Say goodbye to another Dallas icon. The home of the late Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Dallas-based Mary Kay Inc., is being torn down as we speak, at 8915 Douglas Ave.
The 11,874-square-foot mansion, in the honeypot Old Preston Hollow, was built in 1984. The Dallas Central Appraisal District has the home valued at $1.91 million, interesting because it was sold for $1.85 million. Its condition is listed as “very poor.” And it’s obvious the house has not been loved in a long time.
Shrubbery is to be maintained so as to not to disturb the neighbors.
“It was dilapidated inside, and it’s really sad,” says someone who has been inside recently. “No one has lived there in years. The materials were not of high quality, and looks like water had gotten up through the foundation.”
The really valuable chandeliers and marble pieces are also gone.
Even the pink quartz bathroom commode is going.
A demolition permit was issued for the property on March 6, but the current owner has been planning to tear it down since last August. The home has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms, and sits on 1.05 primo acres that back up to the Dallas North Tollway. It was sold December 28, 2015, for $1.85 million.
Allie Beth Allman agent Karen Luter was the listing agent for the owner, Dr. Karen Gillum, who had been trying to sell the property for years. At one point the home was listed at $5.7 million with Myla Patton, back in 2007. Successive agents kept lowering the price until Karen did the magic.
Who is the new owner? We have been trying to find out for a long time. Dallas-based Pelicans Corp. Services LLC is listed as the property’s owner but…well, stay tuned.
Built in 1984, remodeled in 2000, the estate featured manicured lawns with fountains, pools, koi ponds, arboretum like gardens, Brazilian teakwood flooring, grand sweeping staircases (two or three), statues, arcades of Corinthian columns, a wine cellar, walls of beveled glass windows, hand painted murals, original pink quartz-marble hardware, indescribable mill work and that pink quartz commode. The lime green carpet on the stairs is the original that hosted many a top producer party. The kitchen has the original white Corian counters and Mary Kay’s own breakfast table (one of them) under the massive chandelier.
When I first saw the home years ago, right after Mary Kay had moved out, it held no oriental rugs. It has been listed by Myla Patton of Patton International Real Estate for $5.7 in 2007, then with Linda Jordan Hobbs over at Ebby for $4.995 million.
You know, Alex Rodriquez, or A-Rod, who used to live next door, still drives up Douglas every time he visits Dallas just to take a gander at the home he owned, right next door to Mary Kay’s pink castle. Sadly, he will have one less reminder of his days in Dallas on his next visit.