Let Your Imagination Run Wild at 17183 Club Hill Drive

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Oooh, this one is different. Today’s Saturday Eight Hundred is far more ornate than my usual picks, and it just barely makes it into the $800,000 block. But I dig it in its crazy ornate madness. There’s so much for my imagination to run wild with! With Swarovski crystal chandeliers aplenty and gleaming marble floors, 17183 Club Hill Drive definitely brings the bling. And this French Normandy-inspired home backs up to Bent Tree Golf Course, so the views aren’t half bad, either.

With three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in nearly 5,500 square feet, this Far North Dallas home is also roomy, to say the least. It’s downright enormous. Speaking of, have you seen your family this week? No worries. Your spouse is hanging out in the wine cellar and the kids are in the pool. You might as well fix yourself a snack in the gourmet kitchen and run a hot bath in the jetted tub. The others can fend for themselves. This week’s pick is listed by Re/Max’s Michael Gaule for $899,500. Join us after the jump for some soaring ceilings and a whole lot of crystal.

Impressive. With sky-high ceilings, this most formal of formal living areas would make an ordinary visit from the neighbors feel like holding court. Interestingly, this may be the only room in the house without a crystal chandelier. This one holds its own, though.

I believe this is the family room, and although it’s staged rather formally, the wood floors make it much warmer than the formal living room.

The view from the dining room suggests animated household goods may be putting on a dinner show. Be our guest? Yes, I think I just might. In reality, I think those windows may overlook the street, but not in my imagination.

I’d be tempted to update the backsplash with something a bit less… brown, because there’s a lot of that going on in this kitchen. But consider that the end of my reservations. That gas range makes my heart go pitter pat – and I’m not even much of a cook. And those skylights!

From the breakfast nook, you catch just a glimpse of the outdoor dining area and a good view of the butler’s pantry.

No, this isn’t a third living room. It’s the master bedroom. And it’s glorious. With windows on three sides, the master suite glows with natural light. The attached balcony provides views to the pool below and the master bathroom is elegant and spacious. Oh, hello. That tub is calling your name.

The other bedrooms and bathrooms, while not quite as grand, are unquestionably very nice (and ornate).

Finally, outside you find a cozy patio with an elegant outdoor fireplace and a pool with… decorative busts, which, if we’re going with the whole enchanted castle things, might be a little uncomfortable. You probably won’t be skinny dipping under those watchful gazes.


Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

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