Just In: Now You Can OWN the Biggest Movie Star House in Dallas

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8740 Canyon drive poolOne of the most famous Dallas homes with the movie star jet set is on the market, this time for sale, offering a ripe, cliff-hugging slate for a cool California transitional contemporary not unlike the homes it’s famous tenants have built in the Golden state.

See this pool? Oh if only water could talk. This is the famous pool in the tip-top backyard of 8740 Canyon Drive, easily now the HOTTEST piece of dirt south of the Red River.

Practically every celebrity who has come to Dallas for an extended visit has leased this house as their place-away-from-their-place. Built in 1939,  Larry Hagman, Paul McCartney, Barbara Eden, Stevie Nicks, Matthew Perry and yes, even the late, great Rock Hudson, have all slept here. And swam here.

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Yes, this home is on a clifftop, in Dallas!

Canyon1 Canyon overviewThe home is set on 1.4 acres in Bluffview, and every inch of the the 5,082-square-foot house is remarkable in a Santa Fe-cum-Cordoba style, with some great mid 1960s touches. That could be because the house was extensively remodeled in the 1960s by architect/owner Parker C. Folse, Jr., who was an artist as well. There are two living areas, five bedrooms, two masters, six (yes, SIX!) bathrooms, and that sparkling pool where Hudson no doubt skinny dipped! What’s even more desireable is the lot, a verdant, cliff-like 1.4 acres that is as close to the San Mateo Hills or Woodside as you will get in Dallas.

Let me tell you, Bluffview is quickly outpacing the Preston Hollow honeypot as one of the most coveted areas in Dallas.Canyon foyer Canyon entry Canyon stairs Canyon staircase Canyon LR Canyon FP Canyon LR longOffering some of the most private and incredible views in the city, this property is priced as a lot. But there’s no reason you couldn’t scrape the house and save the pool. I mean, that water might just be the Fountain of Hollywood Youth, as close as we will ever be to LA DNA in Dallas!
Canyon kitchen 3 Canyon kitchen 2 Canyon kitchenCanyon 2 Canyon1Rock Hudson pool 8740 Canyon drive poolJust listed for sale with Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff, the acreage plus pool is offered at $3,295,000. Which is a whole lot less than what it was listed for back in 2008: $4,575,000.  Whew! In fact, it’s mighty close to DCAD value ($3.1) Besides, you simply MUST keep the pool, easily a $100,000 savings… because the Rock swam here.

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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 Forbes.com, 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 CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, 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. Bluffview Resident says

    The amazing unique feature of this heavily wooded lot is that it is an escarpment that is totally private and has a 20 ft drop on three sides. This is not a flat north Dallas grid lot. In the right architects hands it could be spectacular.

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