I have watched, no, stalked, this home at 9839 Rockbrook for a long, long time hoping it might descend into a downward price cycle spiral and end up under $2 million so I might could buy it. But that, my dear readers, is just California Dreamin’ on my part.

Where do I begin? Maybe by wiping the drool off my face. Perfect location, really one of the best in Dallas. Forget Park Cities, Preston Hollow is way too crowded. Rockbrook has always been the street that to me, says, “you’ve arrived.” Rockbrook means that you have it together so much you don’t even think about arriving. This the “Stretto” house was built in 1990 by Thomas Byrne Co for an oil exec and published so much the house is starting to smile for photos. It is probably among the most architecturally significant residences in the city, on the very short list. Set on 1.459 acres, the home feels isolated though you are minutes from Fernandos and Preston Center.

The home evoked the same feeling I had when I visited Farnsworth house in Illinois one frosty morning.

It’s been reduced from $5 million to $4,400,000. Well, every little bit helps!

The home is tucked behind a narrow gravel drive —  provides privacy from the street — nestled behind old growth trees. The owners hired architect Steven Holl after they encountered his work in a show at the Museum of Modern Art. Holl says the overlapping ponds and terrain inspired him. Water is very much a part of this home. Rooms are dramatic and expansive for large scale art, yet there are cozy nooks for living. The first floor is the living, dining, library, kitchen and guest room, and the entire second floor is a master suite, complete with its own outdoor terrace and his and her baths. That’s it: 5000 square feet, two bedrooms.

But your precious guests get to chill in a separate two bedroom, two bath house, accessed by a bridge over a stream. They will enjoy sky, tree and water views from every angle. The main home has 5485 square feet on 1.45 acres, including a wine cellar, media room, library and study and tons of storage. There is another 1 acre lot to the south (9825 Rockbrook) available for extra cashola, an additional $2,500,000 to be exact. That purchase would give a buyer a total lot size of 2.459 acres. On Rockbrook. Heartbeat of Bluffview.

Interestingly, the owners of this home, Charles and Jessie Price, also own a 5049 square foot unit, $3 million plus unit at The Mansion Residences that is NOT on the market. Have owned it since 2010, when they bought it from Lawrence Pollack.  Sounds very much like another well-known natural gas baron who owns multiple Dallas properties and is busy buying more. Stay tuned!  




I know this is a one of a kind Mid-century Modern masterpiece designed by architect John Barthel for his personal residence in 1959. And I know it is the winner of the 2002 AIA Design Award. And I know it’s probably one of our more shining examples of Mid-century Modern in Dallas, excluding the Frank Lloyd Wright house over on Rockbrook.

And I know it made the New York Times last month because it’s such an amazing deal at $425,000.

8931 Capri Court is listed by Virginia Cook’s Ed White Murchison, who is our very own MCM home specialist. He calls it a sculptural piece of art set on a lush green carpet. Four bedrooms, two baths, two stories, on almost half an acre. The interiors are great. But I just think it looks, I don’t know, like a spaceship or something.

Is the heat getting to me?