Editor’s Note: Bella Custom Homes is a 25-year Dallas-based custom luxury home builder who has built homes for the most discriminating homeowners in Dallas. His company is not to be confused with the now defunct Bella Vita Custom Homes, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Let’s face it: the Dallas real estate market is still low on inventory. Families looking for the truly custom home, the one that checks all the boxes on the wish list, often despair when they cannot find exactly what they want in the marketplace.

That’s when custom home builder Tony Visconti comes in with his exclusive Build to Suit process. His experience rivals few in the business, and Tony knows building dynamics more than most. Since 1993, Tony has been helping homeowners achieve their brick and mortar dreams when it comes to a truly custom home that is unique to the person, the personality and the lifestyle.

With hundreds of luxury custom homes completed over the last 25 years, Bella Custom Homes, Tony Visconti and his team have the process down to a science. Tony and his team meet with the clients throughout the entire home building process, from beginning to end.  

The first part is lot selection. Tony helps his clients select the dirt they want, always by their side, because there are several factors that many first-time-building homeowners don’t consider from their neophyte perspective.

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Remember that freeze we had just before Christmas last?  Somehow, something had knocked the insulation off a fire sprinkler pipe in the attic above our media room, which took talent because we have a ton of insulation in our attics. Since I seldom go upstairs, I did not know there was a leak from a frozen fire sprinkler that burst once it thawed, filling the room like a swimming pool. When I opened the door to the garage, directly below this room, it was Niagara Falls!

A whole lot of clean up, drying, hauling, moving, and wall/floor repair later, I am learning first hand the difference between two foundations, the post tension slab and old-fashioned pier and beam. 

First off I consulted one of my trusty Candy’s Dirt-approved homebuilders, Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes. Tony builds multi-million dollar estates, huge ones, such as his glorious home on Deloache. The available home at 4926 Deloache in Old Preston Hollow is a pier and beam foundation with a basement. This home is a little over 14,000 square feet of luxurious finish out, all situated on a gorgeous, wooded 1.76 acre lot.  

Which foundation is better, I asked?

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4926 Deloache Avenue Dallas, Texas – Currently offered for $14.5 million.

Are you one of the thousands of Dallas home buyers scrambling to find the perfect lot to build your dream home?  Despite the frantic land grab sweeping North Texas, there are still several area neighborhoods offering prime lots to build and buy, but where are they?

We went straight to the source – Tony Visconti, a third-generation homebuilder, and owner/president of Bella Custom Homes – for expert advice on finding the right lot.

“Right now, with all the growth in the Metroplex there are several hot areas. Preston Hollow is one of my favorites, along with Frisco, McKinney, Southlake, and Flower Mound,” says Visconti, builder of 4926 Deloache fame.

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Note: This property will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

There is a new standard of luxury in Old Preston Hollow, and Bella Custom Homes is leading it. This weekend is the unveiling — yes, unveiling, just like a painting — of Bella’s latest masterpiece of perfection: 4926 Deloache Avenue. This exquisite Italian Mediterranean estate is ideal for the discriminating buyer who has an eye for architectural perfection and loves unique touches in every nook and cranny of the house. And there are a lot of nook’s and crannies in this place: the more than 14,000 square foot estate flawlessly embraces traditional classic architectural elements with transitional styling and modern essentials, all the elements that modern buyers of luxury real estate want.

The builder, Tony Visconti, has delivered the undeliverable with the estate. You enter first through a custom iron front door into an impressive entry with 25- foot ceilings that soar. Check out each angle: large plaster crown molding is everywhere and perfect, and the floors are imported marble. (more…)

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Bella Custom Homes has seven amazing and rare lots in Frisco for built-to-suits. This is a custom home available in Frisco.

Frisco real estate is some of the hottest in the nation, with the big influx of new residents who are looking to live close to their work along the $5-billion mile and nearby.

But this huge influx of new residents to the Frisco area means it’s harder to find available lots for true custom homes.

“There’s a shortage of lots—it’s very difficult to get your hands on lots because there’s such a high demand and most of the production builders have locked up future sites,” said Tony Visconti, President of Bella Custom Homes. “There are all these jobs coming to this area, like with Toyota and Liberty Mutual, and these people are looking to build, but there are very few custom neighborhoods.”

Bella Custom Homes, in business since 1993, currently has seven available Frisco lots in two amazing subdivisions, the Hills of Kingwood and Starwood. Both are gated communities with guards at the entrance, and luxe, family-friendly amenities.

“These seven lots offer buyers a chance to own coveted land in Frisco and these are two of the best communities in the city—most of these lots have incredible topography and gorgeous views and this is a rare opportunity,” Visconti said. “We also work very well with Realtors and unlike many custom builders, we pay their commission at the time we pour the foundation. They don’t have to wait 18 or 24 months.”

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Tonight is a special night up in Frisco — and it has nothing to do with the Dallas Cowboy’s new training facility. Tony Visconti, owner and builder of Bella Custom Homes, unveils yet another one of his home building masterpieces: 6923 Ranier, in Frisco’s exclusive Chapel Creek. Festivities are from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This is a 7634 square foot, Tuscan-inspired estate home with six bedrooms, six full baths, three powder half baths, five living areas (FIVE!) and of course pool and full landscaping.

“This is another incredible home, you won’t believe your eyes” Tony told me, “and it is perfect for a sports star or a California transplant coming to Texas to work on Billion Dollar Mile.”

Indeed, the square footage alone would wow those Golden state transplants. Heck, it might even put them into shock! The master bedroom in this home is probably larger than most Californians homes. And at $3.195 million, it’s the price of a California starter home. Jump to see the newly finished interiors…

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I’ve told you about this house before: A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, with more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. YU DARVISH could totally afford it! Now you can win $1000 by coming to a fun party —  food by Adelmo’s — at 5242 Park Lane, the beautiful striking home built by Bella Custom Homes. It’s a perfect example of LUSH Preston Hollow living with a capital “L”.

The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 11,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage… perfect for four Testarossas.   The front entrance is a chastity belt with no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols, no monkey business here!

The grand two-story foyer is appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase with an exquisite hand-bent iron balustrade. Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces.

Good Lord, this sounds like Andre Beltre’s home!

Custom millwork frames the entry to the large formal dining room, with a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a Venetian plaster wall treatment. There is a decked out kitchen and catering kitchen. Cheerful breakfast room and ample, yet cozy, family room.

And then you get to the men’s retreat. Or, as I call it, the Testosterone Zone.

I can smell the testosterone in here: there’s the bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. Thanks God the master suite is nearby (though I do think the Testosterone Zone needs a fainting couch!), with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. The nearby formal library — more Testosterone — has rich wood paneling, a fireplace, built-ins and plenty of natural light. Not too far away is the guest suite with private bath, of course.

Upstairs, three bedroom suites, large game room will full bar,  exercise room, craft room, and a multi-level home theatre. Like it outdoors? The home takes full advantage of the one plus acre corner lot with an outdoor living area boasting stone flooring, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, fireplace, and summer kitchen.

This house has it all. It’s only $7,995,000. And it make me think. I have ten million dollars to spend. Do I go up to Hickory Creek and bid on Champ d’Or, or make a deal and buy this flawless specimen for $7,995,000 by one of the best builders in the city. Where else am I going to find a Testosterone Zone?

Decisions, decisions. Turbeville Road versus Park Lane. Kelcy Warren for a neighbor versus Chilis. That’s a tough one.

Oh, about that $1,000. Agents Mark Cain and Susie Swanson  offering a $1,000 drawing for the attendee who completes a comment card AND most closely predicts the actual sales price. 

In other words, who has ESP? This all happens Thursday night from four to seven p.m. right there at Testosterone Town…

 

A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. Only YU can afford it! Check out this recently completed manse at 5242 Park Lane by Bella Custom Homes: perfect example of lush Preston Hollow living. The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage. The front entrance is no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! (Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols.) The doors open into a grand two-story foyer elegantly appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase. (Check out the exquisite iron balustrade, such craftsmanship!) Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces. Custom millwork frames the entry to the formal dining room, which sports a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a soft-hued Venetian plaster wall treatment. The kitchen has an adjacent catering kitchen, of course, and serves as the control center of the home, though I do not expect whoever buys this house to be Betty Crocker. The kitchen  opens to the cheerful breakfast room and (believe it or not) a cozy family room way nicer than the family quarters at the White House. Beyond the family room is the Man Cave, or “mens’ retreat”, which I call the horsepower of the house: full bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. The first level also holds the master suite complete with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. Talk about separate potties, in this home your husband never has to see you naked!

Unless by invitation only!

The formal library  — of course this house has one that rivals The George Bush — has rich wood paneling, a fireplace, built-ins and plenty of natural light. Lest I forget: a comfy guest suite on the first floor with private bath, so nice any guest would become a permanent resident by adverse possession. Up the grand staircases: three bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a large game room with full bar and Juliet balcony overlooking the family room, an exercise and yoga room, and a multi-level home theatre. Do not think gracious living ends at the uber-insulated stone walls. Outside is a huge outdoor living area boasting stone flooring, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and fireplace and of course, the latest must-have for every gadzillionaire, complete outdoor kitchen.

  Yep, $7,995,000. And YU can afford it!