Close to some of the best shopping, dining, and see-and-be-seen opportunities in the Park Cities, one University Park estate makes an impression in the St. Andrews Place enclave.

Located at 6016 Connerly Drive walking distance to Highland Park Village, this property is on a quiet street with little traffic, a place where you can hear the wind rustling the leaves through trees. Mature landscaping is part of the gorgeous drive-up appeal of this home, which sits on just over a third of an acre. 

“Connerly is built with exceptional quality and an amazing understated elegance — the layout is perfect and includes every possible amenity and a location that can’t be beat,” said Ebby Halliday Realtors listing agent Mary Poss. “It’s nearly 9,300 square feet with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half-baths in a lovely setting in the heart of the city.”

This home has four living areas, two dining areas, and three stories with an elevator, three-car garage and so much more! 

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Find the Ultimate Luxury High-Rise Living with Expertise of Ebby Halliday Realtors | CandysDirt.com

Hi-rise living is a popular option, especially in some of the best buildings in Dallas. Whether you’re buying or selling a hi-rise home, you need an expert on board to help navigate the process. 

I’ve found the Realtors at Ebby Halliday to be some of the most knowledgeable in the business, and they certainly get some fabulous listings! I’ve found three you’ve got to see, including a penthouse at The Mayfair that has us all enamored. 

 

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Fall In Love Today with These Three DFW Luxury Listings from Ebby Halliday | CandysDirt.com

Romance and flowers are fine and dandy for Valentine’s Day, but real estate is what really sets our hearts aflutter. What better way to celebrate love than to bask in the glory of some seriously spectacular DFW luxury listings? 

I’ve found three properties that are positively swoon-worthy, all represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors, one of the largest and most-admired privately owned residential real estate firms in the country. 

It’s an excellent time and place for luxury properties like these, as North America continues to be home for the majority of wealthy consumers in the world (61 percent or nearly one million households), according to research from Luxury Portfolio International. Unlike the growth stagnation experienced in Europe, the North American wealthy population is growing fast, at 13 percent year-over-year. Additionally, individuals with a net worth over $10 million has grown 146 percent since 2010 and 13 percent since 2015 to 979,886. 

These three DFW luxury listings are exactly what a high-net-worth individual might be looking for in DFW, which is one of the hottest markets in the nation. Let’s take a look! 

 

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Luxury Living Takes on New Heights these Ebby Halliday Listings in Dallas | CandysDirt.com

In and around Dallas, I’ve always got my eye on hot properties. Our luxury market is particularly impressive, with architectural gems, beautiful builds, and appealing new construction. 

Some of the most incredible luxury homes are listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors, the preeminent brokerage in North Texas. Founded in 1945 on three principles — service to the client, service to the industry, and service to the community — Ebby Halliday has served the residential real estate needs of North Texas for 74 years. Luxury buyers turn to Ebby agents because the level of customer service is at its highest level. 

So what’s special on the market right now? I’ve found three listings around Dallas I’ve got to share with you! 

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I’ve got the holiday season on my mind these days. The weather is finally changing, and the colder days have me thinking about putting up decorations, shopping for gifts, planning holiday menus and family visits, and of course, attending fabulous parties. While perusing Ebby listings this weekend, these three gorgeous homes caught my eye—each one is just waiting to be filled with festive music, delicious food and chatty, mingling guests.

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Hill Country Contemporary

We just returned from a lovely weekend editorial retreat at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. I can safely say the entire CandysDirt.com staff fell in love with not just the beauty of the landscape, but also with the stunning homes.

If you can’t move to the Hill Country, but are longing for the lifestyle, we’ve found the perfect place in what has to be one of the best locations in Dallas. (more…)

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Storage is so important these days. As families grow, so does the amount of stuff you have. I swear that the only reason I’m unable to park my car in the garage is because I had a baby. All that stuff you have after a child outgrows one thing and moves on to another is unimaginable at first, and ridiculous at best. It’s true!

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So when I see a home that has tons of built-in cabinets and what looks like excessive storage, I get a serious case of the wantees. Built-ins are what makes a home look like a Houzz page, because you can stuff all the odds and ends in a well-tailored cabinet and declare a room clean!

That’s why I love this North Dallas home at 9623 Windy Terrace. With four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,300 square feet, there’s tons of room not only for family, but to store all of your family’s junk! Plus, it’s inside the Richardson Independent School District, specifically inside the acclaimed Merriman Park Elementary attendance area. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor and local legend Mary Poss for $539,000.

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Trust me, with the updates inside this home, it’s so worth it! Consider that you don’t have to do a thing to this house! It has hardwoods! It’s move-in ready! And you get a HUGE wet bar, perfect for entertaining while the kids are at the grandparents this summer. And there’s a fantastic pool in the back with attached spa, which is going to be very popular come this summer. There’s also a built-in grill that the buyers are sure to enjoy come Memorial Day weekend.

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You’ll also adore the architectural details of this home, including the tall, exposed beam ceiling in the kitchen. The trim in the living room is amazing, and the kitchen has been renovated with built-ins and a fantastic eat-in island. It’s just off the dining room, which is so cool — it’s round! I bet you’ll have a blast finding the perfect dining table for this room that will really play up the chandelier.

The master bedroom is perfect at 18 x 16, with plenty of windows and a really amazing stone fireplace. Just look at that! It looks like a set from a Bond movie — you add the bearskin rug! Seriously in love!

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The master bath was recently renovated and is a five-piece number with gorgeous natural stone, a fantastic tub, a stand-alone shower with frameless glass and tons of drawers and cabinets. It is just beautiful and a real selling point in this price range.

So, what do you love most about this incredible property?

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9925_Alva-3-575x383I have told you, but let me go on record again: yes, the market is hotter than hell and homes are selling in days, weeks, even hours. We have less than three months’ inventory. But that is for properties generally below $2 million, as Jennifer Miller pointed out last week. So it surprises me not at all that Tom Leppert and his wife Laura lowered the price on their Preston Hollow home to $4,999,999, a haircut of about $696,000 and some change.

The home, listed with former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem, Mary Poss, had been priced at $5,695,000.  Please note that the Lepert home also has a “keeping room”, just like our mysterious Monday Morning Millionaire.

Here is the description of the home using Mary’s own beautiful words:

“The estate home at 9525 Alva Court is another jewel in the portfolio of Dallas homes designed by the incomparable Robbie Fusch,” Ms. Poss says. “It is the fusion of grand elegance with extreme functionality. No detail has been overlooked in this 10,800-square-foot masterpiece built in 2002 in the heart of Old Preston Hollow.”

This stunning property features a slate roof, a stone exterior, an electric gate, a circular driveway and manicured landscaping.

 

Inside, massive timbers in the living and keeping areas set in 11-foot ceilings accentuate these spacious rooms and add to the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of the home.”

 

Yes, it’s true: Laura had a “Keeping Area” for Tom. I think every wife needs one!

“Designer appliances in the spacious kitchen make cooking for one or for a crowd easy, Ms. Poss says. Massive granite countertops highlight this natural gathering place. Two large dining areas are located at opposite ends of the kitchen. The extensive butler’s pantry and storage areas provide plenty of preparation and staging space.

 

Beyond the confluence of the downstairs living areas are the master suite, a guest suite and two offices. Adjacent to the large master bedroom is a multipurpose room that may be used as an exercise room, a reading room or however the new owners choose. Marble abounds in the master bath, which is accented by an overhead stained-glass window above the luxurious tub. A steam shower and two large designer closets complete this well-appointed bath.

The first-floor guest suite occupies its own wing for privacy and comfort. One of the twin offices features rich, wood-paneled walls; the other is conveniently located by the kitchen and offers significant storage space.

Views of the pool and the cabana are available from almost all of the home’s living areas, the master suite and the kitchen.”

Of course, the home is on a 150 by 245 foot deep lot, almost one acre.

 

“A state-of-the-art media room is on the second floor, along with a library, a game room and a second laundry facility. A large, covered deck overlooks the backyard. Three bedrooms, each with its own bath and loft, offer plenty of private living space.”

Now here’s the space where you know the rich, powerful Repubs have gathered and plotted and oh if those tree branches or even the grill could talk…

“For outside entertaining, a beautiful cabana with separate living quarters offers the perfect backdrop to the gorgeous pool and outdoor kitchen, all of which is surrounded by lush landscaping,” Ms. Poss says. “Four garages, a porte-cochere, a motor court and a circular drive provide ample parking for any number of vehicles on the property.”

Any number. This is really quite a home. We are talking the HONEYPOT of Preston Hollow, T. Boone Pickens up the street, Kelcy Warren not too far over on Park, but you have to cross Walnut Hill and go west to visit Mayor Mike. Or the Malouf Waterpark. It was on the market very quietly as a hip pocket with Eleanor Mowery Sheets, who sold the home to Tom and Laura, this maybe 2008 or 2009, winter. In my opinion, Eleanor wanted to sell the house more than Tom and Laura did. Once the Sheets’ IRS issues came out, I never heard any more about the house or her listing it but I do know Eleanor had arranged a Realtor event at the stunning house. Mary Poss confirmed to me last night — full disclosure, I had just walked off a plane with ears still plugged — that Laura Leppert has a background in real estate and was in fact an agent in Hawaii when she and Harvard-educated Tom met. So yes, real estate is in their romance! Where are they going? Mary has been showing them some downsized properties around town, with Laura virtually incognito. Like most of us with larger family homes, the Lepperts wish to downsize now that their children are grown. Maybe want a little more turn-key in case he decides to take another political stab. Interesting thing about we baby boomers downsizing from this glorious homes: where are we going to downsize? One builder has a solution we are personally taking a peak at.