I swear, every time I walk into a unit at the Stoneleigh Residences, I think I have seen the most beautiful condo in Dallas. It just gets better every time.

But this time, I actually may have seen the best home here ever, and it belongs to a very tall sports legend.

Dallas Mavericks head basketball coach Rick Carlisle and his wife, Donna Carlisle, are selling a scrumptious home on the 15th floor. With three bedrooms, three full en suite and one half bath, formals and huge den you get a whopping 3948 square feet of sky-high living which is, frankly, perfect: not so high the vertigo sets in, but high enough to get a stunning 360 degree view of Dallas from the Gold Towers on Central all the way to Downtown and the bridges southward.

And it has been decked out in transitional sophisticate, so light, airy and perfect it reminds me of a free throw. Seriously, this is move-in while they are moving-out ready: the concierge will bring your toothbrush.


Ritz residences receptionDon Carter sure got 2014 off to a great start by buying the last available penthouse space at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Tower I. That would be unit 1802.

After selling his stately Georgian mansion at 4000 University in the Park Cities last July, 2013, I was told he was building out a huge unit at The Stoneleigh.

His home at 4000 University had a huge lap pool and putting green! There are six living areas, a bar room, wine cellar, two story formal foyer with split staircase, and full theater. In fact, Don unloaded a lot of his Dallas real estate portfolio last year: the man who basically birthed and nurtured the Dallas Mavericks into the sixth most valuable basketball team in the U.S. sold off his to-die-for North West Tower W condo of many levels in early October. The W was a giant custom unit, just shy of 4,000 square feet with two bedrooms, three full baths and one half as powder room on the 27th floor.

Well, on January 31 of this year, Carter snapped up the last unfinished shell space available in Tower 1. The possibilities are endless: the vast space ( 4258 square feet) could become a four bedroom mansion in the sky, with a bath for every bedroom and then some, a media room, separate den and of course all those 5-star hotel amenities including concierge, valet, room service, full service spa, fitness center, pet park, and the greatest people right at your fingertips.

Also, looking in DCAD, I see Mr. Carter is now down to owning just two residential properties here in Dallas, a unit at the W and this Ritz penthouse.

Wonder what happened at The Stoneleigh, why Carters didn’t buy there? I have heard they plan ten designer units for show at The Stoneleigh Residences, with top name designers decking out each of the models. Heard Sherry Hayslip will be one, heard designer Emily Summers (mother of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent Caroline Summers) will NOT. Except for the model units, the Stoneleigh will be left as a shell for buyers to create their own world, kind of just like what Mr. Carter is doing now in 1802 North Pearl Street. Other high profile Ritz I owners include Dr. Jeff Adelglass, Kevin Twomey, Denny Alberts, Tim Headington, Ron Haddock, William Solomon, Ronald Disney, and Charles and Moll Anderson who bought Tim Headington’s penthouse on the 21st floor.

2340 Victory Park LaneUPDATE: I hate how slow DCAD is. Thank God for my sources. So Don Carter sold this unit to a real estate investor who lives in the W, Pierre Jean, closing 9/26. JP paid $1.2 because Carter basically said to him, take it, get rid of it. But of course it’s been updated and decked out to the nines, and there are not many of these multi-level units left. Former Cowboys player Kenneth Hamlin has the same unit on floor 23.

First he unloaded his huge house in University Park. Now the man who basically birthed and nurtured the Dallas Mavericks into the sixth most valuable basketball team in the U.S. is selling sold his to-die-for North West Tower W condo of many levels. This is a giant custom unit, just shy of 4,000 square feet with two bedrooms, three full baths and one half as powder room on the 27th floor. 2340 Victory Park Lane hall 2430 Victory Park Lane den 2430 Victory Park Lane kit#2704 2430 Victory Park dining 2430 Victory Park bfastAs an end unit, you get fantastic premium panoramic views of Dallas from floor to ceiling windows and never have to worry about drapes, even in the bathtub! (If you do, though, there are electric shades at the push of a button.) There are limestone floors, sleek marble counters, two terraces and a master suite the size of California with more than ample closet space.DonCARTER2-articleLarge

Photo by Donna McWilliam/Associated Press

The kitchen is long, open and central, with a large island, gas cook top, Sub Zero and double ovens. Cook yourself up a storm, bring in Kent Rathburn, or call down for the W’s still strong, always dependable Whatever Whenever service. Don Carter has bought up a penthouse at the Stoneleigh Residences, which he is finishing out when he and wife Linda Jo are not sailing on their 41 foot power boat in the Gulf. He also owns another W unit in this building on the 22nd floor that is only 1700 square feet.2430 Victory Park master bath1 2430 Victory master bath 2 2340 Victory Park Lane hall 2340 Victory Park Lane 2430 Victory Park master 2430 Victory park guest 2430 Victory Park balcony

It’s just enough space to hang out before and after a game, which Carter seldom misses in his signature cowboy hat. He retains a 4% ownership in the Mavericks team, Mark Cuban is majority owner. This unit is listed with Rogers Healy’s Steve Rigley at $2,500,000.

I love how this is totally unlike his home on University. It’s really a steal! Well, maybe…

Every Realtor in Dallas is thrilled that Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend. Why? Surely the young couple is going to need a Dallas pad — either a super sleek condo to crash when they are in town, or a home where they can nest and maybe get started on making Kris a grandmother again. I recall one episode when Kris was house hunting with Khloe back in LA, and she seemed to favor sprawling Mediterranean. At least, that’s what Kris liked FOR Khloe. Based on that episode, and what I know about her, let me suggest these listings:

6124 St. Andrews

Best house to guarantee that Kris and Chris and your sisters won’t stay long when they visit: 6124 St. Andrews: 7351 square feet but it only has one bedroom.

Looks like LA, and best home value if the whole gang wants to visit: 4501 Cherokee Trail, just reduced to $3.5 — over 6,000 square feet and a knock-out media room — very affordable Khloe, just try to get something this big at that price in Cali!

4501 Cherokee Trail

Or just go for broke with 10660 Strait Lane, Phil Romano’s house. Asking $12,500,000 and so fabulous I squeal when I write about it! More than 14,000 square feet and closer in, so you are only about 5 miles from HPV. I’ll tell you a secret: it’s been on the market a while, Khloe, and will probably not be jumping off the shelves any time soon. Make an offer!

10660 Strait Lane

Wrong!  This is what ABC says:

“Dallas Mavericks’ point guard, Jason Kidd, raised the price of his luxury Dallas condo to $1.6 million. Initially listing the three-bedroom home for $1.2 million in early October, Kidd may have been dismayed by the prolonged NBA lockout which ended Nov. 26.”
I spoke with Kidd’s listing agent, Joseph Gullotto of Dave Perry-Miller in-town, who has the listing. It has been at $1.595 in MLS all along, ever since listed on 10/18/2011. It was MISTAKENLY put in Gullotto’s website at $1.2, he told me, which he has changed. Had nothing to do with the NBA Lockout. He says.