Rooftop terrace at Ritz-Carlton Residences Townhouse 4

Minutes before I left town for a spell, I was able to squeeze in a viewing of the final Ritz-Carlton Residences shell townhouse all duded-up and immaculately finished by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Mark Molthan of Platinum Series Homes. Since I’d rather hobnob than shutterbug at these events (I happened meet someone with more shirts than me), I returned to the MLS to grab some pictures to show – and I learned something.

I typed in “pearl” figuring if I started with the most expensive, I had to catch 2555 Pearl Street, right?  I mean it’s a 6,079-square-foot Ritz Residence comprising three bedrooms with four full and one-half bathroom listed with Kyle Crews from Allie Beth Allman for $6.7 million. How could there be a pricier pearl?

There was.

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This story has been updated to include the new reserve and the extended auction.

Now this is the big league way to market a luxury home: hop aboard a King Air 350 at Love Field’s Business Jet Center, soar up over Dallas, land in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 18 minutes later and hop into an SUV waiting right inside the hangar.

That is exactly how we traveled to tour the magnificent 18,327-square-foot estate of the late Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim and his wife, Patty, who passed late last year. The Pilgrims’ three children knew that selling such a highly specialized estate built on Bo’s chicken fortune — 43-plus acres more than 120 miles east of Dallas — would be a challenge. So they opted to do what more and more owners of luxury homes are doing these days: put it up for auction.

In fact, the online auction of Cluckingham Palace (more on the name later!) began Tuesday night and goes on until October 25. There is now a reserve of $2,999,999. So you have plenty of time to bid!

The Pilgrim estate at 800 South Greer Boulevard is on the main road to Pittsburg. The mansion has six bedrooms, 10 and a half baths, exercise room, formals, quarters, media room, and chickens etched in every corner. There’s also a huge indoor swimming pool and spa that was patterned after the famous Greenbrier Spa in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“Mrs. Pilgrim visited the Greenbrier and phoned Richard Drummond Davis from the spa that she wanted their indoor pool to look just like the Greenbrier’s,” says listing agent Kyle Crews with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Drummond Davis designed the home, built by Steve Thornton for an estimated $15 million, in 1992-1993. The mansion and grounds are now valued at more than $8 million.

The heavily wooded grounds include trails, statues, smooth green fields beckoning a soccer game or a horse hunt, and a pond brimming with fish.

And so we travelled the way Mrs. Pilgrim did whenever she came into Dallas to shop at Neimans or Northpark: by private jet.

From left: Terri Cox, Susan Baldwin, Mark Cain, Juli Harrison, Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Allman, Ralph Randall, Candy Evans, Joe Kobell, and Sanders Avrea

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Kyle Crews and Ken Schnitzer with Allie Beth and Pierce Allman

If there’s one thing that luxury real estate agents and brokers love more than high-end houses, it’s high-end automobiles. Merging the two, the third-annual Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase will have a VIP lounge sponsored by Allie Beth Allman and Associates. The one-day event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Sept.28, at the Four Seasons at Las Colinas, is sure to be catnip for those in the ultra-luxe market.

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No matter the season, the views from the venerable Vendome on Turtle Creek always impress. But for those of us who want a great perch that’s not too far off the ground, treetop units can give you the birds-eye view without the anxiety. That’s just one reason we love this Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. It’s a stunning second-floor unit inside one of the Turtle Creek area’s most sought-after high-rises.

But this unit, listed by Robin Brock and Kyle Crews of Allie Beth Allman and Associates, this beauty is the place for shedding all of your cares and immersing yourself in your collections, your space, and those views.

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The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky

The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky. And that appears to be a big selling point as the building is now more than 85 percent sold.

Walking into the lobby of this fabulous residential building is reminiscent of entering a five-star hotel. The design and architectural features are unparalleled and the service immediately makes residents feel they “have arrived.” Attentive valets and concierges greet guests and make them feel like the most important people in Dallas.

The lobby boasts a jaw-dropping, custom-made crystal chandelier imported from Italy, and the flower arrangements are warm and engaging.

“There will probably never be another building like this in Dallas,” said Residences at the Stoneleigh developer Mehrdad Moayedi. “The amenities, location, and opportunity to build your own custom home in the sky will likely never be duplicated. We are very proud of this building.”

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If the railroads vital to the Crespi family’s cotton trade had run through Waco and not Dallas, Pio and Florence Crespi might have hired Maurice Fatio to build their estate there, instead of Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas.

And nobody would be agog today at the news that the Crespi estate, which has changed hands several times in the past couple decades, had sold to another prominent Dallas family this week. Both the Realtor  — Allie Beth Allman — and the most recent owner, Mehrdad Moayedi, signed non-disclosure agreements and can’t give details. A sales price is unknown, but the estate’s last list price was $38.5 million

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historic colonial

This historic Colonial has witnessed a lot of love since it was built in 1916. A lot of starry-eyed couples exchanged wedding vows in the living room. Why?

It was owned, for many years, by the Reverend William Anderson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Back in the early 1900s, it was not at all unusual for a pastor to get that late-night knock on the door. A fervent young couple was seeking to marry. Young men shipping off to serve their country and romantics that could not wait, nor bear the cost of a wedding, were typical examples of those seeking a quick marriage. This was not just the stuff of movies. Couples pledged their troth in the living rooms of pastors all over the country. This classic home at 3503 Crescent Avenue was where many people began their journey as Mr. and Mrs.

Can you just imagine the sheer joy that has resonated through the walls of this historic Colonial home? That alone would seal the deal for me.

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LRK’s McKenzie: 22-story, 183-units ranging from 998 to 2,699 square feet

Don’t know about you, but I am doing a big huge about face when it comes to renting. 

First of all, tax changes. Second of all, tax changes: we pay more in property taxes, and cannot deduct them or most of the mortgage interest, so why, at a certain point in your lives when you have built all the equity you can, are you KILLING yourself keeping up a house?

One honest answer is that, even with 3,500 apartments under construction in Dallas, I had never seen a Dallas apartment where I might want to live.

Until I saw The McKenzie.

The granite in most “luxury” apartments is so thin a good sneeze might crack it. There is never enough storage. The bathrooms are cramped, the closets have minimal shelving, and the “common” areas never look like you could really hunker down with a book and a decent glass of wine.

Until I saw The McKenzie.

The amenities in this building are overwhelming and, dare I say, almost better than home. My home anyhow. I don’t have 24/7 valet and concierge service, I’d love it.

The McKenzie is the baby of StreetLight Residential’s Doug Chesnut, founding partner. He was an early believer in bringing true luxury leasing to Dallas, and the McKenzie, named after his wife’s family, is his crowning glory:

“These residents are not concerned about rent but about the quality of the units and the services. Our average renter is coming out of a large home, in their late 50s and 60s, and many have second homes or ranches where they spend a lot of time. They want the amenities, but on a lock and leave basis.”

And rent is not so much of an issue starting at $3,500 a month. For many people, that is their property tax payment. Residents still get access to a pool deck with views of downtown, a full fitness center, multiple private lounges, a library, entertaining kitchen, a private resident entertaining area/bar, and several outdoor seating areas. There is even a boardroom and private walled garden. John Hawkins of Hawkins Welwood Homes finished out the stunning amenity areas, and John built half of the resident’s homes in Preston Hollow. So everyone tells me they feel right at home.

But seeing is believing. We want to show you the interiors, the Board room, the Salon, the Founders Room, the entertainment kitchen, the pool deck and outdoor garden and all…