le274e043-m0o3801 NormandyTurns out that Troy closed on author/editor Jane Wolfe’s St. Johns home on August 16. The home, 4300 St. Johns Drive, was built in 1941 and has 6109 square feet. It was extensively remodeled in 1988, and Alan Peppard says Troy paid $4.3 million for the property, which I’m sure made Ms. Wolfe quite happy: DCAD has the home appraised at $3,305,170. This is yet one more home sale NOT in MLS. He bought this one month after he settled into Normandy, and though he is making some alterations on Normandy, word is he will be scraping the Wolfe home and building a new signature creation. Starchitect Larry Boerder designed the house on Highland, and I hear he was very pleased with the results. Before Aikman moved to Highland Park, he and his then-wife Rhonda lived in a Plano home built by Bob Thompson. I also hear that Aikman is the perfect client.

“He says, I’m an athlete, you’re the _____ expert (fill in area of expertise, landscape architect, architect, home builder),” one source recently told me. “Working for him is a true pleasure.”

Is St. Johns for himself or an investment? The new lady in his life? Will he stay on Normandy? Or is he just nesting there until the new home is complete on St. Johns. Or, as some claim, does he plan to get into the development of luxury Park Cities homes? A lot of wealthy Dallas movers and shakers do just that. Recall Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Homes? Al Hill II is a genius when it comes to building or even remodeling luxury homes. Generally, people who have basked in stunning properties all their life make excellent developers.

Developing would be a brilliant idea for Troy: he has a lot of experience building, great taste, fabulous resources, and his brand is stellar. Can you imagine the tag line: “This is a home by Troy Aikman.” Or, “Troy Aikman homes”. No no I’d do “Troy Aikman Luxury Homes” or “Luxury Homes by Troy Aikman.”

3601 Wentwood extI came across 3601 Wentwood recently and think it is the best back-to-school tribute we could offer. Why? Take a look at this huge master bath. It has a fainting couch, a huge shower, a soaking tub, and plenty of room to install the coffee and martini/margarita bar I have planned for it. Seriously, can you think of a better place for a built in margarita machine than the master bath? I imagine every mommy in town today would kill for a place like this to hide in the second the kids leave for carpool!

This home is in University Park, just south of Northwest Highway, corner of Wentwood and Thackery. NorthPark is a hop, skip and a jump. Originally designed by Larry Boerder and built in 1985, 3701 Wentworth oldyou would never know it after a recent renovation by Nickey Oates that included the floorplan. The home basically looks as if it were built last year. Listed with Gianna Cerullo of Dave Perry-Miller for $2,695,000.

3601 Wentwood foyer 3601 Wentwood study 3601 Wentwood LR 3601 Wentwood DR 3601 Wentwood powderA whopping 6859 square feet, Wentwood has five bedrooms, seven full baths plus one half bath. There is also a two car garage and beautiful landscaping. The entry features a two story ceiling and curved wrought iron staircase, drawing you into the formals: a paneled study with a recessed domed ceiling, a living room anchored by a marble fireplace and a formal dining room. All the bedrooms are upstairs with en suite bathrooms. A third floor game room could be a bedroom, guest space or nanny quarters as it has a full bath and closet. The kitchen is brand new with high end appliances, a center island, and tons of storage. Walls of French doors lead to a stone patio and landscaped backyard.3601 Wentwood kit1 3601 Wentwood bfast 3601 wentwood FR 3601 Wentwood bar

The second floor master bedroom features a fireplace, built-in cabinetry and a private patio. But it’s the master bath that has our heart: his and her vanities, a huge walk in closet, a luxurious marble shower with skylight and a soaking tub. You can be in that tub at 8:45 a.m. and not emerge ’till afternoon carpool… 3601 Wentwood master 3601 Wentwood closet 3601 Wentwood master bath 3601 Wentwood master bath 2

So… where would YOU put the margarita machine?

3826 Maplewood extBrett Hull has his home on Maplewood in Highland Park back on the market today, asking $4.65 million this time, listed with the very dapper Jonathan Thayer and gorgeous Gayl Braymer over at Dave Perry-Miller. The home is a true Mediterranean trophy, and the street name kind of says it all: 3826 Maplewood. The home was last listed in 2011 for slightly more, $4,795,000. Custom designed by Dallas starchitect Larry Boerder, it features an open floor plan with 8,505 square feet of beautifully finished out living space with five bedrooms, seven baths, a knocked out master suite with a fireplace and private staircase access to a backyard pool oasis. Oh my God, have you ever seen a bigger shower? Every single Star’s player would fit in there! I love the stately wood paneled library with fireplace, wine cellar, exercise room and sauna. The kitchen is totally over the top, great rustic cabinet finish. The yard is the real winning shot here because we know how rare it is to have a large pool and patio in Highland Park, but this home REALLY gets in all in. 3826 Maplewood kit 3826 Maplewood master bath 3826 Maplewood LR 3826 Maplewood library 3826 Maplewood master

Brett is headed to Vegas this weekend, where he’s going to swing a club or two at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. Dying to find out where he plans to move after Maplewood: we sure hope he’s not real estate shopping in Vegas3826 Maplewood pool

3826 Maplewood extBrett Hull has his home on Maplewood in Highland Park back on the market today, asking $4.65 million this time, listed with the very dapper Jonathan Thayer and gorgeous Gayl Braymer over at Dave Perry-Miller. The home is a true Mediterranean trophy, and the street name kind of says it all: 3826 Maplewood. The home was last listed in 2011 for slightly more, $4,795,000. Custom designed by Dallas starchitect Larry Boerder, it features an open floor plan with 8,505 square feet of beautifully finished out living space with five bedrooms, seven baths, a knocked out master suite with a fireplace and private staircase access to a backyard pool oasis. Oh my God, have you ever seen a bigger shower? Every single Star’s player would fit in there! I love the stately wood paneled library with fireplace, wine cellar, exercise room and sauna. The kitchen is totally over the top, great rustic cabinet finish. The yard is the real winning shot here because we know how rare it is to have a large pool and patio in Highland Park, but this home REALLY gets in all in. 3826 Maplewood kit 3826 Maplewood master bath 3826 Maplewood LR 3826 Maplewood library 3826 Maplewood master

Brett is headed to Vegas this weekend, where he’s going to swing a club or two at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. Dying to find out where he plans to move after Maplewood: we sure hope he’s not real estate shopping in Vegas3826 Maplewood pool