Residential Real Estate Auction 101: Why Auctions Will Be the Way To Sell Those Big, Huge, Over-Indulged Houses
As I told you last week, Champ D’Or is going to be auctioned off in a special, select residential real estate auction on March 30. The auction will be handled by Concierge Auctions, who only deal in the highest of high end properties, as I may also have mentioned. And if you are starting to suspect that auctions are the way more
White Elephants Highly Customized High End Luxury Homes are going to be sold, you are absolutely correct. In fact, auctions are a great way to sell some properties.
We skidded in at Number 9, but no wonder we love big bedrooms so darn much! Dallas still made it into the Top Ten! Washington, D.C. made the tip top of the list of U.S. cities with the most members per capita at Ashley Madison, that notorious adult dating web site for married people who like to, well, cheat. The website says it has around 13 million members in 17 countries around the world; and here’s a shocker: AM membership spiked by a whopping 977 percent on February 15. Guess wives go out and cheat on husbands when they don’t like their Valentines Day gift, which is why I just buy my own! Continue reading
OhK! Preston Hollow Billionaire Kelcy Warren Buys Rights to Name Woodall Rogers Park for His Son, Klyde
Why is everyone so surprised over energy billionaire Kelcy Warren buying the naming rights to Woodall Rogers Park? It’s not like I haven’t been telling you this is a man who REALLY likes dirt. On February 18, Cheryl Hall at the Dallas Morning News had a dandy exclusive story about Warren’s (rumored) $10 million purchase of the naming rights to Woodall Rogers Park, our venerable 5.2 acre greenbelt park over the freeway that will frost the Arts District in green. He is naming it after his nine year old son, Klyde, who will have to intern there until he’s 21. Cool story, but it’s not as if I haven’t been telling you for years that Kelcy Warren is a cool, self-made man who likes him some real estate and also, apparently, music. While Warren did not make many changes to the Cole Smith designed home of Joyce and Larry Lacerte at 5323 Park Lane he bought in June 2009 for about $29 million, he did add a private, secret music studio hidden off a shoe rack in the spacious master closet. It is designed to be soundproof and that closet is the size of most apartments. Continue reading
Friday Five Hundred: Famous Dallas Designer’s Home Jam-Packed With Style, Style, Style REDUCED TWO MINUTES AGO!
This Friday Five Hundred is just a little bit late because I was out cheatin’ on my house before it got cold, finding you more House Porn! And lookie what I found lurking at 3914 Inwood Road: Perry Henderson’s house! Just so happens this manicured puppy is on Open House Tour Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. News flash: the price has just been slashed to $575,000 from $650,000. In fact, MLS probably still says $650,000 because the numbers on this price change are so hot you need to blow on them.
Susan B. Komen’s Nancy Brinker Slept Here When She Lived in Dallas. Old Preston Hollow, Of Course, In a Home Come Full Circle
I have this thing about homes and real estate, obviously. Not only do I like to know the stories inside every house — the tales of the sale — I also like to know the house behind prominent people. Like Nancy Goodman Leitstein Brinker. She has really been in the news lately, with the controversy over abortion funding/non-funding/maybe-funding of breast exams at her org, the Susan B. Komen Foundation, arguably one of the most powerful charities of the 20th century. It was named for her sister who died of breast cancer. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor. Brinker is being cast as a Dallas gal, though she was really born in Peoria, Illinois, which is south of Chicago and considered “downstate”. Her father was a commercial real estate developer there, Marvin L. Goodman. Continue reading
Listed with precious Karen Luter of Allie Beth Allman, who tells me she has been working her fingers to the bone for weeks trying to get this home ready for sale. Not in MLS yet, and not much has changed at 8915 Douglas since the late Mary Kay Ash — do I need to add she was the famous founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics?— moved out to return to her home off Boedecker because she thought the mansion was too big. It is ginormous. 12,000 square feet. Built in 1984, but remodeled in 2000. Located in coveted Old Preston Hollow, on over one acre of manicured lawns with fountains, pools, koi ponds, arboretum like gardens, there is Brazilian teakwood flooring, grand sweeping staircases (two or three), statues, arcades of Corinthian columns, wine cellar, walls of beveled glass windows, hand painted murals, original pink quartz-marble hardware, indescribe-able mill work and a pink quartz toilet. Er, commode. I think that lime green carpet on the stairs is the original that hosted many a top producer party. The kitchen has the original white Corian counters and I believe that may even be Mary Kay’s own breakfast table under the massive chandelier. The current owner’s furniture tastes are a bit more “antique” — when I first saw the home years ago, right after Mary Kay had moved out, it held no oriental rugs. Not sure of listing price yet, stay tuned. Formerly listed with Myla Patton of Patton International Real Estate for $5.7 in 2007, then listed with Linda Jordan Hobbs over at Ebby for $4,995,000, which is about what DCAD thinks give or take $400K. Myla was again considered for the listing.
If we didn’t learn our lesson last year, let’s learn it now. It’s much better to stay home in a three million plus palace with a secret chamber and man-cave and WATCH the game on a huge wide-screen TV (while shooting POOL!) than to brave the ice and snow. And what a man-cave this home holds! 6700 plus square feet all devoted to the guys –well, at least in one room! This is a custom build by noted builder Sharif & Munir with exquisite finishes and their signature Italianate style architecture. Walnut, walnut everywhere. Four bedrooms, five and a half baths, multiple living areas. The gorgeous gourmet kitchen and breakfast room overlook a beautiful outdoor living area, plus what everyone needs, a cozy Keeping Room. Get this secret sleeping chamber: the Library is loaded with shelves and a full bath, while a custom painting swings to the side to reveal a queen bed. Downstairs is the gameroom or man-cave, complete with full size pool table. And in case your man happens to dabble on the stove, there is also a full commercial kitchen down there. Up the grand staircase are four bedrooms and a most elegant, pristine master with spa bath, custom closet and exercise room. Do not worry about not getting up the stairs after you’ve had one too many in that man-room: there’s a commercial elevator, and a full geothermal system lets you rock the AC at 60 degrees during the middle of August without a pang of guilt. After all, guys need something to cool them off….3317 Dartmouth. Have always loved the street name, obviously. Your man will LOVE it at $3,695,000 reduced from $3,995,000!
This House is for YU (Darvesh): Preston Hollow Spec Manse With Man Cave. The Price: $7,995,000. Open House Today 2:00 to 5:00
A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. Only YU can afford it! Check out this recently completed manse at 5242 Park Lane by Bella Custom Homes: perfect example of lush Preston Hollow living. The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage. The front entrance is no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! (Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols.) The doors open into a grand two-story foyer elegantly appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase. (Check out the exquisite iron balustrade, such craftsmanship!) Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces. Custom millwork frames the entry to the formal dining room, which sports a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a soft-hued Venetian plaster wall treatment. The kitchen has an adjacent catering kitchen, of course, and serves as the control center of the home, though I do not expect whoever buys this house to be Betty Crocker. The kitchen opens to the cheerful breakfast room and (believe it or not) a cozy family room way nicer than the family quarters at the White House. Beyond the family room is the Man Cave, or “mens’ retreat”, which I call the horsepower of the house: full bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. The first level also holds the master suite complete with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. Talk about separate potties, in this home your husband never has to see you naked!
3816 Turtle Creek is, of course, the former home of Braden Power, now owned by the beautiful Leigh Bailey. Everyone knew it as the “Party House” when Braden owned it, mostly because he was a bachelor who liked to have fun. The home’s history is like writing a book on Dallas real estate agents: absolutely everyone in town had the listing.
Looks Like The Stoneleigh Residences Are Really Going to Get Going in January. Really. Truly. Finally.
I had to laugh when Steve Brown wrote about the Stoneleigh last week right before Christmas. “More than three years after work stopped on the project,” he said, “the owners of the partly built Stoneleigh condominium tower in Uptown are planning to restart construction soon.”
Really? See this photo? I took it last September. When construction was supposed to start.