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You know Los Arboles? That seriously gated community off Forest Lane, snuggled in between Preston and Hillcrest, dripping with lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most manicured landscaping in town? Inside those pearly gates you find some amazing properties that are little known because, well, they are behind gates! (more…)

Baron estateThursday, Lisa Blue Baron’s palatial Preston Road estate goes into the MLS as the Mathews-Nichols team begins their marketing blitz to sell what will be the most expensive home ON THE MLS MARKET in Dallas.

We heard today the asking price will be $37.5 million. Yes, I know that the Hicks are still marketing the Crespi Estate through Doug Newby, at least last time I looked they were, for $135 million. So yes, the Hicks estate is still the most expensive home on the market in Dallas if you include off-market listings. (It even made the cover of Private Air Magazine!) In fact, it’s one of the most expensive homes on the market in the entire country. Mt. Vernon is still available,too, just not in MLS for now. 4009 West Lawther is $19,000,000.  (more…)

5526 W University front extI wish bodies could be more like houses. We spend so much in maintaining the outside (I am so overdue for a microderm my skin is screaming!) and try our best to keep the insides tuned up – eat right, exercise, no toxins. But sadly, we cannot gut our bodies, take them down to the studs, replace tissue, bones and fluids, and produce another 50 plus years of life span.
With a house, you just paint the facade and gut the innards, and voila! 5526 West University. This is a vintage 1953 mid-century modern gem just coming on the market this week. I was in it Friday, and didn’t want to leave. Of course, I was also enjoying the high off of “fresh home fumes” as I call them. There is nothing, nothing like walking into a freshly built or remodelled home and smelling the potpourri of fresh paint, varnished floors, clean wood and clean lines. The listing agent, precious Marybeth M. Peters, tells me the home was once owned by a member of the Caruth Family, once one of the largest landowners in Dallas. In fact, Patty Caruth came thru the very first open house this weekend. (more…)

Baron estateY’all, we have a new high in Dallas Real Estate listings starting today!

Thank you, darling Alan Peppard, for getting word out that, after much deliberation, Lisa Baron has settled on $37.5 million as asking price for her 15,254 square foot Robert A.M. Stern designed palatial estate on the southwest corner of Preston Road and Deloache in the heart of Preston Hollow. The home is on 8.98 acres. Recall that Alan first reported in March that Lisa is moving to Washington, D.C.where she will be heading up the  American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  She made the tough decision to sell her beloved home, which was “a labor of love for my husband,” she told me. (more…)

3309 centenary extThe first thing you notice about 3309 Centenary, this smooth-lined Mediterranean beauty, is the doubly huge Park Cities lot — 140 by 150, since it was two 70 by 150 lots knitted together. Knitting together lots seems to be a trend on Centenary, by the way. The huge half acre creates a splendid setting and room for a much larger home. In this case, 3309 Centenary IS a much larger home of more than 9400 square feet built in such a unique manner, you could almost, almost have two families living under one roof but in totally separate wings. Like knitting together the lots, the melded family would be living in clean, elegant lines with polished limestone, marble and wood floors, beautiful natural woods and earth tones, sea colors, sunlight. (more…)

3808-Turtle-Creek-Side-view-575x381Sold! Another successful auction by the Concierge Auction peeps who sold off 3808 Turtle Creek late today, a 6300 square foot property last listed at $4.25 million and auctioned without reserve. Winning bid was $2.55 million, which includes the buyer’s premium. The auction happened so fast I actually walked in on the tail end! (more…)

4242 Lomo Alto Dining

Every time I see an incredible condo swathed in white carpet and upholstery, I always think about how I could never live there because folks, I am accident prone and I love red wine. When I bought my first nice piece of furniture (an antique cane-back chair with gorgeous blue and white damask upholstery) I was so afraid to sit in it because I couldn’t bear the thought of staining it. It has since been reupholstered with a lovely cocoa nubby linen, with a liberal coat of Scotchgard.

But what I wouldn’t give to live in our lease of the week, a divine penthouse in Highland Park’s Crestmark condos. Unit 112 is simply ethereal, and the views are unmatched! You can lease it for a tidy $6,000 a month through Allie Beth Allman herself.

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4646 Chapel Hill Lake viewAs I was driving to the Mad hatters luncheon at The Dallas Arboretum last week, I passed by this house and stopped dead in my tracks on West Lawther Drive. In fact, it was the reason why I missed half of Jam Strimple’s fabulous fashion show. Entirely worth it. I was driving in front of 4646 Chapel Hill Road, one of the most beautifully situated homes in Dallas. Set on 1.03 acres, this home fronts on Chapel Hill but overlooks White Rock Lake with clear, 180-degree lake views. (more…)