Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

Mary Martin

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

While everything we could find on Kellogg indicated he was a farmer, we can’t help but appreciate that he did an excellent job making sure every inch of this house has a view of those rolling lawns, stacked Connecticut fieldstone walls, mature trees, and gardens, too. (more…)

Last summer, one of my friends turned her home over to the folks filming “Chase” and got her whole family put up at The Ritz while the cast and crew took over her East Dallas house. They paid handsomely and left behind a patio-full of fresh plants. Now comes word that TNT’s Dallas, based on the famous, long-running, and most highly viewed TV Series  of all times, will be filming in — shocker –Dallas. Though Times’ “informal” Twitter poll suggested other venues, I think Big D is best. And I would say this could turn a lucky few homes into veritable moneytrees:

Warner Horizon Television has selected Dallas, Texas as the location for TNT’s Dallas, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time. TNT announced Friday that it has ordered a full season of 10 episodes and will give viewers their first look at the new Dallas tonight, Monday, July 11, with a sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hits The Closer, which starts at 8 p.m. Central, and Rizzoli & Isles, which airs at 9 p.m. Central. The new series will show off the vibrant city that Dallas is today.

TNT’s new Dallas brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The new Dallas stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing.

Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed film The Mambo Kings and executive produced the television seriesCane, wrote the pilot for the new Dallas. TNT’s series is based on the original series created by David Jacobs. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) directed and executive produced the pilot.

The original Dallas aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. A long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) eventually led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries. In the new Dallas, this explosive rivalry now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancée, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.

The series is expected to have a significant financial impact on the city; create many jobs for crew, actors, extras and vendors; and increase tourism.

“The City of Dallas is very excited to once again have an iconic television series named after our City and pleased that we could assist in making Dallas not only the obvious location choice, but a good choice for the bottom line too,” said Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano. Now that TNT has officially placed the series order, Warner Horizon Television can move forward with contracts to finalize the Dallas shoot. Pre-production and production on the series are expected to begin later this year.

The Dallas Film Commission is the official film commission for the Greater Dallas area. Its mission includes marketing and promoting the area to content creators; serving as the primary liaison between the industry, government and the community as well as educating, promoting and advocating for growth of the local industry. In November 2009 the film commission transitioned to the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development to provide a more synergistic approach to growing the City’s targeted media industries.

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV’s current unscripted series are The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and the upcoming Take the Money and Run for ABC, H8R for The CW and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV are Rizzoli & Isles and Memphis Beat for TNT, as well as Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game for ABC Family.


Life was sure sweet this weekend out at Tejas Ranch, in Anna. This amazing property has “Texas” written all over it, so much it was under consideration as a shooting locaton for the now defunct Fox TV series Lone Star (starring Jon Voight), when the series was shooting last summer. Voight played a modern-day JR Ewing type oil tycoon. I recall the scouts were looking long and hard for a ranch. Small wonder they picked Tejas. Perched on 90 + acres, Tejas Ranch has multiple luxurious living facilities, a 10 acre lake, stocked tanks and, even in these bone-dry times, year-round live water. Talk about ease of access, it’s an hour north of Dallas and you can even jet right in to the ranch on your own 2500 foot private runway.

The main home, built in 2000, underweant about $300,000 of renovations last year. It is about 4000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and features three custom- decorated children’s rooms. There are so many extras– granite counters even in the closets, and wide-plank hardwood floors recycled from a barn in Maine. Rugged fireplace mantles were also made from that Maine barn wood. Talk about a party up here 24/7: recreational activities available include swimming, fishing, water-skiing, volleyball, shuffleboard, trap shooting, hunting, and more!  There is a new horse barn, stable and upscale living quarters for a caretaker. The guest house has 1 bedroom, 1 bath but rooms for more in the downstairs cardio room or gym; the barn also has a full bedroom, bath and kitchen efficiency apartment also recently redone. Some might consider this a second home ranch getaway, but most might want to make this a primary home considering the excellent Anna school district. Price for the whole enchilada — the homes, the land — is $4,450,000. The owner, a young couple whose made big bucks in construction, actually wants to move further north in the boonies. They will consider selling off the house and guest home with smaller slices of dirt:

House/Guest House on 10 Acres: $1,900,000
House/Guest House on 20 Acres: $2,300,000

Oh, and this you will love. Taxes on this spread run about $8,000 a year because most of the acreage is ag exempt. What a perfect home for a fiscally shrewd celeb, athlete or gadzillionaire… someone ought to show this to Glenn Beck and Warren Buffet!

recycled wood floors from Maine