Beverly Drive is the most desirable street in the Dallas area. You cannot convince me otherwise. Armstrong Parkway runs a very close second, and yes, I do love Swiss Avenue, but in my book, once you set eyes on Beverly Drive, nothing else can compare. I’ve been trying to figure out how to live there since 1979. The deck is not stacked in my favor, but if I could manage it, I’d be the first person in line to buy Robert Elliott’s latest custom build at 3414 Beverly Drive. This new build from a sought-after CandysDirt.com Approved Builder sets a new standard for luxury, and I’m dubbing it a modern traditional mansion.
When you look at what is historically regarded as a classic luxury mansion, they run the gamut from stately Tudors to clean contemporaries. In general, they are defined by a lot of space, cutting edge features, and specially designed rooms for leisure activities. Over the years we’ve seen the once essential conservatories and private libraries fade from use. Most recently, the media room was an absolute must, but even those are no longer deemed a necessary feature.
As times change, needs change, and so does the definition and the look of a mansion. What Robert Elliott has designed is a fresh new take on the mansion. While it has the modern features that create excitement, it also has the elements that keep it connected and rooted in tradition. For instance, the beamed and coffered ceilings are a lovely nod to tradition and offer that immediate feeling of comfort in a subtle manner. Buyers in the luxury market today want a home that feels like it’s been around but is brand new.
What’s important in a modern traditional mansion?
It has to be big. With 10,282 square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder baths, that checks the size box.
Elevator? Check. Smart home automation? Check. It’s Control4, one of the best on the market. Traditional elements? Check. The beamed and coffered ceilings fit that bill. Also, the front door and kitchen vent hood were constructed from reclaimed Sinker Cypress found in Louisiana. Privacy? Check. Solid walnut pocket doors separate the entry from the main hallway. Guests can flow to a formal room for cocktails while you oversee the finishing touches on the main course. Multi-function space? Check. On the third floor, a flexible space with a full bath and closet can serve as a playroom, home theater, or quarters.
What are those new essentials buyers look for in a modern traditional mansion? Well, a huge outdoor living room with a professional kitchen is now a necessity. This one has oversized sliding and stackable glass doors that bring the outdoors inside in the best possible way. Any chef will be right at home here with a 36-inch Lynx Sear grill, a Big Green Egg, warming drawers, an Asko dishwasher and two ice makers — and that’s only a partial list of features. Recessed Phantom screens, huge fans, and radiant ceiling heaters ensure year-round comfort.
But the pièce de résistance in this home is the basement. Hold onto your Stetsons — this home has the garage to beat all garages. There is a Phantom lift with a camera monitoring system. A backup generator means the lift is not ever going to fail in a storm. You can fit in eight cars — 10 if you are a parking pro!
There’s also a wet bar with Sub Zero and Wolf Appliances, and the garage is wired for not one, not two, but five big screen TVs.
Elliott has nailed the modern traditional mansion and seriously raised the expectation bar. Give Ty Vaughn at Elliott’s brokerage, The Associates ,a call, and this can all be yours for $7.79 million.
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