Location, Prestige, and Four of the Newest Must-Haves in Elegant Rooms: The Gathering Area(s)

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Location, check: an address on chi chi Beverly Drive, undisputedly one of the most prestigious in Dallas, and within walking distance of the Dallas Country Club in Highland Park. You will be watching fireworks from your own backyard or balcony come July 4th, unless you just cannot bypass the DCC’s wonderful Fourth of July buffet.

Exquisite Italian architecture charms and entices in this 9,279 square feet estate, which is loaded to the hilt with six luxurious ensuite bedrooms, seven full and one powder baths, four gathering areas — I love this phrase, a “gathering area”, two dining areas, four interior fireplaces, two wet bars, a covered terrace with outdoor fireplace, gorgeous landscaped grounds, and a three-car attached garage. We are talking brand spanking baby’s butt new, 3608 Beverly Drive,  just completed in 2015 by Avida Custom Homes. And the lines are all about clean, fresh Mediterranean. The 9279 square foot home is nestled on a gorgeous 80’ by 195’ deep lot with Hollywood drive-up appeal. Allie Beth agent Doris Jacobs says the homeowner has just had this home staged by Kristy K. Smith Antiques & Interiors, and the furnishings truly enhance the architectural richness: a barrel clay tile roof and stucco plaster over block exterior, inlaid French limestone and marble, those thick, six-inch wide walnut hardwoods, Kolbe clad wood and custom steel windows, ornamental ironwork, detailed beamed ceilings, 12-foot ceilings at that, expansive rooms, sculpted archways, imported antique French limestone fireplace mantels, exquisite stonework and spectacular hand forged chandeliers. The home is spaciously orchestrated for intimate living or large scale entertaining, take your pick.

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Walk in through oversized double wrought iron and glass doors, and take in the dramatic entrance hall with 12-foot ceilings.  There are graceful coves, a fabulous hand forged Italian iron hanging lantern, imported French antique limestone floors, and that impressive, curving staircase, complete with wrought iron balusters.

The formal rooms are announced by sculpted archways that take you further back into the home, like a novel, straight to the rear of the home. Both formals and great room sport imported antique French limestone fireplace mantels with Trumeaux, and more of that yummy, handsome wide-plank walnut hardwoods. Triple Kolbe clad French doors open to front covered verandas.

In each room, you could go crazy studying the details, such as the cross-beamed ceiling with a hand forged iron chandelier, and the exquisite Italian wood-and-iron chandelier dining room. There is even distinctive marble in the Butler’s pantry complete with an integrated Wolf warming drawer. Marked by columns and featuring a vaulted, wood beamed ceiling, an elegant gallery leads to the kitchen and to the great room. Hang your finest art here. Imported French antique limestone floors the space; triple French doors open to the backyard.

Here is a sampling of the home kitchen’s exquisite appliance package: custom Downsview cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances, including a La Cornue 60” dual gas range (PRICEY!), two Asko dishwashers, a Wolf steam oven and microwave drawer, a 30 inch SubZero refrigerator and freezer, an immense island with breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, dual hand forged iron chandeliers, and an oversized morning room with abundant built-ins.

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Showcasing a cross-beamed ceiling, the adjacent over-sized great room — I mean, Gathering Space — features a limestone-surrounded fireplace and light-filled double custom steel Palladian French doors open to the terrace. You have a fairly large wet bar — who needs a drink? —  replete with antique mirrored accents, a bar sink, SubZero tall integrated wine storage and SubZero paneled under counter refrigerator. Of course there is a bar serving area, and a mega-bottle wine room. (Heaven forbid, we are saved!) Nearby French doors allow entrance to a paneled library, with genuine built-in bookcases, storage and a hidden closet. Handsome hardwoods floor the room. A spacious guest room is nearby, making this a perfect evening entertainment abode. Should you invite four couples too many, there is a guest suite. Marble and limestone powder room, mud nook (these are growing in popularity, btw) and a large elevator round out the first floor.

Up that Scarlett O’Hara staircase, the walnut hardwood floors drive you on to the “Yuge” upstairs den, marble-topped wet bar including a stainless steel bar sink and a SubZero paneled refrigerator.

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Entering the master suite is a very impressive move: first up, there is the groin-vaulted entry, with its iron hanging lantern, which allows entrance to the master baths, a true spa retreat. “Hers” showcases fabulous marble and mosaic detailing, a large vanity, soaking tub, separate double shower, plus, of course, a room-size walk-in closet with a vanity desk. That is not for “vanity”, it is for chronicling wardrobe pieces or perhaps a secret girlie meeting? His bath is appointed with quartz and limestone finishes, a large vanity, separate double shower and a huge walk-in closet. There are four additional second floor bedrooms, range in two with double French doors opening to iron-grilled Juliet balconies, and all with large walk-in closets and exquisite marble and limestone baths.

Even the upstairs laundry room is a story of marble, marble everywhere with built-ins, a storage closet and room for a full-size washer and dryer.

Entertaining also happens so easily in this home: the backyard grounds set the tone for a garden party.  Outdoor entertaining features a covered groin-vaulted terrace, with dual hand-forged iron chandeliers, limestone floors, and an outdoor tile-surrounded fireplace. I love the verdant green  Zoysia grass planted nearby, and of course a three-car attached garage. Tending to a garden such as this one can be quite peaceful, actually, therapeutic. Summertime and the living is easy, because all it takes is money: asking price $7,250,000.

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Note: No, your eyes are not playing tricks. We switched out our Monday Morning Millionaire and hope to bring it back to you soon. Enjoy!

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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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