Rear BCH-131 copy

Note: This property will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

There is a new standard of luxury in Old Preston Hollow, and Bella Custom Homes is leading it. This weekend is the unveiling — yes, unveiling, just like a painting — of Bella’s latest masterpiece of perfection: 4926 Deloache Avenue. This exquisite Italian Mediterranean estate is ideal for the discriminating buyer who has an eye for architectural perfection and loves unique touches in every nook and cranny of the house. And there are a lot of nook’s and crannies in this place: the more than 14,000 square foot estate flawlessly embraces traditional classic architectural elements with transitional styling and modern essentials, all the elements that modern buyers of luxury real estate want.

The builder, Tony Visconti, has delivered the undeliverable with the estate. You enter first through a custom iron front door into an impressive entry with 25- foot ceilings that soar. Check out each angle: large plaster crown molding is everywhere and perfect, and the floors are imported marble. (more…)

5350 Falls Road Front

Patricia Stampley will hold open the six-bedroom estate home at 5830 Falls Road from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 24. This exceptional new-construction residence in Old Preston Hollow is offered for $5.25 million.

It seemed as if, during the turn of the 21st Century, every builder under the sun wanted to try their hand at designing a Mediterranean. What we ended up with was a bunch of half-done, mish-mash homes that all sort of look the same. It gave the style a bad name, that’s for sure.

But this Mediterranean is helping win people back to the style, with its unique facade and fabulous interiors. Perfect for today’s luxury homebuyers, this stunning example of Mediterranean done right at 5350 Falls Road in Old Preston Hollow is listed with Patricia Stampley of Ebby Halliday Realtors for $5.25 million. You can see all of the details that make this home the perfect warm embrace to the end of your day at her open house on Sunday, April 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Of course, I got an advance tour with Patricia herself!

Luxe Tour | April 2016 from Ebby Halliday, Realtors on Vimeo.

Find out more about the perfect details on this magnificent Mediterranean after the jump.

(more…)

crespi-hicks-estate-most-expensive-house-4

Alan Peppard reported Sunday on something I have been meaning to tell you: The Tom Hicks Crespi Estate on Walnut Hill Lane has been reduced in price, somewhat. As Alan reports, the Hicks have decided to sell their estate with less land for less money: 10 acres, and 42,500-square-feet of the most luxurious living in Dallas or the entire state, for that matter.

Previously we reported here, first of course, that the Hicks estate was on the market for $135 million. At that time it took the prize for the most expensive estate for sale in the United States. That was for all 25.25 acres, a lot of grass and trees (and some ponds) even in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow. In fact, I wonder how much damage the Hicks had from last weeks’ storm– hopefully none.

Alan reports that Doug Newby now says you can have the house and all the structural trimmings on 10 acres for a mere $60 million.

But aha, Unique Homes Magazine claims that the whole shebang was reduced to $98 million in 2014, for less land. How much less? I’ve got an email into my NAREE colleague Camilla McLaughlin over there to find out. (more…)

Mary Frances Burleson, Ebby Halliday, Tom and Laura Leppert, and Mary Poss stand outside 9525 Alva Court.

From what Candy has said, and from the photos we’ve seen shot by the amazing folks at Shoot2Sell, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert’s  home is just the kind of place you’d expect the Preston Hollow-living former head honcho of our fair burg.

And who else would Tom and Laura choose to sell their home than Mary Poss? It’s really perfect, says Cody Baker on the Ebby blog, considering that Poss was a Dallas City Council member for eight years and was once acting mayor, too.

So, I know you are all wondering, so let’s start speculating: Where are the Lepperts moving?

Attention sharpest real estate shoppers: opportunity is knocking big time for a wise real estate investor over here at 9422 Alva Court, in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow. In fact, I feel like I am having deja vue: we bought in Old Preston Hollow when the market was about as low as it is now. OK, maybe it was even lower in the ’80s. But we bought this primo Blue Chip real estate in THEE BEST LOCATION and HELD ON. Sold it ten years later at a profit.

The same fate awaits you with this home, in my humble opinion, if you are not too antsy.  You are getting location with a capital L, a home planted on more than 1-acre on a secluded, prestigious Preston Hollow street of very few homes. This is the street where Norman and Cindy Brinker lived, where Janie and Cappy McGarr built their dream home and if I am not mistaken, sold to T. Boone Pickens and his new bride. Alva Court in Dallas, Texas, offers a prime opportunity for more than a name-dropper street. It’s a jaw dropper. Little wonder with all the mature trees, a backyard that has been turned into paradise and a veritable country club. Features include pool, tennis court and ample green space for Bocce Ball or frolicking. Another plus: I like the way the spacious, hard-wood floored entryway offers vast views of the backyard, pool and tennis court right from the get-go. You’ve got windows everywhere, in every room, taking in the views. You’ve got a loaded kitchen with granite counters, nice appliances. Game room has a wet  bar, a fireplace and, what do you know, another wall of glass. Master suite is downstairs with two full baths opening to a sunroom and sitting room with  fireplace.

Honestly, this reminds me of the Pebble Beach Spa where I had a massage this afternoon!

Now I am not sure what is going on with the walls in the foyer, but there is almost nothing fresh wallpaper cannot fix, and besides. Wallpaper is back in style. Asking: $2,695,000 and listed by Dave Perry-Miller.