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Several Dallas Realtors attended yesterday’s remarkable dedication for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, including independent agent Mickey Stuart and Dave Perry-Miller’s Steve Collins. I have not heard from her yet, but am certain Allie Beth Allman and Pierce were included, and Kari Schlegel may have accompanied her parents. Mickey, a Dartmouth buddy, gave me a full report, and shared some fabulous photos:Bush Center DART

Bush Center Busses 2 “One of the most interesting things was riding DART — because of security they had blocked off all the streets around SMU so people were encouraged to use DART. Basically, it was unless you have a motorcycle escort do not have anyone dropping you off. I live north, so I took a Dart bus to the Richardson Arapaho station where I got on the red line rail line for the first time (!) and headed south down Central down to Mockingbird Station. I think we arrived about 8:00 a.m. Shuttle busses were waiting to take us to the event at SMU, where golf carts took everybody closer to the seating area. You had to have your ticket and photo ID. Securing was as tight as airport security, you had to walk through a metal detector,  but everyone was gracious and not intrusive. (Note: Mickey did get “wanded”.) It was a gorgeous day, cloudless sky, great day to be outdoors. I saw folding chairs set up for 10,000 people. Because of my long-time relationship with GWB, I somehow got into the VIP Section right in front of podium, sitting with Ohio Senator Robert Portman (also a Dartmouth grad), Jim Baker, Karl Rove, Don Evans, Rex Tillerson, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, David Dewhurst, Tom Ridge and Dick Cheney.

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Military buglers lined the top of the new center. The First Ladies walked out first, took their seats, then came the presidents. Condoleeza Rice came up and welcomed the visiting dignitaries from other countries, like former prime minister JapanYoshihiko Noda,  the prime minister of Australia John Howard, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, Secretary General of NATO, and the former president of Ghana. Tony Blair was there, also. All presidents spoke in this order: Carter, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Obama, each saying nice things. Then Laura Bush spoke, and then George W. did his magic.

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There was a VIP reception at the Bush center immediately after, then a VIP luncheon set up with 30 or 40 tables. Then it was back to Mockingbird Station, DART to Richardson and the bus.

Thursday night was the invitation-only block party for members of the SMU community and Bush people, very informal, about 3000 people plus great food from the food trucks. There was a soundstage with Jack Ingram, then when it got dark people were invited to the Bush Center where they lit Freedom Hall for the very first time and set off fireworks outside.


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Then back to the shuttles and DART. It was really a very memorable experience and once in a life-time opportunity, and Jeanne Johnson Phillips pulled it off flawlessly!”

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Amazing? Beautiful? Incredible? Stunning? Jaw-Dropping? I’ve run through the gamut of adjectives trying to describe 5625 Netherland Court, an unbelievable listing from the one and only Kari Schlegel, and yet every one of them falls short.

Is this love, that I’m feeling?

This five-bedroom home screams “ART COLLECTOR!” with a gallery hallway just off the foyer that feels like a museum. It flows easily to the living area, which feels like a palace with incredibly lofty ceilings and an amazing fireplace. From there, the dining area splinters off, and it is also an amazing place to hang your prized works.

A lot of the light in this home filters in through amazing glass doors framed with iron. They give the house a conservatory-like feel. Though this house is full of sleek stone and brick, it still manages to feel light and airy, no small feet for a 9,733-square-foot home!

My favorite part about this home, however, is the kitchen. The ceiling, with the brick patterning, and the gorgeous green cabinets make this huge chef’s kitchen feel as cozy as one half the size. The commercial-grade appliances — three ovens, two refrigerators, two dishwashers, and a warming drawer — are just what you’d expect for a palatial home priced at $3.999 million.

Second favorite room? The wet bar. That counts as a room, right? I know the temperature controlled wine storage counts as a room for sure, and I could easily see myself spending quite a bit of time in there.

The master suite is so lovely? chic? It’s perfect, I’ll say. Huge, but not imposing, you can go to sleep every night feeling like you live in a five-star hotel. The master bath has one of the most complicated-looking showers I have ever seen. I would likely find some way to utterly screw it up, but still, I am impressed.

There are just too many beautiful pictures to put them all here, so I’ll leave you with a photo of the beautiful loggia and outdoor kitchen. Perfect for entertaining. Ugh. Love.

Do you have your coffee yet? Good, because this house is like a beignet from Cafe Du Monde. This house, it just makes me want to say “Ahhhhhhhh!” It’s 3625 Bryn Mawr, marketed by the gorgeous and talented Kari Schlegel Kloewer of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and it was just completed by the experts at Tatum Brown Custom Homes.

If you want high-end finish-out and tons of extras, Tatum Brown is the go-to builder. In fact, this company is on our short list of Hot Builders!

Just from glancing around, you can see why we love Tatum Brown, too! I mean, look at the thoughtful entrance that keeps with the elegant and modern Santa Barbara style. It’s beautiful, but not too ostentatious. This home, desiged by Stocker, Hoestry, Montenegro Architects, is like a hot brunette in a little black dress!

This University Park home has all of the upgrades and add-ons you want inside its 6,651 square feet. You get impeccable hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury light fixtures with some really killer chandeliers, marble, granite, and a wet bar. WHEW. That’s a lot!

There are five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, along with three living spaces, two dining rooms, a game or media room, a mud room, and some of the best schools in the state.

I love a kitchen that is open and accessible, and this one is just that! The huge island is perfect for entertaining. Imagine the marble expanse covered in cheese boards and fruit plates, with a bucket of chilled champagne and orange juice just waiting for brunch guests to arrive!

Of course, there’s tons of stainless in the kitchen, and there’s some really beautiful tile in the backsplash, too!

From what I hear, it’s almost impossible to buy new construction in the Park Cities without buying a teardown first, razing the structure, and starting fresh from there. If you get exhausted just thinking about all that work, well, this lovely home is for you!

It’s on the market at a great price, too. I think $2.95 million is a fair asking for such a spacious, modern, and well-thought-out home. What do you think?

Are you still reeling from the news that Yu Darvish signed for six years with the Texas Rangers to a tune of about ten million per year? Plus he just got $51.7 million (Update: his home team actually got that cash) just to negotiate. I know, crazy world. Insane. But here’s what I’m thinking: he’s going to have to buy a place to live in Dallas or Westlake, and we’ve got some great choices, though agents tell me inventory is slim pickin’s. Still, we have Phil Romano’s spread on Strait Lane, Kirby and Kari Schlegel Kloewer’s ultimate W penthouse, Justin Leonard’s home on Turtle Creek, and this Volk Estates/Franch Welch $16 million number that has been on the market FOREVER. Maybe Darvish could snap up Champs D’Or in Hickory Creek, I hear Mr. Goldfield is getting real negotiable. Deion’s place up in Prosper could be on the market, unless Pilar digs her nails into it, and she’s sure trying her best.

I have to think about this. I definitely think Yu needs two or three homes: a downtown condo (could he be holding out for Museum Tower?), something large and wonderful for every day south of LBJ, and a ranch somewhere up north.

Come one, help me. Let’s give Yu Darvish some great Dallas or FORT WORTH House Porn!

Kari Schlegel is listing her hubby’s cute condo over at 1719 Mary Street, in East dallas near Ross, and is getting ready to reduce the price. (Shh. I didn’t tell you.) This is an end unit, which she says has more windows and light than the others. Two bedrooms, two baths, three stories, built in 2003. HOA’s are only $75 a month — that’s a far cry from the W where Kari and Troy live now!

This condo really has it all! The sleek hardwood floors are brand new. The rooftop deck provides views of downtown Dallas. All new A/C unit kept the place super cool during our heat wave. In the kitchen, which is admittedly a bachelor’s pad, but a tasteful bachelor’s pad, there are granite countertops looking over the open living, kitchen, and dining floorplan. There is also a large space for study, office, or sitting area off of a great third floor master bedroom with loft overlooking the downstairs dining area. Sold furnished. Great investment: a unit with a little, no make that a lot, of romance behind it…$224,000.

Kari & Troy May 7, 2011

The British Royal Wedding was just a week ago, but we are having our own Royal Storybook Wedding today in Dallas as Kari Schlegel weds that adorable Troy Kloewer.

It is no secret that young Kari, 26, has proven to be a real estate dynamo rivaling the most seasoned agents. She’s got a $13 million dollar listing on Audubon Place, and of course her own Victory W penthouse condo, and a dynamo team.

All of which makes me wonder if Troy is going to be living with Kari and Kirby at the gorgeous 29th floor condo, now reduced to $10, 000,000. from 11,750,000. (I will try to find out at the wedding tonight!) That penthouse is dee-vine, and with 12,000 square feet, there’s plenty of space for everyone! By the way, Kari is a top agent at Allie Beth Allman and an M.B.A. student at S.M.U.

Kari’s wedding starts at six p.m. this evening at Highland Park United Methodist Church, and is likely very different from her sister Kim’s 2005 wedding nuptials that involved 1,200 guests at the Meyerson Symphony Center, a 33,000-square-foot tent, the entire Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 12 bridesmaids, and a Givenchy couture wedding dress with a 20-foot train that Kim flew to Paris to buy and fit. That wedding, the Schlegels say, cost ‚Äúnorth of half a million dollars.‚Äù

But there is no doubt Kari’s wedding will be her performance, and not a split second less gorgeous, elegant and incredibly memorable than Kim’s.¬† Besides, I hear Kim’s planned it all. Our Royal Dallas wedding!