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Mark Parker and Eric Johnson are opening their gorgeous unit inside the Howard R. Meyer-designed midcentury classic 3525 Turtle Creek.

There are four home tours this weekend, but if your dance card is almost full, the Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes should be on your short list. It’s perfect, actually — go to the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society tour on Saturday and then hit the Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes on Sunday. Boom. Consider your weekend planned.

This is the 15th annual TCA Tour of Homes, and they have a wonderful lineup of properties that feature amazing works of art. Of course, this tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the “Grand Dame” of Turtle Creek, the Howard Meyer-designed tower at 3525 Turtle Creek. I love this building because of its iconic brise soliel and its amazing views of the neighborhood. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has played host to some of the biggest names in midcentury politics and entertainment.

Of course, the units inside are fabulous, and this one owned by Eric Johnson and Mark Parker is particularly splendid. You can still purchase tickets to the tour, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. with an exclusive after party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tour tickets are $60 apiece for non-TCA members and $50 apiece for members, but after party tickets are sold out!

If you want to win a pair of tickets to the Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes so you can see Johnson and Parker’s gorgeous condo for yourself, stay tuned right here to CandysDirt.com!

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The place to be at sunset

This is part last in a four-part series. Read parts onetwo, and three, and join us at our CandysDirt staff meeting here on March 22!

Capping off our Four R’s series is this endcap double-unit penthouse at the Claridge. For those just tuning in, four Claridge units, each featured in a previous posting, will play host to the anniversary Staff Meeting event for Candysdirt.com on March 22nd.

Unit 18CF is marketed by Judy Pittman, this 4,810 square foot, two bedroom, 3.5 bath is on the market for $2.7 million. Frankly, about all I’d need to move-in and die happy would be fresh undies and a toothbrush.

The views? Take your pick. You have 180 degrees to choose from. About the only thing not visible is the Turtle Creek and Lemmon Avenue intersection to the north. Fireworks? You’ll see them all framed in every room of the home. Need a little extra cash? Surely some radio or TV station would pay for live weather and traffic updates visible from this home.

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This is part three in a four-part series. Read parts one and two, and check back tomorrow for part four!

The Jefferson’s were all about “movin’ on up,” and that’s exactly where we’re going with this third in our quad-fecta of Claridge condos that will set the stage for the March 22nd anniversary of the Candysdirt.com Staff Meeting event.

This 2,876 square foot home is a full three bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms listed with Ebby’s Penny Rivenbark for $1.395 million. Located on the 15th floor, we’re eight-to-ten floors higher than our first two homes. Add to that a more north-facing view from the opposite side of the building and the views obviously change dramatically. Instead of a distant city there’s more in-your-face drama from neighboring buildings along with winding Turtle Creek views. And how many can boast a view of one of Dallas’ few Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, the Kalita Humphreys theater?

I’m calling this unit a “refresh” because while your wallpaper steamer may be working overtime, the fundamentals are very nice. (Although Rivenbark told me one of the first prospective buyers loved the wallpaper, and you might too!) There’s only really one minor project for me (and you’ll faint when I tell you).

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This is part two in a four-part series. Read the first one here, and check back tomorrow for part three.

As part of our quad-fecta of Claridge listings celebrating the anniversary of our Staff Meeting events on March 22nd, we have unit 5D, another listing from Allie Beth Allman’s Sue Krider. This unit moves down the hall from last column’s 7E offering similar straight-on Turtle Creek and downtown Dallas views (albeit two floors lower).

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This is part one in a four-part series. Check back tomorrow for part two!

Every time I enter The Claridge, I like it more. It may be a round-y 1980’s building surrounded by Lemmon Avenue, but the interior spaces are large, well thought out, and the views are wonderful. That’s why, for our March 22 anniversary CandysDirt.com Staff Meeting event, we’ll be celebrating a quad-fecta of homes at The Claridge!

As they say, there’ll be something for everyone (with a $1 million-plus budget). I’m calling these units the four R’s: “Rehabilitate,” “Remodel,” “Refresh,” and “Rejoice.”

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Renaissance 325 Renaissance 325a Renaissance 325 b Renaissance 325cThe tragic and frightening parking lot collapse at The Renaissance has this unit under the Real Estate microscope. The Renaissance, built in 1998, is one of the largest condo complexes on Turtle Creek, and it usually has a smattering of units for both sale and rent. Average prices look to be about $200 to 250K, and while some are pretty straightforward and simple — like unit #230 for $174,900 — we love this unit #1516 listed with Allie Beth Allman’s Sue Krider for a whopping $375,000. Both are one bedroom, one bath units. 

There are about 605 units in two buildings, concierge services, a huge pool, outside barbecue area, exercise room and spa services. The Renaissance is a relatively affordable way to get a home on Turtle Creek Boulevard. This is the building where you find ownership under many a name-dropping Dallas family name trust — Winspear, Cline, etc. It’s a favorite safe place to plant your child while attending graduate school in Dallas while not breaking the bank or trust fund.

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Last week we were at the other end of Turtle Creek. This week we’re sort of in the middle – the Cedar Springs and Turtle Creek area. In these few blocks we have a simmering skirmish, Church rummage sale, a long-time owner looking to raise a poky lot to high-rise heights, and an “ink still wet” deal.

The Skirmish

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In 2003, when the Renaissance converted from apartments to condos, there was discussion to “square off” their lot and purchase the roughly half-acre lot at 3407 Hall owned by George Poston. A deal was never struck when Mr. Poston’s price, pegged by sources at $600,000, wasn’t met. Over the years, attempts have been made by developers to acquire the lot – all unsuccessful.

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Turtle Creek v2

Where there’s smoke, there’s gonna be fire.  As Candy recently wrote, 2505 Turtle Creek is finally set to become the Limited Edition, the über-luxury high-rise by first-time (in Dallas) high-risers from Toronto Great Gulf.

But with 10-acres of smoldering land ready to ignite, the Limited Edition may be just the beginning for this tail-end of Turtle Creek.

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