Italian Renaissance Villa

Photography: Jason Anderson JA2Photography

Some homes come up for sale only once in a generation. Sometimes in two or three generations. This iconic Italian Renaissance Villa is one of them. This property has been in the hands of the same family for 80 years. You’re in for something special.

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When you are looking for a luxury home in Dallas, you must know the right Realtors. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Penny Cook is one of those Realtors. When I spotted this Italian Renaissance villa at 4300 Armstrong Parkway, I immediately rang her up for a chat.
 Italian Renaissance Villa

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French chateau
I have had a love affair with this Preston Hollow French chateau at 5939 Deloache Avenue longer than I can remember. It began a couple of years after it was built in 1985. I was a photography stylist scouting locations for Neiman Marcus. The directive was to find the most beautiful French estate possible for a Christmas catalog shoot. We were advertising, of all things, bright red trash bags with the Neiman’s logo emblazoned on them — in which to ostensibly dispose of your Christmas wrapping paper. A uniformed butler was to hold the bag gingerly on the steps of the chateau. So off I went to scout.

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GetMedia-1Class, taste and style. That’s the only way to accurately describe this home. So often in Dallas real estate, you’ll find a great deal of money poured into a house does not result in coming close to any of those descriptive words. This classic English country cottage in Preston Hollow’s Sunnybrook estates fits perfectly into all of those categories. In fact the 4.9 acre estate, with two putting greens, is a hole in one. Why are there two putting greens, you ask? (more…)