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“Estate” is a word we don’t toss around lightly. It conjures up those venerable English country homes that stand for centuries and are passed on from generation to generation. So when we tell you this is a Preston Hollow estate — it’s exactly that. And any Brit who’s inherited a stately pile, as they call it, would be green with envy over this classic European three-story, 12,976-square-foot estate at 5414 Falls Road. It has all the privacy and beauty of any bucolic mansion with the benefit of a perfectly placed location, minutes from the best private schools as well as the Dallas Arts District via the Dallas North Tollway.

It also has none of the issues that are part and parcel of those inherited halls, chateaux, and manor houses.

“It’s built like a commercial office building,” listing agent Molly Malone with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, said. “The overall quality of construction and finish is impeccable. It’s one of the best built houses I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in real estate over 30 years.”
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Richard Drummond Davis

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Richard Drummond Davis

Richard Drummond Davis

Dallas architect Richard Drummond Davis is Dallas born, creating some of the most lavish and beautiful luxury homes today in North Texas (he’s the architect behind our most recent Luxe Tour).

His undergraduate degrees, a BS in architectural studies and a liberal arts degree, at from the University of Texas at Austin. While earning his Masters degree in architecture at Princeton, Davis studied with Michael Graves, a member of the “White Five,” formerly a follower of Le Corbusier who turned post modern and invented a new style of architecture, totally and recognizably his own.

But post modern was not to be his path. Seeking to express his own ideas, he returned to Dallas to start his own firm, Richard Drummond Davis Architect. Today, Davis is masterful at listening to his clients and creating their dreams, while respecting the power and beauty of historical architectural forms.

CandysDirt.comWhat keeps you in architecture? What motivates you?

Richard Drummond Davis: I love the challenge of the client who wants something unique or the unusual site which demands something unique. Getting into the design challenge is an adrenaline high.

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french transitional

Oh boy! I’ve got a very first look for you at a French Transitional spec home in the heart of Preston Hollow.

Located at 6019 Prestonshire Rd., this beauty is designed by Richard Drummond Davis and built by Colby Craig, a talented young builder creating dynamic homes in the area. Colby is a third-generation builder with Created by CASON. The attention to detail throughout this property is just amazing.

In fact, I could just move right in!

The home is 7,596 square feet, but it doesn’t feel huge — it feels just right for family, entertaining and making truly beautiful memories. The exterior is pure Austin stone with large windows on a hefty 100-by-188 lot near Walnut Hill Lane and Preston Road. There are five spacious bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a media room with kitchen, elevator, three-car garage, and a huge covered patio with fireplace and kitchen, perfect for outdoor living. Really, what else can you possibly need? There are flex spaces and formals and more storage than an airport hanger.

It just was completed in June and is listed by Kay Weeks and Danielle Brasher with Ebby Halliday Realtors for $2.495 million.

“It’s a gorgeous home,” said Weeks. “I’ve represented Colby for about three years now and he is appealing to today’s buyer, using the finest materials and creating open floor plans, nice outdoor living areas, huge closets, wonderful millwork and perfect spaces for entertaining. You really have to see this French Transitional home to believe it — it’s just marvelous.”

I got an advance tour with Colby and Danielle I can’t wait to share with you! Come look at 6019 Prestonshire, and I will point out all the thoughtful details that make this home so very unique like … one for red, one for white, and one for champagne … ha ha come see:

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If visions of living like Marie Antoinette dance in your head, this jaw dropping French chateau at 4850 Preston Road, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, and built by Sharif & Munir, may be your dream home. It was listed last week by Allie Beth Allman (of course!) for 14.5 million. Mon Dieu, it is flawless-and the history… ooh la la. (more…)

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Strait Lane has long been home to the largest most impressive estates in Dallas and a veritable Who’s Who has claimed residency here at one time or another. Luminaries like Nancy Dedman, Phil Romano, Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki, Robert and Laura Wilson – yes the parents of Owen, Luke, and Andrew –Lisa and Kenny Troutt, John and Ann McReynolds, Brint Ryan, Norm and Kelly Green, Ralph Oats, Mehrdad Moayedi, Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane, and, of course, Margot and Ross Perot have all called, or now call Strait Lane “home.”

Of course, this is also the street holding the beautiful home of Dr. Richard Malouf and his beautiful wife, Leanne, and their water park.

It is the dream of every world-class architect to design a home here. Philip Johnson, Bud Oglesby, and Cole Smith all built iconic mansions here, some of which are sadly no longer standing, but a new generation of architects continue to create lavish estates. Owning a home on Strait Lane means not only have you have seriously arrived, you arrived in a G5 jet.

PS: There is also a Strait Lane in Flower Mound.

Now if you have the money honey — just a cool $17.5 mil — we’ve found the house of your dreams. It was on the market for a bit last year when Candy toured it. (She says she was so blown away she lost her notes, dropped them along with her fingernail file.)

The house is simply stunning and hello, this is not Dallas right here at 1062 Strait Lane. This is the Wine Country under a Tuscan sun.

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ebby halliday home tour

The home at 4626 Dorset Rd. is one of 11 marvelous properties on the Ebby Halliday Home Tour this Sunday. This home is open from 2-4 p.m.

In the pantheon of tony Dallas neighborhoods, Preston Hollow stands out as one of the most beloved. It features tree-lined streets, a variety of architecturally significant homes, and easy access to well-known public and private schools. In addition, Preston Hollow is only minutes from both the central business and arts districts.

Many famous Dallasites make their homes here, such as President George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, Andy Beal, and former mayor Laura Miller.

“Part of the draw is the stunning collection of properties in Preston Hollow, from ultra-luxury Mediterraneans to chic clean-lined contemporary homes,” said Keith Newman, sales manager at Ebby Halliday’s Little White House. “Buyers have such a range of options here, and they’re high-end properties with a lot of stand-out amenities.”

Ebby Halliday Realtors is pleased to have the opportunity to show 11 incredible Preston Hollow homes on the market now. To showcase these standout properties, the Preston Center office and Ebby’s Little White House have created a home tour Sunday for the public.

“Ebby Halliday knows Preston Hollow and we’ve collaborated for decades with homeowners there to feature their properties in the best light and bring in lots of interested buyers,” said Ginger Gill, sales manager for Ebby’s Preston Center Office. “For buyers, our associates offer extensive expertise of the neighborhood—they know Preston Hollow intimately and can share that knowledge with them.”

Home tour times are staggered between 1 and 5 p.m. so buyers have the most time to visit these stunning properties.

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Inwood HOTW 4631 Valley Ridge This 7362 square foot estate is located on one of the most coveted blocks in Dallas. There’s Beverly Drive and Park Lane, Strait Lane and St. Johns, Armstrong Parkway, Alice Circle and Lexington. Those are all wonderful streets.

Then there is 4631 Valley Ridge. On Valley Ridge.

4631 Valley Ridge LRThis home, like  the neighborhood, is dripping with high profile names: Richard Drummond Davis the architect, Barry Buford the builder. Robert and Myrna Schlegel’s four and a half acre family compound is nearby, as is the stunning home of Diane and Michael Gruber.

46 4631 Valley Ridge FRThe standards were beyond exact and detailed: every state of the art feature imaginable was brought into the interior when it was built in 2002. The huge designer kitchen opens to a great room, with Citizen Kane fireplace and vaulted ceilings. But what makes this home truly enviable is the huge green space almost directly across from the home, with a soccer-field sized field. Talk about room to roam: you just don’t find this kind of property location in 2014 unless, honestly, you head into the bowels of the Honey Pot and claw everyone else out of the way.

If the tributes in Hunger Games were to fight for a property, this one would be it.

4631 Valley Ridge kitchen1 4631 Valley Ridge kitchen2 4631 Valley Ridge breakfast 4631 Valley Ridge exterior porchThe green space affords a park-like setting to every home on the street surrounding it: it’s like living across the street from Central Park. 4631 Valley Ridge stairs 4631 Valley Ridge study 4631 Valley Ridge master bedroom 4631 Valley Ridge masterThat’s why homes seldom come on the market on this street, why they are gone the minute the owner “thinks” they want to sell. With five bedrooms, five and a half baths, formals, game room, guest suite, library and study, a mud room, limestone floors, rich cherry woods, neutral palettes, you are getting a large enough home that is not consuming the .98 acre lot like a space-ravenous lion. There is even an elevator. The home is listed at $4,399,000, with Virginia Nobles and Susan Baldwin.

And when you look for financing, the good folks at Inwood Mortgage are anxious to not just help out… but make sure the odds are ever in your favor.4631 Valley Ridge pool 4631 Valley Ridge rear grounds 4631 Valley Ridge cabana


You guys, I am showing incredible restraint today by not filling this post with a bajillion pictures of this amazing home in Inwood Terrace. You’ll have to click through to the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing for 5211 Farquhar because it is just so beautiful.

OK, now that you’re back, let’s talk about this sexy beast of a house. This home, which was built in 2009, was designed by Richard Drummond Davis and is a perfectly executed homage to an English manor. There are four bedrooms, five baths and two half baths over 5,932 square feet and on just over half an acre for $2.995 million.

 

The home is 100 percent immaculate, and has an amazing kitchen (high-end appliances and custom finishes) that opens to an equally phenomenal breakfast nook with a fireplace. I guess you might actually call it a “keeping room,” right?

The bedrooms are spacious, and the copious windows let in a ton of light, which makes the home feel less like a huge, cold building and more like a warm cottage.

The bathrooms are just beautiful too. Tons of calming neutrals and spa-like amenities. Multi-head showers and jetted tubs beg to help you wash your bad days away.

For me, the huge attraction is the outdoor areas. From the upstairs balcony you can survey the lush garden below, which encircles an amazing saltwater pool with a jetted spa and a little calming waterfall and circulating river.

The loggia has tons of seating area and an outdoor kitchen, too, which makes this home the perfect place for an avid entertainer.

Tell me, are you as in love as I am?