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Sure he hasn’t technically done anything wrong, but Mark Cuban’s unwillingness to kowtow to the neighboring homeowners of  the spate of Preston Hollow properties he’s recently bought up sure doesn’t seem, well, neighborly.

He’s cleared trees from the estates that line Northwest Highway and Preston Road, leaving little visual screening from the busy six-lane thoroughfare. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates says Cuban can do what he wants with his property, and that he hasn’t done anything to run afoul of city regulations. Still, he’s refused to meet with residents and doesn’t seem interested in the Preston Hollow Area Study. Of course, these are the same homeowners who arranged angry town halls over residential developments on two corners of Northwest Highway and Preston Road, so they may already be sharpening their pitchforks and lighting their torches.

In a story from the intrepid Eric Nicholson over at the Observer, emails between Cuban and Gates paint the billionaire as someone who sounds a lot like Cartman. To help you digest the emails, we’ve added a few fun gifs of Cuban doing what we imagine as he reads and replies to Gates:

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Picturesque country living.

After yesterday’s high winds knocking out power in just about every direction in Dallas, It has made the notion of moving to the country even more attractive. Of course, I wouldn’t want to move too far. But Celina is a healthy distance away without being out in the boonies.

Now, some farmhouse properties are just plain boring, outdated, and truly overdone. This home, however, is just perfect for a family who wants neighbors with a little bit more space between them, room to run around, and a pool, too.

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Newest hot-off- the- press rendering for the proposed development

Is it time to take down the “No! Not in Preston Hollow” signs? Maybe!

Transwestern, the folks building those fancy new luxury apartments over at Northwest Highway and Preston Road, NOT to be confused with the luxury high rise apartment Crosland Group hopes to build IN PRESTON CENTER, has made some major, major concessions to its original plans in an effort to appease the homeowners who are concerned over the proposed changes bringing more dense living to the western edge of the Pink Wall neighborhood.

The density of the proposed project that would replace 24 old rental apartments and 12 townhomes has been significantly reduced.

Change Number 1: The number of units built will be only 165, way down from the original 296. 165 is also only 20 units more that Transwestern could build under current zoning.

Change Number 2: The homeowners who live on Del Norte got their way. Transwestern will only build three-story units in the property segment that runs from Averill Way north to the edge of the property line. This is the area closest to the single family homes on Del Norte. The units built on the property that runs from Averill Way to Northwest Highway will be four stories. That is only 1 story more than current zoning.

“It’s the right thing to do,” says Mark M. Culwell, Jr. Transwestern’s Managing Director of  Development. “The process is set up for collaboration — you hope at the end of the day it all produces a good result.”

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Ebby Halliday Realtors President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Preston Center Sales Manager Ginger Gill, and Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert inside the Preston Center office space that will soon house as many as 100 agents.

Ebby Halliday Realtors President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Preston Center Sales Manager Ginger Gill, and Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert inside the Preston Center office space that will soon house as many as 100 agents.

After 38 years occupying just 4,100 square feet at 8333 Douglas Avenue, the Preston Center office of Ebby Halliday Realtors is expanding to more than double its capacity.

“This high-visibility, contemporary office is being built for the future,” says Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert. “It offers an exceptional location and is a statement of our commitment to serving Dallas and the Park Cities for years to come.”

Located across the street from the Park Cities Hilton and right next door to the Shelton highrise building, the new space will include 10,000 square feet of private offices and and collaborative conference space that will feature high-tech solutions for everyday business. The new space, designed by Michael Twichell and decorated by Gary Owens, will open Oct. 1.

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6406 Forest Creek extThat’s right, Howard Rachofsky’s ORIGINAL house for just a hair over one million dollars! We are not talking about the magnificent Howard Meier art house he created on Preston Road, nor the contemporary family delight he created with his lovely wife, Cindy, at 5911 Glendora which is listed with Claire Dewar of Briggs Freeman Sothebys and is, in fact, under contract as we speak. That home was listed for $2,695,000 and was reduced to $2,450,000, hence the hot buyer. You snooze, you lose.

5911 Glendora ext8605 Preston RoadAnd it is not the glorious Rachofsky House at 8605 Preston Road built in 1996 just north of Northwest Highway, the home that is a complete collection of art from the lawn to the architecture by renown architect Richard Meier:

The Rachofsky House is the private home and contemporary art collection of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The house aims to offer a unique experience with contemporary art and architecture through Richard Meier’s building, the rotating installations inside and the outdoor sculptural works, most of which are site-specific.

Howard is a lawyer and former Wall Street hedge fund tyke. In 1986, Financial World magazine called him one of the 100 highest-paid people on Wall Street, even though he was working from a Dallas office. A lot of the money he made was invested in art, contemporary art, as well as philanthropy, which he then loaded and displayed in the Preston Road estate which he unveiled like a canvass in 1996. For a year, Howard lived there — the home has only one or two bedrooms.

6406 Forest Creek foyer 6406 Forest Creek wine 6406 Forest Creek LR 6406 Forest Creek atriumBut before he built Preston Road, he lived off Forest lane at 6406 Forest Creek. The home, which was built in 1980, is listed with Paula Scofield of Ebby Halliday Realtors. And it is stunning. One one-third of an acre in a lovely, tucked-away development – not gated — the home has 4,057 square feet with four or five bedrooms, four full baths,  an open floor plan, dramatic “noir” kitchen, bar, wine closet, art atrium, a huge master with two dressing areas and lovely spa bath, split bath bedrooms — recall, in the 1980’s we thought kids could actually share bathrooms. I know, what the hell were we thinking?

6406 Forest Creek dining 6406 Forest Creek kitchen 6406 Forest Creek family room 6406 Forest Creek kitchen 2The home has been significantly updated to include five-inch white oak plank floors, a center courtyard, lush landscaping, mosquito mist system, sprinklers, gorgeous refinished black bottom pool with waterfalls, an outdoor fire pit, large patio for entertaining, and hot tub.

6406 Forest Creek master 6406 Forest Creek master bath 1 6406 Forest Creek master bath 2 6406 Forest Creek laundry 6406 Forest Creek pool 6406 Forest Creek porch 6406 Forest Creek rear extThe fact that this home has such great bones and was built by an artistic perfectionist who was one of the highest-paid dudes on Wall Street when he was building it makes me want to delete this post, run over there and plop down a contract. Asking is $1,050,000 and worth every penny.

6406 Forest Creek extThat’s right, Howard Rachofsky’s ORIGINAL house for just a hair over one million dollars! We are not talking about the magnificent Howard Meier art house he created on Preston Road, nor the contemporary family delight he created with his lovely wife, Cindy, at 5911 Glendora which is listed with Claire Dewar of Briggs Freeman Sothebys and is, in fact, under contract as we speak. That home was listed for $2,695,000 and was reduced to $2,450,000, hence the hot buyer. You snooze, you lose.

5911 Glendora ext8605 Preston RoadAnd it is not the glorious Rachofsky House at 8605 Preston Road built in 1996 just north of Northwest Highway, the home that is a complete collection of art from the lawn to the architecture by renown architect Richard Meier:

The Rachofsky House is the private home and contemporary art collection of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The house aims to offer a unique experience with contemporary art and architecture through Richard Meier’s building, the rotating installations inside and the outdoor sculptural works, most of which are site-specific.

Howard is a lawyer and former Wall Street hedge fund tyke. In 1986, Financial World magazine called him one of the 100 highest-paid people on Wall Street, even though he was working from a Dallas office. A lot of the money he made was invested in art, contemporary art, as well as philanthropy, which he then loaded and displayed in the Preston Road estate which he unveiled like a canvass in 1996. For a year, Howard lived there — the home has only one or two bedrooms.

6406 Forest Creek foyer 6406 Forest Creek wine 6406 Forest Creek LR 6406 Forest Creek atriumBut before he built Preston Road, he lived off Forest lane at 6406 Forest Creek. The home, which was built in 1980, is listed with Paula Scofield of Ebby Halliday Realtors. And it is stunning. One one-third of an acre in a lovely, tucked-away development – not gated — the home has 4,057 square feet with four or five bedrooms, four full baths,  an open floor plan, dramatic “noir” kitchen, bar, wine closet, art atrium, a huge master with two dressing areas and lovely spa bath, split bath bedrooms — recall, in the 1980’s we thought kids could actually share bathrooms. I know, what the hell were we thinking?

6406 Forest Creek dining 6406 Forest Creek kitchen 6406 Forest Creek family room 6406 Forest Creek kitchen 2The home has been significantly updated to include five-inch white oak plank floors, a center courtyard, lush landscaping, mosquito mist system, sprinklers, gorgeous refinished black bottom pool with waterfalls, an outdoor fire pit, large patio for entertaining, and hot tub.

6406 Forest Creek master 6406 Forest Creek master bath 1 6406 Forest Creek master bath 2 6406 Forest Creek laundry 6406 Forest Creek pool 6406 Forest Creek porch 6406 Forest Creek rear extThe fact that this home has such great bones and was built by an artistic perfectionist who was one of the highest-paid dudes on Wall Street when he was building it makes me want to delete this post, run over there and plop down a contract. Asking is $1,050,000 and worth every penny.

A resident within Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association received a flier from Transwestern and Dodd Communications and sent it our way. Some homeowners are saying that the flier is misleading, claiming that the rezoning was already in the bag:

SOMEONE THOUGHT THAT SARAH DODD’S BROCHURE INDICATED THAT THE REZONING WAS ALREADY DONE, AND AS I RE-READ, I COULD SEE THAT THE WORDING WAS MEANT TO MISLEAD AND TO DISPIRIT US. ON THE BACK PAGE, FIRST PARAGRAPH, SARAH STATES,”ANY ZONING CHANGES WE REQUEST WILL BE FOR A SMALL INCREASE IN DENSITY…” THAT IS TRULY UNDERSTATING THE MAGNITUDE OF GOING FROM 55 TO 600 RESIDENTS ON THOSE THREE ACRES.

Here’s what the brochure says on the back page:

Do you need a zoning change to redevelop this property?
No, the property is already zoned for apartment development and decades old apartment homes and townhomes currently sit on the property. Any zoning changes we request will be for a small increase in density to allow us to include more amenities in this project like underground parking and extensive landscaping.

As we’ve previously reported yes, the property planned for redevelopment does require rezoning to accommodate the 225-ish units they are proposing BUT the area is already zoned for approximately 120 apartments:

… the property’s current zoning allows for just 130 units. Right now there are 24 apartments and 12 condos on the site of the proposed development. So the re-zoning proposal would still add more than six times the existing units. That could mean a lot more traffic in the area, something to which neighbors are vigorously opposed.

The flier is accurate in claiming that under current zoning restrictions, the developer could build a larger complex than what currently exists, but in order to build their proposed development, they do need to re-zone the parcel. You can read the whole flier below:

Transwestern Flier Sent to Preston Hollow East Homeowners

Intrepid reporter Emily Toman at the Preston Hollow Advocate posted this video last week of Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association members gathering to protest Transwestern’s proposed development at Preston Road and Northwest Highway.

Since the project first caught the eyes of nearby residents, the scale has been shaved from 296 to 225 units. Still, residents believe that the scope of the proposed luxury apartment development will add a tremendous amount of traffic to an already congested intersection.

The biggest concern is how an influx of people and cars might affect the often gridlocked stretch along Northwest Highway, possibly prompting drivers to cut through the neighborhoods. Neighbors fear that, if approved, this development would be the first of more big developments to come to that high-profile area.