Last Friday, Highland Park resident and philanthropist extraordinaire Lynn McBee threw her hat into the ring to run for mayor of Dallas. Lynn is  the CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a former biochemist researcher who is known for her strong fundraising chops for many of the city’s leading nonprofits. Her press announcement came with built-in support from many area heavyweights:

Lucy Billingsley, CEO, Billingsley Co. and Trustee, Southwestern Medical Foundation
Clay Cooley, CEO of Cooley Auto Group
Lisa Cooley, Board Member, Callier Center at UT Dallas and Young Women’s Prep Network
Lyria Howland, Founder, Howland PR, Board Chair, Friends of Barack Obama Leadership Academy and Board Member of Mayor’s Star Council
Tom Karol, CEO of Cornerstone Automation and Former Chair, Dallas Housing Authority
Jennifer Karol, Board Member, The Bridge Homeless Center
Carol Levy, Board Member, KERA and Trustee, Dallas Museum of Art
John Levy, Co-CEO of NCH Corporation and Former Chair, Dallas Zoo
Sarah Losinger, Board Member, Salvation Army and Advisory Council, Dallas AfterSchool
Richard Rogers, Former CEO of Mary Kay

Lynn has served on scads of Dallas area boards (on more than a dozen as we speak), from the Dallas International Film Festival to the Family Place Foundation. She is currently the board chair of The Bridge homeless shelter. The Dallas Morning News has lauded her and she is the recipient of the Texas Trailblazer Award, given out by the Family Place, one of my favorite organizations. Lynn helped the non-profit raise almost $17 million in under two years. Clearly, Lynn has philanthropy in her heart and I cannot wait to interview her on why she is running for Mayor of Dallas.

The only problem is that Lynn is a resident of Highland Park. And to be mayor of Dallas, you have to live in Dallas. So Lynn’s Highland Park house is now officially on the market with Anne Oliver of Allie Beth Allman. (more…)

Wade Parker
If you have always wanted to see an estate built without regard to budget, I mean truly no expense spared, oh boy we have one for you: 3509 Euclid, listed with Vicki White of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
And with $22 million poured into it, this mansion is now the biggest bargain in Texas with its new, “sell me, sell me!” listing price.
Consider: more than 18,000 square feet. Underground parking for at least 10 (which makes valet car retrieval very easy in case of a storm). Seven to nine bedrooms, a master suite that is larger than most homes at 2638 square feet, putting green, golf simulator, outdoor kitchen, the most perfect pool environment, and the most sought after location in Highland Park.

There is even a remote back entry gate (with separate remote exit gate) leading to a large motor court that could double as a sports court: summer camp right in your backyard.

Beautifully positioned on close to an acre in the most prestigious corner of Highland Park, the owners of this meticulously crafted estate commissioned three of the most esteemed professionals in Texas to make it a home nirvana: Architect Robbie Fusch (need we say more?), master builder John Sebastian, and our very own landscape guru Harold Leidner created a landscape plan that rivals the most beautiful resort landscaping you have ever seen.
Who was the owner? Wade Neal Barker, a Mesquite bariatric surgeon who pleaded guilty to his role in a $200 million health care fraud deal involving the now defunct Forest Park Medical Center on North Central just north of Forest Lane, of which he was a co-founder.

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4649 Saint Laurent Court in beautiful Montserrat, a luxury Fort Worth neighborhood, sold and closed today. It had been the estate of 26 year old pop star singer Selena Marie Gomez, who bought the 10,016 square foot home in November of 2015. This home is where the Grand Prairie native has been quietly spending time here in North Texas, which the star singer definitely considers home.

Selena paid almost $3.5 million for Saint Laurent Court in 2015, which is a case-book example of the kind of inflation DFW estate homes have experienced: the previous owners had paid $1.750 for the house in 2010. (more…)

If you’re of a certain age, or your parents or grandparents are of a certain age and were TV western aficionados, you can probably readily identify the theme song to “Bonanza” — as well as its iconic Ponderosa ranch, home to the Cartwright family.

But what many don’t know is that Lorne Greene, who played patriarch Ben Cartwright, loved the layout and design of the ranch-style (duh) home his alter ego lived in so much that he had a replica built for his own home, located in the Apache Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. (more…)

You all know Tanya Foster, right? Park Cities resident, lifestyle blogger, actor and now empty nester… which brings us to the point of this story.

Tanya is a wife and mother to FOUR grown children, a husband Pete, and two Norfolk terriers, Sparky and Max. She’s been blogging since 2016 at TanyaFoster.com – a lifestyle blog, covering all things lifestyle: fashiontravel, restaurants, recipes, beauty, aesthetic procedures and more.

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And where has Tanya’s empire been launched? Right in her beautiful University Park home at 3924 Bryn Mawr. But now the empty nesters want a more leave-able home, because they travel so much. Allie Beth Allman’s Lillie Young is helping them downsize Bryn Mawr and just popped it on MLS. It’s a beauty: Tanya’s style and incredible taste shines throughout! The 5266 square foot home was built by Tanya and Pete, sports five bedrooms, three and a half baths, formals and a guest house on a 65 by 160 foot lot within walking distance of Hyer Elementary. That big juicy lot also has a sparkling swimming pool and patio space galore. 

The floor plan  “is perfect for entertaining” – well, we knew that immediately. The “dramatic marbled entry flows to elegant formals with hardwood flooring & floor to ceiling windows. A 2015 kitchen remodel features natural marble counter tops, stainless steel Thermador appliances, and custom cabinetry. The kitchen area flows to large family living area which looks onto the back patio, the beautiful salt-water pool, spa, and landscaped yard.”

Salt water pool! The master bedroom, master bath, and master closet were all remodeled in 2015: got to see that closet! There is also a Guest House, one-bedroom with kitchenette and full bath above the detached garage. The home overlooks the pool. And yes, the place is what you would definitely call sophisticated, just like Miss Tanya, who tells us her real estate story: (more…)

The $24 million estate of Lisa Baron and her late husband, Fred Baron, has sold. But not to worry: another signature estate has come to market just this week!. Though the acreage is less than the Baron estate and the home much older — circa 1939 — this one was owned by the late Charles Wyly and his wife, Dee, and was also a huge gathering spot for Dallas movers and shakers in the social world, just maybe on the Republican side. 

The estate, at 5906 DeLoache, sits on more than 2.536 acres acres and holds an elegant, stately 11,394 square foot home, a guesthouse, and a five car garage. Asking price is $8.25 million. The home was listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates’s Mark Storer on August 24.

The house has four bedrooms, all en suite, two master suites, five full baths, three half baths and five living spaces. There are three fireplaces, which strikes me as odd, only three. But there is a commercial-scale kitchen, a solarium, a huge glass-enclosed garden conservatory where Dee hosted her many parties (if those walls could talk!) outdoor pool and indoor lap pool in the pool house (see below) and a tennis court. There is also a lovely guest house. 

And I think I spy Gracie wallpaper in the dining room.

The house is owned by Dee Wyly, Charles’s widow. Charles Wyly died in a tragic car accident in Aspen in 2011.

And yes, it’s “those Wyly’s”: among the most philanthropic families in town.The same Wyly’s whose names are on the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in downtown Dallas’ Arts District — the building is named after the family. They donated $20 million to seed the project.

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Her book, Unhinged, is at the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and that is a good thing for Omarosa Manigault Newman and her husband, pastor John Newman. The former White House aide and spouse are being sued by The Jacksonville Golf and Country Club Property Owners Association, demanding that the couple make crucial fixes to their four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,048-square-foot home.

Oh homeowners associations!  (more…)

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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