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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Get ready for the bargain of the century. The Grady Vaughn house at 5350 South Dentwood, nestled deep in the heart of Preston Hollow and right across the street from former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, started on the market at $6.9 million back in 2017. The home is on one of the most lush lots in Dallas — huge trees, a serene swimming pool that is ageless, even a private pond and rock creek. The home is a whopping 9,500 square feet built when square footage like that was a rarity.

This home is in an estate. It has only been occupied by two families, the Vaughn family that commissioned it to be designed and built, and the Allan Zidell family. In 1951, when Dallas was just beginning to embrace the midcentury modern design movement, oilman Grady Vaughn, Jr. commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in what we now know as the honeypot of Preston Hollow. This neighborhood commands the most expensive dirt prices in Texas, and the neighbors are a veritable Who’s Who. 5350 South Dentwood has been designated an endangered home by Preservation Dallas. The home has six bedrooms, seven and a half baths, several living areas on one of the most heavily treed lots in this majestic part of town. The acreage is unbelievable: 1.36 acres.

On February 20th, next month, this home will go to auction with a starting bid of $2.9 million!

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Preston Hollow Mediterranean

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If you fancy a discreet neighborhood, one that the Perots, Troutts, and Nowitskis are happy to call home, you are in luck. If you’d like an elegant Preston Hollow Mediterranean estate for entertaining, this is it. If you want one of the most secure homes on the market with not only a lookout tower but also a bomb shelter, our Monday Morning Millionaire fits the bill beautifully. If you have kids and proximity to great private schools is a necessity, there is no better location than 4626 Dorset Road.

We see a lot of gorgeous luxury homes at CandysDirt.com — on a daily basis. Saying we are hard to impress is putting it mildly. Let me just say … we are impressed. This is hands down, one of the most extraordinary estates in Dallas. (more…)

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Note: This property will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

There is a new standard of luxury in Old Preston Hollow, and Bella Custom Homes is leading it. This weekend is the unveiling — yes, unveiling, just like a painting — of Bella’s latest masterpiece of perfection: 4926 Deloache Avenue. This exquisite Italian Mediterranean estate is ideal for the discriminating buyer who has an eye for architectural perfection and loves unique touches in every nook and cranny of the house. And there are a lot of nook’s and crannies in this place: the more than 14,000 square foot estate flawlessly embraces traditional classic architectural elements with transitional styling and modern essentials, all the elements that modern buyers of luxury real estate want.

The builder, Tony Visconti, has delivered the undeliverable with the estate. You enter first through a custom iron front door into an impressive entry with 25- foot ceilings that soar. Check out each angle: large plaster crown molding is everywhere and perfect, and the floors are imported marble. (more…)

5350 Falls Road Front

Patricia Stampley will hold open the six-bedroom estate home at 5830 Falls Road from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 24. This exceptional new-construction residence in Old Preston Hollow is offered for $5.25 million.

It seemed as if, during the turn of the 21st Century, every builder under the sun wanted to try their hand at designing a Mediterranean. What we ended up with was a bunch of half-done, mish-mash homes that all sort of look the same. It gave the style a bad name, that’s for sure.

But this Mediterranean is helping win people back to the style, with its unique facade and fabulous interiors. Perfect for today’s luxury homebuyers, this stunning example of Mediterranean done right at 5350 Falls Road in Old Preston Hollow is listed with Patricia Stampley of Ebby Halliday Realtors for $5.25 million. You can see all of the details that make this home the perfect warm embrace to the end of your day at her open house on Sunday, April 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Of course, I got an advance tour with Patricia herself!

Luxe Tour | April 2016 from Ebby Halliday, Realtors on Vimeo.

Find out more about the perfect details on this magnificent Mediterranean after the jump.

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Alan Peppard reported Sunday on something I have been meaning to tell you: The Tom Hicks Crespi Estate on Walnut Hill Lane has been reduced in price, somewhat. As Alan reports, the Hicks have decided to sell their estate with less land for less money: 10 acres, and 42,500-square-feet of the most luxurious living in Dallas or the entire state, for that matter.

Previously we reported here, first of course, that the Hicks estate was on the market for $135 million. At that time it took the prize for the most expensive estate for sale in the United States. That was for all 25.25 acres, a lot of grass and trees (and some ponds) even in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow. In fact, I wonder how much damage the Hicks had from last weeks’ storm– hopefully none.

Alan reports that Doug Newby now says you can have the house and all the structural trimmings on 10 acres for a mere $60 million.

But aha, Unique Homes Magazine claims that the whole shebang was reduced to $98 million in 2014, for less land. How much less? I’ve got an email into my NAREE colleague Camilla McLaughlin over there to find out. (more…)