4949 Swiss Avenue, Mary Ellen Bendtsen’s Home, Under Contract AGAIN

Update: the house closes on Friday! Stay tuned for an interview with the new owners!

Remember the story in the Dallas Morning News, fall ’06, way before pay walls and the market crash about the once-glamorous model, Mary Ellen Bendtsen, with a big home on Swiss Avenue? She was reportedly coerced by two designers, Mark McCay and Justin Burgess, into signing over her estate on her deathbed as the 86 year old was dying at Baylor Hospital. It was one of the best stories I ever read in the Dallas Morning News. I even went to the garage sale and bought some crystal. The Texas Supreme Court refused an appeal.

The house has been under contract repeatedly since 2008.  Robert Kucharski had it listed, Cynthia Beaird wanted to buy and restore it. And even with the court’s favorable ruling to Frances Ann Giron, Mrs. Bendtsen’s daughter, realtors said proceeds from the sale of the home will barely cover her legal costs. Tragic.

Well, the home’s original asking price was $720,000 and the price has been reduced to $550,000. And it is contract pending, once again. Listing agent this time, Fran Moore, Coldwell Banker.

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  • I hope it closes. What a history lesson. I had it under contract at my office once and I think it was quite possibly the messiest title I’ve ever seen.

  • I hope it closes. What a history lesson. I had it under contract at my office once and I think it was quite possibly the messiest title I’ve ever seen.

  • I drove by a few days ago and saw the contract pending sign was posted and I got very excited. I have my fingers crossed that it closes and the potential new owners restore it to it's former grandeur in honor of Mary Ellen. Keep us posted!

  • I drove by a few days ago and saw the contract pending sign was posted and I got very excited. I have my fingers crossed that it closes and the potential new owners restore it to it's former grandeur in honor of Mary Ellen. Keep us posted!

  • Would love to hear the whole story!

  • Would love to hear the whole story!

  • Candy: I'm on pins and needles here. It closes Friday and you're interviewing the new owners! Such exciting news! I'm dying for a tour of the house before it's renovated!

  • Candy: I'm on pins and needles here. It closes Friday and you're interviewing the new owners! Such exciting news! I'm dying for a tour of the house before it's renovated!

  • It sold to a young couple. I so wanted this house, but by the time I get out of business school, the house wouldn't have made it.

  • It sold to a young couple. I so wanted this house, but by the time I get out of business school, the house wouldn't have made it.