For Allie Beth Allman agent Kari Schlegel Kloewer, her new palatial luxurious itemizing within the Meadowood Estates neighborhood of Dallas is sort of bittersweet. It is the most expensive dirt for sale in town right now at $24 million. It’s a beautiful baronial masterpiece of 20,000 sq. ft that dazzles and amazes with each step you are taking, each room you enter. The French Chateau’s drive-up attraction on a “cobblestone” lane enhanced by 20 foot tall Parisian gasoline lanterns and urns is like few within the space — solely comparable, maybe, to the primary house on the 25-acre Crespi Estate, now subdivided in Preston Hole. The house is as luxurious packed as they arrive with customized woodwork, moldings, partitions and fixtures. The massive chandeliers wind down on winches for cleansing. There are two exterior swimming swimming pools, a tennis court docket and pavilion, plus a rose backyard, Italian stepped stone fountains, circa 1600’s historic statuaries and grounds galore. The Bachman Department of the Trinity River flows by stone-covered strolling paths, swaths of rigorously tended grass in greens areas waving close by. You virtually really feel like mounting a horse on an English saddle. Egyptian Lions adorn the entry to the large courtyard – a dream to behold!
The property feels complete French nation however is simply ten minutes out of your jet at Love Area, and ten minutes from downtown Dallas.
Inside, there are 5 formal rooms off the grand lobby with double sweeping staircase plus 9 bedrooms, 9 fireplaces, fifteen full baths and 4 half baths together with separate his/her formal powder rooms, generally discovered in lots of giant Dallas estates. There’s a enormous lately transformed kitchen, a two-story library examine, a pub-style bar, a media playroom full with stage and basketball court docket, a theater. There may be an outside screened pavilion with fire dealing with the tennis court docket and one pool. The master suite closet for the mistress of the home is 4 tales tall, all lately transformed; his closet can also be monumental. There live quarters for live-in assist, a spa, and a six-car storage off the motor court docket. Visitor rooms have their very own non-public balcony in addition to one other secret passageway.
However one of the best of all: there’s a full underground wine cellar, accessible behind the bar, constructed proper into the limestone rock basis of the house itself, so cooling pure water trickles by to chill sufficient storage for a whole lot of bottles saved behind a metal financial institution vault door. This homes all of the 1st progress wines, utter paradise for wine connoisseurs. There may be seating for as much as fourteen company, and plenty of memorable occasions and dinners have been celebrated right here.
This occurs to be Kari’s household house, the house she grew up in from age ten. It’s a house so properly designed for giant scale entertaining and occasions that two weddings, presidential and gubernatorial occasions from three states have been held right here: the visitor record can simply high 700 for a seated formal dinner, and there are good valet lodging by the rose backyard. That is the place her child sister, Krystal, needed her marriage ceremony to happen. “I’ve all the time dreamed of a marriage at house,” Krystal instructed Paper Metropolis Journal. Her marriage ceremony invites requested attendance for an “night at house”; her husband, Luke Davis, proposed within the rose backyard. 5 hundred twenty-five company attended the affair.
The Schlegel household has all the time been one of the vital close-knit on the town. Kari remembers attending auctions together with her household — the Schlegels have 4 kids — resembling those that netted the seventeenth century French hand-painted panels within the eating room, initially made for a fort in France. Every panel depicts a special baby from the fort. She additionally remembers the time a bartender received locked within the hidden silver closet off the eating room, her little sister Krystal laughing behind the draperies however refusing to get him assist.
“There are such a lot of nooks and crannies on this home,” says Kari, referring to the “secret room” off her brother Kirby’s suite. “This was the perfect home to develop up in, and all of us had a blast.”
That is additionally the mansion that Pavestone helped construct. The property was customized and constructed from 1989 to 1993 by Robert and Myrna Schlegel, homeowners of the nation’s largest dry cast-concrete paver producer, The Pavestone Firm. Pavers are landscaping bricks fabricated from extremely compressed sand, rock, and concrete that stand up to freeze-and-thaw cycles and flex — good for increasing/contracting soils in states like Texas. Robert Schlegel knew of those paver blocks being utilized in Canada’s freeze/thaw circumstances and in California, a state that, like Texas, was brimming with panorama fanatics. Schlegel thought the pavers would could be superb for Texas’ fickle soil motion and constructing growth.
Bob Schlegel knew a factor or two in regards to the earth. He grew up on a southern Ontario dairy farm one hour west of Toronto, Canada, within the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo. He met his spouse, who lived 5 miles away, when his mom taught summer season bible faculty. A favourite household lore is how Myrna Horst got here house from faculty someday and exclaimed “That Bob Schlegel is such a pleasant boy. I hope he finds himself a superb spouse sometime.”
From Bob Schlegel’s father, who turned concerned within the nursing home-based business when it was a mission take care of 60 residents — Myrna, an RN, together with Bob, a CPA, expanded the mission into a really skilled long run care enterprise. Unable to afford to broaden within the north because of pricing, they discovered their strategy to Texas on the age of 27 and 29. They moved your entire household enterprise to Texas from Canada, schlepping the household of 4 forwards and backwards between Canada and Texas a least twice a month.
Bob all the time regarded for the following nice alternative. In 1980 he purchased one paver compression machine and based Pavestone Co. with two companions on 22 acres in fast-growing Grapevine, a mid cities spot between Dallas and Fort Value.
“Our children as soon as instructed me the formulation for Pavestone’s success was easy.” says Bob. “You simply put sand and filth in on one facet, and cash comes out on the opposite.”
In the present day Pavestone has 16 crops, stretching from California to the East Coast, re-branding as an earth-friendly various to concrete.
Plenty of that “pavestone cash” went into 4444 Valley Ridge. To begin with, the 4.4 acre property was knit collectively from three land parcels, considered one of which included the rocky pure creek and stream. The final parcel, about 1.5 acres, was added when a neighbor phoned Bob someday and actually instructed him to deliver his checkbook. The late architect Elby Martin drew plans for the property house with an unbelievable eye, and builder Bob Thompson executed the plans. As giant, French and grand as this house is —- domed ceiling within the enormous, double staircase sweeping lobby—- it stills feels very household centered and relaxed.
The Schlegels moved in with 4 kids; they’re leaving to downsize with six grandchildren.
The house was revealed within the New York Instances in what was to have been a trend unfold however rapidly advanced to a narrative poking enjoyable at “Texas extra.” Oh the irony of it: now New Yorkers can not get sufficient of that Texas extra, particularly throughout a pandemic. 4444 Valley Ridge Highway is listed by Kari Schlegel Kloewer, with co-listing assist from her veteran dealer Allie Beth Allman.
“Kari and I’ve all the time been so shut,” says the grand dame of Dallas actual property. “I’m doing no matter she asks me to do, meet showings, principally the paperwork. We’ve had a pair showings.”
It will be uncommon, says Allie Beth, if it have been an instantaneous sale for a property of this magnitude.
“It’s a murals, and the chance of a lifetime to get that a lot land and all of the power Myrna and Bob put into the property. And it has great karma.”
As for any particular advertising method, Allie Beth says principally the old school means: phrase of mouth. Who would be the good purchaser?
“Anyone who has the cash,” she says.