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Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.



Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

3828 Turtle Creek copy

Planning a trip to Tuscany? Cancel those reservations and stay home. Just buy your Valentine the home with the blue-tiled roof on Turtle Creek for Valentine’s Day and you can live in a lush Italianate environment 24 hours a day, mere minutes from downtown Dallas. (And pizza!) What could be more romantic? No need to send flowers, there are plenty in the lush gardens surrounding 3828 Turtle Creek Drive.



Who needs roses? Smell the live lavender, rose, and hydrangea.

Your gift is a landmark estate owned and lovingly restored by Robert Edsel, a remarkable Dallas oil man turned prolific writer, historian, and now filmmaker, notorious for helping hunt down artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. His third book, Saving Italy, was released last May and details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved. His second book,  The Monuments Men, was snapped up by Hollywood for a feature film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie opened in theaters last week.

Well lovers, Tuesday night was the film’s premiere in London. That’s why Alan Peppard tells us that Robert Edsel was spotted not on the banks of Turtle Creek but in London at the Claridge hotel, by Dallas art dealer Kristy Stubbs, along with  Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and hearthrob Valentine George Clooney. It seems everyone was in L-town for last night’s premiere.

Robert-Edsel

Edsel’s 6,717 square foot home is named Bellosguardo. With the brilliantly talented Ike Isenhour by his side, Edsel unearthed and excavated the historic treasure of this home, restoring it to its 1926 glory.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. The living room has a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a dining room-library combination because Mr. Edsel likes to read sometimes when he dines alone,  a den/study, gym, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool. The incredible gardens, in any other season than the current,  are so fragrantly pungent you carry the scent hours after departing the banks of Turtle Creek.

3828 Turtle Creek LR 3828 Turtle Creek dining room 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellar 3828 Turtle Creek kitchen 3828 Turtle Creek family room 3828 Turtle Creek sitting 3828 Turtle Creek master 3828 Turtle Creek guest 3828 Turtle Creek master closet his 3828 Turtle Creek master bath 3828 Turtle Creek master bath his 3828 Turtle Creek stairs and crown 3828 Turtle Creek steps 3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 3828 Turtle Creek fountain 1 3828 Turtle Creek pool 23828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek grounds 3828-Turtle-Creek-pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool longBellosguarda is on 2.17 acres, and is one of the most remarkable homes in Dallas. Why is it so unique? It’s elegant and gracious, one of a few historical Dallas homes left in good enough shape to remind us of the past, teach us the past, lest we forget. The home is listed for $15,900,000 with Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company.

Oh, and don’t fret over the price. The good folks at Inwood Mortgage appreciate a vintage home like fine wine. And they actually like jumbo loans — the bigger, the better. After all, this is Bellosguardo —  priceless.

 

 

3828 Turtle Creek poolWe sent CD correspondent Bren Underwood to find out if people really eat in these luxury homes!

Impromptu cocktail parties, Sunday brunches, formal dinners fit for a king – entertaining friends and family brings tremendous delight to hosts and hostesses. I had the true pleasure of interviewing one of Dallas’ premier hosts recently, acclaimed author and art collector Robert Edsel. The topic was how he entertains in his exquisite Turtle Creek estate that is listed with Dave Perry-Miller’s Madeline Jobst for $15,900,000.

Edsel, as you may know, has written three captivating nonfiction books – Rescuing Da Vinci; The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; and Saving Italy – focusing on a group of GIs who rescued  more than 5 million cultural objects during and after World War II. In fact, “The Monuments Men” will hit the silver screen as a motion picture this December – a must see! –co-written, directed, and produced by George Clooney and staring Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

3828 Turtle Creek groundsNow let me just take a quick minute to set the scene and enchant you with Edsel’s magnificent home. I know you have coveted it. Built in 1926, the Mediterranean retreat resides on two acres along Turtle Creek and features picture-perfect entertaining spots, such as a terrace with a fireplace that overlooks the creek; kitchen-solarium with steel French doors leading out to a large provincial-style dining table; dining room with views of the manicured gardens, and grassy knolls draped in the lush canopy of magnolia trees. Straight out of a movie set, this gorgeous home surely renders its visitors speechless. Thankfully, the high ceilings offer plenty of air circulation because this home is quite often filled with friends. This is how Robert Edsel lives:

3828 Turtle Creek extBren Underwood: How often do you like to entertain?

Robert EdselRobert Edsel: I travel most of the year, however when I’m home I entertain twice a week. When I host friends and family, it’s a chance to create a welcoming and intimate ambiance. To me, entertaining is a reflection of the importance I place on the people I have invited into my home.

BU: Do you fancy yourself a cook or prefer to employ the help of a caterer when entertaining?

Robert Edsel: Most of the time I cook for my guests, with a great deal of the dishes influenced by my years living in Italy. My specialty is grilled Australian lobster tails, however I also gravitate towards traditional Italian dishes, such as pasta al pesto, a Portofino dish that evokes fond memories from the year I lived there.

BU: I am getting hungry! What is your favorite part about creating a meal for friends and family?

3828 Turtle Creek LRRobert Edsel: I prefer cooking at home because I have every accouterment for the event in my herb, floral, and citrus gardens that I could ever need: Rosemary; European basil; thyme; mint; lemon, lime, and orange trees; and rose and hydrangea gardens are right outside the door. I’m happiest when I’m harvesting herbs and fruit from my garden and cooking at home for my friends and family.

BU: You can smell the magnificent gardens. With countless rooms and spaces to entertain in, how do you choose?

3828 Turtle Creek dining roomRobert Edsel: I have so many fond memories and beautiful collectibles gathered from my travels and time spent living overseas that when I entertain, I tend to move around my home so I can appreciate each of them. I hold formal dinners in the dining room, an inviting alcove with a table I designed and had built for 10. For a small group I’ll arrange dinner at the card table in the den, or sit atop stools in the kitchen-solarium where we can admire the walls of fig ivy and jasmine. I also serve dinner in the gazebo to capture the views of reflections of the setting sun rippling on Turtle Creek.  For the most special of occasions, however, I arrange a picnic under the shade of the two of my magnolia trees.

BU: What variety! Dinner does not have to be in the dining room! What is your secret to successfully entertaining?

3828 Turtle Creek kitchenRobert Edsel: The host should have fun too! Relaxing and enjoying myself is an important part of the specialness of hosting my friends. My busy travel schedule precludes being with my friends as much as I wish, so on those occasions I am home, it’s important to me to enjoy my time with those I love the most in the privacy of my home.  I like to think of evenings at my home as the perfect blend of modern American convenience with the ambiance and timelessness of evenings dining with friends in Europe. The great pleasure in this instance is experiencing that enjoyment in my own home.

BU: It’s a beautiful home, indeed.

3828 Turtle Creek patio 3828 Turtle Creek wine cellarBren Underwood is the founder and creator of Must Bring Buns, an etiquette, entertaining, and lifestyle blog. By day, she is the PR Coordinator at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. 
 
 

 

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Photos: Dan Piassick Photography

Yes, this is the home with the blue-tiled roof. Wait until you see the gardens, smell the lavender, rose, and hydrangea. Actually, it’s listed for $15,900,000 with the capable Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company. And it is one of the most significant homes in Dallas, a landmark estate owned (and restored) by one of our most well known and remarkable citizens, the man who has helped publicize stolen cultural artifacts and art confiscated and hoarded during World War II by Adolph Hitler, his henchmen, and various soldiers.



The owner is Robert Edsel. You may know him as a Dallas horizontal drilling technology pioneer turned prolific writer who has also became well-known for helping hunt down those artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. He also wrote The Monuments Men, and his third book, Saving Italy, released May 1, details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved.  The stories will be adapted into a new movie to be released late this year. That movie will be directed by and and star none other than George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. If I could buy my ticket now, I would!

I had a chance to tour the 6717 square foot home last week, and I am still in awe. It is amazing, and a property I cannot write about from just one quick trip. Every molecule is perfect and embodied with excruciating detail, from the perfectly curved round toe molding pieces to the closets to the sight line visuals and artistic surprises he unearthed in the restoration of the home. I got the feeling that in Bellosguardo, as 3828 Turtle Creek is called, Edsel was also unearthing and excavating treasures, this time architectural. So I have a date with the interior architect who helped Robert, Ike Isenhour, to take you on a detailed, room-by-room trip. Ike curated the architectural renovation and decoration of the project, a process that took years.3828 Turtle Creek pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool long

Meantime, feast your eyes and know the basic deets: three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. A living room with a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a fantastic dining room-library combination  — perfection for those of us who read when they dine alone at home — a den/study, gym, 1500 bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool, the incredible gardens that were so fragrantly pungent I thought I was wearing perfume hours after I left, and of course, the banks of Turtle Creek which this home, circa 1926, graces.

 

3828 Turtle Creek ext

Photos: Dan Piassick Photography

Yes, this is the home with the blue-tiled roof. Wait until you see the gardens, smell the lavender, rose, and hydrangea. Actually, it’s listed for $15,900,000 with the capable Madeline Jobst at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company. And it is one of the most significant homes in Dallas, a landmark estate owned (and restored) by one of our most well known and remarkable citizens, the man who has helped publicize stolen cultural artifacts and art confiscated and hoarded during World War II by Adolph Hitler, his henchmen, and various soldiers.

The owner is Robert Edsel. You may know him as a Dallas horizontal drilling technology pioneer turned prolific writer who has also became well-known for helping hunt down those artifacts and art from World War II. He has produced one documentary on the preservation efforts, The Rape of Europa, and written several books. Edsel’s first book, Rescuing DaVinci,  details the many soldiers who helped save art in the chaotic days following World War II and the liberation of Germany. He also wrote The Monuments Men, and his third book, Saving Italy, released May 1, details the artifacts in Italy and how they were saved.  The stories will be adapted into a new movie to be released late this year. That movie will be directed by and and star none other than George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. If I could buy my ticket now, I would!

I had a chance to tour the 6717 square foot home last week, and I am still in awe. It is amazing, and a property I cannot write about from just one quick trip. Every molecule is perfect and embodied with excruciating detail, from the perfectly curved round toe molding pieces to the closets to the sight line visuals and artistic surprises he unearthed in the restoration of the home. I got the feeling that in Bellosguardo, as 3828 Turtle Creek is called, Edsel was also unearthing and excavating treasures, this time architectural. So I have a date with the interior architect who helped Robert, Ike Isenhour, to take you on a detailed, room-by-room trip. Ike curated the architectural renovation and decoration of the project, a process that took years.3828 Turtle Creek pool 3828 Turtle Creek pool long

Meantime, feast your eyes and know the basic deets: three bedrooms, four baths and two half baths. A living room with a twenty five foot high beamed ceiling, a fantastic dining room-library combination  — perfection for those of us who read when they dine alone at home — a den/study, gym, 1500 bottle wine cellar, spa, unbelievable master suite and bathrooms with a private terrace off the master with a wood-burning fireplace and incredible views of the Bisazza glass mosaic tiled saltwater pool, the incredible gardens that were so fragrantly pungent I thought I was wearing perfume hours after I left, and of course, the banks of Turtle Creek which this home, circa 1926, graces.