Mediterranean estate

Forget the coffee this morning. Mix up a pitcher of Sangria. Then sit down and have a long look at this gorgeous Modern Mediterranean estate in Preston Hollow, designed by architect Larry E. Boerder.

Although the Mediterranean architectural style has been popular since the 14th century, America only got around to fully embracing it in the 1920s. Better late than never.

The ‘20s were a time of luxury, travel, and leisure for the upper classes. Enterprising businessmen took advantage of the economic boom and created the first resorts for the rich and famous, building them in coastal climates like California and Florida. They turned to the Mediterranean style because it captured the exotic and laid back ambiance of Italy and Spain. The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Miami-Biltmore in Coral Gables are classic examples. Naturally, this commercial popularity led to prominent architects like Addison Mizner in Florida and Bertram Goodhue in California adapting the style for residences. Mizner was one of the first architects to create grand resort-style Mediterranean estates for wealthy individuals.

The Mediterranean style has been made even more desirable by magazines featuring Hollywood movie stars and their homes. From Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant, to Ellen Pompeo, Eddie Murphy, and Gloria Estefan, more stars than I can count have chosen to live in Mediterranean-style homes.

It’s not just the look to love, but this style is also extraordinarily practical for warm climates.

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Santa Barbara Estate

“A courtyard, to me, is the best thing in life,” architect David Stocker said. “It’s an intimate space. It’s not quite inside the house, but it’s part of the house.” The culture of the courtyard is what inspired Stocker to design this luxurious Santa Barbara estate in Preston Hollow for Jane and Mike Nicolais.

Courtyards have been around since dwellings began. They are found in every corner of the world, and there’s a reason for their popularity. They provide the things we want most: security, privacy, light, air, and tranquility.

“A big house can be thought of as a village with connecting pieces,” Stocker, principal of SHM Architects, said.

This Santa Barbara estate, at 9946 Rockbrook Drive, is 7,722 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two powder baths. It’s easy to see the analogy. Award-winning builders Manning, Snelling & Mcllyar worked with Stocker to bring this village to life in 2001 when Stocker was at Turner, Boaz and Stocker.
Santa Barbara Estate

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Join the people of CandysDirt.com and the team from the Rueckert & Stewart Group of Compass for a staff party at an opulent home in Preston Hollow.

The gorgeous comfort of 4525 Catina Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229 boasts exquisite marble, natural light, expansive ceilings, and warm finishes. Check out the kitchen stuffed with professional-grade appliances, the resort-inspired pool, and the generous entertaining spaces, including a 2,400-square-foot terrace! 

“The elegance of the architecture reminds me of the timeless craftsmanship found throughout Italy, or perhaps along the Mediterranean coastline,” said co-listing agent Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert & Stewart Group with Compass. “I’m brought back to my favorite places in the world, every time I step foot in Catina.” 

The “behind-the-scenes” construction is impressive, too, of this 1.18-acre property. 

“I’m astounded with the impeccable structural quality of Catina, from the geothermal HVAC system to slab reinforced with piers and steel-reinforced second story,” said co-listing agent Evan Stewart. “It’s rare that such a beautiful property is so incredibly sound in structure, but Catina truly amazes both in function, and design.””

This home has six bedroom suites, six full bathrooms, three half baths, two living areas, two dining areas, and 9,676 square feet on three stories. There is even a guest apartment complete with
bedroom, flex space, kitchen, and full bath that is permitted for a separate homestead, should the need
arise. 

This is a staff party you don’t want to miss! RSVP to jo@candysdirt.com and join us from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28!  

 

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Drive the streets of Preston Hollow regularly and you might see some famous faces, from George W. Bush and Mark Cuban to former Dallas mayors Tom Leppert and Laura Miller. This is one of the most sought-after and affluent neighborhoods in the city, with gorgeous estates on larger lots and an excellent location just five miles north of downtown.

Ebby’s Little White House and the gorgeous Preston Center office serve the Preston Hollow luxury market.

Developed from farmland in the 1930s, Preston Hollow still has a pastoral feel in many areas. While there is some debate about boundaries, they are generally considered to be Royal Lane, Hillcrest Lane, Northwest Highway, and Midway Road. 

Ebby’s Little White House at Preston and Northwest Highway stands as testimony of the one real estate brokerage that has been local to Preston Hollow since the 1960s, Ebby Halliday Realtors. Here, an outstanding group of top-producing agents serve the community, including some of Dallas’ most elite locales. Ebby also provides exceptional service to Preston Hollow from its beautiful Preston Center Office at 8333 Douglas Ave. The contemporary, recently remodeled space offers experienced, high-quality agents and the latest in technology in a much-sought after Preston Center location. It’s this local expertise and long-standing history in the area that differentiates Ebby Halliday for both buyers and sellers.  

I’ve found three fabulous properties on the market now that will impress with their aesthetic, amenities, and location. Let’s take a look. 

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Historic Spanish Colonial
Certain homes define Dallas, and this Highland Park historic Spanish Colonial at 3806 Beverly Drive is one of them. We are more than excited that it’s on the market because it has rarely been available.

Settle in with a big cup of coffee because we have a tale to tell.

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Preston Hollow ContemporaryLet’s talk house reinvention. Every few years, homes have to be reinvented, especially when you pass the $2 million mark, and particularly if you want to sell them. This week I scrolled through a number of dated, boring, multimillion-dollar listings and knew you would be as disinterested as I was.

We all want to see something worth seeing! This modern lovely at 6607 Desco Drive has such a new personality that I did not even recognize it, and we’ve written about it at least twice over the past few years. But of course, what we all love about real estate is reinvention, and this Preston Hollow contemporary has finally, I think, found its long-term look. (more…)

Texas Contemporary
Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a stunning Preston Hollow Texas Contemporary at 4562 Isabella Lane in the Wilson Estates neighborhood that has been completely transformed. The dream team of Architect David Stocker, Principal of Stocker, Hoesterey, Montenegro, and Brad Ellerman, President of Ellerman Homes, took it from 2005 to 2018 and all we can say is, “WOW!”

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Dallas PalaceWalking through the grand entrance of 9006 Douglas Avenue is like stepping into a fairytale. There are very few homes that merit the use of the word “palace” and this is one of them. This home has been referred to as “The Mansion” for years. That in no way prepares you for what you will experience once you cross the threshold. So, we’re re-christening this palatial Mediterranean resort-style home as the “Dallas Palace.” (more…)