Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn't be more happy about it.

Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn’t be more happy about it.

Even though the Dallas real estate market is scorching hot, Jenni Stolarski and her wife, Val Haskell, are soon going to be living in a box down by the river.

And it’s entirely by choice, too.

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Party Line Real Estate – Webisode 1 from Party Line on Vimeo.

Hey guys, listen up. I’ve finally got my own TV Show! It’s called Party Line Real Estate, it’s loaded with real-time Real Estate news, and you are going to LOVE IT! 

I LOVE IT when Real Estate agents get together and TALK! After all, it’s Friday. And we know there is no better way to network than at a party with the top agents in town, great food, a little string quartet music, and a Candy Bar! Well, we got a whole camera crew and invited Realtors to have some fun and give me the inside scoop on this crazy market. It was such a success, we are going to have a party and a Candy Bar every month! And you are invited to come and share!

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The “Candy Bar” at Museum Tower
 

The Party Line is exactly what happens when we gather at a fantastic listing, network, and share who’s selling what, the hottest ‘hoods, best builders and what’s coming up. Want to know how the stars of Real Estate sell those mega homes? We’ve got a camera rolling, so you can find out!

Here’s our very first Party, at beautiful Museum Tower, in the heart of Dallas’ vibrant Arts District. Dallas’ high-rise neighborhoods saw a 36.4 % increase in the number of units sold and almost a fifty percent increase in volume last year. Yee haw!

Photo Feb 26, 5 20 56 PMThe other “Candy Bar”
 

Museum Tower today, but where will we party tomorrow? Maybe a beautiful home in Highland Park, Preston Hollow or Allen. Maybe we’ll head up to Craig Ranch or Light Farms.  I want to thank all the agents who came in from all over — Joan Eleazer, Mark Cain, Caroline Summers, Kyle Crews, Jonathan Rosen, Joe Kobell, Kyle Rovinsky, Missy Wohr, Clay Stapp, Tom Hughes, Molly Malone, Becky Frey, Pogir, David Maez and Tom Branch who drove in all the way from Plano, for coming to my party! Yeah, Phillip Day came in from the Bahamas, just for me.

What are they doing, saying, selling? Are they behaving? We hope NOT!

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Party Line Real Estate – Webisode 1 from Party Line on Vimeo.

Hey guys, listen up. I’ve finally got my own TV Show! It’s called Party Line Real Estate, it’s loaded with real-time Real Estate news, and you are going to LOVE IT! 

I LOVE IT when Real Estate agents get together and TALK! After all, it’s Friday. And we know there is no better way to network than at a party with the top agents in town, great food, a little string quartet music, and a Candy Bar! Well, we got a whole camera crew and invited Realtors to have some fun and give me the inside scoop on this crazy market. It was such a success, we are going to have a party and a Candy Bar every month! And you are invited to come and share!

PartyLine Museum Tower Candy bar

The “Candy Bar” at Museum Tower
 

The Party Line is exactly what happens when we gather at a fantastic listing, network, and share who’s selling what, the hottest ‘hoods, best builders and what’s coming up. Want to know how the stars of Real Estate sell those mega homes? We’ve got a camera rolling, so you can find out!

Here’s our very first Party, at beautiful Museum Tower, in the heart of Dallas’ vibrant Arts District. Dallas’ high-rise neighborhoods saw a 36.4 % increase in the number of units sold and almost a fifty percent increase in volume last year. Yee haw!

Photo Feb 26, 5 20 56 PMThe other “Candy Bar”
 

Museum Tower today, but where will we party tomorrow? Maybe a beautiful home in Highland Park, Preston Hollow or Allen. Maybe we’ll head up to Craig Ranch or Light Farms.  I want to thank all the agents who came in from all over — Joan Eleazer, Mark Cain, Caroline Summers, Kyle Crews, Jonathan Rosen, Joe Kobell, Kyle Rovinsky, Missy Wohr, Clay Stapp, Tom Hughes, Molly Malone, Becky Frey, Pogir, David Maez and Tom Branch who drove in all the way from Plano, for coming to my party! Yeah, Phillip Day came in from the Bahamas, just for me.

What are they doing, saying, selling? Are they behaving? We hope NOT!

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Who’s been here? A-Rod, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo Dicaprio, just about every star in Hollywood. During Superbowl XLV, who cared that Dallas was one big ice rink: 200 celebs were having a fine time frolicking right here on the 21st floor of the Ritz. OK, remember when I told you about the condo of a famous Dallas person (I promised not to name names, oops!) about a month ago that was on the market for $14 million, which I think is probably the highest priced condo in town on the market? Well, guess who got inside last week. Yup, your’s truly. I do not think my eyes will ever be the same. Don’t think my breath will be the same. I also got to meet the beautiful Sofia Joelsson, of SoJo Design, the Miami-based interior designer who does all of the work for the owner of this condo. (Shh.) I have never met anyone as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out — stunningly lovely woman with amazing design sense. I also met Anna Sherrill, who works with Eloy at Sotheby’s International in Miami Beach. Doris Jacobs came up, Amanda Guerra from KXAS was there, and we were all sipping champagne.

Sofia, Amanda, Candy and Anna

There’s a lot to tell you about this place: there’s 8400 square feet of interiors, and 5500 square feet of exterior patios. Mamamia. There are three wine refrigerators — note the detail that I list first is this! There’s a fridge for champagne, red wine, and white wine. (I did see some white wine bottles in the champagne fridge, happy to come over and fix that!) There are two kitchens. Three terraces and a 360 degree view of Dallas. There are two bars, four bedrooms each with a full bath, two powder rooms, a billiards room with a purple pool table, a theater, library office, and so much mega museum quality art I have to cover it in a second post — my fingers will fall off from typing. There were two doors that I thought may be a safe room but turns out it’s a service elevator — a big service elevator — to bring up food or whatever your heart desires/orders. That is because the condo takes up the entire 21st floor. It has two elevators and a vestibule hallway with a unique art piece in it.

“I am the creative director of the house,” says Sofia. “The owner found the space, and only one unit was available. Six months later the second unit on this floor went on the market. We combined two units to make one penthouse.”

Enjoy the photos, folks, because more is coming. I need to do some research before I can bring you the art and the story behind it. And savor: the agent, Realtor to the rich and famous Eloy Carmenate, says he already has someone circling.

Oh yes! That’s Sofia at the main patio bar. The owner saw this in a liquor ad, Bacardi I think,  and asked Sofia if she could actually create it, and oh boy did she. She whipped up a rendering, installed LED lights, and the bar lights up to various colors. At Christmas they use red a lot. The entire main patio is custom made to withstand 70 mph winds: an epay wood decking houses all of the lighting and everything is bolted down to the deck, the furniture, sculpture, even the bar stools!

$1,950,000 on Hillcrest Street. in Fort Worth

Oh the battle for the high end real estate dollar is getting heated up in our sister city to the west, Fort Worth. Williams Trew, a high end Fort Worth residential real estate firm, is becoming an affiliate of Sotheby’s International beginning May 1. The company will be re-named Williams Trew Sotheby’s International Realty, the companies said officially Thursday.

This is a boutiquey- firm very much like Briggs Freeman Sothebys: Williams Trew is owned by Martha Williams, Joan Trew and Marshall Boyd. They have 80 agents across two Fort Worth offices.

The reason why is similar to the one when Briggs Freeman joined up with Sotheby’s: we live in a global world, and this affiliation means Williams Trew listings will be marketed on the Sotheby’s Realty website all over the world. For example, I walked into a Sotheby’s office in Park City, Utah this weekend and voila — saw BFS’s Dallas listings on the big screen! Williams Trew wants the wider exposure and referrals, they said, and want to benefit from the firm’s association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

That Champs D’Or auction, for example, is happening through Sothebys.

I’ve put a call into Martha Williams to get the nitty gritty on what this means for the WT agents. I know what it means for the consumers: more marketing bang for your buck. She’s in a meeting with the Sotheby’s transition team as we speak, or, er, blog.

Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in 1976, has nearly 12,000 sales associates in approximately 580 offices in 42 countries and territories worldwide.

Robbie Briggs is in Hong Kong, where he recently attended a Sotheby’s real estate auction and has the latest on what real estate the world is buying, here in Dallas, and globally. Recall that Robbie and his family know the Far East as well as they know Lovers Lane because they lived in Beijing, China for almost three years. He even has two grandchildren there. Robbie was one of the few real estate execs in Dallas who foresaw global when the rest of us were scratching our heads over growth in Fairview and Allen, Tx. Briggs Freeman is now part of Sotheby’s International, and I emailed him for the scoop:

CD: Are people in Hong Kong and China really buying US real estate?

RB: Yes, they are!

CD: Where else are they shopping (who’s our competition)? 

RB: London, France, Canada and Thailand, to name a few. 

CD: What are they saying about us — dying to know!

RB: They still still love the US.

CD: Do they think the entire U.S. is on a fire sale?

RB: I don’t think so, however our prices do seem reasonable compared to what they see in Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong. 

CD: I’ll bet. I recall a friend leasing an apartment in Tokyo for $50,000 a month ten years ago! Are they really buying Texas ranches?

RB: They have a fascination with ranches. I have talked to several Chinese that are enamored with land and improvements. It’s something they just can’t have elsewhere. 

CD: I met a lot of people from Hong Kong at Pebble Beach Concours and they all marvel at how large our homes in Texas are — are you hearing that? 

RB: Oh yes, square footage and land.

CD: What do they like about Texas real estate in particular?

RB: Space, quality of construction and the land. 

CD: Is there anything we can learn from Hong Kong real estate?

RB: We are a global market. 

CD: By the way, how is their market?

RB: Hong Kong is not as crazy as it once was, but if the success of the Sotheby’s  auction is any indication of their interest in spending, then we will continue to see the Chinese in our markets.