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The Malouf’s bought 10711 Strait Lane four years ago from Comer Cottrell, who had build the house but not completed it. When they got it, the inside was just sheet rock. 15,000 square feet of sheet rock plus a cabana. He hired professional designers to finish it out beautifully, elegantly, and the home was a true showplace, with custom-made beds, furniture, and linens and extravagant chandeliers, trims, and finishes. By 2010, it was a showplace. The Maloufs entertained often, once even flying in a Michael Jackson impersonator from Vegas.
Friday Five Hundred: What Does $500K Buy in Old Shepherd Place? Pecan Hardwoods and Interior Upgrades to the Nth Degree in Plano
I am told this is one of the most unusual homes in Plano. 5212 Blackhawk Drive, Plano, marketed by Sandy Donsky. (Not Scott Vann as I noted earlier, however, he is the brilliant agent who brought the home to my attention!) Custom built in 1989, it is a one owner home with significant upgrades — do not let that ordinary exterior fool you! You get 3549 square feet, five giant bedrooms, four and a half baths, formals, patio, three car garage, huge yard. There is no pool but plenty of room for one. I think the interiors are so lovely, and so different from most of the homes of this baby’s vintage. Here are some of the extras:
We are in the process of refinancing and it has been hell. So you can imagine my surprise yesterday when I learned that my very own Congressman, Pete Sessions, along with three other members of Congress, is under investigation for the favorable rates they received from Countrywide Financial Corp., which was a poster child for sub-prime lending. The favorable rates are one thing; I’ll bet these guys also did not have to have the financial proctology exam most borrowers have to go though these days. His press spokesperson says he didn’t know he received below-market rates. You know the first question I ask my darling (he really is) mortgage broker? What’s the rate?
Is still there, on the market, looking mighty pretty. I’ve asked around and cannot count more than three showings since it was listed May 20, 2011, but I put a call into Duke over at Allie Beth Allman to verify. Still listed for $24 million. Still $2281. per square foot. 184 days total on the market, six month point. And now we have Mt. Vernon, priced even higher.