Custom-Built Traditional in Old Preston Hollow
One can't help but slow down and stare as you drive through the idyllic Old Preston Hollow neighborhood. It's easy to forget you're in a major metro area due to its country-in-the-city feel, but a gorgeous estate home is around every corner of this enviable tree-lined neighborhood that includes Rockbrook Estates, Lansdowne Estates, Sunnybrook Estates and more.
One stately traditional home stands out among the rest. From its place of honor on the corner, 4342 Margate Drive bids welcome to visitors as they approach from its circular drive.
Built in 2013 by Dallas favorite Ellen Grasso & Sons, it's the perfect place to hold family birthdays, holidays and special celebrations.
As visitors pass under the soaring columns and perfect symmetry of this traditional residence, it's clear something special is in store. The front entry hall's dramatic curved staircase and wood flooring arranged in a herringbone pattern all but confirms it.
Formal dining and living rooms flank the entryway, the latter taking the form of an intimate conversation nook that's set apart from the rest of the home and warmed by a wood-burning fireplace.
Invited guests find tons to see and do in the upstairs media and game rooms, while anyone looking for a break from the revelry can take refuge in one of two private studies, one done up handsomely in dark wood.
Or, those who are party weary can also make a beeline to the wet bar arrayed in gleaming mirrored tile to freshen his or her glass.
In summer, kick-off the season with backyard pool parties under the covered cabana. This generously sized outdoor living room with a dedicated powder bath nearby gives you the freedom to lengthen the guest list, and it comes stocked with built-in barbecue grills and an outdoor fireplace so the party can continue regardless of the weather.
A breakfast room opens to the cabana, creating an ideal flow for buffet-style dining or just letting in the breeze. A family room with a gas fireplace, built-ins for display and ample room for seating lies just beyond.
The key to a successful party is a well-stocked kitchen, and this one does not disappoint. Dressed up in white tile and gray granite, it ‘s equipped with two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two ovens, a warming drawer, a walk-in pantry and a spacious island.
A separate set of stairs in the rear of the house makes carting trays of food and refreshments an easy and nearly invisible task. A wall of cubbies by the backdoor is a must for concealing sundries and daily items such as backpacks so guests don't see them.
With three guestrooms each outfitted with en suite baths and walk-in closets, it's easy to give everyone a comfortable place to bunk at the end of the night.
Once everyone is tucked in, you can seek the sanctuary of the first-floor primary suite. The large sleeping area overlooks the pool and is attached to a spa bath decked out in cool, white marble atop dual vanities. A walk-in closet with a center island grants a special spot to each scarf, necktie and pearled string.
The Old Preston Hollow neighborhood is as convenient as it is lovely. Centrally located near the Dallas North Tollway and Northwest Highway, shopping, private schools and Love Field airport, it's one of the most accessible and beautiful neighborhoods in Dallas. I guess this means you have time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.