How would you like to own a billionaire’s penthouse in the sky with the best views in North Texas? The founder of Dallas-based TRT Holdings (Omni Hotels, Gold’s Gym International) has placed his pristine Fort Worth condo, at the tip top of the Omni Residences, on the market again.
Robert Rowling, a Dallas billionaire whose primary residence is a $12 million house on Beverly Drive in Highland Park, has listed an amazing $7.9 million property with Allison Hayden and Margo Bentsen of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Hayden and Bentson were the sales team that marketed and sold out the Omni Residences in Fort Worth when they were agents with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.
The penthouse, decked out by Dallas-based designer Adrienne Faulkner, is 10,000 square feet, with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, five living areas, two dining areas, and even a four-car garage. There are five — count ’em, five — balconies with unparalleled 360-degree views of downtown Fort Worth.
It also has a private elevator entrance straight into the unit so you never have to see neighbors. The Omni offers a stunning outdoor pool, exercise facility, and direct access to Bob’s Steak House.
Rowling’s wife is from Fort Worth, but sources say he never spent more than a week in the property, which was mostly used to house friends or business associates.
The Corpus Christi native got his start in the oil business with Tana Oil and Gas, which was partly owned by his father. In 1989, Texaco acquired Tana for $476 million, which seeded TRT Holdings. According to Forbes, Rowling has an estimated net worth of $6.5 billion.
Tarrant County will sure reap the benefits of the sale: The penthouse was valued at $3.1 million. But the price has come down somewhat; last year, Rowlings listed it for $9 million.
“This is a very unique property in that it takes up the whole entire floor of the building,” Allison Hayden told the Dallas Business Journal.
Hayden also says there is no comparison in Fort Worth, and maybe even Dallas. Unless you are talking the $25 million penthouse at Museum Tower.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy’s Dirt.