If you have any thoughts on Donald and Carmen Godwin’s request to put a 9-foot fence on their expanded Strait Lane property, the Board of Adjustment’s public hearing begins at 1 o’clock this afternoon.
Drivers are familiar with the big, empty field in the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. But an item on tomorrow’s City Plan Commission meeting may lead to some changes. One item (#11, if you’re following along) proposes creating “nine nonresidential lots” from the 42+ acres.
The briefing starts at 11 a.m., and the hearing starts at 1:30 p.m., both in Council Chambers. Come hang out with me to find out what happens, if that’s your thing. But bring a sweater — I always get cold in there.
I like to peruse the agendas for Board of Adjustment meetings, looking for potential drama. (How would you like to see that as an interest on a match.com profile?) That’s how I came across the Case of the Vanishing Contractor.
The owner of a house at the corner of Meadowcrest Drive and Jamestown Road needs a variance to the side-yard setback regulations. This variance would be related to an already-built pavilion, and the homeowner is putting the blame on the aforementioned contractor. From the application:
After he bought the house, the current property owner hired a contractor to construct an open-air pavilion next to the existing pool, which would connect with the house. The owner was unaware that the contractor failed to get a building permit and proceeded to construct the pavilion into the side yard setback along Jamestown Road. The contractor has vanished, and the owner has not been able to contact him.
If you’re bored/curious, the public hearing will begin no earlier than 1 o’clock tomorrow.
Allie Beth Allman & Associates recently listed Preston Hollow’s 6645 Northaven Road for $9,995,000. Architect Lionel Morrison designed this modern home with natural light in mind. The property spans 1.77 acres and includes 7 bedrooms, 8.4 baths. The 14,795 st/ft. home was previously listed for $11.5 million in 2011.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and this treehouse certainly proves the adage. Bluffview couple Jimmy and Sandy Maddox recently built a 20-ton treehouse near Mart (just outside of Waco). I’m not sure how/why the weight was measured, but the figure is definitely impressive.
The treehouse made its debut on Animal Planet’s new “Treehouse Masters” premiere on Friday, but if you missed it, there’s a rerun at 10 p.m. tomorrow.
This time-lapse video shows the building process condensed to about 90 seconds.
So what do you think? Is this treehouse totally awesome, or do its size, amenities, and additional support beams preclude it from being considered a treehouse?
Naomi Aberly hosted a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee last night at her house on Strait Lane. (I would have been there, but my budget for Wednesday dinners is only $8,500, and the Dems are really strict about these things.) Because President Obama was there, so were a gaggle of White House reporters, including Todd J. Gillman, chief of The Dallas Morning News‘ Washington bureau. Here’s how he (sort of) described the property:
The president arrived at the Aberly home — a hard to describe mansion that looks something like a concert hall or catering facility, with lots of modern columns lit dramatically — about 7:17. Some 90 minutes later, the traveling entourage of reporters and photographers, staff and security rolled out behind the presidential limo.
The Dallas Central Appraisal District values Aberly’s estate at $10.9 million. For comparison’s sake, Toni Brinker’s place across the street is valued at a measley $4.5 million.
Dallas Morning News reports the Developers of the Preston Hollow Village will add an office spaces to the mixed-use development. The 42 acre land at the northwest corner of Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane will include grocer Trader Joe’s, which is expected to open early next year. This will make the second for the Dallas area, after the Lower Greenville store is expected to open this summer.
The development will also include retail shopping, apartments and town homes. Provident Realty Group of Dallas is projected to break ground for in June.
Tucked into Steve and Jane Sanders’ cozy Preston Hollow abode is a 2,000-square foot chamber that’s an ode to his fondest childhood memory: riding trains from camp. He began collecting trains after he closed his hobby shop on Central Expressway in the 1970s. Read more about this indoor marvel and the latest trends in interior design in Homes and Design, which premieres in this week’s newspaper.
Around Dallas, there are two pieces of iconic real estate that everybody should (and does) know about: Southfork Ranch and Ebby Halliday. It makes sense, then, that J.R.’s place was selected to house the “Duchess of Dallas” and her family of associates for a celebratory breakfast feting her 102nd birthday yesterday morning — agreed?
P.S. Although Halliday’s company-wide party was yesterday, we’d recommend sending personal birthday wishes a bit later in the week. Her actual date of birth is March 9, 1911.
Real estate blogger Candace Evans got me all a-twitter recently with the above teaser-tweet, which hinted that the pitcher’s home just might be on the market in Preston Hollow. As it turns out, the property belongs to another Derek Holland — good news in my opinion, considering how many World Series-era Rangers have already hit the highway (bye, Josh). But Candie’s photos of the home‘s zebra print carpet and hot pink workout room are worth checking out, anyway.
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