This happened last week or maybe while I was in Maine. Surely you know we have another wonderful golfer in town besides that adorable Jordan Spieth, right? His name is Hunter Mahan and he lives in the chi chi gated Creeks of Preston Hollow at 10719 Bridge Hollow Court. I toured his magnificent 16,000 plus square foot home (10,728 plus 6,126 for 12 car garage) and guest house last May. This is the house with the grill room — brilliant concept!
At that time, he had it listed with his builder’s agent, Cameron Holland, of Howell Holland Company, for $9,500,000. His builder was none other than Mark Molthan, who is also building Tony Romo’s house in Glen Abbey. The Mahan’s listing probably expired in May of 2015. (I cannot believe it has already been one year!) On July 27, Hunter listed it with Erin Mathews at Allie Beth Allman & Associates for slightly less: $8,495,000.
Maybe I should say considerably less?
You probably know the story: the golfer fell in love with former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Kandi Mahan of Odessa, Texas, married her and the two hired Mark Molthan to build their dream home in the toney Creeks of Preston Hollow on a $1.7 million lot. It is oh so wonderful!
One thing I do want to tell you: the interiors, which are fantastic, are by Debra Owens. She’s the brains behind the golf-simulator room, the indoor basketball court, and the 12-car underground garage with a full mural of the Augusta National clubhouse on the wall as you drive in. That’s the golf club where the famous Masters tournament is played.
Looks like Erin has shot some new photos, so we’ll use those. If you want to see the ones from the previous listing, just click here. Cameron and Mark seemed to put more photo emphasis on the exteriors and the fire pits. Erin is focusing on the interiors more. And you know this home has the most beautiful master bathtub in the world! Also, Kandi designed her children’s bathtub so it’s easy to kneel over and a little drawer pulls out with all the baby needs. That would be so handy — bathing babies in my house is such a chore we use the laundry room sink!
Oh by the way: Kandi and Hunter apparently are going to do it again — build another house, because they loved the process so much! However, I do not see another lot under their name. Perhaps they want to sell Bridge Hollow first?
10719 Bridge Hollow Court was built with generosity and family 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 Molthan calls this the Iceberg House, and after touring it, I now understand why: it gets better the lower you go! 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 former 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.
And the designer again, Debra Owens!
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.
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?
Are you kidding? JORDAN!