And with $22 million poured into it, this mansion
is now the biggest bargain in Texas with its new, “sell me, sell me!” listing price.
Consider: more than 18,000 square feet. Underground parking for at least 10 (which makes valet car retrieval very easy in case of a storm). Seven to nine bedrooms, a master suite that is larger than most homes at 2638 square feet, putting green, golf simulator, outdoor kitchen, the most perfect pool environment, and the most sought after location in Highland Park.
There is even a remote back entry gate (with separate remote exit gate) leading to a large motor court that could double as a sports court: summer camp right in your backyard.
Beautifully positioned on close to an acre in the most prestigious corner of Highland Park, the owners of this meticulously crafted estate commissioned three of the most esteemed professionals in Texas to make it a home nirvana: Architect Robbie Fusch (need we say more?), master builder John Sebastian, and our very own landscape guru Harold Leidner created a landscape plan that rivals the most beautiful resort landscaping you have ever seen.
Dr. Barker sat on the hospital’s board of directors. In August, Dr. Barker plead guilty to major health care fraud: conspiracy to pay and receive health care bribes and kickbacks in connection with the bankrupt hospital.
He is not alone: Dr. Barker is the seventh of 21 defendants who have admitted guilt in an elaborate scheme whereby bribes and kickbacks were paid to doctors, recruiters, lawyers and others, this all according to prosecutors. Because of the brain defying complexity of insurance in-network and out-of-network payments, hospital executives and physicians allegedly assured patients they would pay in-network prices. But then they allegedly concealed the patient discounts and wrote off the difference as uncollected bad debt. But then there were, allegedly again, those bribes for referrals and kickbacks for performing surgeries at the medical center. Dr. Barker was the first of several charged surgeons to admit his guilt in the case, and his house, which is all we are concerned with here
, has been ordered sold by the bankruptcy trustee.
It is truly a work of art. The home includes three rich living areas, three full stories serviced by a commercial elevator, a wine grotto with tasting area, a safe room, rich wood paneled library/office with built- in computer station and coffered ceiling.
When you tire of working, there is a virtual golf room where you can tee off in your choice of exclusive golf courses: virtual golf rooms, by the way, start at about $75K.
Did we tell you this house is loaded? Oh yeah baby.
Company? There is an attached guest casita. Just walk across the balcony that is over the porte cochere to a separate quarters with living room up and bedroom down. The suite also includes sink, microwave and refrigerator perfect for long term guests, grown kids or elderly parents.
No more exercise excuses: there is a full home gym that rivals Cooper Aerobics Center right near the master bedroom.
The master wing is probably the most amazing in North Texas, even considering The Crespi Estate. You enter the suite from double doors that lead to the spacious master bedroom with fireplace and doors leading to a dramatic front balcony.
There is an attached private living room just for the master suite complete with glass bi-folding doors that open to a large private loggia with fireplace that overlooks the estate’s grounds: pool and spa, cabana, pergola, outdoor kitchen, putting green and more. The master suite also includes a wet bar with built-in espresso maker. There are separate, glorious, large bathrooms as well as fabulous separate custom closets. The “his closet” has a television that remotely rises from the mammoth island in the middle of the closet to watch while getting dressed. And it has back to back TV’s so it can be viewed from either side of the dressing area. The state of the art exercise room completes the master suite on the second floor which is over 2638 square feet.
The main floor has the requisite formals and an enormous, functioning kitchen with full catering space, all accessible to the amazing and glorious outdoors! (I also love the bar, one of those where three can be serving simultaneously.) Few homes can rival the superior, lovingly manicured exteriors on this home with an amazingly beautiful pool (sure Leidner designed it) that extends under an incredible columned pergola with tile roof for shade, fireplace, water features and two covered, queen-sized platform beds surot imagine the peace of resting on those huge cushions on a hot August afternoon, the water tickling my feet.
Other amenities include that cabana with large living area and two bathrooms, full outdoor kitchen, the aforementioned putting green, numerous loggias, amazing motor court leading to an underground ten-car garage, plus a separate two- car garage.
All together, the home has 18,100 square feet with seven plus bedrooms, three stories, eleven fireplaces, gadzillion in and out living areas, nine full baths, five half baths, gazillion (three) dining areas, and a guest casita.
The asking price is $16.75 million. I rest my case.