Greek Revival
If you have been in Dallas for a while, you know this Greek Revival mansion, and you certainly know the name, Rita Crocker Clements. Newcomers might need a small history lesson, so let’s begin. Rita was a smart, strong, savvy, sophisticated woman that never forgot her ranching family roots. She was an active volunteer not only in politics but also in her community. To say she was a mover and a shaker is to put it mildly. (more…)

Dallas Luxury Real Estate

Kathy Myers and Lacy Schultz recently sold the Volk Estates residence of Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

From Staff Reports

Update, 6:00 pm: Yes, we know this is the beautiful home of Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones, who have amassed a swath of properties, more like a compound, really,  in Highland Park not too far from this listing. They also sold their penthouse at the Ritz. We are working on getting you the vitals, like selling price (hint hint: the home is valued in DCAD at $13,500,000) and the buyers. Cheers!

If 2017 seemed to be a “wait-and-see” year for luxury buyers in the $10 million-and-up range, 2018 is proving to be an “all-in” year. Case in point: Last week’s off-market sale of 6700 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Kathy Myers and Lacy Schultz of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate were the listing agents for this impeccable 1.7-acre Volk Estates property that had been on the market for $15.9 million, and sold for an undisclosed amount.

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We have a new Hot Property, a $39 million estate that is the newest luxury listing in town. It is certainly the most expensive property on the market in the Park Cities, and the sale will set soaring new records. There are guest and green houses, a pool, two spas, tennis and volleyball courts, a putting green and a Party Pavilion where a Presidential Library was essentially funded. The home is NOT listed in MLS. But it is one of the most timelessly classic homes you will ever experience.

It is better than any mansion I have seen in North Texas. Any. It takes your breath away, changes your life, really, with the incredible attention to detail and the evolution of the house over one of the largest lots in the Park Cities. For as beautiful, spacious, and gracious as 6767 Hunters Glen Drive is, it casts a unique warmth, vibrance, even a whimsy seldom seen in homes of this size and stature. The home is being marketed by Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff.

The home is sited splendidly: the current owners, John and Debbie Tolleson, bought the original property in 1991 from the the ex-wife of Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Myers, chairman and CEO of the Dallas-based Myers Financial Corporation and president of Myers Development Corporation. In 1993 they bought the property next door, incorporating the acreage into the extensive five-year remodel of the original, circa 1946 home on the first lot. The estate that resulted from the marriage of the two lots follows the winding contour of Hunters Glen Drive.

There is architectural history, old and new, technology — two retractable roof covers! — surprises, nooks, and crannies. There is a door off the master closet — hers, of course — that leads to the balcony overlooking the great room,which features an antique hand-forged chandelier that actor Errol Flynn swung from in the 1935 movie The Three Musketeers!

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Back to that closet door: it has a hidden key pad, and only the house manager and Mrs. Tolleson have the code.

The detail is the most scrupulous I have seen, and I have seen it all! From the custom masonry crafted from imported, hand-selected stone on site by a gifted Russian artisan (who later tragically drowned in White Rock Lake), to the antique millwork above the great room fireplace created by an understudy protege of the great Grinling Gibbons, a 17th century Dutch-British sculptor and woodcarver, the home evokes classic design. Gibbons is best known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and other London churches, then Petworth House and many other English country houses. Every balustrade on the three main house staircases is custom. The ceiling in the study features criss-crossed beams centered with gold medallions. From the soaking tub in the master bath, mistress side, designed with padded shoulder rests on each end, to the HVAC vents in the floors custom designed by Cole Smith, it took not just one or two but an entire village of Type A, OCD designers and artisans to pore over every micro inch of the house and instill a branded design into every fiber. Jump for way more…

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Kelli Ford will soon have a luxurious greenhouse for growing vegetables and other plants. (Photo by Nir Shafir, via Flickr)

Kelli Ford will soon have a luxurious greenhouse for growing vegetables and other plants. (Photo by Nir Shafir, via Flickr)

No matter what you’re thinking of getting your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, you’re going to have to step up your gift-giving game if you’re going to compete with Gerald J. Ford.

The namesake of SMU’s football stadium is giving his wife a 1,500-square-foot greenhouse that will be nearly 16 feet tall. We know this because the University Park City Council signed off on the present to Kelli Ford last night.

OK, technically, the council signed off on an amendment to the ordinance governing Planned Development District 32 — a.k.a. the Fords’ 6.2-acre property — that will allow the greenhouse to be erected.

According to Harry Persaud, University Park’s chief planning official, the Fords own the largest single-family lot in UP. It’s on the tax rolls for $31,198,820, and it held the No. 2 slot in the two most recent editions of D Magazine’s biennial rankings of Dallas’ most expensive homes. (Tom Hicks’ place in Preston Hollow topped both of those lists.)

The City Council saw no reason to deny Ford’s request to build a greenhouse. In fact, they had three big reasons to approve it:

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