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.
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!