When your eyes land upon this palatial home in Old Preston Hollow, you may think you’re looking at a storied mansion that has stood on stunning manicured grounds for decades. In actuality, the awe-inspiring abode is only a few years old but has been in planning and construction phases since 2009.

Thoughtfully designed by renowned architect Robbie Fusch to be one of the most exceptional properties in Dallas, this off-market listing is the epitome of grandeur. It’s just waiting for someone new to create a legacy here. 

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When house hunting in Highland Park, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find luxury, but one thing that can be trickier to come by is character. That’s why we’re presenting you with this gorgeous Highland Park home full of personality and special details to make your hunt a little easier. From the moment you lay eyes on the Mediterranean-style abode, you will feel an instant connection and sense that this is a place where life unfolds. The enchanting Cyprus trees and arched front door will warmly beckon you inside each time you stroll up your walkway, that is if you’re lucky enough to be the new owner.

The romantic exterior is so breathtaking guests may get distracted and forget to ring the doorbell. Usher them in, but be prepared for friends and family to gush over everything they see, from the pristinely trimmed hedges to the bright foyer brimming with charm. Intricate millwork, high ceilings, a stately staircase, and herringbone wood floors welcome guests into your 6,457-square-foot home with style.  

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The 7,154-square-foot Hillcrest Estates home of Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz, is still slated for auction this Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. with no minimum reserve price at 11322 East Ricks Circle, Dallas, with Elite Auctions.

The final preview is scheduled for Friday (this afternoon) from 1-4pm, and registration begins bright and early Saturday morning at 9:00am.

Elite Auctions is the luxury home auction company whose signs you may be seeing more frequently around DFW. Elite successfully auctioned off the Vaquero properties of Vanessa Swarovski, then later Mark Texeira, and the Highland Park home of Michael Young, among many others.

But Saturday, it’s all about North Dallas and a pristine enclave that some call Preston Hollow, which is really more Preston Royal, the official neighborhood name being Hillcrest Estates. Comprised of about 90 minimum one-acre home spreads, a few select homes along East and West Ricks Circle, Wander Lane and Belmead, actually boast larger than acre lots.

The Kleinman home is one of them. And a week ago, I learned that the home’s unique contemporary design actually inspired the Kleinman’s daughter to a career in architecture.

 

Built in 1993 by AIA Fellow Gregory S. Ibanez, the five-bedroom, six-full, two-half-bathroom home was also a fixture on the Raymond Nasher Tour of Homes back in 1996, as well as the Northaven Tour of Homes. The home was first listed with Kyle Rovinsky of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for $4,567,890, then lowered to $3.95 million.

Ultimately the home’s price came down to $3.795, first with Rovinsky, then with Allie Beth Allman and Christine McKenny. The home is now listed by Cliff Freeman of eXp Realty.

Though it is being sold without reserve, the asking price is $3.5 million.

“The asking price is a good guide for what it would take to buy this house, prior to auction,” says Elite Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski.

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There are homes that wow you, and then there are homes like this modern mansion in Cedar Hill that completely blow you away. As you drive past the 85-foot long reflecting pool brimming with fountains to get to the front door, you’ll feel as though a valet is going to pop out to whisk your car away, and that’s not a bad idea for when you host parties here. Guests will be in awe from the moment they see the splendid abode, and that feeling will only continue to grow as they step into the polished porcelain foyer with soaring high ceilings and double staircases. 

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The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky

The Residences at the Stoneleigh offers some of the most luxurious condominium homes in Dallas, giving owners a unique opportunity to build a custom home in the sky. And that appears to be a big selling point as the building is now more than 85 percent sold.

Walking into the lobby of this fabulous residential building is reminiscent of entering a five-star hotel. The design and architectural features are unparalleled and the service immediately makes residents feel they “have arrived.” Attentive valets and concierges greet guests and make them feel like the most important people in Dallas.

The lobby boasts a jaw-dropping, custom-made crystal chandelier imported from Italy, and the flower arrangements are warm and engaging.

“There will probably never be another building like this in Dallas,” said Residences at the Stoneleigh developer Mehrdad Moayedi. “The amenities, location, and opportunity to build your own custom home in the sky will likely never be duplicated. We are very proud of this building.”

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You can’t help but feel like a VIP when you drive through the gates of the exclusive Los Arboles community in Preston Hollow, and once you arrive at this prestigious driveway, you’ll be completely blown away. 

The Mediterranean-style masterpiece looks like it belongs on the coast of Italy or Spain, so once it’s yours it would only be natural to have sangria or Prosecco at the ready for all your elegant soirees. The wondrous property is not yet on the market, so we’re giving you a head start to make this spectacular spot your home. 

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While there have been a few newer builds in Stevens Park Estates, we’re thrilled that so many of its original cottages remain. And this listing from Dave Perry-Miller’s Ged Dipprey is a fantastic example of the charm and beauty of this North Oak Cliff neighborhood.

It’s no wonder why we’re calling this carefully updated Stevens Park Estates home our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. Take a look-see now!

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Photos: Courtesy of Manchester Living

When is it the right time to think about aging in place?

I recently visited my last living uncle in St. Petersburg, Florida. My uncle is 99 and in amazing health. 

His wife, age 96, is not in such good health and is confined to a hospital bed at home. They are living with my cousin, who is taking loving care of them. Watching them interact was both heart-grabbing and wrenching. They have been married for more than 70 years. They live life as a unit, finishing each other’s sentences, recalling words for each other, and yes, fussing at each other.

And watching my cousin go full-circle and take care of his mother was beautiful.

Would my son do the same? Could he? My cousin and his wife feed her, patiently dole out medications, get up with her during the night, clean up after her, and even sponge bathe her all the while keeping an eye on my uncle as he “putters.” Caretakers do come to the house to relieve them, occasionally, under Florida’s Medicaid program. As you can see, everyone wants to retire in Florida.

But most children are not able to care for their parents the way my cousin is. For one thing, he is retired and already lived in Florida. Like his dad, he is healthy, vibrant, and active, and his wife is an active participant. But caring for ailing parents or relatives is a 24/7 job that can take its toll on the caregivers physically and financially.

Planning For Retirement

Recently, PropertyShark, the folks who are usually telling us what Millennials are doing, conducted a survey with Americans aged 45 and older on housing, retirement, and finances. Key take-aways have profound implications for real estate:

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