References Big thanks to bigtex.com/schedule where this schedule originated!
References Big thanks to bigtex.com/schedule where this schedule originated!
Marilyn Monroe was a starlet with a career unlike any other. A beauty for the ages, her fans keep her memory alive and well collecting her memorabilia with fervor. Ripley’s Museum in Hollywood paid $4.8 million for her infamous ‘Happy Birthday’ dress making it the most expensive dress in the world! They’re getting a return on their investment though as it’s by far one of their most popular exhibits. Recently another, more expensive collectible that was once Marilyn’s is up for sale, and we can promise you that it’s another one of a kind.
Her $115 hideaway is on the market and this stunner in the exclusive Oswald Estates. Forbes recently published an article about the home stating:
This historic dwelling sits on ten acres in the affluent enclave of Holmby Hills, nestled between Sunset Boulevard and the renowned Los Angeles Country Club. The Italian Renaissance-style house designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar boasts nine bedrooms and ten bathrooms across the main house, guest house, and staff quarters, and has been inhabited by Hollywood moguls and luminaries since it was built in the early twentieth century.
The location was cherry-picked by the original developer and visionary behind Holmby Hills, Arthur Letts for his personal family estate. Ultimately built in the 1930s by Lett’s widow, Florence Letts Quinn and subsequent husband, businessman Charles H. Quinn, the home itself was the largest and grandest residence in Los Angeles at the time and continues to break records in historic sales for Los Angeles County.
The 12,201 square foot opulent mansion incorporates classic European “revival” design with grand proportions, intricate moldings, regal marble fireplaces, hand-carved mantles, elegant crystal chandeliers, and ornate 24-karat gold fixtures. The home also features a full basement with an elevator to all three floors, if you choose to opt out of walking the palatial spiral staircase.
Following Florence Quinn and her family, the subsequent owners of the ostentatious 12,200-square-foot mansion include hotelier Joseph Drown, business partner of Conrad Hilton and founder of Hotel Bel-Air, 20th Century Fox founder and first president of United Artists Joseph Schenck, oil tycoon William Keck, and actor Tony Curtis who sold the house in 1974 for approximately $750,000 to iconic music duo Sonny and Cher. The pair had coveted the property since they attended a birthday party for Tony Curtis, and eventually convinced him to sell.
While Joe Schenck was the lucky inhabitant of Owlwood, he met Marilyn Monroe on a studio lot at 20th Century Fox. Schenck often hosted the starlet at Owlwood for dinner and she visited frequently, so much so that they quickly became rumored lovers although she fervently denied it.
While the property has awaited a homeowner, the estate has been used as an event venue most notably for the star-studded Grammy Awards brunch in 2017 hosted by Jay-Z, attended by Rihanna, Nick Jonas, DJ Khaled, Sean “Puffy” Combs and more.
Listed at $115,000,000, this pedigreed property is represented by Sally Forster Jones, Tyrone McKillen and Tomer Fridman of Compass, and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland. The estate is an iconic luxury property from the Viewpoint Collection portfolio.
The city of Plano has an admirable history with a long list of accolades to it’s name. We’re the happiest, healthiest, and best city according to many different sites and publications. Now, we’re a city that’s home to a business one of the smartest and wealthiest women in the world invests in as Oprah Winfrey is lending her influence — and her money — to True Food Kitchen. The restaurant group announced that Winfrey is now a board member and minority investor in True Food Kitchen.
Winfrey sought out True Food Kitchen’s CEO Christine Barone after dining at the chain with friend and health expert Bob Greene. Winfrey and Barone discussed a possible collaboration and the restaurant’s future over lunch at Winfrey’s house several months ago.
“I love bringing people together over a good meal,” Winfrey said in a statement. “When I first dined at True Food Kitchen, I was so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be part of the company’s future.”
The addition of one of the world’s most influential female entrepreneurs to the team of Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen is part of a series of changes focused on expansion. CEO Christine Barone, hired in 2016 and formerly a senior vice president at Starbucks, says the company plans to double the number of True Food Kitchens in three years — from 23 to 40-some stores by the end of 2021.
True Food Kitchen is a restaurant that says it’s focused on “better living,” and its menus mark items that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. The restaurant was co-founded by holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil and centered around what he calls his Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which is a pyramid of how people should eat to “avoid and counteract chronic inflammation,” according to his website.
When the first True Food Kitchen opened in the Dallas area, at the tony Preston Road and Northwest Highway area in 2013, it was nicely positioned during a time when healthful eating was getting increasingly popular in Dallas. (Our restaurant critic said in 2014 in her two-star review: “Just 2 1/2 months after it opened, True Food Kitchen is so popular you’d think the chef was giving away free kale.”) A second True Food Kitchen opened in D-FW, at Legacy West in Plano in 2017.
Barone says the three-year expansion plan will include more restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, though the focus will be on the East Coast, a company statement says.
“I continue to be really excited by the reception we have in Dallas,” Barone says. “I don’t have anything solid yet, but we are looking at a number of additional restaurants in the greater Dallas area.”
But really: Let’s talk about Oprah. According to Barone, it was Winfrey’s idea to invest in True Food Kitchen.
“She invited me to lunch at her home,” Barone says. They discussed organic gardening and True Food Kitchen’s motto that “we really want to be part of that life well lived,” she explained.
“I think there are many elements of [Winfrey’s] passions that are shared with what our passions are, as a brand,” she says.
Winfrey is quoted in a company statement, saying she was “so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be part of the company’s future.”
In 2017, True Food Kitchen separated from Fox Restaurant Concepts, the parent company of restaurants such as Flower Child, North Italia and others. Sam Fox, CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts and the co-founder of True Food Kitchen, said in late June 2018 that the spinoff was “like our child has graduated from college and is now in the real world.” He still serves on the board, and the headquarters are next-door to Fox Restaurant Concepts.
Now that True Food Kitchen is off on its own, Winfrey’s endorsement is a major moment for the company. Winfrey’s past endorsements include popular consumer plays like Oprah’s Book Club and Oprah’s Favorite Things as well as partnerships with Teavana and investments with Weight Watchers.
Barone called Winfrey’s investment and board seat with True Food Kitchen “thrilling and exciting for us,” later saying, “We believe she’ll be able to accelerate our business.”
References:Quotes, images, links, some verbage from the following:https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/oprah-winfrey-makes-investment-in-true-food-kitchen.htmlhttps://money.cnn.com/2018/07/11/news/companies/oprah-true-food-kitchen/index.html, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprah-winfrey-invests-healthy-restaurant-true-food-kitchen-1126342
There are so many wonderful things to do in Dallas on any given day. It’s hard to narrow your choices down to just one! Do we take in a band while sipping a craft beer or explore a museum and enjoy sushi. Don’t even get us started on the places to get good bbq or the food trucks that aren’t even on the events calendar!
Well, we could sit here all day and go on about how much there is to enjoy downtown, but the good people over at visitdallas.com put together an incredible (and very organized) list of events and festivities for you to pick and choose.
We hope you enjoy and we definitely hope we see you around town!
It’s here 2019 has arrived and there is an old saying who’s lesson aims to teach us something about not be being able to go forward without looking back.
Personally, we here at Ritz Group Realty suggest you watch where you’re going and feel that looking back as your going forward could make you run smack-dab into a wall…or into traffic…or off something very high up.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Let’s play it safe and call these articles a 2018 Real Estate Year in Review.
According to of , here are the stories we were all talking about in and around the ‘Big D’.
Our favorite has to be No. 5 – #surpriseyourWarrenBuffetsmonkeynowwesoldyouovernight
1. Tiny-house village takes shape in downtown Lake Dallas. What was billed as the first project of its kind in the U.S. — a downtown village of tiny houses — started taking shape in the Denton County suburb of Lake Dallas in February 2018. By early 2019, tiny homes are expected to pop up in the city’s downtown, which is about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas.
2. 5 best neighborhoods to buy a forever home in Dallas right now. In May, we consulted some of the top real estate pros in town for their picks on the five best Dallas neighborhoods to buy a forever home in 2018. Spoiler alert: People seemed to be returning to classic neighborhoods instead of up-and-coming ‘hoods that tempt buyers with low prices and new construction.
3. These 4 popular Dallas neighborhoods rank among America’s best. Where were the best places to live in Dallas in 2018? In April, real estate review site Niche revealed the Best Neighborhoods to Live in America, and four popular Dallas ‘hoods appeared in the top 50, including one in the top 10.
4. White Rock midcentury marvel built by Dallas titan of tile listed for $7 million. Those who regularly meander the trails around White Rock Lake know there’s always been a strong curiosity factor surrounding the huge stone home perched high atop the hill at 4606 Chapel Hill Rd. The estate, built by a Dallas businessman known as the “titan of tile,” went on the market for the first time ever in February 2018, for $6,995,000.
5. Most famous Dallas real estate firm sold to Warren Buffett. In May, the real estate world was stunned to learn that Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors would be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America. HomeServices CEO Ron Peltier delivered the news to 1,700 agents and assured them that nothing would change — except that their parent now was a rich guy named Warren Buffett.
6. Dallas Stars goalie hopes to score an offer on his $4.25 million Preston Hollow home. In June, Finnish-born hockey goaltender Kari Lehtonen and his wife, Abbey, began letting go … at least of their great Preston Hollow house. Lehtonen, then an unrestricted free agent, started playing for the Dallas Stars in 2010, and he had a pretty terrific place to come home to after every practice and game.
7. Lakewood estate of mayor known as ‘Mr. Dallas’ hits market for $2.9 million. Chateau des Grotteaux — a Lakewood estate with a storied past, most notably the one-time residence of Dallas mayor R.L. Thornton — hit the market in April for nearly $2.9 million. Thornton, a banker and civic leader who was nicknamed “Mr. Dallas,” lived in the French-inspired estate with his family until his death in 1964.
8. Bids start at $350K for this rare foreclosed mansion in Preston Hollow. In September, a mansion in the center of posh Old Preston Hollow appraised at nearly $5.5 million went on the auction block, with an opening bid of $350,000. The home was at 9410 Alva Ct. at the corner of Deloache Ave., in one of Dallas’ most celebrity-studded neighborhoods.
9. Former Cowboys head coach puts his Dallas mansion in play for $2.95 million. Former Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was looking to trade his Preston Hollow estate to another team: His mansion at 6115 Norway Rd. hit the market for $2.95 million in January.
10. Rents could increase this much if Amazon HQ2 picks Dallas, new study says. In March — eight months before Amazon announced where its new headquarters would go — a new study showed the price Dallas or Austin could pay if Amazon picks either Texas city for HQ2. Data and analytics provider CoStar Group forecast that both cities would see a 10-year rise in apartment rents, but that Austin rents would increase more than those in Dallas.
Reference article and big thank you to -http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/12-26-18-top-dallas-real-estate-stories-tiny-house-village-wade-phillips-kari-lehtonen-ebby-halliday-warren-buffett/#slide=0