I have always been a fan of Glen Abbey, that gated, pristine collection of luxury estates developed on what was once the secluded ranch home of Clint Murchison Sr., a famed Texas oil magnate and philanthropist. Cowboys connection: Clint Murchison was the father of Dallas Cowboys co-founder Clint Murchison Jr. Glen Abbey was created on the land sold to former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom by Lupe Murchison, widow of John Murchison, Clint Jr.’s brother and co-founder of the Dallas Cowboys. Originally 100 luxury lots, Hawkins-Welwood Homes built 60 of the 100 amazing homes there. 

 

That land, once part of the famed Murchison ranch, is now Glen Abbey. And Glen Abbey has a sister property right next door,  that retains all the luxury of those magnificent mansion spreads, but offer far more manageable home ownership options.

It’s called The Lawn at Glen Abbey. The Lawn at Glen Abbey began construction of homes in 2016. It may very well be my next forever home.

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Once in a while, an architect gets a call for the dream job. Several years ago, Graham Greene, a principal with Oglesby-Greene Architects, got that call. The client wanted a timeless home built on a beautiful lot that would capture its natural setting  Green went above and beyond, creating an architectural icon at 40 Braewood Place in Glen Abbey. Every iconic home needs a name, so we’re christening this estate the Glen Abbey Glass House.

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Show of hands: How many of our CandysDirt.com readers enjoyed the beautiful weather at the annual Polo on the Lawn match this past Saturday? It was a wonderful event held at Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. But did you know that 23 Ash Bluff Lane was once the site of the Dallas Polo Club in the 1920s?

Yes, it’s true! This gorgeous Anton Korn-designed estate built in 1935 is the very same place where polo ponies and riders raced while the elegant ladies and gentleman of Dallas society looked on.

It was originally built for oilman Clint Murchison, but was later renovated in a way that holds on to the home’s history while allowing it to easily accommodate today’s buyer. Jump to see the rest of this gorgeous home located inside the exclusive Glen Abbey neighborhood.

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dez-bryant-meltdownWe are pretty sure it had something to do with real estate. Tony, as you know, is building a spectacular house in Glen Abbey. I am hearing it will push 12,000 32,000 square feet. Maybe he’s trying to sell his Cottonwood Valley home in Irving to Dez, who lives in DeSoto. Maybe Dez was telling him to follow in the path of former quarterback Troy Aikman, who has made some very sound real estate decisions, who in fact has made a bundle in real estate.

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“Glen Abbey my a*&%! You need to be the the Bubble,” maybe Dez was saying while he was jetting around.

But maybe Romo quipped back with, no way. We like the security of Glen Abbey — no rubbernecking drivers on my hiney like they are on Troy’s all day long.

Well, you know, Dez might have said, I don’t like your home being bigger than mine. I’m going to buy Michael Jordan’s place, it’s up for auction up there in Chicagoland,  7.39 landscaped acres just north of The Windy, 56,000 square feet of living space, with 9 bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms and, as one might expect from this basketball superstar stud, a regulation-size, NBA-quality basketball court – all surrounded by a living fence of 150 mature evergreens. He had it on the market for $29 million. Didn’t sell, auctioning it all now with no reserve but some starting bids.

Then Dez might have reminded Tony of yet another home hitting the market, that of former NBA guard Michael Finley, who played for the Mavs until 2005, and was once considered among the most gifted scorers during his peak, from 1995 to 2010.Michael Finley shirt Michael Finley tee shirts Finley made more than $138 million during his playing career, I read, but not pulling that much coin these days. He left the Mavericks for the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, Finley just had an estate sale at a Dallas home on Walnut Hill Lane like two weeks ago. He sold off baby shoes, jumpers, stuffed animals, furniture by Dallas designer Joanie Wyll, and signed jerseys. He also signed and sold his Fooz ball game, Coke machine, NBA Arcade game, Air Jordan shoes and his desk drawer! Just the drawer? What about the rest of the desk?