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“Estate” is a word we don’t toss around lightly. It conjures up those venerable English country homes that stand for centuries and are passed on from generation to generation. So when we tell you this is a Preston Hollow estate — it’s exactly that. And any Brit who’s inherited a stately pile, as they call it, would be green with envy over this classic European three-story, 12,976-square-foot estate at 5414 Falls Road. It has all the privacy and beauty of any bucolic mansion with the benefit of a perfectly placed location, minutes from the best private schools as well as the Dallas Arts District via the Dallas North Tollway.

It also has none of the issues that are part and parcel of those inherited halls, chateaux, and manor houses.

“It’s built like a commercial office building,” listing agent Molly Malone with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, said. “The overall quality of construction and finish is impeccable. It’s one of the best built houses I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in real estate over 30 years.”
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Original Geneva cabinets are just one of the Midcentury Modern wonders in the iconic Mayrath house, located at 10707 Lennox Ln. in Northwest Dallas near the Straight Lane estates.

For all of its progress toward becoming a world-class city, Dallas still has a lot to learn about the value of historic architecture.

We are tear-down happy. The list of demolished Dallas buildings with significant historic and architectural value would go on for pages. But here are a few recent examples:

We might have another situation happening now. The Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Ln. is a Midcentury Modern gem. It was designed by Dallas architect and homebuilder Truett A. Bishop in 1956, and is largely unchanged since then.

Photo: Michael Amonett

Photo: Michael Amonett

A Dallas Times Herald article from Sept. 23, 1957, titled Not a Splinter of Wood Used In Outstanding Home in Dallas, describes the Mayrath House like this:

Wood, the most frequently used material in homes, is completely shunned in the home of one Dallas family. There isn’t so much as a splinter of wood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mayrath, 10707 Lennox Lane…Built on columns of steel, the two story house is constructed with aluminum, glass, concrete and Austin stone. It may look like a country club at first glance, but it is a luxury home—one that probably is not equaled in the vast Southwest.

In terms of architectural value, this Northwest Dallas home near Royal Lane and Inwood Road is priceless. But it was listed Jan. 18 by Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $2.5 million, which is just the lot value.

That means the iconic Mayrath house and all its Midcentury significance is likely to face the wrecking ball, probably replaced by another generic McMansion or faux château.

When discussing this possible fate for the Mayrath house, a friend commented, “That is so Dallas.” But it doesn’t have to be. This home is worth saving.

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Mickey Munir

All photos: Dan Piassick

When Mickey Munir built the luxury home at 14929 Havenshire Pl. in Addison 17 years ago, it was intended to be a model home to showcase his capabilities as a custom builder and architect. He is the founder and CEO of Sharif Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes and many of the houses in this neighborhood were built by him.

Every aspect of the home is grand, and in its two years as a model, Munir estimates he sold ten to 15 build-to-suits after clients saw it. But at the end of that time, Munir and his wife Michele decided to call it home, and have been here ever since.

They’ve been happily splitting their time between this house and one on Lake Texoma. But their kids are grown and this house rarely gets visitors (unlike the Lake Texoma house), so it’s time to sell.

Mickey Munir

The entryway foyer and grand staircase

This is a 7,400-square-foot luxury home in the exclusive Bellbrook Estates, sitting on half an acre with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There’s also a 12-person formal dining area, dramatic entry foyer with grand staircase, geothermal heating and cooling, gourmet indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, 40-foot lap pool with a sunken conversation pool at one end, a private master courtyard with spa and fireplace, and so much more.

“It’s loaded with so many features, every trick in the book you could put in it in 1998, and it has all been updated to current standards,” Munir said. “It’s got a lot of great technology, like an AMX home automation system, Lutron lighting system, an eight-seat theater with a new projector, screen, and speakers.”

The home belongs entirely to Michele, a point he wanted to emphasize: “We’ve lived through four recessions. This protects her in case the sky falls on me.”

The house is contemporary with a blend of neoclassical and Biedermeier architectural styles, built for company.

“It’s designed for adults with grown children, an entertaining house,” he said. “This house was out-of-the-box in 1998—everybody wanted a French or Mediterranean house—and this was purposeful. Nancy Dubick of Dallas Design Groups, Interiors personally did the interior work in collaboration with us.”

This home is listed for $2.45 million by Grady Yates with Sharif & Munir Ventures, Inc.

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