703 Kessler Woods trail extLast night’s second episode of Real Housewives of Dallas included some realities about the Dallas real estate market, and a clue to why so many are moving here: our homes, while notching up in value and pricing for a native’s pocketbook, are seen as the most affordable abodes on the planet to those from uber pricey places like California and New York.

Oh and a cameo appearance by my bird.dish-040816-tiffany-hendra

Last night, RHOD Tiffany Hendra (a beautiful girl!) continued her saga of trying to plant roots in Texas, since she and her “Australian rocker husband”, Aaron Hendra, moved back to Dallas to be near her family. I loved it when Tiffany said that if she hadn’t gone to Fred Segal one too many times, she could practically “buy a small mansion here in Dallas with cash.” Ha! If only that were the case!

Tiffany heads down to 703 Kessler Woods Trail to look at a listing long since sold — filming was last year, recall — with cowboy hat wearing Mia Vincent, who is a Certified Real Estate Negotiator.703 Kessler Woods Trail ext front

 

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Update: Just found out that Paquin was seen in a purple robe and quite blonde so good, that will make her look more like a Dallas woman!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real estate agent Todd Terry, son of Ellen, is also an actor, as I think we may have mentioned to you here a couple times. And he snagged a role in that ABC pilot produced by Reese Witherspoon that filmed here last week, “Broken”, a show that centers on a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney whose life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces. (Did anyone go to Hockaday? HPHS?) Long hidden family secrets are uncloaked and dug up. The character, played by brunette Anna Paquin, apparently has some skeletons in her very large master closet. (No wonder they were filming at Champ D’Or!) She also has made a fortune off “the heartbreak of wealthy Texans”.

Well, Todd plays Leo Cline. The writers won’t let him tell us much more than that, but I think he’s going to kill it: this script sounds like a hit. Except that I think Paquin’s character should be a Dallas blonde, obviously. Get some bleach.4001-Turtle-Creek-ext-575x373 (more…)

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Definition of a serious closet? Having a staircase!

Definition of a serious closet? Having a staircase!

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Famous Chanel closet at Champ D’Or

Calling all North Texas Realtors and home sellers. You need to clean out your closets. You really do. I have no doubt your agent has told you they want that master closet 2/3rds less full when that house is shown, right? Don’t fret, we all have too many clothes. Raise your hand if there are dresses in your closet with tags still on that you have never worn? (Guilty!) Those clothes have to go somewhere, and  we have the perfect place for them to go: a fashion show!

Where was I the other day that I ran into the beautiful Carmaleta Whiteley, who is chairing The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon — “Twenty-five Years of Giving” — on May 2? Was it the ULI dinner? (Carmaleta was in commercial real estate for years.) Or was it that event for Bella homes on March 23? In any case, Carmaleta alerted me to the fact that they had not received as many fashion donations this year as they have in year’s past.

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Last night, if I had not known better, I might have thought Charles Manson had escaped to Texas and landed at 4001 Turtle Creek Blvd. This was the scene on the corner, and the side street was closed off. But then I remembered how Barry Lacina had called last month seeking a location to shoot a Reese Witherspoon pilot for ABC called “Broken”.

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4500 Preston Rd extSo it was that very first asset purchase of apartments in Waco, Texas, little old Waco, that ultimately landed Beal the keys to the two most expensive homes in Dallas.

Looking at my most favorite site in the whole wide world, the Dallas Central Appraisal District — you know I scan it 24/7 — I see that the estate of the late Margaret Crow at 4500 Preston Road has changed ownership. It is now owned by “The Trust,” which has an address of 6000 Legacy Drive. The deed transfer took place on February 26, last month.

6000 Legacy Drive? Why, that’s the corporate offices of Beal Bank!  As in Andy Beal, the wealthiest man in Dallas according to Forbes. The billionaire who just snapped up the Hicks estate, the most expensive home in Dallas and likely Texas. I had been told he was shopping both properties and, just like when I cannot choose between two pairs of Jimmy Choos or Louboutins, I think Beal just bought BOTH of them! Two of the most amazing properties in Dallas!

The appraised value of the Crow home, which had been listed with Allie Beth Allman, is $24,265,480. The listing expired November 17, 2015. Last asking price was $46,000,000 for 6.13 acres in the prime part of Highland Park, with a 9500 plus square foot home of the utmost elegance.

In January, Andy Beal bought the $100 million priced Hicks-Crespi-Walnut Place estate at 10000 Hollow Way Road. The Hicks property is now owned by “The Daria Drive Trust” under the name of Jacob Cherner, founder and chief executive at CSG Investments at… 6000 Legacy Drive in Plano. The appraised value of the former Hicks estate, by the way, is now $41,274,000 on the 20 acre plot of land, then $3,082,500 on 2.466 acres. Which means Beal likely did not pay $100,000,000 for the whole estate (are those enough zeros?).

I LOVE the way this man buys dirt!

Map of 6000 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

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We told you about Deion Sander’s former spread up in Prosper all spiffed up and ready to sell, re-named and branded as Chateau Montclair. It’s even going to get an historical chandelier from the famous Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas.

And we have certainly told you about Deion’s Uptown pad at the tip top of the Azure, one of only two penthouses, two story complete with a private swimming pool right there on the roof. Deion tried to sell this pad for $4.8 million in 2013, then he used it, then he leased it out.

Well, 2900 McKinnon #3002 is on the market, this time listed by none other than Rogers Healy, founder of Rogers Healy & Associates. Rogers is also known as the social media master broker of Dallas real estate, and he tells me it was through a tweet that he met Deion and got his listing. Asking is once again $4.8.

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This is the chandelier that will soon hang in the main foyer of Deion Sanders’ former home in Prosper. Don’t worry: it’s getting all spiffed up. Technically, one grand chandelier will be created out of three identical Statler Hilton Hotel chandeliers from the downtown Dallas hotel undergoing a dramatic restoration. (Some of the crystals are cracked and broken, so restorers will scavenge from the three to create one perfect fixture.) I found it on a tour of the Statler Hilton earlier this week, stay tuned for that report.

As I told you a couple weeks ago, Deion Sanders’ 29,000-square-foot mansion of mansions built in 1999 with turrets and columns and Taj Mahal architectural features on 109 acres is back on the market and better than ever.  It has been updated, remodeled, staged, painted, carpeted, freshened — you name it.

The Dallas Morning News just published the listing this week. (Print media is a little slow.)

The Statler chandelier is courtesy of Mehrdad Moayedi, who is completing an extensive renovation of the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. His company, Farmers Branch-based Centurion American, is also developing a 22-acre neighborhood around Deion’s former pad, encircling it like a queen’s cushion, called Montclair.

Deion’s big house has been re-named Chateau Montclair.

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6610 Nonesuch extHow have I not jumped all over this listing? Look at this stone and brick classic with every perfect ingredient. It has so much going for it, it WIPES out the competition.

First of all, this is the home of country singer Steve Holy. So great karma and music juju come with the house naturally, not included in the sales price. Secondly, you could not have sung for a better location. We are talking about Nonesuch Place, a private gated community in the heart of Lakewood with only three other homes in the immediate area. This home was all part of the original Stanley Marcus estate.

So guess what other home is your neighbor? The famous Stanley Marcus estate, which, you may recall, flirted with the market last year for $4,490,000. You get the best of any world here with location, gated area exclusivity, proximity, trees and topography, all on almost a one-third acre. Remember, Love Don’t Run…

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