Mansion? It's a castle

I’d say 10,000 feet of living on 2 acres would constitute a lovely mansion! (photos: Concierge Auctions)

What constitutes a house being called a “mansion?”

There isn’t an exact definition, but according to our friends in the web, a mansion is a large home over 8,000 square feet that has features that you wouldn’t find in your typical home.  Features such as a large foyer entrance, marble floors, a wide staircase with designer railings.  But what about the number of TVs?

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Dallas developer Mehrdad Moayedi today purchased Dallas’ biggest and most expensive home, the former Thomas O. Hicks estate on Walnut Hill Lane, that Dallas billionaire Andy Beal bought in January of last year and decided to sell almost as soon as the ink was dry on the contract.

The estate was at one point the most expensive home in the U.S. It was listed, at one time, for $135 million with Douglas Newby, but was not in MLS. Allie Beth Allman got the listing in March of 2015 and has had it ever since with a listing price of $100 million. The asking price was lowered to $48.9 million earlier this year.

Concierge Auctions was called in last month to liquidate the property without reserve. The home was advertised everywhere, on every continent. Eight people registered to bid on the estate, but Mehrdad got the winning bid, working from his home in Aspen.

There was huge speculation on how much the estate would sell for.

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Note: This article has been updated with information obtained after first publication.

Concierge Auctions will be auctioning off a Dallas landmark property, the former Crespi Estate now known as Walnut Place, as it was christened by its previous owner, Tom Hicks. The 1938-era, 29,000 square foot estate was commissioned by Count Pio Crespi, built of Indiana limestone by Maurice Fatio, and significantly restored by Mr. and Mrs. Hicks, who acquired the estate in the late 1990s and spent about 16 years and close to $100 million on the near-perfect expansion and remodel.  

Dallas-based banker, financier, investor, businessman, and professional poker player Andy Beal bought the estate almost a year ago from Hicks. The location: primo Preston Hollow. George and Laura Bush are nearby. The address is almost as long as the driveway: 10000 Hollow Way Road.

The auction takes place Dec. 20, with Dec. 19 as a preview day. Allie Beth Allman, who has had the property since March of 2015 when it was listed for $100 million, is the listing agent. It was the owner, she told me, who decided to bring out the auction gavel.

There is no reserve. That means, there is no baseline bid required to begin, such as at, oh, let’s say $20 million.

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I received word today from the great folks at Concierge Auctions that Deion Sander’s former spread on almost 6 acres up in Prosper — you know it —  is going to auction on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. There is no reserve. The home went to auction previously, and almost sold for just under $4 million, but the deal fell through. Happens. It was sold shortly after. Naturally, the owners want to see bids starting in the one or two millions, the higher, the better, as they will be selling the aforementioned property to the highest bidder.  The home at 1400 Copper Point Drive, has been on the market for $12.75 million, is now asking $14,500,000.

I mean, you do understand, right? The famed Sanders home with that turn-table in the master, huge round bed, a closet bigger than Rhode Island and a barber shop, basketball court and bowling alley, 14 car garage, screening room and 12 acre lake, could be picked up for $2 million or less in time for Christmas!

“Starting this Thursday, November 15th, we will be holding the open house every day from 1-4 p.m,” says Concierge project sales manager Jodi Fillmore, who came to Dallas all the way from Ketchum, Idaho, to sell the famous sprawling palace. She is working with Ebby Halliday agent David Gloria, one of the best agents around. You know what’s proof of a good agent? When he does everything possible to sell a property. EVERYTHING. Now, after three years, David thinks an auction may bring out a buyer.

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72 White Pine Canyon Road | Park City, UT | Luxury Real Estate

72 White Pine Canyon Road | Park City, UT | Luxury Real Estate

It’s in Park City, Utah, boasts 17,000 plus square feet with nine bedrooms, 11 full baths (all en suite) four powders (well, you need a lot of bathrooms at high altitudes if you get my drift) a media room, exercise room, gameroom, spa, and covered hot tub perfect for soaking apres ski, which is my favorite time. It is rockin’. Justin loves it so much this is where he was there three times in December. The place leases for $15,000 PER NIGHT! Go check out the Park City ski scene over on SecondShelters.com…

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From Highland Park where we learned that the Trammell Crow family homestead is being listed for a shocking $59.4 million, way on up to Proposer where  Concierge Auctions made Deion Sanders’ former home going going gone for $3.75 million. Here are all the photos of Deion’s former Prosper pad, as shot by those great folks at Shoot2Sell photographers. Kind of sad to think that a legend lived here, kind of cool to think of what the new owners have in store.

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3808 Turtle Creek Side view

Yet another Dallas home is headed for the auction block, as the incredible Les Jardins estate designed by Anton F. Korn Jr. is slated to be sold to the highest bidder on April 24. The estate, listed by Keith Conlon of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman, will be auctioned by Concierge Auctions of New York.

This home is an incredible meld of old and new, set in a private, garden-like curve of Turtle Creek. Initially listed for $4.25 million, this home will be auctioned with no reserve.

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Of course, we hope that this auction goes off without a hitch unlike the failed closing of Austin’s Casa Santuario, in which owner Kimberly Granger allegedly chose to no-show, according to the Austin Business Journal. Concierge is now suing Granger for lost commission and damages.

Let’s not let that spoil this incredible home, which has four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, more than 6,300 square feet, and is a veritable jewel box of details that the discerning buyer will appreciate. Originally built in 1925, the home is one of the most sterling examples of English Tudor architecture from Korn, who designed several mansions in Highland Park, most notably the 1917 estate of Hugh Prather at 4700 Preston Road, one of the town’s founders. Now owned by Harlan Crow, the home received historic designation by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.

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But 3808 Turtle Creek is a bird of another feather, but just as beautiful. This home has been extensively updated with several amenities that luxury homebuyers demand and some they didn’t even know they couldn’t live without. But the transition between new and old is seamless, with stained glass windows shedding dappled light on the library, and outside which you can see the tall buildings of Uptown rise beyond the brick walls of the estate.

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In the kitchen you’ll find marble counters and backsplash, a huge island, an immense stainless steel range with double ovens, and pristine cabinetry. The bright and modern accommodations are only juxtaposed with the exposed beams, showing the home’s history and age amid the luxurious materials and open design. In the dining areas and throughout the home, the crystal chandeliers and stained glass pendant lights shine like gemstones.

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The master is immense and features a lofty ceiling with an exposed bowstring truss. I love that there was no attempt to cover that architectural element, which gives the room a modern-industrial feel, quite the antithesis of the carved wood fireplace. The master bath is luxurious with a generous soaking tub and free-standing shower. There’s tons of storage, too, which you’ll need for all the towels and robes you’ll do while you basically live in here for four hours out of the day because you can.

 

The home has three living areas, two dining areas, three fireplaces, and an incredible pool. The estate overlooks Turtle Creek, a sought-after location and a tributary upon which you’ll find even more incredible architecture such as Robert Edsel’s incredible Turtle Creek estate Bellosguardo.

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While this home may not have a blue-tiled roof, it does have a gorgeous conservatory that looks like it would be heaven during winter. You’ll also love the deck, which is poised upon a porte cochere. I wonder what the views at night look like from that vantage!

This is an incredible estate and a unique opportunity! I can’t wait to see what happens at auction on April 24!

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