For Allie Beth Allman agent Kari Schlegel Kloewer, her new palatial luxurious itemizing within the Meadowood Estates neighborhood of Dallas is nearly bittersweet. It is the most expensive dirt for sale in town right now at $24 million. It’s a gorgeous 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 principle dwelling 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 courtroom 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 huge courtyard – a dream to behold!
The property feels whole French nation however is just ten minutes out of your jet at Love Subject, 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 research, a pub-style bar, a media playroom full with stage and basketball courtroom, a theater. There may be an out of doors screened pavilion with fire going through the tennis courtroom and one pool. The main bedroom closet for the mistress of the home is 4 tales tall, all lately transformed; his closet can also be huge. There live quarters for live-in assist, a spa, and a six-car storage off the motor courtroom. Visitor rooms have their very own personal balcony in addition to one other secret passageway.
However the perfect 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 friends, and plenty of memorable occasions and dinners have been celebrated right here.
This occurs to be Kari’s household dwelling, the house she grew up in from age ten. It’s a house so effectively 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 prime 700 for a seated formal dinner, and there are excellent valet lodging by the rose backyard. That is the place her child sister, Krystal, needed her marriage ceremony to happen. “I’ve at all times dreamed of a marriage at dwelling,” Krystal advised Paper Metropolis Journal. Her marriage ceremony invites requested attendance for an “night at dwelling”; her husband, Luke Davis, proposed within the rose backyard. 5 hundred twenty-five friends attended the affair.
The Schlegel household has at all times been some of the close-knit on the town. Kari remembers attending auctions along with her household — the Schlegels have 4 kids — reminiscent of those that netted the seventeenth century French hand-painted panels within the eating room, initially made for a citadel in France. Every panel depicts a special youngster from the citadel. She additionally remembers the time a bartender acquired 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 easiest 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 product of extremely compressed sand, rock, and concrete that stand up to freeze-and-thaw cycles and flex — excellent 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 lovers. Schlegel thought the pavers would could be excellent for Texas’ fickle soil motion and constructing increase.
Bob Schlegel knew a factor or two concerning 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 time bible college. A favourite household lore is how Myrna Horst got here dwelling from college sooner or later and exclaimed “That Bob Schlegel is such a pleasant boy. I hope he finds himself a very good 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 increase within the north as a consequence of pricing, they discovered their method 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 at all times seemed 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 youngsters as soon as advised me the method for Pavestone’s success was easy.” says Bob. “You simply put sand and filth in on one aspect, and cash comes out on the opposite.”
As we speak Pavestone has 16 vegetation, stretching from California to the East Coast, re-branding as an earth-friendly various to concrete.
Numerous that “pavestone cash” went into 4444 Valley Ridge. To begin with, the 4.4 acre property was knit collectively from three land parcels, one among which included the rocky pure creek and stream. The final parcel, about 1.5 acres, was added when a neighbor phoned Bob sooner or later and actually advised him to convey his checkbook. The late architect Elby Martin drew plans for the property dwelling with an unimaginable 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 Occasions in what was to have been a trend unfold however shortly advanced to a narrative poking enjoyable at “Texas extra.” Oh the irony of it: now New Yorkers can’t 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 at all times 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 a right away 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 vitality Myrna and Bob put into the property. And it has great karma.”
As for any particular advertising and marketing strategy, Allie Beth says principally the old school manner: phrase of mouth. Who would be the excellent purchaser?
“Anyone who has the cash,” she says.