“Walking the 3 + acre grounds of this property you feel like you are on vacation at an exclusive resort in the wine country or somewhere special in the European countryside; all this while in one of Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhoods that is close to all the best that Dallas has to offer”
Designed by Dallas Architect David Stocker, this home has the look and feel of an exclusive resort in California or the Italian countryside. Situated on a 3-acre heavily treed lot in Bluffview that will make you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city yet still remain within minutes from downtown and both airports. The parklike grounds of this property with its serene sloping landscapes, terraced antique rose garden and abundant canopy of mature shade trees will transform you in much the same way as your favorite vacation spot. Amenities available on the property include an oversized diving pool and cabana for swimming and entertaining, a 9-hole custom putting green and pitching area complete with a sand trap for brushing up on your short game, a separate artist’s studio or exercise pavilion with a loft and equestrian facilities including a 3 stall barn, tack room and turnout for your horses. From the moment you pass through the security gate on to a winding crushed granite driveway and walk up the natural stone sidewalk to the front door you will feel like you are in your very own paradise found.
The main house is configured in a U-shape complete with an inviting lush green courtyard taking full advantage of the generous grounds and gorgeous views. Enter through an 8 foot solid oak door with fossil stone surround into the formal living and dining area with 12 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, rich dark stained concrete floors and a large limestone fireplace. Off the living area to the west resides the formal powder and a game room with views of the pool and cabana.
Past the dining area, to the east, the house flows into a large open kitchen area, truly the heart of this home. The kitchen with its reclaimed French terra-cotta floors, boasts an oversized center island/breakfast bar that seats 4 and includes a butler’s and large walk-in pantry. It’s a chef’s dream with top-of-the-line Viking hood and an 8 burner gas stove/dual-oven/grill top, a built-in Miele dishwasher, steam oven and expresso machine, with a Subzero glass front stainless refrigerator, and 2 under counter Subzero freezer drawers.
Next is a circular breakfast area defined by a large five-section bay window with incomparable views of the completely hedged, heavily treed front yard that is essentially your own private park. Stepping down to a study/desk area with well designed built-ins, one finds the 2-car enclosed garage, plus 2-car open carport.
The main living area is a dramatic two-story great room that flows out custom steel/glass doors onto a large covered loggia and into the courtyard on one side, bringing you out to the rose garden on the other. This room invites you in with its large planked, hand scraped, stained oak floors, wood-burning fireplace, a dramatic two-tiered candelabra and a step-down wet bar with a unique wave-shaped custom sink and fridge/ice maker.
The back wing of the house has 3 bedrooms downstairs and an oversized utility room. The guest bedroom has its own bath while the two children’s bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath, all beautifully appointed with seafoam green Jerusalem marble floors, countertops and river rock accents.
The second floor is the owner’s retreat with a well appointed study and a third floor loft/hobby room. The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with a balcony overlooking the courtyard and a staircase out the back, leading to the pool and putting green. The separate his and her bathrooms offer unique natural blue stone materials, heated floors and showers with multiple custom features, each with a large walk-in closet.
The pool area has an outdoor fireplace and built-in gas grill under a wisteria covered arbor. Beyond the pool, the cabana/guest house has fossil stone floors, a custom vanishing glass door, plus a bedroom and full bath.