Beautiful homes hit our inbox hourly, and we can become somewhat jaded with all that gorgeous flying around, but when 5330 Pebblebrook Drive in Russwood Acres — the veritable heart Preston Hollow — came in, our collective jaws hit the ground. Listed by the adorable Karen Keegan, with Ebby Halliday Realtors, this French traditional, 4,782-square-foot home was designed in 1968 by Robert Mitchell. The style is not only stunning, but also smart. How smart is it you ask?
Well, it’s really the sellers that are innately ingenious and style-smart. They’ve thought through every detail on this five-bedroom, five-full-and-one-half-bath home, which is priced at $1.569 million. Of course, it’s spectacularly pleasing to the eye, but the functionality of everything from lights and music to the way the kitchen drawers are weighted, is genius. The sprinkler system, for instance, can be managed through the Internet, and the Nuvo music system is linked to an iPad or iPhone.
“It can be turned on from other states, will play different music in each room, and can also be synced with a friend’s Bluetooth device to use their playlist,” Keegan said. More smart stuff later but let’s get to the dazzling interiors.
You enter the house by skipping over a Pennsylvania blue slate porch, head through custom doors, designed by the owners, and into an entryway adorned with gorgeous Thibaut grasscloth wallpaper.
The formal living room overlooks the perfectly manicured front yard, through leaded glass bay windows. Those windows were custom made to open completely. There is not a center wood casement, so you have seamless beauty and efficiency. We love the built-in bookcases, also designed by the owners — and just an FYI, all of the drop-dead draperies, with gorgeous Lucite and brass rods, come with the house. Both formal dining and living areas have splendid chandeliers from the Visual Comfort & Co. E.f. Chapman Paris Flea Market Collection. For those of you that keep up with this sort of thing, it translates to fab and cool. All the walls are a museum finish and the halogen lighting throughout the house means you can display a fabulous art collection.
Our favorite area has to be the great room with those incredible beamed ceilings and an upstairs landing large enough for a grand piano. We love the whitewashed look of those beams and the stone fireplace with that unique finish detail. All of the cabinetry in this room was also designed by the seller, and you must know there’s a TV perfectly concealed behind it. This is one of the few homes where a wet bar really works and that quartz counter is perfection.
The great room opens into a teal family room and the color, you know it, was custom-mixed. Stark’s chic Antelope carpet is the perfect finishing touch. The media equipment, including all of the TVs and three Logitech Harmony remotes, remains with the house. Electric blinds ensure an ease of viewing and that sunlight cannot harm furnishings or cabinetry.
Now the real genius has to be in the kitchen. It’s remarkable. The Danby marble counters, and stainless steel backsplash are the “pretty.” The “smart” is that all the plugs are hidden under cabinets, not on the backsplash, and the drawers for china are engineered to carry the weight of the dishes and glasses as they pull out. We told you it was genius. Who thinks of this? Hardly anyone!
Potential buyers, you are getting seriously sharp intelligence with the design of this home. We also adore the use of the Aiden Gray table lamps on the kitchen island. Think about this for a moment. What breaks the flow in a kitchen? Pendant lighting, every time. The use of table lamps creates a flow and an ambience that ties the kitchen into the great room with a European-style ease.
The house is built for entertaining. The owners collaborated with gifted landscape architect Harold Leidner to create an outdoor area equal in style and sophistication to the indoors. LED and Moonscape lighting grace the estate. Phantom retractable screens slide over the rear French doors leading to the patio. There’s an industrial outdoor TV that remains with the house. Back to smart functionality, there’s a Mosquito Nix system operated by remote control, an electric gate with child sensors and pressure sensors and the pool, is controlled via Internet or cell phone, of course.
Impeccable taste, phenomenal quality and clever thinking come together to create a truly one-of-a kind home.
Where do we sign?