Kari Lehtonen’s Preston Hollow Palace Hits Market for $4,250,000. Will He Stay in Dallas?

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Kari Lehtonen has been a part of the Dallas Stars for the long haul, despite all those reincarnations, and now we totally know why. We totally get it. He had a great, terrific, to-die-for Preston Hollow home to come home to every night after Stars practice. 
The interiors of this house — the formals, kitchen, pool and exterior oasis, library, media room, master bedroom and really, a bathroom as stunning as the Crespi Estate’s — what great places to kick up your feet, sit back, relax and watch the world go by
But now, Kari and his wife, Abbey, are letting go…of that great Preston Hollow house. They are not quite sure what they want to do next, though staying in Dallas is high on the list. Thing is, they didn’t build this home — bought it about two years after construction — but they revamped it completely and thoroughly, much of it Abbey’s own vision, using the incredible design team of Nolan Interiors. Who we are very familiar with!
“We are preparing our family for whatever the next phase in our lives is going to be,” Kari told me. “We would love for our future to be in Dallas and would like to explore the option of building our next home here. The reality of the situation is we don’t know what’s next for our family but are looking forward to the future wherever it may take us!”
Their home is not in MLS yet, but top Compass agent Julie Provenzano is seeking a buyer so it may never have to touch MLS. I mean, sports stars and celebs usually tend to be very quiet about their homes and the whole selling process. And when Julie markets a listing, everyone pays super close attention. Her clients tend to be heavy hitter sports starts in ice hockey or basketball. You know, the big guys — stay tuned for more on that in Forbes.com.
And this house! Don’t let that traditional red brick Georgian exterior fool you! This home gleams a contemporary clean Beverly Hills sensibility throughout and talk about names, here are just some of a few who had their hand in creating this home: Dennis Mullinex was the builder; interiors as we said by Nolen Homes, landscape design by Harold Leidner, that master of landscape design.
Lehtonen has been through several incarnations with the Dallas Stars over the seasons. Quite frankly, we don’t care what this goalie does on the ice nor where he sits when he’s goaling because in the real estate dirt realm, he rules.
So, here she is: 6331 DeLoache Ave.

A half block walk to Preston Hollow Park. Primo Preston Hollow dirt with quick access/egress in and out. The home itself is huge: there are seven bedrooms and seven and a half baths, and every room has been beautifully appointed with designer touches. Plus, as you might expect of someone with a six million dollar salary, the home is fully automated and no penny left unspent on security, construction, design or decor.  
The entire home is light-filled, with a classic floor plan that flows from room to room — perfectly suited to entertaining. The home evokes an elegant sophistication, with formals where needed but also casual spaces ideal for family gatherings. This is, after all, a family home.
Enter through the custom double front doors at a gracious entryway flanked by formal living and dining spaces. The chef’s kitchen is not just called that: there are THREE Turbo Chef ovens, a Gaggenau induction cooktop, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a large island with Carrera Marble (be still my heart). A large breakfast nook with custom built-ins and wine storage overlooks a spacious casual living room anchored by a gas fireplace with marble surround. Numerous French doors lead to a flagstone patio. Besides formals, the kitchens, casual living and foyer, a private guest suite, home office, large butler’s pantry, and mud room round out the first floor. 
The master suite is located on the second floor, where I quite frankly think it should be when you have children, even teenagers. How else will you know what’s going on in those rooms? (And that downstairs guest room could be a quick master convert if you really want to be that far away.) The master overlooks the elegant pool with those beautifully landscaped grounds. We told you: Harold Leidner. A gas fireplace is situated in the middle of the master bedroom, with a large sitting area towards the windows. The master bathroom features dual vanities, a separate shower with gorgeous marble tile, and a Neorest bath centered right in the middle of the room. Those pups offer the highest level of luxury, we know this was totally added on by the Lehtonen’s.
As you may have guessed, the master closet was custom designed to maximize every micron of space and provide tremendous storage with exquisite built-ins and custom cabinetry. Four additional guest suites are located on the second level all with en suite baths. Also upstairs is large utility room, impressive game room, and high tech media room, as beautiful as it is functional.
The third floor is home to a seventh guest bedroom and a large bonus room that currently is put to use as an ideal playroom. An elevator connects all three levels along with dual staircases in front and back, so no worries on schlepping stuff up and down. Put it in the elevator and push the button.
Then there is the backyard: Leidner’s landscaping creates a serene oasis with a cantilevered roof over the patio, a stunning pool and spa with water features, sport court and built-in exterior kitchen ideal for entertaining. Bordered by mature trees and meticulously landscaped grounds, this backyard offers a great degree of privacy and a beautiful retreat from city life. 
As does the entire house. But you are right in the middle of all the action and connected to major thoroughfares, schools, shopping. Two words: Preston Royal. Need I say more? Maybe we should start a betting pool on how quick this one goes…because it’s going to be lickety-split (or some other hockey term).

Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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