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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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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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It sold on July 25, 2016, snapped up by young designer Ashley Tripplehorn and her husband, Ward Hunt. Owned by Kenny Goss, former partner of pop singer George Michael and principal in the Goss-Michael Foundation, the 5,538-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home came to the market at just under $4 million. It closed at $2.9 after more than 507 days.

George lived in the home at 4449 Belfort when he and Kenny were together, throughout most of the early 2000’s. He died on Christmas Day at his long-time home in the historic village of Goring-on-Thames, one of several luxury homes he owned and left behind at the time of his passing.

Belfort was built in 1940,  designed by well-known Dallas architect Harwood K. Smith with landscape by Blackland Prairie Design. The homes’ clean lines and sharp angles hint at minimalism with nods to federal, colonial and art deco styles.

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The Terrace is likely the last place in the Downtown Dallas area where you can find great deals, and this penthouse-level unit at 2323 N. Houston St. is not only a bargain, but it comes with a little extra celebrity cachet.
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Unit 706, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom with study condo inside The Terrace, is being sold by none other than former Rangers first baseman and outfielder Jason Botts. Botts, a switch-hitter who was on the Rangers roster from 2005 to 2008, played in 93 games over four seasons with five home runs.
His condo, a tidy seventh-floor unit, is listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Alison Houpt Howell for $315,000. The unit, which totals 988 square feet, has some great views, a fabulous amenity deck, a neutral color scheme, designer lighting, concierge service, and two assigned garage spaces. It’s the perfect lock-and-leave, low-maintenance unit for those who travel.
 
“The Terrace is one of the best opportunities to purchase in Victory Park,” Howell said. “With low HOA’s, stellar management, privacy, a great fitness center, and high-end finish-out it’s no wonder Jason Botts called The Terrace home while playing for the Rangers.”
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Anthony Henry had a good career in the NFL, starting out with the Cleveland Browns back in 2001, and joined the Dallas Cowboys 2005 for four seasons as cornerback. There wasn’t any drama, no Pro Bowls or championships. Just a nice nine-year career in professional football.

From there, Henry has done a little investing, but also launched a career in the film business as a producer. Interestingly enough, Henry listed his Hollywood contemporary last April for $2.85 million, according to Neal Leitereg at the Los Angeles Times. This month, David Griffin Realtor Brandon Stewart has listed Henry’s former home at 17 Winding Lake, which is on the market for $1.75 million. Like his former Hollywood abode, it’s a clean-lined contemporary with sleek living areas and a floating staircase. Henry sold the home, a Quorum Builders design that sits in a gated subdivision near Preston and Forest, back in 2010.

It doesn’t take much to see why this beautiful property is our High Caliber Home of the Week. If you’re already falling for this cool contemporary, don’t hesitate — call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to make your dream home a reality.

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In an area known for trying to impress with excess, it’s nice to see a property that’s comfortably glamorous.  Sure, when you drive by 6607 Desco Drive you wonder. Area homes are a mix of 1950s ranches and cliché McMansions. Like much of Preston Hollow, land values have tripled in the past 15 years as the neighborhood retreats upmarket with tear downs.

This home is “new” but no stereotype.

Between bold architectural shapes and a lack of roses and wisteria, you rubberneck as you slowly drive by (gone unfortunately are the prior owner’s neon bicycles).  With plenty of lawn, it’s not completely xeriscape, but it makes use of a lot of drought-resistant plants. For me the place has a bit of a Mexico City vibe.  When I got home and poked around, I found the original ranch home was gutted, added to, renovated, and most importantly owned by interior designer Ana Seyffert.  Buying a designer’s home lets you live in their world without the vacillations of a client to dilute the vision.  The work, begun in 2008, took two years and swept away the 1950s and brought this tropically urban home.

A home like this screams for press coverage.  When Seyffert first sold the home in 2014 to the current owner, Candy was there.

The home is listed with Erin Mathews of Allie Beth Allman for $2.599 million.  It has 5,589 square feet on a pinch over half an acre with four bedrooms and five full bathrooms.

The inside is cool, but let’s stay outside for a bit …

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If you, like me, are stuck in Dallas this weekend, put an end to that right now with this stupendous listing at the Island at Pinnacle Club on Cedar Creek Lake. Truly one of the most extraordinary homes out there I have seen.

But wait, there’s more!

So yes, I am in Dallas for the weekend, which of course means a trip or two to Cooper Aerobics Center. Who do I see there on the elliptical? Luke and Owen Wilson, in town visiting their parents who still live on Strait Lane, for the Memorial Day weekend. Which got me to thinking about close in lake retreats — you can get to 16 Island Drive in Mabank on Cedar Creek Lake, in less than two hours. Mabank is, of course, the deepest end of Cedar Creek, where Long Cove is sited: best, deepest water and hilly topography.

What does this have to do with Luke and Owen? The folks who own 16 Island Drive are dear friends, former neighbors, and our daughters went to school together. Our girls used to hide in the kitchen cabinets of their Preston Hollow home and spy on their older daughter when she was in high school and dating Owen Wilson, who was a St. Mark’s student. Oh the stories we got! Thank God this was before iPhones, or I’m sure there would have been photos!

So when I saw 16 Island Drive, I couldn’t believe how perfect this home is for having family at the lake, especially their old boyfriends!

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Plaintiff David Pickett, trustee of the Albert Hill Trust, has filed a petition to get Al G. Hill III and his wife, Erin Nance Hill, to agree to sell their old Highland Park abode on Bordeaux, or at least talk about it. Seems the house is unoccupied (according to the petition) and has sustained some water damage:

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