Ranchero Jim Duns

James & Betty Muns with Jan Richey of Keller Williams

The original owners of 3420 Ranchero, the mega Plano mansion that will be auctioned tomorrow at 2 o’clock p.m. sharp, stopped by one of the preview events at the home over the weekend.

Here is James Muns,  a former mayor and the developer of El Rancho Estates back in the early 1970’s. He built the home that the second owner is now selling.

Fun fact: Jim built the dock/gazebo that sits on the pond of this incredible property. Family members and friends were married there over the years! Oh the parties… if dirt could talk!

The home will be auctioned off Tuesday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. The property was last listed for $4,249,500 and the very motivated seller has agreed to sell this property at $2.4, which is now the minimum bid for the estate.

O'Neill Ford pool

We have written about 3756 Armstrong Avenue, one of the most architecturally significant homes ever built in Dallas. Located on the delicious juncture of two magnificent Highland Park streets, Armstrong and Overhill, the home was a commissioned private residence for Jack and Nancy Penson, highly loved Dallas philanthropists. Mr. and Mrs. Penson’s names are on the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Endowment Wall of Honor, recognition to their longtime support of the orchestra, and an athletic complex is named after them at The Hockaday School. Mrs. Penson died in 2012, her husband in 2014.

Built in 1954, the 8900 square foot estate was the creation of O’Neil Ford, known as the grandfather of Texas Modernism and widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. O’Neil Ford designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

I have been in this home. The attention to detail and craftsmanship will simply blow your mind.

If you are a mid-century aficionado, this home is your Mothership.3756 Armstrong Ave fountain



Catherine Colombo, Mark Cain, Laurie Montoya

If the streets of Dallas seemed a bit hushed yesterday afternoon, that’s because the Dave Perry-Miller group — that’s Ebby’s high-end luxury real estate division — was hanging down at Heritage Auction Gallery to get first dibs on some rare, exclusive hand-bags that are going off to be auctioned in New York City next month. First Dallas gets a look/see, then Beverly Hills, then back east to the Big A.¬† The star attraction was an Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin Bag, a rare, light natural croc color, that is expected to bring in $80,000!¬† (Only two are made per year in the world.)¬† The bag is so light, it is almost albino in color.¬† Also on hand a red crocodile Gucci Weekender from the 60’s that was also really valuable as well as retro.

Not to think these agents were taking it too easy: Mark Cain got buzzed by a client and had to leave early: he had someone interested in his brand new listing on 5015 Brookview Road in Bluff View.

And if you wonder what the hec this has to do with houses, well listen up. When you spend $80,000 on a handbag you probably have to insure it so some people keep them on display as art. No kidding. My friend Dr. Linda Burke keeps her Judith Lieber handbags on display in her gorgeous Bluffview home