The Finnish Love Themselves Some Dallas Dirt: Kari Lehtonen's House is KILLING it Over on CultureMap Dallas…

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Kari LehtonenMy house of the week for my CultureMap Dallas column was goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s University Park shocker over on Bryn Mawr: very “presidential” Georgian on the outside, a total knock-your-socks-off contemporary stunner on the inside complete with a huge glossy pea green desk! Turns out the Finns are going gaga over the listing, or maybe Kari! In any case, Jennifer Chininis at CultureMap Dallas tells me traffic for the story is coming in from Finland like crazy. Who knows, maybe we can sell them some MORE Dallas homes: I sure would like to know what they are saying about us!Kari Lehtonen ext Kari Lehtonen int foyer Kari Lehtonen study pea green desk Kari Lehtonen kitchen

This is one of Julie Provenzano’s “Star” listings at 3230 Bryn Mawr Dr. Built by Gage Homes in late 2009, the home is 6,400 square feet of pure, clean lines and classic floor plan: foyer, sweeping staircase, living on the left, dining on the right, and kitchen and den straight ahead. A well-done layout sure lets in the light, and the lot is a UP hefty at 70-by-106. There is a bar with wine grotto, full butler’s pantry that is practically a pastry kitchen, and an enormous and well-engineered kitchen. The study off the living room with that pea green desk is connected by three glass doors for optional entertainment flow and streaming sunlight.

The bedrooms, including the huge master suite with breakfast bar, are all upstairs. Each of the three guest bedrooms has its own bathroom, plus there’s a game room over the garage. The third floor has been finished out as a fifth guest bedroom. And in case Kari is ever caught by an errant hockey puck, there is a shaft for a future elevator. This puppy is only $2,395,000 and turns out it was styled by the same interior designer spruced up Loui Eriksson’s baby’s-butt smooth contemporary in Preston Hollow.

About that designer: I am hunting her down, even if I have to go to Finland to find her. My furs are in need of a good work-out!




Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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  1. […] But then you walk in, and things are not what you expect. You look for that sweeping staircase, dining room on one side, living on other, and surprise! This home is a refreshing shot of energy, of guts and daring design that comes off amazingly fresh and beautiful. It is full of color and power and it feels young, the same fresh Finnish vibe I got at Kari Lehtonen’s place. […]

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