Turtle Creek Estate, Lovingly Restored by “Monuments Man,” Goes on Market


This century-old Turtle Creek treasure couldn’t have fallen into better hands when longtime Dallas resident Robert Edsel assumed ownership 10 years ago.

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After all, the accomplished author — whose second book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History inspired the George Clooney screenplay for the movie of the same name — had just spent nearly a decade in Europe, primarily Florence, prepping for the move, though he didn’t know it at the time.

He originally went there to hone his lifelong appreciation for art and architecture. But ultimately he ended up in voracious pursuit of answers to a burning question for the ages: Why did so many monuments and great works of art survive the thefts and devastation of World War II? He dedicated years of his life to painstaking research about a heretofore unknown group of men – Monuments Men — who selflessly saved numerous art and cultural treasures for the benefit of their fellow man.

Next week, Mr. Edsel will receive the award of a lifetime for his efforts. Along with the last living Monuments Men, he’s being honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor for his work as the Founder and Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation.

Knowing this tiny sliver of Mr. Edsel’s amazing biography – which also includes professional tennis player, oil & gas technology pioneer, St. Marks School of Texas Distinguished Alum, and October 2015 SMU Tate Lecture Series Speaker at his alma mater — it’s not at all surprising to learn he spent a year living at 3828 Turtle Creek Plaza before he ever did anything to it. His logic?

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“I wanted to get a sense of what it wanted and needed. I didn’t want the house to surrender its essence to me,” Mr. Edsel said.

True to his word, he has spent his time at the place he affectionately named Bellosguardo or “Beautiful View” (for the town he lived in in Italy), lovingly preserving and restoring its best features. Many had been covered and modified through the years. The sympathetic approach taken by Mr. Edsel blends a timeless 1920s architectural style with a contemporary way of living.

The walled, secluded estate, which also invokes thoughts of Santa Barbara, is sited on 2+ acres of Turtle Creek. It was only the second residence built in the area, after the Sheppard King Mansion, now The Mansion Hotel on Turtle Creek. It has more front footage along the creek (some 400 ft.) than any other residence in Dallas. It’s easy to see how it got its name.

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The home is approached from Turtle Creek Drive, a privately owned street, where heavy landscaping, a high wall, a gated pedestrian entry and enclosed parking area provide the utmost security. The property is hidden from the street and gives little indication of the treasure that lies beyond, not unlike many of the great houses of Europe.

A large grand foyer leads to the great room with 25-ft. beamed ceiling.

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The lower level has a gym and wine cellar and access to the saltwater pool and loggia, and the spa-dressing room.

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There are several large outdoor entertaining areas including one with a fireplace overlooking Turtle Creek. There is a lily pond, a rose garden, herb garden, covered terraces, original tile work in and out, incredible gardens, gated driveway and privacy landscaping all around.

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There is much more included in this splendid setting. Priced at $11,200,000. Absolutely nothing like it in Dallas.

To schedule a showing, contact Madeline Jobst at 972-733-5099 or at madelinejobst@daveperrymiller.com.

 

 

 

 

Elaine B. Agather of JP Morgan Chase Celebrates Great Year with Agents at Q3 Breakfast Meeting


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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents with keynote speaker (L-R): McKamy Tiner, Madline Jobst, Elaine Agather, Judith Lifson, Susan Nelson Wheeler

That pretty lady in pink hugging on the Dave Perry-Miller agents is none other than Elaine B. Agather, chairwoman of the Dallas region for JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of the most powerful women not just in Dallas but in the U.S banking and private investment world. Elaine stopped in to keynote DPM’s 3rd quarter breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club Thursday morning and got a standing ovation! She was also duly impressed by the number crunching that had the room floating with a lot of “B’s”. For BILLIONS!

“I’m a numbers girl,” she said, ” and I’m impressed.”

Read more about the morning over at Candy’s Dirt

More Than Quarter of Modern Luxury’s Real Estate Awards Went to Our Agents


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Madeline Jobst, the Hewitt & Habgood Group, and Ralph Randall were among our honorees.

The April issue of Modern Luxury Dallas includes the magazine’s inaugural Real Estate Awards. The list of honorees is comprised of 76 individuals and groups, and more than a quarter of them are Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents.

The magazine identifies them as “the who’s who of Dallas real estate agents — those selling everything from Beverly Drive homes to Texas-sized ranch properties. Modern Luxury Dallas has narrowed down a list of the city’s most in-the-know home hunters who represent buyers and sellers alike.”

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

Mark Cain
Gianna Cerullo
Elliott & Elliott
Gullutto-Barnes
Hewitt & Habgood Group
Hickman+Weber
The House Sales Team
Madeline Jobst
Molly Malone
Patricia Massey
Christine McKenny
Jennifer Miller
Ronda Needham
Dave Perry-Miller
Julie Provenzano
Sharon Quist
Ralph Randall
Emily Ray-Porter
Rhodes Group
Ryan Streiff

Video Provides a Drone’s Eye View of Exquisite Estate at 5139 Seneca Drive


There’s a lot of buzz about the estate at 5139 Seneca Drive these days, and that includes the buzz of the rotor blades on a drone camera. As part of his marketing initiative for the property, Chad Schulin had video shot from the skies. After you watch the charming one-minute clip here, be sure to take a full-length video tour of the mansion’s exquisite interior at 5139seneca.com, which also features several details and photos.

Bring a Buyer to this Beautiful Estate, And You’ll Drive a Bentley to the Bank


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There’s a real estate agent in Dallas who’s soon going to upgrade his or her vehicle to a 2015 Bentley. All this agent has to do is represent a buyer who will purchase 5139 Seneca Drive, a 16,000-square-foot French chateau that sits on 2.3 gorgeous acres in Preston Hollow. The seller is offering the luxury vehicle as an incentive to seal the deal. If you’re interested, call Chad Schulin (right, with Dave Perry-Miller and the aforementioned Bentley) at 214-529-1758.

Buyers Willing to Pay Top Dollar Will Want to Take a Look at These Estates


When it comes to homebuying, price occupies the top spot on the priority list for almost everyone. However, in one quiet circle, there exists a group of home seekers for whom money isn’t the defining factor in the buy-or-not-to-buy equation. For this elite group, we present three available estates with list prices greater than $10 million.

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The estate at 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, located in Volk Estates of University Park, features 8,544 square feet of breathtaking splendor. This six-bedroom, five-bath classic Mediterranean home occupies nearly an acre on Turtle Creek. Inside, you’ll find wide plank flooring, exposed beams, Pecky Cypress paneled study, all-white gourmet kitchen and wine cellar. If you’d entertain the idea of co-ownership, there’s even a split bedroom suite. List price: $13,500,000

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3828 Turtle Creek Drive is also a must-see Mediterranean estate, boasting five separate lots for a total of 2.17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The home was built in the 1920s and features 6,717 perfectly renovated and restored square feet. The estate offers three bedrooms, dining room/library combination, solarium, gym, 15,000-bottle wine room, and a grand backyard with resort-style pool and large entertaining area. Nature aficionados will love the rose, herb and hydrangea gardens. List price: $12,900,000

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If you’d like to live in Highland Park, consider the 9,027-square-foot home at 4412 Lakeside Drive. This home was built in 1918 but has been updated and restored to perfection. Here you’ll find five living areas, pergola, loggia, porte-cochère, resort-style pool and spa, guest quarters, two-story game room, and three-car garage. List price: $12,995,000

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A version of this story also appears on CultureMap Dallas.

Exquisite Estate in Exclusive Vaquero Boasts Clean, Museum-Quality Design


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If you’re looking for a luxurious home in an exclusive location, then you owe it to yourself to tour 2104 Cedar Elm Terrace in Vaquero, a gated community 10 minutes northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The five-bedroom French Moderne home is being offered for $3,450,000 by Madeline Jobst and Ralph Randall of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Highland Park office.

The sellers had their dream home designed by Three Living Architecture and built by CEB Construction, and the team of top-flight professionals spared no expense. The stucco exterior, the museum-finish walls, the sterling hardware, the Lueders limestone and espresso-plank floors, and the Bisazza bathroom tiles all contribute to the home’s crisp, clean design.

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Four of the 7,320-square-foot home’s five bedrooms are upstairs; the fifth is in the attached “casita,” or guest quarters. The very large master bedroom features a private terrace, a huge master bath with his and hers vanities and white Carrara marble throughout, and an onyx wall around the fireplace.

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That fireplace is one of four in the house; the others are in the living room, the dining room, and the library. There’s even a fireplace outside, in the cabana that overlooks the spa and saltwater pool. Other exterior amenities include three courtyards, a side yard for children, and an outdoor living area right outside the living room.

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The kitchen boasts top-of-the-line Viking appliances, a beautiful island crafted in white Carrara marble, and a quaint breakfast area with views of the gorgeous yard and pool. There’s also a wine closet that can hold enough bottles for years’ worth of entertaining.

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The property occupies two-thirds of an acre in Vaquero, where neighborhood entrances are guarded 24 hours a day. But this property provides even more privacy thanks to the tall hedges around the entire house. Students are eligible to attend the prestigious Westlake Academy charter school.

Vaquero residents can purchase memberships to the Vaquero Club, which includes a tennis center, a day spa, a kids club, a fishing dock and a grill that offers in-home catering, delivery of a la carte menu items and grocery services. Members also enjoy access to a private golf course designed by Tom Fazio. From the second floor of 2104 Cedar Elm Terrace, you can enjoy views of the course’s fourth hole.

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For a private tour of this magnificent property, contact Madeline Jobst at 972-733-5099 or mjobst@airmail.net, or Ralph Randall at 214-217-3511 or ralph@daveperrymiller.com. 

This Pleasure Palace Would be Perfect For a Buyer Who Loves Fun and Games


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“The ultimate in entertaining” best describes this exquisite Mediterranean showplace offered by Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky. Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, the 15,000-square-foot residence at 3712 Dustin Trail is situated on 8.48 acres in prestigious Dalworthington Gardens. The gated property is introduced by a fountain, a circular drive with a porte cochere, towering palm trees, and stately columns.

Sixteen-foot, motorized, beveled-glass doors welcome you inside to a grand entry with an imperial staircase, exotic white marble floors, and gracious formal living and dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side.

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The state-of-the-art kitchen is outfitted with commercial-grade stainless appliances, granite countertops, a farmhouse sink, a center island with vegetable sink, and a massive breakfast bar. Open to the kitchen is an oversize family room with a gas-log fireplace and space for up to four flat-screen televisions. A convenient wet bar sits nearby.

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A guest bedroom and the master suite are situated on the first floor. The secluded master bedroom is a true retreat with a separate sitting room, a fireplace, a coffee bar, and a sumptuous bath with dual sinks, a separate shower with body sprays, a jetted tub, a fireplace, and custom walk-in closets. Off the master suite is a private study with built-ins and a fireplace.

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Multiple staircases and two elevators access the second floor. A massive living room, secondary master suite, and two additional bedrooms with en-suite bath are upstairs. There is also a large upstairs balcony featuring a loggia and a fireplace.

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An incredible 6,000-square-foot game house includes a game room, a wet bar, and a four-lane bowling alley.

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The one-of-a-kind rear grounds are a must-see, beginning with a gorgeous 100,000-gallon pool featuring two water slides, a diving board, a walk-in beach, a private shallow end, a private deep end, a built-in table with seating, and two bronze sculptures of dolphins. There is a full outdoor kitchen equipped with a grill, a microwave, a dishwasher, a full-size refrigerator, and a flat-screen television.

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Ample parking is provided with a four-car garage and an additional RV garage that can hold another six vehicles. Added bonuses include a two-bedroom guest house, a basketball court, a fully automated greenhouse with its own heating and irrigation, a Japanese garden, and a separate indoor hot tub and massage room.

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For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Levine or Rasansky at 214-797-1411, 214-682-8353, or gingerandjill@daveperrymiller.com.

Owner of Luxury Mansion in Bluffview Hopes Luxury Vehicle Helps Seal Deal


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This is a much sweeter incentive than the iPads that are typically dangled in front of buyers’ agents.

The owner of 5139 Seneca Drive, a seven-bedroom mansion that sits on 2.34 acres in Bluffview, is motivated to move the property. Not only has he reduced the price by $1 million, he’s offering a unique bonus to the agent who brings a buyer to the table: a custom 2013 Mercedes SL550. As Chad Schulin, the Dave Perry-Miller associate representing the seller, points out, the luxury sedan has massage functions in both front seats. That should feel really nice as the buyer’s agent drives to the bank to cash the $300,000 commission check.

Home Prices Up Nationwide!


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CoreLogic reports that national home prices increased by 12% year-over-year in January. This marks the 23rd consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index.

Nationally, home prices increased 0.9% month-over-month from December. For the past 20 years, the average month-over-month appreciation for January has been 0.2%, and the January 2014 increase was the largest January increase since 2006.

Year-over-year home prices were up in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Only Mississippi showed a price decrease. Nevada led the country with a 22.2% price increase from January 2013, followed closely by California with a 20.3% increase.

In terms of monthly changes, 39 states and the District of Columbia showed increases, with Vermont (+2.7%) and New York (+2.7%) showing the largest increases and New Hampshire (-1.5%) and Iowa (-1%) experiencing the largest decreases.

Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska reached new heights in home prices, and Colorado was within a tenth of a percent of its peak. Conversely, Nevada remained at 40.1% below its peak in 2006, followed by Florida (-36.4%).

To find out the current value of your home, consult a Dave Perry-Miller agent today. Don’t forget to visit DavePerryMiller.com.

Dave Perry Miller & Associates is a premiere residential real estate firm with five locations that specialize in marketing the key areas of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, Lakewood, East Dallas and Kessler Park. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information on luxury living, please contact Dave Perry Miller & Associates at 214-369-6000. Also visit daveperrymiller.com/blog for the latest news in Dallas real estate.