ForsytheNew construction in Preston Hollow is expected to have designer touches, and Forsythe + Hall Homes’ latest organic contemporary home does not disappoint.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home at 5915 Del Roy Dr. is full of stunning design elements throughout its 5,421 square feet.  The home is located just west of Preston Road and south of Forest Lane.

“We like the area because of the 60-foot building line setbacks that create a great drive up, especially with the six trees in the front yard,” Holly Forsythe, owner and designer of Forsythe+Hall Homes, said.

That drive up sets the scene for a home with a unique floorplan that is entertainment perfect, and full of details both expected and unexpected.

“The layout and the floor plan itself is one of the more special things about this home,” Forsythe said. “We designed the floor plan with our architect, Lance Stovall, around an existing pool in the backyard, which we completely replaced with a brand new more modern pool that gave more space in the backyard for the Emerald Zoysia grass.” (more…)

Pink Wall “accountants” using the latest technology

Attention developers! Forget LinkedIn — if you’re looking for accountants and financial analysts anxious to help you avoid monetary missteps, look no further than the PD-15 authorized hearing steering committee. Sure, they’re (very) long in the tooth, but last night’s meeting showcased a half hour of endless financial advice and “deep” research into how precisely PD-15 should be developed to avoid catastrophe.  After decades of unending failure, their assistance would be a comfort, no?

To reiterate, it is not the purview of the committee to make amateur stabs in the dark as to what product a developer should build (except that the buildable envelope is capable of supporting a project of reasonable profitability). It’s not up to the committee to decide the appropriate level of risk, the market timing or whether Dallas is overbuilding. The same way you don’t waltz into an operating room and bump the surgeon out of the way.

So the first half hour and untold amounts of oxygen were essentially wasted. Where was the city’s guiding hand of the last meeting?

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The $24 million estate of Lisa Baron and her late husband, Fred Baron, has sold. But not to worry: another signature estate has come to market just this week!. Though the acreage is less than the Baron estate and the home much older — circa 1939 — this one was owned by the late Charles Wyly and his wife, Dee, and was also a huge gathering spot for Dallas movers and shakers in the social world, just maybe on the Republican side. 

The estate, at 5906 DeLoache, sits on more than 2.536 acres acres and holds an elegant, stately 11,394 square foot home, a guesthouse, and a five car garage. Asking price is $8.25 million. The home was listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates’s Mark Storer on August 24.

The house has four bedrooms, all en suite, two master suites, five full baths, three half baths and five living spaces. There are three fireplaces, which strikes me as odd, only three. But there is a commercial-scale kitchen, a solarium, a huge glass-enclosed garden conservatory where Dee hosted her many parties (if those walls could talk!) outdoor pool and indoor lap pool in the pool house (see below) and a tennis court. There is also a lovely guest house. 

And I think I spy Gracie wallpaper in the dining room.

The house is owned by Dee Wyly, Charles’s widow. Charles Wyly died in a tragic car accident in Aspen in 2011.

And yes, it’s “those Wyly’s”: among the most philanthropic families in town.The same Wyly’s whose names are on the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in downtown Dallas’ Arts District — the building is named after the family. They donated $20 million to seed the project.

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Preston Hollow Classic Contemporary
Appreciation for architecture from the 1970s is slowly unfolding, but I’ll tell you where real bang for your buck lies today. It’s in homes built in the 1980s. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4730 Royal Lane is a Preston Hollow classic contemporary that was built by Shepherd and Boyd, and it’s the best-kept secret in town.
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Drive the streets of Preston Hollow regularly and you might see some famous faces, from George W. Bush and Mark Cuban to former Dallas mayors Tom Leppert and Laura Miller. This is one of the most sought-after and affluent neighborhoods in the city, with gorgeous estates on larger lots and an excellent location just five miles north of downtown.

Ebby’s Little White House and the gorgeous Preston Center office serve the Preston Hollow luxury market.

Developed from farmland in the 1930s, Preston Hollow still has a pastoral feel in many areas. While there is some debate about boundaries, they are generally considered to be Royal Lane, Hillcrest Lane, Northwest Highway, and Midway Road. 

Ebby’s Little White House at Preston and Northwest Highway stands as testimony of the one real estate brokerage that has been local to Preston Hollow since the 1960s, Ebby Halliday Realtors. Here, an outstanding group of top-producing agents serve the community, including some of Dallas’ most elite locales. Ebby also provides exceptional service to Preston Hollow from its beautiful Preston Center Office at 8333 Douglas Ave. The contemporary, recently remodeled space offers experienced, high-quality agents and the latest in technology in a much-sought after Preston Center location. It’s this local expertise and long-standing history in the area that differentiates Ebby Halliday for both buyers and sellers.  

I’ve found three fabulous properties on the market now that will impress with their aesthetic, amenities, and location. Let’s take a look. 

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modern shed

The 1980s were an odd time in architectural history. There were some incredibly bad designs, and then there were the great modern sheds, like our Inwood Home of the Week at 5706 Over Downs Drive on the northern fringes of Preston Hollow. (more…)

Texas Modern
Just when we think we have seen it all, along comes this unbelievable Preston Hollow Texas modern at 11422 East Ricks Circle.

Candy and I were lucky enough to see this gorgeous 6,069-square-foot home in person last Thursday night. Although it was hard, we managed to stay off the zip line, but only because this home has so many bells and whistles we ran out of time for a mid-air tour of the backyard. (more…)

Preston Hollow ContemporaryLet’s talk house reinvention. Every few years, homes have to be reinvented, especially when you pass the $2 million mark, and particularly if you want to sell them. This week I scrolled through a number of dated, boring, multimillion-dollar listings and knew you would be as disinterested as I was.

We all want to see something worth seeing! This modern lovely at 6607 Desco Drive has such a new personality that I did not even recognize it, and we’ve written about it at least twice over the past few years. But of course, what we all love about real estate is reinvention, and this Preston Hollow contemporary has finally, I think, found its long-term look. (more…)