One Perfect Room

The Library: One Perfect Room

“Ritz” has been transformed from name to noun by the opulence found in César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier’s Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme since 1898 in Paris. The world has changed as lot since then, but Ritz is still a brand associated with timeless opulence, something we can see today in Penthouse 2200 at Dallas’ Ritz Residences. Neighbor and Realtor Sharon Quist and Kathy Myers of Dave Perry Miller are the agents skilled enough to market this incredible penthouse owned by billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones.

* The word “penthouse” traces its lineage back to the French “apentiz” of the 1520s, meaning to append or hang against. Literally a house that was appended to another structure. The English Middle-English-ized the word to “pentis.” (so 500-years later, together with Freud, I could pull off my double entendre title!)

By now, you know me. When looking around most homes, I tend to see projects. You know, those nagging, “Oh no they di’int” moments. Not this time. In this $8.5-million penthouse, my pickiness has met its match.

The library (pictured above) is one example of how to create a perfect room. Far from the largest room in this 5,666-square-foot home, the library oozes comfort and peace wrapped in killer views of the Dallas skyline with terrace access. Some would say my testosterone is talking. And I suppose with its wood-paneled walls and ceiling, it’s a tad more butch than the “Hers” master bath. However, with an amazing use of lighting, it’s far from the oppressive, dark, Chesterfield-lined smoking-hall that’s such a stereotypical turn-off to the ladies. Add a fridge and a toilet and I’d move in.

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1228_N6_webviewThis is very preliminary scoop, so I will tell you outright that I may not have all the facts perfectly straight. But soon, I will. Let me tell you this: 2505 Turtle Creek, doesn’t that addy have a nice ring to it. I will bet you $100 and a bottle of Veuve that will be the name of a new, gorgeous, super high end luxury condominium coming to the corner of Turtle Creek & Fairmont.

I know I have said high end and luxury like 16 times but you’ve got to believe me, this building is better and glossier and more luxurious than anything we currently have in Dallas, which is impossible to believe. But, it’s true.

06Siamak Hariri1 Great GulfThe developer is Great Gulf, out of Toronto. The architect (pictured above) is Sianak Hariri. You simply must see his work. The agents — Sloan/Lester out of Briggs Freeman Sothebys, of course.

There will be 22 stories but only 60 units, which tells me they will be large, sprawling, Texas-loving sized units. None of this 500 square foot nonsense. I am hearing that they will be priced quite high, because, you know, quality is expensive.

Oh my yes, it is.

Stay tuned, stay very tuned.