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.”

 

You’ve seen this listing before, yes? Probably the most beautiful backyard in Dallas, if not in the top ten running. A stunning Mediterranean by Bob Thompson is a truly Santa Barbara style home built in 2001 on 1.29 lush Bluffview acres. Honestly, you may have to remind yourself every four minutes that you are not at The Dallas Arboretum. Inside those smooth stucco walls is  a 7,863 square foot home with five bedrooms, three living areas and a five-car garage plus separate guest quarters, huge kitchen, breakfast area, great room, library, dining room, exercise room, and a master to end all master bedroom suites.

Get this: the master suite tops out at 27 x 22, the size of a decent apartment! We love the tray ceiling, too, which makes this room feel more Balmoral than Bluffview. And if you are keeping count on the bathrooms (like I do, never can have too many), there are four full baths and two powder rooms.4612 Watauga LR 4612 Watauga DR 4612WataugaLibrary 4612 Watauga FR

Then, of course, there is the backyard which you will never want to leave: patterned stone and grass lawn surrounding the European style pool, spa and loggia. Built in 2000, the home is large but doth not crowd the 1.3-acre lot at all.

This home has graced our pages before, first with Susie and Pete Ryan at Briggs Freeman who had it listed for $6,395,000. Then Dave Perry-Miller and Ralph Randall took over, lowering the price to $5,785,000. Now Kari Schlegel Kloewer’s team is selling, with cute Jenica Williamson at the helm and an amazing price of $4,999,000. That’s almost a million less, or $635.96 for every square foot. There is no way Jose this house could be replicated at that price.

You know what they say: third time’s the charm.4612 Watauga kit 4612 Watauga bfast 4612 Watauga master 4612 Watauga mster bath 4612 Watauga porch 4612 Watagua fp