Kari Lehtonen has been a part of the Dallas Stars for the long haul, despite all those reincarnations, and now we totally know why. We totally get it. He had a great, terrific, to-die-for Preston Hollow home to come home to every night after Stars practice. 
 
The interiors of this house — the formals, kitchen, pool and exterior oasis, library, media room, master bedroom and really, a bathroom as stunning as the Crespi Estate’s — what great places to kick up your feet, sit back, relax and watch the world go by
 
But now, Kari and his wife, Abbey, are letting go…of that great Preston Hollow house. They are not quite sure what they want to do next, though staying in Dallas is high on the list. Thing is, they didn’t build this home — bought it about two years after construction — but they revamped it completely and thoroughly, much of it Abbey’s own vision, using the incredible design team of Nolan Interiors. Who we are very familiar with!
 
“We are preparing our family for whatever the next phase in our lives is going to be,” Kari told me. “We would love for our future to be in Dallas and would like to explore the option of building our next home here. The reality of the situation is we don’t know what’s next for our family but are looking forward to the future wherever it may take us!”
 
Their home is not in MLS yet, but top Compass agent Julie Provenzano is seeking a buyer so it may never have to touch MLS. I mean, sports stars and celebs usually tend to be very quiet about their homes and the whole selling process. And when Julie markets a listing, everyone pays super close attention. Her clients tend to be heavy hitter sports starts in ice hockey or basketball. You know, the big guys — stay tuned for more on that in Forbes.com.
 
And this house! Don’t let that traditional red brick Georgian exterior fool you! This home gleams a contemporary clean Beverly Hills sensibility throughout and talk about names, here are just some of a few who had their hand in creating this home: Dennis Mullinex was the builder; interiors as we said by Nolen Homes, landscape design by Harold Leidner, that master of landscape design.
 
Lehtonen has been through several incarnations with the Dallas Stars over the seasons. Quite frankly, we don’t care what this goalie does on the ice nor where he sits when he’s goaling because in the real estate dirt realm, he rules.
 
So, here she is: 6331 DeLoache Ave.
 

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Come to The House of Blues tomorrow, May 23rd, from 9-12. Meet American Idol finalist Ron “Congo Ron” who will be performing and signing autographs!  And then learn how to take it to the next level.

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Listings, lots of them. And the folks at TheInspectionHouse.com have put together a panel of speakers who will help interested agents take their business to the next level in Real Estate. TIH is bringing on super agents Nicole Espinosa and Kim Davis to spill the beans on how they sold more than 225 listings last year.

ONLY 300 are allowed to attend, and the room is almost sold out.

Who is TheInspectionHouse.com? They are the technology and training guys who really know how to check out a house!  A company founded on training and technology, they firmly believe the largest purchase of your life should be given more than a look/see come inspection time. 

“Our Inspectors undergo rigorous, and extensive training programs once they become licensed through their State licensing board,” says Sterling Reid, CEO. “We have a strong commitment to a deeper knowledge of the intricate workings that make up your home.”

Agents love TheInspectionHouse because their work saves many a contract, thanks the trained inspectors with several hours of additional annual classroom/field mandatory training, coupled with experience.

Nicole Espinosa

“You do the contract negotiation, leave the home to us!,” says Sterling.

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What will he do next?

We are not talking about 89-year-old oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens. He has his famous, 65,000-square-foot West Texas ranch, Mesa Vista, on the market for $250 million. Who knows, could be sold by now.

Now he has sold his Preston Hollow mansion, listed with Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff. Selling price was $5 million. Word is that T. Boone is heading for a luxury condo.

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Dallas developer Mehrdad Moayedi today purchased Dallas’ biggest and most expensive home, the former Thomas O. Hicks estate on Walnut Hill Lane, that Dallas billionaire Andy Beal bought in January of last year and decided to sell almost as soon as the ink was dry on the contract.

The estate was at one point the most expensive home in the U.S. It was listed, at one time, for $135 million with Douglas Newby, but was not in MLS. Allie Beth Allman got the listing in March of 2015 and has had it ever since with a listing price of $100 million. The asking price was lowered to $48.9 million earlier this year.

Concierge Auctions was called in last month to liquidate the property without reserve. The home was advertised everywhere, on every continent. Eight people registered to bid on the estate, but Mehrdad got the winning bid, working from his home in Aspen.

There was huge speculation on how much the estate would sell for.

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David Gloria is the Ebby Halliday agent who is listing Chateau Montclair, aka Deion Sanders’ old digs and huge spread in Prosper, the place nobody can miss when driving north on Preston Road.

CandysDirt.com is sponsoring a Staff Party there on Wednesday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Except that now, with all the development that has sprung up around the estate, you actually might miss it. 

“There has been so much change up there, even from the time you were up, Candy,” Gloria told me. “There is now a luxury gated community of 25 prime lots ready for development and four spec estates, with three to four foundations being poured this week. They all surround the most famous house in Collin County.”

“Princeton, Prosper and Celina are totally exploding,” says Gloria. “Years ago, I would take my clients who wanted a solid investment to these areas to buy. Now, we are seeing it all come to fruition.”

So, this may be your last chance to see Deion’s old place before the auction and get a steal of a deal before the holidays.
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Late today Concierge Auction released a statement from Walnut Place owner Andy Beal, who has decided to place the most expensive estate home in Dallas up for auction. Could this set a new standard of selling mammoth estate properties?

“It’s an incredible property by all standards,” stated current owner Andy Beal, a Dallas banker, investor, and philanthropist. “With their unique sales process and proven track record, Concierge Auctions has my full confidence that this is the best way to showcase this one-of-a-kind property on a global scale.”

That’s what he said.

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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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Steve Brown breaks news that the residence of Sam Wyly at 3905 Beverly Drive has sold, listing agent — oh, I’ll give you three guesses. Starts with an A- then B then A: Allie Beth Allman. The home has only been listed since June 28th of this year, and had been owned by the Wyly’s since Sam bought it in 1965 for $160,000.

The home was appraised by the Dallas County Appraisal District at $9,027,500, but was listed for $12.5 million and never reduced in price.

It sold November 3 for $9,400,000. Steve says the buyer is a trust represented by Dallas mergers and acquisitions attorney Brian Lidji. And apparently someone will live in the home: it will not be torn down, or at least that is what they told Steve.

3905 Beverly was originally built in 1924 for Dallas business man Fred Schoellkopf, whose family was one of Dallas’ original founding business barons. 

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