No shocker there — the billionaire banker is worth about 11.7 billion, which is plenty of cheese to plunk down on the $100 million Hicks estate Walnut Place on Walnut Hill Lane OR the $46 million estate of Trammell Crow on Preston Road. (It has been reduced from $59.356 million, not sure Steve got that message.) Two entirely different properties. And money is no object. And Beal’s freaking young, age 62. Still single, far as I know.

The Hicks estate, is turn-key ready: it’s an historic home of 27,000 plus square feet that was meticulously renovated with every attention to detail. There are seven bedrooms plus a 3,000 square foot master and quite honestly, you could live just in the master and mistress’s closets, though the separate entertainment house (which houses the theater) is one of my personal favorites.

The Crow estate at 4500 Preston Road is one of the largest properties in Highland Park, and while the home is exceedingly grand, it might need a little renovation. Which would give the new owners a chance to make their own imprint and statement upon the house — choose their own designers, architects, etc. You simply cannot beat the property or location. We are talking 6+ acres in the heart of one of the nation’s most desirable communities with almost guaranteed home values, security and schools. In 1906, when HP began, only 5 multi-acre sites were created on Preston Rd overlooking Turtle Creek: this Tudor home designed in 1912 was one of them. It has only had 3 owners. The grounds include a century-old tree.Crow Estate (more…)

Front view from street

Front view from street

Recall this stunning townhome in a DELICIOUS part of Uptown so walkable that you could actually flip-flop it to Knox Street, the Apple Store, Kate Spade, all the great places? 4321 Travis Walk is a 4368 square foot, three-story townhouse that is so modern and stunning you will gasp because it is loaded to the gills. And you know I am not kidding.

And I guess having a famous owner helped it sell for more than asking price. Before he moved to Bluffview, this was the bachelor pad of Dallas’ fave pro golfer Jordan Spieth.

The townhome has a courtyard loaded with a firepit and a peaceful fountain. Walk right into a limestone foyer and floors everywhere of rich, dark bamboo. To the left, a huge living room, to the right, you have the dining room and Bulthaup kitchen which is fully loaded with sleek counters, cabinets, and tip-top level appliances including a wine cooler. Bulthaup! The garage entrance is in this room, with a close by powder bath. Bedrooms, three of them, up all with en suite baths.

Listed for $1,199,000 with Debra Robinson of Allie Beth Allman, who just got the listing in September, the house sold for $1,199,999 on October 9. Which means the new owner must be settling in right about now.  Sure hope all the mail’s been forwarded!

Woodson extGreat story in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News (and also about 12 season Dallas Cowboys defensive back Darren Woodson, who recently bought a home in the northern stretches of Preston Hollow. (Yeah, yeah I know it’s not the “real” Preston Hollow, but it’s nearby.) I loved reading how Darren grew up pretty dang poor in West Phoenix, essentially father-less, how his mother worked two jobs to support her four children and give them the best home she could afford. I also LOVE the story of how his mom worked at the courthouse, became friendly with police, who then helped keep an eye on her sons. It takes a Village to raise kids these days, eyes everywhere… and sounds like Mrs. Woodson was a pretty spectacular mom.

“We were all on the star, and he was talking about the history of this organization and representing that star,” Woodson said Sunday. “I remember looking up and seeing those names – Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan — so many great names that were associated with the star. I dreamt one day that hopefully I can get up there.”

And there he is! I hope the Woodson’s are very pleased with their latest nest because it is STUNNING. Almost as stunning as Darren Woodson’s amazing life:

Dallas Cowboys' defensive back Darren Woodson listens during pre-game festivites on Sunday, Sept. 23, marking the first NFL games since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. The Cowboys hosted the San Diego Chargers. BILLY CALZADA/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWSPhoto Courtesy San Antonio Express News


4400 St Johns extOf course that home would have to be the residence of Frank and Mary Ann Mihalopoulos on 4400 Saint John’s Drive, which they have lived in since 2003. (The house was previously owned by a Trammell S. Crow family trust.) Nestled on almost 1 acre of secluded Highland Park prime dirt, the home has a gated entrance, and extensive property wall for privacy on all the grounds. But really, who needs it, this is Highland Park, right? The Greeks are the most amazing culture in the world! #PartyGreek! Opa! 4400 St Johns drive up


6436 Sudbury ext

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Speaking of former sports stars and coaches, I failed to tell you that former Texas Legends coach and current scout for the Dallas Mavericks Eduardo Najera sold his Kings Gate villa on August 5 to a major Dallas-based Subway franchise owner, Jawed Saya, and his wife. Saya is CEO and President of G.I.S. Corporation. Eat fresh, buy for less: they paid $2,300,000 for the Plano estate.

The 10,850-square-foot Mediterranean mansion had been on the market for $2,499,000. They were represented by someone you will be hearing more of, Mathew Puthoor, an aggressive young Realtor with Dallas-based Rupani & Mathew Group.6436 Sudbury ext 2 (more…)

10300 Strait Lane ext

Comes word that the tear down of the Bud Oglesby home at 10300 Strait came sooner rather than later.

In fact, she is gone, her body laid to a fitful rest somewhere in Lewisville …

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3210 Carlisle The VineIt’s called The Vine, and it is the ultimate in Uptown living. And former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry is now trying to unload unit #58, 3210 Carlisle. I hear he’s getting a little off-market help from Rogers Healy.

Consider it SOLD!

As you know, Jason spends a lot of time in H town these day, playing for the Rockets. I need to see if he has yet listed his Frisco home. Looks like this pad is pure Uptown bliss. Jason acquired the property in June of 2005: it was listed for $480,000. The location cannot be beat — right across the street from the Katy Trail. Plus there is a rooftop deck for cocktails and people watching. This unit is at the top, and features a gated front yard (great for security, though I doubt Jason worries about that at all), the roof top deck, GE Profile stainless appliances including a wine chiller, wood blinds, three bedrooms, three full baths and one half, 2306 square feet in all with two garage spaces. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout!

By the way, the interior shots we are borrowing are from Joe Atkin’s listing, a lease in unit #9, which is similar. This pup is available for $3750 a month. And I love me some Joe Atkins!


Jason terry

courtesy of Keith Allison – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons


Jane Cheeta

Wonderful things happen in August, don’t they? Jane McGarry moved to Dallas from her beloved Fort Worth now that she is the sizzling star of Good Morning Texas on WFAA-TV’s Channel 8,  every day at 9 a.m. Let’s face it, she could have moved anywhere in Dallas. I myself would have guessed Uptown, or downtown, or something snazzy on Turtle Creek Blvd.

But no, Jane chose (wisely, in my opinion) to live in a Preston Hollow pied a terre BEHIND THE PINK WALL! And not just any pied a terre, she chose the elegant Imperial House which was designed by George Dahl…

I wonder how she discovered this fab un-condo-like condo (ahem ahem)?Imperial House Front