Did Jo and I enjoy our Mother’s Day? You betcha! I got so caught up with brunch and Mimosas I completely forgot to post the Deep Throat house, where the then-quite-controversial X-rated film took place about a doctor’s home and home medical office (now that’s antiquated!) where he “treated” this woman, played by actress Linda Lovelace, who ah, shall we say, was anatomically challenged. Looks like rooms such as the wine cellar and doctor’s “office” — featured prominently in “Deep Throat” — actually haven’t changed too much despite renovations. It’s in one of my fave sections of Miami, Coconut Grove, and totally mid-century mod. Talk about House Porn!
But Mothers Day should be about rainbows and sunshine, right? So go buy mom this lovely creature down in Kessler at 600 Rainbow Drive. Totally un-Dallas, in fact, you will feel like you are in Napa or the hills above San Francisco. (Or Bel-Air.) This is the estate of a Dr. Yakimo, built in 1941, a sturdy stone structure that sat on 10 acres and had water pumped from the creek to irrigate it from 1941 onward. There were walkways all over the property, and two bridges that led to the house. The acres were subdivided in the 1980’s, leaving the home’s present lot size of approximately .68 of an acre. Babe Danoff lived in this house after the Yakimos, she being one of 13 founding members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, or L.P.G.A. as we call it. It began as a hardy, poorly paid band of women who traveled the country for the chance to play golf. Remember a League of Their Own? Babe died in McKinney, Tex. last December at the age of 88. The L.P.G.A. was founded by 13 women in 1950, including Danoff, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Patty Berg and Alice Bauer. Danoff may not have been as well known as the others because she cut short her touring in the early 1960s, after her husband’s death left her with children to care for at home, this home.
Also: a street in the re-platted ‘hood is named Yakimo, presumably after the good doctor, who I definitely want to know more about. We are filming this house Wednesday, by the way, for Daybreak. Talk about privacy, from the street you will never know it’s there. Not even kidding: probably 100 trees on this lot!
The home itself is 3228 square feet, consisting of three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a European style kitchen with commercial stove, island, open shelving, slate floors & those coveted must-have stainless steel appliances. The first floor master suite has a spacious sitting room & spa bath with a sculptural aluminum steeping tub that probably cost more than a car, separate shower & walk-in closet with a built-in dressing table. There is also a 3-car garage & guest quarters. The main living area is 33 feet long and accommodates entertaining like the Meyerson with hardwood flooring, a striking steel finished fireplace surround, museum-finish walls, and excellent art lighting. Picture windows oversee the gorgeous setting. I’m told the light-filled family room was designed for the original owner for dances! Extensive renovations in 2004 under the skilled guidance of that wonderful Loyd Taylor of Loyd-Paxton, implemented by Aztec Construction. The great price will also make mom jubilant! Only $895,000, reduced from $950,000. What a great nest-egg!