I don’t know about you, but last week’s cold weather and L-Tryptophan surge has made me quite lazy. I needed a triple Expresso to get going today, and when I got word of this new Old Preston Hollow manse about to go live on the market, I got it.
First of all, LOCATION! 5543 Edlen is in the honeypot, as we call it, that super elite parcel of woods, trees and creeks where the likes of Kelcy Warren, Mark Cuban and Trevor Pearlman have squatted. Oh yes, the $135 million Crespi estate of Thomas O. Hicks is up the street. This is the part of town where folks buy up a two million dollar estate and level it for a new one without blinking an eye.
This pup is 9,000 square feet of well-designed living with no less than five living areas, and 2000 square feet of covered exteriors — so your outdoor living area is basically bigger than most houses. I LOVE the myriad of bathrooms — including three powder rooms. (Dallas is finally catching up to LA in the sense of two bathrooms for every bedrooms, or a bath for every member of the household, including the pets!) Priced at $3,650,000, which is BELOW DCAD value. (Wow!) Here’s another WOW: When it hits MLS tomorrow, this estate will be listed by Vicki White of Keller Williams Elite, that KW office in Preston Center located right next to Sevys, which has undergone a dramatic change — more on that later!
The home is an embodiment of perfection. Built in 2005, it is a mere 9 years old. You need this for the holidays: knocked out huge master closets, his and her’s, with 16 separate hanging spaces in her huge dressing room/closet. His has custom mahogany cabinets with 15 custom tie drawers and shoe shelving for 70 pairs of shoes! That’s a lot of ties and shoes, even for a guy! Each of the five fireplaces are custom-made and unique. Almost everything in this home was custom-made, from the gas front porch lamps to the door hardware.
This is also the best house for entertaining ever. Two of the downstairs living rooms open to the fabulous back-yard “living room.” The game room upstairs has French doors that open to another huge outdoor living area, overlooking the back yard which is truly a resort. It was designed by landscape genius Harold Leidner, need I say more? The pool has 12 water features which are stunning at night when they are spraying over each other. Of course, with the hefty .62 acreage, there is a lot of grassy yard on both sides of the pool. While the home may be located on the “smaller lots” end of Edlen, .62 is really quite enough for the pool paradise and plenty of yard for dogs and kids.
Actually, this block is one of the best-kept secrets of living in the estate area: your lot is huge but doesn’t cost you the arm, leg and first-born child to pay the taxes on those behemoth lots one block away. But you are still nestled in the best part of the Hollow.
Work from home? There is a great home office with custom shelving and computer station. From the desk, you gaze out over the front courtyard and grounds from beautiful arched French doors — what better inspiration as you increase your portfolio’s value? Visitors are greeted by stunning arched iron front doors open to a grand 25 by 19 foot foyer with 25′ ceilings and iron and crystal light fixture, and every deb’s dream of a curved stairway. (There is an additional stairway in the rear of the house.) The kitchen has 21′ ceilings with a overlook landing. I really do not know how anyone survives the holidays without these: two dishwashers, Sub Zero fridge and freezer, and huge commercial Viking stove surrounding an 8×5 foot center island with separate sink.
In all there are five oversized bedrooms with large closets and each has a private bath. And yes, as I said, three powder baths. A builder put much thoughtful planning and poured some serious cash into this estate. I say, grab it while it’s hot… before it even hits the market!