to avoid going to court for condemnation proceedings.  I will say that you do not make a lot of friends during the process!

CD: What’s your biggest sale ever?

BP: It’s always the next one!

CD: Where do you guys live — at The Ritz Residences?

BP:  Unfortunately, no, and I’ve asked Joseph to re-negotiate that one.

CD: So you live in North Dallas?

BP: Caruth Hills, in the University Park neighborhood.

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas and why…

BP:  I have two: Bluffview, for its topography, trees and winding streets, and Uptown because I love its energy and urban lifestyle.

CD: I know Real Estate is like a 24/7 career, but what do you guys do for fun on weekends?

BP: Ride bikes as a family when we can, go to the movies and dine, and spend time with friends.

CD: Do you have a second home?

BP: I’m still working on that!

CD: Tell me where your perfect dream second home location would be?

BP:  Colorado: it’s the perfect escape in the summer and its great for winter fun. Southern California would be another possibility.

CD: What kind of car do you drive?

BP: A zippy little BMW.

CD: Any other scoop you want to share…

BP: I am excited to be at our new Uptown office. Rumor has it  that Nick & Sams is extending their outdoor seating right in front of our windows and that we will have our own reserved table for dining with our clients!

CD: I’ll be there. But give me some dirt. On Joseph.

BP: Well, he’s made a list of “great books” to read, miles to bicycle, movies to see, and new restaurants to try, all before he turns 50 next year  it all chronicled in a spreadsheet!