English Country Tudor

When you think about the perfect English country Tudor manor, it’s filled with beamed ceilings, stone walls, beautiful hardwood floors, antiques, lovely wallpaper, and gardens — miles and miles of gardens.

These elegant, stately homes are few and far between in Dallas, so I’m beyond thrilled to let you know that for the first time in a couple of decades, one of the best is on offer in Highland Park.

I haven’t been this excited about a home for sale in a long time. Not only is it gorgeous, but the provenance of this house is also incredible. It was built at 3712 Alice Circle in 1925 by architect Clyde H. Griesenbeck for Dr. Sam Webb Jr. This was back when Highland Park was brand new. Alice Circle was named for John Armstrong’s wife. Armstrong was one of the developers of Highland Park.
English Country Tudor


Classic Contemporary Urban Villa
Remember our mantra about buying the home of a builder or an architect, or a designer? We have a home run for you today. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4310 Abbott Avenue is one of the most cutting-edge classic contemporary urban villas we’ve ever seen. (more…)

Monday Morning Millionaire

We all love the idea of a secret sanctuary. Whether it’s a bookcase that opens onto a concealed passageway, or an ivy shrouded door in a wall that leads to a private garden, we’re intrigued and captivated. Maybe it’s growing up with classic literature that gave us the world of Narnia accessed from an old armoire and The Secret Garden, where a hidden door opened into, well — a secret garden, but there’s no doubt everyone loves the idea of having a good hiding place. We’ve found the best one yet; a perfect secret sanctuary that is a luxurious private paradise in the heart of Highland Park at 4824 Abbott Avenue. (more…)

6309 Wildnerness Front

Not too long ago Candy wrote about how Max Anderson and his then wife, Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson, were doing the “conscious uncoupling” thing and had put their beautiful home in Williamsburg Estates in Preston Hollow in North Dallas (north of LBJ) on the market. Heck, Jacqueline even wrote a book about it: “Separating into Wholeness: Revolutionary Relationships & Evolutionary Families.” Only, they didn’t end up splitting for good after all, and remarried just three months after their widely reported separation.

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Now come reports that Max has left his position as the director of the Dallas Museum of Art for the News Cities Foundation. His new role is that of “director of grant programs” for the organization, which is based out of Paris. Anderson had a hand in bringing the New Cities Summit to Dallas last year, which hosted some great panels on the future of Dallas.

Here’s hoping the Andersons get enough for their gorgeous contemporary at 6309 Wilderness Court that they can buy one of these amazing apartments in the city of lights. (Update: The DMN says that the Andersons will be relocating to New York City.)

Seriously, though, their home is an absolute treasure, and they’ve listed it with David Nichols at Allie Beth Allman. Jump to see more, or you could visit the broker open house tomorrow.


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It is almost impossible to describe what it feels like to actually visit Walnut Place, the former Crespi Estate, as it was christened by owners Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks. But we were fortunate indeed to tour the 35,275 square foot (67,689 including terraces) estate for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The most expensive home in Dallas is now on the market with both Allie Beth Allman and David Nichols of the brokerage bearing Allie Beth’s name. The home had previously been marketed by Doug Newby, who’s methodology had been to keep it highly exclusive and restrictive — few Dallas area agents were actually ever inside the home. That could be because Doug thought the buyer would come from outside of Dallas. He did have the estate plastered on every private jet publication out there. Until now, it has not been in the MLS.

Last Thursday, the extraordinary Preston Hollow estate was opened to the agents of Allie Beth Allman to tour for the very first time. Everyone was absolutely breathless. The drive-up as you turn into the graceful private gates at 10000 Hollow Way is more like driving through the French countryside to a fabulous chateaux deep in the heart of the forest. You are on 25.25 acres but you are seconds from the Dallas North Tollway entrance and about a seven minute drive to downtown Dallas with minimum traffic. Office in Preston Center and you could even walk –it’s 4 miles!

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The drive splits, forking to the right and left. The two circles culminate in the entrance to the crushed limestone auto courtyard. It is here the original Crespi Estate, designed by Maurice Fatio, was situated on the rambling acreage for the best possible siting: the drive pulls you into another world of pastoral escape, all of which is viewable from the estate. The estate overlooks a forest of trees and a creek which runs through the property. There are meadows and trails, a year-round pond, a helipad with a lighted landing pad that is covered with grass when not in use to maintain the natural aesthetic. There are two courtyards lined with 16 magnolia trees each, a greenhouse, formal rose garden, lighted tennis court, and a 1500 foot deep well was drilled on the property and that water is then purified to water the estate grounds.

You enter the estate though an ornamental steel front door. You will enter into the original Crespi estate that was built in 1938. The addition, completed by John Sebastian, flows completely seamlessly from the original mansion to the new. I’m told the Hicks did not just add more limestone to their exterior renovation, they went to the actual quarry in Indiana that had supplied the original limestone back in the 1930’s. They re-opened it and excavated stone from the same terra for the absolute utmost chance of a perfect match. Stones, as you know, can be like fabrics and no two are ever 100% alike. A Corian technique of light sandblasting was used to match the new Indiana limestone to the old original, perhaps remove the “newness”.

The home is amazingly balanced and perfectly symmetrical. It begins with the marble floored gallery hall running the girth of the main house. (more…)

10210 Strait Front

(Photos: Matthews Nichols Group at Allie Beth Allman)

Alan Peppard (heart heart) breaks the news on this one: the architecturally significant home of  Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane hits the market this week.  This is the home that the New York Times has called a “mega-version of the Lake Pavilion that Johnson designed on the grounds of his Glass House in New Canaan, Ct.” You may know it as the house with arches, east side of the street closer to Walnut Hill Lane, a huge white contemporary. Alan says it has hosted President Obama not once, but twice. The estate is listed for $27.5 million with David Nichols of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman and Associates. I will be bringing photos your way as soon as they go live in MLS. Trust me, you will want to see the interiors — here’s what Alan says: “Between 2002 and 2008, Aberly and Lebowitz meticulously restored and modernized the house including a complete re-landscaping of the 6.45 acres by the Massachusetts firm of Reed Hilderbrand. The Dallas architectural firm of Bodron+Fruit did the renovation and designed the pavilion for the new swimming pool.” I’m getting chills already! (more…)

Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house extWe know that Mike and his precious, vivacious wife, Allison, are expecting twins — a boy and a girl! — sometime this summer. And they have a big, huge, wonderful 9244 square foot house in Kelsey Square, near Strait Lane, on almost 1 full acre of land. Love that area!

And they just listed that home for sale on March 23, my anniversary!!!, with Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sothebys!

Mike Modano and GFAnd we know Mike also has a home in Preston Hollow, that is stunning, at 6424 Mimosa Lane. That pup is on the market with David Nichols and is pending at this very moment. Mimosa, not too far from Rhonda Aikman, is 7250 square feet, was listed last May, and was originally listed at $2,495,000.6424 Mimosa ext Mike Modano

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It was reduced to $2,295,000 and that must have been the magic number. Modano and his first wife, model Willa Ford,  bought the house in 2007 and filled it with beautiful Golden Retrievers. The home is on 0.433 acre and features both sleek stone and hand-scraped wood floors, two staircases, fabulous formals, an oversized kitchen, temperature-controlled wine closet, a master bedroom suite with steam shower, three bedroom suites, a huge exercise room, a gameroom with wet bar and humidor, a backyard that is a total oasis with a putting green, brick gazebo with fireplace plus one of the most gorgeous saltwater pools and spas I have ever seen.

Like, I would have bought Mimosa in a heartbeat, then whipped up a mimosa! Stay tuned for news on the buyer…

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Kelsey Square is definitely more of an estate property on a beautiful, treed acre, that has been updated. The color palette is very light and these photos do not do the home justice because this is what it looked like before Allison moved in –  we know she has added her special touch. (Joan does not have any photos with the house yet, probably because the listing is so dang new.) There is carrera marble in the gourmet, well-stocked kitchen and also in most baths, scraped hardwoods again and marble flooring. The kitchen has Viking appliances, an island, a breakfast room and adjacent office/morning room. The master has a great bath, ginormous closets and complete views of the expansive yard and pool. There are formals, a Great room and study, both with fireplaces. Upstairs is another living area and gameroom, five guest bedroom suites, an exercise room and enough storage to hold five sets of twins’ gear. There is a four car garage to hold everyone’s car in 15 years, plus the best outdoor kitchen and living area south of LBJ.Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house foyer Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house living Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house kitchen Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house morning Mike Modano's Kelsey Square master Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house master bath Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house ext kitchen

For all of this, the Modanos are asking $3,495,000.

Why are they moving? Mimosa is pending, and I am more than sure that Allison wants to build her own space. And I bet I know just who will be doing that building…Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool Mike Modano's Kelsey Square house pool 2


717 Kessler Lake driveI am down at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country on a press trip. The hills are so high here, my ears are actually popping. I’ll be updating you on the growth and expansion of this dynamo second home community and all the goings-ons here (Bourbon tours? More wineries!) over on SecondShelters.com. Boot Ranch homesite_52_3-960x350Meantime, for those of you stuck in the flatlands, I was going to whet your appetite with 717 Kessler Lake Drive, a lot in Kessler Park, which is often described as the beginning of the Hill Country. In fact, the rugged terrain of this part of Oak Cliff makes you feel as if you are in the Hill Country of Texas without leaving 75208, especially on this lot.

But it’s already sold!

Asking $650,000, David Nichols sold this one acre pastoral dream in less than 60 days after the house burned. That home, R.I.P., was a beautiful mid century modern built in 1962 with Viking, SubZero, wine chiller, and two dishwashers, incredible master bedroom and bath, media room and and sound system plus a pool and four-car garage. The home burned down recently while the former owners, both physicians, were out of town. Home or not, David Nichols sold it and the new owners will tear it down to build anew.

The former owners, both doctors, now live in Highland Park.