Tony Romo Moves Into Glen Abbey Manse, Lists Cottonwood Valley Home for $1.05M

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1608 Dowling Drive Irv extONLY $1,050,000 to live in the former, totally fabulously renovated Cottonwood Valley home of one of the most cherished starting quarterbacks in America, Tony Romo and his beautiful wife, Candice! This home will be gone by Friday.

1608 Dowling Drive, Irving.

You get a private, gated community, a beefed up security system, Candice’s deftly creative hand at interior design, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort a short jog or golf cart ride away (there is a tunnel under MacArthur). The Four Seasons is always alive with activity, be it fireworks on the fourth of July, carnivals, bands, the family pool with white sand beach, sports plus fabulous food and restaurants.

Lots of local celebs live in the area. Across MacArthur is the exclusive Enclave, surrounded by the world-famous TPC at the Four Seasons. This is where DeMarcus Ware and Derrick Holland call home. Cottonwood Valley also has its own golf course for residents, and the Four Seasons manages both so if you are a member at the Four Seasons, you can play both courses.

I mean, this house ought to be as easy to sell as a slice of mom’s apple pie!

Know that this was definitely a bachelor pad house before Tony married Candice Crawford back in 2011. She had told me they were moving into the Cottonwood Valley home, but that she would be doing some re-decorating.

And boy oh boy, did she!Dowling Drive overview

Dowling Dr LR 2From the in-floor sunken tub in the master bath (with black marble, as I recall) Candice ever so wisely GUTTED: new vessel tub, new flooring, new sinks — two vanities plus a make-up vanity in the master bath, two HUGE walk in closets. The kitchen is clean white with quartzite counters. Every wall and piece of molding was re-painted, and she brought in some fabulous wallpapers, one of my favorite being the wall of a 1950’s shuffleboard scene in the downstairs bedroom. She banished all the brass light fixtures (way to go!) and brought in contemporary drum and glass fixtures. The home has now become one of the few shining contemporaries in Las Colinas with contemporary touches in every single room.

I just have to say it now: LOVE that powder room! And love their wedding pic on the wall!

In fact, this home is a storybook example of what you can do with interior design to zest up circa 1990’s era construction. The Romo house was built in 1993.

And is so light and bright! Enter the two story foyer and the formal living room and a stacked stone fireplace (thanks to Candice) beckons. There are full views of the very private backyard and pool. That pool furniture, by the way, may be available for purchase, as may be a few remaining furnishings.

The large formal dining room features a butlers pantry and full wet bar with wine refrigerator. This opens to the white, bright gourmet kitchen with quartzite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a double oven. The huge family room has a beautiful stone fireplace, surround sound and a wall of windows overlooking the well-manicured backyard and pool.

Most Cottonwood Valley homes have the masters upstairs, but the Romo’s home has two bedrooms, including a master, down. The master suite includes a spa bath with those vanities we told you about, the jetted vessel tub, and Tony’s huge car-wash walk-in shower with multiple body sprays. Oh la la. There is storage galore.

The first floor has another private bedroom with en suite bath, perfect for guests, and a private study with built-ins. There are two half-baths on this floor, one is formal, the other services the pool area.

The garage is a three car step down with incredible storage built in — recall that Tony is a hands-on type of guy — and a refinished garage floor surface.

Dowling drive foyer Dowling Dr LR Dowling Drive LR3 Dowling Drive DR Dowling Drive DR2 Dowling Drive study Dowling Drive kitchen Dowling Drive kitchen 2 Dowling Drive bar Dowling Drive breakfast Dowling Drive family Dowling Drive family 2 Dowling Drive family 3 Dowling Drive master Dowling Drive master 2 Dowling Drive master bath Dowling Drive master bath tub Dowling Drive master bath 3 Dowling Drive mural Dowling Drive powderUpstairs has a large second living room or play room with built ins, extra security cams, four spacious bedrooms with walk in closets, and two Jack and Jill baths. These are perfect for the kiddos and Tony turned one into his exercise world complete with massage table, massage chair, and a hyperbaric chamber. Tony took the massage table and the hyperbaric chamber to Glen Abbey, but left the massage chair for purchase! (PS we have one, not pretty but LOVE IT!) The home is 5,551 square feet, a tad bit smaller than the 32,000 square feet they built in North Dallas.

Dowling drive baby Dowling Drive playroom Dowling Drive exercise Dowling Drive guest Dowling Drive guest 2 Dowling Drive guest 3Dowling Drive pool Dowling Drive spa Dowling Drive rear Dowling Drive sitting patioBut it has a great yard! The back yard is, in fact, very private and holds a large pool, spa, multiple patio spaces and mature trees! There is also artificial turf in the yard, great for kids and dogs.

“This home would be perfect for a traveling executive or someone who does a lot of business around town,” says listing agent/broker Nicole Andrews of the Nicole Andrews Group, who lives in the Enclave and basically rules Las Colinas real estate market. “The proximity is the best — DFW is only ten minutes away, but George W. Bush opens up all of Plano and Frisco. Downtown Dallas is 15 minutes depending on traffic, or go west to Fort Worth.”

Dowling Drive community

The Four Seasons is also a huge draw for families who enjoy the sporting lifestyle. One-time initiation fees run about $60,00 with various levels of membership as low as $2000.

Yes, those are laminate wood floors, likely a left-over from Tony’s beer bachelor days. Nicole says they kept them because they are so easy with kids. (Or dogs!) Buyer could certainly replace. Or I’d do that new wood-like tile, it would be stunning and also easy-peasy. Love me some wood floors, but they sure take a beating.

The HOA fees on the Romo’s house run about $5400 a year, including security and burglar alarm monitoring. And the interiors are nothing less than perfection.

I mean, if it’s good enough for Tony and Candice Romo… can’t wait to see what they have done up in Glen Abbey with Mark Molthan…Dowling Drive roof



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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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