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.