From staff reports
If your home is your castle, this nearly 20,000-square-foot mansion in Southlake, with its turrets and stained glass, takes that up a notch — and it will be up for auction this month.
The home at 3716 North White Chapel Boulevard sits on nearly two acres, and has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and four powder rooms. It includes an elevator, in-home theater, workshop, and a garage with space for 15 cars.
A chef’s kitchen, wet bar, and large common spaces provide plenty of room for entertaining, and outdoors, a grotto-style pool and hot tub provide the fun and frolic, while the covered and open lounge areas and outdoor kitchen provide the opportunities for cooling down and dining al fresco. (more…)
It’s not every day that a mansion on Narre Lane comes on the market at all — usually homes in the extremely exclusive Dallas if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it enclave of Savage Gardens are kept within the families that long ago claimed that tiny haven inside Dallas to themselves, or are quietly shopped among peers who tire of the social requirements of Highland Park.
In fact, most don’t even know that Savage Gardens exists at all, so obscured by greenspace and the conventional wisdom that says situating mansions near the Trinity River is foolhardy — unless, of course, you’re wealthy enough to afford the mechanics and technical workings to keep your home free of river water.
So when we heard that 401 Narre Lane was being offered as a hip pocket listing to potential buyers who can prove their bottom line, we jumped at the chance to pull back the curtain and show our readers how the other other other half lives.
Homes in this well-heeled sanctuary are a reflection of the families that owned them, always, with finishes and touches so unique you’ll never find them in another home. Even the exteriors are frequently changed through the years, peeling off older facades in favor of newer amalgamations of styles, in order to better blend in with the less-preservation minded neighborhoods around them.
“Nothing to see here, we’re just your average McMansions from 1990s Preston Hollow,” the homes in Savage Gardens seemingly say to anyone who accidentally happens upon them, adopting a hide-in-plain-sight motif that serves the cloistered residents well.
“It’s really amazing how private this neighborhood is, and how ingeniously these families have kept it that way,” said listing agent Dia Daspetas with North Texas Luxury Homeplaces. “If you’re looking for a place that only tells people your net worth once they’re fully vetted and allowed in by staff, this is the perfect place.”
“A few years ago, there was some deep-seated worry about a toll road and a park potentially clueing in Dallas residents to this spendy spot, but luckily, time and a rumored juggler’s strike forced the city to reexamine the idea, and once again Savage Gardens is safe,” she added.
While the outside conforms to a rigorous requirement to appear awkwardly normal, rest assured that doesn’t hold true once you enter the home. Inside is where the imagination runs amok, flowering with details you definitely won’t find on Strait Lane. Ready to look? Let’s jump, shall we? (more…)
OK, I have to show you this. FORBES slide show of the best places to get married, huge stupendous mansions such as the Oheka Castle & Estate, in Huntington, New York, where Chelsea Clinton got married. The mansions are truly glorious, though I feel the M Mansion, up off Frankfort Road here in Dallas where my son got married, holds its own on a smaller scale and even reminds me a bit of the Pantheon Mansion in Corona, California.
But check out the Santavenere Hotel, Maratea, Italy. To advertise the wedding venue, they show a couple with a baby’s high chair. Isn’t that like putting the cart before the horse? Or am I just living in the 20th century???