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I wondered why it took so long to sell 6424 Mimosa, but then, I totally forgot that, about 14 months ago, we were in this thing called a MAJOR RECESSION.

Looks like 6424 Mimosa was listed last May — less than a year, not too bad actually, for a luxury-laden home.

So Mike just unloaded 6424 for $1,925,000. It had been reduced to $2,295,000. Listing agent was David Nichols over at Mathews-Nichols, and Dave Perry-Miller agent to the Stars (literally!) Julie Provenzano closed the home for the buyer on March 27. Which leads me to wonder if another Stars player bought it! Mike must be happy. The home is on 0.433 acre and features both sleek stone and hand-scraped wood floors, two staircases, fabulous formals, an oversized kitchen, temperature-controlled wine closet, a master bedroom suite with steam shower, three bedroom suites, a huge exercise room, a gameroom with wet bar and humidor, a backyard that is a total oasis with a putting green, brick gazebo with fireplace plus one of the most gorgeous saltwater pools I have ever seen.

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8622 Diceman exterior

This home at 8622 Diceman is new to the market, and was actually built in 1997, unlike so many of it’s neighbors in Little Forest Hills. Newer as it is, she still retains a lot of charm and appeal and blends right into the quirky cottages that comprise LFH. (more…)

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Are you a fan of blue and white? How about Chuck E. Cheese? Oh do I have the house for you!.

This home had me SCREAMING in delight when I saw it last week Friday. 4923 Deloache will give you all the excitement you need to stay up all night. After all, it’s just MONDAY! (more…)

photo by Hailey Ashmore

photo by Hailey Ashmore

Good one, Alan Peppard: this morning Alan helped me figure out a major piece of the Battle Behind the Pink Wall. I was pretty sure that Lisa Blue Baron, Dallas attorney extraordinaire and widow of Fred Baron, was the generous individual who hired attorney Michael Jung to represent the homeowners of the Preston Hollow East HOA and the Preston Hollow South. It just made sense.

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4610 Wildwood poolWe know that sales of homes priced at $1 million plus are out of sight and up 53 percent in North Texas from a year ago. I think my message from Luxury Portfolio last month in Las Vegas was clear: luxury and multi-million dollar properties are not just alive but selling well.

Sales of modestly priced houses in the area have slowed down about 25% less than they were a year ago, according to Steve Brown, who also says overall sales by real estate agents are flat this year.

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Scott CarlsonPart one: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s has begun an acquisition process that is part of their overall strategy to have a stronger presence in Lakewood area real estate. Today they made part of that process official: Robbie Briggs has acquired Scott Carlson Real Estate.

And what a presence! Scott Carlson, a force of nature in the Lakewood residential real estate market, is a force of nature himself.

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9346-Sunnybrook IHOTW

Stop the presses for literally one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas. If this home hasn’t made the list, any list, then there is something wrong with the judges. 9346 Sunnybrook was built in 1987 by Tina Bailey, one of Dallas’ premiere private estate home builders. Tina, a talented friend whose daughters attended school with mine, also built the exquisite 16,375 square foot mansion of Jim and Julie Turner on Deloache in 1993. Julie just knows how to build a home and pour southern charm, elegance and convenience into every single square inch, almost instinctively. Not only is the construction sound, but the rooms flow like a river of champagne, with ease and grace. (more…)

Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house extWe know that Mike and his precious, vivacious wife, Allison, are expecting twins — a boy and a girl! — sometime this summer. And they have a big, huge, wonderful 9244 square foot house in Kelsey Square, near Strait Lane, on almost 1 full acre of land. Love that area!

And they just listed that home for sale on March 23, my anniversary!!!, with Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sothebys!

Mike Modano and GFAnd we know Mike also has a home in Preston Hollow, that is stunning, at 6424 Mimosa Lane. That pup is on the market with David Nichols and is pending at this very moment. Mimosa, not too far from Rhonda Aikman, is 7250 square feet, was listed last May, and was originally listed at $2,495,000.6424 Mimosa ext Mike Modano

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It was reduced to $2,295,000 and that must have been the magic number. Modano and his first wife, model Willa Ford,  bought the house in 2007 and filled it with beautiful Golden Retrievers. The home is on 0.433 acre and features both sleek stone and hand-scraped wood floors, two staircases, fabulous formals, an oversized kitchen, temperature-controlled wine closet, a master bedroom suite with steam shower, three bedroom suites, a huge exercise room, a gameroom with wet bar and humidor, a backyard that is a total oasis with a putting green, brick gazebo with fireplace plus one of the most gorgeous saltwater pools and spas I have ever seen.

Like, I would have bought Mimosa in a heartbeat, then whipped up a mimosa! Stay tuned for news on the buyer…

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Kelsey Square is definitely more of an estate property on a beautiful, treed acre, that has been updated. The color palette is very light and these photos do not do the home justice because this is what it looked like before Allison moved in –  we know she has added her special touch. (Joan does not have any photos with the house yet, probably because the listing is so dang new.) There is carrera marble in the gourmet, well-stocked kitchen and also in most baths, scraped hardwoods again and marble flooring. The kitchen has Viking appliances, an island, a breakfast room and adjacent office/morning room. The master has a great bath, ginormous closets and complete views of the expansive yard and pool. There are formals, a Great room and study, both with fireplaces. Upstairs is another living area and gameroom, five guest bedroom suites, an exercise room and enough storage to hold five sets of twins’ gear. There is a four car garage to hold everyone’s car in 15 years, plus the best outdoor kitchen and living area south of LBJ.Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house foyer Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house living Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house kitchen Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house morning Mike Modano's Kelsey Square master Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house master bath Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house ext kitchen

For all of this, the Modanos are asking $3,495,000.

Why are they moving? Mimosa is pending, and I am more than sure that Allison wants to build her own space. And I bet I know just who will be doing that building…Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool 2