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?

A little different from his Highland Park real estate, here is where Troy hangs in Coppell. Close to Cowboys Stadium and D/FW. Built in 1994, this 4134 story home has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, an attached garage and sets him back $17, 923.28 in taxes.

Pretty cozy, actually.

guest post by Kersten Rettig

Anyone who knows me knows that I love two things: my kids and football.  Sometimes not in that order. I grew up in Ft. Worth in the 70s and 80s and, in those days as we all know, the Cowboys were IT.  America’s Team. I’ve been bitter ever since you-know-who bought the team and, IMO, made it a safehouse for ego maniacs and drama queens. But there was a time, in the 90s, when there was a flicker of love again for the boys in Blue and Silver. And it was because of one man. One player. One QB.

That is one Troy Aikman.

So imagine my delight when I, a Highland Park resident, learned that my one true love, future third husband favorite NFL football player of all time also lives in the ‘hood. I’ve seen him around town, buying peppered turkey at the supermarket (Primo Taglio); running on Beverly; tacos at MiCocina; searching his soul at church –  all the Parkie places we Parkies go. And now I hear he is moving, which is fine because someone with 10 kids and miniature ponies should move into that big ole’ house he has.  But I would like to state my case for the great Number 8 to remain a resident of Highland Park forever.

  1. 4441 S. Versailles Ave. Why? It’s across the street from a park, just like his house now. (It was built by Al Hill, Jr. and Candy says Al III sure ain’t getting it.) It’s big enough for all of his autographed footballs and 65” flat screens.  And it has 9.1 bathrooms.  He has daughters, right?
  1. 3601 Euclid Ave. Why? Because it’s just around the corner from his existing home and a stone’s throw from the fire department, (tracking with me here?) Reduced to $4,995,000 from $6,950,000 — that’s cheap, Troy. It’s nice and contemporary and offers the privacy that I’m sure he craves.
  1. 3921 Gillon Ave. Why? Gillon is a nice street, fancy neighbors with kids who just graduated from HPHS so he can avoid those pesky under-aged drinking raids on Saturday nights when the parents are at the ranch. $3,295,000 but I would offer less. This house needs a wee bit of TLC but, then again, so does he.
  1. 4357 Livingston Ave.  Why? Because, he can walk to Marquee Grill and Bar, brother.  Need I say more?  That’s a nice block, a little more crowded than what he’s used to but it’s pretty low key and I happen to know that their block parties are really fun and somehow they always manage to get the newest design in bounce houses.

I’m no real estate agent. I’ve got no skin in the game, as we football aficionados like to say.  I just like the neighborhood we’re in and would like to see you stay in it. And so would all of my girl friends. And the football-playing friends of my 16-year-old football-playing son.  But that’s beside the point.

Wherever Troy goes, I hope it feels like home. You deserve it, brother.

We might as well just call this “Troy Week” here on Second Shelters. Mother Nature finally cooperated long enough for Allie Beth Allman to get some photos up on her website of this fabulous home. After reading her description, I learned something new:there are only five homesites on the Aikman block: “A rare reality is the recently finished residential compound rising from two lots in a block of only five homesites.Custom arched glass doors with iron trim yield a double story atrium,hub for a large dining room with fireplace and windows to the creekway view,coffered ceilinged study with the greenspace view,family room with hand hewn beams,fireplace, & triple glass doors to a covered patio.Impressive and livable. Attention to detail is evident.”

No kidding! Coming up: an inside tour of the house from the MLS Tuesday tour!

Nice work from Natalie Solis and the good folks at Fox 4 last night as they hauled out a helicopter to take shots of the Aikman home on Highland Drive. Naturally, the chopper brought out the neighbors while we were doing the interview. Then Steve Snyder drove by ans it was almost a street party! The neighbor told Natalie that Troy had even expressed interest in buying his home — sounds like a hip pocket next  door or… a way to expand the property even further! Sounds like Troy just wants to downsize. His 10,520-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on two lots overlooking Hackberry Creek and across from Jerry Jones includes five bedrooms, six and a half baths and multiple living areas.

It also has a four-car garage, guest quarters, multiple fire places, oodles of covered porches, dual master baths, a sports court, an exercise room, a game room, a library and a 1,300-square-foot pool and cabana area. According to listing agent Pierce Allman, this is believed to be the most expensive home currently listed in the Dallas area. Meantime, at least one housing blog is saying that Aikman will be taking a financial beating with this home, priced $8 million higher than the highest priced home in Dallas.

Troy Aikman’s House on Sale for $24 Million:

Allie Beth Allman has the website updated. Photos forthcoming.

Troy Aikman’s Dallas real estate just got a whole lot more affordable! Thanks to Alan Peppard, who called Troy over the weekend and spoke with him, and who insisted the price of his Highland Drive home had been entered wrong both in MLS and on Allie Beth Allman’s website as $27.5, The REAL price is $24 million, and I see this morning that MLS has been updated. It now says original listing price of $27.5 million, but that was only for a weekend. Allie Beth’s website will be updated soon, I am sure.

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?