Wednesday, August 09, 2017

'Upper echelon' of Dallas society heading to high-end tower in Plano's Legacy West


The beginnings of what could be one of North Texas' most luxurious residential towers got underway Thursday, and already it is attracting some of Dallas' elite to the fast-growing city of Plano.

The 27-story, 104-residence condominium called Windrose Tower, at the northwest corner of Windrose Avenue and Headquarters Drive, will be the only high-rise, for-sale residential tower in Plano's Legacy West.
The upscale design of Windrose Tower is helping attract some big names to the community, said Charles Gromatzky, founding partner and senior principal at Dallas-based GDA Architects.

"The upper echelon of Dallas is headed to Legacy West from doctors to lawyers to developers," Gromatzky told the Dallas Business Journal. "People who have made a lot of money up north, but have always been in Dallas wanted to be in the building. We have no doubt it will draw from all over from the companies up there. We think it's a slam dunk."

He declined to share the names of would-be residents at Windrose Tower, but said for many it would be a second home in North Texas.

The development team led by Jim Duggan pre-sold a number of condos to begin construction on the tower, which Duggan says will "forever change the skyline of Plano."

When Duggan first approached Gromatzky to help design the luxury residential tower, he told the longtime Dallas architect who worked on projects, such as the Stoneleigh and Museum Tower, it couldn't be a mediocre building.

"He told me, 'I don't want to go up here with a mediocre building, it will never sell. I want luxury, luxury, luxury,'" Gromatzky recalled on Thursday.

The result? Fireplaces on terraces overlooking Legacy West. High-end Italian cabinetry. Wolf and Subzero Appliances with gas cooktops. An English-style pub room for community gathering. A golf simulator and fitness center. Resort-style swimming pool and spa. An owner's conference room. And much more.

"This is a contemporary building that is timeless," Gromatzky said. "Some people might call it sexy, but I would call it a sensual design. It looks different from every single angle with no back door or front door. I think it will be hip."

At 340 feet tall, Windrose Tower will be as tall as anything built or planned in Plano. It will also be every bit as luxurious as Museum Tower or any other luxury condo tower in the region, he said.

The tower will have homes ranging from 1,850 square feet to 11,000 square feet of living space with prices beginning at $1.05 million.