Dallas Real Estate First: The Barrett Manse Will Feature an Orchestra Room that Seats One Hundred!

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My sources tell me the Barrett mansion is going to set a new standard for luxury in Dallas — make that Preston Hollow. I can hardly wait!

“Nona and Richard were in not too long ago and I saw the plans for the new estate. It’s some kind of house! According to Nona, the kitchen will have a 25 foot long island with the ceiling three stories above and giant windows looking out across the lawn.”

That’s some lawn — over four acres! And I think a 25-foot long kitchen island would be divine — think of all he laundry you could fold on it, gifts to wrap.

Oh, what’s that you say? There’s a laundry room the size of my house, and likely a wrapping room. OK.

“The house will be full of malachite and marble floors – malachite columns, topped with bronze, rose quartz lines one of the bathrooms entirely, and marble everywhere in the others.”

Of course! I was not thinking linoleum, were you! But get this, here’s a new one for Dallas:

“They will have an orchestra room – I think also called the Malachite Room that will seat 100.”

Folks, this place tops the Lacerte/Warren house that is just a few blocks away. Remember that house closed June 16, 2009, one of Dallas‚Äô largest homes at 26,620 square feet that entertained scores of dignitaries and raised millions for Dallas charities. The seller‚Äôs agent was Ralph Randall of Dave Perry-Miller, an Ebby Halliday Company. The home is set on almost 9 acres of land in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow, so a larger lot than Barrett’s. The estate was constructed circa 1991-1993 by a team including architect Cole Smith,¬† Smith/Ekblad & Associates, Sherry Hayslip-Smith, Hayslip Design Associates and Cole Smith, Jr., Crowbar Contractors.¬† It contains¬† a racquetball court, exercise room and locker rooms adjacent to a near Olympic-sized natatorium, bowling alley, wine cellar with tasting room, an Orangerie¬†conservatory overlooking interlocking Koi ponds loaded with about a million dollars worth of Koi, tennis court, baseball diamond and a private lake. So Ralph Randall now rules as the high priest of Dallas‚Äô most expensive real estate STILL. Agent to the John Muse family, he participated in the sale of the most expensive home in Highland Park when he helped John and Lyn acquire their lot at 4800 Preston Road.

Skuttlebut: 5323 Park Lane was originally listed in 2008 before the crash for $45 million.¬† According to my sources,¬† it sold for under $30 million-ish, and the buyer, Kelcy Warren,¬† asked for an outside appraisal to be dead sure he got his money’s worth.¬† He also bought some properties behind the estate, which had been occupied by the Lacerte’s parents.

The Lacerte-now-Warren home has entertained, among others,¬† Prince Edward, former President George W. and Laura Bush,¬† Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jaap van Zweden, and Caroline Rose Hunt, among others, plus feted countless Dallas charity galas and pre-galas. It has everything BUT an Orchestra Room! That’s why I love writing about celebrity homes — there’s always a new gizmo right around the corner!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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