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It was back in January of 2013 that Tom and Cinda Hicks first shocked us by listing their 25 acre Preston Hollow estate, also known as the Crespi Estate, for $135 million with Doug Newby. That price tag sure garnered a lot of attention from the folks at places like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and pretty much everywhere. Lots of attention for being the priciest house in the US for awhile, but it never garnered any buyers. Newby always seemed to have the estate front and center on Private Air Luxury Homes Magazine. He even lowered the price to $98 million. Rumors were circulating for weeks before and after Christmas that the listing was changing hands. I know the Hicks spoke to Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s as well as other top agents in town. The pricing advice on the home from these other agents was not accepted. Dallas is a hot market, and the Hicks want to sell their estate to downsize, enjoy their other homes, and not be so tied down to the annoying management of 25 acres.  (more…)

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park's most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park’s most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

There are just two days until the highly anticipated ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which showcases some truly amazing Highland Park homes that will have your brain buzzing with ideas for your own casa, and we have an early Christmas gift for our dear readers!

Thanks to the amazing sponsors, of which we are beyond proud to be counted as a Platinum-level sponsor with this year’s tour, CandysDirt.com is able to give away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which raises money for the teachers and programming that make Highland Park ISD schools great.

Jump to find out more about the home tour sponsors and how you can win tickets to the Friday event!

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3344 Rankin Front

There are two reasons I love this listing:

1) This home is seriously adorable and not at all what you’d expect from a home in University Park, where restrained architecture and transitional style reigns supreme. Cozy and colorful, with original details in the most unexpected places, it is a treasure trove of architectural interest.

2) This home is packed to the gills with a lifetime’s worth of worldly collectables. Exotic pelts, antiques, African statues and masks, Moroccan textiles, and Spanish tile cover the floors, walls, and even ceilings of this beautiful home.

Jump for an inside look!

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Welcome to 3505 Turtle Creek, The Vendome, #14 A. Welcome to the private sanctuary of Dallas interior designer Bev Heil, who bought a 4780 square foot shell and customized it 100% ten years ago. Absolutely everything in the home is customized and imported, from the hinges and hardware to the rock and wood panels. We love to get all voyeuristic on interior designers, and Bev personally managed her project, creating a luxurious sky rise with panoramic views of Turtle Creek and downtown. There is a private elevator entrance to this unit and there is terrace access from nearly every room! The kitchen is loaded with name-dropping appliances like Sub-Zero, Dacor and Fisher & Paykel in both the kitchen and wet bar. Limestone and parquet floors throughout, hand carved walnut paneling (even over the tub!), his and her master baths AND closets. Think you are on the 14th floor? Think again. You could be in a cave! The Vendome is home to many an over the top penthouse or two, including the “Winspear Penthouse’ with” more than 16,000 square feet of living space. The home was four years in the making, and encompasses more than 20 rooms: five baths, two half-baths, four bedroom suites, a media room, a club room, a golf room, a game room and a pool on the 18th floor. (more…)

10210 Strait Front

(Photos: Matthews Nichols Group at Allie Beth Allman)

Alan Peppard (heart heart) breaks the news on this one: the architecturally significant home of  Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane hits the market this week.  This is the home that the New York Times has called a “mega-version of the Lake Pavilion that Johnson designed on the grounds of his Glass House in New Canaan, Ct.” You may know it as the house with arches, east side of the street closer to Walnut Hill Lane, a huge white contemporary. Alan says it has hosted President Obama not once, but twice. The estate is listed for $27.5 million with David Nichols of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman and Associates. I will be bringing photos your way as soon as they go live in MLS. Trust me, you will want to see the interiors — here’s what Alan says: “Between 2002 and 2008, Aberly and Lebowitz meticulously restored and modernized the house including a complete re-landscaping of the 6.45 acres by the Massachusetts firm of Reed Hilderbrand. The Dallas architectural firm of Bodron+Fruit did the renovation and designed the pavilion for the new swimming pool.” I’m getting chills already! (more…)

12247 Cox Curb

I love it when a home really surprises me. Sometimes when I’m slogging through my email, looking at all the cool listings agents and brokers send us, I find a real gem and just stop dead in my tracks. A friend of mine who is looking at homes in the $300K range sent me this listing last week. It’s in her price range, but not in the neighborhood she’s looking at.

“This has to be somebody’s dream home!” she exclaimed. I couldn’t help but agree just as enthusiastically. I mean, look at the curb appeal! That front door color is just delicious, isn’t it?

12247 Cox Front Door

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1730 JT Ottinger extAllie Beth Allman’s Lille Young has this one nailed — she’s the listing agent to sell former MLB pitcher Kenny Roger’s vast and amazing Westlake estate at 1730 JT Ottinger Road, on 24 acres, designed by our Richard Drummond Davis. The listing is brand spanking new and on the market at a whopping $14.697 million big ones. The home itself is 12,316 square feet and features five bedrooms, six full and four half baths, nine fireplaces (wow!), pool, entertainment pavilion, equestrian center, ponds, guest house and of course a high tech security system.

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