How this mansion escaped me, I know not. First of all , I know the owners and they are brilliant, wonderful people who work magic with any home they have touched. And this one, well, this is their masterpiece. How I wish I had $12 million because I would snag 9008 Briarwood — this Celtic palace! — in a heartbeat! First of all, location: Briarwood, Bluffview, can it get better? I am a total sucker for stone and this home looks like they just shipped an entire Scottish quarry over to the site: wait, I stand corrected. Those are not just STONES, those are BOULDERS meticulously graduated, designed to get larger towards the bottom. So we not only consumed the entire quarry, we hand-picked the rock in it. Architectural design by the brilliant Wilson Fuqua, contractor the famous and oh-so-particular Cy Barcus. The property is set on almost two acres (1.7 to be exact) filled with trees and a little stream that winds right through it. The home is an Irish manor house with literally walls of metal encased glass imported from England. Every sight-line view was planned, tested, tweaked and is amazing. The large two story entrance hall welcomes you, and you have your choice of entertaining venues: formal or informal. If formal is your choice, go get in something decent for dinner — your best frock — and that would be served in the large living room, handsome paneled library, or magnificent dining room, all with custom fireplaces. Perhaps you’ll take dinner out on the light-filled rear gallery floored with an ocean of custom Ann Sachs tiles and magnificent views out to the terrace, pool and rock garden. No West Nile here — you can enjoy the outdoors safely behind glass. The informal areas of the house are actually homey, with a kitchen designed by the owner who really cooks! Trust me, I know! Charming winding stairs take you down to the ground floor with wine cellar, a crafts room to end all crafts rooms, additional storage. A four car attached garage is on the service side of the house. Note: I do wish there was more garage, more car stalls. Whoever buys this house will have at least 4 fine autos. I don’t know, is four enough? The second floor boasts a huge upstairs entertaining/media room with wet bar and an additional sitting area with fireplace, in case there are not enough places to sit. This reminds me of a family joke — one of my son’s girlfriends came over and they were quite affectionate — she sat on his lap constantly. His sister announced that we needed more chairs in the house, obviously. So there is no excuse for nookie in this palace!
Speaking of nookie, the large master bedroom has an oasis spa bath of course, and in keeping with my two baths for every bedroom formula, we are almost there: there are seven full baths, three half baths, six enormous bedrooms. And oh yes, you are getting a brand-new home essentially: this palace was just finished in 2007. With the kind of uptake and tender loving care my friends give their homes, this home at six years is a baby. Really, if you asked me, and you do, this is high on the list of one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas! Asking price: $12,995,000.