Jean-Charles Boisset shares his new book “Alchemy of the Senses” Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Dallas scored another culinary coup last week when Jean-Charles Boisset chose Del Frisco’s for a wine tasting and the launch of his stunning new book, Alchemy of The Senses. The Boisset Collection is truly a luxury lifestyle brand and includes over 20 wineries in the US and France.  These include Buena Vista Winery — California’s first premium winery, and Raymond Vineyards in Napa that is always rated as one of the must-visit wineries in the region. His family is one of the leading wine producers in Burgundy — chances are good that you have sampled or collected one of his wines.

But now with his acquisition of Oakville Grocery — the oldest continually running grocery store in California and an essential part of Napa history since 1881 — and his relationship with Signature Kitchen Suite, we can’t think of a better person to kick off our new series about some of the most exciting kitchens in Dallas and in our homes and second shelters. This well-traveled Technicurean® gave us great ideas on what to look for and where. (more…)

Sophisticated Old Preston Hollow Custom Mediterranean Reduced $655K |

This custom California Mediterranean in Old Preston is ahhh-mazing, with every space creating a huge wow factor.

Old Preston Hollow is the honeypot of Dallas real estate and I’ve fallen for a brand new custom California Mediterranean sitting on over 1 acre of this coveted dirt. 

The home at 5326 Edlen Dr. is simply spectacular — 13,000 square feet, perfect flow for entertaining, the absolute best quality finish-out, and timeless architectural design by Lloyd Lumpkins. It has six bedrooms, including dual masters, eight full bathrooms, three half baths, four living areas, and two dining areas on two stories.  

Oh, and by the way, it just got reduced $655,000 from its original list price! 

“This extraordinary residence offers a two-piece clay-tile roof with copper flashing, a flexible floorplan, premium finishes throughout, a first-floor master suite, five fireplaces, an elevator, a seven-car garage, and a one-car lift,” said listing agent Patricia Stampley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Featuring quality construction and exceptional attention to detail, this property is ideal for everyday living and for entertaining on a grand scale.”

She’s not exaggerating — everything is stately and inspired at this Old Preston Hollow manse. There’s an open house this Sunday, July 23, from 2-4 p.m., where you can experience it yourself. Let’s get a sneak peek.


Mediterranean Spanish Revival

This Mediterranean Spanish revival in Old Preston Hollow is a just-completed custom home with grand spaces and luxe amenities.

You’ll find something new in Old Preston Hollow with a freshly completed Mediterranean Spanish revival with a posh address.

Just completed in December 2016, the sprawling home at 5326 Edlen Dr. is one surprising space after another in its 13,000 square feet. Sitting on just over one acre with dual gated entries, it was designed by architect Lloyd Lumpkins, who has a reputation for unsurpassed quality and echoes of eclectic European architecture in his work.

Located near Walnut Hill Lane and Inwood Road, it’s in a coveted part of Old Preston Hollow, an area named for its wooded areas with creeks and hollows. Today, arching shade trees and proximity to the Bachman Branch creek keeps that sense of natural beauty.

This manse has six bedrooms, two of which are dual masters; eight full bathrooms; three half baths; and a library.

“This extraordinary residence offers a two-piece clay-tile roof with copper flashing, a flexible floorplan, premium finishes throughout, a first-floor master suite, five fireplaces, an elevator, a seven-car garage, and a one-car lift,” said listing agent Patricia Stampley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Featuring quality construction and exceptional attention to detail, this property is ideal for everyday living and for entertaining on a grand scale.”

Don’t miss the open house this Sunday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek!


Thomas street extIt was a very different climate last week when Hanne Sagalowsky and I tootled around in this 4556 square foot beauty in the heart of Uptown: 70 degrees and the sun was shining! It is probably one of the most unique properties in the area, and a downsizing Park Cities/Preston Hollow/Plano (The Three P’s) family would feel more than at home here. I mean, it’s an estate without the pesky property. 2806 Thomas Avenue is really, truly a home with all the bells and whistles we Baby Boomers want and are not willing to part with.

For example, there is a large dining room. All this talk we hear of the formal dining room going away — I used mine four times this holiday season and loved it. You? I put my grand-daughter’s Stokke tripp high chair up to the table, gave her a gold spoon, and the heirloom mini-wine glasses my mother gave us. (Filled with water, of course.) A large dining room is just a necessity when you have family holiday dinners or entertain! That’s why I don’t buy this “get rid of the dining room” business — that’s fine for the ranch or second home, but not the main home.

And if you want to be space resourceful, line the walls with bookshelves and make it double as a library, a la Robert Edsel.

2806 Thomas Avenue takes it a few hundred steps further: there is a 5,000 bottle capacity wine cellar right off the dining room that is a temp-controlled walk-in and large enough for seating!

Come to think of it, that might have been a great “safe room” for Saturday’s tornadoes!

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1505 Elm

There’s a new downtown property on the market that’s got the kind of luxury amenities you usually see on Turtle Creek, but for under $300K: a sixth-floor corner unit on Elm Street at North Akard with a stellar view, modern interior, and prime location.

The condo at 1505 Elm St. #604 is pretty much everything I imagine people desire in a downtown Dallas address: big, open floorplans; high-end appliances; awesome amenities; and easy access a DART light rail station across the street.

This 1-1.5 with a study is 1,482 square feet, listed by Gregory Iker at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $235,000.

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Dallas architect George Dahl designed 1505 Elm, which was constructed in 1957 and served as Dallas Federal Savings bank for years before being abandoned. In 2002, it was part of the first wave of residential redevelopment in downtown Dallas, bringing 68 units to the market.

They didn’t cut corners in this building: it has an incredible level of amenities, which helps explain the whopping HOA fees of $1,001 per month. But those fees earn access to a 24-hour concierge, valet parking for residents and guests, a pool, sauna, private dog run, fitness center, Moroccan-style party room with billiard table and caterer’s kitchen, three high-speed elevators, and a super cool former bank vault that is now a wine cellar with a large dining table and individual wine lockers for residents. There’s even access to downtown tunnel system through lobby.


Don Carter extComes word that Don Carter has sold his stately Georgian mansion at 4000 University Boulevard. I’m sure you’ve seen this house — stunning. All stone  on a huge UP lot of 100 by 200 on a corner to boot with huge lap pool and putting green! There are six living areas, a bar room, wine cellar, two story formal foyer with split staircase, full theater, his & hers studies, out of this world finishes of marble, millwork, hardwoods, premium appliances, copper gutters, slate roof, an elevator,  2 car port cochere, circular drive and gardens. Four bedrooms, four full and two half baths. There is a gorgeous guest house over the 3 car garage, and a stone fence surrounds it all. Truly one of the most dramatic homes in UP, and Sharon Quist had the listing, Jonathan Rosen and Sam Sawyer of Briggs brought the buyer. The home just closed June 12 for $3,900,000 off an asking price of $4 million. No wonder this one went: had been on the market since April 16, sold in two months. What took you so long?

Don Carter gardensCarter, is you know, is the son of Mary Crowley who started Home Interiors and besides being a talented businessman, he was also the founding owner of the Mavericks, which he sold in 1996 to that famous Perot/Cuban investment group, but remains a 4% owner. What I find interesting is that Carter is also a devout Baptist, but this home has a wet bar and wine cellar. Guess that was just for company! Don Carter LR Don Carter study Don Carter sitting Don Carter kitchen Don Carter living area Don Carter movie Don Carter master bath Don Carter boudoir Don Carter pool

Well, you could, but the wine cellar is a way more telling spot. First of all, an empty wine cellar usually means no one lives in the house except for a Castle Keeper. Ain’t no way a Castle Keeper is going to be drinking red wine. Secondly, when you move, you take the good wine with you and drink the rest secretly after dark. Third — and most vitally — who can afford wine when they are struggling to make a house payment?

Go ahead, put this one on your house checklist!

There’s Rafael Palmeiro asking for extra time to try and get his $40 million in debts settled. And here’s the Pebble Beach house he says will help him cover the interest payments on those debts if only he could sell it. It’s 1531 Riata Road and I went right by it this August when I was at Concours. Really great part of Pebble, too. Like the best vintage homes in Pebble and Carmel, it’s a 1920’s classic Mediterranean villa with pool on 1.65 forested acres above the Lodge at Pebble Beach with views of Carmel Bay. Talk about a honeypot of a location, but I still think he’s priced too high.