Penthouse Plunge

Penthouse Plunge: What’s It Like Living On Turtle Creek?

By Jon Anderson / January 2, 2020 / 4 Comments

When I first started visiting Dallas for work, the paint was still wet on The Claridge (1984) and The Centrum (1985). I recall being annoyed when The Mansion Residences were built in 1992 because they ruined the views of downtown Dallas from both The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Melrose hotels. But through my […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Demolition Begins With Few Surprises

By Jon Anderson / November 20, 2019 / 1 Comment

Building permit (finally) in hand, demolition of the A-unit began on overdrive to make up for lost time. The main concentration was to gut the kitchen and bathrooms on the A-side.  Unless this is your first time reading about the Penthouse Plunge, you know that I purchased a 5,311-square-foot double penthouse at the Claridge on […]

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Habitat For Humanity Takes Penthouse Plunge To Help Needy

By Jon Anderson / November 18, 2019 / 1 Comment

Habitat for Humanity took my kitchen. There, I said it. And I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully, the pristine, heavily lacquered maple cabinets manufactured by Germany’s Siematic fetch a good price at one of the organizations’ ReStore shops. In turn, those monies will be used for Habitat’s main job – giving former president Jimmy Carter something […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Two Months is Too Long to Get a Building Permit

By Jon Anderson / November 8, 2019 / 3 Comments

In 2013, when I secured the building permits required to renovate my Athena condo, I was on the permitting office’s doorstep New Year’s morning and within a couple of hours, I left, permits in hand. When I returned a year later to get new permits to renovate the master bathroom, a similar timeline played out. […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Finding a General Contractor is Harder Than it Looks

By Jon Anderson / September 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

I’ve never used the same general contractor twice. That says something right there. So every time I do a renovation, I have to start from scratch. The usual reason I don’t repeat contractors comes down to communication. I say things that don’t happen. They do things without asking that aren’t on the blueprints. They ignore […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Reuse, Recycle, And PARTY

By Jon Anderson / September 10, 2019 / 4 Comments

Once you’ve checked out the Elite Auctions preview of 11322 E. Ricks Circle on Sept. 14, join me from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Claridge (3510 Turtle Creek Blvd., Units 18 A and B) for your chance to tour my Penthouse Plunge before demolition as I revive and return two Turtle Creek penthouses to […]

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