This is a home I have waited to see with bated breath. Hunter and Kandi Mahan spent more than two years painstakingly building this near-perfection home on one gorgeous acre in the Creeks of Preston Hollow.
I first told you about it two years ago, when Hunter was selling his bachelor pad in Colleyville, shortly after he married the beautifully darling Kandi. The two proceeded to hire Mark Molthan to create a love pad and create they did. Oh, did they create. It’s family time now, so their current home is on the market, listed with Cameron H. Holland, for $9,500,000. Frankly, I think it’s a steal, and you are about to see why.
The Guest Casita
The home was built with generosity in mind: You enter through a stone-crested, fresh-air Loggia that overlooks a courtyard with fountain, which also happens to be another spa one-story below. To the immediate left is a guest casita that is part of the house, but could survive as an independent casita for guests as the main home can be completely locked while this is accessed. This casita reminds me of a bedroom up at Calistoga Ranch, or a Sunday House room at Boot Ranch: there is a huge bed and luxury bath, but also a mini-bar type deal with sink, fridge and microwave. So the guest room is at the very front of the house. How very welcoming!
Then you enter the grand foyer. Mark calls this the Iceberg House, and after touring it, I now understand why. (You will, too.) Much of the design was inspired by a home he visited in Newport Beach eight years ago. At the end of the grand foyer is a magnificent staircase to the basement and the second floor. To the left, also overlooking the courtyard with fountain, is the regal dining room with Bocce balls-inspired light fixture. But before you enter the dining room, however, there is a glass wine cellar, more like a cooler, that is exposed and showcases just enough fine wine to whet one’s appetite. After all, how many bottles of wine can you collect and then drink, as the owner of Dans Bois Crete opined? The amazing thing about this is that one wall, one entire wall front and back, is a piece of translucent photographic art glass by Weil Studios. It was the same glass piece Mark had in his W condo. The wallpaper is Donghia, the lighting is from Allen Knight.
There is a “daily driver” garage, as opposed to the garage for the collectible cars down below. This one hold two SUVs or whatever for quick trips out.
The kitchen. It changed me in a totally ethereal way. I am a different woman now from just touching that marble countertop. That hood over the Wolf Range is zinc with Walker-Zanger tile backsplash. Look at those reclaimed beams! My Lord it has not just a Farmhouse sink but a MARBLE Farmhouse sink. And, Kandi is so smart — we all need this in our kitchens: pedal faucets. I absolutely HATE touching my faucets with gooey hands, then you have to wipe and clean them after washing your hands and the utensils. This is a touch I totally should have stolen from the operating room, my husband uses them all the time!
Off the kitchen with the coolest table ever is a casual family room, then a more formal family room with virtually everything in it from those great folks at Scott & Cooner. Also the house is built with steel girders which were painted and left exposed in this room. That sofa you are drooling over is by Nancy Corzine. Mark tells me the casual family room was originally meant to be a game room, but the Mahans just love spending more time there it seems, with the big screen TV.
This room opens to the outdoors loggia and patio, which is again, the coolest thing ever. Electric retractable screens by Phantom can make a second room out of the vast patio, which wraps the family room, and seal out West Nile carrying mosquitoes.
Now here is the best part about this outdoors setup, though I think the pool is orgasmic: The Grill Room. Hunter and Kandi built a special room just for grilling, and again, this makes so much sense. You get hot when you grill, right? You get stinky. Why not carve off an entire room for the grill complete with A/C and a great Vent-a-hood, plus a beer fridge (keep brewskis near by) and a counter and sink for meat prep? You saw it here first, folks!
Lest you think that might be a wasteful use of AC, know that this home is all geothermal with uber insulation, hence extremely low utility bills.
The floors are wide-planked walnut, in case you were wondering, and they are on the stairs.
Let’s go back to the front of the house: there is a study which is really more of a trophy room for Hunter, who was born in Orange, California, lived in McKinney and ended up at Oklahoma State University. Think “orange”. That is an important tidbit to commit to memory for later in this house.
Hunter Mahan has won two World Golf Championships, the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He also has four President Cups, and two Ryder cups among many other golf awards. His closet is lined with golf hats, shirts, pants and sneakers. But here is what I love best about this guy: last July, Mahan withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open before the third round after getting news that Kandi was going into labor. He was leading somehow (“the 36-hole leader”). He came home to be with his wife and their daughter was born early the next morning.
That brings us to the master bedroom. In a word, wowzers. You enter to a sitting room that I mistook for a media room, as there is another large screen TV on the wall. Then there is the master itself with an elongated linear glass fireplace by Spark Modern Fires. The master overlooks the pool and spa area with special access. The master bath is to die for, of course, with a vessel bath tub surrounded by yet another one of those Nancy Weil translucent art panels, this one of cherry blossoms. The lights in the master bath are from Mango Trading Company. The master closet has a unique sitting area with marble counter, mirror, sink and fridge, sort of a make-up bar, and then a uniquely designed step-up to maximize space for shoes and lingerie drawer storage. Forgive the iphone pics, but this you have to see.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a sitting room or game, and once again Kandi’s unique touches: in her babys room: a low baby-friendly bathtub with storage for soaps, lotions, etc. with the walnut flooring carried throughout.
Downstairs is where the man cave begins! This is where Hunter works out and practices, both with weights and machines, and the golf simulator which I guess stays with the house. The training room has glass garage doors that open to the courtyard with fountain/spa, so he could be outdoors at the flick of a switch. Then there is the 12-car sub-terranean garage with water hoses, air hoses, and an entire wall mural replicating Augusta, Georgia so every time Hunter drives in it looks as if he is driving into Augusta, Georgia.
But… the iceberg continues. Now you see why Mark Molthan calls this home “The Iceberg” — it just gets bigger and better underground. Below this level is yet ANOTHER level of a full basketball court gym with electronic sign for games.
After touring this 16,655 square foot house with five bedrooms, six full and two half baths — forgot to tell you the wallpaper in the first floor powder room is Donghia — I was (a) exhausted and (b) speechless. But I was also very, very concerned for the Mahans. I mean, how many pro golfers are there in Dallas who might want this house?
Turns out a lot of pro everythings might want this house.
“The qualified activity has astounded me,” says Cameron. His real estate website has already generated two showings from overseas, including one from Japan who flew in just to see the home. Several Mexican nationals are interested, and they play golf. Several sports stars are also interested. The home is really very flexible, and the downstairs garage is perfect for a car collector. As for Hunter’s training room, it can easily be transformed into a game room or spa, even the orange bathroom! The home really has everything, is sleek and elegant to boot. All of the potential buyers love the jet-setter location, too, because these are not people who fly commercial. The Creeks of Preston Hollow is uniquely accessible to two private jet ports at Love Field, and Addison. The gated community is seriously gated and secure.
And the image of driving into Augusta every day, priceless! You might want to make that mural a series of scenes that could be switched out!
Now do you see why I think 10719 Bridge Hollow is a steal at $9,500,000?