Alan Peppard had the history of the Aikman property over on Highland in his column yesterday, and it brought me flash-backs of the day I heard, way back in 2004, that Aikman had bought an old home on a primo Highland Park corner. The story was that the house was not on the market, but Aikman went over and charmed the homeowner, Ruby Goggans, into selling for around $3 million. Great vision: he bought the lot before the market really heated up a whole lot, and hired starchitect Larry Boerder to design a 10,500-square-foot Mediterranean mansion, wrapped around a rectangular pool, says Alan.

Then jump ahead to 2008:  Cheryl and Brian Potashnik, (remember them?) were found guilty of a city hall corruption scandal that had something to do with commercial real estate and bribes. Well, they were Troy’s next-door neighbors! (Brian Potashnik was sentenced to 14 months in prison last fall.) Well, Aikman jumped right in and bought their 7411 square foot house and land for more than $8 million, according to my sources. (His loan was $5 million, according to records dug up by the Dallas Morning News.) He then demolished the Potashnik home and enlarged his own estate, adding a 1,045-square-foot cabana and a basketball/sport. And Troy had one of the biggest, most elegant spreads in all of Highland Park.

But last November, Rhonda Aikman bought a home on Mimosa in Preston Hollow, where she is living currently. The day after I published that story (I know, brag brag) the Aikmans announced their separation. Sources tell me the girls missed the house. Troy told Alan he has no plans to leave the 75205 ZIP code.

What home do you think he might buy next?

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)
Gardens
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
Intercom
Multiple Staircases
Skylights
Wet Bar
Window Coverings

Built-ins
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
Gameroom
Library/Study

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.

Second Shelters has learned, but not confirmed, where the Garretts MIGHT be moving. Let’s put it this way: they apparently wants a home with four fireplaces. Recall you heard here first that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett put his house on the market about two weeks ago with none other than agent to the stars Allie Beth Allman. And not to brag, but like you heard here first that Rhonda Aikman bought a home in Preston Hollow and Troy quietly put his home on the market.

Two weeks ago we all wondered where the Garrett’s could be going.

To Maplewood, it seems. The Garretts apparently have a contract on a glorious circa 1999 Euro-villa with smooth-as-a-baby’s-butt limestone exteriors, large living and entertaining areas, wide wood planked floors, 11 foot ceilings down, gourmet kitchen with two of just about everything, breakfast room, den, loggia, pool, study, four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 6900 plus square feet, study, sitting room, two bedroom, two bath apartment over the 3 car rear garage, and yes, four fireplaces. Not really pricey, either: listed for $3,795,000.

What is it about guys, football and fireplaces?

Anyhow, the kids can walk to Armstrong. No word yet on any sales over on Lindenwood, which is a great house, so stay tuned.

Or will he keep it as a second home? Is he going anywhere? The Dallas Morning News is reporting (I subscribe!) that Chuck Greenberg will be replaced as the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers and CEO of the club’s operating holding company. Expect the announcement later today. Something is apparently rotten in Denmark: a source told the Dallas Morning News that  Greenberg left the Rangers’ spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona abruptly on Saturday, this during what was supposed to be a fun-filled, happy, joyous weekend for the partners. And oh dear: Greenberg did not show to a party he and Nolan Ryan were supposed to host on Sunday.

(You what that meant when Rhonda Aikman did not show at Troy’s holiday party.)

It’s only been seven months since the MLB’s approved Greenberg, Ryan and more than a dozen others to purchase the club for more than $590 million. And the Rangers even made it to the World Series! Last April 26, Chuck Greenberg put a contract on this lovely little number at 2211 Vaquero Estates Boulevard (this video of the home is a must-see) owned by former Cowboy Tony Banks, which was listed for $3.5 million with Roxann Taylor and Associates realtors. The home had been on the market for awhile. It’s Mediterranean style, with  8754 square feet and a view of Vaquero’s 17th and 18th fairways. It’s on a cul de sac and has amazing custom finish-out amenities throughout like most Vaquero spreads — huge formals, multiple living areas, master suite with his and her closets and full coffee bar, fabulous kitchen with top of the line gourmet appliances, auxiliary kitchen, wine cellar, game room with microwave and drawer-type dishwasher, full media room, huge sparkling pool. The  loggia comes with a 42-inch flat screen and outdoor kitchen. One of my trusted sources tells me Vaquero is getting quite active these days, I quote: “things seem to have picked up quite a bit in Vaquero with several home and lot sells since the first of the year”. It must have helped that Forbes.com named Vaquero as America’s Most Affluent Neighborhood.

P.S: Last time I was out there, it appeared that the Greenbergs were doing some work on the house, so I did not snap pics. You don’t take a picture of a girl when she’s in the middle of a face-lift!

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.

Over at D Mag’s Frontburner, Christine Perez says Troy was out dining with — people — and she asks, who are they? The last time I was at Eddie V’s I sat smack dab next to Miles Austin, who was oh so sweet. Seems like Troy-spotting is going to get as big as finding House Porn!

Seems that on 11/5/2010, Rhonda Aikman, wife of our very own Troy Aikman, bought a nice Mediterranean home on Mimosa Lane in Dallas for about $1.6. The home has five bedrooms, five and a half baths (corrected, thanks!),  graceful arches and textures of stone and stucco. There’s a California courtyard, Cantura wrought iron doors, stone floored entry with a swooping stairway. This is a new home, built in 2005, with 5207 square feet and in fact, I’ve been in this home. It is luscious.  Open living-kitchen area with high ceilings overlooks pool area. Paneled study with see through fireplace. Master suite down. Hand scraped floors, media room, exercise room, steam room, game room.

OK, I have a theory: she is going to lease it out for the Super Bowl. Or maybe its a second home. Hey, I’m the first to admit marriage is complicated. Maybe Rhonda just wants a place to get away from it all down there on Highland Drive? Oh, also no mention made of this purchase in a recent (and really great) article on her hubby in D Magazine, which notes that the Aikmans have been married for ten years.