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Harold LeidnerIt’s hard to find a better landscape architect than Harold Leidner. I’d hazard to say that few, if any, can match his eye for how landscapes interact with their surroundings, and how to make modern design look and feel organic.

He’s best known for his amazing work on the 21st floor penthouse at the Ritz Carlton Residences that was recently purchased by Charles and Moll Anderson. Featuring bold shapes and textures, this project is a feast for the eyes.

Browse Leidner’s projects and designs on his Houzz page or find out more about his work on his website.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Harold Leidner: Born and raised in Dallas. Great place to live and work.

CD: How did you get into landscape architecture?

Leidner: Started in high school when I was mowing lawns and taking care of landscapes. It piqued my interest in the design of landscapes and the value of beautiful properties and gardens.

CD: Innovative outdoor design is a hallmark of your brand. What inspires you most?

Leidner: Sophisticated and modern design that is well detailed. I also enjoy seeing and incorporating unique items in the garden that are not typically found there. The recent Chihuly exhibit at the Arboretum was a great example. Having the artistry, color, and delicacy of the glass blended into the gardens was beautiful.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Leidner: I live in the Prestonwood neighborhood off Preston and Arapaho. We are fortunate to have a great lots that back up to a natural creek.

CD: And you drive ….let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Leidner: BMW X5 M. Fun to drive and I love the gadgets.

CD: What is your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Leidner: Tough to call. Many great areas in Dallas like Preston Hollow, Kessler Park and Lakewood. I would probably say Uptown, mostly because I’m a Mavs fan.

CD: What project are you most proud of?

Leidner: Now that is even more difficult. I have had the pleasure of working for many wonderful clients and on many gorgeous projects. One of my recent favorites was a residence we completed in Highland Park for Betty Lou Phillips. Combination of a beautiful site, superb architecture along with a client with an exquisite design sense.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable project?

Leidner: My most memorable project was probably the penthouse terraces we completed a couple years ago at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Dallas. A once in a lifetime project overlooking the skyline of downtown Dallas. Spectacular views, especially at night. The construction was an immense challenge however, in getting all the workers, tools and materials from the ground to the 21st floor. Not as easy as you might think.

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CD: Has your work taught you any life lessons?

Leidner: Everything changes except the completion date.

CD: What does the future of design look like?

Leidner: Our designs and clients are all pushing towards a clean and modern design style that fits their lifestyle. Fortunately we are seeing more residential architecture lean a bit more towards modern, which allows us to respond with luxurious landscapes and gardens that simplify the outdoor living experience and enjoyment of nature.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Leidner: Become a doctor like my daughter.

CD: Do you have a second home?

Leidner: Besides my office and car, no.

We have all been dying to know who the buyers are for the twenty-first floor over at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Tower I.  You will recall that I have been quite ga-ga over this high profile penthouse pad, which Tim created by knitting together two huge penthouse condos under the exquisite direction of the beautiful Sofia Joelsson, of SoJo Design, a Miami-based interior designer who does a great deal of design work chez Headington. The one-of-a-kind outdoor terraces, um, three of them,  were designed and built in conjunction with Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. The unit was originally listed for $14 million, not including the art. Then, a few weeks ago, the price was lowered to a smidgen under ten million and voila, a buyer appeared, brought in by our newest celebrity Dallas agent, Victoria Barr de Quinones, Ebby Halliday Preston Center office.

I should say, buyers plural. They would be Moll and Charlie Anderson, from Knoxville, Santa Fe and now Dallas! Charlie is President and CEO of Anderson Companies, the parent company of Anderson Merchandisers. According to Forbes, it is the 116th largest private company in the U.S. The family holdings at one time or another have included more than 150 different companies including Anco China Ltd., Anderson Press, and publicly traded Books-A-Million. The company was founded by Charlie’s grandfather, Clyde, in 1917 when he opened a newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Charlie is the third-generation leader for a family-owned business that has pioneered the mailing and distribution of entertainment products. Under Charlie’s leadership, Anderson Companies has grown to become the country’s largest distributor of pre-recorded music, hardback books, games, and movies. According to the corporate website, Anderson’s customer base includes more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States and Canada, and more than 600 Sam’s Club locations. The company is also the worldwide distributor of video and music to the United States Army and Air Force, providing entertainment products to America’s Armed Forces.

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Moll Anderson is Charlie’s knock down gorgeous wife. She is an author and lifestyles expert originally from Scottsdale, also an entrepreneur, Emmy-winning entertainment reporter and author of at least three books. Moll, a single mother for years, moved to Nashville after her son went off to college and built a successful design company in Nashville catering to professional athletes, country music stars, and other celebrities. And that is where she met the love of her life, Charlie Anderson. Her brand, Moll Anderson Home, is now a nationally recognized brand and as a philanthropist, she focuses her energy on many deserving causes. In 2011 Moll was recognized as one of Donna Karan’s Women Who Inspire. The couple have a 15,000 square foot home in Knoxville, and a fabulous home in Santa Fe where I am guessing Victoria met them. This is Moll’s latest book, available at Neimans. And… little update here… I am told she will totally transform Tim’s penthouse and make it entirely her own! I cannot wait to see what this amazing woman does with all 8400 square feet! Seductive Home front cover-1

So that’s where the movie star rumors were coming from.

Well, Moll Anderson is stunning and I love the fact that she’s 50ish but looks 35! Alas, they did not buy any of Tim’s art. I’m told he had it craned out of 2100, so if you saw cranes looming over the Ritz Residences recently, don’t go thinking they are building another tower.HeadingtonRitzCondo extLeidner1

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No, that was just Tim Headington’s multi-million dollar art collection on it’s way to a brand new home.