Greek Revival
If you have been in Dallas for a while, you know this Greek Revival mansion, and you certainly know the name, Rita Crocker Clements. Newcomers might need a small history lesson, so let’s begin. Rita was a smart, strong, savvy, sophisticated woman that never forgot her ranching family roots. She was an active volunteer not only in politics but also in her community. To say she was a mover and a shaker is to put it mildly. (more…)

3828 Turtle Creek poolWe sent CD correspondent Bren Underwood to find out if people really eat in these luxury homes!

Impromptu cocktail parties, Sunday brunches, formal dinners fit for a king – entertaining friends and family brings tremendous delight to hosts and hostesses. I had the true pleasure of interviewing one of Dallas’ premier hosts recently, acclaimed author and art collector Robert Edsel. The topic was how he entertains in his exquisite Turtle Creek estate that is listed with Dave Perry-Miller’s Madeline Jobst for $15,900,000.

Edsel, as you may know, has written three captivating nonfiction books – Rescuing Da Vinci; The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; and Saving Italy – focusing on a group of GIs who rescued  more than 5 million cultural objects during and after World War II. In fact, “The Monuments Men” will hit the silver screen as a motion picture this December – a must see! –co-written, directed, and produced by George Clooney and staring Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

3828 Turtle Creek groundsNow let me just take a quick minute to set the scene and enchant you with Edsel’s magnificent home. I know you have coveted it. Built in 1926, the Mediterranean retreat resides on two acres along Turtle Creek and features picture-perfect entertaining spots, such as a terrace with a fireplace that overlooks the creek; kitchen-solarium with steel French doors leading out to a large provincial-style dining table; dining room with views of the manicured gardens, and grassy knolls draped in the lush canopy of magnolia trees. Straight out of a movie set, this gorgeous home surely renders its visitors speechless. Thankfully, the high ceilings offer plenty of air circulation because this home is quite often filled with friends. This is how Robert Edsel lives:

3828 Turtle Creek extBren Underwood: How often do you like to entertain?

Robert EdselRobert Edsel: I travel most of the year, however when I’m home I entertain twice a week. When I host friends and family, it’s a chance to create a welcoming and intimate ambiance. To me, entertaining is a reflection of the importance I place on the people I have invited into my home.

BU: Do you fancy yourself a cook or prefer to employ the help of a caterer when entertaining?

Robert Edsel: Most of the time I cook for my guests, with a great deal of the dishes influenced by my years living in Italy. My specialty is grilled Australian lobster tails, however I also gravitate towards traditional Italian dishes, such as pasta al pesto, a Portofino dish that evokes fond memories from the year I lived there.

BU: I am getting hungry! What is your favorite part about creating a meal for friends and family?

3828 Turtle Creek LRRobert Edsel: I prefer cooking at home because I have every accouterment for the event in my herb, floral, and citrus gardens that I could ever need: Rosemary; European basil; thyme; mint; lemon, lime, and orange trees; and rose and hydrangea gardens are right outside the door. I’m happiest when I’m harvesting herbs and fruit from my garden and cooking at home for my friends and family.

BU: You can smell the magnificent gardens. With countless rooms and spaces to entertain in, how do you choose?

3828 Turtle Creek dining roomRobert Edsel: I have so many fond memories and beautiful collectibles gathered from my travels and time spent living overseas that when I entertain, I tend to move around my home so I can appreciate each of them. I hold formal dinners in the dining room, an inviting alcove with a table I designed and had built for 10. For a small group I’ll arrange dinner at the card table in the den, or sit atop stools in the kitchen-solarium where we can admire the walls of fig ivy and jasmine. I also serve dinner in the gazebo to capture the views of reflections of the setting sun rippling on Turtle Creek.  For the most special of occasions, however, I arrange a picnic under the shade of the two of my magnolia trees.

BU: What variety! Dinner does not have to be in the dining room! What is your secret to successfully entertaining?

3828 Turtle Creek kitchenRobert Edsel: The host should have fun too! Relaxing and enjoying myself is an important part of the specialness of hosting my friends. My busy travel schedule precludes being with my friends as much as I wish, so on those occasions I am home, it’s important to me to enjoy my time with those I love the most in the privacy of my home.  I like to think of evenings at my home as the perfect blend of modern American convenience with the ambiance and timelessness of evenings dining with friends in Europe. The great pleasure in this instance is experiencing that enjoyment in my own home.

BU: It’s a beautiful home, indeed.

3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellarBren Underwood is the founder and creator of Must Bring Buns, an etiquette, entertaining, and lifestyle blog. By day, she is the PR Coordinator at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. 
 
 

 

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Photos: Dan Piassick Photography

Yes, this is the home with the blue-tiled roof. Wait until you see the gardens, smell the lavender, rose, and hydrangea. Actually, it’s listed for $15,900,000 with the capable Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company. And it is one of the most significant homes in Dallas, a landmark estate owned (and restored) by one of our most well known and remarkable citizens, the man who has helped publicize stolen cultural artifacts and art confiscated and hoarded during World War II by Adolph Hitler, his henchmen, and various soldiers.



The owner is Robert Edsel. You may know him as a Dallas horizontal drilling technology pioneer turned prolific writer who has also became well-known for helping hunt down those artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. He also wrote The Monuments Men, and his third book, Saving Italy, released May 1, details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved.  The stories will be adapted into a new movie to be released late this year. That movie will be directed by and and star none other than George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. If I could buy my ticket now, I would!

I had a chance to tour the 6717 square foot home last week, and I am still in awe. It is amazing, and a property I cannot write about from just one quick trip. Every molecule is perfect and embodied with excruciating detail, from the perfectly curved round toe molding pieces to the closets to the sight line visuals and artistic surprises he unearthed in the restoration of the home. I got the feeling that in Bellosguardo, as 3828 Turtle Creek is called, Edsel was also unearthing and excavating treasures, this time architectural. So I have a date with the interior architect who helped Robert, Ike Isenhour, to take you on a detailed, room-by-room trip. Ike curated the architectural renovation and decoration of the project, a process that took years.3828 Turtle Creek pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool long

Meantime, feast your eyes and know the basic deets: three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. A living room with a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a fantastic dining room-library combination  — perfection for those of us who read when they dine alone at home — a den/study, gym, 1500 bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool, the incredible gardens that were so fragrantly pungent I thought I was wearing perfume hours after I left, and of course, the banks of Turtle Creek which this home, circa 1926, graces.

 

3828 Turtle Creek ext

Photos: Dan Piassick Photography

Yes, this is the home with the blue-tiled roof. Wait until you see the gardens, smell the lavender, rose, and hydrangea. Actually, it’s listed for $15,900,000 with the capable Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company. And it is one of the most significant homes in Dallas, a landmark estate owned (and restored) by one of our most well known and remarkable citizens, the man who has helped publicize stolen cultural artifacts and art confiscated and hoarded during World War II by Adolph Hitler, his henchmen, and various soldiers.

The owner is Robert Edsel. You may know him as a Dallas horizontal drilling technology pioneer turned prolific writer who has also became well-known for helping hunt down those artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. He also wrote The Monuments Men, and his third book, Saving Italy, released May 1, details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved.  The stories will be adapted into a new movie to be released late this year. That movie will be directed by and and star none other than George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. If I could buy my ticket now, I would!

I had a chance to tour the 6717 square foot home last week, and I am still in awe. It is amazing, and a property I cannot write about from just one quick trip. Every molecule is perfect and embodied with excruciating detail, from the perfectly curved round toe molding pieces to the closets to the sight line visuals and artistic surprises he unearthed in the restoration of the home. I got the feeling that in Bellosguardo, as 3828 Turtle Creek is called, Edsel was also unearthing and excavating treasures, this time architectural. So I have a date with the interior architect who helped Robert, Ike Isenhour, to take you on a detailed, room-by-room trip. Ike curated the architectural renovation and decoration of the project, a process that took years.3828 Turtle Creek pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool long

Meantime, feast your eyes and know the basic deets: three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. A living room with a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a fantastic dining room-library combination  — perfection for those of us who read when they dine alone at home — a den/study, gym, 1500 bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool, the incredible gardens that were so fragrantly pungent I thought I was wearing perfume hours after I left, and of course, the banks of Turtle Creek which this home, circa 1926, graces.