luxury mansion

If you want luxury new construction, it’s simple — you move to Dallas. This luxury mansion is precisely what you imagine. Big, bold, and beautiful. It’s a dream home.

You can’t find what Dallas offers in luxury construction anywhere in the world. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a case in point. Where can you walk into 15,530 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and five powder baths on over an acre with enough room to easily park 25 cars? Preston Hollow.

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Italian Renaissance Villa

There is nothing grander or more romantic than a classic Italian Renaissance villa. You can try and argue with me, but you won’t change my mind. Ever.

You see, I had the great good fortune years ago to spend time in Tuscany at Villa Vignamaggio. Director Kenneth Branagh chose it as the location for his British/American romantic film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Being an American married to a Brit at the time, well, it was kismet. So, my heart will always have a soft spot for classic Italian Renaissance villas. And this one is much ado about everything!
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A Home-Run Team

That is primarily due to the talents of two people. The first is builder, Tony Visconti, owner and president of Bella Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder. If anyone understands how to build a grand home, it’s Visconti, because luxury homebuilding is in his blood. As a third-generation home builder, he’s the go-to guy for quality construction, attention to detail, and architectural authenticity.

That’s where architect Lloyd Lumpkins comes in. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in North America with a greater understanding of the importance of architectural authenticity. It’s easy to see when you pair Visconti and Lumpkin, you get a home run every single time. Such is the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire sitting on an acre in Preston Hollow.

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Mansion Residences

In 1992, The Rosewood Property Company broke ground on a concept that has now been copied world-wide. The idea was to build a high-rise luxury residence with all the advantages of a world-class hotel. That property is The Mansion Residences, also known as 2801 Turtle Creek.

The residents have full use of the amenities at the spectacular hotel Caroline Hunt built, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. It’s a match made in heaven. Who would not covet 24-hour service, catering provided by one of America’s most well-known restaurants, and security that would meet the expectations of the most renowned celebrity?
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Dallas self-made billionaire, developer, art collectors and winemaker power couple Craig and Kathryn Hall will soon be listing their Plaza II penthouse at 2828 Hood St. off Turtle Creek Blvd. this week. If you have even remotely thought of moving on up to “THE Boulevard” in Dallas, you seriously might want to check out unit 1702 and grab your checkbook. This home catches your breath, is move-in ready, and honestly won’t break the bank.

With breathtaking views of Turtle Creek and downtown Dallas from almost 180 degrees, this spectacular penthouse was custom created by the Halls, who merged two separated units with the help of HKS Architects, to be their Dallas home when they moved back from Europe in 2001.  The home exudes sophistication, elegance, fine custom finishes, and a prime location amongst the city’s traditional luxury high rise mecca. The square footage is 6,379, and every inch is loaded with fine details, much as you would expect from two of the most avid art collectors in Texas.

Glass coffee table filled with gold leaf by E. Klein: all art will be moving with the Halls to their new home at Hall Arts Residences.

Look at the custom herringbone wood flooring, the museum-finished walls (they are everywhere), 11- and 24-foot ceiling heights, windows with motorized shades, and innovative lighting throughout. You have soaring walls to display your own art collection and the perfect light to bathe them. Pick your favorite view of the city: guarantee you there will be several. 

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English Cotswold Manor

Photography 2019: Sean Gallagher. The renovation included painting the exterior of the home which produced a profound change.

This English Cotswold manor house is a perfect example of the simple, transformative, power of paint. When I first spotted it, I thought it had to be new construction. Guess what? It was built in 1997! This is a beauty that defies age, however, and it’s pretty much all down to paint and cosmetic updates.

Of course, the extremely talented interior designer Amy Berry was instrumental in the transformation process. Amy is one of those designers that understand how to move a home into a new era. Although she makes it look effortless, we all know a lot of work goes into any renovation.

English Cotswold Manor

While it was grand before, updates to this English Cotswold Manor made it a stunner.

It helps to begin with good bones, and this English Cotswold manor house has them in spades. Built by luxury custom home builders Hawkins-Welwood and designed by award-winning architect Robbie Fusch, it has an excellent pedigree.

“The original homeowner loved antiques and had a traditional style,” Berry said. “My client is definitely not traditional. She has a very strong point of view and knows what she likes.”

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 Millennium Mansion

I almost spit out my wine when I saw this Millennium Mansion in Colleyville.

It was a eureka moment as I am continually hunting for perfect suburban luxury homes, and it’s not easy. When I scour the Internet for estates, manors, and mansions that will captivate our readers, the suburbs consistently fail to deliver. I always see what I refer to as 3-D homes. Dark, dated, and depressing. But lo and behold I bring you an absolute knockout  Millennium Mansion this week, in Colleyville!

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Modern French Eclectic

Forget going over the rainbow. This Preston Hollow renovated French Eclectic luxury home takes you inside the rainbow. Dorothy and Toto would be right at home.

We all know the mantra today is to paint everything white. But, there are exceptions. This renovated French Eclectic house is one of them. The home was built by Hawkins-Welwood and had a great floor plan. Of course, every buyer wants to put their stamp on a home, so an interior makeover began with a singular goal. The owner is a mother to three daughters. She set out to create a happy house, one that makes you smile the moment you enter.

I think she succeeded beautifully.

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Preston Hollow luxury transitional

If you like to host big Fourth of July parties — and I mean big — this Preston Hollow luxury transitional is the house of your star-spangled dreams. Imagine watching fireworks from a water slide!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a home that was more suited to entertainment. However, if you’re a homebody, you won’t ever want to leave, because this house has it all.

Allie Beth Allman listing agent Alex Perry must have felt like Bill Hader’s Stephon character on Saturday Night Live describing the latest hot nightclub as he told me about the amenities in this home.

“You don’t often find a three-acre estate in Preston Hollow with a creek in front, that is new construction, has a tennis court, theme park water slide, indoor basketball court, and a two-story garage,” Perry said. And yes, it’s tall enough to put in car lifts if you need them.

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