Coming on the heels of our story last week about 4307 Armstrong Parkway, and the tragic tear down of the Donnally’s stately southern mansion, here is a home that gives a very lucky buyer a chance to redeem and bask in the beauty of the past. For this we go north to the finest nethers of Preston Hollow, to DeLoache. The street is named after prominent Preston Hollow developer, the colorful Ira Pleasant DeLoache.
Befittingly, DeLoache is probably the most coveted, dreamed-about, drooled over celebrity street in Preston Hollow. In THEE Preston Hollow — the honeypot. Oh yes there is Park Lane — but go too far east on Park and yucky yuck, someone will knock on your car window and try to sell you drugs. There’s Hollow Way and Hathaway, pretty but too short, too few big names. DeLoache is like the marquee of top Dallas names. It’s the street where Mark Cuban lives as well as John Carona, Bill & Skye Brewer, Jim & Julie Turner, Caroline Wyly, Annette Simmons and oh how can I forget — the $37.5 million dollar estate of Lisa Baron Blue. In fact, David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher live on DeLoach, right across the street. Here’s an off-market listing that just screams Southern Living on the most luscious 1.6 plus acre lots I have seen in eons. A manicured Kennedy-esque lawn plus white columns!
What can I say? My very first boyfriend, Angus, lived in a house with white columns and they have caught my heart ever since. White columns are my Rosebud.
4907 DeLoache was built in 1935. It has preserved and maintained the exquisite craftsmanship and good taste of the period and sustained it into the 21st century. The 7543 square foot estate is only a two-owner home that has been kept up with extreme diligence and tradition. It offers three master bedroom suites, including one on the first floor, for a total of five bedrooms, six full and four half baths, formals, a library/study, a large hobby room, a keeping room, guest quarters and a sparkling pool and spa. And the prime corner lot offers the potential for so much more: a tennis court, a sport court, even a golfing green.
Few homes prove that historical construction is often superior, but 4907 DeLoache is a testament to that. From the plaster walls, the solid hardwood oak floors everywhere, the brick construction, hand-crafted millwork and the slate roof replaced in 2013, you are getting the best of Depression-era craftsmanship in a custom-built home that has been updated and lightly expanded. The 1.6 plus acres are alive with towering trees, flowers, and brush. The gardening potential is resplendent. In fact, the very first owner who commissioned the house to be built, Virginia Hamm, was a president of the Dallas Garden Club and an avid gardener. 4907 DeLoache was built by Mr. and Mrs. Dow Hamm, an executive vice president of the Atlantic Richfield Company. The interior design and additions were by Ceil Williams, a sought-after name in Dallas interior design circa 1962. The home sits back majestically on a horseshoe driveway behind bold iron gates. Walk up the steps and past the graceful white columns to the front door entrance. The large foyer is flanked by a powder room and large closet. Straight ahead is the staircase, including a stunning gold and white art deco handrail with white balusters leading to the second story. To the right is the formal 15 by 24 foot living room with fireplace, and two graceful columns. This area opens to French doors overlooking the pool and spa. To the left is a massive and sunny formal dining room with chandelier. It adjoins a very large Butler’s pantry/Caterer’s Kitchen with sink and storage. In fact, an entire meal can be prepared in this room and it’s center location would make it quite convenient for caterers to work out of, circulating through the house.
On the northwest wing of the home is the kitchen, breakfast area and morning room with fireplace and high ceilings, also overlooking the pool. The kitchen features a six-burner Viking on a raised platform, center island, SubZero, an antique Detroit Jewel stove, two exhaust hoods, ice-maker, dishwasher, and huge pantry. Nearby is the massive hobby room with separate entrance and half bath that has endless potential as a work room, exercise studio, or home office. The room is loaded with book shelves and at least two desks, and overlooks a courtyard with fountain. This wing also holds a large laundry room with sink and storage, the two-car garage and carport. On the east wing, buttressed to the living room, is the handsome library/study with walls of book shelves and glass cabinets and yet another fireplace. Linking these wings is the charming keeping room with a full bay window, custom built-in corner hutches with intricate millwork (almost a replica of the ones on Armstrong), and a fireplace. This is the perfect place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the dappling sunlight flicker over the pool. Off the library/study is the downstairs 25 by 16 foot master suite, complete with huge walk-in closet, and en suite bath that opens onto another private courtyard with a fountain.
This little courtyard is like a private oasis on the property, and I daresay could be privatized for total body sunbathing, if you get my drift!
Upstairs are four bedrooms, three with en suite baths, and a center bedroom. The upstairs master is 15 by 18 feet and offers a huge bedroom with sweeping bay window views of the pool and water features below, plus a separate his and her bath — oh I think the baths do share a shower for “shower talk”. Her bath includes a huge old-fashioned, claw-footed soaking tub. Both baths feature stunning, rare onyx vanities. The separate his and her master closets are enormous with built-ins, cubbies and storage. The mistress closet is nearly the same size as the master! Honestly, I think this may rival Sharon McCutchin’s. Back downstairs, through the back staircase, a few steps from the fountain courtyard is a guest house with separate exterior entrance, and a complete bathroom. The home has PLENTY of bathrooms — there is also a half-bath off the pool, exterior entrance.
The grounds are verdant green with deeply rooted St. Augustine, huge mature oak, pecans and pear trees, lush crape myrtle trees, and beds of blossoms. There is also professional barbecue pit and greenhouse.
Like I said, the neighborhood reads like a Who’s Who in Dallas, and you are surrounded, cradled by multi-million dollar extravaganzas. Right across the street Mark Cain is listing a $12 million property Bella spec home under construction, on a smaller property. Behind this home, haute home builder to the stars Saad Chehabi of S&R Development is getting geared up for an 11,000 square foot house with all steel windows and doors, green, very high efficiency, with downstairs master, five bedrooms and a guest cabana, designed by David Stocker. Beautiful, yes, but the price tags will not be for the faint of heart. Across the street is the 18,392 behemoth hilltop masterpiece that Rachel Dedman has been completing on 4.12 acres for years, this right at the corner of Park Lane and Sunnybrook. DCAD — DCAD!-– has it valued at $17,643,000. Surrounding sales have included the recent sale ($6.2 million) of Richard Frank’s house right next door!
I’ve told you about the lots across DeLoach and on Park. Did I tell you about the amazing sale of Henrietta Schultz’s 8.39 acre Park Lane estate at 4644? David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher quietly bought it on June 3, 2014 for full asking price: $18,360,000. The estate had only been on the market 4 or 5 months. P.S: Lee Trevino is nearby. And Michael Young will be right down the street.
That’s why I think this home is the deal of a lifetime: asking $3,995,000 for that location, land and a home that is still fully liveable. Listed OFF MARKET FOR A SHORT TIME with Ashley Akin, Ryan Streiff and Dave Perry-Miller AT Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. This is a one-of-a-kind property that becomes available once in a lifetime. Once, Only once.