Arriving, you might think it had been transported from France. That’s because this rambling, two-story home, with its pitched slate roof and ivy-covered, stone and limestone exterior walls, recalls nothing so much as a villa in Provence. And, the provincial feel continues once you step inside the 11,476-square-foot manse, which is located in Dallas’ exclusive Old Preston Hollow neighborhood.
The first thing you’ll encounter, in fact, is a glittering, oversized crystal chandelier suspended from the foyer’s 20-foot-plus tall ceiling. Once a fixture at a North Texas country club, the breathtaking piece is just a hint of the wonders to come in this 5-bedroom, 5.3-bath home, which was built in 2003 and underwent interior remodeling five years later. With marble, stone, and hand-scraped walnut flooring; special lighting; and museum-quality walls in tastefully muted colors, it’s not only a perfect showplace for fine art, but also a magnificent place to raise a family in high style.
Consider the dining room, for example, with its tall coffered ceiling, its two silver cabinets, and its Murano light fixture. One of the half baths nearby boasts a sink made from a 400-year-old Chinese cabinet, and many of the doorknobs throughout the home are of Irish-made glass. The spacious master suite also is distinguished for its luxurious touches, including a marble fireplace (one of several in the home), separate WCs with custom mill and tile work, oversized closets, and a breakfast bar complete with fridge.
Just beyond, in the stunning formal living room, there’s another fireplace, plus three stately French doors leading to the lushly landscaped grounds. The generous adjacent kitchen area, with its limestone flooring and exposed natural ceiling beams, is another inviting spot for the family to gather, one featuring state-of-the-art equipment and accoutrements. Among them: a built-in microwave and double refrigerator/freezer, double dishwashers, and a six-burner range with double ovens.
Other notable features on the home’s first floor include a walnut-paneled library with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves; a 1920s Murano light fixture in the charming guest bedroom; another powder room with tall walls of white marble; and a screened-in, brick-walled porch with an outdoor grill, plus stunning views of the backyard pool, water features, and mature oak and crepe myrtle trees.
On the home’s second floor, which is accessed by way of a dramatic winding staircase with wrought-iron railing, there’s a children’s playroom, a kitchenette with icemaker, two more bedrooms just perfect for youngsters, a home-theater room, and a gym sporting floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
The one-of-a-kind residence in historic Woodland Estates is conveniently located near the Dallas North Tollway, roughly eight miles north of downtown Dallas.