A Resort in Itself
By Camilla McLaughlin
Anywhere in the country, the limestone mansion featured on our cover would be a stunning buy, but its Texas location, on Lake Ray Hubbard only 20 miles from downtown Dallas, makes it even more compelling. “This is one of the largest lots on the lake and one of the only ones with this amount of frontage. It’s also rare to have a beautiful waterfront estate only 20 minutes from a major city,” says Marilyn Hoffman of Hoffman International Properties, who is listing the residence.
Few other estates would be a better match for our annual luxury outlook issue. “Not only is it located in Texas, one of the best real estate markets in the country, but it also showcases all the qualities luxury buyers look for today,” observes Vanessa Andrews, top Realtor at Hoffman International.
The architecture might find inspiration from classic French chateaus, but anyone arriving at this residence can’t help being charmed by the distinctly Southern influence. The back of the home opens to embrace the magnificent setting incorporating elegant decks, balconies and patios on all three levels. In the main salon, an antique stone mantle and columns enhance the black marble floors. A wall of French doors and palladium windows flood the room with sunlight. Views telescope from stone porches to the pool, patios and lake.
Top-notch construction also brings efficiencies such as geo-thermal heat and rarities such as 200-year-old French antique doors. With a lighted tennis court, guesthouse and saltwater pool, this home is a resort in itself. Add in the waterfront location, and at $7.5 million, this home is not likely to be on the market for much longer.