It is a second home — or lot — for now. Remember when I told you that Troy Aikman sold off the Potashnik lot next to his home over there on Highland Drive? The one listed for $11,500,000? I heard that he sold it to the Pratts: Brian and Barbara Pratt. Word on the street was they paid just about tax value ($5,493,000) and as I may have mentioned the lot was never ever in MLS.

Conveniently, the Dallas Central Appraisal District now lists the Pratts as the latest owners of the land at 4419 Highland Drive, and appraised for tax purposes at $5,745,420 million. It includes a cabana, a deck and sport court and 39,239 square feet of dirt to build on, or a hefty Highland Park lot of 159 width by 258 depth.

And Troy Aikman right next door!

Potashnik house

When Troy separated the lot, which he bought from Brian and Cheryl Potashnik for about $5 million in 2008, he lowered the price of his 10,000 plus square foot homestead to $14 million. If he did sell the lot for $5.7, which is the word, good deal: he was able to clear off his mortgage.

current Pratt homestead

Who is Brian Pratt? He’s chairman, president and CEO of Dallas-based Primoris Services Corp, which appears to be a serious commercial infrastructure contractor in engineering and construction consultation and services, with some impressive clients. Oil field services perhaps? Business must be awesomely good.  He and his wife live over on Shenandoah, in a $5,295,000 home they just bought in 2010 with Erin Mathews as their agent. Their son, Ken Pratt, a commercial realtor who would not speak with us, apparently now handles their real estate investments. The Shenandoah home is not yet listed in MLS, but when it does come on the market, it will likely be listed by Ken and be a humdinger: 8800 plus square feet, French provincial style built by Jeff Gilbert with absolutely positively everything, including generous room sizes, light-filled family room and kitchen, keeping room, mucho outdoor living areas with full exterior kitchen, fireplace, pool, master suite with sitting room, his and her baths and closets, elevator to all three floors, ideally located on a corner lot on a “discreet block in Highland Park” and conveniently close to the DCC.


I ask you: is any block in Highland Park discreet?

Update: While Troy’s house was initially listed for $27.5 million, on Monday May 23rd the price was changed in MLS to $24 million, as we have explained in subsequent stories.

We all wondered when it would happen, and today’s the day. Allie Beth Allman just inked the listing for Troy Aikman’s 10,520 square feet on Highland on 1.20 acres with a knock-out pool and cabana of at least 1300 square feet. Five bedrooms, 6 and a half baths, multiple living araes. I told you the home had been shown as a hip pocket back in February. Well, today it’s in MLS and boasts goodies such as:

Attached Grill
Covered Porch(es)
Guest Quarters
Lighting System
Outdoor Fireplace/Pit
Outdoor Living Center
Patio Covered
Separate Entry Quarters
Sport Court

Sprinkler System

Cable TV Available
Electric Shades
Flat Screen Wiring
High Speed Internet Available
Multiple Staircases
Wet Bar
Window Coverings

Custom Closet System
Dual Master Baths
Fireplace in Master
Jetted Tub
Separate Shower
Separate Vanities
Sitting Area in Master
Split Bedrooms
Walk-in Closets

Exercise Room

Very wise time to list considering all the recent high-end sales in Highland Park. (Maybe Troy will buy the McGuire’s digs on Lakeside!) I am sure top agents in this town are polishing up their creme de la creme listings and sharpening pencils on numbers to show Troy. Say what you want to say about divorce, and we only wish the Aikman’s (and the Fearings, and the Gores, and Maria Shriver) the very best.

But divorce sure does make the real estate wheels go round and round.

It is not in MLS, but I’ve heard that Troy is floating the idea of selling the family homestead on Highland Drive now that Rhonda has moved out and up to Preston Hollow. And lest you think he’s smoking something other than brisket on the patio in this market, let me tell you there have already been showings, several showings. Yes indeed. What a home and sale that would be. I wonder who the hip-pocket agent is… I’d guess Doris Jacobs, who was named ABA’s #1 Top Individual Producer. (She does it without a team!) And I wonder how much he would be asking? Let’s see, there are two lots,  a total of 1.20 acres approximately, that’s 63,034 square feet plus in Highland Park overlooking Turtle Creek? The home is over 11,000 square feet and the newly constructed cabana is over 1300. And you know the finish-out must be phenomenal.  I have the flu, it hurts my head to guess…

Update on 3/23/11: One in the know has advised me that Troy Aikman’s house on Highland Drive doesn’t overlook Turtle Creek but a branch of Turtle Creek called Hackberry Creek by the locals and Google Maps. I apologize for the error.

So Troy’s moving his offices into the house/compound in Highland Park; Below: Rhonda’s moving on up to the Hollow.

Rhonda’s new home on Mimosa, my favorite street name in Dallas.