This House is for YU (Darvesh): Preston Hollow Spec Manse With Man Cave. The Price: $7,995,000. Open House Today 2:00 to 5:00

Published January 23, 2012 by Candy Evans

A Man Cave deep in the heart of Preston Hollow, more baths than days of the week, and SEVEN living areas and fireplaces. Only YU can afford it! Check out this recently completed manse at 5242 Park Lane by Bella Custom Homes: perfect example of lush Preston Hollow living. The gated estate, one of many new on this rue, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, seven living areas, and a 4-car garage. The front entrance is no less than three sets of heavy iron and glass doors; no burglar will ever get through that! (Besides, this hood has private ARMED patrols.) The doors open into a grand two-story foyer elegantly appointed with imported limestone floors, intricate onyx inlay, and a floating staircase. (Check out the exquisite iron balustrade, such craftsmanship!) Opening from the foyer is the formal living area with soaring ceilings, tons of light, gorgeous wood floors, and one of seven massive masonry fireplaces. Custom millwork frames the entry to the formal dining room, which sports a coffered ceiling, dramatic crystal chandelier, and a soft-hued Venetian plaster wall treatment. The kitchen has an adjacent catering kitchen, of course, and serves as the control center of the home, though I do not expect whoever buys this house to be Betty Crocker. The kitchen  opens to the cheerful breakfast room and (believe it or not) a cozy family room way nicer than the family quarters at the White House. Beyond the family room is the Man Cave, or “mens’ retreat”, which I call the horsepower of the house: full bar, wine-cellar, and wine-tasting room. The first level also holds the master suite complete with high ceilings, fireplace, and two sumptuous baths with large walk-in closets. Talk about separate potties, in this home your husband never has to see you naked!

Unless by invitation only!

The formal library  — of course this house has one that rivals The George Bush — has rich wood paneling, a fireplace, built-ins and plenty of natural light. Lest I forget: a comfy guest suite on the first floor with private bath, so nice any guest would become a permanent resident by adverse possession. Up the grand staircases: three bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a large game room with full bar and Juliet balcony overlooking the family room, an exercise and yoga room, and a multi-level home theatre. Do not think gracious living ends at the uber-insulated stone walls. Outside is a huge outdoor living area boasting stone flooring, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and fireplace and of course, the latest must-have for every gadzillionaire, complete outdoor kitchen.

  Yep, $7,995,000. And YU can afford it!


— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at