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.

8915 Douglas entrance

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In the words of Allie Beth Allman agent dynamo Karen Luter, this is not just the deal of the century, but a STEAL:

“Yep, $2,999,999. That puts it at the bottom of price per square foot, $247 to be precise for this iconic home, rich in history.”

The home was listed at $3,300,000. You get oh so much: 12,000 square feet. Built in 1984, but remodeled in 2000. Located in coveted Old Preston Hollow, on over one acre of manicured lawns with fountains, pools, koi ponds, arboretum like gardens, there is Brazilian teakwood flooring, grand sweeping staircases (two or three), statues, arcades of Corinthian columns, wine cellar, walls of beveled glass windows, hand painted murals, original pink quartz-marble hardware, indescribe-able mill work and a pink quartz toilet. Er, commode. I think that lime green carpet on the stairs is the original that hosted many a top producer party. The kitchen has the original white Corian counters and I believe that may even be Mary Kay’s own breakfast table under the massive chandelier. The current owner’s furniture tastes are a bit more “antique” — when I first saw the home years ago, right after Mary Kay had moved out, it held no oriental rugs. Formerly listed with Myla Patton of Patton International Real Estate for $5.7 in 2007, then listed with Linda Jordan Hobbs over at Ebby for $4,995,000, which is about what DCAD thinks give or take $400K. Myla was again considered for the listing.

You know, A-Rod drives up Douglas every time he visits Dallas just to take a gander at the home he owned, which is right next door. Someone should buy this home because it is a vital part of Dallas history. And it’s right next to A-Rod.

No, I take that back: HERSTORY! Why doesn’t Mary Kay Cosmetics buy it and do what the folks at the M Mansion do — use the house for special events, like pink Cadillac parties and weddings? It is really such a treasure.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

As I told you two weeks ago, the Mary Kay home is on the market and listed with precious Karen Luter of Allie Beth Allman. Fox 4 is doing a story on it this Wednesday, and I’ve even had calla about it from Japan. Of course, it is no longer owned by the late Mary Kay Ash and in fact, the blonde cosmetics tycoon had moved out of the house during her later years and back into her home at 7246 Lupton, pictured below. Meantime, guess who jazzed up the interiors on Douglas? None other than designer-with-a-real-estate-license Mark Godson, who has staged the Palomar Residences as well as a new listing with Debbie Ingram you shall soon be drooling over. I still cannot believe the listing price is only $3.3 for this pink palace. Swear it should be the home of the Mayor of Dallas — as long as he pays the mortage! By the way: I am having lunch with the descendants of the home’s architect, Fred Wynn, tomorrow. They tell me the house was built as a spec house. Get ready for more delicious details on Valentines Day!

UPDATE: Karen tells me listing price is $3,300,000, which is less than DCAD value — unreal!

Listed with precious Karen Luter of Allie Beth Allman, who tells me she has been working her fingers to the bone for weeks trying to get this home ready for sale. Not in MLS yet, and not much has changed at 8915 Douglas since the late Mary Kay Ash — do I need to add she was the famous founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics?—  moved out to return to her home off Boedecker because she thought the mansion was too big. It is ginormous. 12,000 square feet. Built in 1984, but remodeled in 2000. Located in coveted Old Preston Hollow, on over one acre of manicured lawns with fountains, pools, koi ponds, arboretum like gardens, there is Brazilian teakwood flooring, grand sweeping staircases (two or three), statues, arcades of Corinthian columns, wine cellar, walls of beveled glass windows, hand painted murals, original pink quartz-marble hardware, indescribe-able mill work and a pink quartz toilet. Er, commode. I think that lime green carpet on the stairs is the original that hosted many a top producer party. The kitchen has the original white Corian counters and I believe that may even be Mary Kay’s own breakfast table under the massive chandelier. The current owner’s furniture tastes are a bit more “antique” — when I first saw the home years ago, right after Mary Kay had moved out, it held no oriental rugs. Not sure of listing price yet, stay tuned. Formerly listed with Myla Patton of Patton International Real Estate for $5.7 in 2007, then listed with Linda Jordan Hobbs over at Ebby for $4,995,000, which is about what DCAD thinks give or take $400K. Myla was again considered for the listing.