Gabriel Barbier-Mueller

The Barbier-Mueller family, from L to R: Alexis Barbier-Mueller, Niña Barbier-Mueller Tollett, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Ann Barbier-Mueller, and Oliver Barbier-Mueller at the the Samurai Collection traveling exhibition in Quebec City. All photos: Gabriel Barbier-Mueller

Many diners at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar and passers by admire the Virgin de Guadalupe monument standing outside, a tile-and-brick structure that murmurs the history of the area.

This Harwood Avenue location was Dallas’ first school for Hispanic children, the 1927 St. Ann’s school house. It was located in the heart of Little Mexico, in what is now the Harwood District of Uptown, the signature development of Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Founder and CEO of Harwood International.

After buying the historic schoolhouse, Barbier-Mueller’s company brought in an art preservationist to refurbish the tile mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They kept the original brick school building and transformed the interior into a sophisticated-yet-comfortable eatery in 2010. The second level houses The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, an assemblage of samurai armor and related objects that is one of the largest and most complete in the world. Outside, the patio is one of the biggest and most lovely in the city.

This is just a tiny part of the Harwood empire, which spans the globe and has offices and developments in select parts of Dallas, Beverly Hills, Sunnyvale’s Gold Coast, Geneva, London’s West End, Paris, and Zurich’s Golden Triangle. But it speaks to Barbier-Mueller’s vision and European sensibilities when it comes to his work.

It’s not “out with the old, in with the new,” but rather a reimagining of space, with a focus on robust capital investment, energy conservation, leading-edge technology, green spaces, and designs that are built to stand the test of time.

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We knew last December something was up when Jason Kidd bought this $5 plus million place in Water Mill, the Hamptons. He already had his Azure penthouse on the market. Then we learn last week that Kidd said adios to the Mavericks, ola to the New York Knicks.  Sure enough, he had New York City in mind when our hot former point guard picked up 100 Flying Point Road in (Water Mill) Southampton, the same spread Jennifer Lopez was perusing. It’s a classic Hampton’s clapboard six-bedroom, six-bathroom home at 5500 square feet. You can even hear the surf! Listed at $5.975 million, which is not bad for the Hamptons,  the home is a custom build job with contemporary interiors designed around clean lines and European fixtures. Jason has plenty of room for the help in the 2,300-square-foot, finished basement, which includes a staff suite! The two acre property includes a pool, pool house, tennis court and carriage house that can be used as a two-car garage with space above for a gym, office or playroom. Going to be very handy for the new baby to grow up in. And it’s “a bike ride” away from the ocean, which Jason probably wishes he’d been riding early Sunday morning when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in his Cadillac Escalade. From the Southampton Patch:

“Kidd, 39, was arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge on Sunday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court and released on his own recognizance.

Sag Harbor attorney Eddie Burke Jr. said he was on his way to speak with Kidd. “We await further discovery from the district attorney’s office,” Burke said.”

Burke is a high-profile DWI attorney, sort of the Knox Fitzpatrick of Manhattan’s second home playground.

By the way, anyone want to help me start a driving service for high profile peeps who want to go out and drink at night?

2108 at the Azure is the place Kidd still calls home — “police said his address is still listed as Dallas, Texas”, even though the listing for $1,595,000 is expired.

 

 

Last week we featured price-chopped properties in honor of Cyber Monday. The response was so overwhelming, we’ve decided to continue the feast! And now one property has kindly given us an exclusive first-and-only price special that is blowing my mind. The Azure — that’s right, the place where celebs like Jason Kidd and Terrell Owens like to hang their hats –– has reduced its pricing! Right now you can buy a handful of  one-bedroom units at The Azure starting at $320,000, a two bedroom for $495,000, or a three-bedroom for $845,000. That’s not all of the inventory that is left, but a few select units they really want to move.

When new, which I know is no comparison, because we live now in a very different world, these units were fetching close to $500 a square foot!

Methinks that with Museum Tower looming, and the economy kind of ho-hum, the downtown condo market is gearing up for inventory clearance. Stay very tuned…

Now we know why Jason Kidd listed 2108 at the Azure in October: he just bought a home at 100 Flying Point Road in Water Mill, Southampton! Though he plays for our WORLD CHAMPION Mavericks, the East Coast, which happens to be the home of his former team, the New Jersey Nets, lures. The New York Post reports that ink is barely dry on a contract the hot point guard just signed to buy a sprawling Hamptons mansion at 100 Flying Point Road in Southampton. Get this: it’s the same spread Jennifer Lopez was perusing. It’s a classic Hampton’s clapboard six-bedroom, six-bathroom home “a bike ride” away from the ocean, at 5500 suare feet. You can hear the surf! I am so jealous! Oh dear, we have to move that Azure condo: this puppy was listed at $5.975 million. It’s a custom build job with contemporary interiors designed around clean lines and European fixtures, much like what he had at The Azure, and a master with sitting area, cozy fireplace and balcony.Unlike Terrell Owens, who bought an entire Azure condo for his staff, Jason has plenty of room for the help in the 2,300-square-foot, finished basement. It includes a staff suite! A staff will be a total necessity for the two acre property which includes a pool, pool house, tennis court and carriage house that can be used as a two-car garage with space above for a gym, office or playroom. And NYC is an easy two hour plus commute from Dallas. Jason, please invite us to the housewarming…

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.  

First Terrell Owens, now Jason Kidd. Seems like all the sports studs really love living at the Azure. But then, they leave. Jason F. Kidd just listed, on October 18, his 2607 square foot Azure condo right there on the 21st floor with Joseph Gullotto for $1,195,000.  Not  sure if it has been reduced from $1,595,000, which actually would put it under DCAD value, wowzers, but Joseph’s website says $1,195,000 and MLS says $1,595,000: I could be mistaken.  Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, two fireplaces, formals, decked out kitchen with Miele, Subzero and granite, and FOUR garage spaces in the famous Azure garage. Kidd bought the place in September of 2008 for, according to TMZ, just under $1.5… and for some reason, in their headline, they are calling the condo SICK. (Nothing sick about the Azure, maybe they mean SLICK.) I am going to pretend that is an acronym for SassyInsideCondothatKicksass. Anyhow, it’s still priced at $611 $458 a square foot at that new price, if it is new, a weeee bit higher than T.O’s pad on the 20th floor, which is now at about $450 per square foot.

Oh wait, yes, Kidd’s is on the 21st floor: pricier.

I’m checking something here: I think the theater and exercise room are community rooms, and I know the Azure has a great conference room to use for meetings. But then, wouldn’t surprise me if Kidd he DID have his own screening room. It’s unclear if this sale means Kidd is leaving the Mavs or just hunting for different digs.

Oh, expect to read more Dallas intel on TMZ. Turns out Ebby realtor Judy Steinberg has a daughter, Karly Steinberg, who graduated from Plano West High, who works for TMZ in LA and is hell bent on writing more about Dallas! The other day while we were talking about T.O., I turned her on to DCAD… so get ready.