One of the most desirable homes in the most desirable locations in Dallas was sold to a mystery buyer in 2019. But the eight bedrooms and 11,387 square feet of this architectural marvel (not even counting the media house or the cabana) are sure to fit the prestigious neighborhood.
If you are rich, famous, or both, and you live in Dallas, there is a good chance you live in a 56-acre (23-hectare) neighborhood of just 20 city blocks called Preston Hollow.
This niche of North Dallas is home to former President George W. Bush, Dallas Mavericks owner and flamboyant entrepreneur Mark Cuban, golfers Lee Trevino and Jordan Spieth, former Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki, former Dallas Cowboys players Roger Staubach, Chuck Howley, and Daryl Johnston, and current Dallas Stars player Daryl Seguin.
Preston Hollow was also home to the late oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the late high-tech entrepreneur and presidential candidate T. Boone Pickens, and cosmetics diva Mary Kay Ash.
This is a view of the mansion from the vantage point of the surrounding landscape. Here you can see that the bright exteriors of the mansion that has pillars and arches stand out against the tall trees. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a closer look at the multiple thin white pillars and arches of the mansion that makes it stand out against the mature trees and well-manicured lawns of grass. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
Upon entry of the mansion, you are welcomed by this spacious grand foyer with a high ceiling paired with tall glass walls and glass railings for the indoor balcony. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The grand foyer leads to the stairs that leads to the second level indoor balcony that has glass railings for safety and to maximize the view. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a look at the grand foyer from the perspective of the stairs. This makes you better appreciate the large open space of the foyer with a light flooring illuminated by the sky light above. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The foyer leads to this hallway that has wooden walls that match the doors. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This living room has a spacious and comfortable feel to its various sitting areas and bright glass walls that illuminate the white ceiling and beige walls. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This other living room has enough space for three beige sofas surrounding a glass-top coffee table across from the large wooden structure that houses the TV. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The formal dining room has a large rectangular dining table surrounded by matching cushioned beige chairs that blends well with the light hardwood flooring and cove white ceiling. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This view of the dining room makes you appreciate the white cove ceiling more. This is then paired with arches on all sides with one side open to the outdoors. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is the kitchen that has a large kitchen island that houses the faucet across from the cooking area and the breakfast bar topped with a charming pendant light. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The large bedroom has a wooden bed attached to a large wooden structure that extends from the wooden headboard to the bookshelves on either side. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a large bathroom with white marble floor extending to the housing of the large bathtub and the walls of the L-shaped vanity with wooden cabinetry. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This library has a pair of tall bookshelves built into the walls flanking the large sliding glass door bringing in light to the couple of reading areas and the large table. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a simple yet charming home office that has a large wooden desk in the middle of the carpeted flooring illuminated by the large glass wall on one side. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The glass wall of this large game room and media room brings in an abundance of natural lighting for the light beige walls and white ceilings contrasted by the large TV and the pool table. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is the pool that is surrounded by lush green lawns of grass that look well-maintained. These are then paired with tall walls and tall trees that provide privacy to the area. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This closer look at the swimming pool shows that it has multiple lighting matching with the lights of the large cabana by the pool with open walls. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
There is a large creek at the back of the house that adds to the charm of the surrounding landscape filled with grass lawns and tall trees. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a closer look at the beautiful landscape that surrounds the mansion that has well-manicured lawns of grass and tall mature trees. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is the large tennis court of the estate surrounded by lush green lawns of grass and tall trees that set a lovely background. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This side of the mansion has gorgeous tall mature trees and wide lawns of grass that give complement to the pillars and arches of the exterior. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is the back exit of the house that glows with the warm yellow lights of the interiors through glass walls making the pillars and arches stand out. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
Properties in Preston Hollow don’t come up for sale very often. So, as you might imagine, there was quite a stir when the historic Henry C. Beck home came on the market.at the bargain price of $23 million.
Henry and Patti Beck commissioned their home in 1963. They chose renowned architect Philip Johnson to create a unique design. Johnson is famed as the architect of the Garden Grove, California Crystal Cathedral, and his 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Johnson created a home for the Becks with the same glass construction he used in his other famous projects.
This 11,387-square-foot estate home sits on 6.5 acres of land, one of the larger lots in Preston Hollow. The main house has four half-baths, seven full baths, eight bedrooms, and dramatic double staircases framing a huge, open entry hall. There are formal dining and living rooms, two studies, an updated butler’s pantry and kitchen, a guest suite, a house manager’s office, and a private stairway leading to the second floor.
Instead of a media room, this Philip Johnson design has a media house with a full bath and kitchen. The 1,521 square foot cabana has two bathrooms and a full kitchen with glass doors that open to terraces leading to the tennis court. There is a 2,232 square foot finished basement, a rarity in Texas. And, as hard as it may be to believe, this venerable old house was in sore need of trim and touch-up when Patti Beck sold it in 2002.
The Beck house received massive renovation and complete re-landscaping that took from 2002 to 2008. It regained the attention of Dallas socialites when the owners entertained both President Bush and President Obama — twice — during their presidencies.
The sellers in 2019 had modest aspirations for the sale of their refurbished mansion when they put it on sale in 2018. But with skillful marketing, the Preston Hollow property went for considerably more than the asking price. Sotheby’s agent Faisal Halum negotiated a final sales price of $27.5 million. Desiring privacy, the buyer has not allowed his or her name to be disclosed, operating the home through a management trust.