Mary Kay demise

8915 Douglas ext 2

Say goodbye to another Dallas icon. The home of the late Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Dallas-based Mary Kay Inc., is being torn down as we speak, at 8915 Douglas Ave.

The 11,874-square-foot mansion, in the honeypot Old Preston Hollow, was built in 1984. The Dallas Central Appraisal District has the home valued at $1.91 million, interesting because it was sold for $1.85 million. Its condition is listed as “very poor.” And it’s obvious the house has not been loved in a long time.

Shrubbery is to be maintained so as to not to disturb the neighbors.

“It was dilapidated inside, and it’s really sad,” says someone who has been inside recently. “No one has lived there in years. The materials were not of high quality, and looks like water had gotten up through the foundation.”

The really valuable chandeliers and marble pieces are also gone.

Even the pink quartz bathroom commode is going.

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To describe it as a masterpiece seems like an understatement. We’ve featured the Philip Johnson House before and it never fails to take our breath away. Set on nearly seven acres at 10210 Strait Lane, the estate of Naomi Aberly and Larry Liebowitz is listed at $27.5 million and is the only Phillip Johnson house to have been built in Dallas. It’s a beloved architectural landmark and an example of what a fastidious restoration can achieve.

“I’m honored to list what I believe to be one of the most significant architect-designed homes in the country,” said Faisal Halum, executive vice president of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “The fact that it has already been meticulously restored, yet completely updated for the way a modern family lives today makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is a dream home for a true admirer of great architecture. It is truly unique, in a setting that will never be duplicated.”

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4649 Saint Laurent Ct FW courtyard

She is all of 25 years old, but pop star Selena Marie Gomez has a resume that stretches from downtown Fort Worth to Montserrat, the stunning Fort Worth luxury community where she has been quietly spending time right here in North Texas, in 10,016 square foot estate of Tarrant County prime. Selena was born in Grand Prairie and considers North Texas home. Until this point, the home has been marketed most discreetly because of her famous name and security concerns. 

Now, it’s no longer being kept quiet. And we are so very, very lucky.

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Hicks Walnut Place

We have heard rumors ever since he bought the most expensive piece of real estate in Dallas from Tom Hicks that he wanted to sell it.

Well, now he has gone and made it official: Andy Beal listed 10000 Hollow Way Drive, just west of the Dallas North Tollway at Walnut Hill Lane, on January 10 with the agent who sold it to him, Allie Beth Allman. Asking price is $48.9.

The estate is the same size as it was a year ago when Beal snapped it up — all 27,029 square feet —  and Beal is selling off every lick of the land of 25.25 acres. Only difference: the kitchen has been ripped out.

There has been much speculation that he would divide and split up the land, parsing the vast acreage into developable lots (think the Creeks of Preston Hollow) and sell the home on a 5 or 7 acre parcel. But for now, it appears he is selling it all lock, stock and barrel, including that torn up kitchen Beal ripped out to replace.

The price is also not surprising. We had heard the estate, once priced at $135 million when Douglas Newby had it, sold for somewhere in the $50 to $60 million range, which could have included furnishings and antiques.

Indeed, the sales price is LOWER than DCAD value, which has two properties (one a 20 acre plot, the other a 5 -ish acre plot) valued at a total of $61,278 ($4,152,000 plus $57,126,000).

So this could be the biggest bargain in town.

“He doesn’t seem to have a problem with the price,” Allie Beth Allman told Steve Brown. “He has other plans.

“I don’t ask any questions — just do what he says.”

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Tyler Seguin Home

Oh my Stars! Here’s a listing that got my attention: 6424 Mimosa Lane, hockey phenom Tyler Seguin’s home!  It’s just your average 24-year-old sports superstar’s 7,250-square-foot abode, and a typical gig for the listing agent, Julie Provenzano, broker associate with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, who’s become something of a superstar herself as the official real estate agent of the Dallas Stars.

Here are details on this knock-out Preston Hollow property you can tour at an open house event, Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., and how Provenzano came to be in her role with the team: (more…)

5726 Vickery blvd ext

Steve Holy’s breakout hit, “Good Morning Beautiful,” stood atop the country charts for five straight weeks in 2002, sparking a  fire that has continued to smolder throughout his decade-long career.

It also sparked the inspiration for  some major real estate. Check out this precious New Orleans style colonial at 5726 Vickery in lower Greenville. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms, and was Holy’s first grand house after he hit the country charts.

Steve Holy

The Dallas born country star had held tight from his first big break in 1993, when he beat out 500 hopefuls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Johnnie High Country Review, the same contest that launched the career of LeAnn Rimes. After his break in Dallasdeal he signed with Curb Records. Three years later in 2000, his debut album, Blue Moon, was released.

Three years later, this house was produced. Perfect for a bachelor or a family of four, the home is uber walkable to lower Greenville Avenue and Robert E. Lee Elementary School and the pre-kindergarten program, .02 miles away. Walk your child to school as often as you’d like!

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1608 Dowling Drive Irv extONLY $1,050,000 to live in the former, totally fabulously renovated Cottonwood Valley home of one of the most cherished starting quarterbacks in America, Tony Romo and his beautiful wife, Candice! This home will be gone by Friday.

1608 Dowling Drive, Irving.

You get a private, gated community, a beefed up security system, Candice’s deftly creative hand at interior design, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort a short jog or golf cart ride away (there is a tunnel under MacArthur). The Four Seasons is always alive with activity, be it fireworks on the fourth of July, carnivals, bands, the family pool with white sand beach, sports plus fabulous food and restaurants.

Lots of local celebs live in the area. Across MacArthur is the exclusive Enclave, surrounded by the world-famous TPC at the Four Seasons. This is where DeMarcus Ware and Derrick Holland call home. Cottonwood Valley also has its own golf course for residents, and the Four Seasons manages both so if you are a member at the Four Seasons, you can play both courses.

I mean, this house ought to be as easy to sell as a slice of mom’s apple pie!

Know that this was definitely a bachelor pad house before Tony married Candice Crawford back in 2011. She had told me they were moving into the Cottonwood Valley home, but that she would be doing some re-decorating.

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