Italian Renaissance Revival in Mayflower Estates Would Make George Lucas Drool

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Photos: Natalia Zinser

Mayflower Estates has some of the most beautiful architect designed homes you’ll find anywhere in Dallas. It’s where you’ll find Walnut Place, the 25 acre estate now owned by Andy Beal, which is also on the market, right down the street. The 16 acre Phillips estate is here. It’s also home to former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. If you want privacy, exclusivity, and an extraordinary setting, you want Mayflower Estates.

And if you want a media room that would make George Lucas drool, read on:
It comes as no surprise that builder Randy Hughes chose Mayflower Estates as the perfect location to create this stunning Mediterranean Italian renaissance revival mansion at 10227 Gaywood Road. If Hughes’ name sounds familiar, you’re probably a Dallas Cowboys fan.

In 1974, Randy Hughes was selected by the Cowboys as one of their 12 rookies. That “Dirty Dozen” helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl X. He was lauded by Tom Landry as the best safety in the league at the end of 1979. Eventually, as happens to most players, he succumbed to a series of injuries that ended his football career.

Lucky for us, however, as he went into luxury home construction and built a sprinkling of homes with veteran Gordon Todd across North Dallas (Preston Hollow and Glen Abbey) and Plano.

He brought in architect Lloyd Lumpkins  to create this 10,801-square-foot home in 2014. Together they have raised the bar for luxury construction in Dallas.

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Mayflower Estates

Mayflower Estates

Mayflower Estates

“To be honest, it’s a pleasure to market a home like this,” Allie Beth Allman listing agent Burt Zinser said. “I feel privileged to be associated with it. The quality and attention to detail are unsurpassed. The house is like an art gallery. You can stand there and look at a detail for 10 minutes, and your appreciation for it just deepens. Whether it’s the quality of the Venetian plaster or the design of the buttress ceilings, the details are flawless.”

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The dining room has a buttressed ceiling. A wine cellar and wet bar flank the fireplace in perfect symmetry.

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The library is directly opposite the dining room and mirrors the architectural symmetry found there.

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The kitchen and breakfast area feature both barrel-vaulted and beamed ceilings.

The cathedral-vaulted family room has enormous steel clad windows and folding triple glass doors that open on to the pool. Those are north facing windows, so lots of light with no direct sun.

The Mayflower Estates mansion has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four powder baths, a study, a game room, and a home theater to beat all home theaters. The present owners brought in interior designer Richard Trimble to add his magic touch to the estate.

The beautiful photos shot by Natalia Zinser will give you all the pretty details, from the gorgeous antique light fixtures to the wide plank herringbone floors. But pretty is expected in a luxury home, so let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of what makes this a spectacular estate.

The master bedroom is the size of a three-car garage with cove lighting around the barrel-vaulted ceiling.


If you are familiar with the nuances of building a home theater, you will know most media rooms have seven speakers, one subwoofer, and two surround sound speakers. When looking at a real estate listing with a great home theater, it will read “media room with 7.1.2 audio.” This one reads, “Media room is the first in Texas to use the 10.2.4 audio.” That means it has a center channel, right and left channels, two more along the sides plus additional speakers in the ceiling, all by Bowers & Wilkins, leaders in the industry.  It’s like being at a movie theater — well, more like being at theme park theater because there are also D-Box seats. Those are the seats that are programmed to move in perfect synchronization with on screen action in a film, known as motion-enhanced cinema seating.

Needless to say, the home has the latest state-of-the-art automation. Everything is controlled from your phone or tablet from the lights to the sound and security systems.

We have to point out the brilliance of putting the facade of the house on the screen. Kudos to Zinser for that smart move!

One of the essential features of any luxury build today is an outdoor living space, and this one is beyond compare. “The outdoor kitchen is by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, the Rolls Royce of outdoor kitchens,” Zinser said. To give you an idea of what this means, Kalamazoo makes a $17,000 hybrid barbecue grill. They are the go-to company if you want a luxury outdoor kitchen. All of the under-cabinet refrigeration is by Perlick, the leader in commercial and residential refrigeration.

The pool cabana is air conditioned and heated. Now, remember this is an outdoor space — that’s luxury! The pool deck is made of granite, but you’ve probably already guessed that by now.

Mayflower EstatesThe exterior of the home is maintenance free with a lifetime finish. It’s also a designated Green Built North Texas home — gorgeous and energy efficient.

Luxury real estate agents see the best of the best on a daily basis, so we think it’s always important to find out what they notice in a home.

“It’s a tie between the resort-level lifestyle and the quality and attention to details,” Zinser said. “For the person that appreciates quality, they will be in heaven.”

Zinser listed the Mayflower Estates Italian Renaissance revival just three days ago for $7.75 million and yes, there are already people flying into town to see it. If you want a move-in ready estate, with the absolute best of everything, in an exclusive neighborhood, this just might be your next home.

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