outdoor living

The tasteful Kenneth Pressley estate at 1708 Byron Nelson Pkwy. in Colleyville is a golf course property with incredible views. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Even on the hottest summer day, North Texans have an evening when outdoor living is enjoyable. This is especially true if you’re lucky enough to have a home with superb outdoor spaces.

We’ve found five outstanding Ebby Halliday properties on the market now that elevate outdoor living to an art. You’ll find everything from infinity-edge swimming pools and cool cabanas, to gourmet outdoor kitchens and cozy fireplaces. They have everything you need and want to make the most of outdoor living.

“These five properties represent some of the finest homes in our extensive portfolio, both in terms of outside amenities and quality of the properties,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “One of the reasons these homeowners chose to list with us is Ebby Halliday Realtors has wide-ranging experience marketing and selling these kind of luxury properties and letting buyers know about the amazing features they offer.”


Wow, this is a beauty. So newly listed (Oct. 15) the ink isn’t yet dry on the listing agreement for 6323 Meadow Road. Built in 2007 by Geoffrey Grant, who has a smattering of fabulous homes in the area, including one (at least)  in The Creeks of Preston Hollow, and one right up the street from me, this home is a stunning contemporary in a sea of Austin stone or pink-bricked GCB-style McMansions. That’s Grant’s touch —  a touch of Santa Barbara, clean, crisp, collected. But the beautiful interiors are what’s making my heart all aflutter. Seriously, I think I need a glass of bubbly to complete this post. (Fanning self!) Be right back.

There! This home has so much! Rich maple hardwood floors everywhere, not blonde maple, but luscious  DEEP maple, which must remind the Swedish-born Eriksson and his spouse/SO Micaela Kanold of home. I could write for hours about the designer light fixtures, the delicious light furnishings, the sea of glass windows, sunken living room and 12 foot ceilings everywhere, except in the living room where they are 13 feet! Then there’s the Bulthaup kitchen with Blizzard quartz countertops, Viking Pro appliances, the woodwork, the wallpaper! Yes, that’s wallpaper in the dining room and even on one of the precious girls room’s ceilings! Michelle Nussbaumer, my designer, tells me that wallpaper on the ceiling is very NOW. There are 7141 square feet with six bedrooms, six and a half baths all a tribute to Ann Sacks, three living areas, media and exercise rooms, study, loggia, to-die-for fountain pool and play yard. The master suite – oh my! There is a sitting area, huge spa bath with a shower that reminds me of the steam room up at Champ D’Or, twin commodes (the best!), and his/her closet the size of AA Center. You have an outdoor living nook with fireplace, pit and grill, a mosquito misting system, thank God, since we are Ground Zero for West Nile, and built in wine coolers. Just where you need it: Miele coffee bars, wine coolers, and I bet that built-in banquette in the breakfast room just might have to stay put with the house. Personally, I’d take every piece of furniture in the place and castrate anyone who brought in red wine, male or female! I love white rooms!

Now location: this home is on Meadow, which used to be a busy street until they put in speed bumps. Can be a thoroughfare/cut through when Walnut Hill is nuts. But the neighbors are fabulous — Mike Modano and Rhonda Aikman are a few blocks north on Mimosa. Bet the Halloween party this year will be a blast! Now let’s talk money, honey: DCAD has this pad down at $1.4 and some change, and with Dave Perry-Miller agent Julie Provenzano, they are asking $2,495,000. The home is as loaded as a 9 millimeter, so I totally approve and hope they get it. After all, it’s not every day that you can buy a Star’s home in Dallas!