Like when a chef who says his famous recipe was made with love, there’s something special about a home built by a builder who plans to live there with his family.

Like when a chef who says his famous recipe was made with love, there’s something special about a home built by a builder who plans to live there with his family.

And, I mean, you haven’t really lived until you’ve had a 500-bottle wine cellar, a yoga room, tennis courts, your own koi pond, and a greenhouse, right?

This luxury lease at 4656 Meadowood in Dallas rents for $19,000 a month – or just drop a cool $7 million and the entire 13,220-square-foot mansion is yours.

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Obviously, Dallas is far from Italy, but you can still live like you’re on the Mediterranean if you buy in Preston Hollow. The prestigious neighborhood is filled with scenic pathways, stately homes perched on private lots, and lush lawns that feel like the next best thing. See why Preston Hollow offers the best of both worlds at these incredible open houses.

Timeless Transitional

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If you’re going to have a Siglo de Oro (or Spanish Golden Age) story like the one in “Man of La Mancha,” you need a suitable backdrop. That’s just fact.

So when Lyric Stage told us that they’d be staging the musical, which tells the classic canon of Don Quixote, we knew we should find a home to match.

But what should that look like? After all, a lot of Spanish architecture during the Siglo de Oro could be rather austere. Juan de Herrera, who is one of the more recognizable names of the time period, was known for his purist structures with sober decoration, so much so that Herrerian and clasicismo are pretty much synonymous. 

But then, we found our match in El Escorial — a historical residence of the king of Spain in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The El Real Monasterio El Escorial is rather sober. But La Granjilla de La Fresneda, the royal hunting lodge? Let’s just say its got a lot in common with this listing we found Old Preston Hollow. (more…)

Bella Custom Homes

4926 Deloache Avenue built by Bella Custom Homes

When the venerable Dallas builder Tony Visconti says a home is well-built, you better believe it’s top-notch, hands-down, best-materials-that-money-can-buy kind of quality, and that’s clearly true with this $14 million Deloache Avenue estate built by Bella Custom Homes.

CandysDirt.com has been following this exquisite Italian Mediterranean estate at 4926 Deloache Avenue in old Preston Hollow for sheer fascination of the build quality and architectural perfection. The home flawlessly embraces traditional classic architectural elements with transitional styling and modern essentials, all the elements that modern buyers of luxury real estate want. Listed at $13.95 million, this sprawling 1.645-acre estate clocks in at 14,179 square feet with seven bedrooms, eight full baths and five half baths, including a pool bath outside.

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Southern Colonial
Ya’ll know how much we love a good transformation here at CandysDirt.com. We thought this Southern Colonial estate at 9346 Sunnybrook Lane was captivating when Candy wrote about it back in 2014. The house was built in 1987, and has long been considered a showpiece, but with the most recent update, it’s become a showstopper. Was there a bit of wizardry involved?

You bet there was!

The talented owner has an impeccable eye for design and had very distinct ideas of how to bring this Southern Colonial up to the sophistication level of 2018. She selected More Design + Build to bring her vision to life and together the spell they’ve put on this home has enchanted us.

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Dallas PalaceWalking through the grand entrance of 9006 Douglas Avenue is like stepping into a fairytale. There are very few homes that merit the use of the word “palace” and this is one of them. This home has been referred to as “The Mansion” for years. That in no way prepares you for what you will experience once you cross the threshold. So, we’re re-christening this palatial Mediterranean resort-style home as the “Dallas Palace.” (more…)

When you travel to Tuscany, you cannot help but fall in love with the lifestyle, the landscape, and the architecture. It never leaves your soul. If you’re very lucky, you can take the latter two elements and recreate them. That is what the owners of 4655 Meadowood Road did, and they accomplished it in my opinion. They created a perfect Italian villa in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, when the photos first rolled across my desktop, I was certain someone had sent me an Italian SecondShelters.com property for consideration. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Italy, and I’ve never seen anyone get the look and feel quite so right before. (more…)

What will he do next?

We are not talking about 89-year-old oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens. He has his famous, 65,000-square-foot West Texas ranch, Mesa Vista, on the market for $250 million. Who knows, could be sold by now.

Now he has sold his Preston Hollow mansion, listed with Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff. Selling price was $5 million. Word is that T. Boone is heading for a luxury condo.

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