What could turn Ralph Lauren green with envy and make him want a luxury home in Dallas? The answer is easy. It’s our Monday Morning Millionaire — a majestic mountain-style mansion retreat at 4656 Meadowood Road — in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow.
Talmadge Tinsley, one of Dallas’ venerable builders, created this home for himself. And to quote my mantra, “If you can purchase a home built by a builder, for himself, jump on it!”
This home has, to our knowledge — which is deep— not been on the market since Tinsley sold it to one of our most avid Dallas philanthropists, who was also a keen outdoorsman.
This is the sort of home that is so spectacular, so filled with character, that it takes your breath away. The photographs, although fabulous, don’t do it justice. We are madly, deeply, and totally in love with this majestic mountain-style mansion retreat.
Tinsley built the 13,220-square-foot home in 1987, and I want you to think about that. This house was so cutting edge back then that I was hard-pressed to believe it was built almost 30 years ago. Tinsley hired the best of the best to create this majestic mountain-style mansion, including landscape architect Naud Burnett with Kevin Clark/Naud Burnett Landscape Designs to create just over three acres of grounds that rival any arboretum. Seamlessly blended into the landscape are a Koi pond, swimming pool, tennis court, and greenhouse.
There are four generous bedrooms, five bathrooms and two powder baths, a private study, a wine room, and a yoga room with a Helo sauna. Again, consider the timeline. Tinsley was incredibly forward thinking. Most builders were using tumbled stone and glass block everywhere, and designers were putting up Tropical Jungle Monkey in the Trees wallpaper and painting dining rooms red in the late ’80s!
I digress, Tinsley was a building genius by anyone’s definition and when he sold his home in 1997, (that’s right, only two families have owned this majestic mountain-style retreat) it was move-in ready then. And it’s move-in ready now.
Of course, making it move-in ready falls largely to the stager. After all, any home that has been in a family for 20-plus years is filled with personal color and furnishings. So, over to George Bass Stage and Design they went, to allow this majestic mountain-style retreat to show its true color!
“Our job was to make it feel like 2018, so the prospective buyer can relate to it,” Bass said. “With stone floors and wood beams, it was important to soften the look and feel to create a comfortable, current house.”
“When we went in to repaint the house, we were all astounded by how meticulously it was built.”
The home has the feel of a majestic mountain-style mansion retreat. The foyer is like a grand lodge, reminiscent of an alpine resort. Everything is done on a grand scale from the floors to the beamed ceilings, to the massive windows.
“It has a lot of character,” Bass said. “The staircases and rooms are unique. It’s not standard by any means. It’s for someone with a vision.”
If you share that vision, call Allie Beth Allman’s Christine McKenny. She has this majestic mountain-style mansion that we are sure Ralph Lauren would love, listed for $9.45 million. Hey Ralph, are you paying attention? Texas is calling, and we know you have some deep Texas, Bush family ties!
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 www.eubankstaging.com