The gracious estates along Strait Lane invite a certain mystery. Set back from the road with ample acreage, these properties are some of the most exclusive — and luxurious — in Dallas.
Today, I’d like to tell you about one that truly impresses. Calleja Way is a winding cul-de-sac with one property, at its end – 4949 Calleja Way. This uniquely private property shows only its tall and ornate gates and stone herringbone-patterned curving drive over a bridge, to those wanting a peek. Once through the gates, magnificent views emerge as the impressive front elevation of an elegant home appears, gracefully framed by a beautiful fountain and many large mature trees.
Nestled into Bachman Creek with lush landscaping, this breathtaking, yet unostentatious, home reflects a serene, enchanting aesthetic. It was designed by Larry E. Boerder Architects and built by Cy Barcus as a custom home for the present owners in 1999. Every amenity and comfort you could ever want, and newer Smart Home features, are encompassed in a highly accessible design and layout.
“People are searching for more authenticity in all things, and this house exudes fine quality throughout without being at all pretentious — it’s a house for our times,” said listing agent C C Allen with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The degree of integration and design that’s present inside the house and out — it’s absolutely flawless.”
With six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, six living areas, five dining areas, and 12,234 square feet in three stories, including the attached quarters with its own laundry, kitchen, and exterior access, there’s no shortage of space. But it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large or “too much” in any way. In fact, this house feels perfectly right-sized.
“The rooms are elegantly proportioned and cohesive with a seamless design plan,” Allen said. “An elevator to all three floors means all spaces in the home are easily accessible, as well.”
Seeing is believing with this Strait Lane home — let’s take a tour.
Sitting on 2.21 acres, there’s wonderful privacy and seclusion on this Strait Lane estate. The only way you can see a neighbor’s house is during the dead of winter when trees are bare at the very back of the land. Landscaping by The Harold Leidner Company creates a naturalistic feel, enhanced by Bachman Creek running through the property. The sound of moving water, birds, and the wind in mature trees creates an unusually peaceful environment.
The owners also added extensive hardscape that surrounds the home, offering access to the lovely grounds through custom doors opening to stone porches and walkways. An exquisite swimming pool with elevated spa and a decorative gazebo, an outdoor kitchen, and multiple seating areas create varied settings for entertainment and easy use by the family. Handsome copper gutters and downspouts are tied into an extensive drainage system with a sump pump.
“The owners wanted a lush, natural look with the landscaping and hardscaping, nothing too formal. The graceful architectural style of the home thoughtfully extends to the outdoor areas, as well,” Allen said.
Once across the threshold, you’re greeted by unfolding views of a two-story entryway with a sweeping staircase and intricate ironwork frets, as well as marble floors in a harlequin pattern with two shades of golden marble. What a first impression!
“There’s superb quality from top to bottom, with light-filled rooms and an exceptionally good floorplan,” said Allen.
The grand living room is simply jaw dropping, with soaring ceilings in rich maple, a marble floor, an oversized and carved stone fireplace, and two glass-paneled, curved French doors at either end of the room leading to the front and back exterior living areas.
Walk into the kitchen and see the rich cherry cabinets that go on for miles, with double islands topped in granite. There are top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, of course, including a commercial-grade gas range, a copper vent, and a built-in refrigerator and freezer. And look at the ceiling – it rises expansively over the two islands and culminates in a large skylight. You’ll also find dual dishwashers, a built-in icemaker, and an adjacent butler’s pantry with a silver closet.
Other rooms throughout the property offer thoughtful details, like five fireplaces, oversized custom windows overlooking the manicured grounds, a spectacular mahogany library with its large walk-in bar, a beautiful stone loggia off the main living area and master bedroom, and a five-car garage with a Tesla charging station.
A generously sized master is laid with light-colored maple floors, and features oversized his-and-hers walk-in closets, as well as a bathroom with a heated floor that goes on and on. Think Jacuzzi tub, granite-topped counters, built-in vanity, dual sinks, a huge shower with a frameless glass front and body sprays, and a work-out room with outside access.
Now for a real surprise: a finished basement! In North Texas, building a basement is an engineering feat (our soil simply doesn’t want to cooperate), and a great expense. But what a luxury!
The elevator arrives at the dining/tasting room, adjacent to a 1,000-plus-bottle, temperature-controlled wine room. You can come straight from the kitchen upstairs with a charcuterie tray and entertain guests in style, wine glass in hand, to the Tuscan-inspired dining area, the living area/card room, and a media room. How marvelous!
On the second floor, a guest room and three other generous bedrooms, each with ensuite baths, have large walk-in closets and balconies with intricate ironwork.
Near the outdoor kitchen at the back of the home, a full bath is accessible from the pool area, and is perfectly placed for guests to take a shower after an afternoon of swimming. Handsome exterior stone stairs lead from the outside entertaining areas to the upstairs playroom and a full apartment with its own laundry and exterior access.
“Everything about this house is perfectly constructed, and generously proportioned with high ceilings – it has so much to offer today’s luxury buyer,” Allen said. “A remarkable quality of materials is used everywhere, and with features I’ve never seen before, like carved fir rafter tails under the eaves of the roof that are just beautiful. Everyone looking for a property in this market range will want to consider this timeless, exceedingly well-designed, and beautifully-built home.”