Auction Alert! Snag Mark Teixeira's Westlake Vaquero Mansion with No-Reserve | CandysDirt.com

As you may know, we hosted a CandysDirt Staff Party last Saturday afternoon in the beautiful enclave of Vaquero where former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira has owned a home for more than a decade. It gave me a chance to do two things: really see this house up close, and try to find Rex Tillerson’s house (he’s now trying to sell his lake house, again) and Glenn Beck’s spread. I hear that Beck is selling his private jet. Could the Vaquero spread be next?

But mostly, I peeked in all the corners of this fabulous, sprawling Westlake mansion, a waterfront property, actually. Sitting on 1.08 acres, the 8,554-square-foot house offers an ideal floorplan with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half baths, three living areas, two dining areas, indoor-outdoor theater with wet bar, master suite wing, game room, a separate casita for guests, wine cellar, two-story office, pool, hot tub, and cloistered patio. The custom millwork is part of a look that can only be described as perfection! 

Valued at more than $4 million, the stone-and-stucco house at 2220 King Fisher Dr. will be auctioned May 12 at 11 a.m. in a no-reserve event hosted by Elite Auctions. That is correct, no reserve. Mr. Teixeira means business here. (more…)

2252 King Fisher Dr extAs you know, I have an ongoing love affair with Vaquero Club for its  location, topography, greenery and privacy, among other reasons. Several others do as well, given that CEOs of major corporations, professional athletes and at least one famous television/radio personality all live within spitting distance of the most fabulous estate I have ever seen in these parts: 2252 King Fisher Drive.

I also love Vaquero for the schools. They draw buyers and keep property values tip top: parents have their choice of Keller ISD or the public charter school Westlake Academy, which serves K-12 and is an International Baccalaureate World School. Children who live in Westlake can attend Westlake Academy automatically — there are close to 2,000 students outside of the area on a waiting list to get into this highly coveted school.

2252 King Fisher Drive sits on a double lot of 3.83 acres, one of the largest in the guarded, stone-walled estate community that boasts 24 hour security, a Tom Fazio designed golf club, dining rooms, spa, tennis, fishing lakes, trails, trees, hills, and all a short drive to Southlake Town Center and DFW Airport.2252 king fisher drive 3

Vaquero is exactly 7 miles from DFW Airport. I know, because I dropped off my kids before I sank into this home.

To say that once I walked in, I did not want to leave, is a true statement because I didn’t. I stayed for dinner, like the architect, Aaron Angle, who literally lived with the owners to provide the perfect, most custom home possible.

But truth be told, the love affair began the moment I walked behind the French wooden gates that open automatically. Since the security at Vaquero is so tight, those gates are for show and to get you thinking about the grape vines and wildflowers and daffodils you will be finding beyond them.2252 king fisher dr aerial (more…)

All photos courtesy Russell Ross

All photos courtesy Russell Ross

When Russell Ross took on his first interior design job, his bosses only let him make 50 percent of the design decisions and the pay was zero, but he was hooked.

Turns out it was an addition to his family’s home in Oklahoma and his parents were in charge, so getting about half his design ideas implemented was pretty great for a pre-teen.

“I’ve always had interest in design since I helped my dad build an addition on to our house,” Ross said. “I was only 10 or 11, but was fascinated by building, designing, and selecting finishes. I remember a couple of evenings sitting down with my mom and dad looking at drapery fabrics, light fixtures, wallpapers, wood stain colors, and carpet samples and my dad asked me my opinion.”

Russell Ross

Fast-forward to 2015 and you’ll find Ross bringing his calm presence and analytical mind to interior design projects all over Texas and around the United States. His West Village firm, Russell Ross Design, rebranded last year from the name Intuitive Design, and he is tackling design projects that include the revitalization of two 1980’s homes, designing a fitness center with an affluent retired football player in Southlake, and working on a new construction house in Vaquero Club in Westlake, with elements like a floating walnut staircase, a powder room with a lighted floor, and dramatic two-story fireplace.

“I think we are known best for being able to listen to each individual client, and marry their tastes and needs with our creativity and unique style, to give them the homes of their dreams,” he said. “Our intent is to create one-of-a-kind looks for each client.” Jump to read all about his designs and see pics!

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NewOrleans.Com/Sports reports that Sean Payton and his family¬†are moving into exclusive Vaquero Club in Westake. If you live anywhere in North Texas, I don’t have to tell you that Vaquero¬†is home to many PGA golfers, current¬†and former Texas Rangers players and other celebrities. But Payton’s not buying, yet. His wife Beth and kiddos will live in the house owned by former Texas Rangers and current New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Built in 2005, the house has been on the market since the summer of 2010.

As I told you yesterday, Payton estimates that flying private is 90 minutes door to door from his office at the Saints complex in NOLA.

And Payton and his wife have already enrolled their children in Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas.

A  source told NewOrleans.Com/Sports that the family plans to move into the home within the next month.

Payton’s neighbors will include: Vernon Wells, B.J. Ryan and¬†Josh Hamilton, Rangers President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Greenberg, PGA members K.J. Choi and¬†Ben Crane. Corey Pavin is a member of the country club for which you must drop $175,000 AFTER you buy the house.

Looking for high net worth? Look at Vaquero.