Ritz-Carlton three-bedroom

After helping more than 170 buyers and sellers move in, out and all around Dallas’ luxe Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, and after living there herself since it opened, you’d expect Sharon Quist has seen the best of the best in Uptown living. And you’d be right. But the top-producing, long-time Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent would quickly let you know she is still regularly and pleasantly surprised at how exceptionally customized units in this 21-story building can be.

Case in point: 2525 N. Pearl St., No. 1402, a rare Ritz-Carlton three-bedroom end unit with dead-on downtown views priced at $4,595,000. Side note: Quist has had the rare privilege of representing the seller – and buyer – every time this unit has been listed, which is thrice now. To say she knows it well is an understatement.


Mansion Residences 7W living room with downtown views and herringbone floors

How would your holiday season improve if you could score chef-created turkey and dressing without lifting a finger?

For the past five months, I’ve lived in a spare hotel next to the Dallas County Appraisal District offices during which I “celebrated” July 4, Labor Day, Halloween, and now Thanksgiving. While I have a kitchen in my 300 square feet, it’s hardly a “cook’s dream,” nor is there room service and only weekly cleaning. It’s a sacrifice I was willing to make to secure my Penthouse Plunge project. But I will be quite relieved to move into my half of the Penthouse on December 3.

All this got me thinking of the best way to spend a holiday rife with huge cooking expectations. The answer was to outsource it. Fire-up the room service menu and order in. In Dallas’ tony hotel/condo projects, I daresay you could send recipes and be rewarded with all your favorites, complete with place settings, without ever having to run a dishwasher. I mean the fridge would still be full – you don’t want to pay hotel booze prices – but that’s a small detail in the grand scheme.

In this crème de la turkey category there are the Ritz Residences and The Mansion on Turtle Creek Residences. Units in both will cost you a bundle of cabbage but at least they’ll also cook it and deliver it.


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.


There are only two homes currently for sale at the Ritz Residences in tower one, and they’re both skirting 3,000 square feet. And they both have one-of-a-kind floor plans. And they’re both listed with the same agent – Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller. And one’s on the 18th floor, the other the penthouse 19th. And yes, 51 square feet is (sorta) all that separates them.

Since we’re at the Ritz, let’s start at the top. Unit 1901 clocks in at 2,928 square feet with two bedrooms and two full and one half bathroom. Pretty standard stuff at the Ritz. But how about 12-foot ceilings, and as you can see above, 891 square feet of terrace. And yes, it’s a terrace. You and I have balconies. It’s co-listed with Dave Perry-Miller agents Sharon Quist and Curt Elliott for a straight $3 million.

I think it’s safe to say that in urban living and especially Ritzy urban living, that nearly a grand of terrace space might just be worth the $300,000 more than the other unit, but I’m outdoorsy. So outdoorsy that when I viewed the units with Quist, we decided to sample the amenities of living at the Ritz-Carlton — room service.


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.


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.


Ritz Tower

Holy moly, now this is living well! We love the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, as do many a millionaire and socialite in Dallas. The location is amazing, the views are gorgeous, and the amenities are matchless inside this exclusive condo development. And if you want to live there without the obligation of a mortgage, you can rent a prime unit for a whopping $10K a month!

Unit 702 inside this opulent building has two bedrooms, two full and one half baths, more than 2,100 square feet, and tons of marble everywhere. It’s fresh to the market from Dave Perry-Miller Intown Realtor Emily Ray Porter, who has also listed this unit for sale at $1.49 million.


We have all been dying to know who the buyers are for the twenty-first floor over at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Tower I.  You will recall that I have been quite ga-ga over this high profile penthouse pad, which Tim created by knitting together two huge penthouse condos under the exquisite direction of the beautiful Sofia Joelsson, of SoJo Design, a Miami-based interior designer who does a great deal of design work chez Headington. The one-of-a-kind outdoor terraces, um, three of them,  were designed and built in conjunction with Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. The unit was originally listed for $14 million, not including the art. Then, a few weeks ago, the price was lowered to a smidgen under ten million and voila, a buyer appeared, brought in by our newest celebrity Dallas agent, Victoria Barr de Quinones, Ebby Halliday Preston Center office.

I should say, buyers plural. They would be Moll and Charlie Anderson, from Knoxville, Santa Fe and now Dallas! Charlie is President and CEO of Anderson Companies, the parent company of Anderson Merchandisers. According to Forbes, it is the 116th largest private company in the U.S. The family holdings at one time or another have included more than 150 different companies including Anco China Ltd., Anderson Press, and publicly traded Books-A-Million. The company was founded by Charlie’s grandfather, Clyde, in 1917 when he opened a newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Charlie is the third-generation leader for a family-owned business that has pioneered the mailing and distribution of entertainment products. Under Charlie’s leadership, Anderson Companies has grown to become the country’s largest distributor of pre-recorded music, hardback books, games, and movies. According to the corporate website, Anderson’s customer base includes more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States and Canada, and more than 600 Sam’s Club locations. The company is also the worldwide distributor of video and music to the United States Army and Air Force, providing entertainment products to America’s Armed Forces.

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Seductive Tables for Two Cover FINAL

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Moll Anderson is Charlie’s knock down gorgeous wife. She is an author and lifestyles expert originally from Scottsdale, also an entrepreneur, Emmy-winning entertainment reporter and author of at least three books. Moll, a single mother for years, moved to Nashville after her son went off to college and built a successful design company in Nashville catering to professional athletes, country music stars, and other celebrities. And that is where she met the love of her life, Charlie Anderson. Her brand, Moll Anderson Home, is now a nationally recognized brand and as a philanthropist, she focuses her energy on many deserving causes. In 2011 Moll was recognized as one of Donna Karan’s Women Who Inspire. The couple have a 15,000 square foot home in Knoxville, and a fabulous home in Santa Fe where I am guessing Victoria met them. This is Moll’s latest book, available at Neimans. And… little update here… I am told she will totally transform Tim’s penthouse and make it entirely her own! I cannot wait to see what this amazing woman does with all 8400 square feet! Seductive Home front cover-1

So that’s where the movie star rumors were coming from.

Well, Moll Anderson is stunning and I love the fact that she’s 50ish but looks 35! Alas, they did not buy any of Tim’s art. I’m told he had it craned out of 2100, so if you saw cranes looming over the Ritz Residences recently, don’t go thinking they are building another tower.HeadingtonRitzCondo extLeidner1

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Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

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Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

No, that was just Tim Headington’s multi-million dollar art collection on it’s way to a brand new home.