SpellingWhen Aaron and Candy Spelling built The Manor, their lavish 14-bedroom, 56,500-square-foot estate in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills, they ticked off a lot of neighbors.

“The Spellings were generally unpopular among their Mapleton Drive neighbors, who watched the French chateau-style mansion slowly take shape over two years, at an estimated cost of $12 million,” Realtor.com explained a few years ago when current owner (and British heiress) Petra Ecclestone bought the home at age 22. “At the time, they described dealing with heavy construction equipment and throngs of curious onlookers.”

In fact, one neighbor filed an injunction against the Spellings that sought to limit the number of construction trucks that came to the property and to require reimbursement for any damage to neighbors’ property.

Before the Spellings began building, they had to tear down the home of another Hollywood legend — Bing Crosby, who lived in a 15,000 square foot (what a shack, right?) mansion from 1943 to 1964.

Ecclestone bought the home in 2011, and briefly placed it on the market in 2016 for $200 million. It was listed again seven days ago for $160 million. (more…)

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A true retreat on an island, featuring more than 5,000 square feet of luxurious interiors and a dock complete with a party deck — this is just the lake house for celebrating those patriotic holidays, holding your family close, and appreciating all of the splendid summer activities Cedar Creek Lake has to offer.

Plus, it has a bit of a celeb history, Candy says.

Read more about this beautiful listing from Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors on CandysDirt.com, and have a safe, memorable Memorial Day!

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Soap star Sean Kanan asked Dallas designer Kathy Fielder to create a vibrant, personalized space.

Soap star Sean Kanan asked Dallas designer Kathy Fielder to create a vibrant, personalized space.

When you envision the interiors of your second home, you might gravitate toward relaxing color schemes and open spaces with comfortable furniture. It should be a space for relaxing and letting go. A space for enjoyment, not practicality.

Not everyone has the talent to create that kind of space, nor the time. That’s why Sean Kanan, a renowned daytime TV star, enlisted Dallas-based veteran designer Kathy Fielder to create the perfect environment for his vacation home in Palm Springs.

“The combinations that Kathy put together echo my taste,” Kanan said. “She utilized a combination of  bold patterns with solids all within a neutral palette that I love.”

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But how do you achieve that look without succumbing to design ennui? We asked Kathy for a few tips on designing the perfect spaces for your vacation home.

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Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Ah, Aspen, a SecondShelters.com paradise of stunning ski homes owned by some of the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous travelers who desire the pleasure of a winter retreat in the snow.

This dramatic vacation home was previously owned by newscaster Paula Zahn and real estate magnate Richard Cohen who sold in 2007 for $14.5 million as part of their divorce but bought the property for just $3.8 million in 2000. The transaction was one of the 10 biggest deals in Aspen in 2007.

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According to my good friend John Burgdorf at NorthTexasLuxury.com, this mammoth beast is under construction at 9807 Meadowbrook Drive in Old Preston Hollow. (As I told John, PH, not Park Cities. But when you live outside of Dallas, all our “communities” meld together.) Funny thing, I was at a party right next door to this spread this weekend and did not see it — it is on a huge lot, 4.3 acres, and well-hidden. The Barretts are nearby in a 61 year old, 7000 plus square foot home on Chatham Hill Road. Under construction a whopping 26,063 sq. feet of total living space.  The 2 1/2 story home includes 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and 8 fireplaces.  The estate is owned by renowned art collectors Richard and Nona Barrett, who we guess will line all 26,000 square feet with wonderful art.  The appraisal value for this year is $10,959,520.  The Barretts are already paying $62,000 for the priviledge of living on Chatham Hill Road. And that, my dear readers, is just a drop in the bucket…

Hopefully, he’s not going anywhere, maybe just closer to Cowboys Stadium? Jason Garrett just put his gorgeous Highland Park home on the market late Friday with none other than broker to the rich and famous Allie Beth Allman listing it. Asking: $1,950,000. The Ivy Leaguer (Princeton, Columbia) just got named head Cowboys coach January 6, the 8th head hocho in Cowboys history.

The traditional home is on Lindenwood, east of Byron, on a 50 by 150 lot so typical of the choice Highland Park area. It’s more than 4,000 square feet and offers the lucky buyer four bedrooms, four and a half baths, three stories, and pool. (If those walls could talk…) New-ish construction, too: the home was built in 1999 and likely updated.

On November 8, 2010, Garrett was named as the Dallas Cowboys’ interim head coach following the firing of Wade Phillips. On November 14, 2010, Garrett won his first game as Cowboys head coach, beating the favored New York Giants 33-20 in the Meadowlands. Then he led the Cowboys to a 35-19 victory, their first home win all season.

Allie Beth is also listing the Wade Phillips home over on Norway abutting St. Mark’s, listed for over three million. Thank God for these coaching revolutions — keeps our market and Allie Beth hopping! Garrett bought Lindenwood in April of 2007, gosh four years ago, and paid about $1.9.