A Magical Luxury Estate in The Heart of The Park Cities

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Photography by Steven Reed Photography

When Leonard W. Volk developed Brookside Estates in the 1920s, the goal was to offer luxury estates on large scenic lots. It was an immensely successful endeavor, and what we now refer to as Volk Estates (in honor of its’ founder) is now a neighborhood of some of the finest estates in America. 

This particular luxury estate was built in 1959 for Sissy Wynne Thompson. Yes, she is part of the Wynne dynasty. If you are new to Dallas, her brothers made lasting impacts on the city. Bedford Wynne was a co-founder of the Dallas Cowboys, and Angus Wynne Jr. developed the Six Flags theme parks.  

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The trouble with purchasing a home today is we don’t want to think about anything.  What we long for is a house that’s been thoroughly thought out. It should have character, plenty of room, and privacy. I’m happy to say this luxury estate delivers all three necessities and then some.

When I spotted this exquisite home a few days ago, it was clear just from looking at the photos that the owners loved it. Little did I know how much, however.

Rarely does a seller write a love letter about their home, but that’s precisely what they did, and Allie Beth Allman listing agent Alex Perry was kind enough to send it to me.  

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The present owners took the home to the studs in 2012. They worked with award-winning architects Spitzmiller & Norris of Atlanta, noted for their decades-long design collaboration with Blackberry Farm, on transforming both the interior and exterior of the home.

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Here is a snippet of that love letter: 

We used the very highest quality materials, including architectural elements imported from London, Amsterdam, Austria, France, Italy and New York, such as a mantel that belonged to William Randolph Hearst, a bar made from the bed of the last King of Poland, and 18th-century hand-pegged parquet wood floors salvaged from European estates in France and Austria. Many of these items were purchased from prestigious auction houses, such as Christie’s, in London, Amsterdam, and New York. 

The result is, as the owners wrote, “a magical estate meant to give the feeling of being transported from the hustle of the city to a peaceful, quiet country retreat.”

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I wish I had room to reprint all 16 pages of their very detailed love letter, but I will share what they said about one of my favorite rooms. Of course, it’s the lounge. 

Just past the family room is the cozy lounge, inspired by the Harvard Club in New York. It features a precisely designed and installed floor cut from full slabs of marble, a barrel-vaulted and coffered ceiling with a lighted cupola, and a large skylight with neoclassical fretwork and antiqued German glass. It also features a large bay window enclave with a beautiful view of the South Lawn, real brass rods and curtain rings, café curtain sheers, chic Holland & Sherry cashmere, and wool drapes trimmed with a Scalamandré braid. 

The fireplace contains a beautiful brass art light and elegant, restrained neoclassical trim and millwork; it also features a custom wood and limestone mantel with a marble surround and an antique hand-carved wood panel incorporated into the frieze of the mantel. The bar counters, cut from extra-long slabs of serpentine stone, have an inset bar sink, disposal, and a polished nickel Barber Wilsons gooseneck faucet. The bar also has a handsome, real brass footrail, a Sub-Zero ice maker, a Sub-Zero beverage center, an Asko dishwasher, and ample cabinets and drawers. The lounge has in-ceiling speakers and is television ready. The lounge also has an amazing pair of custom steel doors adorned with clear leaded panels and real bronze hardware. The barback and surrounding trim feature incredible hand-carved wood details, a painted ivory crest, and a regal bronze eagle. The barback was fashioned from an antique bed that reportedly belonged to the last King of Poland, which the current owners purchased from a major auction house in order to fashion it into the estate’s bar. 

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luxury estate

An incomparable owner’s suite with separate sitting, exercise room, and sauna. 
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luxury estate

The home features a 3-story rotunda, stained-glass dome, several loggias and a solarium.
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This is a home built with fun in mind.
There is a 9-hole putting green and two playhouses.
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Mario Nievera of Palm Beach, a New York Horticultural Society Award winner, designed the grounds, which feature majestic oak trees soaring over almost an acre of English rose gardens, parterres, climbing roses, luxurious lawns, and heaping beds of azaleas.

Homes that have been so meticulously cared for and loved rarely come along. This is indeed a find.

Perry has this magnificent luxury estate at 6920 Vassar Avenue on offer for $16.5 million. I’m sure if you book an appointment, he will share that love letter with you!

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Karen Eubank

Karen 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 over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. Cody Farris says

    Beautiful… and I love that this is a large home that shows taste and isn’t over the top. The new owner will be very lucky indeed. Congratulations on the listing, Alex!

  2. Mimi Thompson says

    I grew up in this house. I don’t even recognize it anymore. Gone is the family warmth atmosphere that permeated this house to be replaced by cold, white, sterile looking rooms. Every one’s taste is different and this “redo” doesn’t give justice to what was once a warm and friendly home. Just my opinion. If you didn’t know or had seen the house before the 2 previous owners, please feel free to delete my comment.

    • mmKaren Eubank says

      Mimi, I understand fully. Everyone puts their stamp on a home and that’s natural.
      But it isn’t easy for those of us that used to love a home. and have wonderful memories of it. Nothing was harder for me than when I googled my childhood home and they’d completely repainted the exterior, carved a half-circle driveway through the front lawn, enclosed the colonial columns with cedar boxes, and put solar panels on the roof! But after the gut-punch feeling, it did allow me to fully let go and realize “My” home was now going to have a renewed life with a new family. I’m just thrilled they did not tear yours or mine down.

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