Sunnybrook Estates European MansionOur Monday Morning Millionaire is a spectacular Sunnybrook Estates European mansion at 5031 Deloache Avenue. The story of this home is an example of what a small town we really have in Dallas. I always say forget the six degrees of separation theory — we have only three degrees of separation in Dallas. If you know three people, you can access everyone. Especially in luxury real estate!

I can always count on Compass Dallas to make my luxury home search easy by rolling out something exciting every Friday. Christy Berry and Alex Kaliniak just listed this wonderful Sunnybrook Estates European mansion — and that’s where our world gets small. I could not quite put my finger on the feeling I’d seen this level of detail before, but not for a long time. So, I did some digging in our archives and voila!

I’d written about the home of Robert Trown two years ago. Trown, it turns out, is the residential designer responsible for this 15,402-square-foot Sunnybrook Estates European mansion. He’s also the creative genius behind Troy Aikman’s latest residence and countless other homes of notable figures that have sworn us to secrecy.

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English Tudor Manor

You have never seen anything quite like this grand English Tudor manor house in Dallas. In fact, any member of the royal family would feel completely at home at 5131 Deloache Avenue in the Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow. It has all of the custom millwork and hand-crafted details that create an aura of stepping back in time to a more genteel way of living. You half expect to see a corgi or two running up to greet you upon arriving in the jaw-dropping entry hall.
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It feels like fall! We’re so excited to have a reason to drink pumpkin spice-flavored anything, to put on a sweater, and decorate our homes for the season. Of course, while everyone loves decorative gourd season, I feel like it’s tough to strike just the right balance between pumpkins and seasonal foliage without going overboard. 

Lucky us, Harold Leidner of his eponymous landscape firm offers some great tips on how to celebrate fall with your own display of decorative pumpkins and gourds.

“Who doesn’t like a spectacular fall display?” Leidner asked. “We’ve heard through the grapevine that, between commentating and running the Corona hotline, Tony Romo takes his kids by one of our houses every year, just to see the pumpkins!”

Want something dramatic without the work? Contact Harold Leidner Landscape Architects for your custom fall display!

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It’s 76 degrees today, maybe warmer, in February. We went in the pool, which was overflowing from all the rain last week (and yesterday). Monsoon rains then sunshine then fog. 

Two weeks ago, I was bundled in my mink, my fur-lined gloves are still in my car. When my mother died fifteen years ago, the region was locked down in an ice storm for a week.

If my hardwood floors and body are feeling like they’re being pulled between extremes, imagine what our YARDS are feeling about our weird, extreme weather patterns.

We have made a 50-degree temperature about face in a matter of hours how many times now?

We go to our trusted experts at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to ask: does this Ying-Yang extreme weather have the potential to kill our landscaping?

CD: Are plants confused when the weather pulls this great switcheroo of extreme temperatues? And then dumps on the rain?

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Preston Hollow Estate

Photos: Jason Anderson with JA2Photography

This Preston Hollow estate looks exactly like what I imagine Prince William and Kate would choose if they moved to Dallas. It has all the beauty and elegance of a modern-day castle while remaining family friendly.

That’s a hard combination to get right, but builder Joe Kain always gets it right. Kain was brought on board to renovate, update and enlarge 5424 Edlen Drive several years ago. He’s known for his state-of-the-art design and execution, so I’m not surprised that it turned out to be exquisite. If you’ll remember he built 40 Braewood Place, a completely different kind of knock-your-socks- off home.

The estate was originally built in 1992 and had an entirely different look. In 2007 Kain took it from a Texas farmhouse to the present day modern castle. The foundation was in great shape, so he took the center down to the studs keeping 3,000 square feet and added another 6,104, which means there are now 9,104 square feet to love. So, it essentially became a brand new custom home.

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Now is the time to start planning your backyard pool, says Harold Leidner. Find out why winter is a great time to get started.

Well, the holidays are over, it’s cold outside, and everyone is back to work and school. Now it’s back to the grind and the long haul till spring break. Maybe you’ve been thinking about putting in a pool, or maybe you’ve been remembering those warm summer days and how nice it would have been to have a pool in the backyard? You are not alone, but is now the time to start thinking about getting that pool project? We asked our friends over at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to suggest a few reasons why you might want to get that project going.
Jump to see five reasons why you should start building your backyard oasis right now!

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HLC Frost Cloth

With “Icemaggedon” hitting soon, and the cold weather officially upon us, it’s time to keep an eye out on protecting your plants from the freezing temperatures. We’ve asked noted landscape architect, Harold Leidner, to provide some insight and suggestions for protecting those plants from the cold temperatures.

Freeze Protection Methods

One of the essential freeze protection items that we install on all our projects is a rain and freeze sensor on the irrigation system. This sensor (which can be hard wired or wireless) activates once the temperature drops below 40 degrees and prevents the irrigation system from operating in cold temperatures and adding any water to the plants that may cause damage.

HLC Temperature detectorAnother primary method of protection those plans is to use a frost protection fabric or freeze cloth over the top of the plants. This fabric, which can usually be found at any nursery or home improvement store, will help wick water away from the plants, provide an additional layer of protection and help prevent any ice from forming on the plants.

We typically use short wood stakes to ‘tent’ the frost cloth above the plants and also use landscape pins to anchor the fabric down so windy conditions don’t blow it away. If the cold temps sneak up on you and you’re in a pinch, a good old bed sheet will work as well. (Just don’t use the nice ones!)

Plants That Need Protection

Most plant varieties sold at nurseries and used in the Dallas area will be cold hardy for the climate. However, there are certain varieties of plants, usually tropicals, that will need a little extra protection.

Palms are one of the primary plants that we take care to protect from cold temperatures. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) certainly are fragile to the cold and will need to be covered. Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) are generally cold hardy, but the trunks can be wrapped with a blanket or frost protection cloth. Other plants that are susceptible to freezing are Oleander (Nerium oleander), Variegated Ginger (Alpina vittata) and the vine Fig Ivy (Ficus pumila). All of which could benefit from the protection of a freeze cloth.

We find annuals to be optional but some of our clients prefer that we also cover their newly planted winter seasonal color like Pansies and Cyclamen. Any containers or potted plants that are not connected to irrigation or drainage, we would suggest simply moving them into the garage to weather the frigid night time temperatures.

Miss those 100 degree days yet?

Need help preparing for freezing weather? Contact the talented staff at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to guide you.

HLC Freeze Protection

With the Thanksgiving holiday hitting this week and the cold weather officially upon us, it’s time to keep an eye out on protecting your plants from the freezing temperatures. We’ve asked noted landscape architect, Harold Leidner, to provide some insight and suggestions for protecting those plants from the cold temperatures.

Freeze Protection Methods

One of the essential freeze protection items that we install on all our projects is a rain and freeze sensor on the irrigation system. This sensor (which can be hard wired or wireless) activates once the temperature drops below 40 degrees and prevents the irrigation system from operating in cold temperatures and adding any water to the plants that may cause damage.

HLC Temperature detector

 

Another primary method of protection those plans is to use a frost protection fabric or freeze cloth over the top of the plants. This fabric, which can usually be found at any nursery or home improvement store, will help wick water away from the plants, provide an additional layer of protection and help prevent any ice from forming on the plants.

We typically use short wood stakes to ‘tent’ the frost cloth above the plants and also use landscape pins to anchor the fabric down so windy conditions don’t blow it away. If the cold temps sneak up on you and you’re in a pinch, a good old bed sheet will work as well. (Just don’t use the nice ones!)

Plants That Need Protection

Most plant varieties sold at nurseries and used in the Dallas area will be cold hardy for the climate. However, there are certain varieties of plants, usually tropicals, that will need a little extra protection.

Palms are one of the primary plants that we take care to protect from cold temperatures. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) certainly are fragile to the cold and will need to be covered. Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) are generally cold hardy, but the trunks can be wrapped with a blanket or frost protection cloth. Other plants that are susceptible to freezing are Oleander (Nerium oleander), Variegated Ginger (Alpina vittata) and the vine Fig Ivy (Ficus pumila). All of which could benefit from the protection of a freeze cloth.

We find annuals to be optional but some of our clients prefer that we also cover their newly planted winter seasonal color like Pansies and Cyclamen. Any containers or potted plants that are not connected to irrigation or drainage, we would suggest simply moving them into the garage to weather the frigid night time temperatures.

Miss those 100 degree days yet?

Need help preparing for freezing weather? Contact the talented staff at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to guide you.