photo by Hailey Ashmore

photo by Hailey Ashmore

Good one, Alan Peppard: this morning Alan helped me figure out a major piece of the Battle Behind the Pink Wall. I was pretty sure that Lisa Blue Baron, Dallas attorney extraordinaire and widow of Fred Baron, was the generous individual who hired attorney Michael Jung to represent the homeowners of the Preston Hollow East HOA and the Preston Hollow South. It just made sense.

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Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.



Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

3828 Turtle Creek copy

Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.



Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

le274e043-m0o3801 NormandyTurns out that Troy closed on author/editor Jane Wolfe’s St. Johns home on August 16. The home, 4300 St. Johns Drive, was built in 1941 and has 6109 square feet. It was extensively remodeled in 1988, and Alan Peppard says Troy paid $4.3 million for the property, which I’m sure made Ms. Wolfe quite happy: DCAD has the home appraised at $3,305,170. This is yet one more home sale NOT in MLS. He bought this one month after he settled into Normandy, and though he is making some alterations on Normandy, word is he will be scraping the Wolfe home and building a new signature creation. Starchitect Larry Boerder designed the house on Highland, and I hear he was very pleased with the results. Before Aikman moved to Highland Park, he and his then-wife Rhonda lived in a Plano home built by Bob Thompson. I also hear that Aikman is the perfect client.

“He says, I’m an athlete, you’re the _____ expert (fill in area of expertise, landscape architect, architect, home builder),” one source recently told me. “Working for him is a true pleasure.”

Is St. Johns for himself or an investment? The new lady in his life? Will he stay on Normandy? Or is he just nesting there until the new home is complete on St. Johns. Or, as some claim, does he plan to get into the development of luxury Park Cities homes? A lot of wealthy Dallas movers and shakers do just that. Recall Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Homes? Al Hill II is a genius when it comes to building or even remodeling luxury homes. Generally, people who have basked in stunning properties all their life make excellent developers.

Developing would be a brilliant idea for Troy: he has a lot of experience building, great taste, fabulous resources, and his brand is stellar. Can you imagine the tag line: “This is a home by Troy Aikman.” Or, “Troy Aikman homes”. No no I’d do “Troy Aikman Luxury Homes” or “Luxury Homes by Troy Aikman.”

Alan Peppard (and I think, by now, the Dallas Business Journal) are reporting what I told you as soon as it closed April 30: Champ d’Or was purchased by the Tabani family, more specifically their privately held, family-run development company which owns and operates a ton of bread and butter shopping center properties in places like Keller, Rowlett, Friendswood, Forney, as well as Akron, Ohio, Albuquerque, Memphis and Natchez, Miss. Boy, Alan sure did some googling. He says they also own Crowne Plaza hotels in Addison and Oklahoma City and many other properties. Like my sources told me, these folks specialize in distressed real estate and make no less than a million profit per transaction.

Like Alan, I also called and emailed Zaffar Tabani, president and CEO of the company, but he has not yet returned my communication. Yoo hoo Zaffar, I am still waiting!

However, I have MORE NEWS for you. Word is they will not live at Champ D’Or but run it as a private club, a very exclusive private club, which is probably why the new name on the deed is the T Chateau Event Center, LLC.  (I always said Champ would make a great plastic surgery center or wellness/diet center a la Canyon Ranch.) Anyhew, I spoke with the designer who will be doing most of the work up at Champ and will have more details for you in the next few day! Stay tuned!

Remember when I told you all last month that, at the suggestion of his agent Allie Beth Allman, Troy decided to sell off the full acre lot next to his Highland Drive home? Then I told you someone was hovering? Well, Alan Peppard is reporting that the lot sold and closed this week.

To be clear, Troy’s gorgeous home is still on the market listed for $14 million, as I told you. He reduced the price on the property when he decided to sell the lot separately. Prior to the dissection, he was asking $24 million for both the house and lot which leads us to think he may have just deposited about $10 million in a bank account this week. The lot is appraised by DCAD at $5.493, not $7.319. (Alan Peppard had this number, but maybe he’s right and this is the re-assessment?) He likely also paid off the $5 million mortgage he took out when he bought the dirt in 2009.

Bear with me, I’m posting on my iPad whilst the bleach invades my brain cells. I’ll have the price and buyer for you shortly.

Update: Joanna England I love you!

Update, all blonde now: 4425 Highland Drive is listed for $14,000,0004419 Highland Drive was listed for $11, 500,000. The only thing in MLS on it shows that it sold in 8/15/2003 for $4 million from an original listing price of $5,295,000. Ellen Terry was the buyer’s agent for the Potashniks, Madeleine Jobst was selling agent. Flash forward to 2008: Troy Aikman had been courting the house next door since January of 2008. Troy brought over an offer right before Thanksgiving, gobble gobble, reaching a deal with owners Brian and Cheryl Potashnik in December 2008. Troy’s agent was Allie Beth Allman. Word on the street was that Troy planned to tear down the house and annex it to enlarge his estate, which he did, building that pool and guest house. He paid at least $5 million for a place where he wanted to throw the ball with his kids, and swim.

Now Troy and Alan Peppard, I hate to be picky because I make mistakes all the time, but the lot is .94 an acre.

Here’s what the graphic said in 2003:

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE COMPLETELY REMODELED IN 2000. UTMOST QUALITY & ATT TO DETAIL-TO MANY FEATURES TO LIST.DWN MSTBDRM W/STDY, WALNUT PAN,GST RM,BEAM CEIL IN FAM RM,WINE CELL,3 CAR GAR W/GST QTRS.CABANA W/2 BTHS,BLUE TILED POOL W/HEAT & A/C. SO-SO-BEAUTIFUL. ALMOST AN ACRE.

I’m going to take a guess here: the lot sold for $8 million. Maybe $9 million. What’s your guess?