Engel & Volkers Moves Into Dallas With Agent Tom Cappello and Stunning Hockaday Square Property


An architecturally correct, head-to-toe restoration one block from Strait Lane? Check. Smooth transitional contemporary design? Check. Proximity to The Hockaday School? Check. A sweeping ground-floor floor plan in a park-like setting with a huge Zen master bedroom in a different zone of the house from the kids’ separate wing?

Got it. Add in a greenbelt, cul-de-sac, mature trees, and a vast backyard with safety-gated enclosed pool and veranda for a near-perfect setting.

This story all adds up to 4748 Alta Vista Circle in Dallas from Tom Cappello of Engel & Volkers Realtors (214-802-7192 and Tom.Cappello@evusa.com), the very first luxury listing from the brokerage in Dallas proper.

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As we have told you, Engel & Volkers swooped into North Texas two years ago and partnered with Roxann Taylor & Associates in Southlake. Roxann told us that North Dallas, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities was on their radar. And so it has come to pass with Tom Cappello, formerly of Bank of America. A longtime Dallasite with many years of real estate experience and deep family business contacts in Dallas-Fort Worth, Cappello is known for his honesty, creativity, and fast and effective results-oriented approach. Cappello does things differently, and it works!

Primarily known as a buyer’s agent at all price ranges, Cappello wanted to show what he could do as a seller’s agent for this outstanding listing in Preston Hollow. Capello, the first Engel & Volkers agent in Preston Hollow/North Dallas and the anointed agent for 4748 Alta Vista Circle, is working with Karen Nyhoff to market the property.

And note that it is Alta Vista Circle, not Lane. The home is located on a very private cul-de-sac with only four homes, pulling it far from the maddening crowds of the Hockaday area. This is a sprawling two-story, circa-1959 home that is rock solid, renovated both in 1975 and 2016.


There are 4,676 square feet, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one powder bath. There are formals, a media/play room, and an attached garage. The lot is a generous 60 feet by 132 feet deep, with a greenbelt behind that is completely masked by giant trees.

The owners, David and Mary Beth Hall, share a passion for design and craftsmanship reflected in their remodels. The pair has produced many striking and meticulous renovations, this one being the latest located in one of Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods. David is founding partner of Eleven Eleven Properties — a play on numbers reflecting his accounting background — and Mary Beth is a noted Optometrist. Her keen eye has come in handy, that’s certain.

Their collaboration has also produced two in-demand, relaxing vacation rentals in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This Alta Vista Circle listing has been chosen by Engel & Volkers as a first signature showcase listing in the Dallas market.

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They have also brought in Dallas’ own Steve McElroy (McElroyFineArt@aol.com and 310-658-0895) to hang new artwork throughout the home, exploiting the vast, art-hungry walls. McElroy is a well-known Dallas-based contemporary artist. Mattel recently chose McElroy to accompany Andy Warhol’s work in a worldwide launch. His work hangs in many a prestigious Dallas home, from Jan Showers to Michelle Nussbaumer to Gloria Nicoud.

The property will also display artwork from South African painter Marlena Horak (in Dallas contact justin.adendorff@gmail.com) and in totality, it’s an eclectic and stunning result. Both painters are on watch lists as artists to collect.

Tom Cappello, Steve McElroy, and Tiffany Fulmer

Tom Cappello, Steve McElroy, and Tiffany Fulmer

This home craves designer furnishings, and Cappello also wanted potential buyers to see just how well it shows off collections and vignettes. Tiffany Fulmer’s Cozy Couture Interiors was brought in to stage several rooms. Known in the Highland Park and Lakewood areas for her responsible and tasteful use of client resources, Fulmer brings a timeless, inspired energy to the Alta Vista Circle property. She called on some of her favorite collaborative creative partners: The Rug Company (Dallas: 214-760-4888) is known for the finest handmade rugs in the world, with handmade silk and wool carpets that add a perfect contemporary backdrop for Fulmer’s highly creative interior design work.

The Rug Company’s licensed brands include Alexander McQueen, Diane von Fursternberg, and yes, Steve McElroy.

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The property mixes high and low ceilings, a custom-designed floating staircase that looks like a work of art in the formals, a large, functional chef’s kitchen designed by the owner with dining and work areas, huge walk-in pantry, plus a three-car garage. The eastern wing of the home is all about function: laundry room, powder bath, kitchen, and dining. The home centers on the entertainment and relaxation areas, putting the huge master into an entire wing for the utmost privacy. The master features a sunken spa bath and even an adjacent living room of its own with huge windows gazing to the many mature trees and greenery that surrounds this home. Each window view is of a park-like setting from every suite, including one for in-laws, rebound children, or guests with en suite bath.

Upstairs is a trio of large rooms and baths for the children’s wing, with a definite treehouse feel. There is storage galore, and extra insulation for noise control. When the kids are upstairs, you may not even realize they are home.

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Cappello has listed 4748 Alta Vista Circle at $1,097,888. Don’t miss this stunner at a great price. Call or write Tom Cappello of Engel & Volkers at 214-802-7192 or Tom.cappello@evusa.com for an appointment or for more information. And add Tom Cappello and Roxann Taylor of Engel & Volkers to your shortlist when buying or selling. The Engel & Volker’s experience, reputation, and luxe magazine GG Global Guide is the best in the business!

Professional interior photography creatively and professionally provided by Joshua Bordo (360-440-4024)