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The home of Stars super-star Brenden Morrow and his wife, Anne-Marie, who just got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at 3528 Centenary has hit the market. Built by Mark Molthan in 2007, this home is sure to set University Park comps a-twitter. You get more than 7,300 square feet of living space, on a huge almost three-quarter acre University Park lot. Those pups are rare, indeed. There are five humungous bedrooms, with five baths (en suite, of course) and two half baths. There are numerous living spaces, as one might expect, including  formals, a media room, a putting green, a wine room, an exercise room, even an oversized attic for storage and an elevator to get you there.

Brent Hull diningBut it’s the interior design that just makes you drop your jaw. The kitchen is loaded with custom appliances, of course, but also finished out with soft white cabinets and subway tiles. Every single room is softly contemporary with added natural materials — stone, beams — for a rustic but elegant look. And the master bath, with those mirrored cabinets, is just downright glam!

With a lot this size, you can have a stunning pool and outdoor environment room loaded with grilling necessities and fireplace. Sure warms you up in a cool North Texas April! Here’s what might warm you up even more: the asking price of $4,495,000. Listed with Rogers Healy.Brent Hull FR Brent Hull kitchen Brent Hull foyer Brent Hull FR2 Brent Hull Master Brent Hull master bath Brent Hull master bath 2 Brent Hull media Brent Hull pool

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The home of Stars super-star Brenden Morrow and his wife, Anne-Marie, who just got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at 3528 Centenary has hit the market. Built by Mark Molthan in 2007, this home is sure to set University Park comps a-twitter. You get more than 7,300 square feet of living space, on a huge almost three-quarter acre University Park lot. Those pups are rare, indeed. There are five humungous bedrooms, with five baths (en suite, of course) and two half baths. There are numerous living spaces, as one might expect, including  formals, a media room, a putting green, a wine room, an exercise room, even an oversized attic for storage and an elevator to get you there.

Brent Hull diningBut it’s the interior design that just makes you drop your jaw. The kitchen is loaded with custom appliances, of course, but also finished out with soft white cabinets and subway tiles. Every single room is softly contemporary with added natural materials — stone, beams — for a rustic but elegant look. And the master bath, with those mirrored cabinets, is just downright glam!

With a lot this size, you can have a stunning pool and outdoor environment room loaded with grilling necessities and fireplace. Sure warms you up in a cool North Texas April! Here’s what might warm you up even more: the asking price of $4,495,000. Listed with Rogers Healy.Brent Hull FR Brent Hull kitchen Brent Hull foyer Brent Hull FR2 Brent Hull Master Brent Hull master bath Brent Hull master bath 2 Brent Hull media Brent Hull pool

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Hunter Dehn is modest about his success in real estate. With the Platinum Series Realty brand, he’s marketed some of the most expensive listings in Dallas, including 4939 Manson Court. With Mark Molthan’s Platinum Series Homes, these two are building and selling some of the most sought-after luxury properties in Dallas.

Of course, growing up in Preston Hollow surely helps understand the ins and outs of the area, and gives Dehn a lot of leverage in a luxury market where inventory is as scarce as it is competitive.

What do we love best about Dehn? Definitely his ambition!

You can find out more about Hunter Dehn and Platinum Series Realty on his website.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Hunter Dehn: I grew up on Waggoner Drive in Preston Hollow.

CD:How did you get into real estate?

Dehn: I bought my first rental property at the age of 19, it was on Richmond Ave. in Lakewood.

CD: The Platinum Series Realty brand has really taken off. How do you balance the needs of a growing business with family life?

Dehn: I’ve found that 6 hours of sleep is more than enough or I usually take at least one weekend a month off to go to our ranch as a family.

Hunter Dehn and Family

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Dehn: I’m building on Norway near St. Marks.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Dehn: Preston Hollow, hands down; big lots, great trees, convenient, what’s not to love!

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Dehn: I currently have a home listed in the Strait Lane neighborhood for $29,995,000.

CD: Likewise, what was the hardest deal you’ve ever done?

Dehn: Every deal seems to have its own unique set of challenges, but like they say if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Dehn: It depends upon how you define that. I have one that I closed in 2 hours.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Dehn: A little over $20 million.

CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?

Dehn: I try to treat everyone like I would a close personal friend.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Dehn: Be a farmer or NASCAR driver (my wife thinks I practice for this on the Tollway)

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Dehn: We have a ranch just outside Sherman near the Red River. It is my favorite place to escape to.

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Hunter Dehn is modest about his success in real estate. With the Platinum Series Realty brand, he’s marketed some of the most expensive listings in Dallas, including 4939 Manson Court. With Mark Molthan’s Platinum Series Homes, these two are building and selling some of the most sought-after luxury properties in Dallas.

Of course, growing up in Preston Hollow surely helps understand the ins and outs of the area, and gives Dehn a lot of leverage in a luxury market where inventory is as scarce as it is competitive.

What do we love best about Dehn? Definitely his ambition!

You can find out more about Hunter Dehn and Platinum Series Realty on his website.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Hunter Dehn: I grew up on Waggoner Drive in Preston Hollow.

CD:How did you get into real estate?

Dehn: I bought my first rental property at the age of 19, it was on Richmond Ave. in Lakewood.

CD: The Platinum Series Realty brand has really taken off. How do you balance the needs of a growing business with family life?

Dehn: I’ve found that 6 hours of sleep is more than enough or I usually take at least one weekend a month off to go to our ranch as a family.

Hunter Dehn and Family

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Dehn: I’m building on Norway near St. Marks.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Dehn: Preston Hollow, hands down; big lots, great trees, convenient, what’s not to love!

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Dehn: I currently have a home listed in the Strait Lane neighborhood for $29,995,000.

CD: Likewise, what was the hardest deal you’ve ever done?

Dehn: Every deal seems to have its own unique set of challenges, but like they say if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Dehn: It depends upon how you define that. I have one that I closed in 2 hours.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Dehn: A little over $20 million.

CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?

Dehn: I try to treat everyone like I would a close personal friend.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Dehn: Be a farmer or NASCAR driver (my wife thinks I practice for this on the Tollway)

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Dehn: We have a ranch just outside Sherman near the Red River. It is my favorite place to escape to.

And it would be a Mark Molthan creation over near Strait Lane, on a cozy, secluded little court off of one of the most famous (and rubbernecked) streets in Dallas bearing the homes of Brint Ryan, Ross Perot, Phil Romano, Kenny Trout, and Dirk Nowitzki.

First, however, we start with a book. Most homes are marketed with sheets called graphics — either a piece of plain paper onto which is printed information about the home, or a glossy brochure depicting the home with mancured photos and vital statistics like 36-24-36.

Well 4939 Manson Court, baby, gets a book!

The Hunter Dehn Group is the real estate arm of Mark Molthan’s Platinum Home Builders. Hunter has created an i-book to market this pad that I think will soon be replicated by all the tip-top ‘gents in town, a total new standard to appeal to luxury buyers. Of course, Mickey Munir has been doing this for years with his homes, I love his books. 4939 Mansion Court was built by Mark Molthan in 2011 and boasts almost 30,000 square feet of the ultimate living space including so many extras I have to devote a paragraph to each one. This is truly the most unique home in Dallas in 2012. When we top it, well, I’ll be there and bring you in.

The home was designed by starchitect Robbie Fusch with gorgeous soft interiors by Ashley Astelford. There are nine bedrooms, nine full baths and four half baths. In addition to all the usual components of an over-the-top luxury home — multiple formals, casuals, study, library, gourmet kitchen, keeping room (that’s a morning noon and evening room), three wet bars, pantry the size of Sam’s (the owners have five kiddos, do the math) outdoor kitchen and living area, media room, garages, pool and pool house —  you get some true firsts for Dallas.

There is geo thermal cooling and heating, and open cell foam insulation, used by only the very best builders in Dallas, like those on our Candy’s Approved Builder list, for the most energy efficiency possible. This is how these boys build these giants but keep the heating and A/C bills low even in August.

Even the attic space in this palace is insulated.

A half regulation-sized indoor basketball court.

A master bedroom suite of 2,200 square feet, larger than the size of the average American HOME! The spa-esque master bath suite has one for him, one for her, and was patterned after Mark’s Luxe Showhome over in the Creeks of Preston Hollow.

Not just eight bedrooms, but eight deluxe bedroom suites, or children’s retreats. What is a children’s retreat? So glad you asked! These suites are bigger than any master you’ve ever had, try 30 feet by 20 feet with features like study nooks, sitting rooms, spa baths. Let me put it this way: any Dallas socialite would kill to have one of the kid’s rooms in this house. The model airplanes flying in the boys room look like little Lears in mid flight.

Outdoor tiled pool the size of the one at the Four Season with firepit and pool house.

Nanny and guest quarters, and even guest quarters for the nanny.

An underground media room for total sound absorption. Only the rabbits and moles will hear the surround sound.

A 3700 square foot garage that holds 14 cars and is twice the size of the average American home. For God’s sake you could hold the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance here.

A secondary generator so you will never, ever lose juice while sitting at the computer.

Exquisite finish out in every molecule.

Almost four verdant green acres with surprise water fountains in an inner courtyard.

The home will have a coming out party of sorts for the top 40 agents in Dallas later this week, and I will be there to bring you even more fabulous details so stay tuned, stay very tuned! Asking price is $29,900,000 which is, as of this moment, the most expensive real estate listing in Dallas.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’ve picked out a few of the most incredible kitchens and dining rooms Dallas has to offer as sites for our dream turkey dinner. They are truly a feast for the eyes! Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

9008 Briarwood Lane: This house has a stunning dining and kitchen combo, both with beautiful blue hues on both the dining room wallpaper and the kitchen cabinets. Also amazing are the chandelier and fireplace in the dining room. Surreal!

Platinum Series Kitchens by Mark Molthan: All of these kitchens are perfect for preparing your elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, but this one, with the bright lime bar and gorgeous cabinets, is incredible!

9784 Audubon Place: With an amazing wood ceiling and gorgeous cabinetry, I would be hard pressed to actually leave the kitchen at this home! It’s also open to the dining room, which will make serving a gigantic turkey that much easier!

4346 Park Lane: Christine McKenny with Dave Perry-Miller gets some of the most amazing listings, and this house is no joke. The kitchen has a not-too-often seen feature — curved cabinetry  — that looks so elegant.

Tatum Brown’s Crestbrook Residence: This kitchen is just so sleek and perfect, and there’s a TV just above the fireplace, so you can watch the game while you do prep work (just watch your fingers with that knife, please!).

Phil Romano’s Strait Lane Estate: There’s no outdoing this kitchen and dining room, which makes entertaining feel more like eating at a restaurant. The stainless steel buffet and counter-height tables make serving a snap!

Was Malouf’s Water Park patterned after Celine Dion’s?

Update: Byron Harris from WFAA-TV Channel 8 interviewed me this afternoon at the Malouf’s — tune in at 10pm for some groovy aerials and more pics!

Here’s what the Malouf’s have in store for the back yard of what was once 10674 Strait Lane: Hurricane Harbor. There will be a really, really deep pool, a Lazy River, and three water slides 30 to 35 feet tall, some of which were originally to be accessible from and twist through the upstairs windows of the Sports Complex. Wheeee!

But that plan was dropped and instead, the slides will be off the observatory — you need pretty deep water for those suckers. And 35 feet tall is as tall as the city of Dallas will let you go with a water slide.

This is probably a first in Dallas, maybe Texas. I know the Dundon home over on Northwest Highway, built by Mark Molthan, has a sort of swim park, indoor-outdoor tennis courts and pavilion, baseball diamond, automatic batting cage, a putting green, a go-cart track, and two slides from the second to the first floor — one is inside the house in the family room, Trail-Dust style, and one outside, but both are dry. Malouf’s complex will trump: the Dundons only have a SWIM park, not a water park.

How in the world, where in the world, do you even begin to build a water park in your back yard, especially if you are your own sub contractor? Simple: find the guys who built Hurricane Harbor and hire them. Two water park contractors came out from Canada. Their bid: a few million. Malouf ended up hiring someone (maybe it was them, not sure) to draft a set of buildable plans, and he is self-contracting the whole thing to save money.

Actually, I’ll bet that saves at least a half million.

But they did build the lazy river too deep and had to back-fill it.

The wattage and power in the first house was enough to power the second-house-turned- sports-world, but they needed the three phase transformer JUST for the water park.

Why would anyone want a water park in their yard? To create a resort-style feel. Like the Dundon house, Malouf is creating an environment where kids can come over and have at their disposal everything they would have at a Four Seasons plus — a water park. This is a very family-oriented family with extended members.

All the excavation and activity makes it a little noisy over there, and you can’t help but wonder what the neighbors think of all the construction work, which has been going on now for over a year and is about six months behind schedule. A few I called were out of town. Owen Wilson was not too keen on the noise — he was staying at his parents’ house a few months ago and complained he couldn’t sleep during the day because of all the construction next door.

Oh I know what you are wondering because I wondered the very same thing: how can the Maloufs have a private water park with Dallas water restrictions in force?

Simple. Malouf dug his own well. There are three levels you can go with a well, and Malouf dug to the middle level. That was smart: the park is going to need about 6 million gallons of water each year.

At least that’s what we are estimating from Celine Dion.  In Florida, on Jupiter Island, the chanteuse and her hubby built a $20 million home with a backyard water park, but the community became upset that the water park used so much of the fresh water supply on the island. They claimed it led to a drought and water restrictions in the area. The Dions were fined for massive use of water, so they built six wells on the property to store enough water to keep the park fluid. This one requires 6.5 million gallons each year. It includes two pools and a lazy river. The Malouf’s may only have one pool with the Lazy River, but with a one-acre backyard space, my sources estimate it will be about the same size as Dion’s.

Dr Malouf Architectural Drawing

It’s that time of the year when we wonder why we have pools. Because, right about now, they are all like bathtubs.

I’m not a cold water gal. I actually LIKE my pool in May, June and July when I can just walk right in without a “period of adjustment”. But come August, it seems the pool is only a few degrees cooler than the air and hardly worth getting my hair wet. It must be about 90 degrees.

So tonight we were talking about pool chillers. I want to know if anyone out there has one, how they work, how they like it, and whether we should all get a pool chiller along with a Texas drivers license!

By the way, this is the gorgeous infinity pool over at Veruschka and Thomas Dundon’s 13,556 square foot home overlooking Northwest Highway built in 2007, with a swim park, indoor-outdoor tennis courts, baseball diamond, automate batting cage, a putting green, go-cart track, stocked pond, this pool, and and indoor and outdoor slide from the first floor right into the family room. Oh the kids rooms also have gymnasium floors and baseketball hoops. The home is valued at $10,250,000.