Commissioned by one of Dallas’ most benevolent benefactors, this French estate was constructed for, and has been host to countless charity events and other similar events over the past many years. The gated grounds are an architectural splendor all by themselves.
Intricate gardens, fashioned in formal Versailles style, welcome revelers to linger outdoors just a little longer. Lush, green spaces are purposely symmetrical and softly offer the backdrop to the more focal elements of the landscape, like the central pool, fountain and gazebo.
On the interior, the entry-rotunda immediately reinforces the formality of the project. The cohesive efforts of Richard Drummond Davis, architect, and John Young, builder remained faithful to the genre AND on an exceptionally grand scale.
Reminiscent of a ballroom from somewhere out of the past, and intended to comfortably hold hundreds, the main living area is assuredly the star! Anchored by an oversized fireplace, the space is flanked by front and rear arched galleries, marble floors, intricately laid hardwood floors, multiple French doors, and plenty of wall space for art collectors. Numerous chandeliers and task lights compliment the entire formal arrangement.
An oversized, handsome and well-equipped wet bar is beautifully scaled and ideally located for service indoors and out.
Conjoined to this expected and entertaining hub is a most cozy and inviting breakfast or morning room. It is well known by those closest to the original owner that the fireplace in this room enjoyed daily use, regardless of the season.
Naturally an estate of this magnitude would possess a gourmet kitchen with all the accoutrements. While this is certainly the case, the space remains intimate and is definitely not sterile! Lacquer cabinetry is rich and warm and offers space for everything.
Imagine the partaking of Holiday dinners amidst several of the world’s most famous literary works. Such is the state in this dwelling as the fireside, library-dining room provides much more interest and invitation than simply repast.
Guests will appreciate sleeping quarters no less than the other marvels offered by the estate. The most responsible floorplan was designed so that each bedroom was separate from one another and all on the first floor. Each guest suite is oversized and is splendidly appointed with natural textiles.
On the back wing resides the owners retreat, decidedly secluded, the vestibule entry beckons calm respite in its own cocoon. Designer finishes, draperies, countertops and hardware were discerningly selected for the purpose of serenity. Owners need not emerge at any particular time of the day as the right-sized home office is but a step away and the handy fridge is nearby.
Tucked neatly beside one of the gallery halls, a marble staircase leads to an enormous gameroom/extra bedroom suite on the second floor. Outfitted with its own beautifully adorned bath, fireplace and loads of storage, this arrangement could be subdivided further if desired.
Of the multitudes of grandeur that are easily and quickly observed, there is much more that may get overlooked. Notably, the property also offers plantation shutters, iron fencing, slate roof, circular drive, extensive landscape lighting, 3 car garage, sprinkler system, rear motor court, planter pedestals and torch lighting.
Broker : Briggs Freeman Sotheby's Int'l
Agent : Vicki Foster
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