One of four NOT Chihuly chandeliers for sale

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 their glory, and one to the market. 

Renovate: Reuse and Recycle

Every renovation has items from the existing home that no longer work with the new design. For my Athena renovation, I donated appliances, built-in cabinetry, lighting, doors and frames plus bathroom fixtures. The Claridge penthouses are no different. In and amongst the wine and nibbles, you’ll see what doesn’t fit with my plans and so is being donated, bartered, and frankly, for sale to anyone interested.

Respectful renovation isn’t the HGTV spectacle of sledgehammer-wielding destruction. It’s about taking a few minutes and finding a new home for eminently usable items that just aren’t “you.”

For example, kitchen and bathroom cabinets would be welcomed by housing charities. Ditto doors, windows, faucets, etc. You’re doing good and getting a tax write-off.

So far, in the “for sale” bin are four NOT-Chihuly chandeliers – one in each entry and two in the office (and my future bedroom). The clear/white one seen above is in the B-unit entry.

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Blueprint of remodeled Claridge 18-A-unit

I’d sketched enough plans to feel comfortable taking the Penthouse Plunge remodel of a double-penthouse at the Claridge on Turtle Creek. To review,  I’ll be restoring the combined 5,311-square-foot unit back into two infinitely more livable spaces. But my work isn’t good enough for building permits. That’s the subject of this column – getting to permit phase.

Before you begin a major renovation, you need to know what you’re doing – and not just in your head. So you’ll need blueprints prepared by a professional, and not just to get errant thoughts on paper.  First of all, major renovations – especially those in multi-family complexes – will need building permits. The governing HOA will want to know that the work is being inspected by professionals and that plans meet code requirements. With few exceptions, HOAs are not comprised of people in the construction trades.

The second reason for blueprints is to get accurate quotes from tradespeople and contractors. It will also help spec out what things you’ll need to buy – toilets, drawer pulls, tile, etc.

But how do you find the right resources to draw up your plans?  That’s where it gets interesting.

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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Back in March, I wrote a column about a mystery buyer wanting a partner-in-renovation to separate a double penthouse listing at The Claridge on Turtle Creek. Unit 18 A/B had been on the market for four years with three agents during which it had over $1 million in price reductions. That mystery buyer was me. I’d hoped to find someone interested in separating the units with each of us going our own renovation way – to no avail.

A few were interested in carving up the 5,311-square-foot unit, but they wanted so much space that it made the remaining B-unit unsalable – one wanting to leave me an oversized studio with only a half bath.

So I noodled and penciled for weeks and weeks trying to get someone to see the investment potential. I spoke with a banker to seek an investor or flipper. No dice.  So I noodled and penciled some more. In the end, a deal was struck with the help of all parties, including the seller’s agent, Sharon Quist from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. We all found a way for me to buy the whole freaking thing. According to Quist, “I’ve never done a deal like this in 40 years.”

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If you find your mind drifting off to the French countryside—where wine, cheese, and picturesque landscapes abound—then this spectacular home in Highland Park is just right for you. Offering all that and more in one of Dallas’s most coveted locations, this French-inspired abode looks out onto Turtle Creek for an utterly serene and luxurious atmosphere you have to see to believe. 

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Bud Oglesby Townhomes

When two Bud Oglesby townhomes in Turtle Creek hit the market, I was thrilled because we at CandysDirt.com are a bit obsessed with Oglesby. In fact, Candy thinks an Oglesby house may be considered the ultimate Dallas home. After all, they are sleek, modern, simple in form, and intelligent in function. His use of light was masterful whether the house was a multi-million-dollar estate or an urban townhome.

We are always thrilled to see Bud Oglesby projects are not only still standing in our fair city, but are also being appreciated by a whole new generation of buyers. It requires intelligence, sophistication, and an appreciation for the modernist aesthetic to understand why anything designed by The Oglesby Group is a keeper.

Although some people have not learned the lesson of preservation, so we’ve lost iconic Oglesby homes like 1003 Strait Lane. We still mourn the loss of that beauty. But, we take heart because we believe these architect-designed homes are finally being more fully appreciated.

There is a reason these townhomes have stood the test of time.

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People are making the move from expansive homes with huge backyards to luxurious condos for many reasons. Part of it could be that apartments are inherently more low maintenance, but another reason is that it’s a liberating change of pace to be in walking distance of raved-about restaurants, amazing shopping, and lush nature parks and trails. The world is wide open and the best city experiences are always at your fingertips. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, you definitely need to take a look at this beautiful unit in the Claridge Condominiums of prestigious Turtle Creek.

 

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When looking at townhomes, one of the big pluses over a condo unit is outdoor space. However, those staircases in two- and three-story townhomes often mean sacrificing storage space. However, that’s not so with our Inwood Home of the Week, a Turtle Creek brownstone with tons of thoughtful built-ins and plenty of spots to stash your stuff.

Plus, the location can’t be beat, says Compass listing agent Mohammed Jaber of 3701 Routh St. Unit A.

“Location, location, location!” he gushed. “This unit has proximity to the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.”

Of course, for a lot of people, moving into a townhome often means a smaller footprint. Where do you store all of your things once you’ve downsized? In this listing’s case, wherever you want. That’s the exceptional value you can find in our Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank.

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