Note: This article has been updated with information obtained after first publication.

Concierge Auctions will be auctioning off a Dallas landmark property, the former Crespi Estate now known as Walnut Place, as it was christened by its previous owner, Tom Hicks. The 1938-era, 29,000 square foot estate was commissioned by Count Pio Crespi, built of Indiana limestone by Maurice Fatio, and significantly restored by Mr. and Mrs. Hicks, who acquired the estate in the late 1990s and spent about 16 years and close to $100 million on the near-perfect expansion and remodel.  

Dallas-based banker, financier, investor, businessman, and professional poker player Andy Beal bought the estate almost a year ago from Hicks. The location: primo Preston Hollow. George and Laura Bush are nearby. The address is almost as long as the driveway: 10000 Hollow Way Road.

The auction takes place Dec. 20, with Dec. 19 as a preview day. Allie Beth Allman, who has had the property since March of 2015 when it was listed for $100 million, is the listing agent. It was the owner, she told me, who decided to bring out the auction gavel.

There is no reserve. That means, there is no baseline bid required to begin, such as at, oh, let’s say $20 million.

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Our Inwood House of the week is a Preston Hollow midcentury modern that encompasses the best design elements of the 1950s. The influences of Edward Durrell Stone, Bruce Goff, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright are all apparent in the design of 7008 Yamini Drive. (more…)

 

So rarely does a home blend with its surroundings so well that it feels native to the land, but that’s the perfect way to describe this gorgeous midcentury modern on more than an acre in Forest Lane Estates. Designed by noted modernist architect Herschel Fisher in 1955 for a doctor and his family, this stellar example of post-war modernism was renovated and expanded in 2000 by AIA award-winning architect Russell Buchanan, adding a master bedroom suite, a pool house, and a three-car garage.

The additions, much like how the home connects with the park-like setting that surrounds it, are seamless. The attention to detail is incredible, making it an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

To many, this home, with its beautiful carpentry and huge walls of floor-to-ceiling picture windows, is a dream house. “It is rare to find a midcentury design on such a grand scale,” notes David Griffin, who is listing 11550 Wander Lane for $2.75 million. “This home is around 5,700 square feet, and that doesn’t include the guesthouse/cabana.”

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Over Labor Day weekend, teens all over town (who were in town) were likely sleeping in, texting each other, or playing games on their ipads. Not the enterprising, gold-hearted teens of MY neighborhood in North Dallas (Preston/Royal north of Preston Hollow).

Janey Daniels is an 8th grader at Levine Academy. She wanted so badly to do something to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Her family moved to Dallas four years ago from Houston, so they have lots of friends and family in Houston directly affected by the storm.

In fact, Janey’s old school in Houston flooded.  So she asked her friends and neighbors to help her do something to raise money for the school. Many of these cute girls are also members of Girl Scout Troop 5566. They got up early, baked like crazy — hand-frosted sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies — they baked cakes, cupcakes and brownies. They mixed up both pink and yellow lemonade. Then they constructed a large sales table right near the Northaven Trail, just east of Preston Road, after shouting out the news on the neighborhood ap NextDoor. Two girls even bravely flagged down cars on Northaven. Parents and friends came out to help.

 “We raised almost $600 today all of which we will donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund,” says Janey’s mother, Taryn Daniel.

Enterprising young ladies! When you seek out neighborhoods, seriously, check the pulse of the teen and tween population. Lemonade stands and giving hearts mean this is a neighborhood of kids with big hearts, like our’s, because of great kids like Janey and her friends! (PS: Stay tuned for THREE great listings in our hood!)

Absolutely striking. Those were the first words out of my mouth when I looked at this gorgeous Preston Hollow renovation. The effect comes, in part, from a really well-conceived and beautifully executed renovation. The other star of the show? Staging. It’s impossible not to imagine your own life fitting in this home, with all those clean, white walls and furniture perfectly proportioned to the space. This one’s not going to linger. Especially if that amazing back deck has anything to say about it.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is listed by Kyle Brinkley of Brinkley Property Group for $699,900, and it’s a real catch. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,074 square feet, 4310 Echo Glen Drive is spacious, bright, and so brand-spanking new inside, it completely belies its 1971 construction date. The renovation wrapped up this year. It’s so current and so thorough, it may as well be a new build.  Come take a gander!

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Map of PD-15

For those just joining our story, the Pink Wall is pocket of multi-family condominiums bordering the mansions and McMansions of Preston Hollow located at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road.  Within the area is Planned Development District 15 (PD-15) that includes the buildings above and fronts Northwest Highway between the Preston Tower and Athena high-rises.

Because PDs operate differently than straight city zoning, a task force has been formed by Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates and includes Plan Commissioner Margot Murphy with representatives from each of the PD-15 buildings as well as buildings in the neighborhood outside the PD.  The group is addressing the development issues facing the area since March’s Preston Place fire and a developer’s interest in the Diplomat property.  PD-15 began in 1947 and, as you can imagine, needs some updating to reflect the realities of this century. You can get up to speed here, here, here, here, here.

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Preston Hollow Estate

Photos: Jason Anderson with JA2Photography

This Preston Hollow estate looks exactly like what I imagine Prince William and Kate would choose if they moved to Dallas. It has all the beauty and elegance of a modern-day castle while remaining family friendly.

That’s a hard combination to get right, but builder Joe Kain always gets it right. Kain was brought on board to renovate, update and enlarge 5424 Edlen Drive several years ago. He’s known for his state-of-the-art design and execution, so I’m not surprised that it turned out to be exquisite. If you’ll remember he built 40 Braewood Place, a completely different kind of knock-your-socks- off home.

The estate was originally built in 1992 and had an entirely different look. In 2007 Kain took it from a Texas farmhouse to the present day modern castle. The foundation was in great shape, so he took the center down to the studs keeping 3,000 square feet and added another 6,104, which means there are now 9,104 square feet to love. So, it essentially became a brand new custom home.

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Peter Marino

Our Monday Morning Millionaire at  8891 Jourdan Way is the most beautiful Preston Hollow French Renaissance estate you’ve ever seen. And it also has an unmatched architectural pedigree. It was designed by renowned architect Peter Marino, who brings an unprecedented level of elegance and luxury to everything he touches. (more…)