Robbie and Bernie

Robbie Briggs and Bernie before the Adria Martinez painting hanging in the Waggoner room at the Red River Valley Museum in Vernon prior to a celebration of the closing with the Waggoner family and Stan Kroenke, the buyer

Bernie Uechtritz is a Texan cowboy with an Australian accent who cut his real estate teeth in the wilds of colonial Papua, New Guinea. Which would end up being very, very helpful in his future real estate career. Way before he sold the Waggoner Ranch, Uechtritz listed and sold the Calabasas estate belonging to the Menendez family, landing him the reputation of a real estate agent who can make even the most impossible deals work.

The Waggoner deal may have netted him a commission of $7.25 to 10 million. He told an Australian reporter he “cut a deal that was a little less than his usual 10 per cent, but was still pretty good.”

He loves polo and claims a ‘colourful background’, and like most successful agents I have known, when Bernard Uechtritz was in school, his teachers didn’t quite know what to do with him.

Bernie (what his friends call him) grew up in Queensland, Australia, and at age 17 he was managing a Papua New Guinea palm oil and coconut plantation. (more…)

4500 Preston Rd extIt is such a tough decision, I do feel his pain. Word is that Andy first wanted the beautiful estate of Margaret Crow at 4500 Preston Road. It was listed for $46 million and remains an expired listing listed with Allie Beth Allman.

It’s one of the largest & most historic sites in Highland Park. The rare 6+ acre estate is in the heart of Highland Park, one of only 5 multi-acre sites that were created on Preston Rd overlooking Turtle Creek when Highland Park was created in 1906.  The Tudor structure with Craftsman touches was designed in 1912, and has had only 3 owners. The grounds including a century-old tree.4500 Preston Road fountain

But he changed his mind and bought Tom and Cinda Hicks’ Walnut Place, the former Crespi Estate, on Walnut Hill Lane, the most expensive piece of real estate in Dallas or even North Texas… aside from the $725 million Waggoner Ranch, which is also under contract to a consortium of buyers. (Word is they close today.) Walnut Place is one of the most expensive properties in the world. It’s current status in MLS is cancelled.

And it is also one of the most beautiful. Breathtaking! But then, so is the home of the late Margaret Crow. Which one would you buy?