Buy Fresh: Eduardo Najera Sold Kings Gate Villa to Subway Restaurateur

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Speaking of former sports stars and coaches, I failed to tell you that former Texas Legends coach and current scout for the Dallas Mavericks Eduardo Najera sold his Kings Gate villa on August 5 to a major Dallas-based Subway franchise owner, Jawed Saya, and his wife. Saya is CEO and President of G.I.S. Corporation. Eat fresh, buy for less: they paid $2,300,000 for the Plano estate.

The 10,850-square-foot Mediterranean mansion had been on the market for $2,499,000. They were represented by someone you will be hearing more of, Mathew Puthoor, an aggressive young Realtor with Dallas-based Rupani & Mathew Group.6436 Sudbury ext 2
“It was a one-of-a-kind property in Plano, and Mr. Najera had done a lot of upgrades to the home,” said Puthoor. “They looked on line for their dream home, and found this one. It worked — after 15 minutes in the home they said, this one is so different, let’s get it!”

They were especially pleased to buy the home for under $2.5, and convinced it would take at least $3.5 to re-create it. They also love being in the Toyota-Legacy Corridor (the couple currently lives in a Las Colinas gated community).

While Puthoor represented the home buyers, Ebby’s Cindy O’Gorman was the listing agent. Kind of heavy on the marble, Corinthian columns and faux finishes, but I am GAGA over that concrete fireplace in the family room and how the bar/wine cellar overlooks the dining room, one wall encased in glass!

Sudbury bar GetMedia LR GetMedia bar Sudbury diningSudbury family Sudbury breakfast Sudbury kitchen 2 Sudbury kitchenThe mansion sits on a hefty .8-acre lot in the exclusive Kings Gate subdivision. The home has 10,852 square feet, six bedrooms, two masters, seven baths and two half baths,  a media room with theater lighting,  study with a spiral staircase leading to an upper tier, a mammoth master bedroom with a fireplace and coffee bar, a fireplace in the master bath with center tub, a bonus room with a sauna, a wine cellar and guest quarters. Oh and of course, the resort-style pool in the big back yard with complete outdoor kitchen and room.

Sudbury media Sudbury game Sudbury guest Sudbury master bath Sudbury master Sudbury rear yard Sudbury outdoor rm Sudbury pool Sudbury exercise Sudbury mediaFinish-out was pretty snazzy, with ceilings tall enough for a basketball player. There are hand-scraped hardwoods, granite and tile, some carpet, and arches, arches everywhere.

If you like Subway sandwiches, you’ve probably eaten in a restaurant owned by the Sayas. They own a number of Subway-franchises throughout North Texas.

Najera, of course, spent 12 years in the NBA playing for five teams, including the Mavericks and the Houston Rockets. . Najera played for the Mavericks from 2000 to 2004, and then again in the 2009-10 season.

Apparently Najera is on the hunt for new digs, leasing a until he finds his next permanent home.

He is looking to downsize from his 10,000 square foot home to something slightly smaller, be it a downtown high rise or a home in Plano. Agents: let me know if he lands in one of YOUR listings!Sudbury rear yard Sudbury outdoor rm Sudbury pool Sudbury exercise

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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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