From April: This “extra” Lobello Estates home was one of my favorites this year. Simply stunning with a rich history and all the bells and whistles, I’m disappointed to see it’s no longer on the market. You can bet we’ll be keeping our eyes on it. (Originally published Sept. 28, 2019).
It’s a custom-built home with its own library, bar, and card room. It’s a temporary lease for six months or less, and the per-month cost is $17,500.
And it’s so worth it.
This is Dallas, y’all. We go big or go home. Sometimes those homes have libraries, and if that’s “being extra,” let’s just get used to it.
In addition to that killer library setup, the home has four bedrooms, five and one-half bathrooms, and sits on 1.7 acres in the posh Lobello Estates neighborhood at Inwood and Royal Lane.
Lobello Estates and the surrounding area is known for large, estate-style homes designed by local architects and developers.
The beloved “Lobello house,” built by Charles Dilbeck for developer Sam Lobello Jr. in 1962, burned to the ground a few years ago, disappointing many who loved driving by and admiring the home from afar. Dilbeck reportedly built another nearby house for Lobello’s sister in the same fashion.
The home for lease at 5331 Lobello Drive was built by Mel Pollock and occupies 6,452 square feet, including formal living and dining rooms.
Sure, it’s big and beautiful and has appointed space for things that an ordinary renter wouldn’t put at the top of a wish list – but isn’t it fun to dream big? Imagine this spot being yours, even if just for a few months, and getting to live in a real-life mansion.
An elevator takes you upstairs to the master suite, with a large sitting area, reading nook, dual baths, a coffee bar, and balcony overlooking the backyard. I’m going out on a limb here, but you may not want to leave when that lease is up.
It’s hard to imagine the real world in this fairytale house, but if there are kids to be sent to school, they’ll attend the Dallas ISD campuses of Pershing Elementary, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and Hillcrest High School, or one of the nearby private schools including Jesuit Dallas, St. Marks, Hockaday, and Ursuline.
Dallas ISD has been recognized as one of the fastest-improving urban school districts in the country. John J. Pershing Elementary School earned an overall B rating on Txschools.gov, with an A in school progress and B’s in student achievement and closing the gaps. Benjamin Franklin Middle School earned a B overall, with C’s in student achievement and closing the gaps, and a B in school progress. Hillcrest High School didn’t do quite as well as its counterparts, with a C overall and a C in student achievement. The campus picked up B’s in school progress and closing the gaps.
The Morguloff Team is presenting 5331 Lobello Drive, Dallas, brokered by Ebby Halliday-Preston Keller, for $17,500 per month.