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

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, 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, and, 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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  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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