5840 Belmont Avenue is currently listed by Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $549,900.

According to Lee Arenberg, “Renovating a home is like building a character. You start with the foundation, work with the lines, then there’s the costume fitting. It’s the same with remodeling and staging.”

In his downtime from acting in mega-hits like Pirates of the Caribbean, Seinfeld, and Once Upon a Time, Arenberg parlays his movie dollars into selling imported rugs from Morocco and remodeling homes in top markets with his designer wife Katie, who was in Dallas in the early 2000s when the pair met. “She opened my eyes to the Dallas market,” he says.

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Oak Cliff has been the native home to so many famous and talented people, including Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, but I had no idea it was also where blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan grew up.

About a week ago, I was looking at the homes owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, and I saw 2557 Glenfield Avenue pop up as the childhood home of Vaughan. Then I heard it was on the market,  It appears to have an option contract on it already… with a purple kitchen!

The 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house at 2557 Glenfield Ave. listed at $159,900, is where Jimmie and Stevie Ray were raised. Amazing how comfortable people once were raising two children in an 1,100 square foot home years ago.

Here is how the agent, Ian Flannigan of eXp , describes the 63 year old home – Jump to see the interiors and the PURPLE kitchen!

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We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Dallas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

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We knew it would sell, we just wondered how much and to whom.

On Saturday morning, quick as a quail, Elite Auctions sold off former Texas Ranger’s first baseman Mark Teixeira’s beautiful Vaquero home at 2220 King Fisher Dr. Though the home has been leased for years, Teixeira has been the home’s sole owner until now. 

On Saturday, someone got a steal of a deal. The sales price is confidential, dang it, but I am hearing through my contacts that the house sold for market value. 80 people toured the property, there were 11 registered bidders the day of the auction, and they all competed against each other for a lively, but quick, auction.

“It was very, very interesting  because with such a large pool of buyers/bidders, the market value was reached in less than 10 minutes,” says Alicia Chmielewski, market director/partner with Elite Auction. “This is why auctions are such a perfect way to sell high end, custom luxury homes.”

And get this: most of the bidders were represented by real estate agents!

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The Crespi/Hicks/Beal estate may be on 25 plus acres down the road, but I can offer you the Pearl of Preston Hollow: almost two acres, 7485 square feet, a pool, tennis court, and full guest house for far less than the $36.2 million Mehrdad Moayedi paid for Walnut Place.

Try 4665 Meadowood Road, a circular road unlike any other in Preston Hollow, that comes out of a Robert Frost poem. The road runs south of Walnut Hill, just west of the Dallas North Tollway. Here you will find a who’s who of neighbors (including TWO famous plastic surgeons!) and one of the most graceful homes in Dallas.

And the home is listed with Irmgard Arthur of Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $4,750,000.

This is a home of sheer elegance, of good stock. In fact, if a home could wear pearls, this home would be drenched in Mikimoto’s.

From the exterior, the classic Williamsburg red brick is timeless and easy on the eyes. And don’t get me started on columns: I simply love them. Nothing, nothing spells “gracious southern living” like four symmetrical columns. And you might think the interior of the home would match the Williamsburg exterior? Truth is, the bones in this home are so fine that it adjusts to any design style,  from the most conservative traditional to screaming modern.

And the drive-up appeal is storybook — just part of the total elegant package.

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John Perry-Miller at Grey Gardens

You might have seen the story on November 22 in the New York Times, about Grey Gardens, the legendary East Hampton vacation home owned by journalist Sally Quinn and her late husband, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. The 28-room home at 3 West End Road and Lilly Pond Lane in the Georgia Pond neighborhood of East Hampston, NY, is one of a handful with somewhat of a cult following. Those followers and more descended on the home for an estate sale the weekend before Thanksgiving, the most faithful camping out for first place in line at four am.

But was anyone in line from Dallas, or even Texas?

A young Dallas man with deep family roots in real estate was there. John Perry-Miller, 18, nephew of Dave Perry-Miller, whose name is on the door of one of the most successful luxury brokerages in North Texas, says he first learned about Grey Gardens from Uncle Dave and his father, Ralph Perry-Miller. They talked about it, he saw the movie, and he was hooked. Piggy-backing the trip east onto an audition at American University, John was fifth in line for the sale, staking his place at 7 a.m. for the ten a.m. opening.

Oh yes. The temperature was 33 degrees outside while he waited.

In the days of Camelot, “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie” Beale — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin— made the house famous for their style and dreadful lack of housekeeping. The Beales bought the vacation estate in 1923, by 1971 the house was in squalor and actually once condemned. What is better than peeking behind the rodent-infested draperies of high society? The Beale women became the subjects of a Broadway musical and an HBO movie that brought the house into focus. 

Quinn and Bradlee, the power couple who ruled the DC social scene since their marriage in 1978, bought the house in 1979 for $220,000 — “all it needs is a coat of paint” Edie had said breezily. (The Bradlee’s poured millions into it.) Bradlee died in 2014, and Quinn put the house up for sale earlier this year. It has a contract, but like most real estate transactions, the identity of the buyer is being kept secret. (more…)

I received word today from the great folks at Concierge Auctions that Deion Sander’s former spread on almost 6 acres up in Prosper — you know it —  is going to auction on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. There is no reserve. The home went to auction previously, and almost sold for just under $4 million, but the deal fell through. Happens. It was sold shortly after. Naturally, the owners want to see bids starting in the one or two millions, the higher, the better, as they will be selling the aforementioned property to the highest bidder.  The home at 1400 Copper Point Drive, has been on the market for $12.75 million, is now asking $14,500,000.

I mean, you do understand, right? The famed Sanders home with that turn-table in the master, huge round bed, a closet bigger than Rhode Island and a barber shop, basketball court and bowling alley, 14 car garage, screening room and 12 acre lake, could be picked up for $2 million or less in time for Christmas!

“Starting this Thursday, November 15th, we will be holding the open house every day from 1-4 p.m,” says Concierge project sales manager Jodi Fillmore, who came to Dallas all the way from Ketchum, Idaho, to sell the famous sprawling palace. She is working with Ebby Halliday agent David Gloria, one of the best agents around. You know what’s proof of a good agent? When he does everything possible to sell a property. EVERYTHING. Now, after three years, David thinks an auction may bring out a buyer.

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Shane Walker, Cher (duh!), and Billy Fulmer

Our new Wednesday feature, Wednesday WTF, brought us a home that looked like complete shrine to Cher. I mean, who would have a home like that, right? Only a very creative, very loyal fan who faithfully Chers the love all over not just his palace, but his TOWN!

It didn’t take us but two minutes to learn that 1202 Kessler Parkway, on the market for $599,900 (listed July 11, with Carmen Chapa), belongs to that doyenne of huge hats and floral design, the inimitable Shane Walker! His company, Flower Reign, has outfitted more winning hat designs for the Dallas Mad Hatter’s Luncheon than any designer in Dallas. You want to win Mad hatters, you hire Shane Walker. And he rules the Pooch Parade. Shane does weddings, events, dinners — you name it — with every design unique and totally out of the box!

So this is SHANE’s pad! We love every inch of it! We even spy one of his floral creations right there in the kitchen… (more…)