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Historic house boasts distinctive midcentury modern style By Bill Miller

Special Contributor



Architect Robert Goodwin’s design illuminates interior spaces by exposing them to nature.

Preston Hollow mansion billed as an architectural “masterpiece” went to auction in February, but this was no “fire

sale.” Known as the Grady Vaughn home, 5350 S. Dentwood Drive, it is among high-end Dallas properties with sellers sidestepping traditional listings and going straight to auction. The 9,500-square-foot home on 1.37 acres listed at $6.9 million but dropped to $5.5 million. It didn’t sell at auction—starting bid was $2.9 million—but the event stirred lots of interest. In early April, a potential buyer was in negotiations with the heirs of the last owner— late Dallas developer Allan Zidell. “The auction did exactly what it was supposed to do, and that was to draw in the interested parties,” said Mike Jones, president of auction services at United Real Estate Holdings, Dallas, which handles luxury homes all over the world. Jones, who worked on the Vaughn project, explained auctions show what the market is willing to bear, especially for properties that rise above the neighborhood “comps” because they have more valuable amenities or features. The Vaughn home, for example, is prized for its architectural significance. In 1951, oilman Grady Vaughn Jr. hired architect Robert Goodwin to design a home in midcentury modern — a style that illuminates interior spaces by exposing them to nature. The Vaughn home does precisely that with floor-to-ceiling windows that invite views of exquisite landscaping, including a pond and

majestic century-old trees. In 2017, Preservation Dallas added the home to its roster of “Most Endangered Historic Places,” and called it “truly a midcentury modern masterpiece in Dallas and one that hopefully will not meet the fate of a wrecking ball.” That’s no exaggeration. Jones said a lot of high-end real estate in Dallas is bought only for the dirt. “They’re tearing down a perfectly good home to build a more stylish home,” he said. Auctions also have advantages for agents/ brokers. The National Association of Realtors reports the process can generate a list of ready and qualified buyers, help assure property is sold quickly at true market value, and even spark interest in other listings. However, not all properties are suited for auctions. Scott Swenson, a longtime friend of Jones and fellow auctioneer, said two factors help decide when they’re appropriate. “One, time needs to be of the essence,” said Swenson, president of Jones Swenson Auctions in Austin. “Like, a customer might have a great deal of cash tied into a property and decides there’s something else they want to use that money for; they need it now.” The next thing is “they have to have equity in the property,” he said, about 50-60 percent. Jones added, “Say you have a client who says, ‘Look, we need $5 million,’ and the appraisal is four-point-nine. Well, there’s no margin there. It would be better for a traditional listing. “Your best client is an educated client and, as long as they know the odds, you’ve done your job.”

Another Hall of Fame For Jerry Jones The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals will induct Jerry Jones and Tobin C. Grove into its Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame on May 10 at the Dallas Country Club. Jones is founder and CEO of Blue Star Land as well as owner and president of the Dallas Cowboys. Grove is president of KDC. Additionally, chairman of Americans for CBRE Mickey Ashmore will receive the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has dedicated time to organizations committed to the real estate industry and

to charitable pursuits. Under Grove’s leadership, KDC has been at the forefront of major projects, including Legacy West in Plano, CityLine in Richardson, and eight acres in Deep Ellum that will be known as “The Epic.” Legacy West covers 240 acres, CityLine is expected to contain 5 million square feet of office space and “The Epic” will house a 250,000-square-foot office tower. “Grove is a brilliant leader whose deep ‘start-to-finish’ knowledge of the industry at every level makes him one of the most respected and trusted leaders in the real estate community,” said Greg Cannon, a NTCAR

Jerry Jones Hall of Fame committee member. Jones’ Blue Star Land has developed several projects since 1992, including Starwood, a 550-acre residential development in Frisco; Riata, an apartment community in Austin; and StarCreek, a 500-acre mixedused development in Allen. Jones also oversaw construction of AT&T Stadium in Arlington and

Tony C. Grove The Star in Frisco. “Whether he’s managing the Dallas Cowboys, building a groundbreaking stadium or a mixed-use residential or commercial development, Jones is going to leave his mark in an exceptional way,” said Darrell Hurmis, chairman of the NTCAR Hall of Fame committee. Ashmore served on the NTCAR

Mickey Ashmore board of directors in 2010 and 2012 and was an executive board member in 2011. He created an educational program that featured three classes – Cold Calling Techniques, Building Meaningful Relationships, and Pathways to Prosperity, and Happiness in Commercial Real Estate. – Staff report

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