Those of elephantine memories will recall my writing in 2015 about a 12,370-square-foot shell penthouse at the Vendome. Even though the Vendome was built in 2002, the home had never been finished out. The first owner had purchased three penthouses with the intention of creating a singularly spectacular home 20 stories above Turtle Creek. It never happened and was put on the market a decade later – after having paid an estimated $1.5 million in property taxes and HOA dues.

Flash forward and the combined space was purchased by an investor who has returned them to a trio of penthouses that are being finished out as you read. The framing and drywall are up and so it was time to take a peek. They’re still nothing more than large empty spaces so not a lot to see. But there are floorplans, which are immensely helpful to understand the flow of each unit.

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There’s only one thing that we love more than a good home tour here at CandysDirt.com, and it’s attending a good home tour for free! That’s the chance we’re offering two of our lucky readers today. 

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post-tour reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The highly anticipated 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes hosted by the Turtle Creek Association showcases lifestyles, amenities and luxury enhancements. The tour is the primary fundraiser for this non-profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to preserving the 87-acres of greenways and parklands throughout the Turtle Creek Corridor. The tour provides the rare opportunity to visit some of Dallas’ most prestigious tailored homes designed by prominent designers.

We’re so excited to offer a pair of tickets to the April 7 tour to two lucky readers! Want to win? Jump to find out how to enter!
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Jeanne Milligan will open her beautiful, eclectic Vendome unit for the 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes on April 7.

Jeanne Milligan’s love for art and travel has presented the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent with a unique problem — an abundance of wonderful art and decor for her tasteful and eclectic unit inside the luxurious Vendome on Turtle Creek. One of Milligan’s favorite destinations is Marrakesh, a spot where she often finds wonderful pieces for her home.

“Every time I return, I bring back a bit of art,” she said. And those treasures have made her beautiful high-rise a sight to be seen — one you can see for yourself, in fact, in this year’s Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes. Milligan’s exquisite decor and superb views will be one of the five fabulous stops on the tour, which benefits the Turtle Creek Association‘s mission  to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty and quality of life within the 87-acres of greenways and parkland of the Turtle Creek Corridor. 

“I have some of the most beautiful gardens and parks all around me, thanks to the Turtle Creek Association,” Milligan said. “The whole area wouldn’t be the same without it.”

Of course, Turtle Creek wouldn’t be the same without the Vendome, either. The building is known for its luxury and amenities, and fabulous views of the surrounding area. 

“Immediately, what drew me to the building was the view. I’m along the back of the building, and the view at night is a beautiful backdrop for my life,” Milligan said. “It’s completely full-service. It’s like living in a five-star hotel every day.”

Jeanne Milligan’s Vendome unit offers a look insider her travels.

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Sumptuous living room overlooking a private patio oasis

Me? I like the “high” in high-rise.  I suppose it’s my way of wearing high heels without the constant fear of toppling over. However, I realize some people would like the high-rise life and location without the high part.  Enter Vendome’s unit 1H, the only ground-floor unit in the building.

If this home looks familiar, that’s because it’s the featured image on the Turtle Creek  Tour of Homes web page. That tour features some wonderful properties and is the perfect Sunday event on April 8th. If you’re impatient like me, keep reading.

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Amenity Deck at Turtle Creek's Vendome

Amenity Deck at Turtle Creek’s Vendome

Welcome to our second installment of the Dallas High-Rise Buyer’s Guide as I break-down some of the costs associated with Dallas’ high-rises.  The first installment featured Turtle Creek’s first high-rises where utilities and their costs are contained within their HOA dues.  For this installment, I’m moving north of Northwest Highway to detail the Athena, Preston Tower, Grand Treviso, and The Bonaventure. I know you’re thinking that Grand Treviso is in Irving, not Dallas.  Well, out there on its own, if not me, who?

But before we head north, there’s one more Turtle Creek high-rise that also includes utilities in their HOA dues. Built in 2000, it’s decades newer than its sister-utilities buildings. I’m talking about the Vendome.  Surprised?  Me, too. But last week’s posting was already really long, so here we are.

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The French-Inspired Vendome

The French-Inspired Vendome

Basking in the metaphorical Marlboro-hazed afterglow of the recent Exxxotica confab, I remembered there’s another penthouse stripped down to its skivvies and waiting to be dressed up. This time it’s the Vendome’s 12,370-square-foot penthouse 20 D/E/F being marketed by Dallas high-rise pioneer herself Judy Pittman.

No, I didn’t slip a decimal point, it is twelve-thousand, three hundred and seventy square feet. Lay those square feet out in a single line, it would be 2.34 MILES LONG. As if that weren’t enough, there are nine parking spaces (perfect for Airbnb guests). As you face Vendome, it’s basically the whole left end of the 2-story mansard roof.

And I never thought I’d type these words, but at $3.73-million, it may just be considered a bargain! That’s $301 a square foot. Figure another $200-ish a foot to outfit it into the most swish pad in Dallas. In the end, you’ve got a massive and massively personalized home that’s still kinda a bargain.

Especially when compared with some other more tumbledown 4,000-6,000 square foot “cottage” penthouses floating around Dallas you’d probably gut anyway. After all, if you’ve got this kinda change in your sofa, you’re going to want to put your imperator on the place, right? Heck, I know I do and my imperator is stamped in Glidden!

Note: I actually saw a 2-person chapel 10-feet from the master bed in one penthouse recently. This prompted me to ask what happened in that room that forgiveness was needed so quickly.

Buyers wanting a little privacy are in luck. There may be three units on the 20th floor – another owner-occupied 12-thousand footer and a third, 5,086 square foot maisonette – but with your own elevator bank, none of them will be sending pesky servants over for a cup of sugar. At least not in the normal way …

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Check out that view! A commenter recently said that the condo and townhome market in Dallas wasn’t healthy enough to surpass the value of single-family home ownership. To answer that assertion, I give you 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd. Unit 12G at the Vendome on Turtle Creek. Just less than 2,000 square feet of stunning!

This 2/2.5 condo is just completely gorgeous and the view is just breathtaking. You get two suites that both have balcony access, where you can sip your coffee in complete privacy as you look out over Uptown and beyond.

The kitchen in this unit is flawless, with high-end stainless appliances and custom cabinetry. If you’re afraid you’ll feel cramped in a condo kitchen, think again — this one opens to the living area, which has a view that can’t be matched!

The master bath is what really sells this joint, though. Check out all of that marble! And for just $549,000, this place feels positively opulent!

Besides the amazing interiors (try negotiating for the curtains and furnishings!) condo owners have access to a resort-style pool, fitness center, concierge, and a dog park!