Exquisite Mediterranean Villa on Strait Lane Boasts the Ross Perots (and More!) Next Door

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Strait Lane has long been home to the largest most impressive estates in Dallas and a veritable Who’s Who has claimed residency here at one time or another. Luminaries like Nancy Dedman, Phil Romano, Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki, Robert and Laura Wilson – yes the parents of Owen, Luke, and Andrew –Lisa and Kenny Troutt, John and Ann McReynolds, Brint Ryan, Norm and Kelly Green, Ralph Oats, Mehrdad Moayedi, Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane, and, of course, Margot and Ross Perot have all called, or now call Strait Lane “home.”

Of course, this is also the street holding the beautiful home of Dr. Richard Malouf and his beautiful wife, Leanne, and their water park.

It is the dream of every world-class architect to design a home here. Philip Johnson, Bud Oglesby, and Cole Smith all built iconic mansions here, some of which are sadly no longer standing, but a new generation of architects continue to create lavish estates. Owning a home on Strait Lane means not only have you have seriously arrived, you arrived in a G5 jet.

PS: There is also a Strait Lane in Flower Mound.

Now if you have the money honey — just a cool $17.5 mil — we’ve found the house of your dreams. It was on the market for a bit last year when Candy toured it. (She says she was so blown away she lost her notes, dropped them along with her fingernail file.)

The house is simply stunning and hello, this is not Dallas right here at 1062 Strait Lane. This is the Wine Country under a Tuscan sun.

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This phenomenal 12,984-square-foot Mediterranean Villa at 10620 Strait Lane was listed last week by Lisa Besserer and Faisal Halum, both with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $17.9 million, and you can bet it’s flawless. The present owners know just a bit about building. They are third-generation developers who specialized in residential land development, created huge master planned communities all over the state.

That’s the thing about builders, they create a personal masterpiece, love it, then eventually feel the need to create their next one. So this is a rare opportunity to own a significant home that is not only visually stunning but has also been built with the highest quality of materials and expert craftsmanship. Money was no object in this home: Richard Drummond Davis was the architect and he’s well known for “creating the architecture of his client’s memories and dreams.” He’s also known for  for bringing the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff back to life.

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You’ll think you’re deep in Tuscany instead of deep in Preston Hollow the instant you enter the grounds. No wait, you get that feeling while still on the street. The villa sits on almost four acres with its very own creek, and the grace and elegance of period romantic architecture with a modern touch. The tile roof, rough-cut limestone and arched loggias resting on Doric columns create a timeless, classic look.

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All of the main rooms open onto loggias in true Mediterranean style. There is a decidedly elegant Tuscan farmhouse inspiration to the interiors. Beamed ceilings, some with with hand-painted detail, custom-forged iron railings on the staircase and custom-made forged iron sconces grace the five-bedroom, five-full-and-three-half-bath estate.

Of note: There are separate master bedrooms, which is the European way. (Perhaps this is a Euro trend we need to adopt!) And there are no bathtubs, only showers, in all the exquisitely tiled en suite bathrooms. Again, pure Europe.

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The temperature-controlled wine room holds 2,300 bottles and the barrel vaulted ceiling was designed to resemble a wine cask. Just look at that!

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The sellers have a classic car collection, so Davis designed a nine-car garage with one large entry door, to resemble stables—another historic nod to the traditional look of ancient Mediterranean estates. Modern functionality was addressed by adding a casual entertaining space to the area, because you never know when Jay Leno may drop by to talk cars and you know he’s never leaving the garage. This enhanced garage space, by the way, is a huge new trend in homes of the rich.

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Landscape architect Linda Tycher designed the gardens and grounds to include streams, koi ponds, bridges, fountains and of course, an Olympic-sized pool.  You may think this is a hefty price tag but remember , just a few doors down, 10210 Strait Lane is on the market for 27.5 million. It’s also important to note that at any price level, move-in ready is important and this villa requires nothing but a staff to unpack for you.

Let them bring the toothbrush!

 

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Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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