GetMedia.ashxOne of Dallas’ Real Housewives and her LA-house flipping spouse, Travis,  just snatched the bargain of the century on a house that may well be the most notorious dirt in town. I am talking about 3816 Turtle Creek Drive, which was built by Braden Power, as you may recall, back in 2005. The home was famous for, among other things, the swimming pool in the main foyer! Built of the highest quality materials, the home is exquisite: when Braden thought one element was wonderful, he put in 10 and added swans! The master closet rivals the couture department at Neimans size-wise with a sitting room, wet bar and desk. The jacuzzi spa is indoors and part of the upstairs media room. Yes, that is the point: you sit in or out of the oversized spa while watching the tube, clothes completely optional. Mais oui. (Must have been a blast on election night!) Sixty percent of the upstairs is devoted to the master suite, including a whole room for a shower, that indoor spa jacuzzi with television, a separate bathtub room, coffee/wine bar and of course, the room where you actually sometimes really sleep.

Downstairs there are two kitchens, formals, the pooled foyer, and a fabulous infinity exterior pool and yard overlooking Turtle Creek.

We have loved 3816 Turtle Creek since she was a gleam in her daddy’s eye. She even has a name: Casa Bellamini and was featured on HGTV’s Million Dollar Room. Once Braden built the home, he tried to sell it but the market did not cooperate — remember Lehman Brothers? First Erin Mathews listed it back in early 2010 for $6,900,000, getting it again in July 2010. No go. Even Marilyn Hoffman had her hands on this deal, raising the asking to $7,900,000. In January of 2011, a Chris Lowdon listed it for $7,900,000 or $929.41 a square foot. Yeow! And then, sometime in between all these agents, Braden covered the pool in the foyer.

You always want to be the first-born, the second wife and the third agent: Along comes Doris Jacobs to the rescue. She sells the home on March 24, 2011 for a whopping $7,900,000 to none other than Lee Bailey, then the fresh ex-wife of restaurateur Ed Bailey. Lee proceeds to make the home respectable: no more wild parties, talks to both Sherry Hayslip, whose husband, Cole, designed the home, and Trisha Wilson about the interiors, and takes the cover off that pool in the foyer!

Fast forward to 2016: Lee Bailey wants to sell, she enlists Doris again who lists the home at $8,895,000 after more than a million dollars in renovations, and in a much healthier market. In June, shocker: Lee changes agents to Kelly Watson with Keller Williams Urban, a lovely woman from Zimbabwe, South Africa. Then shocker of all shocks: Lee and Kelly bring on Concierge Auctions, who, as you know, can get the job done lickety split. (“3816 Turtle Creek is for the elite and someone who really loves to entertain high end black tie, but also casual AFFAIRS”) 3816 Turtle Creek Drive is going, going, GONE on November 14, 2016 for… are you ready because it’s LESS THAN DCAD…
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703 Kessler Woods trail extLast night’s second episode of Real Housewives of Dallas included some realities about the Dallas real estate market, and a clue to why so many are moving here: our homes, while notching up in value and pricing for a native’s pocketbook, are seen as the most affordable abodes on the planet to those from uber pricey places like California and New York.

Oh and a cameo appearance by my bird.dish-040816-tiffany-hendra

Last night, RHOD Tiffany Hendra (a beautiful girl!) continued her saga of trying to plant roots in Texas, since she and her “Australian rocker husband”, Aaron Hendra, moved back to Dallas to be near her family. I loved it when Tiffany said that if she hadn’t gone to Fred Segal one too many times, she could practically “buy a small mansion here in Dallas with cash.” Ha! If only that were the case!

Tiffany heads down to 703 Kessler Woods Trail to look at a listing long since sold — filming was last year, recall — with cowboy hat wearing Mia Vincent, who is a Certified Real Estate Negotiator.703 Kessler Woods Trail ext front

 

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Bravo reality star Jeff Lewis charms the crowd at Collin County Home and Garden Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Bravo reality star Jeff Lewis charms the crowd at Collin County Home and Garden Show (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

It seems that Dallas has become the third coast for reality television. There isn’t a show out there that doesn’t have someone from North Texas cast in it, and as a result many of us are “reality” obsessed, including this Lifestylist®. Now we’ll even have our own Real Housewives of Dallas. I can’t wait!

When I heard that Jeff Lewis, star of the hit Bravo show Flipping Out was going to be in Allen at the Collin County Home and Garden Show, I got on the next plane out of Buffalo, N.Y., and headed out to Allen. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

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Mod Market

Update 1:54 pm: Heather Dubrow (wife of the Dr. Botched fame Dr. Terry Dubrow) will likely be the prototype for Cary Deubur. I love plastic surgeons’s wives — they benefit so much from their hubby’s talents! Kind of like ObGyn wives… I digress. I totally forgot another hot tip: the beautiful and brilliant Gina Ginsberg, ex of Scott who is a sharp businesswoman on her own and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SMU…

CandysDirt.com got a tip that the Ladies of Dallas, that is the Real Housewives of Dallas, were shooting some scenes over at Mod Market in Preston Hollow Village, Walnut Hill Lane and Central last week. Sources who saw it all — dang they snapped zero pictures — confirmed that two of the Real Housewives of Dallas are definitely the lovely Lee Anne Locken and Tiffany Hendra. They were for sure seen there filming. Source also thinks they saw Heidi Dillon, and MAYBE Stephanie Hollman. No word on whether my darling friend Cynthia Smoot was spotted, but the Dallas Observer thinks she is a shoo-in. Other possible Housewives (not confirmed by my source) is are Heather Dubrow and Cary Deubur, wife of Baylor plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deuber, who live on Strait Lane north of Royal. The cast will be revealed next month.