I admit it; I’m hard to impress. Writing about luxury properties several times a week pushes the bar higher and higher. So, when I find a home like this Preston Hollow estate, I’m not just excited to share it with you, I’m over the moon. Superlatives simply don’t do justice to this three-story custom mansion at 9236 Hollow Way Road. It sits on just under an acre of land, and if you need an extra basketball, Mark Cuban is within walking distance, and no doubt has a few lying around.
Nathan Grace Realtors Laura Crowl, Lauri Ann Hanson, and Aimee Schreiner have the property listed for $6.585 million. If you’re a buyer in the luxury market, stop right now and book an appointment to see this beauty because there is nothing else like it on the market.
Grab another cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and drool over the gorgeous photos of this stunning 10,843-square-foot Preston Hollow estate as I endeavor to explain what has so thoroughly captivated me.
Of course, it’s stunning, but the house also feels like home the moment you enter the gate. It’s because the builder created a façade that echoes stately historic Georgian homes. That historic look roots us in comfort. There’s a lot of subtlety built into the home that makes you feel connected without knowing why. It’s the repetition of design, the symmetry, and the abundance of light that all offer comfort. And comfort above all, regardless of price point, is what really attracts us to a home. We must feel the connection. It has to feel like the house could be our home.
Witold Rybczynski, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania and author of Home: A Short History of an Idea, contends that a home is a haven, and the idea of comfort has developed over history.
“It is an idea that has meant different things at different times. In the 17th century, comfort meant privacy, which led to intimacy and, in turn, to domesticity. The 18th century shifted the emphasis to leisure and ease, the 19th to mechanically aided comforts–light, heat, and ventilation. The 20th-century domestic engineers stressed efficiency and convenience.”
“At various times, and in response to various outside forces — social, economic, and technological — the idea of comfort has changed, sometimes drastically. But what is striking is that the idea of comfort, even as it has changed, has preserved most of its earlier meanings.”
What I’m trying to get across is there are a lot of beautiful multi-million dollar properties out there, but this one is comfortable at every level Rybczynski touches upon, from privacy, efficiency, and light, to smart technology. But it’s a home first. That is in large part due to the extremely well-thought-out remodel and the seller’s natural design instincts.
Rarely have I seen such attention to detail, from the custom pattern on the driveway that repeats on the entryway floors, and is echoed on the dining room ceiling, to the impeccable craftsmanship and inspired use of materials. Any great house, in my opinion, has to have at least one secret room. I’m happy to report this one has two.
In addition to the master suite, there are four en-suite bedrooms on the second floor and three have secret staircases.
“There are Harry Potter doors you pop, and they open to staircases,” Crowl said. Two bedrooms on the second floor have access to secret rooms on the third, and the master has access to a bedroom presently used as a home gym on the second floor.
This Preston Hollow estate has everything you could imagine. Two private offices, an unbelievably beautiful bar, a large wine cellar, a tricked-out media room, a game room, a craft room, a catering kitchen, and possibly the most beautiful butler’s pantry I’ve ever seen. Who thinks of adding hand painted silk wallpaper to a butler’s pantry? It’s gorgeous.
It’s firmly established at CandysDirt.com that I think a house is not a home unless you have a guest quarters, and this one takes the proverbial cake. It has a private entrance, living room, bedroom, kitchenette, and laundry area. If your in-laws are coming to stay, you might not mind at all.
The backyard is not just any old backyard. Sure, there are the absolute necessities for a Texas summer — the saltwater pool, and outdoor kitchen — but wait there’s more. A covered pool cabana with a dedicated bathroom, a sand volleyball court, and — outdoor showers! I know, right?
I could go on and on, but Crowl, Hanson, and Schreiner have put together a gorgeous E-book of the Preston Hollow estate on their Nathan Grace website that has every single detail you need to know before heading over to see this incomparable home. When you do see it, let us know if you’ve found your haven of comfort.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com