As we told you, the Grady Vaughn house on South Dentwood in the heart of Old Preston Hollow went to auction last Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00 p.m.

As with any auction, we waited with bated breath.

What happened? Did anyone buy the 9500 square foot terrazzo floor stunner on one of the best lots in the heart of Preston Hollow, 5350 South Dentwood?

The auction happened, but the week of torrential rain definitely kept people away. As you know, the bidding started at $2.9 million for a home once marketed at $6.9 million. The sellers did have a secret reserve, which we do not know… but we do know that reserve was not met.

But as luck and drier weather would have it, there is still time to get your offer in!

That reserve must be a little bit higher (than $2.9 million)… but the agents, Mark Woodling and Alan Press of United Real Estate, say now is the best to make your bid. You’ve got an extension!

All offers are due by due by close of business on Wednesday March 7th.

The estate is under the guidance of a judge now, so make your offer soon!

Woodson extDarren Woodson recently picked up a stunning new home built by The Hill Group with clean lines and walls of glass dubbed an “architecturally detailed farmhouse”. The home is located on Boca Raton west of Preston, Boca being one of my favorite silly street names: Mouth of the Rat! Silly, but not the worst name. The worst street name I have ever heard is my own son’s address in California: Alameda de las Pulgas or Street of the fleas! My God, we had fleas once and it was not pretty. Why anyone would think fleas are a suitable name for a street, which is actually a pretty street on the Peninsula.

I digress, sorry. So on June 15 the Woodson’s picked up this beauty, paid about $1.8 for complete new construction. The walls of glass have views of the .38 acre’s mature trees and large green backyard.

Dallas Cowboys' defensive back Darren Woodson listens during pre-game festivites on Sunday, Sept. 23, marking the first NFL games since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. The Cowboys hosted the San Diego Chargers. BILLY CALZADA/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Contemporary Home, 6722 Norway Road, Dallas, Texas

Fantastic photography by Sean Gallagher

NorwayOnce in awhile we publish a house that is so fabulous, we say it’s the “O-Alert”. When I give out the “O-Alert”, you know this is one piece of House Porn you just stop everything for and LOOK!

Feast your eyes on this fresh listing: a simple 1950’s ranch at 6722 Norway, between Thackery and Preston, prime Preston Hollow .36 acre verdant lot, that has been remodelled and tweaked to ab-soul-lute perfection. Built in 1950, it was remodelled first fairly significantly in 2008, pool added in 2011, and then more remodelling was done in 2015. Basically, this was a two-bedroom, 2800 square foot home that was added onto, yielding 3800 square feet, four bedrooms (one is used as a study) another full bath, and many, many beautiful additions.

This is our Dallas version of Fort Worth’s Palm Springs swank!

Contemporary Home, 6722 Norway Road, Dallas, Texas


Highland House

Really, not the soul of Preston Hollow but it’s pocketbooks! I love the way he puts this: (more…)

I’m in Park City, Utah, checking out some amazing second home bargains for and yes, testing the slopes. (Big snowfall tonight!) But if you are in Dallas this weekend, you can get out of town without ever paying the tolltag fee at DFW. Just check out the amazing Open House at 8545 Midway: a home on Midway that is really NOT on Midway. It is so beautiful I have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing about it. You know how Midway meanders down towards Lovers Lane in Bluffview and then becomes, well, Bluffview (a.k.a.the real Midway?) This Midway is a little off-shoot of Midway that becomes Capps and really should be called Little Midway Enclave. It’s a private, quiet lane and holds some amazing homes, including this one that is seriously orgasmic! If you think I’m full of it, just check out the July/August issue of Verandah Magazine where the home was featured. Quietly commanding, 8545 is more than 9000 square feet on a delicious 1.26 hilly acre lot, a modernist interpretation of a Spanish colonial home designed with meticulous, delicious attention to detail. You simply must see the kitchen with morning room and second catering kitchen. In fact, this home has inspired me to bring you a comprehensive weekly house story on that will go beyond the listing info and dirt. Whenever I find a knock-out house on the market, I’m going to spend a little more time on it, interview the designers and builders. It is my mantra that every home has a story, some just take longer to tell!

Check out 8545 Midway (that is not on Midway) this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. Only YU can afford it! Check out this recently completed manse at 5242 Park Lane by Bella Custom Homes: perfect example of lush Preston Hollow living. The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage. The front entrance is no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! (Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols.) The doors open into a grand two-story foyer elegantly appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase. (Check out the exquisite iron balustrade, such craftsmanship!) Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces. Custom millwork frames the entry to the formal dining room, which sports a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a soft-hued Venetian plaster wall treatment. The kitchen has an adjacent catering kitchen, of course, and serves as the control center of the home, though I do not expect whoever buys this house to be Betty Crocker. The kitchen  opens to the cheerful breakfast room and (believe it or not) a cozy family room way nicer than the family quarters at the White House. Beyond the family room is the Man Cave, or “mens’ retreat”, which I call the horsepower of the house: full bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. The first level also holds the master suite complete with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. Talk about separate potties, in this home your husband never has to see you naked!

Unless by invitation only!

The formal library  — of course this house has one that rivals The George Bush — has rich wood paneling, a fireplace, built-ins and plenty of natural light. Lest I forget: a comfy guest suite on the first floor with private bath, so nice any guest would become a permanent resident by adverse possession. Up the grand staircases: three bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a large game room with full bar and Juliet balcony overlooking the family room, an exercise and yoga room, and a multi-level home theatre. Do not think gracious living ends at the uber-insulated stone walls. Outside is a huge outdoor living area boasting stone flooring, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and fireplace and of course, the latest must-have for every gadzillionaire, complete outdoor kitchen.

  Yep, $7,995,000. And YU can afford it!


You’ve heard this before: never buy your art to match the sofa. True, but if you are seeking some beautiful, reasonably-priced art to stage a listing or your own home, what if there is no sofa to NOT match? Hop on over to Gallery Interiors HUGE new art sale. Owner Mark Lafferty has gotten in a shipment of hundreds of paintings in all shapes, sizes and colors — so many he has had to float some pieces in an outside tent. Prices are ridiculously low; the artists continue to starve? But honestly, have you ever seen an obese artist? Gallery Interiors is located on the southwest corner of Preston and Royal in the Preston Royal Shopping Center.