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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Don’t mistake the stone facade, rustic dark wood, and steeply pitched gables of this Midway Hollow home as French country and nothing more. Inside the team at Platinum Series Homes by Mark Molthan did an amazing job renovating this 2007-built home, transforming the once-traditional European styling into a light and modern aesthetic for today.

The home at 9415 Monteleon Court is located in the gated community of Villas of Montclair at Northwest Highway and Midway near the Bachman Creek Greenbelt. The four-bedroom, three-bath, and two half-bath home has 4,313 square feet spread across two floors, with a downstairs master suite and three oversized bedrooms upstairs.

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Modern farmhouse design reaches a new level of luxury with this exquisitely crafted Platinum Series Home by Mark Molthan. Mixing traditional features (think gable roof, shiplap walls, and open porch) with contemporary elements, this unique new build located at 5520 Caladium Dr. in North Dallas offers buyers the best of all worlds: style, space, comfort, and, of course, Molthan’s meticulous attention to detail.

Those familiar with Platinum Series Homes, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, have come to expect this unprecedented standard of perfection. Everything from hardware to lighting to the type of paint used is carefully curated, according to the builder, “By collaborating with talented professionals and using the very best materials available, it’s the quality of our homes that defines us.”

Take the soaring, top-of-the-line Lincoln windows. Rimmed in black, these floor-to-ceiling stunners not only provide an abundance of natural light—they’re a direct contrast to the 4,871-square-foot home’s bright white exterior. Horizontal wood siding adds even more texture and interest, says listing agent Katie Schortman. “White isn’t cookie-cutter anymore.” A standing seam metal roof further complements the monochromatic palette.

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Mark Molthan

Sigh. Y’all know we are house crazy here at CandysDirt.com. But, when this Highland Park masterpiece by Mark Molthan hit our inbox, well, we just sort of melted into one big puddle of longing. It has everything we love, all rolled into 6,661 square feet of fabulous in a perfect location at 3836 Caruth Boulevard. (more…)

Regency Row Exterior 1

It’s been a Ritzy week here at CandysDirt.com and I’ve got a different story to tell.

Having lunch at the Dallas Ritz with Kyle Crews from Allie Beth Urban was the perfect tee-up to my flight to Paris … where the Ritz legend was born.  In a way it was also a harbinger.  You see, there are four Regency Row townhouses associated with the Dallas Ritz, three of which remain unfinished shells. My arrival in Paris, 9-hours late after four planes and lost luggage, made my first 48-hours rather unfinished in a different way.

We’ve all driven by these odd townhomes wondering if they were really homes (they are) and not some elaborate Ritz stage piece masking some hidden purpose like an Oncor substation (they’re not).  Now that the McKinney and Olive building, designed by award-winning architect César Pelli, is complete, the Regency Row townhomes have something nifty to look at.  It sort of completes the street scene for this block.

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ErinBrideghollow extThis happened last week or maybe while I was in Maine. Surely you know we have another wonderful golfer in town besides that adorable Jordan Spieth, right? His name is Hunter Mahan and he lives in the chi chi gated Creeks of Preston Hollow at 10719 Bridge Hollow Court. I toured his magnificent 16,000 plus square foot home (10,728 plus 6,126 for 12 car garage) and guest house last May. This is the house with the grill room — brilliant concept!

At that time, he had it listed with his builder’s agent, Cameron Holland, of Howell Holland Company, for $9,500,000. His builder was none other than Mark Molthan, who is also building Tony Romo’s house in Glen Abbey. The Mahan’s listing probably expired in May of 2015. (I cannot believe it has already been one year!) On July 27, Hunter listed it with Erin Mathews at Allie Beth Allman & Associates for slightly less: $8,495,000.

Maybe I should say considerably less?

You probably know the story: the golfer fell in love with former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Kandi Mahan of Odessa, Texas, married her and the two hired Mark Molthan to build their dream home in the toney Creeks of Preston Hollow on a $1.7 million lot. It is oh so wonderful!

bridgehollow tub

One thing I do want to tell you: the interiors, which are fantastic, are by Debra Owens. She’s the brains behind the golf-simulator room, the indoor basketball court, and the 12-car underground garage with a full mural of the Augusta National clubhouse on the wall as you drive in. That’s the golf club where the famous Masters tournament is played. (more…)

2430 Victory 3104 Inwood HOTWUnit 3104, finished out and built by custom home builder extraordinaire Mark Molthan, is available at $1,675,000. It was the home of the late Kidd Kraddick. This unit was painstakingly crafted out of the original concrete shell by Mark and New York City-based interior designer Laura Kirar. It is listed with Lois Woodward of Virginia Cook Realtors and move-in ready. The placement is so perfect, this unit has a virtual 360 degree panorama of the entire city, from the Calitrava Bridge to the central business district. There are two balconies, and the finish out is probably the most unusual in the entire high rise, unless you are up in the Schlegel/Kloewer’s penthouse unit. As Lois says, most of the W units have a very neutral, almost bland theme — not 3104! Check out those limestone hunks on the countertops, and we will go from there!

W 3104 LR W 3104 Kidd Kraddick's W 3104 LR 2This home in the sky features 3414 (DCAD says 2944, excluding balconies) square feet of space that includes the sprawling formals, a fireplace, the balconies, two ginormous bedrooms, two full baths that will knock your socks off and give you a great soaking tub, and a half bath powder room. The master is 20 by 29 feet — now that’s a retreat! Here’s something you do not see in standard W units — huge, spacious closets. This unit has it all, including two garage spaces, plus all the “Whatever, Whever” amenities of the W including 24 hour concierge service. I was down there the other day, and learned that while residents lost a little power during the ice storm, no one was cold or slipping on any sidewalk ice: the W staff whisked all the slick stuff away before the first resident set foot out the door, where their warmed car was waiting.

I could so get used to that. THAT’S service!W 3104 kitchen W 3104 kitchen 2 W 3104 study W 3104 bath W 3104 master W 3104 bat desk! W 3104 master bath

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2430 Victory 3104 Inwood HOTWUnit 3104, finished out and built by custom home builder extraordinaire Mark Molthan, is available at $1,675,000. It was the home of the late Kidd Kraddick. This unit was painstakingly crafted out of the original concrete shell by Mark and New York City-based interior designer Laura Kirar. It is listed with Lois Woodward of Virginia Cook Realtors and move-in ready. The placement is so perfect, this unit has a virtual 360 degree panorama of the entire city, from the Calitrava Bridge to the central business district. There are two balconies, and the finish out is probably the most unusual in the entire high rise, unless you are up in the Schlegel/Kloewer’s penthouse unit. As Lois says, most of the W units have a very neutral, almost bland theme — not 3104! Check out those limestone hunks on the countertops, and we will go from there!

W 3104 LR W 3104 Kidd Kraddick's W 3104 LR 2This home in the sky features 3414 (DCAD says 2944, excluding balconies) square feet of space that includes the sprawling formals, a fireplace, the balconies, two ginormous bedrooms, two full baths that will knock your socks off and give you a great soaking tub, and a half bath powder room. The master is 20 by 29 feet — now that’s a retreat! Here’s something you do not see in standard W units — huge, spacious closets. This unit has it all, including two garage spaces, plus all the “Whatever, Whever” amenities of the W including 24 hour concierge service. I was down there the other day, and learned that while residents lost a little power during the ice storm, no one was cold or slipping on any sidewalk ice: the W staff whisked all the slick stuff away before the first resident set foot out the door, where their warmed car was waiting.

I could so get used to that. THAT’S service!W 3104 kitchen W 3104 kitchen 2 W 3104 study W 3104 bath W 3104 master W 3104 bat desk! W 3104 master bath

Ranch 04 Layout