For some reason, when I saw this home, I said out loud: “This is perfection”. I was talking about the price, of course, at $2.7ish, the location, but also thinking 5814 Falls Road was a home designed for the true needs of a family, especially one with twins. First of all, it was built in 2005 by great home builder Hawkins-Welwood LLC, who, like Classic UrbanSharif- Munir,  Tatum Brown  and a handful of others, are rock solid building legends in this city. This home is loaded, yes, of course. But I love the location: an expansive 146 by 166 lot –that’s half an acre– that is not too small, too big, but just right.

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Further, the 7505 square foot home is located on Falls Road in what I call “Original Preston Hollow” (OPH, or the “Honeypot”) but between Douglas and Preston. Talk about convenience, you can jet in and out of that three car garage faster than from anywhere else in the city. The Dallas North Tollway is handy there, as is Northwest Highway and Walnut Hill Lane. Why do you think Randall Stephenson chose to plop his family compound on Walnut Hill Lane? Go north, south, or west or even take a mile long stroll (round trip) down to Preston Center.

Inside, sumptuous: soaring 25 foot ceilings, beautiful custom woodwork, curved staircase and sight lines of the $100,000 plus landscaped rear grounds and pool. I would call the floor plan Dallas Classic: center entry, flanking to the left is the dining room, flanking right is the formal living with a library beyond overlooking a charming courtyard with water fountain, straight ahead the family room. Adjacent to this is a large breakfast area that opens to the kitchen and features the fourth stone fireplace in the home. Really, it doesn’t take an architectural genius to figure out this flow. That’s why we see this plan or versions thereof everywhere and it WORKS!

The kitchen — acres of counter space, two sinks, six burner Wolfe gas cook top, double ovens, built-in microwave, two Bosch dishwashers and Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and two cooling drawers. Granite everywhere, of course, even in the laundry room. Then a temperature controlled wine closet the size of a walk-in pantry holds your vintage wine collection. The downstairs master suite features 15 foot ceilings and once again, a wall of windows overlooking the rear grounds. I think you know that I would almost commit murder for “His and Her” master baths — because they probably save thousands in marriage counseling fees and in fact, could prevent a murder. The master closets actually have views of the grounds and pool, which refreshingly brings in much natural light so you can get a true image of what you look like. Because this is OPH and you get that large, wide lot, you have a downstairs guest bedroom and bath on the other wing of the first floor.

Upstairs, three more bedrooms, a game room with wet bar, and separate media room, how about that? Here is why I say this house is perfect for twins: any mother with children in the same age group knows full well the whine of “why can’t we watch our DVD?” when each child has a guest. This house totally solves that problemo, but I will not faint the day I walk into a home with two media rooms for this very reason. Nice bedrooms with en suite baths — sorry, I just love that phrase “en suite” —  EN SUITE — and huge closets.  Outside is the covered loggia with outdoor fireplace, pool by Riverbend Sandler, spa and two grass play areas. There is a ten foot stone wall on the back of the property, but it so covered with lush greenery you will never see it but rather, just feel like you are in the most dense of forests. ‘Course, you are. But the beauty of this beauty is that 5814 Falls is like having a country home that still lets you walk to Starbucks: priceless, but asking $2,795,000. At that price, you are basically getting the pool and exterior landscaping for free. Photography stills by the brilliant Stepehn Reed, Richard at Shoot 2 Sell Photography crafted theHD video! 

Update: He’s Derek Holland, but he’s NOT the Rangers player Derek Holland. This Derek is in medical sales, and his agent is Clay Stapp. Yes, they have the exact same name. Darn it, I thought we had a Ranger in the ‘hood!

I remember when he bought this house, last March 2010. In fact, I remember when the 5696 square foot home was built in 2009. We used to drive right by all the time. The home started as a lot attached to the home next door, who then sold and parceled off the .70 acres. I must say, I did not realize the lot was that big. The home backs to a greenbelt with power lines. It has five bedrooms, five and a half baths, four living areas, a beautiful outdoor living area with waterfall and pool, gosh we cannot see that from the street!  Also 21 foot ceilings, handscraped wood flooring, travertine tile, granite counters, chef’s kitchen with abundance of storage, as we can see ceiling to floor cabinets. The master has sitting area with walk in closet that wraps around to a study with shelves, rare these days. Looks like they picked up this number for $935,000 — now that’s a home run!

Recall our tither about staging a home for sale with our furry friends — to do or not to do, and do we take them to the Dry Bar first? Well, here we see two little peek-a-boo angels who seem to be enhancing these photos. I’m becoming more convinced that I want my dogs in the graphics when I decide to sell my home. And Kristian Peterson agrees!

Wait. Do you think these angels were saying they had to go potty? BTW this is a great town home listing at 4356 Wsetside Drive in West Highland Park at the  Mews Townhomes. Over-sized front entry garden with flagstone patio, back garden with walled water fountain, the cozy interior includes hardwood floors,wood-burning fireplace and ten foot ceilings. Do not have to tell you how secure and wonderfully convenient WHP is to everything, one reason why it is so popular with Baby Boomers, empty nesters and young ones.

Second Shelters has learned, but not confirmed, where the Garretts MIGHT be moving. Let’s put it this way: they apparently wants a home with four fireplaces. Recall you heard here first that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett put his house on the market about two weeks ago with none other than agent to the stars Allie Beth Allman. And not to brag, but like you heard here first that Rhonda Aikman bought a home in Preston Hollow and Troy quietly put his home on the market.

Two weeks ago we all wondered where the Garrett’s could be going.

To Maplewood, it seems. The Garretts apparently have a contract on a glorious circa 1999 Euro-villa with smooth-as-a-baby’s-butt limestone exteriors, large living and entertaining areas, wide wood planked floors, 11 foot ceilings down, gourmet kitchen with two of just about everything, breakfast room, den, loggia, pool, study, four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 6900 plus square feet, study, sitting room, two bedroom, two bath apartment over the 3 car rear garage, and yes, four fireplaces. Not really pricey, either: listed for $3,795,000.

What is it about guys, football and fireplaces?

Anyhow, the kids can walk to Armstrong. No word yet on any sales over on Lindenwood, which is a great house, so stay tuned.