Starwood Frisco

Judi Wright of Ebby Halliday Frisco has listed this beautifully-landscaped, nearly 8,000-square-foot home at 5008 Monterey Drive in the elite Starwood community for $2.3 million, and you’ve got to see the little extras it has inside.

First off, Jerry Jones’ Blue Star neighborhood of Starwood, just minutes from Plano and Frisco’s corporate headquarter alley, is the kind of luxury you’d expect from the magnanimous Cowboys owner. The 550-acre master-planned, 24-hour guard gated community of 900-plus families offers homes priced from $300,000 to more than $5 million. Wright tells us Monterey Drive is the premier street in this neighborhood with beautiful homes, lush landscaping, and nice topography in the community.

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Cowboys

Stephen Jones (far right) introduces his father and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who announced a first-of-its-kind luxury high-rise project that would combine the team’s brand with a luxury residential concept. From left to right, Robert Shaw, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Jones, and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Twelve Cowboys Way is no joke, but legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Staubach did admit he had pulled an April Fools prank already Monday morning — on his unsuspecting wife.

“I was getting ready to come here today, and I woke up my wife and said, ‘Honey, honey! There’s a bunch of squirrels in the house,’” Staubach said with a fair amount of glee. “She woke up yelling, ‘What? What!’ — so I got my joke in already.”

And while they may have chuckled when asked if they worried an announcement as big as a new residential high-rise concept co-branded with a sports team might be treated with a little skepticism because of the timing — the middle of April Fools Day — Robert Shaw and Roger Staubach are serious about the project.

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Highland Park Estate

Photos: Full Package Media

Luxury real estate in Dallas is like musical chairs. No one stays put for long, and if you don’t move fast, someone pulls that chair out from under you. Iconic Highland Park estates like 4412 Lakeside Drive are few and far between. You might think they linger on the market for years, but you’d be wrong. The fact that a property like this doesn’t come along often means if you are in the market, don’t assume it will stay around. (more…)

Allie Beth Allman.new photo.2009Allie Beth Allman’s charm jumps across the phone line from the very first first “hello.” From her West Texas drawl to her thoughtful and gracious answers, I felt like there was no one else she’d rather talk to than me even though I know she’s one of the busiest women in Dallas real estate.  She was somewhat reserved talking about her own accomplishments and I had to prod a bit, but the minute we started talking about her agents, she was animated and full of admiration for their work ethic, character and integrity.

For more than 30 years, Allie Beth Allman has been a real estate legend in Dallas and on the Top 10 List. For three consecutive years she was Dallas County’s Top Producer – head and shoulders above 7000 competing agents. She made national news in 2008 for helping George and Laura Bush find their new home in Preston Hollow. Her company has been named the Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence in the category of Dallas/Fort Worth Executive Home sales three years running. Her team consistently ranks #1 in Park Cities sales and is recognized annually as the most productive single office in Dallas County both for sales and listings. And to crown all those achievements, in 2012 her office had over $1 billion in transactions. Yep. With a “B.” After that amazing billboard went up on Central/75 celebrating their year, we had to find out more.

CD: Where are you from originally? 

Allie Beth: Graham Texas in West Texas.  It is near Possum Kingdom Lake.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Allie Beth: I came to Dallas originally for college. I went to TCU. Upon graduation I had a job offer in radio and TV with WFAA. I met my husband Pierce Allman there. He was the Program Director.

CD: The same one who witnessed the Kennedy Assassination?

Allie Beth:  Yes. After we got married, I quit working at WFAA and managed some apartments for something to do. In the 1970’s I sold my own home “by owner,” and then a friend asked me to sell hers. And then another friend asked for help and suddenly I was in real estate. I got my license and never looked back. I worked for a while with Hank Dickerson & Company until I had more business than I could handle and I went out on my own in 1985.

Working in the luxury marketplace just happened. I sold Jerry Jones his house on Preston Road when he first moved down here which led to more and more listings in the area. The company grew and I sold it in 1995 to Henry S. Miller so I could retire.

I missed it terribly. Luckily, I have loyal customers who wouldn’t let me retire. Sammons Enterprises, Inc. called me with a project – 130 unit high rise luxury condominium at Crestpark in Highland Park. It was a fun project. I also had many of my previous agents asking if I was going to come out of retirement because they wanted to work with me again. In 2004, I went to Henry Miller and asked him if he would support me in re-opening Allie Beth Allman.  He not only agreed; he gave me his home to list – the Park Plaza condos across the street from the Crestpark.

Since then we’ve grown to over 300 people in our office with over $1 billion in transactions in 2012.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Allie Beth:  Not only did I sell 130 condo units at the Crestpark in Highland Park, I’ve lived there myself for the past 10 years. I love it. The services and amenities are wonderful and the people are lovely.  We lived on Stratford before that, but it was too much upkeep after our children were gone.

CD: And you drive a… let me guess, Mercedes Benz???

Allie Beth: No. People will probably be surprised to know that I find cars to be unimportant. I drive my cars a long time and don’t care about the latest models.

CD: Do you have a second home?

Allie Beth:  Yes on Possum Kingdom Lake.

CD: What have you learned in 40 years of selling?

Allie Beth: I’m old school from West Texas where your handshake is your bond. I tell my agents always be honest whether you win or lose the sale. Don’t try to sell at a price that isn’t right or tell a customer what they want to hear just to get the listing. Tell the truth. It will pay off in the end. I also tell them to do what they say they are going to do and work with integrity.

If there is a “secret” to our success at Allie Beth Allman, it is excellent and honest customer service. I have the best agents in Dallas. They are smart and on the ball. They are brought in because of their character, strong work ethic and integrity.

CD: Do you still sell yourself?

Allie Beth: My agents handle most of the transactions, but there are always those every year that I do myself because of our friendship and long history together.

CD: What do you like best about real estate?

Allie Beth: I enjoy the thrill of the deal and the wonderful people. I am so happy when the kids and grandkids of my customers come to me to help them with their homes.

CD: What is next for you?

Allie Beth: I take it day at a time. I guess I’ll be Ebby one day. She set such a good example for the rest of us.

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Naturally, I won’t sleep until I find out who got the winning bid on Champ d’Or this weekend and how much they paid — confidentiality clauses are the bain of my existence.

I’m getting a few clues. We know it was a Dallas family — Preston Hollow, I’ve heard — with international connections. Many readers have emailed with speculation:

Bob and Mynra Schlegel: Champ could really use an infusion of fresh Pavestone and even though Bob sold the company, I’m sure he can get a deal. (That driveway is  at least 600 feet long.) And as Karen Eubank pointed out, what a great place to have the next two kids’ weddings!

Gene and Jerry Jones: they will use it as a weekend family retreat and occasional party house for The Cowboys.

Mark Cuban: Ditto, Mavs.

Khloe & Lamar: Sister Kim will feel very safe in Hickory Creek, only 15 minutes from DFW

Trevor Rees-Jones: Wife Jan is a fantastic animal rights activist, loves animals and flying airplanes. Champ could be a great weekend retreat and can you imagine all the strays you could take into that basement? Besides, Trevor likes to collect houses.

Tim Headington: he’s got his Miami Beach and downtown Dallas condos on the market, lives very conservatively over on Crescent in Highland Park, could use Champ as a getaway and film studio — we had great acoustics in the theater when filming for Zillow.

Randall Stephenson: He did get a $2 million pay cut, but that hasn’t stopped him from building a family compound up on Walnut Hill Lane, which I hear he is is even trying to enlarge. Hmmm maybe he bought Champ. Stephenson could certainly afford a 10.3 million dollar home with a 2011 total pay package at $18.7 million, right?

Scott and Gina Ginsburg: He just sold Park Lane for what, $6 or $7 million? Again, weekend retreat for the fam, close by, and he’s flush with cash from last month’s sale. Maybe he did a 1031 Exchange?

Scott & Gina is she not just stunning?

I’m sure there are other qualified candidates: what or rather who is your best guess?

 

 

 

 

It was about this time last year — well, February 2011 — that Sean Payton got everyone all flustered thinking he was maybe trying to get closer to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. Well, of course he wasn’t. He had other fish to fry. But Payton and his family did move to the uber exclusive Vaquero Club in Westake. As in the number one home  to many PGA golfers, current and former Texas Rangers players and other celebrities.  Payton, his wife Beth and kiddos hunkered down in the 8,554 square foot house owned by former Texas Rangers and current New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Built in 2005, the house has been on the market since April 2009 with an original list price of $5,750,000.

Just so happens Teixeira’s pad is on the market again, just went on, in fact, Tuesday March 6 at a reduced price of $3,995,000. Wowzers. That’s almost TWO MILLION less than what Tex wanted back in 2009! Which is why we are thinking, geeze, maybe Sean’s heading back to NOLA to keep his team in line.

As for 2220 King Fisher, what a great deal for a great house! You get a rare 1.078 acre waterfront lot at gated, secure Vaquero (HOA dies $1950 twice a year), great traffic flow, spacious covered patio that unites to the living room, keeping room (where he should have put SOME PEOPLE in time out) and media room. The Master is totally out of control. It connects to the spa patio and then the wowzers master bath connects to a private Zen patio. The pool has two gas pots, and a separate patio around a large fire pit. There is a huge game room with bar and two-level office, a media room, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, 4 car garage on 1.078 of God’s green acres: what a steal!