No matter what your opinion is of our president, everyone loves Carleton Varney. The oh-so-vivid New York City-based designer who was mentored by and inherited Dorothy Draper & Associates, she being one of the most famous interior designers of all time,  has a client roster that will knock your bright pink socks off: former President Jimmy Carter, Errol Flynn, the late Joan Crawford, movie stars, New York elite and many members of the Hunt family. I recall the first few times I met Carleton, he had to pause our conversation to take calls from clients who were on their yacht, but had a decorating emergency.

“Darling!” he says, apologizing for taking a call from Errol Flynn’s widow or James Nederlander, “you won’t believe who this is!”

When we joined him at the grand opening of the $80 million Varney-designed Greenbrier Casino in 2010, Brooke Shields and Debbie Reynolds were by his side — our’s too! He is never without his signature scarf-worn-as-tie, and his sparkling, wonderful personality. I am also crazy about his associate Brinsley, his son Nicholas Varney’s jewelry line, which is sold at Neimans. Varney presided over the multi-millon dollar revitalization of the 700-plus room Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. His legendary mentor, Dorothy Draper, designed the hotel originally. The resort is still a swirl of pink and green cabbage roses and exploding color a la Draper style, but Carleton polished the history visually, as owner/investor Jim Justice & Co. expanded, modernized and enhanced. 

Carleton Varney home at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton

Carleton has certainly made a huge imprint on Dallas design, as big as those cabbage leaves he uses in wallpaper, from private residences, the penthouse at the Stoneleigh Hotel, to a one bedroom model condo at The Residences at the Ritz Carlton. It didn’t last long. He has also designed furniture, lighting, dinnerware and linens.

And now, Carleton will take a key arts position in the administration of President Donald J. Trump:

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“Beck is also wisely excluding the mineral rights to his property, though I doubt anyone would drill in Vaquero.”

Glenn Beck may be trying to sell off some of his Westlake property because, according to various news reports, his media empire is not doing all that well currently. According to The Daily Beast, just a couple weeks ago:

The right-wing cable and digital media company—founded by Beck shortly before he exited Fox News in 2011—fired another round of staffers this week, shrinking a workforce that has already been reduced to less than 50 employees, according to two sources who spoke with The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity. The two sources also confirmed that more than a dozen employees had been laid off over the past several days.

I don’t know, maybe it’s the new tax bill. Maybe the very private Beck can no longer afford his almost 10,000 square foot spread on three and a half acres at 2224 King Fisher Drive in Westlake, where tony Vaquero is nestled, now that he can only deduct $10,000 of the approximately $57,000 in property taxes on the place. I mean, we assume Beck lives there: the home is owned by the “Prince Whipple Trust” headquartered at the same address.

“Prince Whipple Trust” also owns 11.8 acres directly behind the King Fisher property, likely for added security. These two properties at 4101 Aspen Lane are not formally on the market.

Beck moved to Texas in 2011 and first leased another Vaquero home belonging to Jorge Piedra and Swarovski crystal heiress Vanessa Swarovski, now his ex. Beck never bought the 7,900 square foot home that was sold at auction to Greg and Klaudia Brady. Rather, the Becks perused the area for their dream home, landing on Brant Jobe’s spread at 2224 King Fisher, down the street.

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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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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.

And bring your notepad: you are going to hear all the trade secrets you have ever wanted to hear about real estate. Like, what does every Realtor want?

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.

Agents can schedule everything online, and technology does the rest. TIH also uses drones in available areas at no additional cost, and utilizes the latest infrared technology to detect leaks and other moisture issues.

Loved by consumers and agents alike, TheHouseInspector supports the real estate community with real value information in real time.

Come hear our panelists that took over 220 listings last year at The House of Blues May 23rd from 9-12….American Idol finalist Ron “Congo Ron” will be performing and signing autographs!  Click the link below to sign up for free!

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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