I have written about this house before, and I could write about it every single day of my life. It gets my vote for one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas on the INSIDE as well as out. And then talk about location! 5424 Edlen is perched on one of the most desirable corners in Old Preston Hollow: Edlen and Hollow Way. Edlen was named after one of the developer’s two daughters, long ago. We used to live within two blocks of this fabulous home, which is how I know all this stuff. We even knew the people who lived in the home prior to it being torn down in the early 1990’s to create this temple of architectural beauty.
Which it most certainly is. Built in 1992, the home was so skillfully remodeled (to the studs, as they say) in 2009 you would think that is when it was built. There are tasteful, clean lines with a Santa Barbara vibe. Just no red-tile roof. Case in point: use of cathedral arches in multiple doorways, creating architectural drama and wonder, and transoms carried through-out. Many groin-vaulted ceilings. The home was initially rebuilt by Joe Kain in 2009, when the square footage was doubled. For 9110 square feet, the home is also incredibly energy-efficient. The master bedroom is downstairs on the western wing of the home with a glorious round sitting room that shares an open fireplace with the bedroom. The spa bath has been enlarged — builder Susan Newell completed this just last Friday — and the master now boasts two huge walk-in closets. The free-standing copper tub must be seen! The master closet even has a washer-dryer which, I’m told, is very much like driving a Porsche: once you have one (in your closet, in your garage) you never go back. Upstairs are four bedroom suites, two with playful loft spaces where kids can hide. Also up here: a media room with a stage, a game room and exercise room! Back downstairs again — there are two staircases — the hexagon-shaped room on the front of the house is the wine room where you can sit and sip and watch the birds. Lest you think this tour is finished, there is a back screened-in porch and a beautiful cabana behind the pool with outdoor kitchen where I would not mind living full-time. The home is large, yes, but it’s on 1.02 plus acres, with trees, trees, trees. Oh and talk about high profile neighbors: the Executive V.P. of Exxon Mobile, Andy Swiger, is across Hollow Way, Mark Cuban is further down the Hollow, T. Boone Pickens on Alva Court, ditto Dr. Dennis Birenbaum, and a host of Dallas movers and shakers in between. Hello! Kelcy Warren!
Bryan and Amanda Crawford are energetically marketing this house, and the darling couple is all of 28 years old. It has been on the market before, first with Joan Eleazer and then Fran Cox, seasoned, fabulous agents both. The owners, who have a home in Carmel-By-The-Sea, want to shed the square footage here and make Dallas their second home. It was Bryan’s idea to expand the bath and add a second master closet, and the owner conveniently had a plan ready to go. It was also Brian and Amanda’s idea to drop the price to $4,299,999 from $4,450,000. You know what they say: third time’s the charm!