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Classic. That’s how I’d describe this stunning traditional near Saint Mark’s School of Dallas. It’s a beautiful home that is grand without being pretentious in an area that is safe, accessible, and filled with caring neighbors and families.

This particular home has so many wonderful details, too, including an open floorplan and spiral staircase that makes the living area feel a little magical. Listed by Yvette Grove, 6324 Pemberton is a wonderful home on a private cul-de-sac in which to make a fresh start for 2014. Leave behind the clutter and claustrophobia and move your family into this bright and beautiful house. It’s on the market for $1.3 million and is worth every bit thanks to the tons of windows, beautiful woodwork, and top-notch kitchen.

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Two living areas, an upstairs billiard or play area with a wet bar, a huge dining room, and an open kitchen make this home great for hosting all sorts of parties, especially those fundraisers you’ll be organizing should you send your kids to any of the amazing private schools within throwing distance. Tall ceilings with designer light fixtures make this home feel luxurious and spacious without being too big for its britches, if you know what I mean. And a fantastic wine cellar is just the perfect addition for anyone doing any amount of entertaining.

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The kitchen is exceptionally well-appointed with commercial-grade appliances including a range with double oven and a spare prep sink in the petite-yet-functional island. Granite counters and copious counter space will give even the most discerning home chef enough room to create Michelin star-worthy meals. You’ll also appreciate all of the rich wood cabinetry, the built-ins, and the cozy breakfast nook overlooking the backyard.

6324 Pemberton Kitchen

And with five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, this house can fit a family of any size. This 1999-built custom is ideal for households with children who are a bit older thanks to the main-floor master suite. The master, which has a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that make the room feel so light and bright it seems twice as large as its 16×21 size, has plenty of scenic appeal.

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The five-piece master bath has impressive amounts of cabinetry and a lovely soaking tub and separate shower. I love the color scheme and how neutral and classy it is without going overboard with the swag. The frameless full-sized shower falls in line with the design, sporting oil-rubbed bronze fixtures.

6324 Pemberton Master Bath

The backyard has a courtyard-type feel, and with fountains and a beautiful little pool, it is exceptionally relaxing and private. With a covered rear patio, a lovely spa, and landscaping that transitions well between seasons, this garden is a fabulous retreat from a fast-paced life.

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3828 Turtle Creek poolWe sent CD correspondent Bren Underwood to find out if people really eat in these luxury homes!

Impromptu cocktail parties, Sunday brunches, formal dinners fit for a king – entertaining friends and family brings tremendous delight to hosts and hostesses. I had the true pleasure of interviewing one of Dallas’ premier hosts recently, acclaimed author and art collector Robert Edsel. The topic was how he entertains in his exquisite Turtle Creek estate that is listed with Dave Perry-Miller’s Madeline Jobst for $15,900,000.

Edsel, as you may know, has written three captivating nonfiction books – Rescuing Da Vinci; The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; and Saving Italy – focusing on a group of GIs who rescued  more than 5 million cultural objects during and after World War II. In fact, “The Monuments Men” will hit the silver screen as a motion picture this December – a must see! –co-written, directed, and produced by George Clooney and staring Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

3828 Turtle Creek groundsNow let me just take a quick minute to set the scene and enchant you with Edsel’s magnificent home. I know you have coveted it. Built in 1926, the Mediterranean retreat resides on two acres along Turtle Creek and features picture-perfect entertaining spots, such as a terrace with a fireplace that overlooks the creek; kitchen-solarium with steel French doors leading out to a large provincial-style dining table; dining room with views of the manicured gardens, and grassy knolls draped in the lush canopy of magnolia trees. Straight out of a movie set, this gorgeous home surely renders its visitors speechless. Thankfully, the high ceilings offer plenty of air circulation because this home is quite often filled with friends. This is how Robert Edsel lives:

3828 Turtle Creek extBren Underwood: How often do you like to entertain?

Robert EdselRobert Edsel: I travel most of the year, however when I’m home I entertain twice a week. When I host friends and family, it’s a chance to create a welcoming and intimate ambiance. To me, entertaining is a reflection of the importance I place on the people I have invited into my home.

BU: Do you fancy yourself a cook or prefer to employ the help of a caterer when entertaining?

Robert Edsel: Most of the time I cook for my guests, with a great deal of the dishes influenced by my years living in Italy. My specialty is grilled Australian lobster tails, however I also gravitate towards traditional Italian dishes, such as pasta al pesto, a Portofino dish that evokes fond memories from the year I lived there.

BU: I am getting hungry! What is your favorite part about creating a meal for friends and family?

3828 Turtle Creek LRRobert Edsel: I prefer cooking at home because I have every accouterment for the event in my herb, floral, and citrus gardens that I could ever need: Rosemary; European basil; thyme; mint; lemon, lime, and orange trees; and rose and hydrangea gardens are right outside the door. I’m happiest when I’m harvesting herbs and fruit from my garden and cooking at home for my friends and family.

BU: You can smell the magnificent gardens. With countless rooms and spaces to entertain in, how do you choose?

3828 Turtle Creek dining roomRobert Edsel: I have so many fond memories and beautiful collectibles gathered from my travels and time spent living overseas that when I entertain, I tend to move around my home so I can appreciate each of them. I hold formal dinners in the dining room, an inviting alcove with a table I designed and had built for 10. For a small group I’ll arrange dinner at the card table in the den, or sit atop stools in the kitchen-solarium where we can admire the walls of fig ivy and jasmine. I also serve dinner in the gazebo to capture the views of reflections of the setting sun rippling on Turtle Creek.  For the most special of occasions, however, I arrange a picnic under the shade of the two of my magnolia trees.

BU: What variety! Dinner does not have to be in the dining room! What is your secret to successfully entertaining?

3828 Turtle Creek kitchenRobert Edsel: The host should have fun too! Relaxing and enjoying myself is an important part of the specialness of hosting my friends. My busy travel schedule precludes being with my friends as much as I wish, so on those occasions I am home, it’s important to me to enjoy my time with those I love the most in the privacy of my home.  I like to think of evenings at my home as the perfect blend of modern American convenience with the ambiance and timelessness of evenings dining with friends in Europe. The great pleasure in this instance is experiencing that enjoyment in my own home.

BU: It’s a beautiful home, indeed.

3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellarBren Underwood is the founder and creator of Must Bring Buns, an etiquette, entertaining, and lifestyle blog. By day, she is the PR Coordinator at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. 
 
 

 

1505 Elm plateSometimes you just want to go downtown and live that sleek, clean, grown-up style, but not really sure you want to plunk your equity down on condo just yet.

This is what so many of my friends, young and old (like me!) are doing: renting a really great condo to test the urban lifestyle. I’m looking at you, Alicia Trevino! I don’t know about you, but I even feel THINNER when I’m downtown.

Local Dwelling has a rare 3 bedroom luxury residence in the uber boutique-y 1505 Elm Street. Rent is ONLY $2650 a month, one pet allowed. You get 2650 square feet, not one but two master suites, which makes for a most comfy guest room. Picture perfect windows everywhere, a third bedroom that would make a great second living area or office, a great gourmet 1505 Elm Kitchenkitchen with the requisite granite, stainless, gourmet appliances all open to the dining area with something I must have in my next house: a fireplace in the dining room. I saw one over on Lloyd Valley this weekend and am just in love. Makes so much sense to have a crackling fire by the table when you dine!  This condo even has a powder room for guests, so when you have those big parties you won’t have to sanitize your potty at 3 a.m. And have parties you will because you are DOWNTOW! I don’t have to tell you how convenient — ditch your car and walk to the Nasher, the Arts District, West End, or “DART-IT” anywhere else. This is a true test of whether you ought to take advantage of that two year investment back guarantee over at Museum Tower…

Now here’s a little mind game: just how much would this place cost in the Big Apple?1505 Elm #703 pool 1505 Elm #503 1505 Elm ext

1505 Elm plateSometimes you just want to go downtown and live that sleek, clean, grown-up style, but not really sure you want to plunk your equity down on condo just yet.

This is what so many of my friends, young and old (like me!) are doing: renting a really great condo to test the urban lifestyle. I’m looking at you, Alicia Trevino! I don’t know about you, but I even feel THINNER when I’m downtown.

Local Dwelling has a rare 3 bedroom luxury residence in the uber boutique-y 1505 Elm Street. Rent is ONLY $2650 a month, one pet allowed. You get 2650 square feet, not one but two master suites, which makes for a most comfy guest room. Picture perfect windows everywhere, a third bedroom that would make a great second living area or office, a great gourmet 1505 Elm Kitchenkitchen with the requisite granite, stainless, gourmet appliances all open to the dining area with something I must have in my next house: a fireplace in the dining room. I saw one over on Lloyd Valley this weekend and am just in love. Makes so much sense to have a crackling fire by the table when you dine!  This condo even has a powder room for guests, so when you have those big parties you won’t have to sanitize your potty at 3 a.m. And have parties you will because you are DOWNTOW! I don’t have to tell you how convenient — ditch your car and walk to the Nasher, the Arts District, West End, or “DART-IT” anywhere else. This is a true test of whether you ought to take advantage of that two year investment back guarantee over at Museum Tower…

Now here’s a little mind game: just how much would this place cost in the Big Apple?1505 Elm #703 pool 1505 Elm #503 1505 Elm ext

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve picked out a few of the most incredible kitchens and dining rooms Dallas has to offer as sites for our dream turkey dinner. They are truly a feast for the eyes! Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

9008 Briarwood Lane: This house has a stunning dining and kitchen combo, both with beautiful blue hues on both the dining room wallpaper and the kitchen cabinets. Also amazing are the chandelier and fireplace in the dining room. Surreal!

Platinum Series Kitchens by Mark Molthan: All of these kitchens are perfect for preparing your elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, but this one, with the bright lime bar and gorgeous cabinets, is incredible!

9784 Audubon Place: With an amazing wood ceiling and gorgeous cabinetry, I would be hard pressed to actually leave the kitchen at this home! It’s also open to the dining room, which will make serving a gigantic turkey that much easier!

4346 Park Lane: Christine McKenny with Dave Perry-Miller gets some of the most amazing listings, and this house is no joke. The kitchen has a not-too-often seen feature — curved cabinetry  — that looks so elegant.

Tatum Brown’s Crestbrook Residence: This kitchen is just so sleek and perfect, and there’s a TV just above the fireplace, so you can watch the game while you do prep work (just watch your fingers with that knife, please!).

Phil Romano’s Strait Lane Estate: There’s no outdoing this kitchen and dining room, which makes entertaining feel more like eating at a restaurant. The stainless steel buffet and counter-height tables make serving a snap!

 

Just staring at the blank walls, the clean floors, and the uncluttered countertops at 7023 Casa Loma is soothing. I love imagining how my things would look in a home, freshly unpacked and organized.

That’s what this house, a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath contemporary Mediterranean is begging you to do. The dining room is asking you to find the perfect dining set (not too rustic, but not too modern), the kitchen wants you to pick out the perfect stools to belly-up to the gigantic island (something with leather), and the living room is wondering where you’ll position the sofa and love seat set (facing the fireplace, or facing the window).

This East Dallas home is the third we’ve featured in this area this week and is by far the largest and newest. But it’s also the one that lacks the most personality. Whether or not that is a symptom of the fact that there haven’t been any hodge-podge renovations or that this 3,647-square-foot house is incredibly devoid of furniture, well, that’s for you to decide.

Me? I’m going to try to figure out which master suite I like best — the one with the balcony over the front yard or the one with the deck in the rear (probably the deck).

Want to get a closer look? This home is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Do you read Homes of the Rich? It’s one of my fave luxury real estate drool sites, and it was founded by a 20 year old kid named Kenny. Maybe he’s 21 now. Anyhoo, Kenny picked up Erin Mathews newest listing last week, a stunning French Chateau at 4617 Meadowood Road in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, TX. Technically, this is more towards Bluffview — Meadowbrook is in the honey pot. But nothing shabby about this circular street and in fact, I like this area even better than the honeypot because it’s further away from the tollway.

The 10,815 square foot home home was built in 2005 on 2 acres, features a slate roof, stone exterior and circular driveway. There are 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms, 4 wood-burning fireplaces, wood floors and crown molding throughout, two staircases, of course a formal living room, a formal dining room with butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, house manager’s office, wood paneled family room with built-in shelves, library with the most gorgeous hardwoods I have seen, recreation room on lower level, covered terrace, 3-car garage, swimming pool, formal gardens and more.

The gourmet kitchen and breakfast room are Dean Fearings’ dream with two Wolf ovens, drawers and shelves. A magnificent armoire between the two bookshelves against the back wall disguises a double Sub-Zero refrigerator. Nearby are the walk-in pantry, house manager’s office and utility room. Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room with its walls of wood paneling and shelves. The home is large, but it can get larger. When more room is needed for entertaining, the metal-and-glass French doors along the entry hallway and in the family room are easily opened to include the covered-back terrace and the palatial grounds with a pool.

The master suite is on the first floor with a bathroom highlighted by the finest woodwork, wall coverings that beg to be touched, and luxurious appointments adjacent to his-and-hers dressing rooms with window seats, cabinets, shelves and rods from the floor to the ceiling. I LOVE the library, a showcase with its wood wainscot and black leather, windows that open to the grounds and a walk-in wet bar.

In addition to the four guest suites — yes, every bedroom is a suite — and gameroom overlooking the main entrance on the second level, there is a stunning lower level that includes wet and snack bars. Every inch of this house is utter, sheer perfection.

By the way, why does Erin remind me of Angelina Jolie at The Oscars? I guess I could so see her in that dress!Erin has it listed at $8,495,000. But did you know this is the house of Kristen and John P. Mullen, he of investment banking moolah, Kristen the talented wife who did all the decorating herself? It was featured on the popular blog, Cote de Texas. You know now it is more chic to be featured on a blog than in a shelter rag — you get far more pageviews!

 

A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. Only YU can afford it! Check out this recently completed manse at 5242 Park Lane by Bella Custom Homes: perfect example of lush Preston Hollow living. The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage. The front entrance is no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! (Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols.) The doors open into a grand two-story foyer elegantly appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase. (Check out the exquisite iron balustrade, such craftsmanship!) Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces. Custom millwork frames the entry to the formal dining room, which sports a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a soft-hued Venetian plaster wall treatment. The kitchen has an adjacent catering kitchen, of course, and serves as the control center of the home, though I do not expect whoever buys this house to be Betty Crocker. The kitchen  opens to the cheerful breakfast room and (believe it or not) a cozy family room way nicer than the family quarters at the White House. Beyond the family room is the Man Cave, or “mens’ retreat”, which I call the horsepower of the house: full bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. The first level also holds the master suite complete with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. Talk about separate potties, in this home your husband never has to see you naked!

Unless by invitation only!

The formal library  — of course this house has one that rivals The George Bush — has rich wood paneling, a fireplace, built-ins and plenty of natural light. Lest I forget: a comfy guest suite on the first floor with private bath, so nice any guest would become a permanent resident by adverse possession. Up the grand staircases: three bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a large game room with full bar and Juliet balcony overlooking the family room, an exercise and yoga room, and a multi-level home theatre. Do not think gracious living ends at the uber-insulated stone walls. Outside is a huge outdoor living area boasting stone flooring, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and fireplace and of course, the latest must-have for every gadzillionaire, complete outdoor kitchen.

  Yep, $7,995,000. And YU can afford it!