While the house itself may look a bit different from when John Denver and his wife Annie bought it in the 1970s, the Colorado estate still has the views that inspired him to write “Starwood in Aspen.”

The local couple that bought the home in 2016 put the home on the market last month, after doing extensive remodeling, telling the Denver Business Journal that they installed new floors, and replaced the windows and the roof. They took pains to save the fireplaces, stained-glass work, copper sinks and fixtures, and the cabinetry, which was refinished and, in places, repurposed. (more…)

Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

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In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

While everything we could find on Kellogg indicated he was a farmer, we can’t help but appreciate that he did an excellent job making sure every inch of this house has a view of those rolling lawns, stacked Connecticut fieldstone walls, mature trees, and gardens, too. (more…)

Sinatra

This gorgeous Malibu view once belonged to Frank Sinatra and it could be yours for $12.9 million.

Whether you want a beachy retreat or a swank pad you can pick out in episodes of Mad Men, Frank Sinatra hung his hat in two homes that are on the market at the same time, for nearly identical price points.

If Malibu is your bag, one estate was designed by architect Ted Grenzbach and Sinatra and his wife, Barbara in 1992. When the Sinatras lived there, a veritable who’s who of Rat Pack era celebrities visited, from Dick Martin, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, and Dick Van Dyke, and more.

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6610 Nonesuch ext

An “O” House is a home so fabulous you have to drop whatever you are doing (yeah, even that) or holding, including your nail file, to look!

Why have I not jumped all over this listing? Look at this stone and brick classic with every perfect ingredient. It has so much going for it, it WIPES out the competition.

First of all, this is the home of country singer Steve Holy. So great karma and music juju come with the house naturally, not included in the sales price. Secondly, you could not have sung for a better location. We are talking about Nonesuch Place, a private gated community in the heart of Lakewood with only three other homes in the immediate area. This home was all part of the original Stanley Marcus estate.

So guess what other home is your neighbor? The famous Stanley Marcus estate, which, you may recall, flirted with the market last year for $4,490,000. You get the best of any world here with location, gated area exclusivity, proximity, trees and topography, all on almost a one-third acre. Remember, Love Don’t Run…

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8740 Canyon drive poolOne of the most famous Dallas homes with the movie star jet set is on the market, this time for sale, offering a ripe, cliff-hugging slate for a cool California transitional contemporary not unlike the homes it’s famous tenants have built in the Golden state.

See this pool? Oh if only water could talk. This is the famous pool in the tip-top backyard of 8740 Canyon Drive, easily now the HOTTEST piece of dirt south of the Red River.

Practically every celebrity who has come to Dallas for an extended visit has leased this house as their place-away-from-their-place. Built in 1939,  Larry Hagman, Paul McCartney, Barbara Eden, Stevie Nicks, Matthew Perry and yes, even the late, great Rock Hudson, have all slept here. And swam here. (more…)

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Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe (KEITH BEDFORD/GLOBE STAFF)

The buzz in Kennebunkport this summer is, once again, the Bush family. They are well loved in these parts. Not only have they had a busy summer of birthday parties and a trip to Maine Medical in Portland, in May the Boston Globe broke the story about a 3,000 square foot “summer cottage” being built for the Jeb Bush family at Walker’s Point just as he commences his presidential campaign:

Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The home, on a 1.3-acre site assessed by the town at $1.4 million, was initiated for him by his mother and father, who have tried to preserve the family ties to the picturesque property.

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4311 Brookview Beltre House

Aidrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood home. (Photo: Google Maps)

Of all the things to take from Adrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood mansion, the burglars who burgled the Rangers third-baseman’s home took tickets to his Globe Life Ballpark suite and his American League Championship ring according to this SportsDay post.

No untraceable electronics. No silver. No artwork. And no one was caught.

Sounds kind of personal, doesn’t it?

According to City of Dallas police reports, Beltre’s home was burglarized last Thursday morning shortly after he left for the Rangers’ homestand finale against Oakland. Nobody was in the house at the time. Beltre’s family is still in Southern California.

The police report cites the theft of precious metals and jewelry. Beltre, who only briefly returned home before the Rangers’ flight to Toronto last Thursday evening, said among the items taken was his 2011 AL Championship ring. Beltre also said the thieves made off with tickets to his suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“I’d like to see them show up there,” Beltre said. “I’m just glad nobody was home.”

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

I am truly baffled by this break-in, not just because of the items taken from Beltre’s stone-clad two-story at 4311 Brookview Drive, but over how someone could get away with such a crime. This area has so very little crime thanks to the off-duty Dallas Police patrols in the area and the overall watchfulness of neighbors, so I have to wonder if this doesn’t send some homeowners scrambling to update their security systems. Some say biometric security is becoming more common …

Adrian and Sandra Beltre’s 8,204-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, three fireplaces, and a backyard pool all on a 3/4 of an acre. DCAD says it’s worth more than $3 million.

 

dEION'S NEW lAKE rIDGE PAD

We don’t know where, and we are not sure if this is a permanent home, but we know that after Deion moved all that stuff out of 1280 Preston Road in Prosper, he had to go somewhere. And go somewhere he did indeed, to the exclusive Lake Ridge, a hilly 3,600-acre development along Joe Pool Lake on the west side of Cedar Hill, 3.5 miles west of Highway 67.

First developed in 1994 by Bluegreen Communities, the one-time ranch land became a lakeside mecca for Dallas’ elite looking for spectacular views and rolling hills. In 2012, SouthStar Communities bought Lake Ridge from Bluegreen Communities. Now, SouthStar has commenced on the final gated neighborhood of Lake Ridge,The Sanctuary. Former Dallas Cowboy Linebacker Dexter Coakley lives there, as do a number of pro athletes and others who want space inside and out, as well as tree-filled rolling hills. (more…)