I have a thing about Old Preston Hollow, particularly come the holidays. Here’s the thing about 4617 Meadwood and this precious nook of Dallas: every house is perfect, every tree is gnarly and romantic. If older, the home is well kept up and maintained better than San Simeon. If newer, it’s to-die for, of stucco or stone, and large enough to hold your entire family at Christmas plus any entourage. Let’s face it: during the holidays, we shelve any desires to downsize. We want space, we want square footage! This 10,815 square foot home home was built in 2005 on 2 choice acres. It features a slate roof, stone exterior and circular driveway. There are 5 bedrooms with suites, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms, 4 wood-burning fireplaces, wood floors and crown molding throughout, two staircases, of course a formal living room, a formal dining room with butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, house manager’s office, wood paneled family room with built-in shelves, and a library with the most gorgeous hardwoods I have seen. There is a recreation room on the lower level, covered terrace, 3-car garage, swimming pool, formal gardens and more.
The gourmet kitchen and appliances are a Kent Rathburn dream with two Wolf ovens, drawers and shelves. A magnificent armoire between the two bookshelves against the back wall holds the double Sub-Zero refrigerator. We don’t want to see the fridge, no. Nearby are the walk-in pantry, house manager’s office and utility room. Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room with walls of wood paneling and shelves. The home is large, but it can get larger. When more room is needed for entertaining, the metal-and-glass French doors along the entry hallway and in the family room are easily opened to include the covered-back terrace and the palatial grounds with a pool.
Believe me, this is priceless!
The master suite is on the first floor with a huge master spa bath, wall coverings that beg to be touched, and is adjacent to his-and-hers dressing rooms with window seats, cabinets, shelves and rods from the floor to the ceiling: be sure to write that genuine Zebra rug into the contract! I LOVE the library, a sheer showcase with its wood wainscot and black leather, windows that open to the grounds and a walk-in wet bar. Stanley Marcus would have literally drooled to have this.
In addition to the four guest suites — yes, every bedroom is a suite — and game room overlooking the main entrance on the second level, there is a stunning lower level that includes the booze bar and snack bars. Even the snacks are good: every inch of this house is utter, sheer perfection. Erin Mathews has it listed at $7,995,000. Sounds frightfully overwhelming, but the home has been reduced from a high of $8,495,000. This is the house of Kristen and John P. Mullen, he of investment banking moolah, Kristen the talented wife who did all the decorating herself? Interiors were featured on the popular blog, Cote de Texas. Meadowood was first listed in February of 2012 at the heart-attack-inducing $8,495,000 price tag. I mean, you are getting 1.5 acres and more than 10,000 square feet. When it comes to stuffing the house, it’s like stuffing the turkey: the more space, the fluffier the outcome. I know the good folks at Inwood Mortgage would love to stuff your bank account with the funds necessary to buy this palace: buy it, bow it, and voila be done with shopping!
When you’re working on commission, planning for tax season can feel overwhelming, and if you’re unprepared, that tax bill can really break the bank. That’s why Victoria Gillespie of Realtors Federal Credit Union recommends you put away half of each commission check for taxes and a short-term reserve account.
Love & Real Estate: Toni Brinker Heads Back to Alva Court! Why T. Boone Pickens Took His Home Off The Market
About two months ago, T. Boone Pickens took his stunning Old Preston Hollow $7 million dollar mansion off the market. You can link to my original story here, or if you are lazy (like me) I will re-post it for you. Anyhoo, seems Mr. P. was in love! Over the weekend Alan Peppard reported that T. Boone, who recently divorced, has become engaged to Toni Brinker. Here’s what Alan said:
This building is all about the location. Besides, don’t you want to sleep in the same building Jon Voight did? That’s what I thought! If you aren’t already sold, check out this gorgeous condo inside 1505 Elm St., a building beautiful enough to attract a star-studded sleepover!
Briggs Freeman’s LeeLee Gioia and Anne Goyer Snag Art House on Ricks Listing after $60K Party Debute!
Recall the pre-Thanksgiving post on one of my lovely knock-out neighbors down the street? It is the Art House on Ricks, and it is a home like no other. Which is why the owner did not present the home for sale in the typical fashion. No no no, she shrewdly made it an event, like an opening, with a perfectly sparkling party complete with live music, valet parking, and waiters at the curb bearing silvery trays of champagne that glittered under the heat lamps lining the sidewalk. I’m told the fest cost almost $60K, which I find a little hard to believe but then again, it was perfect.
That’s Todd Staples, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas with me, Rhonda Needham, Former TAR TREPAC Chair, and precious Vicki White, Keller Williams Elite. Todd sure made the agents feel great when he said “Realtors are the reason why Texas is doing so well!” After cautioning everyone on the headwinds facing Washington, he focused on the two most important things he worries about in Texas: our future water needs, and a skilled workforce. (Photo kindly taken by Marvin Jolly, Keller Williams Elite.)
Full of family homes and interesting architecture from myriad styles and schools, Lake Highlands is an incredible neighborhood that spans a broad swath of northeast Dallas. A stone’s throw from White Rock Lake, the area not only has views and amenities, but considering that much of the area is inside the Richardson ISD attendance boundaries means it attracts families with school-aged kids.
But not everyone uproots when the kids graduate and move off to college on their own. In fact, there’s a lovely community of women in the Lake Highlands Women’s League that has truly stood the test of time. Each year this group donates money and time to great causes throughout their community, funding their endeavors with their annual Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour.
This year the Sunday, Dec. 6, tour will include some amazing homes, but you’ll love the people inside these great houses, too. Take Suzanne Knudson, for instance, who, along with her husband, Mark, is opening up their Lake Highlands home for this year’s tour. Suzanne took a few moments to answer some questions about her house, her community, and this year’s home tour.
Keep reading to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to this year’s home tour after the jump! Continue reading
We love us some Boot Ranch, that cowboy-chic 2,000 acre Hill Country ranch where you can escape the city slickers and get as countrified as you want… enjoy Hal Sutton-style golf, skeet shooting, hiking, riding, relaxing while enjoying luxurious residences with marble around the tub and a masseuse on stand-by.
Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!
Living inside 635 makes perfect sense for the under 40 set, especially considering how kid-friendly many neighborhoods are becoming as homebuyers are choosing to live closer to work, shopping, and amenities. For a low-maintenance lifestyle that allows you to lock and leave while not skirting amenities, this great unit inside the Vallera Condominiums is the perfect choice.