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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There’s only one thing that we love more than a good home tour here at CandysDirt.com, and it’s attending a good home tour for free! That’s the chance we’re offering two of our lucky readers today. 

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.

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.

We’re so excited to offer a pair of tickets to the April 7 tour to two lucky readers! Want to win? Jump to find out how to enter!
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The Azure is a building that draws plenty of buyers thanks to its beautiful design and great Uptown location. But how often do you get to see a one-bedroom condo that offers the top three asks for almost every condo buyer? This unit, represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Jarrad Barnes, is the perfect alchemy of location, accessibility, design, and amenities. 

This Uptown condo easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans thanks to the unit’s breathtaking design. Plus, there’s so much storage in this unit that you’ll always have a place for everything, and everything will be in its place!

“This unit has been completely reimagined,” Barnes said of Unit 302 at 2900 McKinnon St. “So it is unlike any one-bedroom in the Azure.”

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FLW Rogers Lacy 2

Having run around a lot of high-rises in Dallas over the years as a potential buyer, open house voyeur, and CandysDirt.com roving reporter, people ask me what I think of “X” building. With that in mind, here’s my list of the top Dallas high-rises in different categories.

1. Best Unbuilt high-rise: Rogers Lacy Hotel

Long before I moved to Dallas, I saw the Rogers Lacy Hotel images in a 1985 book about architect Frank Lloyd Wright titled, “Treasures of Taliesin: Seventy-Seven Unbuilt Designs” by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer.

The 64-story mixed-use building was to have housed a hotel on the first nine floors before transitioning to a stepped-back high-rise column containing residential condos/apartments.  Wright didn’t think much of Dallas summers or its 1940s cityscape and so the glass exterior was to have been double-thickness with translucent insulation between the panels.  This way, light was transmitted without having to see the outside.  Some panels were moveable and some were operable windows, but the general “face” of the building was towards the interior where an amazing atrium was to have been. Lush plants and interior-facing windows offered what Wright thought were the best “views” of Dallas.  The building was never built because during negotiations to convince oilman Rogers Lacy of the daring design, Mr. Lacy died.

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3756 Armstrong Avenue

3756 Armstrong Avenue

We all know that anything under $1 million is flying off the MLS faster than a Cabbage Patch Kid in the 1980s. In the $1 million-plus market, homes are still flying off the shelves like Cabbage Patch Kids … in 2016.

Sure they’re still selling, but no one is getting trampled. This sentiment was echoed recently at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s conference by journalists nationwide.

To me this means that if you’ve got the means to buy in the luxury market, there are some bargains to bag. Here are two.

3756 Armstrong Avenue

I toured this home recently with listing agent Ben Jones from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. This is a large home with a long and swanky past.  Designed and built in 1954 by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’ most influential 20th century architects, this home is just cool … and a bit frightening.

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Athena unit 1416 Views

It was chilly and foggy when the photographer took these photos, but on clear days you get a great view of downtown from this building.

How much is a view of downtown Dallas worth to you? I mean, when you’re shopping for a high-rise unit, you’re going to have limited outdoor space. That’s a given. So the views have to really be fantastic. So really, how much is a view of the skyline, one of the most distinctive in the United States, worth to you?

Is it worth $1 million? $700,000?

What if I told you that you could have a luxurious condo with fantastic amenities and downtown Dallas views for less than $350,000? You can with this beautiful unit inside the Athena, owned by none other than Mary Jane Young.

We enjoy incredible downtown views from every room,” Young said. “These views are normally only found in properties double the price point.”

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3310 Fairmount 11D Living

Or you could keep it as is, but the wallpaper would need some freshening up. Unit 11D in the Park Towers Condominiums is a time warp. Everything looks to be from the 60s, when this building was constructed.

3310 Fairmount 11D Dining

The owner was obviously a big fan of green, as you can see from the wallpaper in the living room that matches the swag curtains just so. Still, it doesn’t distract from what I consider to be the best selling point for this unit — the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an amazing view.

3310 Fairmount 11D Kitchen

As the listing tells us, there are no load-bearing walls in this unit, so you can completely upend this two-bedroom, two-bath condo to whatever kind of high-rise vision you have. I think this property, which is sandwiched by the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, would look amazing as a Mad Men homage with cream shag carpet, a sunken living area that is open to the kitchen and dining areas, and a large master bedroom and spa-like bath.

3310 Fairmount 11D Master

With more than 2,000 square feet of space, you can definitely accomplish your dreams of living like Don Draper. Of course, for $345,000 you will have to have a remodeling budget because there is no way you can live with that cloistered kitchen or that hideous bath!

3310 Fairmount 11D Master bath

Still, I love looking at the photos of this listing. It’s really amazing to see how much home decor has changed in 50 years. Does this unit send you back in time, too?