6511 Mimosa Lane extUpdate, August 28, 7:15 pm: Turns out Rhonda doesn’t live next door anymore!

Finally, someone will maybe actually move in!

This beautiful stone Preston Hollow manor was built in 2007, purchased in 2010 and really, honestly, never lived in. The owners live in a foreign country and bought the home for a “someday escape” to the U.S. that never materialized. So it’s like getting a brand new home that belies it’s seven years plus, of course, a big huge plus: there is a very famous neighbor next door. (more…)

Who’d have thunk it? Way back in January, we were gearing up for our very first Super Bowl ever, and everyone was trying to lease their home out to the highest bidding celebrity. Troy Aikman was on the cover of D Magazine, “The football god on marriage, loss, and how he lucked into broadcasting the biggest game on earth.”  I had been hearing from early November on that Rhonda Aikamn bought a house in Preston Hollow. I thought, optimistically, it was maybe an investment prop? Then I heard more and confirmed the sad news: the Aikmans were splitting up. Troy did not put his house on the market until spring, listing it with Allie Beth Allman for $27.5 million. No wait, $24 million. Yes, it had been entered wrong in MLS. The home is still on the market, still at $24 million.

What do you think the biggest real estate surprise of the year was in 2011?