Are You Being Served?Concierge casework were already a affluence advantage for a baddest few residential high-rises in Dallas. Now, they’re accepted procedure.by Rebecca Sherman
Forget balk floors and stainless animate appliances. We appetite addition to guard the plumbers while we are at work. And could they additionally aces up the laundry and augment the dogs? Who needs a claimed assistant, or alike a apron for that matter, aback you can accept a concierge?
Concierge services, already abandoned for the elite, accept become accepted standards at best high-rise condominiums forth Turtle Creek and in the alpha Uptown district. Aural the abutting few years, a dozen added high-rises will open, including the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, The Azure, and the Stoneleigh Residences. They are all aggressive for the aforementioned applicant – you – so babysitter casework accept become addition weapon in their s arsenal.
Will Terry, a accommodation specialist who has been assassin to argue on Hillwood’s $3 billion Victory Park project, has apparent the babysitter business backfire aback 1994 aback he was aloof starting out. The added casework accept become so important. “With the antagonism as annealed as it is, concierges are required,” he says.
Dallas high-rise absolute acreage queen Carolyn Shamis says: “As every new architecture is built, the antagonism gets stronger. They’re attractive in every alcove and breach to add sizzle.” Shamis lives at the Plaza Turtle Creek, which is managed by the best Mansion on Turtle Creek. At the Plaza, such claimed absorption is referred to as a “Concierge Lifestyle” and includes housekeeping and laundry, alterations, adolescent care, centralized dining, and catering. The day afore you get aback in town, they’ll activate your linens, banal your pantry, and about-face on the air conditioning. “At this level, it’s a lifestyle,” Terry says.
Pampering comes at a . The bulk of advancement uniformed and animated concierges who babyish to every charge comes out of the homeowners dues, and “sometimes the homeowners ante can be as abundant as a mortgage payment,” she says. A $250,000 address added homeowners ante is the agnate of affairs a $400,000 home. Because of this, there will consistently be a bazaar for high-rises sans babysitter and valet, but why would you appetite that? “Personally, I wouldn’t alive in a architecture that didn’t accept babysitter and valet,” Shamis says.
For those of us who are not affluent but appetite to alive that way, best mid-d high-rises accept at atomic the minimum. A babysitter is on assignment 24/7 forth with a valet. Tip them well, and you can apprehend castigation to accompany up the laundry aback it’s delivered, advice accomplish banquet reservations, augment your pets aback you’re out of town, and align for busline to the airport.
When everybody’s accomplishing it, how do concierges set themselves apart? Says Nathan Rausch, a arrangement administrator for Towne Park accommodation casework who oversees concierges at the Ashton: “We’re not pretentious. We amusement everybody the same. I anticipate that sets us afar from added properties.”
Rausch has 12 bodies on his team, including seven valets, who bead aggregate to advice a resident, abnormally aback there’s ample tip involved. “Its not abnormal for addition to alarm us and say, ’I’ve got a $100 bill and a account of groceries.’” We accelerate addition bottomward to Albertson’s to do their ping. Or we aces up a canteen of wine for their dinner. We booty a lot of cars to the detail centermost for people, or we ablution them ourselves.” Rausch recounts one babysitter on his agents who comes in on his day off to drive a frequent-flying citizen to the airport. “If you don’t affliction about what you are doing,” Rausch says, “then it doesn’t bulk if you apperceive every maitre d in boondocks and can get bodies into the best restaurants. If you amusement them like hell, they won’t appear back.”
Carolyn Shamis says she doesn’t see the appeal for babysitter casework slowing down. “I’m not abiding it will anytime plateau. We are all continuing to be added spoiled!” she says.
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Concierges are buried to some of the best clandestine things that go on central the chichi high-rises forth Turtle Creek. Some are hilarious. Others are poignant. Most, it seems, accept to do with pets.
Each morning at the Plaza Turtle Creek, a short, odd-looking dog with a big arch and a continued anatomy rides the elevator alone. Two, $2 bills are tucked central his collar. His name is Merlin, and hes a Corgi Cardigan. At the lobby, the doors accessible and Merlin scampers out. The babysitter takes the tip and opens the aperture for the dog, who does his business alfresco – alone. Aback hes done, the babysitter lets him aback in. Merlin hangs out in the antechamber until his owner, Carolyn Shamis, retrieves him.
Kent Brandt, advance babysitter for the Mayfair at Turtle Creek loves to booty affliction of tenant’s pets, so aback a woman asked him to augment chastening while she was out of town, he was pleased. “It angry out to be a babyish monkey. I had to run up several times a day to augment him babyish blueprint with an eyedropper. It was a bit scary; he was a angry little thing.”
Jerry Reneau at the Claridge remembers a woman whose dog bald to be absolved six times a day. “She’d accept tip money laid out for anniversary walk, with his collar and bridle on top of that,” says Reneau. “The guys had to go up a bisected a dozen times a day to get the dog. Afterwards a year, I tallied up what she spent in tips to airing her dog. It was $30,000.”
Then there’s the adult who lived on the 16th attic of the Claridge, who alleged Reneau one morning, furious. “She said, ’Jerry, you’ve got to do article about this immediately.’ As she explained it, there was a man affianced in animal behavior by himself in his car in the Dallas Theater Centermost parking lot. What I capital to say was, ’Ma am, put your binoculars bottomward and that will booty affliction of it.’ But of advance I couldn’t. I told her I’d handle it appropriate away.”
Demography it to the Streets:Victory Park’s advocate new model.
Imagine active in a burghal area annihilation you appetite is a buzz alarm away. Hillwood’s Victory Park may be aloof that. The $3 billion, 12-million-square-foot activity hopes to change the way we anticipate about service. Located in the affection of Uptown, Victory’s countless of hotels, residential high-rises, s, and appointment amplitude will be affiliated by a web of concierges, valets, and administration – all assassin to serve those active and alive central its boundaries.
“When bodies anticipate about burghal living, they generally anticipate that it’s inconvenient,” Victory’s Clay Likover says. “Our babysitter casework are advised to allay that.”
Here’s what developers are planning: Every resident, tenant, and banker in Victory Park will accept a VIP identification agenda with a buzz cardinal on it. Alarm this cardinal anywhere aural the neighborhood’s boundaries, and addition will appear to your needs. Let’s say you adjudge to airing from your chichi accommodation in The Abode (scheduled for 2008) to the s abounding blocks away. You cafeteria at chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft (also appointed for 2008), but again you apprehend your anxiety hurt. Aloof alarm the cardinal on your VIP card, and addition will back your car from the garage. Instead of activity home, you adjudge to booty in the museums. But what to do about that plumber who’s appointed to fix a annoying leak? Victory’s concierges can booty affliction of that, too. Life, fabricated easy.
It’s Like Night…After the sun goes down, this accommodation absolutely shines.by Paige Phelps
As the sun sets on the burghal skyline, the barrio about-face a yellow-orange. For Jay Shinn and Tim Hurst, the abutting of addition day agency the appearance is aloof beginning. Home, for these two, is perched 19 belief aloft the ground. With a bald canvas to start, they capital to actualize a amplitude that would allure guests to bundle in with a bottle of wine and watch the night’s colors at play.
The two men, who biking a abundant accord for both assignment and play, accomplished that they spent best of their time at home during the evening. Thus they absitively to accentuate the breeding that is created by the alloy of annex and acceptable lighting design. But with Shinn’s aftertaste aptitude against neon, and Hurst aptitude added against acceptable chandeliers, the two begin themselves in a bind.
“We had ideas. Too abounding ideas,” Shinn says.
The botheration wasn’t a abridgement of afflatus but rather how to accompany the styles together. For example, Shinn capital a red apparent covering blind in the bathroom, while Hurst was beneath enthused about architecture elements that absent from a able gentleman’s quarters. Enter the architecture aggregation of Rodney Woods and Julie Butler. They approached the pair’s architecture dilemmas through argumentation and began to, as Woods says, “eliminate, eliminate, eliminate.”
The high-rise accommodation reflects the couple’s pared bottomward but glam style. One gets the activity that the neighbors charge be acquisitive for an allurement to one of the couple’s allegorical cocktail hours and banquet parties aural the aphotic putty-colored walls.
Take the atramentous they acclaimed the acquirement of their James Surls carve by acquisition a accumulation of accompany for banquet and conversation.
“It was spectacular,” says Woods, who they additionally calculation as a babyish friend. “It had all the amaze and glitter, but it was still adult and charming. The bodies were a acceptable mix, and anybody was so absorbing – the abode sparkled,” an applicable description aback the walls reflect the burghal lights, creating a attenuate ablaze show.
How did the architecture aggregation actualize a amplitude that seems to be organically built-in out of the owners’ personality? They say that their audience did the adamantine part. They bravely asked for a home that was out of the ordinary, which set the architecture aggregation chargeless to brainstorm and actualize as they pleased, like painting the salon and bedchamber a affluent espresso that looks atramentous at aboriginal glance.
Of course, aback they chose the high-gloss adhesive walls, no one knew it would booty 12 continued coats of painting, plastering, and sanding followed by added of the aforementioned to accomplish the final attending (high-rises won’t acquiesce acrylics because of the blaze hazard). The aftereffect is an apparition that works to visually accession the ceiling.
“People apprehension it [the bank finish] appropriate away,” Hurst says. “It makes the appearance appear into the room, abnormally at night. Aggregate reflects off the walls.”
“Yes, because the focal point of this amplitude is the view,” Shinn explains. “That’s why there’s no chandelier over the dining allowance table, and no fireplace.”
Although it’s accurate that the appearance is striking, the abolishment of distractions (the abandoned lamps in the active allowance are the custom torcheres heralding the window’s cityscape) helps to accomplish the couple’s accumulating of abreast art pop.
Works by Ted Kincaid and John Wilcox, a fun Jeff Koons “puppy” sculpture/vase, Shinn’s own copse columns, and prints by Sol Lewitt and Robert Rauschenberg bolt the eye and add amore to the ambience abounding with appliance such as the custom Klismos chairs by Donghia, the Sutherland teak terrace furniture, the John Gregory custom lamp and bedside table, or the aged Venetian mirror in the atramentous crumb allowance belted by Phillipe Starck sconces. To amuse Hurst’s taste, cottony draperies and cottony mohair upholstery on active allowance chairs assignment to ballast a faculty of acceptable elegance, as does the bedroom’s console of amber clover aloft the bed. In all, aggregate works calm to adviser the eye from one affluent amusement to the next.
Case in point: Afterwards fail, anybody who visits the home gushes over the Baroque armchair in the active room. The J. Robert Scott armchair is abounding in 22-karat white gold and adipose in cottony from Gretchen Bellinger.
The audience capital a little jewel box that they could alive in, Woods says. This is the way we accomplished that.
BEDROOM: The walls and beam adipose in espresso clover accord the allowance a faculty of midnight. The aphotic bedroom, like the blow of the space, accentuates the art. A Ron Slowinski allotment hangs aloft a board sleigh bed, and the “big account window with a appearance of the burghal becomes a allotment of art also,” Woods says. The batt is a cottony autumn arrangement in espresso and atramentous with Dakota Jackson calfskin espresso pillows. The mirrored nightstand and lamp bedrock clear are John Gregory.
…And DaySunlight streams through Patrick McElwee’s serene Turtle Creek apartment.by Paige Phelps
If the appellation “minimalism” brings to apperception images of a sparse, white ambiance bald of warmth, color, and the little touches that accomplish a abode a home, Patrick McElwee has article he wants to appearance you. His monochromatic alcazar is pared bottomward to the bald essentials. No noise. No distractions. No adventurous declarations. But his Turtle Creek Boulevard accommodation is as agreeable as it is simple, quiet, and elegant, and he wouldn’t accept it any added way.
“That’s my personality. I adulation my homes to be thoughtful. I like quiet. Aback I accept to music, I put the earphones on, alike aback I’m alone,” says McElwee, a accommodating man with an categorical wardrobe.
“You can airing into a absolutely dispersed ambiance – no window treatments, a admirable garden, a chair, a table – and it’s beautiful, but it’s actual adamantine to alive that way. It’s adamantine to accumulate that up,” he says. “I anticipate that best bodies charge a accomplishments that can change as they change. That’s what I’m aggravating to do.”
His ambition is to abduction a quiet breeding afterwards activity stiff, a mirror of his own personality.
But alike admitting McElwee seems balmy on aboriginal impression, don’t let the still pond fool you. He wields an absorbing resume that includes stints with iconic designers such as Sister Parish and Mark Hampton and now runs his own architecture firm. He’s got a agog wit, snarky opinions that will leave you angled over laughing, and, of course, a animated schedule. All of which assignment able-bodied with his clean, absolute taste.
“The aboriginal assurance that a architecture job is activity to be bad is aback I advance a Holly Hunt chair, and the applicant anon says, ’Oh, I’ve got a guy in Oak Cliff that can archetype that for $200.’ They anticipate that a $2,000 armchair is d that way for fun. They’re the affectionate that anticipate you can acquisition reproductions of $10,000 aged dining chairs for $350 at Forney.”
So McElwee keeps his home, and accordingly his mind, calm by application the finest abstracts and appliance designers available. But he’s not a knee-jerk purist. His home is not carefully mid-century modern, admitting it may attending it with the Knoll bank bolt and Sirmos faux brownish lamps in the bedroom, the Mies Brno chairs in the den, and his admired piece, a Saarinen abyss chair. He doesn’t apperception abacus abreast or alike aged pieces to his architecture as continued as all the elements are “as quiet as possible,” like his home, which he done in a abatement monochromatic aficionado of grays and dejection with hints of gold.
“If a applicant wants color, I’ll do color. But for myself, I tend to be added conservative,” he says.
Best of McElwee’s appliance has been calm during the aftermost 20 years, and admitting he keeps up with the latest materials, he prefers athletic staples, the ones he feels will absorb their archetypal beauty. His admired spot: A Bertoia armchair on the terrace area he brand to breakfast as the sun streams through the brand 3525 filigree windows. Nearby, his dining set in the kitchen is fabricated up of mid-century avant-garde masters, a Noguchi table amidst by Saarinen chairs. And instead of installing new cabinets and appliances, he kept the two aboriginal stoves and white apply cabinets because, he says, he didn’t appetite the allowance to attending new.
“I don’t appetite to do a home that’s so new, so fresh, that one year afterwards it looks dated. I don’t like to saddle anybody with a time period. This is big-ticket stuff. I don’t appetite them to feel like they accept to change it,” he says.
And don’t alike anticipate about suggesting a knock-off.
Address CrazyReal acreage analyst Kate Henry runs the numbers on the condo-ing craze. See how Dallas endless up.
I adulation the abstraction of “going high-rise” as abundant as the abutting upwardly adaptable professional. My appropriate academician says go for it – you’ll accept breath-taking angle and be abutting to hip s, restaurants, and entertainment: Get in the anniversary spirit and now. But aloof as I’m affected with the appetite to bawl “taxi,” my larboard academician bliss in. Hold on a minute; let’s anticipate about this. You are, afterwards all, a absolute acreage analyst. For goodness’ sake, do a little homework. At atomic run some numbers.
The Fundamentals I can acquaint you appropriate now. Condos attending actual acceptable from an advance standpoint. If you accept the money to spend, an advance in a abode is acceptable to crop above-average returns. Besides the actuality that you’re affairs a address to ample a basic, age-old charge – apartment – you can accompanying accomplish a astute advance decision.
For possibly the aboriginal time ever, absolute acreage has become a accurate asset class, appropriate alongside stocks and bonds. Investors attractive to alter their portfolio with an asset that’s apparently beneath chancy than added accepted articles accept angry to absolute estate. And accurately so. Address s, specifically, accept added an boilerplate of 15 percent per year over the accomplished four years, while the S&P 500 has gone bottomward an boilerplate of 2.3 percent, and the band bazaar has added abandoned 7.7 percent over the aforementioned period. Cumulatively over the accomplished bristles years, address s accept soared a whopping 80 percent. Money managers, alimony armamentarium advisors, activity allowance companies, and added accomplished investors accept amorphous allocating a cogent allocation of their portfolios to this asset chic that, until recently, did not exist.
SOURCES: Toro Wheaton Research, Northeast Accommodation Advisors, Zip Realty, Money Magazine.
Just the BeginningNot abandoned are the allotment convincing, but the accretion appeal for luxurious, convenient, hassle-free burghal active has abandoned aloof begun. With added than 75 actor babyish boomers acceptable abandoned nesters and retirees, the blitz to simple active will anon become a stampede. Having no accouchement larboard active at home, Mr. and Mrs. Babyish Boomer will acquiescently barter their now too-large home, complete with yard, repair, and bourgeoisie drive hassles, for a new, elegant, amenity-rich, maintenance-free, 1,500-square-foot alcazar in the sky. If the affluence of active doesn’t angle them, the accommodating will – 24-hour allowance service, valet, on-site spas and gyms, dry charwoman delivery, onsite dog walkers, and on and on.
Almost every above bazaar is experiencing a high-rise boom, and because Dallas was so backward accepting into the game, there are added advantages to affairs now. I would be behindhand if I didn’t accord you the (yawn-yawn) beeline out allegory of Dallas address s compared to those of New York or LA. Obviously, Dallas is cheaper – about bisected the . But there is a final indicator that I acquisition intriguing. It’s alleged the -to-rent ratio. The -to-rent arrangement is an indicator acclimated to admeasurement acreage value. In this context, it’s the address bulk disconnected by the bulk to hire that address for a year. Obviously, the lower the number, the better. I activated the -to-rent arrangement to the above address markets demography the boilerplate address bulk disconnected by the boilerplate anniversary rental amount. Dallas had the actual everyman arrangement of the markets, which suggests that the Dallas address bazaar is stable, possibly undervalued, and it has affluence of allowance to grow.
The aggregate of above-average returns, accretion demand, and the everyman -to-rent arrangement of any above bazaar in the country, makes the analyst in me absolute bullish. Now it’s time to get swept up in the division and let my appropriate academician run wild. “Taxi!”
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