Deion’s jazzed-up, 5000 square foot plus downtown pad at the top of the Azure changed hands late last month for a cool $4 million. The Hall of Fame defensive back and former major league baseball player unloaded his Prosper spread while the Dallas pad took a bit longer. 

It was only last March that we were quite excited about all the activity up at Deion’s Prosper estate.

That is, his former estate. Deion, as you may recall, sold his palatial 29,000 square foot spread (a most befitting noun) at 1280 Preston Road with those talented folks from Concierge auction. Reportedly, the sprawling estate went for under $4 million.

A very magic number for Deion, $4 million.

Then the buyer couldn’t, um, “perform”.

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We told you about Deion Sander’s former spread up in Prosper all spiffed up and ready to sell, re-named and branded as Chateau Montclair. It’s even going to get an historical chandelier from the famous Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas.

And we have certainly told you about Deion’s Uptown pad at the tip top of the Azure, one of only two penthouses, two story complete with a private swimming pool right there on the roof. Deion tried to sell this pad for $4.8 million in 2013, then he used it, then he leased it out.

Well, 2900 McKinnon #3002 is on the market, this time listed by none other than Rogers Healy, founder of Rogers Healy & Associates. Rogers is also known as the social media master broker of Dallas real estate, and he tells me it was through a tweet that he met Deion and got his listing. Asking is once again $4.8.

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Statler Chandelier
This is the chandelier that will soon hang in the main foyer of Deion Sanders’ former home in Prosper. Don’t worry: it’s getting all spiffed up. Technically, one grand chandelier will be created out of three identical Statler Hilton Hotel chandeliers from the downtown Dallas hotel undergoing a dramatic restoration. (Some of the crystals are cracked and broken, so restorers will scavenge from the three to create one perfect fixture.) I found it on a tour of the Statler Hilton earlier this week, stay tuned for that report.

As I told you a couple weeks ago, Deion Sanders’ 29,000-square-foot mansion of mansions built in 1999 with turrets and columns and Taj Mahal architectural features on 109 acres is back on the market and better than ever.  It has been updated, remodeled, staged, painted, carpeted, freshened — you name it.

The Dallas Morning News just published the listing this week. (Print media is a little slow.)

The Statler chandelier is courtesy of Mehrdad Moayedi, who is completing an extensive renovation of the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. His company, Farmers Branch-based Centurion American, is also developing a 22-acre neighborhood around Deion’s former pad, encircling it like a queen’s cushion, called Montclair.

Deion’s big house has been re-named Chateau Montclair.

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Chateau Montclair

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Deion's front

I was up in Prosper yesterday and all I can say is, WOW! I remember when Prosper was nothing more than ranches and country. There was this big spread up there on Preston Road (289) and East Prosper Trail that belonged to Deion Sanders, and it stuck out on the prairie like a Mediterranean sore thumb. It was a 29,000-square-foot mansion of mansions built in 1999 with turrets and columns and Taj Mahal architectural features on 109 acres. The home and all the property had been marketed for $21 million.

The estate also has a new name: Chateau Montclair.

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David Gloria

Then, in 2014, most of the property was scooped up in a deal arranged by Dallas developer Don Silverman. The plan was to develop most of the Sanders property with upscale Prosper homes. And that is exactly what is happening around the once blue, now sand-pink mansion.

This week, the house alone (on 5.96 acres) goes into the MLS with Ebby Halliday ace agent David Gloria. I’ll be posting the new photos later in the week. It will be marketed at $12.75 million. It has been updated, remodelled, staged, painted, carpeted, freshened — you name it. It will even feature a vintage chandelier in the front foyer coming from the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas, courtesy of Mehrdad Moayedi. (more…)

A rendering of the property.

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Consumers, buyers, are so darn tootin sophisticated in what they want these days: Clean lines. Transitional. Open floor plans. Granite and lots of real stone. Hardwoods. Huge professional type kitchens with all the latest gadgets installed as soon as they arrive in the US.  High ceilings (but not too high). Vessel bathtubs. Spa master baths. Outdoor living areas, maybe now separating the outdoor grill/stove from the living area to reduce smoke. Smart home electronics you can manage from your iphone.

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Deion Sander’s spa bath

And now, apparently, $12,000 coffeemakers. At least that’s what they are putting in a Beverly Hills home for the discriminating California home buyer. Which means, the trend will soon be heading east and south to Texas.

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Gabriel Barbier-Mueller

The Barbier-Mueller family, from L to R: Alexis Barbier-Mueller, Niña Barbier-Mueller Tollett, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Ann Barbier-Mueller, and Oliver Barbier-Mueller at the the Samurai Collection traveling exhibition in Quebec City. All photos: Gabriel Barbier-Mueller

Many diners at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar and passers by admire the Virgin de Guadalupe monument standing outside, a tile-and-brick structure that murmurs the history of the area.

This Harwood Avenue location was Dallas’ first school for Hispanic children, the 1927 St. Ann’s school house. It was located in the heart of Little Mexico, in what is now the Harwood District of Uptown, the signature development of Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Founder and CEO of Harwood International.

After buying the historic schoolhouse, Barbier-Mueller’s company brought in an art preservationist to refurbish the tile mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They kept the original brick school building and transformed the interior into a sophisticated-yet-comfortable eatery in 2010. The second level houses The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, an assemblage of samurai armor and related objects that is one of the largest and most complete in the world. Outside, the patio is one of the biggest and most lovely in the city.

This is just a tiny part of the Harwood empire, which spans the globe and has offices and developments in select parts of Dallas, Beverly Hills, Sunnyvale’s Gold Coast, Geneva, London’s West End, Paris, and Zurich’s Golden Triangle. But it speaks to Barbier-Mueller’s vision and European sensibilities when it comes to his work.

It’s not “out with the old, in with the new,” but rather a reimagining of space, with a focus on robust capital investment, energy conservation, leading-edge technology, green spaces, and designs that are built to stand the test of time.

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Kathryn Roan's post busting the Top 10 Realtor Myths was the most-read article on CandysDirt.com. True or False: All Realtors post in bikinis for their billboard ads?

Kathryn Roan’s post busting the Top 10 Realtor Myths was the most-read article on CandysDirt.com. True or False: All Realtors post in bikinis for their billboard ads?

… and had everything to do with busting the myths surrounding Realtors.

It was Kathryn Donovan Roan’s post on the top 10 Realtor myths that was commented on and shared the most, generating 51,267 pageviews. In the post, Roan de-bunked some of the more insidious and commonplace assumptions about Realtors, including how they make commission, how they are licensed, and much more.

“I am amazed how many times ‘Top 10 Myths’ was shared, even on other blogs and Facebook groups,” Roan said. “It just goes to show you how prevalent these misconceptions are, no matter the market. I hope, also, that it helps people understand how hard the business really is – how risky, and with no guarantees.”

It’s true! Even with how much home prices are on the rise and how high demand is in Dallas and beyond, nothing is ever certain in real estate. It takes someone who is methodical, consistent, and very savvy to make real money in this industry.

Our other hot posts for 2014 were:

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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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