It’s often challenging to bring you homes in lower price points, because they fly off the market before we can write about them. There’s a different challenge with properties in the luxury category. There are so many beautiful houses priced at over $1 million in Dallas that we often have a hard time choosing. However, when we spotted this beautiful Preston Hollow transitional at 6516 Mimosa Lane designed by Neal Stewart, it was evident we had to share it with you.
Sometimes a house shouts at you, and that’s fine, we love dramatic spaces. What sets this home apart is that it is relatable — it’s easy to imagine living here. With 6,328 square feet, it still feels intimate. That’s mainly due to the influence and skills of designer Neal Stewart. This gorgeous transitional was built as a spec home in 2006, which is hard to believe considering it looks like it was built this year.
“This house was totally ahead of its time,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Karen Fry said. Fry is co-listing the home with Meredith Hayes for $2.1 million.“I feel like Neal Stewart invented the transitional look. The house has a striking sensibility and an almost Eastern Seaboard feeling.”
The home was constructed with an open floor plan in a manner that promotes a smooth flow but does not sacrifice intimacy. There are sight lines straight across the front of the house, from the study to the dining room, but you have a distinct separation of space. There are also some unexpected architectural features for a house of this age. For instance, that lovely study off of the entry has built-in bookcases below the windows. This is something you expect to see in a home built in the 1920s in the M Streets or Hollywood Heights, not in a 2006 build in the heart of Preston Hollow. But it’s that sort of element that offers the relatability that makes the house feel like a home.
The wall separating the entry from the living area is another touch of genius. Identical mirrors were installed on either side to reflect the rooms and create an even greater sense of continuity. You may want to write those into the contract because we can’t imagine the home without them.
There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three powder baths, as well as a game room and an exercise room over the three-car garage. The entire home has a timeless feel that could easily skew to contemporary or more traditional, although we feel like Stewart completely hit the mark here with his transitional choices.
We all love a good closet, and this one is exceptional. After you wind your way through the Carrara marble master bathroom, you enter a world of beautiful built-ins and floor-to-ceiling shoe racks, a complete necessity in our view.
“What I really love is at the back of the closet there is a dressing room with natural light,” Fry said. “It’s like a throwback to 1930s Hollywood. You expect Joan Fontaine to be putting her makeup on.”
“There are very few houses you can compare this one to,” Fry said. “However, the uniqueness is not intimidating; it’s embracing.”
Broker Open: Tuesday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.