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Recall when I told you that Tracy Kornet and CBS11 News were hanging out one morning (September 3) at the home of Mark and Patty Lovvorn aka the Stanley marcus house? Here is the piece they created on the historical Lakewood estate, spiced with info from Dave Perry-Miller broker Nancy Johnson.

(That woman is such a kick, look at her va-voom shape on camera and know she runs every day to keep in shape!)

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I love that the owners of the 9,600-square-foot home, which is on the market (not in MLS) for $5.4 million, also toured the house with Tracy. I learned so much from interviewing Mark and Patty Lovvorn, who tell me they read this blog!

This library/office part of the house was pretty much untouched during the renovation, even the sink in the office bath is vintage and in such perfect shape I thought it was brand new. The wood used everywhere, here in the library and upstairs in the custom closets, is redwood. Mrs. Lovvorn — Patty — also told me that the exterior of the house was, at one time, sort of a 1950′s red brick, before they painted it all white. Mark Lovvorn also told us how the foyer of the home was understated in true mid-century style — the foyer serves as a vehicle to get the guest moving into the house where the real architectural elements are, such as those dramatic windows out to the estate property and pool. It’s quite the opposite of today’s grand-winding-staircase-la-la-la foyers.

I love Tracy Kornet’s enthusiasm over the old-fashioned media room! It was the kitchen where I got some true insight into what the original house looked like. Patty Lovvorn told me that when they bought the house, it had orange Formica counters! The kitchen was quite choppy and though they did replace those orange counters, she still had (and used) the old cabinets and appliances the Marcuses had used until this renovation.

The wine room was not really “replaced” by the laundry room — it had just been a small wine closet. The Lovvorns simply incorporated that space into the  expansion and improvement of the laundry room. There are plenty of cabinets to store wine now, and even a small stairway to the basement right in the kitchen. That basement would sure make a great subterranean wine nook or a great tornado shelter. The next owners have a terrific clean slate!

Oh yes: hopefully Channel 11 has spelled “Lovvorn” correctly now, though Mark says he’s “used to by now with the media.”

10-nonesuch-rd-dallas-tx-1-High-Res-610 Nonesuch Road, better known as the Stanley Marcus estate in Lakewood, has been on the market for a little over two months now.  I say on the market, yes, but NOT in MLS. Asking price is $5.4 million. As I may have told you, a few weeks ago Tracy Kornet from CBS-11 popped in for an exclusive interview with the owners of the home, Mark and Patty Lovvorn. I am told that interview will run this Friday, and of course we will post it right here for your viewing pleasure!

Home of the Week 6 Nonesuch

You may have heard a lot about Nonesuch Road in Lakewood these past few weeks, ever since the current owners of the fabled Stanley Marcus house, Mark and Patty Lovvorn, put their estate on the market… for sale yes, but not in MLS. You may recall how we told you that Stanley and Billie Marcus wanted to build a home in Dallas to raise their three children. About 7.5 wooded Lakewood acres, three blocks from White Rock Lake, plus creek, were given to the young couple by Stanley’s father, Herbert, who lived nearby. Stanley Marcus himself was born in The Cedars. His original home on Westlake behind the current Marcus estate sold a few years ago and is still standing strong, being redone by the owners as we speak.

Platting can be complex, so bear with me here. The current Marcus estate is on about three of those original acres (including an exclusive creek). There are two lots at 8 and 12 Nonesuch, which also enjoy creek usage in addition to their platted lots. Then there are more homes on the remaining 2.6, replatted in 1994, and one of them just came on the market like yesterday, listed with my favorite former Mayor Pro Tem, Mary Poss.

6 Nonesuch GR 6 Nonesuch foyer 6 Nonesuch foyer 6 Nonesuch FR6 Nonesuch is way more traditional, and in no way compares to, the Marcus estate. Perched on almost an acre (approx .9 acre surface use of lot) in the gated portion of the Marcus estate subdivision platted 20 years ago, and, like many houses in that area, it is in the “Stanley Marcus Addition.” Built in 1997, the 5318 square foot home has two stories, a dramatic entrance with arched front door, stone and hardwood floors, beautiful vaulted, triple-beamed timbers in the soaring great room, gourmet kitchen with granite and one of those charming built-in “mom” desks we used to see so much of. I love those desks, why are we not building those anymore? The kitchen has a breakfast room I would actually turn into a morning room because of the incredible wooded view and window seat, and there is a great breakfast bar. There is a family room off the great room with pocket door closure. The master is also wonderful, large (18 by 16) and the bath has a his and her suite with a room off the deal that could be an office, a nursery or a man-cave. While it’s not 2 baths to every bedroom Los Angeles-style, with a total of 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 1 half bath, nobody will ever be seeking a loo in this home. I like, too, that the master is down, along with another bedroom and study. Upstairs are three more bedrooms with en suite baths, plus a third living area/media room and exercise room. One other plus: there are quarters, complete with a kitchenette and full bath. And there is a three car garage.

6 Nonesuch kitchen 6 Nonesuch planning desk 6 Nonesuch breakfast bar 6 Nonesuch study 6 Nonesuch master 6 Nonesuch master bathThis home is priced at $1,745,000. No pool, no creek access. The Marcus estate, next acre over, is at $5,400,000. Rest assured you will be buying on one of the the best streets in Dallas, but not getting the most expensive home on the block. Which will make the folks at Inwood Mortgage very happy indeed when you work with them on your jumbo mortgage.6 Nonesuch patio 6 Nonesuch yard

 

 

Lovvorns Marcus house (4) I spent the morning last Wednesday with Mark and Patty Lovvorn at their home, the Stanley Marcus estate, with Channel 11 shooting a long segment there for their ten o’ clock news this week. Mark had some insights on negotiating with Mr. Marcus — he was tough! He and agent Nancy Johnson also described the hundreds of famous people who visited the home at 10 Nonesuch Lane. Here I am with Mark and Patty in the famous Marcus library on the leather floor Mr. Stanley salvaged from a leather shoe display at the downtown Neiman Marcus store — waste not, want not. The books in here are the Lovvorn’s. This part of the house was pretty much untouched during the renovation, even the sink in the office bath is original and in such perfect shape I thought it was brand new. The wood used everywhere, here in the library and upstairs in the custom closets, is redwood. Mrs. Lovvorn — Patty — also told me that the exterior of the house was, at one time, sort of a 1950’s red brick, before they painted it all white. Mark Lovvorn also told us how the foyer of the home was understated in true mid-century style — the foyer serves as a vehicle to get the guest moving into the house where the real architectural elements are, such as those dramatic windows out to the estate property and pool. It’s quite the opposite of today’s grand-winding-staircase la-la-la foyers.

Bu it was the kitchen where I got some true insight into what the original house looked like. Patty Lovvorn told me that when they bought the house, it had orange Formica counters! The kitchen was quite choppy and though they did replace those orange counters, she still had (and used) the old cabinets and appliances the Marcuses had used until this renovation. The wine room was not really “replaced” by the laundry room — it had just been a small wine closet. The Lovvorns simply incorporated that space into the  expansion and improvement of the laundry room. There are plenty of cabinets to store wine now, and even a small stairway to the basement right in the kitchen that would make a great wine subterranean nook or a great tornado shelter.

And this I cannot believe: Mark Lovvorn was not only renovating his historical home, he was Chairman of the Planning and Development Committee of First Baptist Church, which was in charge of all planning, development, negotiation, architectural and construction oversight, budgeting, fund raising, etc. for the church’s $134 million new campus in downtown Dallas… that took more than five years to plan, build and complete!

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