Tag Archives: Preston Hollow Real Estate
Tell Me Your Real Estate Story: Moving From Manhattan to Dallas, Jessa McIntosh Found a Great Fit in Greenway Parks
Jessa McIntosh has lived all over the U.S., but like many East Coast families, a job opportunity resulted in a move to Dallas. While her husband, Forgan (awesome name, right?) was settling in to his new job, a pregnant Jessa and her 2-year-old daughter, Sayer, were tasked with finding the perfect house for their growing family. And after a few deals fell flat, they will close on a fabulous home in Greenway Parks this month — plenty of time before baby No. 2 is born in May. The house has almost every thing they wanted, plus a guest cottage in the back. That will be perfect for visitors after the baby is born! It was meant to be!
I laugh whenever I read that American homes are getting smaller. Maybe SOME homes. But custom homes for the uber wealthy here and elsewhere are bigger than ever. True, there is my generation of Baby Boomers who are contemplating downsizing. Had lunch with Mickey Munir last week of Sharif-Munir Custom Homes, who told me about a fabulous new zero lot line development for people like me he is developing on Forst Lane called ‘Iris Hollow”. (Details coming soon here on CandysDirt.)
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.
I had lunch with one of the top builders in Preston Hollow today, who tells me an LA guy has emailed him (off his website, power of the web thank you very much!) and is mulling a move to Texas. The guy is a CEO and wants to move his whole company here. Here is what he told this home builder (via email) he wanted in a home:
Thursday Three Hundred is Also Candy’s Sale of the Week: This House Is So Darn Wonderful, It’s Driving Me to Curse!
Why not combine two birds into one feather or whatever that saying is. I saw this house Tuesday and just cannot get it out of my mind. Probably one of the most amazing conversions of a 1950′s ranch I have ever seen! It’s in Midway Hollow, good side of Lenel, and even better for you has just been reduced by ten C-notes. This dream pad is at 3942 Davila, near Midway and Northwest Highway. (Great shops at Midway Hollow and hello, Fernandos!)
Here’s why Dallas September real estate sales are off to a great start: 10340 Gaywood Circle closed on September 8 to a young, dapper buyer who had actually grown up not too far from the home: Clay M. Aaron. Clay is the son of Steve and Carol Aaron, who have an exquisite home on Meadowbrook. Clay actually grew up at the corner of Park Lane and Meadowbrook, across from what is now John Eagle’s home. In fact, if you ever think you are seeing a young Liz Taylor at Preston Center or Tom Thumb Preston Royal, that’s Carol, Steve’s gorgeous mom. She’ll be getting in and out of her Rolls Royce like a ballerina. Clay is the president of Stevens Transport, the multi-million dollar trucking transport company founded by his father in 1980, Steve Aaron. His brother Todd also works in the company.
I ran and snapped a quick pic of the Phillips house tonight — not too icy — but I will try to get a better one when the weather clears. Beautiful multi-color stone home, built by Ryan Osborne. And as usual, I stand corrected. (If I had a dollar…) The Phillips bought the home from Osborne so they are the first family to live in the house. It has a kind of U-shape, the garage on the left, and that structure on the right is actually a guest house. No kidding. When they bought the house, they had the builder put the guest house out front at their request, and despite a few objections from the neighborhood. (Neighborhoods!) Why did they want the guest house here?¬† It was where Phillips mother-in-law was going to live. (What a great son-in-law to go to all that trouble.) Anyhow, she ended up not liking it after all, and moved to a nearby retirement home instead. But you know what, I think it makes guests feel extra special to have the guest house in the front, not back, of the property.