Lifelong Dallasite Shawn Terry is about to have a new home address. This month, the investment banker and co-founder of MHT Midspan became the latest owner of a new Bleu Ciel condominium.

Situated within the 18-city block district of HARWOOD, the 33-story condominium tower is being developed by Harwood International. The property will offer the location and amenities that today’s discriminating homebuyers demand.

“I was looking into moving from my home in Kessler Park into the city, but there were very few options that offered the quality of design and amenities I wanted,” Terry says. “Harwood International’s high-rises far exceeded any other developer.”

Just 10 years ago, the Dallas urban living scene looked decidedly different, with few opportunities for upscale in-city living. However, the desire for work-live-play communities, local retail and a diverse yet close-knit neighborhood have fueled the development of mixed-use areas such as the district of HARWOOD.

Now, as Dallas has earned an international reputation as a cosmopolitan city — thanks in part to a world-renowned arts district, multiple sporting venues, and a long list of lauded retail and dining establishments — it has transformed in to what Terry calls an “urban oasis.” Affluent professionals like Terry want to live in areas that facilitate their active lifestyles, offer a breadth of culinary experiences and provide convenience. The fact that Bleu Ciel is adjacent to the fitness-friendly Katy Trail and within walking distance to his place of work are two other reasons why Terry chose to move.

Beauty inside and out
Inside the community, Bleu Ciel has it all: a world-class spa, innovative fitness center, two Olympic-sized pools, private garages, valet and concierge services, private dog park, private wine tasting room, and a social room with kitchen and cinema. Terry and the other residents will also enjoy select retail on the ground floor, including a gourmet grocery market offering resident delivery, bike shop, juice bar and additional dining establishments.

And then there are the views. Residents will have floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping terraces that afford 360-degree panoramic views of downtown, Park Cities and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

A prominent location, grand amenities and pristine finishes are many of the reasons why affluent professionals of all ages are moving to Bleu Ciel.

Bleu Ciel is poised to redefine luxury Sky-rise Living. Discover all that Bleu Ciel has to offer with a visit to the sales center at 3008 N. Harwood St., or call 214-965-1099. Please also visit us online and on Facebook.

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DALLAS–Dallas-based developer Harwood International has reached a lease agreement with Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli, which will move its offices from one Harwood property, Saint Ann Court, to another this spring: Frost Tower.

The lease was represented by Jihane A. Boury and David O. Roehm of Harwood. Tom Tunnicliff and Scott Shelbourne of Cushman and Wakefield Chicago, Mike Wyatt, Bill McClung and Robbie Baty of Cushman and Wakefield Dallas, and Jeff Schwarz of Polsinelli.

“Our District is known for having the highest standard of care and exceptional amenities,” said Boury, vice president/ director of leasing at Harwood, told “Polsinelli wanted to stay in our district and we were able to accommodate their growth and increase their brand visibility with a brand new space and building signage.”

“Polsinelli is excited to be partnering with Harwood International again.  We are thankful for the marketplace’s support of our efforts and our continued growth in Dallas,” says Jon Henderson, managing partner at Polsinelli. “We started in 2011 with three attorneys and the intent to expand based on demand and being optimally positioned to serve our clients’ needs timely and efficiently both in Texas and nationally. With strong leadership and a culture of developing a partnership with our clients, we have attracted key lateral attorneys in Dallas who share the firm’s vision and commitment to serving clients with enthusiasm and high energy.  We expect our approach to continue to be attractive to lateral attorneys and those clients we have the privilege of advising in their important legal matters.”

Since opening a Dallas office three years ago, Polsinelli’s business has increased ten-fold. The firm’s Dallas office now provides clients with corporate, employee benefits, financial services, health care, labor and employment, intellectual property, real estate, nonprofit and litigation capabilities. Polsinelli has committed to six floors (16-21) and 77,000 square feet with the penthouse on level 21. The private outside terrace will feature more than 1,500 square feet of panoramic views of the downtown and Uptown areas.  Turner Construction Inc. will serve as general contractor and 360 Architecture will design the space.

Designed by HDF LLC, Frost Tower is scheduled to open this spring, and it will be the seventh phase within the district of HARWOOD. The 22-story class AA office tower will feature approximately 167,000 square feet including two office penthouses with private balconies and over 9,000 square feet of mixed retail (including a café and an Italian restaurant) and landscaped gardens along the lower level.

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By Steve Brown

The Dallas Morning News


A new Uptown office tower has landed an important business tenant.

An international family investment firm has leased the top floor of the new Frost Tower, which is being built on McKinnon Street near the south entrance to the Dallas North Tollway.

The Rochon Family Office has rented almost 9,500 square feet on the 22nd floor of the new highrise, which will open next spring. The tenant also has an option to take additional space.

Rochon joins Frost Bank as the first tenants in the 167,000-square-foot office project being built by developer Harwood International.

John Rochon Jr. said the new Uptown location will support the family firm’s long-term growth. Its office is now located in Plano.

“Our world headquarters is going to reflect not only what we have built over the last 25 years but even more importantly what we are in the process of building now and for generations to come,” Rochon said. “We want our company to attract the very finest professional talent, especially in specialized areas such as finance and accounting.

“We know that having our headquarters located in the heart of the city is tremendously appealing.”

The privately-held Rochon firm has holdings in multiple business interests and operates in the international market. The family’s best know for Richmont Holdings and CVSL.

The company also has primary business interests based in Luzern, Switzerland.

Rochon looked a multiple locations before picking Frost Tower.

“While various well-known companies have moved to Dallas, here is an example of a dynamic company that has not been in the public eye moving its headquarters,” said Randy Cooper, vice chairman with commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley.

Cooper and Charlie Morris of Cassidy Turley negotiated the new office lease with Jihane A. Boury and David Roehm of Harwood International.

Dallas-based Staffelbach has been hired to design Rochon’s new office.


French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte will bring his modernist style to Dallas’ upscale Uptown District. He has designed Harwood International’s Bleu Ciel condominium tower set to begin construction there later this year.

Mr. Wilmotte, who is based in Paris, is best known for redesigning parts of the Louvre Museum and the headquarters of luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.

The 33-story Bleu Ciel is designed to be a lighted tower recognizable within the Dallas skyline. The design calls for huge terraces that total about a third of the space in each unit. The 7,500 square-foot penthouses come with an additional 7,500 square feet of outdoor space.

Units, which are being priced now, will range from the high-$600,000s to several million dollars. The building is stacked with luxury services like a resident-only spa and a gourmet grocery store on the ground floor.

Uptown, a dense, mixed-use area full of bars and restaurants and pedestrians, sits directly north of Dallas’ downtown. Dallas-based Harwood’s Swiss-born chief executive, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, has been a driving force behind the area’s development: The Harwood District, a master-planned community within Uptown, currently has five office towers, one condo tower and plans for 12 more buildings.

–Conor Dougherty

The Bleu Ciel tower will be built on a vacant block its developer calls “the highest vantage point in downtown and Uptown.”

One of Uptown Dallas’ biggest developers plans to break ground later this year on a 33-story residential tower.

Harwood International’s project will be the first high-rise condominium building started in Dallas since the end of the recession.

Called Bleu Ciel, the building will be constructed on a bluff at the end of North Harwood Street.

“This is the highest vantage point in downtown and Uptown,” said Harwood International CEO Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. “It’s going to be a 400-foot-tall building on top of the highest vantage point.

“Driving down Stemmons Freeway toward downtown, this will be the first thing you will see.”

Harwood International built the 31-story Azure condo tower starting in 2005. With the success of that building and growing demand for luxury housing in Dallas, Barbier-Mueller says the timing is right for another high-rise.

“I’m getting calls all the time from people wanting to buy,” he said. “We’ve spent a year working on pricing and preparations for this building.

“We are taking everything we learned with Azure and are taking it to the next level.”

The local housing market has gone through major changes since Harwood International built Azure.

Speculators who bought up high-end residences have mostly been shut out of that game by tougher lending and investment standards.

And supplies of housing in the area are the tightest in decades because of a lack of construction and the booming North Texas economy.

Emily Ray-Porter, a residential agent with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates who handles high-rise condo sales, said demand is there for another large building.

“We are getting very low on new inventory,” she said. “The Ritz is almost sold out.

“And with the increasing interest in high-rise living, now is the time to start new construction.”

Few vacancies

The only significant vacant inventories of high-rise condominium available are in Museum Tower in downtown Dallas and the Residences at the Stoneleigh off Maple Avenue.

“The high-rise residential market in Dallas is becoming more mature,” said housing consultant Mike Puls of Foley & Puls. “Dallas homeowners are seeing appreciation.

“And when they sell their current house, they now have money to invest in a new home.”

Puls said the location Harwood International has chosen has become more attractive with growth in Uptown.

Construction on Bleu Ciel is expected to take almost two years, so luxury condo inventories could be even tighter by the time the building opens.

“We are breaking ground in the fall and will be opening in the winter of 2016,” Barbier-Mueller said. “Some people have been patiently waiting for us. We know quite a few people who want to buy.”

158 units

The smallest of the 158 units at Bleu Ciel will be about 1,300 square feet and will sell in the high $600,000s.

Harwood International’s architectural team is designing the building.

Built on top of an underground parking garage, the tower will have retail on the lower floor including restaurants, a small grocer with take-out foods and a bike rental shop.

The building will have two swimming pools with gardens and outdoor public areas on the north side of Wolf Street. It’s also adjacent to the Katy Trail.

360-degree views

“The homes will have 360-degree unobstructed views,” Barbier-Mueller said. “Every home will have a terrace.

“The building will be fairly transparent — almost like a beacon.”

The developer is building a large marketing center for the project at the northeast corner of Wolf and Harwood, just across the street from where construction is underway on Harwood’s 22-story Frost Bank Tower, which will open next year.

Since 1984, Harwood has constructed six office projects in its 18-block Uptown project, with more than 2 million square feet of space.

“We will have 7 million square feet ultimately,” Barbier-Mueller said. “It will be between $4 billion and $5 billion of real estate.”

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