Mark Molthan’s Modern Italian Renaissance Sails Off the Market

The luxury housing market in Dallas is hotter than a pistol. According to the 2017 Texas Luxury Home Sales Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors, luxury home sales jumped almost 20 percent in 2017 with a total sales dollar volume of 7.5 billion.

From October 2016 to November 2017, Texas luxury home sales jumped to 4,622 sales, making luxury home sales the smallest but fastest-growing segment of the Texas housing market in 2017.

So, you should not be surprised that our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous modern Italian Renaissance at 3428 Purdue Ave. in University Park, is already under an active option contract. Regardless, we had to show it to you, because it’s indicative of what is flying off the market and why.

People want a specific look and particular amenities today. This modern Italian Renaissance home encapsulates every item on the wish list of a luxury home buyer, and a great builder is at the top of the list.

Mark Molthan of Platinum Series Homes is the genius behind this beauty. Why aren’t we surprised? Molthan regularly builds homes that make our hearts, as well as Jordan Speith’s and Tony Romo’s, skip a beat — both live in Molthan-designed homes. He understands luxury building and precisely what luxury buyers want.

They want space and this modern Italian Renaissance boasts 5,119 square feet, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a powder bath, and one of the largest master closets we’ve seen lately.

“It’s as big as a bedroom,” Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate listing agent Martha Tiner said. “I dream about that closet.”

There’s a guest room on the first floor which seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many new homes don’t have that all-important feature.

Today’s luxury buyer also wants an inviting and warm home that is not just a white box. Dark hardwood floors and rustic beams in the family room and kitchen create a cozy intimacy.

Attention to detail is another factor that makes people snap up a luxury home. Check out the ceilings in this modern Italian Renaissance. “Every room has been done with creativity and beauty,” Tiner said. “Each ceiling has incredible detail, and the mouldings are beautiful. Even the wall by the stairs has moulding, and by the way, it has a hidden closet. The details in this house pushed it over the top,” Tiner said.  “It has all the bells and whistles, from tankless water heaters to mosquito screens.”

Modern Italian Renaissance

Modern Italian Renaissance

Modern Italian Renaissance

Modern Italian Renaissance

Modern Italian Renaissance

Modern Italian Renaissance


And let’s not forget it also takes a great agent to get a home in front of the right buyers — fast. Tiner put this $2.134 modern Italian Renaissance home in MLS last Friday. “We had two showings that day, three or four on Saturday, and a contract Saturday.”

This one may be a wrap, but we bet if you give Tiner a call and let her know what you’re looking for, she’ll find you a home in a hot minute.

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and 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

3 Comment

  • There is always more than one side of the story, here’s mine. Mark Molthan built a house next door to me. He and the homeowner removed all of the native trees, dug out the backyard, put a 14 foot wall up between our properties and forced their run-off water onto my property to the point where I had to make significant and expensive changes to my landscape in order to handle the volume. The house blocks out the last hour of direct sunlight each day and overlooks my backyard. He promised me that he would address the issues that I had personally talked to him about, but of course he never did. Probably because he was too busy building more Mega Mansions that don’t fit into their original neighborhoods. BTW, my neighbor moved out less than 2 years later and the house has been on the market 12-18 months because no one can afford not only the cost of this 14,000 sq ft. home, but also the property taxes that have escalated for me, being so fortunate to be able to live next door to this wonderful, sterile home.

  • Pretty but traditional. The market has moved on to transitional and modern design.